Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Pulsed Frequencies, Physics and DNA - The Elusive Signal

Chris Knowles’ recent speculations about what he terms the ‘Elusive Companion Hypothesis’, and its possible connections to a mysterious evolutionary ‘Signal’, has really got me thinking.  Knowles’ idea that the Ancient Astronaut/Alien question might in fact be more Ultraterrestrial – intimately linked with our own world somehow – makes a lot of sense.  It touches on and contextualises far more of the data-points within the broad alien/occult/intervention research than a simple ‘extra-solar visitors’ interpretation.

For example, the recurrence of DNA themes and psychic phenomena consistently associated with UFO and abduction reports – as well as the odd blurring of dreams, fantasy and reality that often accompanies such accounts; all of this suggests a much stranger and more intimate connection between us and what we have come to define as ‘Them’.  Jacques Vallee, John Keel, Andrew Collins, Nick Redfern and various other researchers have all commented in one way or another on the oddly fluid, esoteric aspects of the UFO/Alien phenomenon.  This is not to dismiss the literal nuts-and-bolts aspects to these things, only that we should perhaps broaden our horizons to include the possibility that mythology, imagination and consciousness is also playing an integral role in how the many aspects of this phenomenon are configured.

So, how does a mysterious seemingly-evolutionary ‘Signal’ fit into this complex situation?  It might help to define what an ordinary signal is.  A signal is a modulated or pulsed frequency.  The manner in which it is pulsed or modulated is what defines that specific frequency as a signal; as in being under intelligent control – and this is what separates a ‘signal’ from the naturally occurring frequencies that fill the cosmos.

Now, if physical matter is a wave/particle situation as quantum physics suggests, and if all matter needs to oscillate and vibrate in order to maintain structural coherence – then this suggests that the entire physical universe is a realm of overlapping, interconnected pulsing frequencies, or signals.  This makes sense in that we live within an ocean of electromagnetic energies.

Here we touch upon a familiar debate in quantum physics, which is essentially “What causes a wave-function collapse?  What causes a non-local, energetic probability-wave to collapse into a discreet particle?”  Much of quantum theory is based round the EPR Correlation and Bell’s Theorem; the mathematical suggestion of an unavoidable synthesis that exists at the subatomic level of matter, a mysterious interconnection in which everything is linked to everything else in a way that negates space and time.  This is sometimes referred to as ‘non-locality’, or the ‘wave/particle duality’. At a subatomic level the particles that compose physical matter also possess a wave function – these supposedly fixed, discreet units can also smear themselves across the entire continuum of space and time as a wave of non-physical energy. How and why this non-locality occurs at the subatomic level is a subject of furious critical debate. 

Personally, to begin exploring the hard-science of these ideas I would suggest reading Werner Heisenberg’s seminal works The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory (New York: Dover, 1930)  and Physics and Philosophy (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1958), together with Niels Bohr’s Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge (New York: Wiley, 1963).

The Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics is concerned with the idea that measurement itself causes a collapse of the wave-function, though what is defined as ontologically real in this probabilistic situation is often debated.  But the Copenhagen Interpretation is often taken by many as suggesting that it is the Observer which causes wave-function collapse – that perception itself causes the experience of a discreet particle-reality.  This take on the Copenhagen Interpretation seems to make many physicists uncomfortable, appearing too relativistic and having far too many spiritual and mystical connotations.  Then we have the Penrose Objective-Collapse Interpretation which suggests that an Observer, or something as ill-defined and ambiguous as ‘consciousness’, while important, need not play any role at all in the experience of particle-reality – rather it is the curvature of space-time itself that causes the collapse.  The variations on these basic themes are many, and a number of ‘serious’ scientists object to quantum physics being used to promote or window-dress a number of New-Age, mystical pseudo-philosophies.

Such objections are understandable in a way, in that a very complex mathematics-based physics is used to preach “Love and Light” by people with very little understanding of the subject’s subtleties.  But these ‘serious’ orthodox physicists are also implying that science and spirituality are two separate things without any overlapping or permeable thresholds.  This is demonstrably untrue, as any close readings of the contextual histories of science and religion will attest to.  Science and Religion had numerous points of contact, especially in Science’s formative years when the influence of the Church was still incredibly powerful to even the most ‘rational’ minds of the time.

But returning to contemporary quantum physics, there are many ‘bona fide’ scientists who admit or allow for the possibility that wave/particle duality within matter, and non-local connectivity, might indeed broach a realm of mystical and spiritual connotations.  David Bohm, Itzak Bentov, Fred Alan Wolf and even Werner Heisenberg have suggested or implied that the universe is perhaps far more interconnected and mysterious than is often comfortable to admit.

So, if there is indeed some fluid, energetic seamlessness beneath the visible realm of discreet particles – a pulsing connectivity of frequencies from which material-reality somehow arises – then Chris Knowles’ speculations about an unseen watcher race of Elusive Companions does not seem as implausible as it might first appear.  Nor does a mysterious evolutionary ‘Signal’ seem too illogical in a realm filled with oscillating frequencies.

Cutting-edge research in the fields of biochemistry provides enough circumstantial evidence to at least suggest that DNA itself makes use of pulsed frequencies in order to wind, unwind or recombine.  This would make a certain kind of sense considering the wave/particle duality at the heart of all forms of matter.  Other research suggests that genes and individual cells use protein-sleeves and membranes to sense incredibly subtle vibrations in order to transmit and receive chemicals.

Is DNA itself a ‘Signal’, a modulated pulsed frequency that collapses into a particle-reality of nucleic acid sequences?  If so, is it consciousness that essentially governs this manifestation?  We might balk at the idea that ‘consciousness’ is the thing responsible for our literal material existence, but perhaps this is because the idea of an objective reality in which we are discreet ‘things’ is very hard to see through.  After all, we are taught to believe that the human brain and spinal trunk creates the chemical quirks that collectively result in the illusion of self-awareness.  But if the very particles that make up the brain and our entire biology are also pulsing energetic waves of frequency then it suggests that what we imagine as local, individual consciousness is also somehow smeared across the entire continuum of space-time, regardless of whether the Observer collapses the wave-function into material-reality or not.              

I would humbly suggest that the answers to these questions do not exist in a binary yes/no continuum – especially if we truly begin to grasp the implications of the wave-particle duality.  Perhaps these implications are things that our Elusive Companions have long since mastered, or at the very least have a workable knowledge of.  In conclusion I would add that I myself perceive the world through both artistic and scientific filters, because I feel that science and spirituality are potently conjoined - and I firmly believe that understanding this fundamental kinship is integral to the survival and psychological health of the entire human race.  If a mysterious ‘Signal’ is calling us to evolve and to perceive ever-growing subtleties to the universe we inhabit, perhaps it is like calling to like – and perhaps we should listen, scanning the noise and static for its presence.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Vortex of the Rose - The Elusive Gateway

Over on The Secret Sun, author and thinker Christopher Knowles has written a series of brilliant essays that explore the notion of a race of Elusive Companions living mostly unseen alongside humanity.  He compares their uncertain ontology and the larger field of historical high-weirdness to an anomalous and mysterious signal that is continually broadcasting.  He suggests that this signal might in some way contain stranger things than are dreamed of in our philosophies.  He speculates that this mysterious signal might be running concurrent with the human race, and somehow acting as an evolutionary agent of some kind.  I would suggest this might be so, since whenever the invisible somehow spills its contents into the visible, things change.
Knowles also suggests an intriguing pet-theory; that the Dawn of Man sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey might be a veiled reference to the Roswell Incident of 1947.  Etymologically-speaking, the now infamous town of Roswell, New Mexico is the ‘spring of the rose’, ‘place of the rose’, or the ‘Rose Well’.  The Rose is a deeply potent and multi-layered symbol in human mythology.  Here’s a quote from an essay titled ‘Roses in Folklore’ on

Most scholarly accounts describe the story of Psyche as an allegorical representation of mankind's soul (from the Greek word psych, literally translated as "breath," "life" or "soul"). Thus, when love and desire (represented as Eros) are "wedded" to the soul of mankind (represented as Psyche), the seasons bring forth roses which spread the magical powers of Zeus across the land.

To this day, roses are similarly represented in Greek folklore. In the folktale of "The Monk," the hero prince leans over a sleeping princess to kiss her, after which he receives a pair of roses and subsequently uses their magical powers to escape his evil pursuers. Presumably, the love he holds for the princess saves him from the evil wrongdoers — a direct correlation to the magic of roses from ancient Greek mythology.

Aside from these interesting and legitimate interpretations, I also see connections between the symbol of the rose and the concepts of portals and wormholes and EPR Bridges – especially considering the ‘Wedding of Eros and Psyche’ motif mentioned in the above quote.  Further still it makes me think of the William Blake work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.  Here’s an excerpt from Blake’s ‘Argument’ preface:

Rintrah roars & shakes his fires in the burden'd air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep
Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow.
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.
Then the perilous path was planted:
And a river, and a spring
On every cliff and tomb;
And on the bleached bones
Red clay brought forth.
Till the villain left the paths of ease,
To walk in perilous paths, and drive
The just man into barren climes.
Now the sneaking serpent walks
In mild humility.
And the just man rages in the wilds
Where lions roam.

I find it amusing and intriguing that in the recent Hollywood blockbuster Thor, the God of Thunder uses a wormhole-style Bifrost bridge to reach New Mexico; indicative of the human realm where sneaking serpents walk in mild humility, and just men rage in the wilds.  So, Roswell – Spring of the Rose?  What can we glean or intuit from this resonant etymology?  Thanks to my automatic writing experiences (which can be found at I’ve often used the concept of the vortex or whirlwind as an analogy for the mysterious processes of human perception and experience.   But the image of the closing or flowering rose would work just as well. 

The world is full of anomalous information, experiences and possibilities.  That anomalous but ever-present Signal that Chris Knowles discusses in his blog, perhaps it is somehow connected to the Heart of the Rose – an intelligence that encompasses the entirety of the Deviant-Human-Eternal continuum that visionary Jack Kirby creates/explores in his comic-book work The Eternals.  Figuratively speaking, did the Celestials of Kirby’s work engineer this Sub-rosa signal as an evolutionary abstraction – or did it engineer them? Does anything exist beyond the harsh realm of the imagined Demiurge? Do the true Celestials have our backs, our best interests at heart?  Or am I trying to put too fine a point on things?  I don’t know, but these kinds of ideas are things that John Keel, Jack Kirby and others were fascinated by.

Here is another poem by William Blake that might be pertinent at this juncture, especially considering the exploitation, domination and competitiveness occurring in our world now.  The poem is entitled The Sick Rose:

The Sick Rose
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

I see a resonance here between roses, wormholes, signals – and Christopher Knowles’ previous notions of the Nether-Realm; a kind of fluid medium that forever remains just beyond the limits of our intellectual comprehension.  The fact that we can’t fully understand this Signal, coupled with the fact that it does seem to produce legitimate effects – I think this is at least circumstantial evidence that such a signal would indeed have some evolutionary function.  Whether this signal comes from Source, the collective unconscious, or the recesses of The X Files, is open to interpretation.  Even if we view this mysterious signal as a mere figurative device to facilitate insight, we cannot deny that such an analogy starts to explain some things.  Perhaps it also helps to connect the dots between the realms of the psychedelic, mysticism, science and Intervention Theory. 
Who we are?

What if our Elusive Companions are part-literal, part-figurative – what if a sufficiently advanced race was able to create a form of subtle, imaginal technology as well as the gross physical technology that leaves burns, scars and crashed discs?  I’m suggesting here that Arthur C. Clarke’s observation that “Any form of technology sufficiently advanced would be indistinguishable from Magic” is meant to be taken quite literally.  What if there was a way to use synchronicity to create exotic technologies, for example?  Imagine a technology that made use of synchronicity-engines and probability-drives, a la Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  A form of technology created at the subjective, perceptual level of reality?  Such a thing would make nanotechnology look like an eight-track.  This might help to explain why our Elusive Companions often seem to be figments of our imaginations - and at other times appear all too real.  It might help to explain the permeable threshold between dreams and ‘reality’.

Connected to this, many physicists object to the idea of a multi-verse; a parallel-reality existence.  This is due to the fact that mathematics appears to suggest the universe does not contain enough energy to support such a wildly elaborate system – which is similar in theme if not in detail to idea that the universe could not support an overseer race of sorcerers that manage to be intimately interconnected with the history of our Earth.  To use Kirby-speak, I’m comparing these overseer sorcerers to the Celestials – an order of Fortean-style weirdness above and beyond what we normally think of as interaction with the gods.  This is my own interpretation of Kirby’s themes, but if the Eternals and Deviants still haunt our histories and sci-fi mythologies, perhaps the Celestials are still truly corner-of-the-eye phenomena, so to speak.  The Impossible broaching on The Possible. 

Perhaps the Signal that Christopher Knowles is contemplating is tantamount to evidence of careful design – if not of the Infinite Creator, then at least of seemingly Near-Infinite Sorcerers.  Or perhaps I’m totally off base and the Signal is something even greater and more mysterious than that, and perhaps our Elusive Companions are as susceptible to it as we are – or even contained within it, as we might be too.  I would humbly suggest that The Signal is probably best understood contextually, associatively.  We may not be able to hold it in our hands or put it under a microscope, but the strange nature of certain phenomena implies that it is there, in the same way that an unseen body in space can affect the gravity of smaller planets.  Perhaps we can’t see the signal directly, but we perceive signs of it all the time. 
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