Dead souls and living memory

The child of refugees
fleeing from Libya
and the chaos of Col.
Gaddafi's insanity.

Missed-educated and lost to
some strong social psychological
forces, a dying mind and dead soul
consumed by who knows what
sordid influences,
ideological dogmatic selfish

known to some authorities but
forgotten, lost, escaped into
the void of violence to make
a final statement on the death
of the soul

Reason, humanity, love,
forgiveness, strength did not reach
him in time
this young boy turned himself
into an ancient nightmare
a dead soul screaming death
a cowards way out
the way of the unfeeling
unthinking idiot

to strike the innocent and
the young, and the vulnerable
in such a cowardly way
does not incite me to violence
i pity the death of a soul
and meditate on the victims
who's healthy souls were
snatched away from the body

sorrow, sadness and heartache
are a part of the process
let peace rain down and
may we educate and nurture
all the children, all the mothers
farthers, sons, daughters,

hatred is good for nothing

all i see are bombs
everywhere going off
shells and mortar
nails and bolts and hatred
packed inside ready to
explode all over some poor

you might think bombs would
be outlawed by now
but no, business is booming
in 2017
both foreign and domestically
bombs are big business

and the fear they bring is
music to the ears of the click
bait corporations,
also without soul,
without empathy and the ability
to think from anothers
point of view POV

and so multiple points of view
becomes a weapon in the fight
if you want to really fight,
write true

MPOV panorama flash
bang in the middle of the drama
full HD terror relentless
half truth, broken up by adverts
for soap, insurance, watches and
the lastest Hollywood terror flick

change the chanel,
no turn it off, get with yourself
your family and friends,
or gather your multiple thoughts.

turn it back on
don't let me or anybody else
tell you what to do
think for yourself
check the mail, the sun, the
ugly disinformation, terrible
mistakes, and weird
dull conspiracy, nothing new
everything old, recycled
same old age old war
over the inefable

some might say
intelligence failure
this is always true

known to intelligence
are you
will you be
did you used to be
blown from coincidence
known to intelligence

what is
what will be
what isn't what should be
really, again, but surely
known to intelligence

but wait what of
the company the bureau
the agency who claim
such high general knowledge
are they too
known to intelligence?

are there too many suspects
too much noise
too many corporate profinterest
too many old boys?
known to intelligence

or willfully ignored
no trace just bodies
terror and little information
to keep the enemy unintelligent
a tactic
known to intelligence

little did he know
less did he show
nothing ditto

all election campaigning off
but we know who shouts
loudest and who the media like to
amplify and increase the range to
terrify, sly dogs of war
narcissism and eternal lyric
of 'it is'

the isness of idiots
unable to consider more
than a second
without a third or fourth way
blind to the others
drowning in certainty
no air to breathe
cause and effect
punish and reward
so fucking predictable,

what to blame outside
turn it off again,
and now back on
show me the terror
i need to see it,
now off, it's bedtime

the nightmares better
than the waking forces of
political media overkill
on repeat on repeat
death dying destruction
low information,
obscuration, lies.

terror now a currency
a valuable force to get more
retweets and likes,
more views and more followers
the architect of misery, revenge
the reactionary uncontrolled
violent idiot
full of hatred and madness,
full of sadness

heal time heel

--steve fly, 23/05/17.

If not Article II, Section 4, then using Section 4 of the 25th Amendment

As the president's most tireless online antagonists repeat hourly, Trump would seem to be a prime candidate for impeachment and/or removal from office, if not under Article II, Section 4, then using Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which provides a means of removing a president on grounds of impairment ("unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office").--

Questions to avoid catastrophe (in the UK)

Questions teased from the latest interview with Slavoj Zizek (The man of the moment)

we must talk in a rational and organized way
if not we head for catastrophe

what happens the morning after the revolution?
how will the ordinary people change
we need to imagine and build
the reorganization of everyday life
for all the people

food, clothing, shelter, wifi, power, water,
european accomplishments of
enlightenment and human rights

require a minarchist enforcement of human rights
to talk openly,
or the result is Le Pen and UKIP

we must recognize there is a problem
and perhaps then, respectively, ignore
each other
learn a toleration of distance,
not so far away neighbors
don't have to like them
but acknowledged as human
and different

true respect,
is respect from someone you don't like,
and don't understand

Zionist Anti-Semitism
war on some Jews, Trump administration
the era of paradox

the regression in public speech
we need to be dogmatic about certain things
(e.g "rape is okay because...torture is okay because... etc.)
"i don't have to debate this guy"
he/she's an idiot

tragedy of public decency
The vulgarity of public politics
the point is keep it private
out of decency

private conspiracy theories
now out in public debate,
living in an era of regression,
hollywood dystopias reflect this

to exercise the cliche'
making fun between friends
poking fun at nationalism
builds commeradary

rare, rare but magic moment
of the miracle of communication

must explore the other....
see as the neighbor
remain a neighbor, not you

this line 'we are all the same'
no, we are not the same,
this can cover up racism

thats why need political
solidarity, humanism often
misidentified solely with empathy
we strive for human universality

human rights vs. citizens rights
(a certain community, customs, political code)
but universal human rights
above being citizens bound by
customs, community, politics
with certain (post-citizen) human rights
speech, freedom, so on.

who sets the argument standard?
immobility - mobility
what happens when 3 million
want to move to

into OUR society, (Vico's conceit of nations)
do they want this? no,
they want their way of life
would you? how to integrate?

we must talk openly about these problems
to avoid and anti immigrant explosion

to what extent does freedom of movement
cover freedom of settlement?
employment? so on?

we must talk in a rational organized way
if not we head for catastophe

Ninja Jamm - System 7 - Fly Agaric 23 remix

Cosmic Trigger audio book

The story behind RAW’s Cosmic Trigger Audio Book

posted by Rasa
Ever since I heard Ken Campbell reading Part One of Illuminatus! in the 2007 Deepleaf Audio production, I had the idea in my head that I’d love to hear an audio book of Cosmic Trigger, and Prometheus Rising, and, well, most of Bob’s books. It took some years for Christina to sort out her dad’s legal affairs enough that we could create Hilaritas Press, start republishing mosbunall of Bob’s books, and then begin thinking of creative ways to further Bob’s works and ideas. In early 2014, Daisy Campbell began to pull together the resources and diverse energies needed to pull the Cosmic Trigger and create her stage adaptation. The RAW Trust was in full support, and already thinking of how the production could one day be staged in Santa Cruz. While Daisy realized her inspired interpretation of Cosmic Trigger, we were creating HIlaritas Press and publishing Cosmic Trigger as our first RAW title.
Oliver Senton, narrator for the audio book, played Robert Anton Wilson in Daisy Campbell’s “Cosmic Trigger – The Play”
Watching video clips of the production led me to write an email to Daisy in March of 2016, asking her thoughts on making Cosmic Trigger into an audio book. Her response was enthusiastic, and she immediately said, “The best possible man for the audio job would be Oliver Senton who played Bob in the play.”
Oliver was equally enthusiastic. Before he went into the recording studio to begin the project, he wrote to Christina,
“I have a strong faith that your father’s works are going to grow and grow in popularity and appreciation in the coming years, and that this re-framing of them you’re currently undertaking can only accentuate that. Rereading Cosmic Trigger Part I recently has only reminded me of how much brilliant thought and “feeling good” there is there. Truly, his was a mighty heart.”
Christina and I were ecstatic – we had an amazing book and a great actor to narrate – now we only had to make the thing. Easier imagined than done, but the RAW community has a lot of talent. I asked Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt if he might be able to lend a hand. Oliver knew Steve as the drummer in Daisy’s stage production of Cosmic Trigger. I knew Steve, from back in early 2012 when he approached the Trust about his RAW360 virtual reality project. Steve lives in Amsterdam, doing a wide array of creative projects, and working a lot in the last years with poet/activist John Sinclair. I put Steve in touch with Oliver, and since I was more than 5000 miles away, and Oliver and Steve only had the English Channel to deal with, I took a back seat. That was a great decision. I’m taking the same tack in writing this blog post and letting Steve and Oliver take over . . .
Steve writes . . .
“Pull It!”
Finally the final secret of the Illuminati is out in the air, the Cosmic Trigger audio book project comes 40 years after the book was penned by RAW, and with luck will inspire new generations to come.
The project reflects a labour-of-love on behalf of all involved, from the studio recording itself, through the fine tooth-comb editing, and preparations for the audio book launch. To repeat a popular phrase in Cosmic Trigger circles, ‘heroic’ – defines the project perfectly.
RAW often suggested (in his Finnegans Wake writings) that reading a text aloud can unlock what were once dormant meanings in the text. Along lines sketched out by Marshall McLuhan, RAW also propagated signals inferring that the medium defines the message, and listening to speech impacts differently on the brain-body system than reading text silently in your head. The ear world and the eye world and the interacting processes of all the senses together, produce a holistic experience in time. This audio book can literally open up new dimensions, inner and outer.
Oliver Sentons’ reading stamina and continued ability to keep the listener engrossed in the comprehensive text is a delight to behold. Rasa and Christina have given hundreds of hours and incurred considerable expenses in producing this audio book. I dearly hope you help share and spread the word far and wide, and consider buying this one of a kind, 8 hour Robert Anton Wilson audio trip. With your help and support we can start work on the audio book for Cosmic Trigger Volume II: Down to Earth.
Special thanks to Mark Sampson, Simon Reeves, Oliver Senton, Tom and Della Pratt, Scott Groves and to Hagbard Celine for the ill artwork, all RAW heads worldwide, and those who are about to hear the book. Hoo fasa.
“Pull it!”
– Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt, April 23, 2017
And from Oliver . . .
Birmingham, the city in England, has always held a half-formed shape in my memory: my sister went to university there thirty years ago, and since then I’ve only passed through briefly, just changing trains or spending a night or two in standardised hotels. Where better to dive deep into the stream of R.A.Wilson’s thoughts and words; to attempt to capture his elusive, charming, ever-morphing wit.
Steve Fly and Mark Sampson installed me safely inside the rock bunker which is Framework Studios, with fruit and water, and shortly we were off, engineer Simon and me, with just a mike and constellations of ideas. I’ve been carrying some of those words in my head for a while (I play RAW in Daisy Campbell’s theatre adaptation of the books), but tackling the whole thing was a whole new challenge.
How do you recite a graph? How do you describe an illustration? Above all, how do you capture for so many paragraphs that deep, rolling, barely modulating tone that Wilson had, which carried his bright intelligence so clearly to so many?
After a while, a long while, talking as somebody else for so long, it’s impossible to tell how ‘accurate’ you are (whatever that may mean); it becomes more like a meditation than a performance – you disappear down the channel between your brain and the studio’s digital memory and hope for the best when you see the light at the other end.
My thanks to the gentlemen for looking after me (and to Steve’s mum and dad for giving me a bed); my respect and gratitude to the man who provided the RAW material. Whatever you think as you listen: believe nothing.
– Oliver Senton, April 23, 2017

Listen to an excerpt . . .

excerpt: Multiple Realities chapter

Written by Robert Anton Wilson
Narrated by Oliver Senton
Recorded and mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Studios (September, 2016)
Edited by Simon Reeves and Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt
Cover art by amoeba
Co-producers: Mark Sampson (Iron Man Records) & Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt
Executive Producers: Richard Rasa & Christina Pearson
Special thanks to Mark Sampson for transport and logistics, and to Tom and Della at Broadmeadow for help with lodgings.

Unjust My Opinion

Unjust My Opinion (UMO)
(a freestyle driven by rhyme pressure)

...unjust my opinion, makes me cry like a onion
i feel my opinion, hurts my foot like a bunion
opinion, i got a million, billion
a trillion zillion 23 piece pinion

I just can't stand any more your opinions
unless they be new ones, or clever funny uns'
shoulda' coulda' woulda' brudda' what you sayin?
why put me in a straight jacket of your wordplayin' 
pain, who's paying

you need an op to remove it
that opinion, you can't prove it
logic in the way, just move it
add to hard facts to soothe it
like a bed of nails, you can't smooth it
like a sun in a ditch light groove it

have you got more opinions than Trump
cuz we got the funk to shake yo' rump
lance that opinion, remove the lump
tomorrow your opinion lies dead in the trunk
i think your opinion is your opinion
so keep your eye on the group and beware the minion

unjust my opinion falling on deaf ears
day to day in a way what i'm sayin' since years
unjust an opinion built on selfish fears
unjust opinion to launch political careers
off the track onto wax for my opinion attacks
opinions on opinions

unjust my opinion, many layers like an onion
goes well with a salad and a self centered ballad
just hit a J.G Ballard, it hurt, fuckin' well hard
shards of meaning taking root in your back yard

--Steve Fly

Wrap and Roll

Wrap and roll
(a loose, free-flow of consciousness on a rhyme schemed up on the fly)

well you start with the seeds, and water when she needs
to break out the shell, and grow out the smell
treat the girl nice, and keep out the lice
feed her with the light and she'll end up nice
don't think twice, break the ice, see you later
weed is me only vice and you my old inhaler

now put it in a blunt and light at the front
roll it up, reel it out, pull off the stunt
smoke that weed till your neurons bleed
plant it don't smoke it if you come cross d' seed

i once smoked hash and ran a hundred yard dash
i fell into the bushes and the bishes they was kushes
some say that the urb can turn your head into the mushes
but for me it brings rushes, and helps up the pushes
colour lushus, food delicious,
no paranoia even Bond ain't suspicious

Smoking that Ganja while playin' the banja'
step up to the stage and this reefer i'll hand ya'
swim in the green see, if you see what i mean seen!
hip to the lean, infinite flux of being
these songs about bongs are for lungs and im' peein'

Some folk like to diss those who use cannabis
and for all of dem suckers i'd like to say this
give us a kiss, listen to this hiss (inhale)
you must be taking the piss, puttin' it on my pot
cheap shot, flop jock, can't critic my crop
smoking fresh trees with the buds to my knees
with more THCs that Eddie Edwards got skiis

--Steve Fly

Hi Kev

Hi Kev,

i thought you might enjoy an update as your all discombobulated and stuff, no longer here with us in this mortal rugby-scrum-of-a-form. I usually fucking hate these kind of notes to the deceased, you know the kind of thing: 'hey, hey, hey bro...' as if you can hear me, or as if you can read these lame words, however, with you mate, i thought it might make your spirit fizz, froth, and chuckle a little. And, it makes me feel less like i'm going so stour-crazy in your absence, and a bit more like your on a very very long holiday in some shit hole of a resort, with no wifi.

Gordon Bennet, you really shuffled off the stage at a strategic point eh? sneaky bastid! and you set the 2016 death pool in motion that savaged many of your favourite artists like Prince, George Michael, Bowie, and Leonard Cohen. You woulda' bin well gutted mate. Even Carrie Fisher died, maybe she's already on the eternal dancefloor spinning on that galactic pole!

Well, i suppose you'd want the low down on what's going in town, and with your mates. A who's who of who, and who's doing who. Sorry, not tellin''s just all as well as can be expected bro', it's not like anybody went and died or nothing like that, but indeed, some might be seen as the living dead on the dancefloor compared to yowa' kevbot (had to drop the bot in here) Did i mention what a great time i had at your wake? man, after a few drinks i half expected you to walk in the door, pulling a Jesus move on us, but no. Seems you're really dead, whatever that means.

Sleaford have a new album called 'English Tapas' and will open for the fucking Stone Roses at Wembley. Jason spoke at you fucking wake, i mean, how sick is that? I'll be seeing him tonight at the melkweg, and thinking of ya' pal.

I nearly forgot, there was another party for you at the fitness factory, and you never turned up, again! everybody was royally fucked up, and there were mossive' blown up photos of you, all up and over the walls, surreal. are loved!

The yanks have gone mad (well some of them) you'd never believe it, even 'Black Mirror' has gone all 'crack mirror' and your wish for the ginger race to take over planet world is coming to pass, just like you said dread.

I know it sounds tatty but you are missed on facebook (the worlds largest spying machine) by hundreds of your friends. Man, (i keep saying man for emphasis) nobody has stepped up to the plate since you went missin', motherfuckers are getting away with all sorts of wrong-headed ideological shyte with nobody to pull em' up. It just ain't fucking funny to me. I wish we could have argued about Brexit a bit more, together with the new President Trump in Amerikkka, these two topics would have been ripe for some Kev Lane assaults insults and strange truths.

What else, erm, a few more global conflicts have kicked off, and the migrant / immigrant crisis has escalated as you would have suspected. A lot of angry dull opinionated twerps have robbed the mic' We have yet to see the uprising, the backlash, the social activist blowback effect, but i'll keep you posted, soon come.

I wish i had more jokes and swearing, but your fucking dead, whatever that means...i'll keep you posted, sleep well.

(edited May 4th, 2017)

10 years on facebook

10 years on facebook.

you can see it in my face
i got a message from god
it said thankyou for letting
us have you for 10 years

I feel had
I feel bad for the sad
emoticons ;-(

out of context
the ads and the analytics
the sale and resale of
digital habits
to vultures

the devices and divisive
slices of non-choices between
brexit or remain
trump and Clinton
numb to the pain
swipe on

and all the goodness too
the laughs and funnies
the latest news and gossip
pictures and video
going live
going live

and hot tips on flame wars
griefers and alt righters
girls boys cats dogs
and all those birthday wishes
and virtual hugs

not to moan or rant about facebook
like ranting at the
state that feeds you
or fighting a ghost
up in the clouds
deal with it

face up to the horrible
fact that facebook is a
king mob

the largest mass spying machine
ever made
and what a laugh,
i mean, look and all the funnies
and those quotes
read them
get hip to some clicktavism

and don't complain on it
just shut up and get off
your face

Steve Fly

Felthead Animation Experiment

Feltheads (bumpkins) are felted heads by Threadonism - shuffled around under some lights and a camera, with audio by steve fly (warming up for a finnegans wake reading) and special thanks to janne. With luck, more to come very soon. Please let us know what you think, how to improve it?

Fly Kick Scratch - NinjaJamm vs. Turntables by Fly

Fly Kick Scratch

Custom 'Kick Out The Jamms' Ninjajamm pack, plus one turntable. The first experiments with ninjajam running on an ipad, and Vestax PDT 2000. Recorded straight into audacity. Uploaded here naked. For more info about ninjajamm visit

and here for video demos of the packs:

--Steve Fly

Notes on seeing Slavoj Zizek in Amsterdam last night

After the courage of hopelessness: Notes on seeing Slavoj Zizek in Amsterdam last night

I just got back from hearing Slovoj Zizek speak, passionately, in Amsterdam at the Westerkerk (Church) and feel happy to report that he kept up his reputation, as one of the most important public intellectuals of our time, etc...witty, challenging and comprehensive...etc. Now, forgive me as i mangle some of his thoughts together with my own. These are  loose notes, please do forgive my blunders.

My recollections are splintered as you might expect, and also further fragmented from the rather dull Q & A period, and distractions from the other panel members, respect due. Zizek himself seemed like an Alien from another planet at times, when he referenced 'V for Vendetta' he baffled others on the panel, as if they were not aware of the novel? maybe i miss-read their response? And so Zizek's comment about wanting to know what happened after the revolution, or what a 'V for vendetta 2' would portray, was lost on the rest of the panel. I would have said 'Jerusalem!' that is what happens after the revolution. The punchline echoed the sentiment of 'what happens the day after?' and how does the revolutionary event change the day to day perception of the people? how can the changes be sustained over time?

Zizek talked on Ecology, and on catastrophe of the ecological variety, and its relationship with global capitalism. And was critical of the carry-on-regardless attitude of those who make token gestures like recycling, buying organic food and bio diesel, without addressing the deeper causes face on, and at the root. The root being whatever Zizek's complex analysis of capitalism is. I like the phrase the rich have all the money and the poor have none.

He spoke of the symptom often being misread as the cause. And he constructively criticised the left for these symptomatic solutions to problems, that now have glaringly obvious foundations. Interesting 'Simtome' is a word used by Lacan, and Zizek borrowed from James Joyce, used to illustrate this 'sypmtom for cause error.'

For example, he described how, paradoxically, it is the far-right party in Poland that recently created Worker's Union rights, which traditionally you might associate with the left. And examples of how in fact, the so called unelected in Brussels, of the European Union, have so far averted far worse humanitarian disasters than we currently see around us, by intervening over fully legitimised elected parties, such as the aforementioned in Poland, so to avert openly racist, xenophobic and homophobic policy. Zizek points out, to his horror, that the voting people, for the most part across Europe are against immigration and integration, preferring insular and right leaning political parties and leaders. The decision by Angela Merkel to go ahead and open the gates to the immigrants, against the popular will of the German voting public, is another example of this kind of overpowering of the will of the people by executive order, but here in favour of progressive ideas, to help refugees, in this example, or to curb xenophobia in the other.

The message on Brexit is similar. The will of the voting public in Europe is right leaning, democracy has led to those with the most hatred and ignorance going to the polls and winning. (my words and emphasis) The left, left shocked, without a strategy or alternative to democracy (myself included). Okay, we have Bernie Sanders in the U.S, and Corbyn in the UK. What is to be done?
I think that the UKIP movement and the Leave campaign were always an old guard conservative Trojan horse, designed to bring back the old classicist, racist, rather greedy, capitalist Tories, back into the control room, with a new flavor of xenophobia, oh and some good old hatred of the poor, the vulnerable, mentally and/or physically disabled, those on welfare, artists, and more or less anybody that is not them.

This forces me to reconsider the idea i have clung to for a while, concerning open source democracy and representative democracy. And to think about a constitutional framework as a kind of safe guard, at a transnational, global scale, which prevents the violation of basic human rights. (um, sounds a bit like a global world order, whoops) To be defined, and with luck expanded upon. I agree that democracy is a mean bitch, and reminded of the quotes "never underestimate the stupidity of people in large groups" and "monarchy is rule by one imbecile, democracy by 500 imbeciles"

At one point Zizek said that if most white people were to hear how he talks with his black friends, they would be appalled and understand his lack of political correctness. He touched on the subject of Zionism and right wing conspiracy theories, and used Anders Brevic as an example of an openly right wing Zionist. He went on to point out that some conspiracy theorists propose that there is a Judeo Muslim conspiracy behind the turmoil in Europe and the near east. Another Zionist conspiracy. I have heard Zizek on a previous occasion mention these wild conspiracy theories, but adding how in the past 12 months such wild conspiracies are surfacing within the mainstream political sphere. Full on crazed far right white supremacy at it's most toxic and devoutly blinded. Others have recently traced the rise of the American trumpism to 4chan message boards and the likes of Alex Jones, helping to perpetuate fantastical conspiracies about the 'global elites' the 'globalists' and their attempt to create prison planet earth.  

Some of the most stimulating parts of his talk were those where he quoted and improvised on Sloterdijk, who should have been on the panel but had an accident up a mountain. he talked of the new anthropocene period, where humanity can no longer ignore its footprints all over the face of the planet. And that these boots are powered by capitalist expansion, commodification and complete ignorance to the ecological threats upon us. Furthermore, Zizek pointed out some cruel Hegelian reversals, where for example, the fixed hole in the Ozone layer of Antarctica, in fact has helped increase rates of global warming due to the greenhouse effect.

And gives an all to familiar example of a company capitalizing on newly uncovered, dry land, revealed due to melting ice caps in Greenland. The company imply that this new green land, in green land is green land, to mean green - ecologically friendly.
I would add is that this land should be a graveyard commemorating the destruction of the natural environment over the last 500 years of industrialization and progress.

I was fascinated to hear him discuss his friends in America and their computer studies, or research into the predictive abilities of computers versus the abilities of humans, with regards to questions such as will this marriage or relationship last. The computer program is fed a whole array of data sets stretching back in time, and calculates the approximate scenario. The punchline here is that the computer program increasingly knows you, better than you know you. (related software has been disrupting the stock market too, according to Zizek, due to producing better stock predictions than highly payed wall street stock analysts.

I imagine this is due to the susceptible nature of humans, emotions, desires, complexes, delusions and amplifications, improvisations, which all lead to spur of the moment decisions, which in fact are rarely representative of the longer game perspective, habits, activities, changes. Zizek also joked that perhaps this is the way to get rid of Gert Wilders, with computers like this. I am reminded of an unanswered question i have, why are our politicians, world leaders and communicators not wired up to a simple lie detector? or some such device to monitor for bullshit, in real time? here is direct democracy connected to a hierarchy of values based on an verifiable. transparent field. Call it a Bushit detector in Honor of the master of Bullshit George W. Bush. Catalogue name: Nightmare Bushit' Whirl.

Zizek said words to the effect that if you don't address the likes of Gert Wilder's, and Le Pen, then what else are you standing for? This is the fight for Europe. To figure out our common ground, and shared weirdness, and basically agree to tolerate each other. Respect my atheism because of it, not in spite of it, in response to a religious argument, along the lines of respect my beliefs because...not in spite of.

The term spaceship earth jumped out at me, in the context of the work of Peter Sloterdijk, due to its use by Buckminster Fuller. Although i have yet to look into Sloterdijk's use of the term, i hope it related to Fuller's all-around-the-world synergy and shared resources. Zizek mentioned that in the future countries will need to figure out temporary land loans, in the wake of ecological crisis, and other unforeseen problematic relations between sovereign states in times of dire catastrophe.

I can simply image solving the refugee crisis by giving a certain people, defined by their homelessness, land, perhaps only temporarily, but under a sovereign agreement. Ending the status of immigrant and native. I mean, if people are not living on the land (i.e the billions of square meters on earth currently not occupied by humans, but capable of sustaining a life of relative comfort) why not let them?

I think that's enough memory exercise from me. I'll close by saying that above all Zizek seemed kind and forgiving, open for debate and for new date, open to change his mind on things. I found this very refreshing, i hope he continues on his current trajectory.

--Steve Fly
25/03/2017 - 02.35 a.m

Zizek Lacan Joyce Wilson

Wilson, Joyce, Lacan, Zizek.

By Steve Fly

"The term "sinthome" (French: [sɛ̃tom]) was introduced by Jacques Lacan in his seminar Le sinthome (1975–76). According to Lacan, sinthome is the Latin way (1495 Rabelais, IV,63) of spelling the Greek origin of the French word symptôme, meaning symptom. The seminar is a continuing elaboration of his topology, extending the previous seminar's focus (RSI) on the Borromean Knot and an exploration of the writings of James Joyce. Lacan redefines the psychoanalytic symptom in terms of his topology of the subject.--

[some first thought best thought notes]

Slavoj Zizek will lecture later this evening here in Amsterdam. Over the last 48 hours since learning this, and buying a ticket, I've been formulating questions, and blowing my own mind without loosing my head i hope. Joyce, Lacan, Zizek, Wilson, oh my!

Here i will simply connect some threads between Joyce, Lacan, Wilson and Zizek, and show how they are in resonance. And why this is important, at least to me.

A quick web search for Joyce, Lacan and Zizek, explicitly, kicks up the works of Sheldon Brivic, who seems to have already explored every nook and cranny of why James Joyce, and Finnegans Wake in particular resonance with Lacan, and so by osmosis, Zizek. As far as i know Brivic does not mention Wilson in his works. Why should he? Zizek already has an article published on Joyce, here:

Due to the sheer number of peer reviewed and published works about Joyce, there's not much left that cannot be linked to the great Irish poet. Every writer and work since Joyce, seems to have been influenced by him. He's like a literary equivalent of Einstein who permanently transformed his field. Be that as it may, in 2017 who is reading Joyce, and Einstein, for that matter? is it relevant to the new digital village of social networking, and the explosion of visual media, film, games, vr, ar, mr?

Wilson, due to his early adoption of the technique of using contemporary pop cultural examples to illustrate deeper philosophical principles about society, and that hover perpendicular to any left/right axis, provide a strong 'aesthetic' link between the American Joycean, social philosophers informed by Lacan, and the contemporary continental philosophers, rolled up in Zizek.

For me, the similarities between Wilson and Zizek, deserve closer examination. If you like Zizek, i think you'll enjoy Wilson. Maybe i am living in a cultural vacuum and everybody has read Robert Anton Wilson, indeed, the fans of Zizek i know are mostly from the tribes of Wilson. Perhaps i'd like to hear from the critics of Wilson, and his socio-psychology?

I think the term Guerrilla ontologist fits Zizek as it fit RAW. The term ontological anarchist may also be applicable in the sense of poetically charged intellectual discourse. All these characters have been labelled dangerous thinkers too.

I think Wilson and Zizek could agree on many principles, historic, philosophical, socio-psychological and political. And, perhaps most importantly, upon their share sharp witted, often satirical bent toward language. Althoug Zizek is not best described as a satirist at all.

Wilson often repeated the general relativity principle, also developed by Lacan and Joyce, together with a long list of philosophers before them (Hegel, Russel, Kant, etc.) that in a nutshell, i think is best described by the statements: 'the map is not the territory' 'the menu is not the meal' and the principle that the language (symbol systems) you use, and that construct your waking environment, help determine your apprehension of the universe, of all things. This is nothing new, i admit. But new understandings within physics, and quantum entanglement support many of the principles Wilson put forward in his books since 1959, and his essay 'Joyce Tao' Wilson explicitly recommended the symbol systems of James Joyce, Aleister Crowley and Albert Einstein in both his non-fiction, and fictional works.

The real fun stuff here seems to lie in the prospect, to me, of Zizek unravelling Wilson's literary styles and hologrammic prose to discover a familiar upbeat dialectical political language of resistance together with Lacanian, symbolic and meta symbolic satire. I imagine the perverts guide to Illuminatus Trilogy! as a Sundance Film Festival smash.

Wilson used international banking cartels, obscure religious sects within religious sects and the history of the warfare between secret societies to drive home these 'brain exercises' and philosophical exercises, in which, i believe he was forcing his readers to think. Wilson, in my opinion, underneath his brilliant fictional hologrammic style of writing, was pushing almost precisely what i think Zizek promotes, or a part of what he is doing. Encouraging you to question everything, especially authority.

Arm yourself with self-augmented tools of perception. Learn to understand 'negative thinking' 'quantum psychology/entanglement' and 'cognitive biases' plus how the arts, film, poetry, painting, can extend these armaments to reach the others, to extend outside of your own limited perceptions. And together with the study of symbol systems (semiotics), ideogrammic method, sigil magick, graffiti and computer code, informed by the history of psychoanalysis, pivoting around Lacan, touching Wilhelm Reich, Jung and Wolfgang Pauli.

Joyce and Wilson have a lot to say about Synchronicity, and more specifically in the context of quantum mechanics and perceptual studies (cognitive studies, neuro-science etc.) See Wilson book 'Coincidance' 1988.

How would Zizek interpret the illuminati conspiracy and the historical trajectory of symbolic language within secret societies? Opration mind fuck, and CIA mind control informed by post-modernist 'halls of mirrors' Are both Wilson, Zizek, and Lacan? generally in step with Karl Popper's principles from 'The Open Society and it's enemies? how about principles of minarchy (or smallest possible government)

How do their ideas about economics fair up together? does Wilson's interest in the economic work of Silvio Gessel, and C.H Douglas, and Lysander Spooner resonate with Zizek? where do they differ. Does Zizek rate Dr Timothy Leary, and his 8 circuit model of consciousness, or such socio-psychological models?

How does Zizek view the psychedelic psychoanalysts? those like Stan Groff and Alan Watts to a degree, Leary and Wilson and Kessey and Lilly? if they can agree that reality is self-augmented by the symbol systems you communicate and signify with, then how does the psychedelic experience fit into this equation? And how does symbolic Magick fit into such an equation, and here we come to Wilson's famous experiments in 1973 of mixing up the two. LSD plus crowleyan enochian magick, worked for him. Although with the fall out of high weirdness.

Now, Alan Moore implores all artists to realize they are better magicians than they think, and vice verso. Art and Magic are almost interchangeable terms, to Alan, and to Dr Wilson. Would Zizek agree that Magick, specifically enochian Magick is a functional performance by example of Lacanian principles, and of the the underlying principles of 'quantum entanglement' which in some sense describes the ancient concept of sympathetic magic. (spooky action at a distance?)

My extension and idea for you to consider, is to construct an international magickally charged street art campaign - the totality of each location as perceived by the artist, informed by Lacan, psychotherapy, Jungian symbolism, Occult symbolism and current street art and graffiti (Banksy, Space Invader, Jimmy Cauty, MauMau). In the tradition of Hakim Bey's poetic terrorism. Exercising the dialectical phantoms and turning the tables, resolving opposites, breaking-inn, to leave a gift, filling in street potholes anonymously. Also the standard practise of distributing free food, books, music, texts, open servers, etc. Voluntary association and simply being an undeniable force for good.

To apply the sharpest most undeniably beautiful highly-charged symbolic messages in your environment can bring the charged symbol system off the page, and out of a book or computer, into the shared outside environment. This, a new linguistically charged design intervention, anonymous, beautiful, relative. Powered by the artistic and disciplined 'resolution of opposites', in resonance with the quantum world and the psycho-social environment. Now i digress.

Is Finnegans Wake probably the best performance by example, of Lacan's philosophy of language and perception? How is James Joyce, and his global epic relative to us today? who else, other than yourself (Zizek) Wilson and Joyce can find the fun in all of this fossilised poetry? what else qualifies as a tale of the tribe, in your opinion, a global epic including history, a complex of languages, yet once more informed by semiotics, psychoanalysis and modern pop cultural tropes? I would argue 'Jerusalem' by Alan Moore! Who demonstrates he is equally well versed in semiotics as any scholar from any institution or university faculty, plus historian, plus world class story teller, a mixture hard to beat in a universe augmented by the metasymbolic 'mythos' of human imagination. As with the works of Wilson. Here are a number of texts on Lacan and Joyce, and Zizek.

Please take a look and reconsider some of the above. And please excuse all my mistakes and flights of fancy.

--Steve Fly

"Reality is whatever you can get away with.--Robert Anton Wilson.

"What does Lacan's thesis on "Joyce-the-symptom" aim at? Joyce's famous statement that he wrote Finnegans Wake in order to keep literary historians busy for the next 400 years has to be read against the background of Lacan's assertion that, within a psychoanalytic cure, a symptom is always addressed at the analyst and as such points forward towards its interpretation. The "modernism" of Joyce resides in the fact that his works, at least Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, are not simply external to their interpretation but, as it were, in advance take into account their possible interpretations and enter into dialogue with them.--Zizek,