Microtones are a musical concept that has been present in various cultures for centuries. They are intervals that are smaller than a semitone and are used to create a wide range of sounds that are not found in Western classical music. Microtones have been an important part of music from various parts of the world and are still used today in many different musical styles.

Microtones are used in a wide range of musical styles and traditions around the world. Here are a few examples of how microtones are used in different musical genres:

  1. Indian classical music: Indian classical music is built around a series of notes called ragas, which are based on microtonal intervals. These intervals are used to create a wide range of sounds, and the notes are often sung in a highly ornamented manner. One example of a microtonal interval in Indian classical music is the komal rishabh, which is a flat second.
  2. Arabic music: Arabic music also uses microtones, which are known as maqams. These intervals are used to create a wide range of sounds, and the notes are often sung in a highly ornamented manner. One example of a microtonal interval in Arabic music is the quarter tone, which is an interval that is halfway between two semitones.
  3. African music: Microtones are often used in the singing and playing of traditional instruments such as the kora or the mbira in African music. These microtonal intervals are used to create a wide range of sounds that are not found in Western classical music.
  4. Turkish classical music: Turkish classical music uses microtones known as “sikmas” to create a unique sound. These microtonal intervals are used to create a wide range of sounds that are not found in Western classical music.
  5. Indonesian gamelan music: Gamelan is an ensemble of percussion instruments that are used to create a wide range of sounds, including microtones. These microtonal intervals are used to create a unique sound that is not found in Western classical music.

These are just a few examples of how microtones are used in different musical styles and traditions around the world. The use of microtones adds richness and depth to music, creating a wide range of sounds that are not possible with the Western classical music system of twelve notes arranged in semitones.

Despite the widespread use of microtones in many musical traditions, they have been largely absent from Western classical music. Western classical music is based on a system of twelve notes, which are arranged in a series of semitones. While microtones have been used by some Western composers, they have never been fully integrated into the Western musical system.

However, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in microtones in Western music. Many contemporary composers are experimenting with microtonal intervals and using them to create new and innovative sounds. Some of these composers are using microtones to create a more fluid and expressive form of music, while others are using them to explore new harmonic possibilities.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is a psychedelic rock band from Australia known for their unique sound that incorporates a wide range of musical styles and influences. One of the most distinctive features of their music is their use of microtones, which gives their music a distinctive, otherworldly quality.

In the case of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, they use microtones to create a unique, psychedelic sound that sets them apart from other bands in their genre.

The band’s use of microtones can be heard on many of their albums, including “Flying Microtonal Banana” and “K.G.”. On these albums, the band uses microtonal guitars and other instruments to create a range of sounds that are both mesmerizing and otherworldly.

For example, on the track “Rattlesnake” from the album “Flying Microtonal Banana,” the band uses microtonal guitars to create a hypnotic, almost trance-like sound. The guitars are tuned to a unique microtonal scale that gives the song a distinctive, Eastern-inspired quality.

Similarly, on the track “Minimum Brain Size” from the album “K.G.,” the band uses microtonal instruments to create a dense, multi-layered sound that is both psychedelic and futuristic. The use of microtones on this track adds to the overall sense of tension and unease that permeates the song.

In conclusion, microtones have been an important part of music from various parts of the world for centuries. They have been used to create a wide range of sounds and are still used today in many different musical styles. While they have been largely absent from Western classical music, there is a growing interest in microtones among contemporary composers. As the world becomes more connected, it is likely that microtones will continue to travel around the world, inspiring new forms of musical expression along the way.

Overall, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s use of microtones is one of the most distinctive features of their music. It gives their music a unique, otherworldly quality that sets them apart from other bands in their genre. While microtones have been used in other forms of music for centuries, the band’s innovative use of these intervals is helping to push the boundaries of contemporary rock music and inspire other artists to experiment with new sounds and musical styles.

Republican Vs Democratic Convention

The Democratic and Republican conventions of 2020 have been starkly different in their approach to messaging and presentation. While the Democrats have been criticized for a lack of energy and enthusiasm, with some even suggesting they were in a mix of antidepressants, the Republicans seem to be trying to rile up their base with speed and other stimulants.

The Democratic convention, held the week prior to the Republican one, was marked by a subdued tone and a focus on unity and healing. Many commentators noted a lack of energy and enthusiasm, with some suggesting that the speakers were under the influence of antidepressants such as sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram.

In contrast, the Republican convention seems to be trying to energize their base with a more confrontational and divisive approach. Some have speculated that the party is using stimulants like bennies, ritalin, biphetamine, and Dexedrine to coordinate their messaging and keep their speakers on point.

The real culture war then is betrween ooh antidepressants such as sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram and stimulants like bennies, ritalin, biphetamine, and Dexedrine otoh.

The so-called culture war in America is often framed as a battle between different political and social ideologies. But there is another, less discussed, but equally important conflict taking place in our society: the battle between antidepressants and stimulants.

On one side, antidepressants work by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which help regulate mood and emotions.

On the other side of the culture war, we have stimulants treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions that affect focus and concentration. They work by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which help improve attention and motivation.

The cultural divide between antidepressants and stimulants is not just about medication preferences. It reflects deeper differences in how we understand and respond to mental health and wellness. For some, antidepressants represent a way to cope with the stresses of modern life and navigate the complexities of our world. They offer a way to manage emotions and find balance amidst the chaos.

For others, stimulants represent a way to thrive in a competitive and demanding world. They offer a way to stay focused and motivated in the face of constant distractions and pressures. They allow people to work harder and longer, to achieve more and do more.

Of course, the reality is more complex than this binary opposition. Many people use both antidepressants and stimulants, or find that one medication works better than the other depending on the situation. But the culture war between antidepressants and stimulants is real, and it reflects the deeper tensions and contradictions in our society.

This stark contrast between the two conventions highlights the deep divisions in American politics today. While the Democrats are trying to appeal to a broad coalition of voters with a message of unity and progress, the Republicans seem to be doubling down on a more aggressive and confrontational approach.

As we continue to grapple with mental health and wellness in an ever-changing world, we need to find ways to bridge these divides and work together to build a healthier and more equitable society for all.

Potemkin America: AN AMERICAN ADDICTION: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Music In Phase Space: Episode 51

The first great advertising campaign was designed to encourage a sufficient number of people to Potemkin the idea of America

There has been a kind of natural selection here and only those who were willing to believe in advertising made it

No one that has been naturally selected through advertising believes at heart that solutions emerge from the judicious study of discernible reality. Each one of us is on the spectrum somewhere between the rational and the irrational.

We operate under a collection of different advertising domains with some overlap with reality-based consensus that allow us to travel between domains more or less for free.

But we have been selected by evolution to believe anything we damn please and if that messes up the continuum we’ll fix it in post.

I’m actually fine with this


It’s a balance but it’s not a stretch to say our wishes, our inclinations and the “dictates of our passions” do alter the state of facts and evidence because extreme cognitive liberty and the pursuit of happiness rule.

We’re still doing it today casually connecting unrelated events despite the absence of any plausible causal link between them,

Then there are periods of adjustment when reality contradicts our beliefs so much that we then retcon the past: Remember when we said this? We screwed up, forget about that.’

Retroactive continuity: Reframing past events to serve a current plot need.

Retcon — TV TropesRetroactive Continuity. Reframing past events to serve a current plot need. The ideal retcon clarifies a question alluded to without adding excessive new questions. In its most basic form, this is any…https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/main/retcon

An Ass Pull is a moment when the we pull something out of thin air in a less-than-graceful way, violating the Law of Conservation of Detail

This post-truth collapse is just the ultimate magnification of the instincts and impulses that made that have been shimmering in this country from the beginning

Its always being closer to “it’s my way or the highway” But there was always an infinity of highways and new places not so far away where you could maybe try something else. So what happened this time time? Where did all the highways go?

The simple answer is that now, the highways are in our head.

Highways of gray matter, (which does most of the computing) and white matter, that enable gray-matter areas to communicate with each other.

And just as a single gridlock traffic throughout a section of town, a single damaged white-matter highway can shut down cognitive and emotional processes in many gray-matter hubs.

The purpose of highways are the import/export of natural fantasies.

The hypotheses are falsifiable. No gold. No shortcuts. No such a thing as free lunch. You might be able to make a living but probably the same way you did before. Do you accept the reformation without the Reaissance?

You’re entitled to your own realities but they will not go away when you stop believing in them

-portmanteau quote-

The Enlightenment was a double-edged sword. It liberated people from the clutches of religion and allowed them to believe anything whatsoever about every aspect of their lives: true, false, right, wrong, decent, evil, rational, crazy, unplausible, clever, dumb etc

Enlightenment was as much about rejecting the claims of reason and of rational choice as it was about upholding them. The Enlightenment gave license to the freedom of all thought, in and outside religion, the absurd and untrue as well as the sensible and true.

It was however assumed that in the long run, thanks to an efficient marketplace of ideas, reason would win and truth would emerge from the competition of ideas and that ideologies will be culled according to their superiority or inferiority and acceptance among people.

Following Kant’s injunction to think for yourself and with the Enlightenment triumphant, science ascendant, and tolerance required, a different kind of advertising was free to show itself: “Alchemy, astrology, the occult, freemasonry, magnetic healing, prophetic visions etc

America was marketed as an enchanted time and place, swarming with supernatural wonders, a little bit like the early-first-century Holy Land, with Jesus + a carnival of roaming prophets, healers and witches .

Indulging the fantasy that the land was studded with buried loot — old Spanish or Indian gold, tranches of robbers’ cash, lost jewels.

Tons of folk found out they could make easy money indulging the particular folk fantasy of your choice: Gold seekers, puritans, satanic panics, Deliriums, Mormonism, house on the prairie, go west

There was also a big market for Bible fan fiction: if you think of the Bible as historical fiction, it’s not a stretch to see Joseph Smith other as Don Quixote of Avellaneda or Harry Potter or Star Wars fan fictions

Supposedly the Bible points in the direction of America imagining cities upon hills to be at least like Jerusalem making it a “literal” second Holy Land, settled by “literal” Israeli émigrés. The new kingdom in the American West would be the center of the reborn Christian world.

Some would redefine Heaven is mostly sci-fi way. There you’re not just one of a mass of a billion indistinguishable souls in some ethereal netherworld, but a king or queen of your personal planetary fiefdom as a resurrected immortal physical being 🤔

They were compelled to obey long-standing orders to become polygamous or die, in some cases marrying 32 women in 2 years, 8 of them during one three-month period, 6 of those teenagers and then run for president bragging that he’d kept them more loyal than Jesus had his disciples

America was built by people who were larping, immune to fact checks, and persuaded that they had exclusive access to the facts, a place that was designed to make players pursue their characters’ goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world

You could “rise up,” channel the Holy Spirit, be born again instantly and be rewarded with an eternal afterlife at the same time that new technologies like high speed tavel, telegram and photography were making “technology indistinguishable from magic”

You could communicate with ghosts through Morse code and electrical transatlantic communication was “proof” of the possibility of communication between two worlds: the living and the dead 💀

The marvels of science and technology did not simply perpetuate religious belief, they inspired sham science and wonder. Many ideas were the products of charlatans, but patients had faith and sometimes, they seem to work. The term placebo had just become a medical term.

Is Homeopathy mostly magical thinking prescribed to cure every disease through “water memory?” A typical recommended dilution is literally equivalent to a pinch of salt tossed into the Ocean. The upside is that it fulfills the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm

Mesmerism attributed all disease and illness to a single cause. By using magnetized rods or their mysteriously “energized” hands, mesmerists convinced people they could clear the blockages in patients’ internal electrical flows. Some claimed to heal fractures, make the lame walk

Yet still the magic-this and magic-that forms of mesmerism were just the successful trial run for the numerous magical curing methods involving” energies which would become fundamental to the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries alternative medicine establishment

Phrenology is a pseudoscience which involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits. In Terry Prachett’s Discworld, he introduces the fictional practice of “retro-phrenology”, where bumps are added to the head in order to alter the personality 😀

Out of this cross-fertilization of pseudoscience and spirituality came new sects and the New Thought movement, precursor to both Scientology and the New Age. Bestselling self-help compendium of remedies, meat and spices unhealthy and, God forbid sexual stimulants.

Hospitals devoted to water cures. Belief conquers all, pain, heat, fatigue as human belief not the reality of existence, for “matter cannot suffer” misery and bliss are all in your head. Scientific as well as mystical, providers of tools for self actualization.

And not just pain or illness, but dying and matter itself — none of it is real. Small and large businesses selling all sorts of elixirs, tonics, salves, oils, powders, and pills. The principal ingredient was sugar or alcohol; some contained opium or cocaine.

Cure hunchbacks, acquired deformities, early decay as well as menstrual cramps, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and cancer. Wear the Electro-Chemical Ring on a finger. Cancer specialists -Here for One Day Only- All cancers cured unless too far gone and then can be greatly benefited.

Humbug ‘s Rule. Ridicule and debunking are fuel for crazy. Persecution only serves to propagate new theories be they metaphysical or theological. Nothing like suspected persecution to spur the imagination

Unanimously, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that in the open economy, buyer and seller beware. Half truths and hustling had a blanket indemnity. In business as in the rest of society, this land was already living in post-truth

The Gold rush to California in the 1800s was a mythic replay of America’s invention, providential adventure redux or at least for the first 10000 Americans who happened to be close to California or quick enough to get there and setting the rest on the highway to insanity

There’s something about yellow gold that gets to people’s heads, beyond its simple monetary value. You will inevitably become obsessed over it pass a tipping point. Personal reinvention was not just theoretically possible but suddenly happening wholesale:

In the end, the unlucky outnumbered the superlucky by ten or a hundred to one. Just four years after gold was discovered, total output peaked and mining was industrialized, requiring capital, deeds, bosses, entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur was a synonym for showman or impresario but as with the 300 K California gold-seekers in 1849–50 who followed the fortunate ten thousand in 1848, as with the American habit of wishfulness in general, a confirmation bias kicks in.

“Just Around the Corner.” From small-time fabulists, hucksters, self-promoters, frauds, and self-reinventors, to legitimately world-changing visionaries, by foul means or fair, part of every entrepreneur’s job is to persuade and recruit others to believe in advertising

Railroads and their backers needed to sell fantasies, air castles, fools’ paradises and utopias to persuade immigrants and settlers, as the original New World speculators had done to prospective Americans back in England in the 1600s

Financial panics, economic depressions, unsustainable overbuilding, popping of the railroad bubbles, inflated by real estate bubbles. Bonanza and thank your lucky stars, school of hard economic booms and busts on the Big Rock Candy Mountain

Ant and the grasshopper: Steady hard work, frugality, sobriety, and common sense + no patience, overexcitement, gambling, with a weakness for stories too good to be true short of cancel each other in the aggregate unless they lurch out of balance crackbrained haywired loco

The rebellion was the result of a conspiracy based on an hyperbolic catalog of complaints by paranoid fantasists about another conspiracy, this time by George III, to “enslave” his American subjects, and reduce them under absolute despotism.

William Gibson said that we find conspiracy theories fantastically comforting not because they’re more frightening than reality, but because they’re less frightening than reality

Secret plans, machinations, cabals, intrigues, frame ups, stratagems, tricks, collusions, confederacy covin, deception, design, dodge, ploy, ruse, subterfuge, league racket, countermine counterplot, disloyalty, fix, frame, game, hookups, perfidy, put-up jobs, seditions

When the Revolutionaries’ new American society promptly produced its own revolutionaries, the seditious and the tyrants each saw the other as a conspiracy.

The belief in a monolithic structure imposing a pattern on otherwise unpredictable timeline. The megalomaniac view of ones group as the Chose one, wholly good, abominably persecuted, yet assured of ultimate triumph; the attribution of gigantic and demonic powers to the adversary.

Satanic conspiracies of witches and Indians, European monarchs, despotic leaders, Freemasons and Illuminati (Hamilton’s idea) Catholic paranoia, catholics doubling every year, the Pope’s agents in America, “we do not go abroad in search of monster to destroy” 😇

From Aaron Burr to the American Communist Party conspiracies have never been as important social realities as the movements against them

For the abolitionists, politics for the sixty years before the war including the War of 1812, the dismantling of the national bank, and double dealings with Court justices of the supreme court were all explained as parts of the slaveholders conspiracy

Sermons on both sides portrayed the war as a holy battle on the road to Armageddon, and the kingdom of Christ and as part of the divine plan. Each side was truly convinced that it was following God’s commands to help him establish his kingdom on earth, and live with mankind here

Meanwhile, on the battlefield itself, the Age of Dakka had dawned, which meant that everything anybody knew about warfare was wrong again. Again progress and economic development made the tactical lessons of the war irrelevant in just two decades.

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Thanks to the novels of Walter Scott, the transplanted Southern Cavaliers set about re-creating feudal Olde England in the New World, with black slaves instead of white serfs. They came because they’d been on the losing side in the English Civil War.

“sets the world in love with dreams and phantoms; with decayed and swinish forms of religion;…with the sillinesses and emptinesses, sham grandeurs…and sham chivalries of a brainless and worthless long-vanished society. He is in great measure responsible for the war”

Mark Twain

Come be a cowboy, trapper, outlaw and indulge the Great American Pastoral Larp. Far from the madding crowd removed from its traditional literary context. In this infinitely “empty”😬 new place, land of the literal, you could live the Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving lifestyle

The gentle, quiet life of the country, peopled by souls of wise simplicity living In Harmony with Nature. A place where people stick to the Good Old Ways. Though the city dwellers may scorn them, they are the better for not having to rely on material things for happiness.

Everyone is Jesus in Purgatory! Every plot is an allegory for the rebuilding of one’s soul, every setting as a manifestation of purgatory, and every protagonist as a stand-in for the Christ

And everyone lives in the city upon the hill; the unfinished, ever-evolving city inside the city, where reality is created by larping. A city dissolving into a tired sprawl of ideas, where words come to represent exactly the opposite of what they mean

Every birth is part of the process of natural selection; a resurrection with foreknowledge of the future. We are born only once but we “are” many other people who pre-existed us. The self is a function of all other selves. Your identity fluctuates. You cannot be yourself twice.

The slave trade had a complete rescue narrative: “We are rescuing people and they’re eager to be purchased. They’re free to market themselves as fit for work. They really get a kick of the crossing across the Atlantic with their happy singing, dancing and their games of chance.

When they get to the plantations they get comfy little houses. It’s like a cradle to grave welfare state and they don’t have to worry if they get sick. We take care of them we feed them and they’re doing way better than poor peasants back in Britain.

Show business, celebrities, ad, brand, and salesmanship. All antebellum words. Already then you could advertise and sell almost anything, to make fictions seem real. The greatest dangers of advertising was not that of misleading people, but that of boring them to death

Advertising for patent medicines also worked for merchandised candidates sold to voters as the common man, salt of the earth, regular joe. Life-size and miniature log cabins, and whiskey in bear shaped bottles. Cheap dailies didn’t scruple about standards of accuracy and truth

The moon had forests, oceans, lakes , rivers, birds, small buffaloes and zebras, blue unicorns, huge molluscs, beavers, who walked upright and wore young men in their pussy. It had a magnificent, seventy-foot-high blue-stone temple with a golden roof.

There were winged, hairy humanoids, obviously “rational beings,” happy vegetarians, “passionate and “fit to produce artwork.” The man-bat, dark, and other “of a larger stature …. less dark in color and an improved variety of the race in all respects, lived in it.

“I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.” “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.””There’s a sucker born every minute” The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves”

“If some imaginary proposition is exciting, and nobody can prove it’s untrue, then it’s my right as an American to believe it’s true.” “Disbelieving in mermaids isn’t proof that this creature isn’t a mermaid.”

The default American mode was enterprise. In religion and vice versa, success meant charismatic visionaries who convinced people to believe in pipe dreams. Medical displays showed revival camp meetings selling an instant salvation of another kind.

Injun Country: Tribal Face Paint and Savage Piercings, and brandishing spears or bows. They will wear Braids, Beads and Buckskins, speak using Tonto Talk, and add tomahawks to their arsenal. They will either be mesmerized by the Mighty Whitey and accept them as brothers.

They often have one woman among them, The Chief’s (giant feather headdress) Daughter, who looks more attractive by Western standards than the rest. Camps have Tipis and Totem Poles, they greet other people with a gruff “How,” and the elders sit around a bonfire for a “pow-wow.”

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West traveling show transformed current news and history into entertainment, turned real-life figures of like himself, his pal Wild Bill Hickok and Sitting Bull into simulated versions of themselves, riding real horses and firing real guns outdoors.

Reality is unrealistic.

In one of Aesop’s Fables, a clown does an impression of a pig’s squeal. Crowd boos. The next day the clown puts his head in his cloak and there is a horrible sound. The crowd jeers and says it’s fake… and then the clown pulls a piglet out of his coat,

A new form of nostalgia emerged in our psychology, an imaginary homesickness for places and times no one had ever experienced and that had in most cases never really existed.

Nostalgia of the north before large-scale capitalism. Nostalgia of the south for the time before slavery. The songs of Stephen Foster, imagined a south from up north in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Fenimore Cooper and the wilderness, and Twain’s antebellum youth.

Neoclassical dreamlands, all temporary, disposable, full-size covered in plaster of Paris, open for six months, then gone. Takeaway. Fantasy seems superior to reality. Invent and reinvent yourself on successive frontiers, in proximity to wild nature or not

The false is real and the truth is unreal

Or truth is false and false is real

I think the “information needs to be free crowd” were not counting on the development of juggernauts concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false but with our appetite for distraction.

Soon there will be 300 million @SubstackInc accounts. That will surely take care of the problem


In the 1900 papers stopped accepting ads for patent medicines. The Pure Food and Drug Act became federal law, putting most of that industry out of business. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that states and towns could legally require citizens to be vaccinated against smallpox

To the self-confident mainstream, the reactionary outbursts, new spiritual fads and kooky religions looked like last gasps. The US was on the side of analytical, balanced, deliberate, impartial, intelligent, judicious, cool, calm and collected.

1/10 Americans was a German immigrant or the child of one during WWI. Between 1910 and 1920, almost a million German-born Americans disappeared from census rolls. The first big anti-Communist panic, edged into anti-Semitism and vice versa.

Henry Ford was a fan of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In the 1920s he underwrote the U.S. publication of a half-million copies. Ford also wrote a four-volume set called The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem. 😬

“Black America” toured the Northeast in the 1930s. It featured make believe slaves picking cotton bolls and processing them in a real cotton gin. “A fat black mammy, with, sits outside one of the little cabins, knitting. And rabbits’ feet and the “musk bag” protecting talismans.

After “The Birth of a Nation” the popularity of the revived Ku Klux Klan exploded. Four of the five states with the largest Klan memberships were Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. At its peak in the early 1920s, probably 5 percent of white American men were in the KKK.”

The Klan now had standardized spooky-fantasy-figure costumes (the white robes, the conical hats) and new fantasy nomenclature — officers were Imperial Wizards and Grand Goblins, and local Klan groups became “klaverns.”

“The salient characteristic of the south is a magnificent incapacity for the real, a talent for the fantastic. Unpleasant realities were singularly rare, and those which existed, as, for example, slavery, lent themselves to pleasant glorification, then amiable fiction

WJ Cash

All of us inherit lies when we’re born but probably after a few generations it becomes not navigable and the system crashes. How may lies should a system allow for it to function without crashing? 🤔

Of course we think there are liars and truthers but that’s wrong, of course. There are mostly liars but some of them are on opposite sides

But the point stands. A certain level of lying by omission, by distorting context, by denial, by minimisation, by exaggeration is unavoidable. Now if you’re not careful and your institution crosses the line into outright fabrication, the system will crash.

Nevermind about the stories above. They’re just metaphors

The other side of Max Weber’s idea that certain Protestant mental habits are copacetic with ambition and industriousness and that protestants’ capitalism-friendly theology had evolved into modern rationalism was “the
so-called Monkey Trial.”

Fundamentalism is a protest against the rationalistic interpretation of scripture which seeks to discredit supernaturalism. When robbed of supernaturalism it ceases to be a religion and becomes an exalted system of ethics. Shits lots of people to this day have a problem with that

One of the reason we are fucking up so badly is that lots of supposed expertise after 911, 2008 and Covid has proven to be a grift praying of our longing for sacramental way of being in the world.

From the belief that individual merit is the strict and undeviating guarantee of individual wealth, to the myth that Wall Street investment bankers are Promethean ‘job creators,’ to the mystical faith that web 2.0 will upend all traditional limitations on human enterprise,

Experts went from “do the right thing” to “make as much profit as you can and try to do the right thing” to “Do what it’s arguably legal” to “Well, do what you can get away with” Then, maybe “do whatever you want because getting caught is less expensive than not getting caught”

The holy spirit is money and theology and philosophy become economics. The iconography is advertising, PR, marketing, and product design even to the point of where the costs of bribery, corruption, greenwashing, manipulation, etc are less expensive than playing the other way.

Trump is a great example of this compulsive lying to ourselves in which we have engaged and at all levels it may be a symptom of the bipolarity, ADHD, impulse control issues, substance dependency, borderline and narcissistics personalities coming home to roost

I’m not saying repent into trad roles or anything like that but if we try to force half america into therapy, they are unlikely to cooperate. Ideally, the person in therapy will believe help is necessary and make a sincere effort to change.

And when the Consensus people are lying though their teeth to their therapist I’m not sure how they propose they’re gonna fix this thing and come up with a new inclusive magical thinking story that can get some traction

MAGA as psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which tue Bubbas defend themselves against unconscious impulses by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

if we treat MAGA only as as a confabulation (a memory error defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, despite contradictory evidence) we’re going to fuck up the next 4 years again

And it’s because you should know better that you should be doing better to create America 3.0 rather than just shiting on America 1.0 and America 2.0 or pretending that you could still run the place on those operating systems as if nothing had happened in the interval

We are stuck in confabulation mode because we are retrieving the wrong memories and accepted them as a truth due to our inability to distinguish beliefs from memories

Clash of the Confabulations

Reality is shocking. We will die, most likely after illness; all our friends will die likewise; on a tiny planet. Perhaps the need for confabulation and self-deception increases with age to hold depression at bay. Some lies are prettier than others

The business of America is Live Action Role play

*Act II insight


Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed Hephaestus Be gracious and grant me excellence and wealth.

Hephaestus, the god of fire and the forge, we come before you with open hearts and minds. We offer ourselves to you, knowing that you are the master of all things and have the power to grant us excellence and wealth.

As we stand before you, we ask that you bless us with the strength and courage to face all that life has to offer. Let us be full, let us be empty, and let us experience all that the world has to offer. Whether we have all things or nothing, we trust in your divine providence and yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

We ask that you grant us the gifts of excellence and wealth, that we may use these blessings to bring joy and happiness to ourselves and those around us. We ask that you guide us in our endeavors and help us to use our talents and abilities to their fullest potential.

O glorious and blessed Hephaestus, we offer ourselves to you with humility and gratitude. We ask that you continue to watch over us and guide us on our journey through life. May your fire continue to burn brightly within us, inspiring us to be the best versions of ourselves and to always strive for excellence in all that we do.

We offer this prayer to you, Hephaestus, with love and reverence. Amen.

You Will Only Hear What to Play When it Takes You by Surprise.

Improvisation is a vital part of many musical genres, but perhaps none more so than jazz and rock. Jazz improvisation is perhaps the most famous example of this art form. Jazz musicians have been improvising for over a century, taking the standard structures and melodies of jazz tunes and creating something new and unique every time they play. Jazz improvisation requires a deep knowledge of harmony, melody, and rhythm, as well as a willingness to take risks and explore new musical ideas.

The neural basis of musical improvisation is a topic of ongoing research in neuroscience. Studies have shown that improvisation involves a complex interplay of different brain regions, including those involved in motor control, sensory processing, memory, and creativity.

One of the key brain regions involved in improvisation is the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions such as planning, decision-making, and working memory. Studies have shown that improvisation involves increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, particularly in areas involved in cognitive control and flexible thinking.

Another important brain region involved in improvisation is the motor cortex, which is responsible for planning and executing movements. When a musician improvises, they are essentially creating a series of motor commands that control the movements of their fingers, hands, and other body parts. Studies have shown that improvisation involves increased activity in the motor cortex, particularly in areas involved in planning and executing complex movements.

In addition to these regions, studies have also identified increased activity in areas involved in sensory processing, such as the auditory cortex and the somatosensory cortex, as well as in regions involved in emotional processing, such as the amygdala and the hippocampus.

The neurological processes involved in automatic writing are not yet fully understood, but some studies have suggested that there may be similarities between automatic writing and other forms of spontaneous creativity, including musical improvisation.

One study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural correlates of improvisation in jazz musicians. The researchers found that improvisation involved increased activity in brain regions involved in spontaneous creative processing, including the medial prefrontal cortex and the posterior cingulate cortex.

Similarly, another study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, investigated the neural correlates of spontaneous writing in professional writers. The researchers found that spontaneous writing involved increased activity in the right hemisphere of the brain, particularly in regions involved in visual processing and spatial attention.

These findings suggest that both automatic writing and improvisation may involve increased activity in brain regions involved in spontaneous and creative processing, particularly in the prefrontal cortex and other regions involved in cognitive control and flexible thinking.

One of the most famous examples of jazz improvisation is John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” This tune features a complex harmonic structure that is notoriously difficult to navigate, but Coltrane took it on with gusto, creating a solo that is now considered one of the greatest in jazz history. Coltrane’s solo is full of unexpected twists and turns, with long runs of fast notes interspersed with moments of silence and reflection. It’s a perfect example of how jazz improvisation can take a familiar tune and turn it into something new and exciting.

Rock improvisation, while not as well-known as jazz improvisation, is also an important part of the genre. Many of the great rock bands of the 1960s and 70s were known for their extended jams, where they would take a simple riff or chord progression and play it for minutes on end, exploring new sounds and ideas as they went.

One of the most famous examples of rock improvisation is the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post.” The song features a simple, bluesy riff that the band uses as a launching pad for an extended jam that lasts over 20 minutes. The band members take turns soloing, with each player adding their own unique voice to the mix. The result is a thrilling example of how rock improvisation can create an intense, emotional experience for both the musicians and the audience.

In both jazz and rock, improvisation is all about taking risks and exploring new musical territory. It requires a deep knowledge of the music and a willingness to let go of preconceived ideas and structures. When done well, improvisation can create unforgettable musical moments that stay with listeners long after the performance is over.

Plato’s Cave, Samasara and Bodhisattvas


Plato’s cave allegory is a classic philosophical metaphor that has been studied and analyzed for centuries. It describes a group of people who are chained up in a cave, facing a wall where shadows of objects are projected onto it. These people have never seen the outside world and believe that the shadows they see are the only reality. However, one person manages to break free from the chains and leaves the cave, discovering the true nature of reality. This person then returns to the cave to share their newfound knowledge with the others.

Interestingly, this allegory can also be compared to the concept of Samsara in Buddhism. Samsara refers to the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that is believed to be a fundamental aspect of existence. Like the people in Plato’s cave, individuals who are trapped in Samsara are ignorant of the true nature of reality. They are constantly being reborn into a world of suffering, unaware of the greater spiritual truths that exist beyond their immediate experience.

However, just as one person in Plato’s allegory is able to break free from the cave, it is believed that individuals can also break free from the cycle of Samsara through spiritual enlightenment. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhism, and is achieved through a deep understanding of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

The return of the enlightened person to the cave in Plato’s allegory can be seen as parallel to the work of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Buddhas are individuals who have achieved full enlightenment and have escaped the cycle of Samsara. Bodhisattvas, on the other hand, are individuals who have also achieved enlightenment, but choose to remain in the world in order to help others achieve enlightenment as well.

Just as the enlightened person in Plato’s allegory returns to the cave to help others break free from their chains and discover the truth, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in Buddhism work tirelessly to help others escape the cycle of Samsara. They teach the Dharma, lead by example, and guide others towards enlightenment.

In both cases, the act of leaving the cave or breaking free from Samsara represents a fundamental shift in consciousness. It is a realization that there is more to reality than what is immediately apparent, and a willingness to explore and embrace the unknown. This shift in consciousness is essential to achieving spiritual enlightenment, and it is something that can be seen in both Plato’s allegory and in the teachings of Buddhism.

In conclusion, the departure from Plato’s cave can indeed be likened to leaving Samsara, and the return can be seen as parallel to the work of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Both represent a fundamental shift in consciousness, and both involve the realization that there is more to reality than what is immediately apparent. Whether we are working towards spiritual enlightenment or simply trying to broaden our understanding of the world around us, these allegories serve as powerful reminders of the transformative power of knowledge and self-discovery.

Reverse Engineering in Art

The strategy of working backward from your desired end result to create art, known as “reverse engineering,” can be a useful tool for many artists and creatives. However, as with any strategy, it has its limitations.

At its core, reverse engineering is about starting with the end in mind and working backwards to determine the steps needed to achieve that outcome. It’s a process that can be applied to almost any creative endeavor, from songwriting to painting to product design. By breaking down the end goal into smaller, more manageable steps, reverse engineering can help artists navigate the creative process more efficiently and effectively.

But there comes a point where relying too heavily on reverse engineering can hinder artistic growth and limit creative potential. When an artist becomes too comfortable with one particular style or genre, they risk falling into a creative rut. They may become complacent, churning out works that are formulaic and lacking in originality.

At this point, it’s important for artists to challenge themselves by seeking out new genres or styles. By stepping outside of their comfort zone, artists can open up new avenues of creative exploration and break free from the constraints of reverse engineering.

Low hanging fruit refers to easy-to-achieve goals that require little effort or creativity. While these goals may provide a quick sense of satisfaction, they do little to push an artist to their creative limits. To truly grow as an artist, it’s important to challenge yourself by seeking out more difficult goals that require a deeper level of creativity and problem-solving.

In conclusion, reverse engineering can be a useful tool for artists and creatives, but it’s important to recognize its limitations. Once an artist has mastered a particular style or genre using this technique, it’s time to seek out new challenges and push their creativity in new directions. By doing so, artists can continue to grow and evolve, producing work that is both innovative and inspiring.

How to Turn a Model Citizen into a Delinquent

Delinquency is often portrayed as a negative aspect of society, something to be avoided at all costs. But what if we took a different approach and viewed delinquency as a set of virtues to be embraced and celebrated?

First and foremost, delinquency can be seen as a form of rebellion against authority. Rather than blindly following the rules and norms of society, delinquents choose to carve their own path and make their own rules. This rebellious spirit can lead to innovation and creativity, as delinquents think outside the box and come up with new and unconventional solutions to problems.

Delinquency can also be viewed as a form of self-expression. Rather than conforming to the expectations of others, delinquents choose to express themselves in their own unique way. This can take the form of artistic expression, such as graffiti or street art, or it can simply be a way of asserting one’s individuality in a world that often demands conformity.

Another virtue of delinquency is the sense of community it can create. Delinquents often form tight-knit groups, bonded together by their shared experiences and rebellious attitudes. This sense of belonging can be incredibly powerful, providing support and camaraderie in a world that can often feel isolating and alienating.

Of course, it’s important to note that delinquency can have negative consequences as well. Breaking the law and engaging in destructive behavior can harm oneself and others, and it’s important to weigh the potential risks and benefits before engaging in any kind of delinquent behavior.

In conclusion, while delinquency is not something to be promoted or encouraged, it’s possible to view it in a different light and find humor in the idea of delinquency as a set of virtues. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to decide how they want to navigate the complex social and cultural landscape we find ourselves in.

  1. Constantly praise the student, telling them how smart and special they are, until they develop an inflated ego and sense of entitlement.
  2. Encourage them to question authority and break rules, because why should they listen to anyone else?
  3. Assign meaningless and tedious homework, driving the student to seek excitement and thrills outside of the classroom.
  4. Give them a taste of freedom by letting them skip class or assignments, making them feel invincible and untouchable.
  5. Ignore any signs of trouble or delinquent behavior, because addressing it would be too much work.
  6. Show them violent or controversial movies or books, normalizing deviant behavior and desensitizing them to violence.
  7. Provide a poor example by engaging in questionable behavior yourself, because who needs morals when you have fun?
  8. Encourage them to surround themselves with other delinquents, because misery loves company.
  9. Tell them that the rules don’t apply to them, because they’re special and different from everyone else.
  10. Finally, stand back and watch as your once-model citizen becomes a full-blown delinquent, wreaking havoc and chaos wherever they go.

High Voltage

The band AC/DC is known for their iconic rock anthems, including “High Voltage,” a classic track that has stood the test of time. But have you ever noticed that the chords for “High Voltage” are actually A-C-D-C, the same letters that make up the name of the band? It’s a clever play on words that highlights the band’s passion for rock and roll and their unique sense of humor.

The chords for “High Voltage” are relatively simple, with a basic rock riff that is instantly recognizable. But when you take a closer look at the notes, you’ll see that they form the letters A, C, D, and C. This is no coincidence, as the band intentionally chose these chords to spell out their name in the song.

The chords for “High Voltage” by AC/DC are not just a catchy rock riff, but a clever play on words that highlights the band’s unique sense of humor and passion for rock and roll. The letters A-C-D-C have become synonymous with high-energy music and rebellion, and the band’s music continues to inspire and influence musicians and fans around the world. AC/DC’s legacy as one of the greatest rock bands of all time is cemented in their music, their performances, and their ability to connect with their fans in a meaningful way.

Reverse Benchmarking

In today’s highly competitive business world, companies are always looking for new ways to gain a competitive edge. One strategy that has gained popularity in recent years is reverse benchmarking, which involves identifying the practices of industry leaders and doing the opposite. While reverse benchmarking is not a panacea for all business problems, it can be an effective way to differentiate a company from its competitors and create a unique value proposition.

Reverse benchmarking involves identifying the practices and standards of industry leaders and then intentionally doing the opposite. This approach can be applied to a wide range of areas, including marketing, product development, customer service, and more. By deliberately going against the grain, companies can create a distinctive brand identity and stand out in a crowded marketplace.

One area where reverse benchmarking can be particularly effective is in customer service. Many companies in today’s fast-paced business environment prioritize efficiency and speed over personalized service. By doing the opposite, and prioritizing personalized service and attention to detail, companies can create a unique selling point that sets them apart from their competitors. This approach can help companies build strong relationships with their customers, which can lead to increased loyalty and long-term success.

Another area where reverse benchmarking can be effective is in product development. Instead of following the latest trends and fads, companies can intentionally develop products that go against the norm. For example, if the industry trend is to develop smaller and more lightweight products, a company could choose to develop a larger and more robust product that caters to customers who value durability and longevity over convenience. By going against the industry norm, companies can create a product that truly meets the needs of their customers, rather than simply following the latest trend.

Of course, reverse benchmarking is not a silver bullet solution that can solve all business problems. There are certainly situations where following industry best practices is the most effective approach. For example, when it comes to complying with legal regulations, it is generally best to follow established standards to avoid legal trouble. Additionally, in some cases, deviating too far from industry standards can make it difficult for a company to compete and be taken seriously by customers.

Despite its limitations, reverse benchmarking can be a powerful tool for companies looking to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace. By intentionally doing the opposite of their competitors, companies can create a unique selling point that sets them apart and appeals to customers who are looking for something different. While it is important to exercise caution and not deviate too far from established standards, reverse benchmarking can be a great place to start for companies looking to create a distinctive brand identity and gain a competitive edge.

Here are ten successful examples of reverse benchmarking:

  1. Dollar Shave Club: Dollar Shave Club disrupted the razor industry by offering a subscription-based model that delivered razors directly to customers’ doors. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of selling razors in stores, they were able to differentiate themselves and appeal to customers who were looking for convenience and affordability.
  2. Warby Parker: Warby Parker disrupted the eyewear industry by offering affordable and stylish glasses online. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of selling glasses in brick-and-mortar stores at high prices, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more convenient and affordable option.
  3. Southwest Airlines: Southwest Airlines disrupted the airline industry by offering no-frills, low-cost flights. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of offering expensive flights with numerous amenities, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for an affordable and convenient option.
  4. Tesla: Tesla disrupted the automotive industry by offering electric cars with advanced technology and innovative design. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of relying on fossil fuels and traditional car designs, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more sustainable and technologically advanced option.
  5. Apple: Apple disrupted the computer and mobile phone industries by offering sleek and intuitive products with advanced technology and innovative design. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of offering clunky and complicated products, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing option.
  6. Netflix: Netflix disrupted the entertainment industry by offering a subscription-based model for streaming movies and TV shows. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of offering physical DVDs for rent, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more convenient and affordable option.
  7. Airbnb: Airbnb disrupted the hospitality industry by offering a platform for people to rent out their homes and apartments to travelers. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of offering traditional hotel rooms, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more unique and authentic travel experience.
  8. Patagonia: Patagonia disrupted the outdoor apparel industry by prioritizing sustainability and ethical production practices. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of relying on cheap and environmentally damaging production practices, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more socially responsible option.
  9. Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s disrupted the grocery store industry by offering a unique and carefully curated selection of products at affordable prices. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of offering a massive selection of products at high prices, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more personalized and affordable option.
  10. Ben & Jerry’s: Ben & Jerry’s disrupted the ice cream industry by offering unique and creative flavors with socially conscious branding. By doing the opposite of the industry standard of offering generic and mass-produced flavors, they were able to appeal to customers who were looking for a more distinctive and socially responsible option.