Burning World

Musings of a Meandering Mind
So there’s been a lot of Pseudo-science-this, hard-science-that flying around my feed for the last month, whether it’s the VACCINES AND AUTISM debate, THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, or WHOLE FOODS and their products that range from those with benefits that are scientifically unfounded (probiotics) to the down-right-dubious (Colloidal Silver), or the ever present GMO debate and lastly and probably my personal favorite, THE DNA EVIDENCE OF THE ALIEN SKULLS OF PARACAS, PERU!  I realized that I was an overlap for two ideologically distinct communities (and I made this sociological observation based on how people responded to these articles in the comments section) I broke these two communities down into:

A) those who who base their belief systems/world views on science and measurable/quantifiable facts.

B) those’s who base their belief systems on faith in possibilities that cannot be measured scientifically and may never be.

I’ve always held the belief that science is a lens by which we view the universe, but certainly it isn’t our only lens.  Humanity explores the universe through a myriad of belief systems, faiths, dogmas, and personal/anecdotal experiences, some of these things can’t be scientifically quantified and vary by individual.  So this prompted me to do a little experiment on myself.  I took several tests that measure what side of the brian is dominant.  I got an average of 44/56 split with right brain dominance, BUT that wasn’t the most interesting thing…I took the tests again and depending on the day (and what I was doing during that day), my results fluctuated to nearly 50/50 and sometimes, Left brain would pull ahead of Right brain in the numbers.  This has clarified something I’ve suspected since childhood, that the two sides of my personality are fighting for dominance, the prickly analytical/scientific one that reads Diamond, Dawkins and Gould and loves a good debate, then there’s the compassionate, creative dreamer that reads Comparative Myths and YA romance novels and is exceedingly (and inexplicably) superstitious, looks for metaphysical answers to moral quandaries through art, travel, myth and song (and sometimes clog dancing).

It’s amazing what your friends can teach you about yourself.

So there’s been a lot of Pseudo-science-this, hard-science-that flying around my feed for the last month, whether it’s the VACCINES AND AUTISM debate, THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, or WHOLE FOODS and their products that range from those with benefits that are scientifically unfounded (probiotics) to the down-right-dubious (Colloidal Silver), or the ever present GMO debate and lastly and probably my personal favorite, THE DNA EVIDENCE OF THE ALIEN SKULLS OF PARACAS, PERU! I realized that I was an overlap for two ideologically distinct communities (and I made this sociological observation based on how people responded to these articles in the comments section) I broke these two communities down into:

A) those who who base their belief systems/world views on science and measurable/quantifiable facts.

B) those’s who base their belief systems on faith in possibilities that cannot be measured scientifically and may never be.

I’ve always held the belief that science is a lens by which we view the universe, but certainly it isn’t our only lens. Humanity explores the universe through a myriad of belief systems, faiths, dogmas, and personal/anecdotal experiences, some of these things can’t be scientifically quantified and vary by individual. So this prompted me to do a little experiment on myself. I took several tests that measure what side of the brian is dominant. I got an average of 44/56 split with right brain dominance, BUT that wasn’t the most interesting thing…I took the tests again and depending on the day (and what I was doing during that day), my results fluctuated to nearly 50/50 and sometimes, Left brain would pull ahead of Right brain in the numbers. This has clarified something I’ve suspected since childhood, that the two sides of my personality are fighting for dominance, the prickly analytical/scientific one that reads Diamond, Dawkins and Gould and loves a good debate, then there’s the compassionate, creative dreamer that reads Comparative Myths and YA romance novels and is exceedingly (and inexplicably) superstitious, looks for metaphysical answers to moral quandaries through art, travel, myth and song (and sometimes clog dancing).

It’s amazing what your friends can teach you about yourself.

Oil as an addiction…
The playa reminds me a lot of Frank Herbert’s Arakis in Dune.  That is perhaps my favorite Sci-Fi novel and certainly one of my favorite movies (the David Lynch Dune).  Oil is the life’s-blood of westernized economies the world over, yet is it truly analogous to drug dependence?  I don’t think so, I think it’s similar to sugar.  Heroine and meth may consume calories but they do not replace them.  Oil is the food for monster economies and when all the food is gone…well, we all know what happened to the Donner Party when the food ran out.But what this art project reminded me of when I saw it rising out of the desert, was unspoken drug problem that has risen in a society where the best isn’t good enough, where we need some form of the spice melange to become “super human” whether it’s the illegal use of anabolic steroid abuse among our top Atheletes, or the legally prescribed usage of anti-anxiety medications in our nation’s most stressful professions or life prolonging drugs that stem the effects of everything from Alzheimers to diabetes and hypertension.   Maybe there is some undiscovered substance out there, waiting in the ground or to be synthesized in some future lab.  Maybe it will bring us to new heights of awareness, prolong our lives or even change the course of future human evolution…but what will be the price?  And are we willing to pay it?
Photo taken at Cargo Cult burn 2013 

Oil as an addiction…

The playa reminds me a lot of Frank Herbert’s Arakis in Dune.  That is perhaps my favorite Sci-Fi novel and certainly one of my favorite movies (the David Lynch Dune).  Oil is the life’s-blood of westernized economies the world over, yet is it truly analogous to drug dependence?  I don’t think so, I think it’s similar to sugar.  Heroine and meth may consume calories but they do not replace them.  Oil is the food for monster economies and when all the food is gone…well, we all know what happened to the Donner Party when the food ran out.

But what this art project reminded me of when I saw it rising out of the desert, was unspoken drug problem that has risen in a society where the best isn’t good enough, where we need some form of the spice melange to become “super human” whether it’s the illegal use of anabolic steroid abuse among our top Atheletes, or the legally prescribed usage of anti-anxiety medications in our nation’s most stressful professions or life prolonging drugs that stem the effects of everything from Alzheimers to diabetes and hypertension.   Maybe there is some undiscovered substance out there, waiting in the ground or to be synthesized in some future lab.  Maybe it will bring us to new heights of awareness, prolong our lives or even change the course of future human evolution…but what will be the price?  And are we willing to pay it?

Photo taken at Cargo Cult burn 2013 

Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011

I want to wear that at my playa wedding.

I want to wear that at my playa wedding.

The 2011 Trojan Horse Burn.  Part way through the burn it looked like a demon rose up and started riding the back the horse.

The 2011 Trojan Horse Burn.  Part way through the burn it looked like a demon rose up and started riding the back the horse.

View from the hands:  Burning Man 2013

View from the hands:  Burning Man 2013

I love your weirdness, it’s your most attractive feature.

I love your weirdness, it’s your most attractive feature.