Alan Moore: We live in a world that is mostly predicated on a rational and scientific worldview, which effectively means that any phenomenon beyond the physically measureable is automatically deemed non-existent, including souls, gods, ghosts and human consciousness.
While I would agree that we need to recover the psychological connection that once existed between ourselves and our environment – because to do otherwise is to render us all pointless automata in a material world which, by its own admission, has no direction or purpose – I would say that the problem could be more sharply defined if we put aside contentious terms like ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’, and instead opted for the less vague but just as scientifically problematic term ‘meaning’. If by coming to know more about the historical or mythological aspects of the places in which we live we make those places more meaningful, to us at least, then I suggest that this will lead to experiencing ourselves as more meaningful in our new, illuminated context.
The big difference between ‘meaning’ and ‘a spirit’ is that where meaning is concerned, we have to do all the necessary hard work in order to invest that place or that person or that object with meaning, whereas spirits just sort of turn up, don’t they? I believe that our world is gloriously haunted with meaning; that it’s we ourselves that are doing the haunting; and that we should be doing more of it, or doing it more strenuously.
In an era where supposedly hard material reality seems to shift more like vapour with every passing day, I think it becomes more evident that timeless and unchanging mythology is the actual solid bedrock on which our flimsy and temporary human realities are briefly erected. Whether you call it soul or spirit or meaning, it is the Real, as opposed to this spasming neo-conservative monetarist/materialist dream that we’re all required to share, and if we care about having a meaningful world in which to lead meaningful lives then we should all try harder to reinvest our environments with the meaning that belligerent materialism has sucked out of them.
The universe doesn’t exist if we stop looking at it.
This is according a famous theory in quantum mechanics which argues that a particle’s past behaviour changes based on what we see.
Last year, scientists performed an experiment proving this theory to be true on the scale of atoms.
According to the rules of quantum mechanics, the boundary between the ‘world out there’ and our own subjective consciousness are blurred.
When physicists look at atoms or particles of light, what they see depends on how they have set up their experiment.
To test this, physicists at the Australian National University recently conducted what is known as the John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment.
The experiment involves a moving object that is given the choice to act like a particle or a wave.
Wheeler’s experiment then asks – at which point does the object decide?
Common sense says the object is a wave-like or particle-like, independent of how we measure it.
But quantum physics predicts that whether you observe wave like behaviour or particle behaviour depends only on how it is actually measured at the end of its journey.
This is exactly what the Australian team found.
‘It proves that measurement is everything. At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it,’ said Associate Professor Andrew Truscott.
Before the work of Drs. Ogden and Richards, the prevailing view was that for every word, there is a single, correct meaning associated with it. Drs. Ogden and Richards offered an alternative perspective in form of theory of “Proper Meaning Superstition,” “which states that there is not a single ‘correct’ meaning associated with each and every word because each word means something different to each person, or more simply, meanings don’t reside in words, they reside in people.”12
On the other hand, Professor Mautner argues, while analyzing the interrelationship between religion and secularism from the perspective of meaning, that the concept of meaning itself has many meanings.13 These systems of meaning are shaped by the interaction of our mind categories with the external world, and law plays an important role in creation of these mind categories and consequently the embedding of meaning. If one were to synthesize Prof. Mautner’s hypothesis of mind categories with Ogden’s proposition of assigned meaning, then law emerges as a primal force shaping the creation, internalization, and acceptance of meaning.
There is a vast distinction between existing without meaning and having a meaningless existence; the former signifies an escape from the trappings of meaning and the latter a loss of it.
Many Causes, Few Answers
Though experiments with genes are helping to show how lateral asymmetries go on to influence our decisions, decades of research have revealed that these kinds of asymmetries, and the ways they develop, are due to much more than just a single genetic switch. Some 40 genes have been implicated in determining whether we’re right- or left-handed, and environmental factors likely also play a role. Some genetic studies have even found that our gender matters when it comes to how our genes determine which hand we prefer.
As many researchers have noted, the bias toward our right sides appears in more than just our hands. Babies tend to suck their right thumbs and turn their heads to the right when laying down, for example, and the majority of people turn their heads to the right when they go in for a kiss.
These things might have more to do with our environment than our genes, however. A study in twins estimated that their genetic makeup accounted for only around 25 percent of their hand preference. The rest was up to a host of factors out of their control. The studies in babies, for example, found that their preferences for thumb-sucking and head turning predicted their dominant hand later in life. Other studies have indicated that the hand we focus visually on, cultural norms and even seasonal changes may affect handedness. Our choice of right hand versus left hand may still be in flux well after we’re born, it seems.
Readers may recognise this view from the blog header photo, as the top of this mountain where I have my dwelling. It is pretty much as it looks, a big pile of stones. Tourist type people have been here and made videos. It’s quite interesting to learn how it appears to them. This one has got rather confused about what is where, but they obviously enjoy it none the less.
Although the superficial appearance is of a disorderly jumble of loose stones, there are a few places where there are the remains of structured walls, and there are also the foundations of some sort of buildings, both round and rectangular, so the general notion is that, at some indeterminate time in the past, there were dwellings and defensive walls. Authors have suggested either a community permanently living there, or a seasonal camp for pastoralists, or a fortified refuge for emergencies. Nobody really knows with any degree of certainty. There have been people messing around on this mountain since at least 4,500 BC, there are traces of all sorts of activities all over it.
The various sources say this and that, but there has never been a careful and comprehensive archaeological study. It’s rather hard to date stonework, so really there could have been occupation on the peak over any period during the last several thousand years.
With the details of what has happened up there being rather vague, anyone is free to imagine whatever they can conjure up. Which is what they do do. Possibly helped by the fact that there’s a magnetic anomaly, compass needles point south, which might have an effect upon people’s bodily biofield and brain functioning.
According to the mainstream academic geologists, this mountain originated as a volcano, some 450 million years ago, approximately. Wales would have been at a different position on the planet, and Carningli is part of the so called Fishguard Volcanic Complex, from that distant time when the Preselis came into being.
I’m not a geologist but I have read that volcanic rock is a rather small percentage of the Earth’s surface, most is sedimentary, as shown in this photo I used in the previous essay. Like layers in a cake. Don’t know where that is.
The various forces, as the tectonic plates move (at about the speed that your hair and fingernails grow I believe) and ice ages come and go, together with erosion by weather and water, mean that it’s mostly like a cake that someone dropped and sat on a few times. That’s the challenge for the geologists and geomorphologists to try to unscramble, so they can tell us the tale as to what actually happened. And of course, there are those who doubt what we are told and who come up with their own alternative accounts.
The alternatives range from very serious, thoughtful and plausible to totally fanciful, loopy and loony. What does it all mean ? This is an aspect of the world we share and inhabit. I want to know as much as I possibly can before I die.
As I’ve mentioned, I tend to bundle folk and their ideas into the left brain and right brain categories. The pic above is of Foel Drygarn, at the other, eastern, end of the Preselis. Foel Drygarn translates as ‘Bare hill top of the three cairns’. I got this photo from the website of the local fellow, Brian John, who is a left brain geomorphologist. He did a blogpost here with more photos
I guess I put Mr John at the left brain end of the spectrum, and Sylvie Ivanova exemplifies the right brain, whilst I am myself somewhere in the middle. No, actually, my position would be to take a larger overview, because we actually have no idea at all what the Earth IS, so our ideas and thinking tend to be somewhat limited. For that matter, we have no idea what we ourselves are. You can disagree, if you wish, but all you’ll be doing is telling me a story that you got from someone else, who got it from someone else. Even if it is your own invention, it’s still a story, not the reality. There are prosaic left brain stories, like those told by the reductionist materialist crowd, and right brain stories, favoured by the romantic poetic faction.
Anyway, I’ve flogged that topic to death in previous essays. What I want to show you now is some pictures of rocks that are on the borderline, anomalies, where the geologists will insist that they can be accounted for by natural physical forces and events, whilst the alternative opinion will evoke human hands. Or giants, elves, dwarves, angels, gods, lost civilisations, whatever.
These two rock carvings, from India, are, to my mind at least, obviously produced by humans. What they depict and why they were made is another question for some other time. But for me, to argue that they are ‘natural’ not manmade, would be perverse.
But there are numerous examples, from the Ural mountains, from Siberia, from elsewhere, where it is very hard to be certain one way or the other. They may be both. That is, unusual natural rock formations might have attracted some attention, and then been enhanced by additional human efforts.
It’s the same problem that Graham Hancock has with the Yonagumi submerged rock formation, off Japan. He, and others, are convinced it’s artificial, whereas the geologist Robert Schoch, (whose expertise they accept regarding the age of the Sphinx) claims it is natural.
Below is Great Zimbabwe, which appears to illustrate a combination of unusual natural forms and artificial construction.
Regular geometric shapes can be produced by nature, although they are uncommon. Fracture lines produce by stress or frost, can make right angle corners in some rock types. I suppose that microscopic inspection of surfaces might resolve some of the questions, maybe in the future, but at the moment we seem to be stuck with some experts and specialists saying one thing and others saying the opposite.
I suppose it one had the opportunity to inspect numerous sites oneself and build up experience, you’d develop an eye for the signs to look for. A bit like bird watching. But very few people get the chance to visit these remote and difficult to access places.
Those who have followed the New Earth Lady and related videos will have encountered the suggestion that some of the ambiguous structures could have been made from geopolymer, or some similar type of conglomerate, something along the lines of cast concrete. That could have been worn by erosion and weathering, or even subjected to scorching by a cosmic impact or solar flare or other catastrophic event sufficiently intense so as to cause melting or vitrification.
It baffles me that so little interest is taken by the mainstream in this enigmatic stuff.
What is this ? Something that was never completed ? Or an attempt to extricate building blocks from the bedrock ?
There’s also plenty of speculation that the ancients might have had abilities to levitate large stones, to soften, dissolve or melt very hard rock, and so forth, by magical techniques now lost to us. And also the many examples of ‘machined work’ which is baffling, because no adequate explanation can be offered.
And the mysterious protruberances which occur from Peru to Greece and Turkey, Egypt to India and Japan. Some may be made so as to cast shadows at significant times, but others don’t appear to conform to that hypothesis.
The technique of splitting rock using expanding steel wedges which are hit with sledge hammers is still used by contemporary stone masons. But how was it done before steel was invented. The suggestion has been made that hard oak wedges were used, which were then soaked with water so that they expand. I don’t know if this has been tested.
There’s plenty of traces of where someone has hammered into rock and separated pieces.
These traces of tool marks suggest a laborious process of bashing the rock with repeated indentations in a line until it splits. But what about this ? It’s a drilled hole, but the weird part is that is is not of a consistent diameter, it gets wider narrower and wider. I cannot imagine a drill bit which would behave in that way. Very odd.
Above is another strange example. Apparently this stone is said to be 7 out of 10 on the Moh scale. Which is very hard, yet someone had a primitive tool which could mark out the line to be cut and then make these oddly shaped incisions.
And what is this ? It looks like a lump of clay that has been baked. What cause would produce a rock like that ? I have no idea.
Some fellow meditating. I could be wrong, but the sort of Christmas Tree thingee above, looks to me like a Stupa design, which represents the various worlds or heavens or levels of existence. Astral Planes.
I’m uncertain, but I think the above pics come from southern India. Next is some from ancient Greece. Here’s an amazing example where the rock seems to have been melted by some unknown force. Could lightning do that ?
Now some beautiful examples of the polygonal stonework from Greece. So similar to that found in Peru, Turkey and all the way to Japan. Some see this as a signature of a lost global culture. I don’t know. Could this extraordinary masonry technique have been discovered independently ?
Afaik, nobody builds walls this way anymore anywhere, and I don’t think anyone knows how to do it, nor how it was done.
Obviously, many lifetimes would need to be devoted to an exhaustive study of these mysteries, left to us in the traces of the world’s stonework. I wish I could do more than notice a few hints. There is so much of it. I think it’s a disgrace that the scientists and academics have been so closed minded, and done so little. They waste enormous amounts of time and money on so many nasty and pointless projects, and just shrug about all this enigmatic awesome stuff that demands careful study and investigation so we can understand what our ancestors knew.
These examples above look to me as if they could easily be made from some sort of concrete conglomerate or geopolymer. But then that’s the same controversy that rages over the Bosnian Pyramid, and I am in no position to provide you with a resolution.
My thanks to whoever went to these sites and got these images.