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It seems more likely to me that all this complexity is better directed toward the end of the cycle when, after billions of years of evolution, everything finally comes together. Alfred North Whitehead proposed this same idea. He said that history grows toward what he called a "nexus of completion." And these nexuses of completion themselves grow together into what he called the "concrescence." A concrescence exerts a kind of attraction, which can be thought of as the temporal equivalent of gravity, except all objects in the universe are drawn toward it through time, not space. As we approach the lip of this cascade into concrescence, novelty, and completion, time seems to speed up and boundaries begin to dissolve. The more boundaries that dissolve, the closer to the concrescence we are. When we finally reach it, there will be no boundaries, only eternity as we become all space and time, alive and dead, here and there, before and after. Because this singularity can simultaneously co-exist in states that are contradictory, it is something which transcends rational apprehension. But it gives the universe meaning, because all processes can be seen to be seeking and moving in an effort to approximate, connect with, and append to this transcendental object at the end of time.
- _Timewave Zero and Language_
Where are you heading for the future?
Andrew Till: To a place of total sonic unification where boundaries and titles don't exist.
Life uses borders and life violates borders and life constructs media of its own to fill up the extra spaces. The amoeba and the fertilized egg are both sacs of juice and slime -- one grows by splitting itself, the other by being split. Viral-like DNA is "freely exchanged" in gushes of juice and slime -- liquid with paradoxical form -- the very liminality of form itself -- secret secretions -- the viscous slippery in-betweeness of the organic -- the placental wetness of becoming.
- Hakim Bey - _Boundary Violations_
The Greek word eschatos refers to the last things, the final things. The Eschaton is a neutral way of naming what some call the Buddha Matraiya, some people call it the UFO intervention at the end of history, and some call it the second coming. It's the last thing; the Eschaton. What I think is happening is that all boundaries are dissolving; between men and women, between society and nature, and ultimately the boundaries between life and death. We are going truly beyond ambiguity, beyond syntax, We've been trapped in a kind of demonic simulacrum for 25,000 years, created out of language. Now the accelerating process of involuted connectedness characterizing this Whiteheadian progression of epochs toward the concrescence, is in fact being fufilled.
Terence McKenna - _The Evolutionary Mind_
"Reality" is a word in the English language which happens to be (a) a noun and (b) singular. Thinking in the English language (and in cognate Indo-European languages) therefore subliminally programs us to conceptualize "reality" as one block-like entity, sort of like a huge New York skyscraper, in which every part is just another "room" within the same building. This linguistic program is so pervasive that most people cannot "think" outside it at all, and when one tries to offer a different perspective they imagine one is talking gibberish.
The notion that "reality" is a noun, a solid thing like a brick or a baseball bat, derives from the evolutionary fact that our nervous systems normally organize the dance of energy into such block-like "things," probably as instant bio-survival cues.
Such "things," however, dissolve back into energy dances -- processes or verbs -- when the nervous system is synergized with certain drugs or transmuted by yogic or shamanic exercises or aided by scientific instruments. In both mysticism and physics, there is general agreement that "things" are constructed by our nervous systems and that "realities" (plural) are better described as systems or bundles of energy functions.
So much for "reality" as a noun. The notion that "reality" is singular, like a hermetically sealed jar, does not jibe with current scientific findings which, in this century, suggest that "reality" may better be considered as flowing and meandering, like a river, or interacting, like a dance or evolving, like life itself.
- Robert Anton Wilson - _Cosmic Trigger_
"Civilization is entirely the product of phonetic literacy. As it dissolves with the electronic revolution, we rediscover a tribal integral awareness that manifests itself in a complete shift in our sensory lives....This new electronic environment itself constitutes an inner trip, collectively, without benefit of drugs. The impulse to use hallucinogens is a kind of empathy with the electronic environment."
- Marshall McLuhan
A network is like a country in that it is a web of relationships regulated by standards. In a country citizens pay taxes and adhere to laws for the benefit of all. In a network, netizens feed the web first for the benefit of all. The network economy is a meta-country. Its web of relationships differ from those of a country in three ways:
In both country and network, the surest route to raising one’s own prosperity is raising the system’s prosperity. The one clear effect of the industrial age is that the prosperity individuals achieve is more closely related to their nation’s prosperity than to their own efforts. Lester Thurow, an MIT economist, has pointed out that enabling the lowest paid to earn more is the best way to raise wages for the highest paid—the theory being that a rising tide lifts all boats. The network economy will only amplify this.
Kelly - _New Rules For The New Economy_
When marijuana was popularized in the 20s and 30s in the American jazz scene, blacks and whites sat down together as equals and shared "joints". The racist anti-marijuana propaganda of the time used this crumbling of racial barriers as an example of the degradation caused by the devil's weed. Harry Anslinger, head of the newly formed narcotics division, warned the middle-class about blacks and whites dancing together in teahouses, using blatant prejudice to sell prohibition. Reefer madness was born from the hysteria generated then. In the early 60s cannabis was once again popularized by poetic nonconformist beatniks. Pot helped to open the eyes of the youth and change the values of a whole generation of flower children that questioned the value of war and the sanity of global pollution. In response President Nixon declared a Drug War upon the flower children and the threatening tendencies toward peace and their ubiquitous sacramentalincense, marijuana.
— Chris Bennett, Lynn Osburn & Judy Osburn, _Marijuana in Magic & Religion_
604 release _All Boundaries Are Illusion_ CD on 21-3 (1997)
In astrophysics, implosion describes what happens when a massive star collapses into the dimensionless singularity that forms the heart of a black hole. In our world, implosion is most obviously catalyzed by the media, which dissolves the boundaries between sectors of the real, intensifying the feedback loops wherein signs and images, commodities and data, circulate through institutions and individuals. The speed and intensity of these flows erode traditional structures of knowledge, communication, and culture–indeed, they erode "structure" in general, giving way to a world of process and mutation. Expanding on McLuhan's insights, Jean Baudrillard argued that the media's primary object of dissolution was the boundary between media and everything else: "There are no more media in the literal sense of the word–that is, of a mediating power between one reality and another, between one state of the real and another."
- Erik Davis - _Anchors
Today's underground scene can
be seen a petri dish for emerging forms of human consciousness (which
doesn't mean all of them are necessarily worth pursuing). Take the
mix, perhaps the single most novel and revolutionary element of
the dub/hip-hop/disco inferno. In contrast with more
rock-based genres, which allowed people to bond around identities like
"Deadhead" or "punk,"
DJ culture gestured toward a dissolution of such identities. Immersed
in the mix, from freeform radio and Grandmaster Flash to Cornelius
and Q-Bert, we grow to expect and enjoy a world of
sudden ruptures, odd juxtapositions, and fragmented snippets of things
we once encountered whole. The mix gets inside us, and changes the way
the world arises before us.
From turntables to samplers, technology helped bring this "mix mind" into being. But the mix also prepares us for the world of technology, a world where everything is interconnected, where every sound, image, and word imaginable can be translated into the universal lingo of the bit -- and then spliced anew. Indeed, music's role in the future of consciousness is hard to separate from technology's role in the future of consciousness -- not to mention technology's role in the future of music. At the most basic level, the emotions and desires of human beings probably do not change all that much, but you'd have to be a knucklehead not to see how email, brain drugs, and genetic engineering are changing our contemporary sense of self. And though you wouldn't know about it from reading _Wired_ magazine, music technology has bred and continues to breed many of new mutations of the virtual age.
- Erik Davis - _The Future Mix_
Well, what these new technologies are doing is dissolving boundaries. The nation state, the monolithic party, and the nuclear family---all boundary-defined institutions of one sort or another---are legacies of the past; what we need is an ideology that is mercurial, shifting, non-static. And as long as we’re talking about mercury and mercurial things, there is in alchemy (a pre-modern form of thinking) the idea of the Coincidencia Oppositorum, which means that you have to have ideologies which are able to accommodate positions which within the context of the previous ideology would’ve appeared contradictory. The very notion of non-contradiction is a notion that emerges out of the linear, print-created mindset; the whole sterility of that world-view is its inability to live with the presence of contradiction. And so it denies it, which creates the unconscious of a society where we’ve got serial killers running around. The world is not as simple as we desperately wish to make it within the context of the linear world-view.
- Terence McKenna
"True sanity entails in one way or another the dissolution of the normal ego, that false self competently adjusted to our alienated social reality... and through this death a rebirth and the eventual re-establishment of a new kind of ego-functioning, the ego now being the servant of the divine, no longer its betrayer."
- R.D. Laing