“We are talking about directly engaging the technical material of subjectivity itself.”
In less than a decade full immersion virtual reality will become common place. Combine this technology with brain reading devices and we will be able to create a “feedback loop” between what we think and what we see. We will be able to walk into a world rendered through our imaginations alone. Many will consider this an escape from reality. I find this an opportunity that David Pearce has called the “actualization of heaven” or “paradise engineering”. This will be a new dimension where what you think is what you will experience. Reality; as we know it now, is a set of training wheels for how we manifest imagination.
Ten years from now, I’m pretty sure, if you extrapolate where we’ve gone with the console generations and the changes in video and ATI hardware… We’re getting to the point right now [with real-time rendered graphics] where we’re matching the quality of an animated movie seven or eight years ago, and another ten years from now, it’s just going to be indistinguishable from reality.” -Industrial Light and Magic’s Kim Libreri
Matter is density, a vibration of atomic energy manipulable with and by other matter. That is to say, we currently change the world with our hands and then our machines. Our thoughts ripple through the technium and create representations of what was once internal. This ripple, that once took generations to effect the world of matter has become a tsunami. Our imaginations are breaking the levees. The rising tide lifts all, as that old adage states, although one must cut the ties in order to rise and avoid catastrophe. We must learn to swim and creativity is the movement one initiates to stay afloat. Artistic expression is navigation through imagination. The tsunami is fast approaching. Consider this the siren. It will affect us all. Sink or swim, there is no stopping this new emerging dimension.
Reality, as we know it now, provides us a distraction from the imagination. How quick are we to put on music, to turn on the tv, to watch a movie… anything to control the chaos when we close our eyes and are left alone to mediate our own thoughts. Now, sit for a moment and imagine a nagging old fear. Lets say, for example, spiders. Close your eyes and let the associations you have linked to spiders flow. How vivid were the images? Any tactile feelings? Maybe you felt them crawling up your spine or arm? How real was this experience? Did you experience an involuntary shiver? If you were to compare the internal experience to a VHS tape or Blu Ray Disc, how vivid was the imagining?
We have mastered survival, topped the food chain. Able to travel the globe safer and faster than ever in history. Generations upon generations have laid the foundations for us to navigate with this luxury. Shamans, Monks and psychonauts are the new explorers. They venture into this ethereal world emerging with tools and coordinates. We understand not to put our bodies in dangerous situations. We need to understand that dangerous thoughts will put our minds in the same vulnerable state. We must hone the ingenuity we cultivated on the plains of Africa and apply that in this new digital savanna. We must become memetic engineers, paradise practitioners and heaven actualizers.
A global utopia gestates within a linguistic womb of cultural associations. The thoughts we have, the things we say, the conversations communicated; are the contractions of our future. Memetic momentum pushes our imagination’s instantiation. Serious Wonder, hope, optimism and awe, are the prenatals that will ensure a healthy utopian birth.
Image Credits: Imaginary Foundation
“it’s possible to imagine a virtual reality that was driven by a speech operated synthesizer where the various parts of ordinary speech adjectives, modifiers, subjects and objects were interpreted by the cybernetic environment as topological manifolds of various shapes so that speech would then generate a visibly beheld topology and it’s possible to imagine a future world where in setting up marriage contracts or in negotiating corporate takeovers, in areas where clear communication, clear expression of intentionality was very important, that people would actually go into the virtual reality to use the visible language because its capacity for conveying intent would be much greater than ordinary spoken language.” - Terence McKenna