"Eternity is in love with the creations of time....[all of them.]" - William Blake
Totally forgot about Web 2.0 Expo until I got a note from Tara, then another from Brian. Ooops! Had every intention of going when I heard about it last year. One of those must attend events, I muttered to myself. (Well I guess not, seeing as reality has me in New Orleans.)
I am less interested in cyberspace these days than I am hyperspace.*
"Apparently McLuhan was right. It's technology that shapes culture more than anything else. The politics, the art, all this is derivative of what technologies are in place." - Terence McKenna
And what are the technologies of hyperspace?, I wonder. (I'm certainly not the first to ponder.)
"Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: 'What does his voice sound like?' 'What games does he like best?' 'Does he collect butterflies?' They ask: 'How old is he?' 'How many brothers does he have?' 'How much does he weigh?' 'How much money does his father make?' Only then do they think they know him.
If you tell grown-ups, 'I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof,' they won't be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them, 'I saw a house worth a hundred thousand dollars.' Then they exclaim, 'What a pretty house!' That's the way they are. You must not hold it against them. Children should be very understanding of grown-ups." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
To get you in groove of hyperspace, I'll introduce Terence McKenna chatting about his novelty theory which I recommend brushing up on (the referenced inteview with McKenna is a good start). The future McKenna speaks of may go into hyperdrive in 2012, yet it's happening, happens, happened right Now:
"I'm kind of inclined to the hard positions, I mean, why not, you know? And what a hard position is is not that this is a social transformation, not that this is a political dispensation, but that in fact it's a crisis in physics itself. And that we didn't cause it and we're not responsible for it. We're just being pulled along by something on the scale of an earthquake. And that it affects physical law...
[T]hey [the Singularists] take all these engineering curves--curves of energy release, curves of speed, curves of population, curves of information densification--and reach exactly the same conclusion, that some time between 2010 and 2020, life becomes unrecognizable...
And the trick, I mean, the motivation for my career, why I do this rather than stay home in Hawaii where it's very pleasant, is I think a lot of people are anxious. This causes anxiety, all this. It needn't. It isn't a bad thing. It's scary because the future was postponed for so long that now the breaking of the logjam is going to look like Armageddon. But it isn't Armageddon. [I prefer Apocalyse myself; the etymology of apocalyse meaning Revelation; hmmm, Illumination.] What lies beyond all this I think, is the first authentic human civilization. These are the pre-pre- times. You know Gandhi was once asked what he thought of Western Civilization and he said "It sounds like a veddy good idea." So, that's my idea of how the future will look back at this scene." - Terence McKenna in interview, "CYBERDELIC: Hootenanny talks with Terence McKenna" (my best guess is this is a 1998 or 1999 interview)
images from Khunrath’s “Amphitheatrum sapientiae” (1604) and is reproduced as figure 145 in Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, p. 291 (via paper, "Spiritual Alchemy: Interpreting Representative Texts and Images" by Karen-Claire Voss); wow wow wow, check out how beautiful math is at this blog, Not Quite Perfect, this Spiral Wave is one of tons
p.s. * One def of hyperspace: Multidimensional space beyond the three dimensions that we can easily represent. Another twist: N-dimensional space (hyperspace): Extension of regular three-dimensional space to n-dimensions, reflecting more complex multivariable situations. Hyper- indicates higher dimensional space than 3-d, e.g. hyperplane.