Saturday, August 6, 2011

There is No Beauty without some Strangeness of Proportion/ Part 12/ Section 13

By Brian George
They post arrows that will direct you to the beginning of the maze

“The waking have one world, in common, whereas the sleeper turns away to a private world of his own.”—Heraclitus, Fragment 89

Hi Stu,

1) You wrote, “Breaking news—It seems that the pseudo-science that has been constructed around the circles, begun by the wearing of white coats, serious facial expressions and the brandishing of beeping boxes, (scientology anyone?) is finally unraveling. Appropriately, this Ragnarok is taking place between two of cereology’s biggies, Colin Andrews, long since exiled abroad by humiliation and ridicule and Nancy Talbot, PR face of BLT ‘research.’ Perhaps we can now move on to the real issue, namely how come these effects are happening to people and electrical equipment when all it really is is flattened corn?”

The conspiracy that you describe is international in its scope—a work of collective genius, maniacal in its stealth. For two decades now, teams of neo-pagan circle makers have flown from England to Holland to the United States, flattening thousands of complex circles with their boards without ever making more than the tiniest of mistakes—the mind boggles at such feats of micromanagement; it leaves one breathless—and all to no end other than to plant evidence for this or that researcher to deliberately misread. 

But let us pause for a moment to see what we have learned:

a) There are funny people in white coats and with serious expressions who have been walking around with e-meters. The hour of their Ragnarok is at hand!

b) Researchers can disagree. They have egos, and can sometimes be inflexible in their thinking.

Well—none of this is exactly “breaking news.”

Serious research into crop circles begins with an observation: Something strange is going on.

Facts may point in contradictory directions; theories may disagree. Researchers may very well indulge in the normal range of personal and methodological conflicts. This in no way alters the essential strangeness of the subject, or lessens the challenges that such phenomena pose to our 3-D habits of interpreting the world.

In a process of discovery bound by the circumference of a circle, it is possible that any wrong turn is correct. Blind vision leads one to the edge of the horizon—which others might perceive to be the edge of an abyss, where monsters lurk—and then on to the next horizon, law after violated law. No experience is wasted.

Out of a chaos of competing Rorschach blots, we are led as to a hyper-object—which serves, simultaneously, as an end and as a place from which to start. Knowledge then retroactively puts itself together, as provisional as the first biplane that the Wright Brothers launched at Kitty Hawk. And yet as definitive as the light that is released from a split atom.

Some say that such circular technology is archaic, others that it is a shadow that the far side of the future throws.

See—it will soon transport us from the Earth.

It is possible that all of our perfect systems are meant only to self-destruct.

2) “Breaking news” would be if you were to begin a comment with something other than an insult or attack.

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