Tuesday, July 19, 2011

There is No Beauty without some Strangeness of Proportion/ Part 3/ Section 3


By Brian George
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“If we do not expect the unexpected we will not discover it, since it is not to be searched out and is difficult to apprehend.”—Heraclitus, fragment 17

Stu Kavendish, you wrote, “All said and done, it is shaping up to be a season of beauties. Funny how as the nights get longer the formations become more complex...” Let me paraphrase your argument as follows: The complexity of a crop circle is related to the number of minutes in the night. Please tell me that you are joking.

Is the “Beggar’s Knoll” crop circle, created on July 27th, 2010, really more complex than the “Pewsey ‘Golden Ratio’” crop circle, created on June 21st, 2010? And are either of these more complex than the “Mandelbrot Series” crop circle, created in 1996, in a field right next to Stonehenge—a crowded tourist destination—which was not there at 5:30 PM but was completed in one half hour, by 6:00 PM.

As I have previously argued: The simplest explanation may, at certain times, be also the most mysterious one, while the conventional explanation may not account for most or any of the facts.

Let this updating of Occam be my leitmotif, my organizing image, and my shield!

From his 14th century crypt, my adjutant will reach out to protect me. The “simplest explanation” is a concept with which to conjure.

It may be possible that the simplest explanation is that time/ space is a circle—and that it thus moves accordingly.

Have I argued this before? Very well then, I shall argue this again.

The specific point that I was making here about the “Shroud of Turin” crop circle(s) is that—in displays of circular logic, which we should perhaps view as a kind of remedial education—it seems possible for an image to move from the future to the past, as well as from the past to the future, and that the boundary between the subjective and the objective worlds is not at all what it appears.

Who creates what, and where does the first form originate? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The playing of complex games does seem to be at the heart of the phenomenon of the circles.

When I made this somewhat arbitrary connection between the creator(s) of the Shroud of Turin and the creator(s) of the crop circles at Wiltshire, I certainly never expected that a Shroud of Turin crop circle would appear the following summer. Clearly, “Brian George” is not the creator of these circles, but this is only true for the “Little Brian,” or the “Little Stu,” for that matter. I would argue that we are all members of a punctuated but never broken field of consciousness—both human and alien and altogether “other”—that stretches back to the beginning of creation, and beyond.

It is this field that creates the circles, which speak to us in a forgotten and yet somehow familiar language. They are koans or catalysts, whose job it is to provoke our leap into a primal depth of energy. There, with a bit of help from the alternate versions of ourselves, we will reclaim our capacity to move freely through the ocean.

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