Forbidden & Unholy Speculations

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Here Are Material Excerpts From Several Books:

Excerpts are from "Forbidden and Unholy Speculations" - "Intelligence and Instincts" - "The ASKANDAR" - and "INSTINCTS."

FORBIDDEN AND UNHOLY SPECULATIONS:

The very air of our time is ripe with emotions and fear, while believable leadership is nowhere to be found. Millions of voices of confused self-named leaders and their followers flood the air with commands that lead in every direction, with finger pointing this way and that, while near to the heart of humankind on the throne of authority sits, the mannequin shell of what once was leadership. Somewhere on history's long and winding rock strewn path, in some crevasse forgotten by the masses as they marched on, leadership was pushed and disappeared. Now on that once hopeful throne, mannequins sit, and from this place of highest power, they act out a ritual of giving out gifts, hour, by hour. It matters little who sits on that throne, for the ways of leadership is to them all, unknown, it is lost in a crevice of the past. And as nations, and peoples beat their breasts in some unrecognized mourning, the greatest turmoil of all time begins its slow boil. Mannequins practicing giftmanship have not the slightest powers of true leadership, whose magic was to inspire, and whose right to sit on authority's throne, was not given, but recognized, and then honored by free choice.

From Forbidden and Unholy Speculations:

Near to the heart of Human Kind sits, like some unwanted Cinderella stepchild, The Arts and Artist of Our Kind. The Arts, whose true awesome power is second not even to Science. The Arts, whose very soal is the unheralded other voice of Our Kind. The Arts that vibrate meaning from any and every medium. The Arts, whose mighty power has for all of time been bound and hidden like an invisible Prometheus from whose captured body, the mystic philosophies have carefully squeezed like toothpaste, "The Cream of Created Reality," to make fantasy fact, and falsehoods believable, and to rebottle the lie and to present it as historical truth. The Arts, whose immobilized body has with economic torture yielded to paint history as it never was. The Arts, whose awesome power has with shameful humility bowed to weaker philosophies. The Arts, whose gentle hands have led us with some dignity through blind and troubled times. The Arts, whose hands can pluck in everyway the hiden strings of our deepest emotions. The Arts, whose every action is freedom's flesh in motion. The Arts, whose shrine-doors swing open only by the levers of the currency of the time and thereby allow us a brief moment of worship, and we pay our tribute with an individual's coin of true value, smiles, laughter, frowns, and tears of saddness or joy, and new understandings, which too, too seldom, are coaxed from the purse of the most inner being. For the peoples that really love this giant, unties its bonds, heals its wounds, succors it to full life, and wins its love, they shall not win just the laurels of the day, the triumphs through time shall be theirs.

INTELLIGENCE AND INSTINCTS

NATURE DOES NOT WORSHIP THE PAST, SHE BURIES IT.

It is important that to begin our understanding of the nature of Intelligence, We define exactly what intelligence is in terms of the physical structures that allow it to exist, and in terms of the functioning of those structures.

Intelligence consists of mechanisms for:

1. Detecting

2. Filtering and Coding (Mapping)

3. Discovering

4. Memorizing

5. Characterizing

6. Predicting

7. Responding to: Repeatable patterns of the real world.

The mechanisms just named are necessarily common, in kind, to every living creature that exhibits any level of a logical response to patterns or events within its environment. Essentailly every living animal, to some degree, exhibits intelligent, logical, and appropriate responses to detected changes, objects, and patterns in its environment.

SOME NEEDED DEFINITIONS:

Intelligence is primarily about a creature's ability to function within the natural environment, and in a general sense, the natural environment is a place that is logically regular. It is logically regular in that generalizations of whatever happens there, are repeatable generalizations. To begin our understanding of intelligence, we must first look at what exists within the real world and to break the real world down into catagories of its smallest sensory identifiable parts.

Event: An event, we define, as any logically connected series of patterns, patterns that logically appear one after another, or patterns that logically move their position as time elapses.

Intelligence by itself is not enough to purposefully change the natural environment; it is only enough to greatly increase the odds of surviving within the natural environment, and if a creature can only do that, then nature, in the last resort, always wins the final battle, always, Always, ALWAYS!

THE ASKANDAR, a Continuation of ETMA PNIKRE

This story is a continuuation of the first story in this series titled "ETMA PNIKRE." In that story, "The Askandar" is the name that the kids of the Game Room gave to the starship on which they, amoung six throusand other survivors, escaped from their beloved, but doomed home on planet Earth. This story begins as the Askandar has left its Earth orbit and is irrevocably committed to a long journey towards unknown places hidden within the vast darkness of interstellar space.

Chapter Headings From The Askandar:

Bonding is first established as an unseen ethereal handshake between spirits, whose hidden instincts have discovered common points of resonance.

Meaning does not always simply reside within a structure, but is often extended to include how a structure's aura brushes against the fabric of the universe.

With life, one and one do not necessarily make two, but usually makes,--more, --or less.

An empire's rise or fall is initiated by the tiniest twists of fate, which are themselves the beginning of an avelanche directed towards an inevitable conclusion.

INSTINCTS: For Inquisitive And Hungry Minds

We should now truthfully begin to recognize that within the simplest creatures of nature, their reactions to situations in their environment can be seen as solely driven by their complex repertoire of inherited instincts. Hopefully, we can also begin to realize, as we examine the slightly more complex creatures that their actions are also instinctively deterministic. Then as we look further to ever increasingly complex creatures, if we are truthful with ourselves, we must come to a realization, that there are no sharp boundaries between creatures, which can set any creature outside of the evidence, which certainly points to the instinctive domination of the actions of all of nature's creatures.