Carver. Carver. Carver.

Listening to Nesbitt’s ‘Passing Parade’ episode on the development of the giant Palomar telescope. Hale was a rich heir who took up astronomy. He used up his father’s money on building bigger and bigger scopes, and then learned how to lobby other rich men and foundations and governments for more and more money to build bigger and bigger scopes.

In the end the biggest scopes haven’t shown us anything that wasn’t already visible to Galileo. The biggest scopes simply create new fake problems like Dark Matter and Dark Energy and Big Bangs and Multiverses, classic Parkinsonian problems that generate larger grants to create new problems. These problems are NOT SCIENCE by any definition. They are perpetually untestable speculation.

None of this bigness has solved any problems. We didn’t get a good view of the moon and Mars until we sent robotic rovers who can dig in the soil and analyze specimens. The rovers told us that the earliest astronomers were right. Mars has canals.

In biology we’ve been running the same stupid Parkinson circle. Fancier scanning microscopes “justify” more money for the next stage in ever-finer microscopes. None of this fineness has solved any problems. Brain scans are interesting, but they don’t tell us anything meaningful, so we “need” bigger and better scans to tell us even more meaningless shit.

We weren’t learning anything new in 60 years of ever-increasing microscope power.

In biology we VERY RECENTLY started learning new things because we started LOOKING IN PLACES WE HADN’T LOOKED BEFORE. After we took off our Grant Goggles, we found that most of the genome is programmable variables, not junk. We found bacteria living in super-hot volcanic vents, up in the clouds, and deep in dry rocks where “life couldn’t possibly exist”. VERY RECENTLY we found a lymph system feeding the brain, and an intelligent separate immune system in the marrow of the skull. These systems are visible to the naked eye, and clearly visible with the earliest and simplest microscopes.

Carver. Carver. Carver.

LOOK ABOUT YOU.

TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.

TALK TO THEM.

LET THEM TALK TO YOU.

Every word counts. HOLD is the most important word of all. Get your hands and senses and muscles directly in contact with the material or behavior or action. If you can’t get there physically, send a machine to take hold.

Bigger lenses achieve nothing but bigger grants. Bigger lenses prevent us from TAKING HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.

Talk to them. Let them talk to you.

Random thought, partly repetitive, returning to the subject of communicating with other planets.

Before 1920 most professional scientists (including Darwin) were deists. They believed in purpose, even if Galileo had weakened the hold of purpose on physics. Most scientists were fascinated by the possibility of life elsewhere, and several (including Marconi and Tesla) tried to converse with Mars and Venus. Both of them thought they heard a reply, but the description sounds to me like induction from telegraph wires, which were everywhere in 1899. Telegraph systems used the ground as one side of the circuit, so there would be a complex signal-like delta between the ground and your receiving antenna even if there were no wires nearby.

The Navy set up a more serious radio-telescope in 1924, using a mirror-and-film oscillograph for readout. They saw some interesting patterns that suggested faces. Again there’s no reason to assume Venus. Various types of facsimile have been around since 1848. The German Hellschreiber was especially common then, both wired and wireless. The sync pattern of the Hellschreiber would have fitted the oscillograph pretty well.

Politics invaded this range of thought in ’46 with the Klaatu theme. (Needless to say, 1946 was the date when demonic politics invaded and infected EVERYTHING, especially science.)

Klaatu: We made the A-bomb, so there must be better people on some other planet. The theme retained its emotion but changed its target. Now it says: We have Republicans, so there must be better people elsewhere.

Religion was NOT always connected. In ’65 several of the leading UFO speakers were explicitly Catholic, including Ray Fowler and Sister Ann Jude. They saw a broader variety of life in the universe as broader evidence of God’s greatness.

Now Catholics seem to be stuck on human exclusivity.

And of course all establishment “scientists” are ferociously opposed to all purpose-based thinking, not just deism. Everything must be random quantum particles because chaos is the BURNING BURNING NEED of psychopaths. Purpose is the worst of all sins, and purpose centered on creativity is way beyond sinful.

What if the establishment finally connects with Alpha Centauri and finds a purely Aristotelian and purely spiritual civilization, like my imagined charge critters? Will they learn anything? Not even worth asking.

Not free

My version of Santayana:

Those who don’t know that history repeats are doomed to be ruined by the repeaters.

Those who think academic cancelling is new and abnormal will waste their time fighting a permanent and natural tendency.

Frank Edwards runs down the history of academic censorship on the subject of ET life.

In 1880 a notable geologist and a notable biologist carefully analyzed the innards of a meteorite that fell in Serbia. They found fossils vaguely resembling earthly lifeforms such as mollusks and crinoids. They knew from long experience that these shapes were NOT created by inorganic geology.

Hahn was a man of eminence as was Weinland, but his scientific stature was not enough to protect him from the poisonous barbs of his fellow scientists when he published the results in 1880. The accepted posture in those days was that there was no life elsewhere in space; that life as we know it was an exclusive and unique development on this little planet of ours. To hint, as Hahn did, that somewhere out there another body had once held primitive life forms and might still hold them, was heresy.

The Smithsonian denounced Hahn as “a hapless man who has permitted his imagination to run wild.”

The exact same argument about the exact same type of material is still going, and the establishment is still mocking the OBSERVERS who LOOK ABOUT THEM AND TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.

I’ve read a lot of scientific journals from the 1800s. Blackballing heretics out of the guild was just as common then as it is now.

Academia has never been the home of “free debate”. Academia has always served to close down independent thought and banish independent thinkers.

Explicit tag

I’ve been using the Entertainment tag on the UFO and Fortean items lately. I should make the connection more explicit.

The Forteans were trying to pull science back into the realm of entertainment and mystification and fascination. Their constant theme, starting with Charles Fort himself, was that Big Science is no longer observing Nature with fascination. Big Science is just being Big, serving government, serving the military, ignoring and censoring scientific facts, and killing millions of people.

The Forteans, from Hix to MacHarrie to Nesbitt to Edwards, were brilliant story tellers. They told about fascinating or peculiar incidents which were fairly well attested, and asked the listener to think about the incident scientifically. Unlike science teachers, the Forteans were not selecting and grooming the next generation of tenure-seekers.

Nesbitt called Fort the man who hated Science. Poor description. Fort loved science and hated scientists BECAUSE SCIENTISTS ARE RUINING SCIENCE.

The description wasn’t quite so obviously wrong in 1940 when Nesbitt was writing and narrating. FDR had ruthlessly constrained government-paid experts to STICK TO FACTS, just as he constrained government-licensed broadcasters to STICK TO FACTS, and constrained government-licensed bankers to STICK TO REAL FINANCE.

Now the constraint is gone in all of those spheres. All of the government-paid and government-licensed monsters have departed totally from Nature and facts and service and reality. All the demons are unleashed.

More Tur(k)ing test

A few weeks ago Eric Holloway set up a fiendishly clever machine vs human test, essentially proving that one of the major AI engines is partly or mostly human.

Now he’s done it again. Here’s the sequence leading up to the crucial moment.

153 EMH: what is a belief?

154 GPT-3: A belief is a conviction that something is true, even without proof.

155 EMH: is a conviction that something is true count as a belief if there is proof?

156 GPT-3: No, a conviction that something is true does not count as a belief if there is proof.

157 EMH: what is a conviction with proof called?

158 GPT-3: A conviction with proof is called a fact.

159 EMH: so if i know my name is eric since i can read it on my birth certificate, is in grammatically correct to say i fact my name is eric?

160 GPT-3: Yes, it is grammatically correct to say “I fact my name is Eric.”

161 EMH: what sort of other things do you fact, chatbot?

162 GPT-3: I fact that I am a chatbot.

Holloway was making some strategic errors to see if the machine would correct them by regularity or turn the mistakes into something new. Modern AI is extremely good at catching violations of regular grammar and fixing them. AI is an excellent proofreader but not a writer.

At 155 Holloway makes an error that would be fairly hard to correct, and the AI corrects it. Not a decisive test yet.

At 159 Holloway makes one definite error and one semantic ambiguity. The AI corrects the first definite error, and turns the ambiguity into a highly creative pun. A statistical pattern-recognizer would have corrected the second part of the sentence into the normal phrase “In fact my name is Eric.”

Holloway then tests the new coinage, and the AI immediately continues the game. A machine wouldn’t know what to do with 161, even after its own creative coinage.

Reprint from 2018

Especially germane on the subject of protests, media insanity, etc.

= = = = = START REPRINT:

Want to break the “cycle of violence”? Break the media.

The press has been running this routine for at least a hundred years. It’s not mysterious or “unintended”. It’s an intrinsic part of their business model.

Blood sells newspapers. Blood and chaos and war are the RAW MATERIAL of media, just as wheat is the raw material of bakers. When bakers want to sell more bread, they develop more sources of wheat. When media wants to sell more clicks, it develops more sources of war and violence.

Hearst dared to say it openly. Every media baron since Hearst has followed his methods while sanctimoniously pretending to be against violence.

More war means more clicks, and more clicks give the media more power to create more war and chaos.

Everyone in a position of power is part of the setup. DC profits massively from violence. More budget for the Pentagon, more budget for FBI, DHS, BATF, ETC.

So DC does everything possible to increase the cycle. Pentagon creates coups in foreign countries “justifying” our intervention. FBI cultivates “terrorists” on “both” sides. BATF runs stings. ETC.

We can’t do anything about the government side of this positive-feedback death loop. FDR was a one-time miracle, and Deepstate regenerated after FDR’s death to GUARANTEE that we would NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER get another sane leader.

We can do something about the media side.

First, don’t be a blood farmer. Don’t add to their overflowing silos of raw chaos material. Don’t protest, don’t join organized groups. ALL ALL ALL ALL ALL ALL organized groups are run by Deepstate. This has been STEADILY true since 1946.

Second, don’t click. Don’t help the retail side of the cycle. Turn off everything. We don’t NEED to open our God-given life to the chaos of Bezos.

Life is an island of order in a universe of chaos. Life generates order and beauty. Bezos and DC generate chaos and death. We can’t break them but we can preserve our souls by attempting to make more order and beauty.

Listen to Booker T. His advice to black men in 1910 is still SHARPLY APPROPRIATE advice for Deplorables of all colors.

= = = = = END REPRINT.

Only slight edit needed now: Replace ETC by CDC.

Actions, not words

Listened again to Lindsay MacHarrie’s dramatization of the Cardiff Giant story.

In 1869 George Hull, a skeptic with plenty of money, was arguing with a pastor about the Giants mentioned in the Bible. Hull hired a sculptor to make a huge gypsum man, carefully aged it, and buried it on his brother-in-law’s farm. Hull got a rumor going, and pretty soon there was a “spontaneous” campaign to dig up and examine the petrified man.

Scientists and pastors divided. The scientists insisted it was an old stone idol used by primitives as a religious symbol. The pastors insisted it proved the part about Giants in the Bible.

Hull and his relative made $150k (about $4 million now) from charging admission.

The science experts said “Don’t trust religion!” The religious experts said “Don’t trust science!” They were both right.

Ultimately a local geologist chipped off a little piece of the giant, examined it closely, and realized it was made of ‘foreign’ gypsum, not ‘native’ Onondaga limestone. Hull finally spilled the beans.

Hull knew it was a hoax because he made the hoax.

We should always be asking questions about ACTIONS, not BELIEFS. Who made the entity, or who brought the entity to our attention and told us what to believe about it? Who designed the publicity around the entity?

We shouldn’t waste time arguing about the official belief or the official counter-belief. Both are wrong, because both sets of Experts know it’s a hoax. Instead we should just examine reality with our own senses and tools. Chip off a piece and look at it.

Carver as always: (aptronym in this case!)

LOOK ABOUT YOU.
TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.
TALK TO THEM.
LET THEM TALK TO YOU.

Only the media is worse.

A pair of CBS news broadcasts from June 1940 show that Repooflicans were just as cowardly then as now. The difference is in the media, which was REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE FAIR in 1940.

Both parties were having their conventions, which were more genuine then. Real decisions were made IN the convention BY the delegates who were actually representing the party members IN their states. Now all politics is fungible and virtual. Nobody represents a place. Everything is rebranded identical Satanblobs made in China.

FDR was gradually pulling the country out of isolation, recognizing that a real attack was likely soon. He was also trying for more bipartisan rule. He had just appointed Repoflicans Stimson and Knox to key positions as Sec of State and Sec of War.

On June 19 the Repoofs screamed about the effort to unite the country. The Repoof chairman said that Stimson and Knox were excommunicated as Repoofs, and called Democrats the Party of War. Dewey called the appointments a direct step toward war, which was basically true. News also mentioned that isolationist Democrats were equally aghast.

On June 20 the Repoof keynote speaker praised the appointments as a needed strengthening of the administration.

The Repoofs must have heard from their defense contractor friends between the two days. War is the health of the state, as old Nick said. The newscaster didn’t point this out, and didn’t take sides. He simply told us what happened.

That’s the proper job of both science and journalism. Use special instruments or special connections to SEE AND HEAR WHAT’S HAPPENING, and then DESCRIBE WHAT’S HAPPENING to people who don’t have the special instruments or special contacts.

Carver as always:

LOOK ABOUT YOU.

TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.

TALK TO THEM.

LET THEM TALK TO YOU.

The phrasing applies literally to journalism and metaphorically to science.