Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tarology



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.


Friday, May 22, 2015

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself


"How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself" by George Dvorsky is a particularly interesting window on the world of AI research from the POV of Cinemorphics...

"There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here's how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine." 

For the entire article click HERE.

Ex Machina, AI and Cinemorphics


Ex Machina's AI, Ava, seems to have developed, after her original inception, a very interesting form of intelligence...the ability to choose and "absorb" new abilities for herself. An interesting analysis of the film may be found HERE...

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Also...COMING SOON...Cinemorphics as an AI protocol...enabling persona creation in robots!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

American Eyeball

(American Eyeball is actually a film about Cinemorphics and Imaginal Realism posing as a noirish San Francisco detective story. The same can be said of the novella Satori Tango.)



A new Benny Pristine mystery! The notorious San Francisco detective reappears after a twenty year disappearance to find his best friend murdered, a psychic spy still wanting to take him to bed, the fate of the world threatened by incompetent aliens and more!



American Eyeball - Trailer from Charles Webb on Vimeo.

Read the Benny Pristine novella SATORI TANGO!