The following strands below of seemingly disparate readings, video and podcasts have a connection. The connection may not be obvious. They revolve around notions of "time" and this particular concept:
Everything has already happened.
It seems incredulous doesn't it? I agree. And perhaps even more incredulous is that we have access to knowing everything that happened in the "future".
For anyone that believes that "time" is a concrete, known and agreed notion, then I am happy to share that time is actually a cultural construct. Time from a pure scientific perspective is relative at best.
In order to challenge preexisting concepts of time, I highly recommend the very entertaining Dr Rupert Shledrake (Cambridge University; Harvard University):
Once we resist the strictures of cultural narratives (note: You do not need to reject your current belief systems, in fact, it is recommended that you do not reject any of your current belief systems), we can add other interesting perspectives, e.g. "time".
Albert Einstein realised the significance of this when he famously stated:
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
While most people think of time as a constant, physicist Albert Einstein showed that time is an illusion; it is relative — it can vary for different observers depending on your speed through space. To Einstein, time is the "fourth dimension."
The light reflected from the surface of the Moon takes only a second to reach Earth. The Sun is more than 8 light-minutes away. And so, if the light from the nearest star (Alpha Centauri) takes more than 4 years to reach us, we're seeing that star 4 years in the past.
In physics, action at a distance is the concept that an object can be moved, changed, or otherwise affected without being physically touched (as in mechanical contact) by another object. That is, it is the nonlocal interaction of objects that are separated in space. Quantum mechanics has posed new challenges for the view that physical processes should obey locality. Whether quantum entanglement counts as action-at-a-distance hinges on the nature of the wave function and decoherence, issues over which there is still considerable debate among scientists and philosophers.
So here we have a seeming paradox. Photon entangled with another photon at either side of the Universe can impact each other "instantly" and yet the light from our nearest star takes 4 years to get to us.
It sounds strange and spooky but it isn't. What is really strange and spooky is that we have accepted a very one-dimensional concept of time.
And there are benefits to realising that "time" is an artificial construct.
The psychopharmacological experiment at La Chorrera
In 1971, Terence McKenna, along with his brother Dennis and three other companions (Dave, Vanessa, Ev) ventured by plane, boat, and foot to the paradisical Colombian mission town of La Chorrera, where they hoped to encounter the elusive psychedelic oo-koo-hé. Fate would have it otherwise. Their attention soon turned to the large numbers of Stropharia Cubensis that they lucked upon, and before long, Terence and especially Dennis were formulating the psychopharmacological "experiment at La Chorrera".
Retrocausation and Precognition
Time Is Not What You Think It Is. Neither Are You.Welcome to a world where participants in psychology experiments respond to pictures they haven’t seen yet … where physicists influence the past behavior of a light beam by measuring its photons now … and where dreamers and writers literally remember their future. This landmark study explores the principles that allow the future to affect the present, and the present to affect the past, without causing paradox. It also deconstructs the powerful taboos that, for centuries, have kept mainstream science from taking phenomena like retrocausation and precognition seriously. We are four-dimensional creatures, and sometimes we are even caught in time loops—self-fulfilling prophecies where effects become their own causes.
A fascinating approach that is more leading edge science than the "magic" element might suggest. This is apparently one of the great texts about Chaos Magik. For a short read, pgs 13-15 where the six principles are outlined.
The End of Reality
The collision of profiling, machine learning, neuromarketing and agumented reality are creating a world that is truly 'post-real'. This brief tour through the landscape surveyed in Pesce's December 2017 Meanjin essay is concise, clear - and chilling.
China, geopolitics and the future
Ian is Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Planning in the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he holds cross-appointments in the School of Art, Design, and Media, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. He is also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and serves on its Global Future Council on Agile Governance.
The Hi-Jacking of Now-ness
Xenolinguistics, defined in science fiction as the study of alien languages, is re-defined in the context of psychedelics and communication with the Other. Psychedelics can enable a broad and paradoxical spectrum of linguistic phenomena from the unspeakability of mystical experience to the eloquence of the songs of the shaman or curandera. Interior dialogues with the Other, whether framed as the voice of the Logos, an alien download, or communion with ancestors and spirits, are relatively common. Sentient visual languages are encountered, their forms unrelated to the representation of speech in natural language writing systems.
Other reading, videos, cross references
New directions in philosophy: Amerindian-Perspectivism
"what falls under the domain of ‘social’ and ‘human’ relations for such Amazonian peoples is so broad – animals, plants, spirits are all conceived as persons – that modern distinctions between nature and culture, animals and humans, and even descent and marriage ties are effectively inverted."
Brazilian anthropologist and now philosopher Eduardo Viveiros de Castro marks the first case of an ‘actual’ anthropologist, explicitly undertaking philosophy: