On McLuhan’s Mental Mosaic – Hologrammic Prose

“But McLuhan created a more fundamental means to a more organic understanding in the very aphoristic style in which he chose to convey his ideas one consciously embodying the concept that the medium is the message. Its means is not to follow a continuous, linear, and unbroken line of thought, but to create a tessellated pattern of ideas, with each of the tiles in the mental mosaic a particular facet of the overall pattern. Like fractals, an analogue that has gained currency only since McLuhan’s last work, the grand, overall pattern is contained in miniature in each of the parts. He also took as models for this style writers in the symbolist and modernist movements, particularly Mallarme, Eliot, Pound, and Joyce.”

“McLuhan contends that all media–in and of themselves and regardless of the messages they communicate–exert a compelling influence on man and society. Prehistoric, or tribal, man existed in a harmonious balance of the senses, perceiving the world equally through hearing, smell, touch, sight and taste. But technological innovations are extensions of human abilities and senses that alter this sensory balance–an alteration that, in turn, inexorably reshapes the society that created the technology. According to McLuhan, there have been three basic technological innovations: the invention of the phonetic alphabet, which jolted tribal man out of his sensory balance and gave dominance to the eye; the introduction of movable type in the 16th Century, which accelerated this process; and the invention of the telegraph in 1844, which heralded an electronics revolution that will ultimately retribalize man by restoring his sensory balance. McLuhan has made it his business to explain and extrapolate the repercussions of this electronic revolution.”–Playboy, http://www.mcluhanmedia.com/m_mcl_inter_pb_01.html

tale of the tribe and the sirius mystery

The tale of the tribe contact high.

Fuck off, and welcome to another installment of my blog–a tale of the tribe–that aims to offer a resource of specific information related to the great complex and generally hidden project (unfinished) tale of the tribe, by the late Robert Anton Wilson.

Since a recent positive explosion of interest in Robert Anton Wilson across the United Kingdom due, in part to the brilliant book by John Higgs about the the KLF featuring much RAW wisdom and context for a UK audience. Plus, the Cosmic Trigger stage play looks to make agents sweat when it launches in Liverpool, November 23rd 2014. Revisiting Cosmic Trigger the book, the current author was bowled over again by gazillions of new connections, and a new deeper love for RAW and his life story, and a willingness to look at the tale of the tribe from a new angle, which sets the basis of the following piece of writing i gathered onto the paper page a few hours ago, here in Vondel Park, Amsterdam.


pg. 1

TTOTT and the Sirius mystery

what if
RAWs great unfinished symphony
the tale of the tribe
were more than a guide to 13 of
the greatest human minds
who helped humanity find
through communication

what if
were also a guide to contacting
higher intelligences
from alternate dimensions
or wherever
what if the tale of the tribe
were really a key
to the sirius mystery
and itself a cosmic trigger?

pg. 2

take Girodano Bruno
his new languages
for new communications with
higher intelligence
development of angelic languages
so called

foundations of
enochian vision magick
contemporary with John Dee and
Edward Kelly

Bruno and his works hold keys
to early contact with E.Ts
angels entities as you wish
and denizens of the sirius
triple star system

strange holy guardian angels
but somehow
communicating through timespace
through the nervous system of
Robert Anton Wilson
into the tale of the tribe
a modern critique
of scripture
holy binding contractual poetic
does it work?

pg. 3

Yeats Joyce and Pound
also made
in some sense with higher
some might say muse
others artistic inspiration
but what

if Yeats…
(a butterfly landed with all six mittens onto
the page while writing this
two antenna
deep burnt orange and woody
choco’ brown hairs with dashes of

what if
William Butler Yeats
picked up on the magickal hermetic
current and methods for contacting
higher intelligence
either from his own study of Bruno
Dee Kelly Ficino

from Aleister Crowley
the great beast
who diligently practiced
enochian magick

pg. 4

and so
maybe Yeats passed on the
invisible bug or knowledge
a tiny magickal starseed
to his associates
James Joyce and
Ezra Pound?

the Chinese written character
and ancient imagist sensibility
in resonance with contacting
higher intelligence
how did that language strike up from the past?

(contact between the widow of
American scholar of Japanese arts and
oriental culture: Ernest
Fenollosa and Ezra Pound cc. 1912)

the hermetic current
tirelessly innovating culture
art and science with

pushing out beyond language
into total communication
magick keys to open invisible doorways
geometry poetry mathematics
and good will

pg. 5

and a will to power
to the people
special languages of poetry
to awaken the reader
to the ignorance in knowledge
firm trust in the universe to provide
flying on the wings of

what if
contact with higher intelligence
disguises itself as creative impulse
and the spark of ingenuity?

Joyce and Pound each
made a revolution in
communications scripture
and systems

a good guide to contacting your
own deeper shadow self
your private muse
or sirian servant
invoked for good intentions
on behalf of all around the world
a doorway for friendly ET intervention

pg. 6

deeper still we have
the Polish genius who contacted
higher intelligence through the
intensive work and innovation of
general semantics

a refinement of language structure
toward a science of meaning
contact with multiple entities
a lesson for self centered
naive realists
in non-Aristotelian language systems
of limited communications
Alfred Korzybski

key to magickal workings
a 20th century extension of core
hermetic wisdom
scientifically presented as
a system

deployed by William S. Burroughs
a possible way to interpret the nova mob
practiced and mastered by
Robert Anton Wilson himself
the epic vortex
of imagination and good
willed humour

pg. 7

what if
Buckminster Fuller were a
primary key figure to
understanding and making use of the
hermetic wisdom in
contacting higher intelligence

innovation of geometry
so as to benefit all humanity
design science revolution
in the hermetic tradition
not for weapons of war
but knowledge systems and new
communications languages
for peace

toward universal abundance
of technology in the
minds of the people
the natural abundance of
carbon 60
or bucky balls
throughout the universe

serious cosmic economics
extraterrestrial technology
and contact
through the medium of geometry
maybe some Giordano Bruno
geodesics and dymaxion
architecture for the people
buckyballs and the mad
carbon 60 mystery of the
ubiquity of c60 throughout it!

pg. 8

what if
the father of information sciences
and the mathematical theory of
Claude Shannon
were perceived as another
unforeseen link to opening the
invisible doorways through which
higher intelligence

to lead much of humanity in 2014
into contact
with everybody and everything
the global internet of things

a basically hermetic ideaspace:
shared knowledge and a
scientific tool for discovery
and information processing

Shannon dangles keys
to as yet undiscovered
rooms without walls
mind boggling complexity
building a new cypher language
to help deduce and evaluate
through innovating the equations
binary electrical switching circuit

pg. 9

what if
the tale of the tribe
by Robert Anton Wilson
defines another order of
methods and systems
required for any thinking individual
who really wants to make contact
with higher intelligence
here it is
cosmic trigger
study it

and with luck ideas and inspiration
may emerge to lift up humanity
and instigate newer and faster
technological innovations
of the living

once contact is established
how the to ask
a meaningful question
how to interpret the information

quantum mechanics
and taoism
systems for deeper study
on contemplating a holy
guardian angel
shadow self
how to?

pg. 10

magickal workings in the
enochian language seem
to me to be more effective
way to contact higher intelligence
without tears
with good reason healthy skepticism
and a playful soul

based upon evidence from
RAWs books such as Cosmic Trigger vol. 1
and from RAW himself in my interviews
i now feel today that
there exists a particular contact
based on RAWs experiments detailed in his
methodology that includes
magickal occult ceremony
and tantric rituals
together with strange drugs

i hear the skeptic shout accusingly
i knew it
all this babble about contact and angels
he’s high on acid

well yes what you thought
the psychedelic experience
mimics the magickal experience
and the experience of art too
getting beyond language
into epiphany and cosmic coincidence
or better yet synchronicity

pg. 11

to innovate the priest craft
while keeping two feet
grounded on earth
in the sewer
maybe the message from the stars
seeds is to evolve and mutate?
get back to the primary source of
a kind of
decentralized (Bruno)

unlimited and unbounded by belief
beliefs unlimited
freedom of thought
as Crowley and Leary
and Philip K. Dick demonstrated

we are not alone but
surrounded by a network of sentient
a love macrocosm
teaming with life and things to
communicate and
probably not in english

simply tune in
RAW tuned in while also turned on
and quickly got dialled into
sirius.raw broadcasting network 23

since getting in touch
RAW crafted ingenious magickal
communication devices
or books
utilized to help
other make contact
and possibly take the plunge and
attempt the tale of the tribe
for themselves

pg. 12

a modern verse epic
an epic including history
a global epic for the entire
human race
from the perception of
an individual stuck in time

a spirited attempt to
redeem oneself from the
mostly violent
wreckage of history
the history of men
empire warfare greed
and nightmare bushit’ whirl

a new book of the day
contact for all who read
to provoke freedom of thought
and sympathy and forgiveness
for all mankind

the gods never left us’
we must knuckle down and
create this kind spirit of open
communication for all entities
both gods and insects
we must become the
we wish to see manifest
in the word/world

pg. 13

two examples of
the tale of the tribe
the cantos of Ezra Pound
Finnegans Wake by James

both epic and encyclopedic
tragic comic
multi lingual
crated a whole new style
ideogrammic prose
hologrammic prose

both in the hermetic tradition
heavy on math
geometry and esoteric symbol
systems innovated and
unified in the minds of
the people who read them

keys to holding a kind sanity
in the facebook of a
pop culture apocalypse
love and light of acknowledgement
that nothing is what it first appears to be

pg. 14

and slowness is beauty
good access to the data for all
helps build a clearer picture
global webnet search engines
unleash much occulted information and
wisdom hidden within the cantos
and the wake
even today

and so the global
hermetic revolution is underway
and has been for thousands of years

untied against fundamentalist
religious and scientific dogma
state sponsored bully boy tactics

and against mean spirited
greedy actions for the exclusive
benefit of the few

a planet spaceship earth
with 7.6 Billion passengers
using over 750 languages
requires a certain sympathetic
and tolerant individual
who attempts unity in verse
including history
without loosing sight of
the guiding principle of compassion
and kindness for all sentient beings

–Steve Fly Agaric 23
Amsterdam. 6.50 P.M, 11th June, 2014.

(on my way back from the park this afternoon i made a decision that when i got home i would google “Yeats and “butterflies” to see what might turn up. Of course, in 1934 Yeats wrote a drama titled ‘Wheels and Butterflies’ adding some spice to this mini-drama unfolding within a drama triggered by a butterfly landing on my open page as i wrote the word Yeats.)

Fenollosa Pound Olson and the Chinese written character


“The first was Ernest Fenollosa’s provocative essay ‘The Chinese Wriiten Character as a Medium for Poetry.’ He found the Pound-edited text of the essay in the latter’s book Instigations and excitedly copied out its main arguments into his notebook that June. Fenollosa’s account of the exhaustion of poetic qualities in modern discourse resulting from a degeneration of the original capacity of language to mime the physical processes, and his implicit advocacy of a return to the state of primal verbal immediacy, with words once again becoming instrumental to the creation of ‘a vivid shorthand picture of the operations of nature,’ held for Olson the same appeal it had for Pound before him.–Tom Clark, Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life. pg. 103.


Robert Anton Wilson: further musings by steve fly

 Robert Anton Wilson: further musings by steve fly

Robert Anton Wilson spent over 50 years producing original thoughts and ideas, criss-cossing academic boundaries like a flock og migrating birds. All-at-once an independent scholar, social critic, comedian, playwright, poet and novelist. RAW lived through WWII, the cold war, the 1960s counter culture explosion, the digital technological millennium and the globalization of humanity by way of the world wide web. RAW kept a front row seat next to other great scientific philosophers of the 20th/21st century, observing patterns and communicating with great care and attention to language, meaning and clarity, what he suspects is going on.

RAWs approach to the questions confronting all American citizens, and so by default the entire planet, currently under the boot of the U.S.A, are critical alternative perspectives and insights desperately lacking from both the public and academic discourse, and that have new roads into almost every department of any existing academic center you care to think of. Yet, what i find most stimulating about RAW and his ideas circles around his fierce independence and adherence to the principle of thinking for oneself, questioning everything and constantly reformulating based upon new data.

Every human being on earth can benefit from literacy, and RAWs particular take on the human condition features the development of language and critical reasoning as tools to enable good functioning in a chaotic universe, inhabited by shadows, distractions, illusions and disinformation. I feel that RAW left us all with examples of how best to confront confusion, propaganda and low level information warfare, his life as a case study and scientific experiment, in the tradition of R. Buckminster Fuller and Dr John Lilly, where they’re own mind-body system is recognized to be a scientific laboratory itself, and so the nervous system and linguistic operating system also can be seen as scientific instruments.

Fly On The Tale Of The Tribe: A Rollercoaster Ride With Robert Anton Wilson

by Steven James Pratt

Link: http://a.co/gOGNKyV

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Shannon’s Mathematical Theory of Communication Applied to DNA Sequencing

If we could have James Joyce and Robert Anton Wilson in the mix we might get close to something very really close to ‘the tale of the tribe’. With a focus on RAW’s book ‘Coincidance’ in which he defines DNA based information theory through a Joycean measure of the redundancy of information, poetry as information, political speeches as low. love, fly.


Shannon’s Mathematical Theory of Communication Applied to DNA Sequencing

Nobody knows which sequencing technology is fastest because there has never been a fair way to compare the rate at which they extract information from DNA. Until now.
kfc 04/02/2012

One of the great unsung heroes of 20th-century science is Claude Shannon, an engineer at the famous Bell Laboratories during its heyday in the mid-20th century. Shannon’s most enduring contribution to science is information theory, which underpins all digital communication.
In a famous paper dating from the late 1940s, Shannon set out the fundamental problem of communication: to reproduce, at one point in space, a message that has been created at another. The message is first encoded in some way, transmitted, and then decoded.

Shannon’s showed that a message can always be reproduced at another point in space with arbitrary precision provided noise is below some threshold level. He went on to work out how much information could be sent in this way, a property known as the capacity of this information channel.

Shannon’s ideas have been applied widely to all forms of information transmission with much success. One particularly interesting avenue has been the application of information theory to biology–the idea that life itself is the transmission of information from one generation to the next.

That type of thinking is ongoing, revolutionary, and still in its early stages. There’s much to come.
Today, we look at an interesting corollary in the area of biological information transmission. Abolfazl Motahari and pals at the University of California, Berkeley, use Shannon’s approach to examine how rapidly information can be extracted from DNA using the process of shotgun sequencing.

The problem here is to determine the sequence of nucleotides (A, G, C, and T) in a genome. That’s time-consuming because genomes tend to be long–for instance, the human genome consists of some 3 billion nucleotides or base pairs. This would take forever to sequence in series.
So the shotgun approach involves cutting the genome into random pieces, consisting of between 100 and 1,000 base pairs, and sequencing them in parallel. The information is then glued back together in silico by a so-called reassembly algorithm.

Of course, there’s no way of knowing how to reassemble the information from a single “read” of the genome. So in the shotgun approach, this process is repeated many times. Because each read divides up the genome in a different way, pieces inevitably overlap with segments from a previous run. These areas of overlap make it possible to reassemble the entire genome, like a jigsaw puzzle.

That smells like a classic problem of information theory, and indeed various people have thought about in this way. However, Motahari and co go a step further by restating it more or less exactly as an analogue of Shannon’s famous approach.

They say the problem of genome sequencing is essentially of reproducing a message written in DNA, in a digital electronic format. In this approach, the original message is in DNA, it is encoded for transmission by the process of reading, and then it is decoded by a reassembly algorithm to produce an electronic version.

What they prove is that there is a channel capacity that defines a maximum rate of information flow during the process of sequencing. “It gives the maximum number of DNA base pairs that can be resolved per read, by any assembly algorithm, without regard to computational limitations,” they say.

That is a significant result for anybody interested in sequencing genomes. An important question is how quickly any particular sequencing technology can do its job and whether it is faster or slower than other approaches.

That’s not possible to work out at the moment because many of the algorithms used for assembly are designed for specific technologies and approaches to reading. Motohari and co say there are at least 20 different reassembly algorithms, for example. “This makes it difficult to compare different algorithms,” they say.

Consequently, nobody really knows which is quickest or even which has the potential to be quickest.

The new work changes this. For the first time, it should be possible to work how close a given sequencing technology gets to the theoretical limit.

That could well force a clear-out-dead-wood from this area and stimulate a period of rapid innovation in sequencing technology.

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/1203.6233: Information Theory of DNA Sequencing


Cutting a Nietzsche

“Nietzsche’s great champion on this continent was H.L. Mencken, who at the age of 27 wrote the first book on Nietzsche in English. He loved the way his hero “hurled his javelin” at the authority of God and that he “broke from the crowd” of thinkers. After becoming the most famous American intellectual of the 1920s, Mencken admitted that his ideas were based on Nietzsche. “Without him, I’d never have come to them.”

“In 1889, when Friedrich Nietzsche suffered the mental collapse that ended his career, he was virtually unknown. Yet by the time of his death in 1900 at the age of 55, he had become the philosophical celebrity of his age. From Russia to America, admirers echoed his estimation of himself as a titanic figure who could alter the course of history: “I am by far the most terrible human being that has existed so far; this does not preclude the possibility that I shall be the most beneficial.”  —http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/books/review/american-nietzsche-by-jennifer-ratner-rosenhagen-book-review.html