Mars: The Final Frontier



By now a lot of you may have heard that the director of the new space recruitment film The Martian* was told of the "discovery" of liquid ice on the Red Planet while he was in preproduction for the film. 

This is par for the course; NASA has a prevailing interest in Mars and has been using Hollywood over the years as a propaganda wing to drum up support for a major colonization push (see Mission to Mars, Red Planet, Total Recall, etc). 
Seminal sci-fi director Ridley Scott - the man behind Matt Damon's The Martian - wasn't surprised by NASA's recent findings of water on Mars.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, the Alien and Blade Runner veteran said that he knew about the discovery "months ago". 
"When I first talked to NASA, we got into all kinds of stuff," he continued. "And I said, 'So I know you've got down there [these] massive glaciers'. 
"And [the NASA representative] said, 'Yeah, that the massive white thing [on the surface of Mars] that gets covered with dust, we think that's ice'. 
"And I said, 'Wow! Does that mean there was an ocean?' Are we right now what Mars was 750 million years ago?' And they went, 'Uh, good question'. So they want to go up there and find out."
Those of us who followed the Enterprise Mission from back in the day weren't surprised by the announcement. I'm sure a lot of us- myself included- already believed the existence of liquid water there was common knowledge. It's hard to sort through all of the nonsense NASA foists on the public, but here again is yet another topic on which Hoagland and crew get bragging rights for being way ahead of the curve. From Newsweek:
Richard Hoagland, co-author of the 2007 New York Times best-seller Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA and a former NASA consultant, reported in 2000 that his research team had found present-day water on Mars in satellite imagery. 
“It's pretty unambiguous,” he said at the time. “We can see the crack in the crater wall where the liquid started to flow from, and follow a clear flow path down the slope of the crater mound. The flow patch is dark and wet, indicating it may have been only hours old when [Mars Global Surveyor] photographed it.” 
Hoagland and his colleagues have been reviewing NASA’s newly announced findings. “They’re dripping the information out to us very slowly,” says Robin Falkov, Hoagland’s longtime professional and romantic partner. “I truly wonder how fast things will go or can go.”
The water announcement got an enormous amount of preshow hype, leading me to wonder if they were going to announce something that was in fact news. But as it stands, all we get are these agonizingly slow releases of already established information, leading me to wonder if NASA is trying to bore the general public away from the topic.
Whatever else is going on down here- chaos, war, economic upheaval--there are those with the money and clout to make a Mars mission happen. One of these is PayPal-billionaire-turned-21st-Century-Howard-Hughes Elon Musk. He's been talking up Mars to anyone who'll listen. Only problem is that Mars is no place to raise your kids, in fact it's cold as hell. Musk has a plan to change all that:
Musk, a proponent of traveling to Mars, noted that the Red Planet is currently a "fixer-upper" but could be made habitable for humans. 
"First, you're going to have to live in transparent domes, but eventually, you can transform Mars into an Earth-like planet. You can warm it up," he said. 
The warming could happen quickly or slowly, he added. The quick way?"Drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles," Musk said.
Been there, done that. 
But it may finally be the economic chaos and social disorder on this planet that determines the fate of the Mars mission. Despite what some might lead you to believe, the superrich are not invulnerable. In fact they're getting increasingly nervous in the face of the economic chaos they unleashed in their quest for fiscal godhood. Many are buying large scale versions of panic rooms in corners of New Zealand and other remote areas, some are even mulling escaping into orbit when or if the shit truly hits the fan. 
One of the biggest problems they have is that the often very well-armed American middle class is feeling the ground melt away beneath its feet. This isn't a new phenomenon, it's just that all of the illusions thrown up to divert attention from this reality are losing their potency:
The mainstream is finally waking up to the future of the American Dream: downward mobility for all but the top 10% of households. A recent Atlantic article fleshed out the zeitgeist with survey data that suggests the Great Middle Class/Nouveau Proletariat is also waking up to a future of downward mobility: The Downsizing of the American Dream
People used to believe they would someday move on up in the world. Now they’re more concerned with just holding on to what they have. 
The reality is that the middle class has been reduced to the sliver just below the top 5%--if we use the standards of the prosperous 1960s as baseline. 
The downward mobility isn't just financial--it's a decline in political power, control of one's work and income-producing assets.  
The think tanks and NGOs have unleashed all of the divide-and-rule tactics used to keep people constantly fighting one another among ideological/religious/racial/ ethnic/gender/etc lines-- identity politics, political correctness, etc-- but the .01%  know all too well that one of these days some charismatic Spartacus figure will rise up from the mob and unite all of the bickering identity groups against them. It's the prerogative of History. Hence the escape hatches. But some elitists are looking for another solution…

People who bought into the utopian variety of Futurism are all wondering what the hell happened and spend a lot of time looking for scapegoats. But many sociologists will place the blame on the shoulders of "The Great Stagnation," the inevitable return to the mean after a period of technology-driven hyper-growth. 

Moderns take technological growth for granted, but the plain fact is that most of human history was essentially stagnant. 1776 AD wasn't all that fired different technology-wise than 1776 BC. In fact a lot of people would argue it was considerably less advanced in certain quarters. Philosophers throughout the Enlightenment pined for the comfort and splendor of Rome, forgetting that it was unknowable for all but the rich. But still.

Tyler Cowen is the guy who's been out front on this whole Great Stagnation business, and in his view it's responsible for the stagnation in real wages for the American middle class since the 1970s:
The main thesis is that economic growth has slowed in the United States, and in advanced economies more generally, as a result of falling rates of innovation  In Chapter one, Cowen describes the three major forms of "low-hanging fruit": the ease of cultivating free and unused land, rapid invention from 1880 to 1940 which capitalized on the scientific breakthroughs of the 18th and 19th centuries, and the large returns from sending intelligent but uneducated children to school and university. There are potentially two further minor forms: cheap fossil fuels and the strength of the American constitution. 
Cowen concludes, "You could say, 'The modern United States was built at five forms of low-hanging fruit, and at most only two of those are still with us.' Fair enough." While these produced extremely large returns, future advances will be much more incremental. He offers anecdotal and statistical illustrations for this slowdown. In the first, he compares the changes witnessed by his Grandmother with those of his own generation. In the second he cites median income statistics: the rate of growth drastically slowed from 1973 onwards.  
There are those who take the Great Stagnation even further, declaring that we are in fact at the end of the age of scientific breakthroughs. That we are seeing so much fraud and so much phony science hype exactly because Science has hit the wall and no longer has any showstoppers up its sleeve, any rabbits left in the hat:
This is the secret fear that Horgan pursues throughout this remarkable book: Have the big questions all been answered? Has all the knowledge worth pursuing become known? Will there be a final "theory of everything" that signals the end? Is the age of great discoveries behind us? Is science today reduced to mere puzzle solving and adding details to existing theories? Scientists have always set themselves apart from other scholars in the belief that they do not construct the truth, they discover it. 
Their work is not interpretation but simple revelation of what exists in the empirical universe. But science itself keeps imposing limits on its own power... As Horgan makes clear, perhaps the greatest threat to science may come from losing its special place in the hierarchy of disciplines, being reduced to something more akin to literary criticism as more and more theoreticians engage in the theory twiddling he calls "ironic science." 
It could well be that all of that wild quantum stuff that the hippies out of Stanford brought into the mainstream was in fact a false dawn. We've seen little in the way of practical application with it, so much so in fact that so more hard-headed science types dismiss it all as "woo." We saw the whole Higgs Boson thing out of CERN, but I'm not alone in nursing some serious doubts over that alleged discovery. 
I may not understand the science, but I know bullshit when I see it. And those cats have been acting like everything but a bunch of scientists who discovered the secret to all of existence. They seem to want us to forget the whole thing ever happened.
Scientific fraud isn't just for sophomores anymore either- it's gone mainstream. The past few years have seen an epidemic of retractions and peer review scandals, which is probably why you're also seeing the various propaganda efforts (I Fucking Love Science and the rest) as attempts to counter all of the bad press.
But as it happens scientists are beginning to wonder if anyone ever reads their papers, never mind tests their results. The rot has become so pronounced that Richard Horton wrote in the esteemed medical journal The Lancet:
The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. As one participant put it, “poor methods get poor results."
But the problem could simply be that Science is spinning its wheels, marking time without great shores to sail to. What may be needed now is a massive public works program in which science would be applied in the field and not just trapped in the lab. Mars would provide generations of scientists all the challenges they could ever ask for, literally forever. Not only scientists but engineers and architects and adventurers as well.

Now, to be clear there is considerable skepticism in some quarters that manned missions to Mars are even possible. That the human body would simply fall apart in the void of space in the long, long weeks it took to get to the Red Planet. And if they did get there, astronauts might well wonder if they died and went to Hell. Well, those are all problems and problems that are going to need fixing.

I think all you need do is look at how the social fabric is faring around you to see how human beings fare in captivity. Because more and more every day the world seems like a nightmare we can't wake up from. And the more urbanized we become the more depressed we become. 

And like small animals in a glass box many of us also seem to cease reproducing. The wonderful sci-fi metropolises in Asia all seem to have devastatingly low birth rates. We need room to roam, frontiers. We're dying in these concrete Habitrails.

And as Stephen Hawking has said, it might be a good idea to start thinking of a backup drive for the human program. 

New Agers may see Earth as a Greek mother goddess but if that prospect doesn't scare the living shit out of them then they don't know their Greek mythology very well. 

Gaia does indeed behave according to form, periodically killing off most of her children in periodic rages. Outside Earth may be currently inhospitable but seeing as how we're overdue for a sixth mass extinction, it might not be a bad idea to try to use some of that science stuff to figure out how we're going to survive that eventuality.

I don't know which faction of the ruling class(es) is going to win out, those who profess enlightened self-interest or those who are just plain selfish. The Cold War is starting up again, only with NATO playing the Andropov-era Soviets. I doubt the USA will continue to exist within its present contours in 20 years from now so who exactly will lead the Martian charge is an open question at the moment.

Some people even believe this new cold war is simply a prelude to a hot war, the kind predicted by Roddenberry and Gibson right around this time. The question becomes if the back end of those predictions will come to pass.


POSTSCRIPT: I had my own battle with Gaia and my continuing lesson in the impotence of science in the face of the "rabid dog" of chronic pain conditions as the passing hurricane and the torrential rains and crushing barometric pressure that trailed in its wake kicked my ass in a major way for several days. I was planning to post this last week but I was almost completely out of commission until, well, today. The thing that gets me though is the mold that seems to bloom everywhere these days. I can't help but laugh at the pollen reports- a walk to the woods at end of my street will show how useless they are. The meek may inherit the Earth but it looks like the mold is challenging the terms of the will.

* That all puts this piece in a new light.

38 comments:

  1. Carlo Suares had this to say about Mars:

    ""Meadim (Mars) formed by Thallet-Dallet to the East, towards which we look, is always ahead of us. However long we look in that direction,we can never completely grasp it. The name Adam is contained in its name, mixed with Mem and Yod, the Autiot of the Waters. We project on Mars the wisdom which we have not yet attained. Our response to that projection is Hhokmah (intelligence) by Thallet in 'Aqarav (Scorpio); our blunt resistance to the future is Olet (folly). Suares, The Sepher Yetsira, p.133"


    The character is named Watney, which also was the name of a beer called 'Watney's Red Barrel' - ho! Ho!

    cheers

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    1. Roll out the barrel....Mars just won't leave us alone, will it?

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  2. I cannot stand I Fucking Love Science. Cheerleading for people who can never admit they don't know how the game is played. (I'm not terribly savvy either, but at least I admit it!) Even the name is a rude joke - can you imagine Bohr, Einstein or Turing saying they "fucking loved" anything? The crude language seems a hidden admission that the fans aren't as edumacated as they seem.

    Sixth Extinction - I have to wonder how many of those times, Mars was the safe port in the storm?

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    1. Yea man, me thinks Mar's environment once hosted life forms of an intelligent nature. Chris it pains me to hear of your pain situation, I sure hope you will get well and stay well! Shine forth brave souls! Respectfully, Dennis.

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    2. That's funny; I took it as a humiliating admission that they ARE as educated as they seem.

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    3. Thank you, Dennis. All I can hope is that there's some greater meaning behind it all.

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  3. It's so stupid too- do they love germ warfare? Nuclear weapons? Napalm? Carcinogenic chemicals? That's "science" too. Everything is politicized now which is to say that everything is dumbed down. There is no "anti-science" movement of any consequence out there, there are people who have differing opinions than what the corporate oligarchy wants people to believe is "science." Whether or not you agree with those people is another topic altogether but more often than not those people know their science a hell of a lot better than some IFLS Facebook drone. We really are the new Rome.

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  4. I hope NASA showed old Ridley a little more than evidence of water for Prometheus 2: I F@#king Love Xenomorphs, otherwise things will be a little dull ...

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    1. Or "liquid ice" as I coined it. Ice that melts and refreezes in certain conditions. Not a breathtaker, is it?

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  5. really enjoyed the post - cheers!

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  6. Wow, one post and it's better than 90% of the blog posts I've read the past six months. Keep it up. BTW, try Flonase for the nasal issues I've had hay fever for what seems to be years now and after using a free bottle I was given can't believe the change.

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    1. I have used Flonase, it did help. But the mold is so brutal and unrelenting here it's got a lot of fighting to do.

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    2. CLK,

      I am using flonase, aspirin, heck I even wear a allergy mask now, I look like a dork. but when you mentioned mold I went a different direction and said, he hit it. Now I am looking at using a xylitol, saline nasal spray.
      btw, I never had allergies till this year when in July I had to deal with a homeless issue at the office and picked up a bad flu bug, next thing I am outside 2 am standing in my underwear trying to freeze myself to turn off the heat my body was generating. Oh well a cycle of antibiotics, panic attacks and me who doesn't drink turning to a brandy water mix under my tongue, said enough is enough. So, I am off to try the xylitol saline spray to see if this will relieve the issue. Oh, I am spring lysol on all mold areas that I can think of. and yes it is house plants that are the main culprit here in Colorado Springs.

      be well

      laurence

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    3. Well, let me just say "don't try this at home, kids!" Mold gets my trigger points all fired up, something I am seriously underwater with at present.

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  7. I really enjoyed 'The Martian'.

    "I'm going to have to science the shit out of it" was probably some Internet atheist's favorite line.

    That "science" label is slapped on so many everyday occurrences, I seriously doubt the people who constantly do that would even believe water boils when it becomes hot enough without calling the process "science".

    Night turning to day? SCIENCE!
    Ebb and flow of the tides? SCIENCE!
    Seasonal changes? SCIENCE!
    All creatures needed sustenance to survive? SCIENCE!


    They seem to forget the world and the rest of the Universe was here BEFORE they popped into existence.

    Sorry, you bunch of weirdos. You cannot confine that which you did not have a hand in designing, making, and creating to your opinion-based definitions.

    Such is reality. BUMMER DUDES!

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  8. Science is no longer science, it's a religious totem. Jung was right, you can only replace religion with religion, in this case the old time totalitarian secular religion of "Science." Ah, the folloy of confusing "science" with "Nature." Laughs all around.

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  9. This is just more of that Rapture for nerds crap. I have strong doubts that a child can be conceived, gestate, born, and raised to fertile adulthood in the reduced gravity of Mars. Will the bones grow right? Can the human heart handle the stresses of pumping through so many more miles of capillaries? There are so many unanswered questions - alongside the obvious and known technical difficulties - that it's such a pointless waste of time and money. Don't we have enough problems on Earth already without adding an extraterrestrial colony to the mix?

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    1. All very good points. I don't know. But human beings do seem to need wildly inaccessible goals It's part of the program.

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  10. So nano is stalled? I'm not getting a molecular assembler? It seems like the super-collider is their last hope, although I would returning science to its philosophical roots...to truly understand is so very important these days...But, yeah, we'll probably see a super-collider on the moon before manned trip to Mars...

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    1. It's funny- Sci-Fi has been in decline over the past several years as a genre and it may well be that people just don't buy the science anymore, as you allude to here. Too many unkept promises.

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    2. Heh, with Nanotech the basic ideas were described by Richard Feynman way back in 1959 but we're still really only scraping the surface - some advances (now slowing) in chip technology, a few interesting chemistry techniques and lots of promises for advances in materials science - such as graphene - that don't scale up yet. Molecular assemblers are way, way off and yet they've existed almost forever in the form of cell structures in living things. Once you get past the High School Biology picture of cells & start looking at what we know about protein structures they seem so freaky they're exactly what the Nanotechnologists want, but have no idea how to implement.

      As an example here's a visualisation of Kinesin - a protein which 'walks':

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-uuk4Pr2i8

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  11. Hard to avoid ol' Mars these days. Reading a bio of labor activist Joe Hill, 100 years ago, right before his execution by firing squad, he said he was going to come back in the form of a labor organizer on Mars, organizing the canal diggers on the Red Planet.

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  12. Yes, it is hard to avoid ol' Mars these days. I think we earth humans are already there, and have been on Ares for a generation or more. The future was buried, literally and metaphorically. Time to start digging. Great post Chris.

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    1. I haven't even started on Mister Rux's theories on the Red Planet. We'll get to them on the next post. Cheers.

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    2. Does anyone know where the original idea of Mars being a dying/dead world with intelligent life comes from? I know in the late Victorian era the Canals of Mars theory was quite popular and that inspired HG Wells to write War of the Worlds... but it seems like Mars being home to ancient aliens became one of the central tropes in science fiction & am not sure why its been such a consistent theme?

      As an example John Wyndham's Sleepers of Mars from the late 30s even had a space race where the world's then superpowers (The US, USSR and British Empire) all send missions to the red planet. Of course the explorers discover a dying race on Mars and their robot assistants.

      The meme has popped up countless times, probably most recently in the Mission to Mars movie.


      Talking of which, here's a link to a mainstream Discovery documentary on Mars exploration from the 1990s. Unlike today's overly cautious space dudes it seems like Clinton-era Nasa's life obsession was pretty open:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JLUiJW3YPhs#t=32

      Note the mention of the Viking chemistry results.

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    3. Interesting questions, Rob- anyone care to field these? I know there are experts out there...

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  13. Three things are killing science-culture in the West.

    -General confusion as to the difference between "science" and "engineering" (very different disciplines). Witness Ahmed Mohammed and the clock that he "invented" (LOL). Ignoring the clock itself, note that Media branded the kid with "Science!"... not as a potential budding engineer. That's telling in and of itself.

    -Colonization of science-culture by the "yay science!"/BigBangers crowd (largely composed of SciFi fans and wannabe authors... most with LibArts degrees). As you point out, it's become a plug used to fill the hole left by religion's absence. IMO this does a lot more harm than good.

    -Money and class. It was decided ~40 years ago that we're not going to do anything as a society now unless it makes some asshole another billion dollars. Until the last few decades, science and engineering were pretty much left to the lower orders (as professions not befitting a gentleman). But now that tech is at the forefront of everything, that's changed. (Note that Zuckerberg, for example, came from Harvard... not MIT).

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  14. I think the IFLS stuff is starting to fade- it definitely peaked. I think people are going to become more alienated from science because they'll see it as just another playground for the plutocrats and a source for more trouble for the average person. Certainly we haven't seen diseases like cancer go away- if anything they seem to be getting worse.

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  15. I think people are going to become more alienated from science because they'll see it as just another playground for the plutocrats and a source for more trouble for the average person.
    Agreed, and it's already well underway.

    Which is exactly what those very same plutocrats (and their servants/allies) would prefer...

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  16. Hey Chris, been reading for a few years now; this is my second time commenting.

    It's pretty sick how Hollywood's propaganda ministers get this information before we the people. Instead NASA and Hollywood are blatantly coordinating their actions in order to manipulate the public, and consolidate their own power and authority. Timing this announcement to coincide with the movie betrays deep corruption and insecurity, but this type of behavior is so pervasive throughout all patriarchal institutions these days that it's almost unremarkable.

    My reaction to NASA's "announcement" was very similar to your own, in that they seem to be purposely trying to make the real scientific study of Mars as boring and abstruse as possible. The same as you, I was under the impression that the existence of water on Mars — at least in very small amounts —was already relatively well established (as it is on the Moon), and that evidence for its existence as a geological, possibly biological force has also been deduced, if not completely proven, from a number of observations (going back to the discovery of the Valles Marineris in the early 70s). Of course the ivory tower of Babel is not well known for its interdisciplinary integration.

    As The Onion put it so aptly, if you're going to hype something to this degree, we expect to "hear announcements about actual cool stuff in space".

    The real kicker, and you allude to this in your mention of Hoagland, is that the pioneering work behind this "discovery" did not originate with NASA; it was made 14 years ago by the independent researcher Efrain Palermo , who was conveniently unmentioned in NASA's "announcement". There was a good piece on Efrain's work and his reaction to the announcement at the Grail that you probably saw.

    The subtext seems to be that 1) Mars is boring, so don't bother paying any attention to these hyped-up "announcements", 2) Even if it might be interesting, terms must be couched in some specialized jargon that only a handful of people on the planet are capable of deciphering, so you won't understand anyway, and 3) If, by some miracle, you do make a lucky guess about something, we won't recognize your contribution, adorable little amateur that you may be. After all, it's certainly not possible that someone endorsed by Richard Hoagland could possibly be doing real science. Hoagland's theories aren't capable of predicting anything; Ceres' Occator Crater, with it's anomalous bright spots are at around 19.8 degrees north, a whopping .3 to .4 degrees off from Hoagland's 19.5 theory. Funny how, as you and the guys at the Grail have pointed out, NASA is asking for input from the public on the issue of the bright spots...

    This all gets back to the actual philosophical foundations of science that another commenter alluded to. NASA's announcement really was all about bureaucratic specialized authority, so unless you actually understood what those scientists did and experienced to arrive at this data, there's no sense in believing what they say, because it's merely an appeal to authority, which is a logical fallacy and unscientific. Ultimately what's scientifically valid comes down to your own self (not to say your ego) and your own experience of reality. NASA is attempting to assert an epistemology of bureaucracy and it's sick.

    Thoughts on Elon Musk: I didn't even know who this yahoo was a year ago, and I'm beginning to miss those more innocent times. I still don't really know much about him, and hoping to keep it that way, but it's funny how the same type of "I F'ing Love Scientism" people who lament human-induced "Global Warming" on Earth can be convinced that it's a great idea for Mars. Because rich white guys are so great at making these kind of "Terra Nullius" decisions; makes you wonder what egregore/engram/analph connections might be connecting Musk with Captain Cook.

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  17. As I mentioned, this is only my second time commenting on the Secret Sun; I decided I needed to drop a line and send some love your way reading the just the first few paragraphs, so it's really synchronous that you ended up going on to talk about the Higgs Boson hype and then provided a link to "Astronaut Theology: Half-Billion Miles from Earth....", since my only previous comments on the Sun were to that very article, which was written at the same time the Higgs Boson discovery was being touted.

    (my first two posts were as Unknown before I figured out how to make it TreeFrog)

    The reason for my first comment was to draw your attention to "synchronic events on and around September 10", which included the official publication of the big Higgs Boson paper, and the publication in the journal Nature of a paper by Shinichi Mochizuki on a possible proof of a deep connection between prime numbers known as the abc conjecture.

    I think there's something to the idea that the release of those papers marked a sort of liminal passage for scientific "progress". If you look at what's happened with Mochizuki's work since the publication of that paper, it's somewhat similar to what's going on with the Higgs Boson, in that progress on the issue just isn't there, in this case because Mochizuki is many many years ahead of his time, and there's only like one other person capable of interpreting his material, or even beginning to try. There's a great article about Mochizuki's work called "The Paradox of the Proof" by Caroline Chen, out there on the interwebs somewhere. I love how Mochizuki considers himself an "inter-universal geometer". As for the Higgs Boson / God Particle, there was an interesting synchro-mystic approach taken to the issue by Jose Arguelles which you can find in his Rinri Project Newsletter III, volume 4, no.1, under section 3, "The God Particle as a Cosmic Fractal Value in the Timespace Cube".

    There's a similar thing going on with quantum physics. For about a decade, up until very recently, it seemed like everyone had run out of valuable or interesting ideas about the subject and it had devolved into scientismic naysaying on the one hand (don't look behind the curtain, materialism is materialism, and that's it), and "What the Bleep" twaddle on the other. But recently it seems like some people who have actually been thinking seriously about the subject and allowing the necessary time for their ideas to stew, have begun to share their ideas. One of these people being Eric Wargo at the Nightshirt. Not that I think Eric is "right", or even that he's pretending to have the truth about the quantum, but that his ideas are actually constructive and provide a potentially helpful approach to the matter.

    As for the big project to go to Mars or something, I feel like humans need to learn to integrate science into an understanding of the self and an intimate experience within the cosmos. I personally feel like the response to our inevitable mortality, as individual, species, or ecosystem, is better based on a spiritually informed submission to the Tao than any kind of materialistic scheme for survival; a sort of "long defeat". Sure, Arthur and the elves sail to that distant shore, but not in the nuts-and-bolts materialistic way that Hollywood would have it; the vehicle, in my opinion, is much more akin to the Dreamspell's "Timeship Earth". If our goals are going to be outlandish, I prefer to envision a utopian efflorescence throughout here on Earth and throughout the solar system, as opposed to some distopian plunge towards Mars.

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  18. Thanks Chris for sharing all you do here on the Sun, it is much appreciated. It's amazing the output you're capable of in spite of your condition. Hope you are feeling well! That's interesting your condition is influenced by atmospheric conditions; I imagine this is related to your ability to tune into the wider cosmos and integrate your perceptions into the whole-human expression that is the Secret Sun.

    P.S. Just thought I would add that, inspired by something here on the Sun, I recently watched Quatermass and the Pit — the miniseries version — off youtube. I watched one episode about every couple days from around August 20 until the beginning of September. Struck me weird when they announced Homo Naledi ("Star Human") and the bizarre circumstances of the discovery just days later...

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  19. Thank you Tree for this very thoughtful and lengthy reply. Sometime you'll have to tell us how you got around the character limit! But very interesting points raised- maybe Mr Wargo can pop by and address some of the issues you raised vis a vis his blog. But the last point you raise is true- sensitivity cuts both ways. As I'm struggling with at the moment...

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  20. Since a painful breakup and serious financial troubles have necessarily narrowed my focus I really can't bear to look at all this lying and bullshit and perception-managment. I find myself turning away from it for purely psychological health reasons. As an intuitive there's only so much garbage you can handle before you decide you need to protect yourself, or snap. But yeah, Mars. Mars is weird. Our entire solar system is full of strange Astrognostic secrets. You can bet cash money on that shit. ;)

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  21. I hear what you're saying. I feel like I'm dealing with a daily assault on my being. It's out of control. Can't be coincidental. The Archons seem to be quite excited as of late.

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    1. I feel exactly the same, Chris, and I don't even have chronic pain issues to deal with. So more power to you, brother. Balancing survival and health with shining a light for others is no easy task, especially for Sensitives. Sometimes you get the shit kicked out of you. It can be fucking brutal, so it's good to know who your friends are. ;)

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  22. the problem with any idea of knowing where humanity stands as far as science is concerned is the black budget and the "breakaway civilization". if we were like 20-30 years in the dark when the stealth bomber came out, that kind of tinkering doesn't just stop. plus, the black budget is HUGE, staggering amounts of money. we will never know the toys the military are working on or have finalizing or finished. people have looked into the numbers by seeing what is left out of budget reports, and that unnacounted for money is the black budget, and it's in the trillions, and that is still only what can be checked in public record. even if you account for cern, that is sucking up so much money of dozens of countries while every place is in a state of disrepair with roads and bridges. they will let the planet crumble in search of their god complex

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