Posted by: Baker | 20 July 2019

2019 IONS Poster, as Presented

The IONS 2019 Conference Poster Session is history. My 2017 poster made a cameo appearance as well. Both generated interesting conversations with several folks. In fact, there seems to be an extra level of excitement and hope for the culture, if not the planet, in this year’s conference so far. 

Here’s a link to the source files for the prints on the poster: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1b0ULCqR-Uvg4BGyqRqeB2yUZKzB3jtLL

I consider the last two pages in part 3 the most important – including a new graph so important that it appears on both pages! Further discussion will follow.

As for the laptop, it was there to play a video from Twitter, largely for comic relief: https://twitter.com/AkashicSurfer1/status/1138603494724722689?s=

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Posted by: Baker | 8 July 2019

Viewing “now” via the frequency domain

I’d like to return to some somewhat strange, still fuzzy thoughts I started to share in a draft begun in April of 2017.  Perhaps unwisely, I eventually published that very unfinished draft as part of my post of 23 June 2017: “Akashic Surfing? In the Frequency Domain?“.  The title was horribly misleading because I ended up abandoning the topic in after barely getting underway.

Here I’m trying to bridge past and future – this particular past in the form of the old unfinished post I’m mysteriously compelled neither to delete nor replace, and this unfinished post as I’m writing it. It will include suggestions that we might actually be doing that regularly – temporally “co-locating” between endpoints of some form of “expanded now”.

Indented below is most of that draft. It may be difficult to see how what I wrote there relates to subjective temporal experiences.  The remainder of this post is a hopefully clearer effort to connect those concepts to describe daily experiences I believe we all have without necessarily recognizing their remarkable defiance of our common sense understanding of time.  The only real data I bring to the table in this discussion is that which I believe, or at least hope, you can summon from your own experiences as I have. (Hint: It probably helps if you love music!)

What I wrote two years ago:

Despite the sparsity of  my visits to Twitter until fairly recently, it was many years back that  I chose the Twitter name [@]AkashicSurfer1.
 
I’ve rarely tried to defend or elaborate upon the always elusive images lurking behind that impulsive choice, partly because they lie squarely in that hazy transition zone between understanding and fantasy, if not outright nonsense.
 
It was inspired by physicist David Bohm’s concept of implicate and explicate order, where the implicate, while occupying no space and time, nevertheless contains the unmanifest representation or aspect of the universe, somewhat like a template for the explicate order, the manifest universe of space and time. The most fascinating part of his theory is the concept of continual exchange between these two realms, which Bohm eventually broadened to be bidirectional. …
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Systems theorist Ervin Laszlo has written about the connection between Bohm’s implicate order and the ancient spiritual concept of the Akashic Records that contain all of history.
 
…  [end unfinished draft from April 2017]
 

Journeying into Timespace

While I have no clear vision of how one might experience a truly timeless “eternal” frame or perspective implied by the concept of an Akashic field, I’m eager to propose less radical ideas and experiences that, at the least, loosen the grip of popular vision of a relentless stream of sequential moments, even snapshots, comprising our experience. That is a worldview I distrust – one that classic neurophysiological approaches to our conscious experience would insist imprison us within some fuzzily defined center we call “now”, somehow singled out from the flow of an endless sequence of tiny moments, supposedly an inevitable result of the “arrow of time”.

My goal is to touch upon aspects of perceptual experience that, although rarely verbalized (perhaps because they seem to defy words), may already be experienced by many – almost certainly by many musicians and dancers, possibly even on a regular basis.  While I’m fairly sure the dynamics I’m trying to describe are not groundbreaking, I’m operating from a sense that the perspectives I want to share have value not yet fully seen or developed to their full potential, largely because of the tendency of modern culture, and especially science, to tunnel all experience through a tiny “now” of successive moments. I want to share some related visions using simple metrics applied to timespace (not my word, but I like it) as I experience it, that may operate largely subliminally.

I have a sense of urgency about the issues I’m addressing here. I sense we could do so much more to turn away from paths of self destruction towards better integration with the rest of the universe if we better appreciated the significance and value of harmonic structure in all efforts of humans (at all scales of civilization).  Some version of this vision haunts me every waking day, so much that it is becoming a part of who I am, or at the least who I [am trying to] project myself to be.

“Vibration is all there is” … conglomerated sinusoids!

Assumptions and Terminology

Clarifying my assumptions and terminology may be critical in sparking the vision I’m trying to share. First I start from an assumption backed by math and physics, sound and movie technology, and molecular chemistry – that all of temporal phenomena can be represented by combinations of simple sinusoidal waveforms of various frequencies –  what we commonly know as vibrations or slower oscillatory behavior more commonly described as cyclic. And when attempting to describe how I visualize “timespace” as I experience it, I use the term “wavelength” for length of time between wave crests – what physicists would typically label the “period” – the duration of one cycle of the oscillation.

I do not take lightly this act of straying from standard vocabulary.  Rather I intend it as a critical “jolt” in one’s perspective, a valuable aid for visualizing time in its own space, for guiding myself and others into what I increasingly experience as temporal landscapes, or “timescapes” – like an animated 3-D graphic (where animation is the 4th dimension) but in which probable futures of the temporal processes involving us can be seen or felt, however hazily, lying before us as available pathways for our time travels. This is the world of our possible and actual trajectories through time, the pathways along which we surf – or struggle through, the ocean-like surface of widely varying waveforms that comprise our temporal environment. This view requires that we step back, up and out of the tyranny of the so-called present moment, and the idea that we are narrowly confined within it. I seek to share a vision of temporal processes in their much larger, holistic grandeur – the current and dynamically unfolding ocean surface of waveforms enfolding the various processes – inevitably (or ultimately) built of cyclic components – that comprise our “being in the world”.

Waves & waveforms as the building blocks of timespace

My use of wavelength as a measure of time, not space, is especially valuable for its help in visualizing entire waveforms – whole segments of time, observed individually or collectively but always in their wholeness, the “timescape” in its entirety as it is laid out before us.  I’m specifically trying to invoke a sense of wholeness that defies the claimed serial nature of our temporal existence, or at least breaks out of the conceptual tyranny of successive moments we typically and uncritically call “now”. I return repeatedly to examples in experiences in music and/or dance, especially as a player or participant with “skin in the game”.

Power of nested temporal structure – harmonics, rhythm and buoyancy 

Perhaps unique to music is a powerful inner experience of music-lovers at almost any level, namely its foot-tapping, body swaying effect.  We seem to have an implicit awareness of and identification with hierarchical rhythmic structures – measures mathematically divided into substructures – e.g., in 4/4 time, sets of of half- or quarter notes, eighths, often even 16ths – experienced individually, but also as part of progressively larger temporal framework that I insist is wholly present – part of a single “now” whose borders are elusive and, at best, fuzzily defined.   

This somewhat ineffable experience, shared by many musicians and dancers, and almost anyone grooving with a piece of music, mysteriously seems to defy any attempt to claim that conscious experience, at least that involving music, is a strictly serial phenomenon, a linear series of snapshots – very brief moments of successive “nows” coming out of nothing but probability or expectation, and lingering only via some mechanism neuroscientists call memory. If there is any key to understanding this quasi-ineffable experience, I claim it has something to do with a kind of wide angle vision hardly related to eyesight, an inner holistic awareness of expansive, nested temporal structures.  And perhaps the most surprising aspect of the power of this experience is a sense of what I call buoyancy, which not only holds you up but keeps you moving – as if effortlessly.

For internal visualization we might refer to these structures as temporal waveforms and shapes where the larger shapes (e.g. slow notes or beats) carry shorter (faster) ones, multiples of which fit neatly within their extent.  Without the flow of time there can be no music, but without our own expanded now, we could not be moved by it, physically, mentally or spiritually.  From a rigorous point of view, my claim is impossible to prove. I’m asking my readership, or any audiences I may have, to look inside your own experiences for examples that might “ring true”.

Applying the wavelength metric to temporal lensing and intentionality

My thesis that our so-called “present”, our “now”, is potentially – and often actually – much bigger, longer, wider, deeper than “a moment” extends well beyond the musical experience I use for demonstration purposes. whatever duration that word conjures up in you.  I am leaning toward an understanding that the size of our “now”, our temporal “viewport” from the core of our consciousness, is directly dependent upon the [net] wavelength of the process[es] upon which we focus our attention. This is a lensing effect, a variable sized “temporal aperture” through which we observe and identify all processes. The longer the wavelength, the less likely we are to have simple words to describe how we experience it, but the more significant it is, and by ‘significant’ I simply mean ‘having fundamental importance in one’s life’.  I also suspect that the perception of longwave gradients (slopes) and associated timescapes (curves, hills, and valleys)  may involve more than our 5 physical senses, but that assumption should not be required to share the vision.  Just call it my fantasy and keep walking with me.

Temporal stereo

I’ll never forget the first time I put on a set of stereo headphones in the mid 60’s. It was a wonderfully eye popping, mind-expanding surprise – space recreated in sound.  I want to discuss a potential temporal counterpart.

The world of sophisticated videography includes visual data processing methods involving what experts are calling temporal stereo, referring in at least some cases to parallax in time rather than space. Some users of the term appear to recognize that visual representations of motion in an animated 3d environment benefit significantly by referencing more that one instant or temporal “snapshot” per production frame in realistic 4D animations (even though those animations are fed back to us in a stream of N single frames per second!).  For the sake of early exploration of this idea, let’s take just two “points” in time, fairly close together, and draw a waveform between them.  Then let’s claim they are BOTH part of our “now”, and our inner experience relates more to conscious “co-location” in those two “places” in time than it does to an any claim that we are confined to just one of them.  We experience a very limited form of such “re-created” temporal space every time we hear echo or reverb effects from an electric guitar or mixer. A slightly broader example can occur in a musician’s experience during a musical “break” within a piece, in which the next note, although not yet played, is mysteriously “already there” but waiting – accessible without counting.

Where, in time is “the observer”?

Could we be missing one of the key foundations of the phenomenon of consciousness by trying to pinpoint “the observer” in time, as is always required by the calculus of orthodox scientific analysis – whether in the laboratory or in thought experiments, of which physics is full of famous examples.  I have no authoritative answer, only a hunch that my tiptoeing journeys straying from the narrow path of the arrow of time may be starting to bear fruit for my own understanding of my “being in the world”.

Excursions beyond the instant into the frequency domain overview

For visualizing such a realm, let’s say that straying from time’s arrow (whichever direction you imagine it to be pointing) curves away toward an axis perpendicular to it’s typically assumed direction, for an awesome overview, perhaps akin to that of and expanse of earth from the ISS. Here might be found the bleeding edges of a frequency domain view of timespace with its [imaginary?] surfaces full of nested waveforms laid out before us in their magnificent hierarchical splendor, doing what waves do best, finding the path of least action for the unfolding of the never-ending symphony, through which we are continually choosing our optimal course (or allowing it to be chosen for us).

Music is a great example for exploring this idea, because those performing it, and many listening and or dancing, are spread out over an effective present much broader than an instant.  Whatever mechanism you may draw upon from your intellectual understanding of physiology and physics to confine me – or yourself – within a tiny “present” will not detract me from my claim that the nature of consciousness goes beyond that, is broader and deeper than the severe limitations of frames per second being pumped through a tiny orifice called now.  This is not to claim that the rules of simultaneity are not real, and messed with by the principles of relativity.  In fact a good musician’s sense of timing is immensely precise.  But, at least for many with whom I’ve discussed this topic, the structure seems remarkably spatial in nature, like all the notes or beats are all here – or over there – in an expanded, “spatialized now”.

Relational Vibration Analysis

A basic frequency domain view of temporal phenomena is itself a snapshot of the current contents of a somewhat imaginary moment. It does not account directly for temporal flow, until it too is flowing.  A single snapshot will display amplitudes of the various sinusoidal components that comprise a “signal” over a period of time just long enough to confirm the presence of the lowest frequency able to be viewed.

Note that this snapshot as typically created is distinctly not of a true “instant in time”. By factual requirements similar to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, the longer the wavelength, the more elapsed time it takes to detect it. Correspondingly, Fourier analysis will not reveal low frequency content from a fractional waveform.  However, I’ve long fantasized whether we, and to a greater or lessor extent all lifeforms, might have alternate capabilities for continuous instantaneous detection of very low frequency activity, for example, built-in detectors for patterns of the subtle changes in slope typical of sinusoidal processes.

Visualizing timespace for your surfing pleasure

Try visualizing a few long wave processes, like the ebb and flow of tides or the equally sinusoidal oscillations between night and day, as undulating surfaces lying before you, hills and valleys you encounter as you pass through or over them – or they by you – however you prefer to visualize. My favorite references from actual experience are the visible ocean surface of progressively larger nested waveforms stretching ahead of a boat at sea, and the acoustic “terrain” across which musicians or dancers are inspired to move magically together, when for example, responding to a Latin beat. The same mysterious yet numerically rigorous rules of harmonics apply at all scales, even for much higher frequency (shorter wavelength) waves – from the acoustic waves of music delivering tones and harmonics, to the wired or wireless electromagnetic waves used to encode analog and digital data.

Again, a huge assumption underlies these visualizations – that virtually all processes, no matter how long, can ultimately be broken down into their cyclic components, Fourier analysis on a massive time scale. My use of the word “process” here is more all-inclusive than one might expect. In my view, the universe is nothing more nor less than a grand collection of processes.  A rock, whether on the beach or the summit of Mt. Everest, is a collection of processes. The high frequency components constitute the rock itself, namely the vibrating atoms and molecules of which its very substance is composed.

Those motions are contained within or “carried” (experientially*) by the much longer-wave processes that have determined our rock’s locations – and rare movements – throughout geological time. This assumption (Fourier’s claim) becomes harder to accept with increasing wavelength. While It is not hard to find cyclic processes in nature, averages need to be taken over time for the patterns to crystallize.  This is the long wave world, where processes might be seen to have nominal wavelengths, statistical weights by which, I claim, their relative significance to [one’s] life can be rated. That’s sure how it feels to me. My goal is to see if you might see it too.

Summary

I like to visualize the flow of time structurally, in what I see as timespace, made of waveforms carrying the ongoing processes in my reality, all of which seem to be, in turn, carried by even bigger, slower waveforms which “understand” where they might fit according to rules of harmony and rhythmic synchronization, all encountering each other to create an ocean surface of activity that is the input/output data stream of my existence.

My favorite question to pose when and if I see an opening for a fun and casual philosophical encounter is: “How Big is ‘[the/your] now’?”  In fact if we ask orthodox neuroscience, we are told our direct experience of “the present” lasts from as little as tens or hundreds of milliseconds to a very few seconds – at the most.

These days I claim that the timespace within which I live as my “present” routinely includes intervals much broader than that, and that repetitive structure often revealed therein reinforces the value of that frame of view. One might call it a longer wave existence, somewhat like taking a longer stride allows one to cover the same ground with fewer steps.  That does not close off my awareness of high frequency, short wave length data, but simply changes my perspective. For an easy-to-share metaphorical background to that thinking, I’m discovering that the better musician I become, the more often the best performances I’m involved with seem to involve peak experiences of total submission to the most basic temporal dynamics by which our craft is expressed. The critical structure always percolates from long wave to short.  In that flow, one privilege of being the “beat-keeper” is that I can often get away with simply falling back to the longer beat without damaging the flow.  In the words of the late Dave Ullin, I can “slow down and catch up“.

I realize that one of the most influential variables in my consciousness from moment to moment is the size of my now! I have called it temporal lensing, defining a nominal or base wavelength for being in the world. Enlarging it is much like taking a step back, a deep breath, for additional timespace and perspective – a longer wave view.  Although it would appear that I’m talking about the extension in the direction of past and future, the only dimension/axis our crippled orthodox concept of time allows, I’m actually claiming that it’s really not like that at all, and that a large but largely subconscious part of ourselves knows that, and always has.  It is defined to a great extent by the “already present” structure of its rhythmic and harmonic content – determining how we feel and/or keep “the beat”.

Welcome to the vast temporal playground

The classic concept of a timeline is has value only as a record of the past. While much of our environment is shaped by and thus severely limited to, a shared concept of temporal reality as endless moments crammed up against each other in our inescapable, barely manageable tunnel of time flow, we actually have a vast temporal playground, laid out before us continuously in the form of ongoing processes that only gradually fade into probabilities as we move ‘the cursor’ into “the future”. This is the landscape, the topography, experienced more as a seascape, upon which I claim to be navigating – perhaps for the first time truly consciously, in my not-so-early 70’s.

Future topics benefiting from a frequency domain viewpoint
  • Inertia, flow, momentum, and the art of allowing
  • Trajectories [via base wavelengths] as inertial frames
  • Harmonics, habits and morphic fields
     
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* not in the sense of broadcast carrier waves whose frequencies are much higher than those of the signal data they carry via a process of modulation, but rather in the sense of larger ocean waves hosting the smaller ones.

Posted by: Baker | 1 May 2019

IONS Spotlight Poster Abstract Submittal

Unsurprisingly, my abstract for a Spotlight talk at the upcoming IONS conference (July 2019) was not accepted. However, as happened two years ago, I was offered the opportunity to share a poster. To qualify I was asked to submit a 150 word abstract outlining its purpose and contents by today, May 1st.

So here is what I submitted:

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2019 Poster will build on 2017’s.

Might I:

  1. Display 2017’s also?

  2. Use laptop for animations?

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Practicing Temporal Holism

  • Mindfulness and timespace ,

    • Viewing all processes, especially human interactions, as waveform systems

      • Vibrational relations as primordial language of consciousness

      • Listening, harmonizing, allowing

      • Fallback safety of longer waves

  • Temporal metrics, emotion, physiology

    • Musical archetype

      • Movies – tempo, form and mood

      • Power of Sync: harmony, rhythm, coherence, entrainment

      • Momentum, buoyancy felt by players, dancers

    • Effects of discordant sounds, actions

      • Screech, gunshot, explosion

      • Acceleration, jerk

  • Frequency domain viewport and nested waveforms (“harmonic container” theory)

    • Now: Center of observer timespace

      • Being centered: Feeling neither pushed nor pulled

      • Longwave processes carry/contain shorter ones

      • Finding peace, comfort, direction via holarchy & top-down navigation

    • Longwave intention space

      • Temporal co-location with destination image – standing longwave

      • Waveforms become surfable trajectories through timespace

      • Balance allows intuitive navigation – organic unfolding

    • Least action principles – longwave guidance?

      • Friston free energy theory

      • The “now” of Active inference

Posted by: Baker | 1 April 2019

Back in Action – IONS 2019 Spotlight Application

Pasted below is the 300-word abstract I submitted earlier this evening as my application for the opportunity to become one of the Spotlight presenters at the 2019 IONS conference in Santa Clara this July. Presenters are conference attendees selected to present a 15 minute talk about a special interest (applicable to Noetic Sciences) during one of several breakfast sessions. This years question: “How Are You Bringing the Power of Consciousness to the World?”

I should be notified by April 15th if I’m selected to give a talk. If not, like last year, I may still be offered the opportunity to present a poster Hopefully I will make the latter cut, at the least. But it would be great to stand up in front of a couple hundred people, perhaps get them laughing at least a little, and present some stunning animated graphics. Stay tuned here for peeks at what I’m cooking up.

— Application Abstract:

Subjective Temporal Dynamics

My 2017 Spotlight contribution was a poster describing a vocabulary of “inner timespace”. In this year’s talk I’ll share a few basic metrics underlying the emotive power of musical experience and relate them to interpersonal dynamics. I’ll also relate subjective time’s holarchic, top-down nature to creating futures via intentionality and/or active inference [Friston].

Harmony, rhythm, and synchronization are all manifestations of coherence. Their power is easily demonstrated in music, dance, yogic breathing, and heart health. Changes in of any these attributes can yield profound results. Tempos alone can be manipulated to evoke an enormous range of moods and emotional excursions. Sudden accelerations in tempo can be downright scary. (In physics: the rate of change of acceleration is called jerk – seriously!)

These terms all refer to hierarchical temporal structure, totally immaterial, yet profound in what it can communicate. Participants in a symphony, or players in a simple musical groove may describe a sense of an expanded present, and being uplifted by the rhythmic flow. Dancers report sensations of buoyancy and momentum elicited purely by the music.

Moving up the hierarchy, a musical groove repeated over time may become imprinted in the culture, perhaps via [Sheldrake’s] morphic field. In two other popular theories we employ top-down causality to lay out our trajectories: visualization of futures via intentionality, and repeated looping through past experience and trial futures in active inference.

While not all of life’s processes are musical, the waveform metaphor retains huge value for evaluating processes presented to us. I use the term “longwave” to distinguish non-trivial processes in life from their shorter-lived counterparts. Wisdom and security come from learning the value of deferring to longer wave processes when confronted with uncertainty; we are rarely in situations where there is no longer wave process to fall back upon.

Posted by: Baker | 23 July 2017

Poster Session is now “In the Field”

It’s a done deal. The 2017 IONS Conference Spotlight Poster Session is history. Out of the 48 copies of the handout I printed 2 days ago at the local FedEx shop ten minutes before the session, 35 are missing and presumed taken, hopefully by folks who will pursue their ingestion of the material further in their own time and space – during or after the conference.

The session was held over dinnertime, so I knew to expect to see only truly committed souls eager to uncover new frontiers – likely to be in the very early stages of unfolding.

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Despite my goofy pose for the photo op, my visitors and I pretty much all agreed that there’s a bit too much going on in my poster to try to absorb it in a ten minute visit.  A small but important few seemed to indicate they were already in tune with where I was pointed when creating the presentation.  Many more seemed serious in their desire to pursue it further when they had some quiet time to sit down with it (which, of course, I believe it deserves).  I dearly hope to get feedback from some of them.  Just one would make me feel my effort was more than worthwhile.

More than a day has passed since the comment above, and, while more will always be welcome, I already have all the feedback I need to keep me pursuing this vision.  When I realized that Rupert Sheldrake had not been able to attend the session as he told me he had hoped to do, I emailed him the link to the session materials, hoping – but certainly not expecting – that he might have time to look it over. Then yesterday morning, after discovering he had acknowledged my email and might be willing to meet to discuss the material, I accosted him during a break in the general session to ask about arranging a meeting. When I learned that he had actually read the whole thing, I momentarily dropped whatever guard I have left and gave him a look that reflected something between astonishment and disbelief.

If that smacks of hero worship, then so be it. This man has been on an intellectual journey of gigantic proportions – against the grain of orthodoxy – for a very long time. He’s still here, making us laugh at our own cultural denial of in-your-face data sets, many of them from his own relentless persistence, that tell us all sorts of things about ourselves and our scientific assumptions that we just aren’t quite ready to accept.

So when we actually met late yesterday afternoon for coffee and tea just before dinnertime, I was wonderfully relieved to learn that he agreed with, and supported further exploration of, one of my most fundamental theses: the flow of causality from “longwave” processes to the shorter wave processes contained within or carried by them.  His concurrence and support means a lot.  He offered ideas for further exploration and suggested I check out UCSC mathematician Ralph Abraham’s book, Dynamics – the Geometry of Behavior.  I’d heard him recommend it before, and am slightly amazed I had not followed through already.  Thanks, Rupert, for your time and interest.

The temporal hierarchy we discussed seems ridiculously intuitive if you are involved with the design of anything. Yet it is overlooked, time and again, in favor of the reductionist principle that big, long processes are simply a summation of smaller, shorter duration processes appended to each other, end to end, along the arrow of time. A causal process flowing from macro to micro, perpendicular to time’s arrow, could be acting as a virtual blueprint for guidance of unfolding processes.  We invoke the phenomenon whenever we use visualization in creating our own futures. Could it be how all of life, possibly all of creation, is formed?

Posted by: Baker | 20 July 2017

IONS 2017 Poster and notes

The deadline has all but arrived. The IONS Spotlight poster session is from 6-8 pm tomorrow (Friday) evening, July 21st. I’m currently in a big hurry to 1.) get us down the road the remaining 450 miles to the conference venue, and 2.) wrap up (and get printouts of) an early but shareable version of the background and reference document for sharing with folks interested in my project. I plan to offer it as a single sheet, double sided handout during tomorrow night’s poster session.

I need a simple way to ensure I’m able to share details of my thoughts with whomever might decide they are interested on the basis of my poster.  This opening step is crude but effective: I’m simply posting a link to a shareable folder containing the source files for the poster and the handout, specifically the files used to 1.) submit the abstract, 2.) print the poster pages, and 3.) print the handout:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxCQoKy_VaRbVkhzNG92VHJKWWM?usp=sharing

I’ve included the poster abstract only because I’d already promised to share it in a previous post.  You can safely ignore it.  I like the original [yes, also unsuccessful] Spotlight Talk proposal abstract a lot better … and the new abstract that kicks off the poster even more.

Posted by: Baker | 23 June 2017

Akashic Surfing? In the Frequency Domain?

Despite the sparsity of my visits to Twitter until fairly recently, it was many years back that  I chose the Twitter name AkashicSurfer1.
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The “1” was simply to append a number as often encouraged for usernames. If I’m the first to share this particular visualization, I accept the distinction.  However, for anyone reading into it any claim of expertise as a surfer of anything -For openers, I’ve ridden exactly one wave on a surfboard, one time only. (Perhaps we can swap windsurfing and sailing stories another time.)
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I’ve rarely tried to defend or elaborate upon the always elusive images lurking behind that impulsive choice, partly because they lie squarely in that hazy transition zone between understanding and fantasy, if not outright nonsense.
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It was inspired by physicist David Bohm’s concept of implicate and explicate order, where the implicate, while occupying no space and time, nevertheless contains the unmanifest representation or aspect of the universe, somewhat like a template for the explicate order, the manifest universe of space and time. The most fascinating part of his theory is the concept of continual exchange between these two realms, which Bohm eventually broadened to be bidirectional. As Mariahn once suggested in a wonderful spontaneous visualization, could this be the ultimate vibration -the flow between the two?
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Systems theorist Ervin Laszlo made the connection between Bohm’s implicate order and the ancient spiritual concept of the Akashic Records that contain all of history.
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Marching ahead almost 3 full months –
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I’m going to publish the unfinished draft above, essentially untouched since April 4th. I’m adding the following segue to redirect the conversation (apparently mine with only myself, according to my blog stats) to what’s urgent in my attempt to spark any form of “Aha” experience from another human being on the planet besides those really close to me, most of whom kindly acknowledge that they can see I’m “onto something” but they don’t really get it either!
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As noted in the previous blog entry, that attempt had a rare opening of opportunity in the form of an offer submit an abstract for a brief “Spotlight Presentation” at the IONS Conference in Oakland this July.  My proposal, shared in the previous blog, was not accepted.  I was, however offered the opportunity to submit a poster proposal for review. That proposal (next post) was accepted, and will be included in a separate poster session they will be holding on the Friday evening of the conference.  I’m guessing that my best chance for garnering interest in the ideas I hope to spark there is to be able to point readers of the poster to a website containing additional information.
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Well, here we are folks.  This is where I can elaborate on the ideas I know I’m enormously challenged to fit on a single poster.  So this is where the contents of my poster are going to unfold, along with the reasoning behind them.  I’m sharing the processes I’m going through in finding identifying not only the key elements, but the best hooks for catching and holding the attention of my prospective audience.  I have lots of notes but very little “camera ready copy”. It looks like I have a lot of work to do before that two hour poster session four weeks from tonight – an opportunity to explain and/or defend my vision in a few words as my potential audience wanders by.
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I once helped judge at school science fairs, always fascinated by what drew my attention … and what did not.  Now it’s my turn to face the music.
Posted by: Baker | 1 April 2017

Toward an Inner Timespace Vocabulary

Most of this post is extracted from an email I sent to interested parties, sharing my abstract submitted yesterday to IONS as a candidate for a ten minute “Spotlight Talk” at their international conference in Oakland this July (2017). This opportunity offered to the public is new this year.  I have no idea whether my proposal will be accepted, nor even any real sense of my chances.

The abstract has been written to lure the reader into topics where – if challenged – my explanations get vaguer the deeper I go. However, based on the progress I have made in the past 6 weeks in my own clarity, I expect to be ready to simplify and flesh out further, with examples and illustrations, what I believe to be significant and useful hypotheses. I just hope the words below will qualify me for an invitation to present my 10 minutes’ worth (and/or poster board) in late July:

Toward an Inner Timespace Vocabulary

Physicists claim everything is vibration. Fourier analysis decomposes complex vibration signals recorded in the time domain into their constituent sinusoidal frequencies. These we can display in spectral graphs, representing the frequency domain view. Applying these two time dimensions to subjective temporal experience, we discuss waveform relations in conscious activity.

Wordless musical experience models our relationship with time. Chords come alive in the frequency domain, while their rhythmic progression flows with time’s arrow. When we’re “in the zone” our variable temporal aperture (sizing our “now”) seems to expand, revealing meaningful, often emotionally deep content carried by nothing more than carefully assembled, interrelated temporal shapes weaving a landscape spanning multiple measures. We postulate that such timescapes operate as a buoyant, dynamic platform for conscious experience and its alternate trajectories.

This presentation emphasizes low frequencies and their waveforms. We work down from the audible spectrum, through rhythm and dance moves to much longer waveforms for which only a fraction of a single cycle fits within “the now”.  As waveforms lengthen, so increases their momentum. (Think tsunamis, memes, or revolutions.)

Using wavelength as a prime metric we contrast the effects of longwave vs. shortwave processes – encountered or created – in our interactions within ourselves or with others, using verbs like ‘receive’ or ‘support’ vs. ‘push’ or ‘cut’.  Similarly we note the benefits of rhythmicity, harmony and synchronization to achieve coherence between otherwise potentially discordant streams.

Visualize yourself surfing, skiing, or dancing across some undulating landscape. Skiers might contrast mogul experiences (good and bad) with long, smooth glides. We claim such metaphors describe our navigation through the continuous field of possibilities stretched out before us. How far can and do we expand our temporal aperture to optimize our course? Could such views help in understanding collective consciousness, synchronicity, even morphic fields?

I’ll end with this teaser: Not only do I finally accept what I’ve been trying to fight off for years (for fear of being foolish), that our experience of time lives, literally, in at least two orthogonal dimensions (although rarely treated that way outside of signal processing circles), but I’m also gathering courage to stand behind a much newer understanding for me: that there really is a legitimate third dimension in our experience of time (our “timespace”), to wit:

If the “fore and aft” axis (or depth, typically portrayed as the z axis) represents the arrow of time (our direction of travel), and up and down (height, typically the y axis) represents the frequency domain (in which simultaneity is routine, as in a single musical chord), then the classic width, or x, axis remains open for use as the “steering” dimension, tracking left-right  course changes made by selection from the potentially infinite number of possible pathways into the immediate future [timescape]. This axis allows for choice, perhaps free will, or whatever other process selects/intends/commits  (or “collapses the wave equation?”) from the ever present multiplicity of alternate possible pathways – ranging from God’s will to a summation of random (quantum?) events.

This idea of steering through a temporal landscape (“timescape”) – the field of possibilities that lie before us – is what I mean by “akashic surfing”.  At the deepest level it refers to navigation, however that term might be imagined, through the timeless and spaceless realm of physicist David Bohm’s proposed implicate order of the universe.  Systems theorist Ervin Laszlo compares Bohm’s idea to the ancient Hindu concept of the Akashic Record, suggesting the possibility of an akashic field as the ground of being of all that is – that is, consciousness itself.

 

Let’s explore these concepts further in the next post.

Peace, b

Posted by: Baker | 1 April 2017

April Fools! I’m back, & ready to commit

My last post was nearly five years ago – May 31, 2012. A lot of water has gone under the bridge and over the dam since then (so much, in fact, that only this year has the west coast turned back from a near devastating lack of water and snow pack).

In early June, 2012 – on D-Day to be precise, just a week after that last post – we learned Mariahn had a giant (that’s the technical adjective!) meningioma, a huge brain tumor, which, although benign, was severely squashing her brain stem. This explained the increasing problems she was having with balance, apnea, and facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia).

It wasn’t until the following March (2013) that she had surgery – removing most of the tumor and thus the immediate threat to her life, but leaving her at first borderline comatose, then almost totally disabled, but heading into a long and remarkable recovery to regain much, but not all, of her previous functionality.  We rode it out together, and feel happier and more bonded than ever with each passing year.

The remarkable story of her first several months after surgery was, I’m told, an interesting read for many of our friends and family as it unfolded.  We both grew a lot in those stressful months – of which Mariahn remembers very little. The account is saved online at the following link, courtesy of CaringBridge via their wonderful blogging service provided free:

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mariahnsmith

Unfortunately there was a major software update during that period which somehow duplicated many of the entries, some several times, making for a somewhat irritating but manageable reading experience.

Returning to the summer of 2012, after a concentrated 3+ months of training (perhaps the most intense of my life),*  I did, in fact, climb that well-known local mountain, cresting the summit in brilliant blue skies and warm, blissfully light breezes just after 8 am on August 4th. That was just a week after our “steep hike” training climb up 12,000 ft Mt Adams in equally splendid weather. It was also 3 days before what would have been my father’s 100th birthday, and just 11 days before my own 67th.

My dad, who passed abruptly of a heart attack at age 78, had mentioned not too many years before retiring, that climbing Rainier was something he might want to do before he got too old.  While it wasn’t a driving ambition for him, it eventually became one for me, but only around ’08 or ’09 when my youngest cousin Dan (a decade younger than me)  a former guide on Rainier, offered, after a casual conversation about climbing Rainier: “I’ll get you up there.”  It took several more years before we were able to connect, but in April of 2012  Dan called to say he was planning a trip in July, and “would [I]  like to go?”.  I jumped at the chance, and, soon found myself aiming for the FitClimb recommendation that, for a good experience climbing Rainier, “You should probably be in the best shape of your life.” I believe I may have been, and was overjoyed to make those beautiful climbs and feel good doing it.

Thanks, Dad, thanks Danny, and special remembrances for Dan’s sister, Jill, who joined us for the Adams climb but passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly that November after complications with treatment for a foot infection subsequent to her climb.

As might be imagined, the climbs (and spectacular solo training hikes in the Olympics) were the positive highlight of my summer, and unquestionably the outdoor highlight of my past 5 years.

In subsequent blog posts I don’t plan any serious attempt to fill in much of the gap between then and now, mostly because I’d rather stay current.  The fervor of the Occupy and 99% movements following Arab Spring faded somewhat, although my ongoing involvement in some local environmental causes has not.

I’m comfortable admitting that I lost interest in trying to maintain a community activism  website. It was supposed to attract participants in a community-building forum that did not catch on. I’ve already spent too much time focused on programming nuts and bolts, and have little interest in serious development of typical web programming skills, even as I readily acknowledge that someone’s got to do it (until the bots finish taking over).  It’s time to focus on content, and possibly on how my engineering-oriented programming skills might help me use graphic animation to illustrate concepts of particular importance to me.

I want to allow my increasing excitement over the past year and a half or so to continue build, bringing new momentum into threads in my life that were largely dormant for decades of my earlier life. 

First,  my enthusiasm for, and involvement with, live music groups as a percussionist has taken a significant upturn. So has my reading, particularly about physics and AI.  And, most recently, I find myself returning with a new level of commitment to writing about a nearly lifelong special interest of mine: the subjective experience of time. 

When I found out that the IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) international conference this summer was offering to us, the general public, opportunities to deliver a ten minute presentation (think half-sized TED talk) on whatever pet projects we may deem worthy of exposure, I had to jump. After serious efforts over the past six weeks to cultivate, assemble and tune an abstract, I have no idea whether it will be accepted, but I had to give it a shot.

April 1st was the deadline and I managed to submit it early afternoon of the day before (yesterday). My next post will contain the contents of that abstract, with a brief intro and follow-up. 

As for the never manifested Portal to the Unmanifest with which I left us all hanging five years ago, I don’t even remember the specific tack I’d planned for the next installment. But I will almost guarantee it pointed along the same path I’m attempting to share this spring and summer in preparing for a possible IONS Spotlight session. I’ll share the abstract (next) and expand on the concepts in upcoming posts.

It feels good to be back.  I’ll use my favorite signoff these days –

Peace, Love and Harmony,

Baker

 

* courtesy of a 12 week prep program for that very climb, offered free online by FitClimb.com

Posted by: Baker | 31 May 2012

Portal to the Unmanifest

Even as I took on the job of the other website, more demanding, and almost infinitely more valuable to my community,  I thought at least I could manage a minimum of one post per month to my personal blog.  Well, “April Fools!” (as I love to say, but that’s another whole story).

After all, I’m still essentially the only reader of my blog (isn’t that what it’s for, most of all?), and unless I start posting a lot more often and try to engage with others in addressing hot topics of mutual concern, it’s likely to stay that way.

So, in the meanwhile, let’s continue a little farther on the introspective path to look at potential findings in my own search for peace and joy in my newly retired life with a lifestyle not at all yet worked out.

Except for watching for – and trying to help create – signs of major changes in social consciousness, the only commitment that feels urgent to me right now is a new one: training to climb Mt. Rainier in late July.  All else is much less important.  Perhaps next would come my commitment to quality musical experiences, of which I’ve had several just recently, and hope for more in the near future.

Perhaps I have only one important question for the universe these days as I try to set up a truly satisfying life in retirement when I hadn’t really planned for it because I didn’t think I could afford it (and wasn’t sure when I could).  That question is how to recognize the pathway[s] of maximum yield (joy?) in my commitment to do better in “following my bliss”. Yet because my goals are simpler these days, perhaps also more organic, and maybe even cosmic, the budget issue seems remarkably low priority as long as I don’t go suddenly hog wild spending my newly acquired nest egg.

… <in this case, the ellipsis represents a gap in time>

I had a whole mental outline all worked out – with links and all – when I began this draft several weeks ago.  Now I’m desperate … JUST to get back on that track I promised myself – the commitment to a minimum of one post a month.   With less than two hours left in the month of May 2012, and another commitment pulling on me and winning, I’m going to cheat a little and post this before the main theme has been properly introduced – let alone pitched, delivered and summarized.  I’m doing this in order to take advantage of the fact that a WordPress blog post keeps its original date-time stamp no matter how many times you come back and edit it.

That just means that now I have more work for June, starting with a proper wrap-up of this one.

Peace2all

 

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