Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tarot Dérive


Tarot Dérive is a work in progress, which “swerves” away from traditional tarot deck construction for a variety of reasons which will be explained after a bit of beta testing and feedback from users.

The dérive (drift) is a Situationist technique for looking at urban psycho-geography in non-ordinary ways, which results in drifts and swerves as one wanders toward unknown destinations using imaginary maps or no maps at all. The idea is to change one’s consciousness, to re-frame the familiar as unfamiliar, in order to refresh one’s perception of everyday experience.

Tarot Dérive is designed to have a similar outcome vis a vis “taking a walk” with the cards. Eventually, the deck will be used in Cinemorphics and Trans-Intelligence research projects in the United States and at Baobah Labs in Brazil.

I present the deck images here with no suggested interpretations. Each card image is constructed of three computer game icons, more or less stacked vertically, and one card name. The cards are not numbered. Each of the three icons may relate to other icons or sets of icons on cards in a spread, or each set of three may be read as one image and related to other individual icons or sets in that way. The idea is to play with the images and see what they say.

Proof decks are currently being printed and a limited number will be provided at no charge to interested parties. Contact Charles Webb at cinemorphics@yahoo.com to reserve a deck.

Obviously, feedback on the design is welcome prior to finalized decks becoming available.

Icons made by Lorc, Delapouite & contributors. Available on http://game-icons.net

Friday, September 18, 2015

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Alchemical Conjuration Tech

I have been asked on numerous occasions (I first posted this several years ago and am re-posting it now because of new questions) if Cinemorphics is a magical system. One of the early names I considered using for the approach and techniques for looking at and handling reality that became Cinemorphics was Alchemical Conjuration Tech (Training, Technique, Theory, Tao, etc.), so I guess I was looking at what I was putting together as a magical system all along. As these ideas developed, in my mind, what evolved was more of a post modern therapy model (sometimes compared to NLP) or a role playing reality manipulation “game” like Second Life…only occurring in “ordinary” reality rather than cyberspace. But the magical system take on Cinemorphics …from the POV of Chaos Magick especially… seems as appropriate as these.

What Cinemorphics technology DOES when someone re-writes, re-acts, re-directs, re-produces one’s persona…when someone realizes the fictitious and malleable nature of the “self”…creates and thoroughly inhabits a new “self” and all that goes with it…including a new belief system…IS…at the same time…call forth a new reality…a new world…in which to live. It has long been realized…in the case, say, of manifesting one’s desires…that whatever new is manifested into one’s reality changes the entirety of that reality. For example, addicts who quit realize this…along with their families…and the “new world” of the person minus the alcohol or drugs is oftentimes not what the ex-addict’s loved ones expected or wanted. One change is accompanied by many others. So Cinemorphics…Alchemical Conjuration Tech (the “real” A.C.T. as in Method acting) can “bend” reality to the will of the practitioner by evoking a new fictitious character (entity?) which the practitioner then inhabits (or is possessed by?). I have also used shape shifting and other metaphors for this process of transformation in the basic writings about Cinemorphics.


As is pointed out in these writings, though, this is not the whole story. Effectively exchanging one fiction for another is not what Cinemorphics…or Alchemical Conjuration Tech…is, finally, all about. If one realizes that one’s persona, and indeed one’s entire worldview, is a fiction, an illusion…fun to play with maybe, but still an illusion…then one can…maybe…realize who (what?) one really is. In this sense, this “system” is like Taoist alchemy…The Secret of the Golden Flower…which was why I originally thought of using alchemy as part of the name to begin with. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Look at Tarot card layouts (also I Ching hexagrams, cast bones, etc.) as icons on the “desktop” (user interface with “reality”) of the person being read…a synchronicity…an array of symbols that “are” the person at a given moment in time…another way of telling their story. This chance set of icons can be re-arranged, resulting in changes in the person in the “real” world.

This kind of manipulation is a sort of Cinemorphic (re-write yourSELF) manipulation…an alternate reality game. i.e. don’t just use divination methods to “tell a fortune” or read someone “as they are” but also manipulate the oracle to change them.

Look at the Tarot as a semiotic web (like an organism with an intelligence?) which we can interact with…have a conversation with…talk to….cajole.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Ontology of Semiosis

A Conscious Agent (see Hoffman, 2008, Conscious Realism and the Mind Body Problem) can be a symbol (and part of the semiotic web) but not all symbols are Conscious Agents. Patrick Dunn’s semiotic web is roughly analogous to Donald Hoffman’s user interface, in which symbols = icons. An individual Conscious Agent’s semiotic web (user interface) includes other Conscious Agents as well other types of symbols (icons). Reality consists of inter-related and interacting semiotic webs, each with a Conscious Agent at its center. The Conscious Agent at the center is the Persona of Cinemorphics. The symbols in the semiotic web are the persona’s “inventory” of characteristics. Cinemorphic change (deleting and adding characteristics) is the same as changing the symbols in the semiotic web to bring about reality shifts. “Symbol changing” can also be brought about by creating NEW metaphors…i.e. “You” ARE a persona/ego/self becomes “You” ARE a character that can be changed around (like in a script). Re-framing…re-metaphorizing is the “reality handling”/manipulation that results in changes.

Monday, July 06, 2015

At Play In The Semiosphere

I will be discussing Patrick Dunn's approach to reality handling and manipulation within the context of Cinemorphic self shifting in future posts. Interesting parallels and implications...

“Think of a huge web stretching across the black emptiness of space. In each nexus of lines rests a symbol connecting to an infinite number of other symbols. It is important to grasp this concept, because symbols are the underlying girders of the universe.

I call this complex of recursive symbols ‘the semiotic web.’ When seeking meaning, the mind says ‘I can place any idea in my semiotic web, which I've built up from all the symbols of our culture, and have it make sense to me.’

I believe the semiotic web is the substance of ultimate reality. More than just an abstraction to explain the way the human mind works, I think it is the abstraction to explain how Mind works. Mind is not separate from reality, nor is reality separate from the semiotic spaces it inhabits.

Manipulating symbol systems manipulates the semiotic web, and therefore manipulates reality.”

Patrick Dunn. Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age http://www.amazon.com/Postmodern-Magic-The-Art-Information/dp/0738706639

Friday, June 19, 2015

Trans-Intelligence and Cinemorphics at Baobah Labs

Baobah Labs, Florianopolis, Brazil

An exciting new theory of intelligence, termed Trans-Intelligence, is currently being developed and tested at Baobah Labs, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, by Jussara Figueira, Charles Webb and the Baobah Labs research team. This research is supported by NEOGAP- Núcleo de Estudos e Observação de Gestão, Aprendizagem e Pessoas (Center for Studies and Management Observation, Learning and People), at the Post-graduate Program in Engineering and Knowledge Management, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina- UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina -UFSC), Brazil.

Our research defines Trans-Intelligence as the possible human capacity to reinterpret the apparent literal limits of matter and design/reveal new constructs within perceived reality. In simple terms, a “capacity to acquire capacities” and to “create” or reveal new apparent realities. The general goal of the Baobah research on Trans-intelligence is to test the capacity of groups of subjects to create/discover for themselves new aptitudes in a non-conventional way through the combination of Cinemorphics method with techniques of Alternative Reality Gaming. Our hypothesis is that new individual and group aptitudes may be consciously acquired through the process of the “creation” or revelation of, apparently material, virtual reality constructs of interacting “conscious agents”. Our overall approach is inspired by Donald Hoffman’s theory of Conscious Realism.