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June 7, 2020 (permalink)

"One man’s harbinger is another man’s event."

—Philip K. Dick, Solar Lottery

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January 26, 2020 (permalink)

"What's got to be gotten over is the false idea that an hallucination is a private matter."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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January 19, 2020 (permalink)

"In every event we must, by faith, presume a benign purpose, which, could we see all which is to come, would delight us – we would be especially delighted to see how intrinsically evil events become used as building blocks for noble structures – and are, in fact, essential for the ultimate construction of those fine systems. Nothing is wasted, nothing is futile, nothing is lost. Everything is eventually, when its time has come, is snatched up and incorporated."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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January 17, 2020 (permalink)

Cotard Syndrome or Walking Corpse Syndrome is what psychiatrists call a delusion that one is already dead.  The thrice great Charles Fort had it [see our important post about that], as did the immortal Philip K. Dick.*  Thing is ... if this life actually does turn out to be a purgatorial realm, then those aware of being dead are the only ones not crazy.
The headline "We are the dead!" is from Dime Mystery, 1947.
*From Dick's Exegesis: "We are dead but don't know it, reliving our former lives but on tape (programmed), in a simulated world controlled by Valis the master entity or reality generator (like Brahman), where we relive in a virtually closed cycle again and again until we manage to add enough new good karma to trigger off divine intervention, which wakes us up and causes us to simultaneously both remember and forget, so that we can begin our reascent back up to our real home. This, then, is purgatorio, the afterlife, and we are under constant scrutiny and judgment, but don't know it, in a perfect simulation of the world we knew and remember -- v. Ubik and Lem's paradigm. We have for a long time been dying brains/souls slipping lower and lower through the realms, but the punishment of reliving this bottom-realm life is also an opportunity to add new good karma and break the vicious cycle of otherwise endless reliving of a portion of our former life. This, then, is the sophia summa of the six esoteric systems -- seven if you count alchemy -- of the entire world. Eight if you count hermeticism. We are dead, don't know it, and mechanically relive our life in a fake world until we get it right. Ma'at has judged us; we are punished, but we can change the balance... but we don't know we are here to do this, let alone know where we are. We must change the 'groove' for the better or just keep coming back, not remembering, not reascending."
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January 12, 2020 (permalink)

"What is my real relationship to time?  I experience the near past, the near future, and the very far past; a lot of my soul or psyche seems to be transtemporal … maybe this is why any given present space time seems somehow unreal or delusional to me. I span across and hence beyond it; always have —and the transtemporal is the eternal, the divine, the immortal spirit. How long have I been here, and how many times? Who or what am I, and how old? Reality outside confronts me as a mystery, and so does my own inner identity. The two are fused. Who am I? When is it? Where am I? This sounds like madness. But when I read the Scriptures I find myself in the world which is to me real, and I understand myself. The Bible is a door."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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January 5, 2020 (permalink)

"The really carefully guarded secret of the priests of all the religions, which they will never voluntarily relinquish to the world, is that priests are not needed, nor what priests know or what initiates do or what the devout believe—practices and sacraments, anything. The truth is that God inhabits without limit; wherever the real is or the actual does, He is it. Special knowledge of how to get in touch with him is that same knowledge which carries the bee home to its hive each night; who sells that knowledge to the bee? If we have no money, if we can't read or be wise, are we abandoned? Does He abandon the lowly insects because they are virtually no more than reflex machines? Just as truth cannot really be suppressed, at least not forever, it neither can be horded. We are taught day and night, as all living entities are: ceaselessly. God did not begin to govern and inform the cosmos when writing and money were invented."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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December 29, 2019 (permalink)

You must put your slippers on
To walk toward the dawn.
—the song of the sibyl, in Philip K. Dick's Exegesis
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December 22, 2019 (permalink)

"Any system which says, This is a rotten world, wait for the next, give up, do nothing, succumb—that may be the basic Lie and if we participate in believing it and acting (or rather not acting) on it we involve ourselves in the Lie and suffer dreadfully ... which only reinforces that particular Lie.  I imagine that if Sweet Jesus is listening to me He is becoming very angry now, but if He follows his own philisophy He will fold his hands, look tragically toward heaven, and do nothing."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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December 15, 2019 (permalink)

"The paranormal is about paradox, not proof; about meaning, not mechanism; about myth, not math.  Most of all, however, the paranormal is about the 'coincidence' or fundamental unity of mind and matter.  Two of [Philip K.] Dick's favorote scholars captured this truth in two Latin sound bites: the mysterium conjunctionis, or 'mystery of conjunction,' of C. G. Jung and the coincidentia oppositorum, or 'coincidence of opposites,' of Mircea Eliade." —Jeffrey J. Kripal, footnote in Philip K. Dick's Exegesis
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December 8, 2019 (permalink)

"We are going to have to deal with propositions which are simultaneously both true and false; my corollary is that mutually contrary propositions may be equally true."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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October 9, 2019 (permalink)

What is it I hold, while there is still time?

—Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

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October 3, 2019 (permalink)

We rediscovered a lost technique for finding yourself referred to in any book, as well as for reading an infallible prediction of the future in any book.  This forgotten secret was disclosed by Philip K. Dick in Galactic Pot-Healer.  It's now a lost page of our book Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets to Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure.
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August 3, 2019 (permalink)

The word is disemelevatored.  From Philip K. Dick's spectacular novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  (From which the vastly inferior films were "inspired."  The novel is a masterpiece.)
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July 15, 2019 (permalink)

"I remember a pill that had as side effects — if you took an overdose — convulsions, coma, amd then death.  And in the literature, right after it told about the convulsions, coma and death, it said, May Be Habit Forming.  Which always struck me as an anticlimax. ... It's a strange world ... very strange." —Philip K. Dick, A Maze of Death
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July 10, 2019 (permalink)

"It's probaby the man from upstairs.  He borrows things.  Weird things.  Like two-fifths of an onion."
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June 7, 2019 (permalink)

Philip K. Dick wrote that we can all meet again, in another part of the forest, where a boy and his bear will always be playing ... imperishable, like all of us.  We will wind up with Pooh, in a clearer, more durable new place.
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook, here is our map locating Pooh's Platonic ideal in the imperishable forest.
Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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February 17, 2016 (permalink)

The Physics of Literary Allusion

When Ridley Scott chose to name his filmed adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? after an unrelated novel, Alan E. Nourse's The Bladerunner, an "entanglement" was created.  Imagine a string connecting the two Blade Runners, transcending the Meaning-Context Perimeters of each work.  (In our diagram, the perimeters deliberately resemble Morse code, because beyond a literary work's context, meanings tend toward the cryptic and secret.)  That entangling string is vibrated or "enlivened" by the Meaning-Context Perimeters, very much like the string of a violin activated by a bow.  We see that the resulting resonance is interpenetrating — each work becomes colored by the other.  The significance is quasi-magical, as readers unfamiliar with Nourse's coinage of Bladerunner are yet taken by the word's glamour in Scott's usage (in its original sense, glamour meant enchantment/magic and was an alteration of the word grammar).  And vice versa, since the entangling string connects beyond time.  Each title is powerful in its respective year (1974 for Nourse, 1982 for Scott) because of that entangling string; in other words, the punch of Nourse's title is in anticipation of Scott's echo of it eight years later, and, paradoxically, Scott banked on the glamour "previously" inherent in Nourse's term.  (We of course recall that in terms of quantum physics, time does not exist in the way that we observe and metabolize it.)
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