Try a Different Approach

ennealinks  If what you’re doing isn’t working, try a different approach.

You have a body.  YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY.

You have habits. YOU ARE NOT YOUR HABITS.

You engage in Conflict. YOU ARE NOT YOUR CONFLICT.

You have Will.  YOU ARE NOT YOUR WILL.

Whatever form you reside within, it is merely a shell built upon a foundation.  If the foundation is cracked, the structure will come crashing down.  Build it again.

Recommended Reading:

Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson



Hello? Is this thing on?

Comprehension of the written-language is of special interest to cognitive neuroscientists because it deals directly with the same cognitive processes that deal in perception and action.  Research conducted  with patients with lesions in their left frontal, temporal and parietal regions of the brain revealed that reading and spelling share common cognitive processes. An example such studies can be found HERE.  For quick reference, see also:  Reading (Process). I can also recommend Michael S. Gazzaniga’s  The Cognitive Neurosciences III, 2004.

If you’ve ever communicated with a person that incessantly misinterprets what you’v written, you’ll come to realize that it’s not just your communication skills.  It’s the cognition of the reader.  Not to say that we don’t stumble in our efforts to effectively mediate understanding using the written language, we certainly, do but we must also take into account the reader’s perception which compels action. In the case Social Networking Technologies, it may account for particular responses that seem so off base you wonder if you’re speaking Japanese.

language image

When G.I. Gurdjieff prepared his book for publishing to the printer in 1949, he gave this advice:

Read each of my written expositions thrice:

Firstly: at least as you have already become mechanized to read all your contemporary books and newspapers.

Secondly: as if you were reading aloud to another person.

And only thirdly: try and fathom the gist of my writings.Only then will you be able to count upon forming your own impartial judgment, proper to yourself alone, on my writings. And only then can my hope be actualized that according to your understanding you will obtain the specific benefit for yourself which I anticipate, and which I wish for you with all my being.

He elaborates on his reasoning for this process in Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson.  A few years of studying Fourth Way certainly gave my brain some helpful exercises, it certainly didn’t turn me into a Fourth Way Student.

From The Book of SIN

“To know me, is to know my expressions.”

If you’re a subscriber to my blogs and wonder why you might find a Written, Visual and Audio form of the same blog, this is my way of saying that Gurdjieff and I are in agreement on that “Friendly Advice” he offers readers.  It’s not enough to learn the process of reading, it’s extremely helpful to learn different ways to read to understand.  That’s what we all want right?  To understand what it is we’re reading? To be understood?  To take in the knowledge and ‘know’ we understand.  It’s not enough to decipher words, we should take into account the cognitive biases such as but not limited to: Confirmation Bias, Neglecting Probabilities, Observational Selection Biases, Projection Bias, Band-wagon Effect and many more.  There are far too many to list here but for ease of reference, here’s a LINK.    The activity of blogging and participating in forums is a mental exercise.  In a recent discussion with Reap Paden, host of the Modern Satanism podcast, in discussing skepticism I had honed in on being skeptical of even my own thoughts.  In a joking manner Reap asked:  “Do you ever agree with anyone?” to which I replied:  “What’s the fun in that?”   Even though my comment was in jest, the way I delivered my answer, may imply many things to the listener.  To clarify, it is fun, don’t get me wrong but I really am skeptical of my own thoughts and especially when I find myself in agreement; thus I choose an argumentative point to determine if it’s out of cognitive biases or to determine if my thinking is truly rational.

Computers are pretty awesome tools but still no match for the human brain.  Learning RX provides this summation which I find suits my purposes:

Key categories of cognitive skills
To define cognitive skills, it’s important to know that they include a wide variety of abilities. These abilities are necessary for analyzing sounds and images, recalling information, making associations between different pieces of information, and maintaining focus on a given task. Here are the core areas of cognitive skills, all of which can be targeted and strengthened by LearningRx Brain Training programs:

  • Processing Speed: This is the speed at which your brain processes information. Faster processing speed means more efficient thinking and learning.
  • Auditory Processing: This is the ability to analyze, blend and segment sounds. It’s also known as phonemic awareness. Surprisingly, auditory processing is crucial not just for speaking, but also for reading and spelling. This is because when you read, you need to be able to identify the individual and blended sounds that make each word unique and recognizable.
  • Visual Processing: This is the ability to perceive, analyze and think in visual images. Visual processing is imperative for reading, remembering, walking, driving, playing sports and literally thousands of other tasks you do every day.
  • Long-Term Memory: This is the “library” of facts and knowledge you have accumulated in the past.
  • Short-Term Memory: Also called working memory, this skill handles the dynamic job of keeping at the forefront of your mind the information you need to complete immediate and short-term tasks.
  • Logic and Reasoning: This is the ability to reason, form concepts, and solve problems using unfamiliar information or new procedures. It enables you to create correlations, solve problems, plan ahead and draw conclusions.
  • Attention Skills: There are three types of attention skills. Sustained Attention is the ability to stay focused and on-task for a period of time.Selective Attention is the ability to quickly sort through incoming information and stay focused on one thing in spite of distractions. Divided Attention is the ability to multi-task.

To keep up with your own brain, there’s two different approaches to reading in traditional methods:

  • Top-down: In top-down models, the decisions made at higher levels of processing are used to guide choices at lower levels.
  • Bottom-up: In bottom-up models of reading, processing starts with the raw input and passes through increasingly refined analyses until the meaning of the text is grasped.

Research hosted by PMC demonstrates that neither method on its own can fully explain the reading process, thus both are used to fully grasp the meaning of a text.  Give it proper context and it explains why so many people reading the same text come away with different meanings than the author intended.  Visual/Audio editions of the same text don’t exactly resolve the issue.   If you combine all (3) methods, you just might be understood rather than constantly asking yourself:

Hello?  Is this thing on?


Update: Feedback to the 9@9 March 9th Episode

MP3 download Archive and 9@9 Episode “Us and Them

To reiterate the purpose of the show:

“Nine characters @ Nine P.M. (somewhere)… Explore the Left-hand-path analytically to flesh out ideas, theoretically capture its essence and attack its form. Each player seeks to both challenge and entertain you. Callers are encouraged to bring something thought-provoking to each segment.”

This exchange on Facebook was shared with me, since I do not have an account there.  I found it to be amusing for a couple of reasons.

  1. 1.  A Like-page to promote the show was put up voluntarily by Darryl Hutchins II, he seems to have either tried to transfer ownership or deleted it (I can’t be sure at this point) in retaliation to a false claim.
  2. 2.  The false claim is that (I quote) “I deleted the page because Alison Jones misrepresented Concomitant Dissidence as a group of racist.  She knowingly lied about our position.  I will not put up with that. “

This allegation, I’m told, came directly from the 9@9 episode which aired on March 9th.

First, the burden of proof is on the accuser.    Lies?  Slander?   Proofs or GTFO.

If one has, as Darryl states, “Conducted myself honorably“,  I would think that would include exercising a level of self- honesty about the actual reasons for removing a Facebook like page and making  false-accusations.  I don’t care if you lie to me, or lie to your sycophants; everybody lies; however if one were genuinely interested in putting your ideation through trials by fire, then you might start with the testicular fortitude to light the match.  Parading your straw-men on Facebook isn’t really changing much but your status update.   Not to mention, am I somehow difficult to reach with my oh so large Internet foot-print?  I digress…

During my 60 minutes of air time, at no time did I mention Concomitant Dissidence.   My commentary was fairly general in relation to events and people I have observed in Social Media over the last two decades for more than 55 minutes of the show.  In recent years, social platforms such as Facebook appear to be the favored venue for airing grievances  (which appears to be the case here as demonstrated by the screen cap of Darryl’s beef).  Yoo hoo, I’m not on Facebook Darryl.

Second, I would think that it’s more intellectually honest to address a reaction incited in oneself, than it is to attack the provocation for it.  But hey, Hit me with your Best shot!

9@9 - Darryl Hutchins

Readers of my blog interested in examples of NLP/External Considering/Identifying and Fourth Way philosophy (ala G.I.  Gurdjieff) might find this a fascinating study.  Those with eyes to see, can clearly peep what I’m looking at here.

I have taken a few key-phrases I used purposefully to create a perception from the audio clip, to provide contextual examples:

A.  “We’re definitely not talking about a collective.

DH has been recently involved in a group collaboration project called  Concomitant Dissidence; the definition has been provided for blog subscribers (see: What is Concomitant Dissidence?).  Feel free to have a look around and cast your own judgment about the content therein.  What the hell do I know anyway, I’m just a woman…Ooo lala.

Note:  A joining of two terms Concomitant + Dissidence; implies that the group of bloggers happen to share a level of dissent for a variety of topics such as culture, politics, and memetic ideologies.  This appears to be the case with the participants on the blog. Key term in the Q&A: “Kollective.”

B.  “It’s not racism, it’s racialism.”

Anyone familiar with my views on racism and racialism wouldn’t have made such a misstep in interpreting this quote as a form of slander.  In fact, as Darryl correctly identified I was directly quoting him from a previous public statement ( paraphrased).    Information populated by the Nexion, as well as through Darryl’s personal blog (of which I am subscribed).  The Nexion has no control nor autonomy over that information.   The Nexion appears to pride itself in populating information from a variety of sources; not always citing the author so it gives the appearance of original work.  I’m hip to it.  There hasn’t really been a new idea in centuries.  Hey, we work with what we have access to and  Memetics can either be a tool or a vice; in this case: Me thinks he doth protest too much!   [Thank you Mr. Shakespeare for such an eloquent iambic pentameter, don’t mind if I do!]

Racism as a control meme has been typically defined as thus:

A belief or doctrine that inherent hierarchical differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race  is superior.

While Racialism is considered a counter-meme:

A belief in the existence and significance of racial differences, but not necessarily that any hierarchy between the races exists. Racialists typically reject claims of racial superiority.

In either case, from my point of view any/all focus on race is a race-ism.  Much like playing a flute would make me a flutist, wielding race no matter the intent or end game is a form of racism.    Mr. Fleming does his fair share of External Considering & Identifying when he goes on to assume that it’s a moral judgment.  My point of view has nothing at all to do with morality, more so the logical fallacy and lack of critical thinking and applied scrutiny.    Case in point, I am not my race, gender, nor the roles a Nomian society would have me fall in line to serve.

Races can be loosely defined as a categorization of humans by specific markers such as culture (i.e. National Location, Language, Religion, Social Interests, Politics, et. al) but most Nomian mindsets would reduce it to abstractions such as Ethnic Heritage, Skin Color, Gender or even obfuscated by ‘genes’.  Race, is just another control-meme; when a person becomes hooked in (or rather plugged into) racial concerns; what follows is a roller-coaster ride of justifications vs. reasoning.  “Why do we require others share our judgement?”  -Emmanuel Kant   Why indeed.

It can’t be wondered why Mr. Hutchins II, would react in this manner from minutia, proverbial mole-hills he has built, into a mountain of woe.  Less than 10 seconds of audio, yet the Power Rating is off the charts for this simple statement (as per my Power Rating mentioned in my article on page 26 in Into the Fire, Issue#2 Honor).

I’d like to re-direct this topic back to Honor for a moment, if I may.  This behavior in conjunction with the words written or spoken, are often in flux.    If I am to take the statement from Ryan Fleming and put it under Ocam’s Razor (“Alison Jones clearly cannot comprehend Aeonics or heretical thinking in that case.  Truth.”) there would be nothing left to consider.  I’m not exactly seeing the Heretics at work here  nor am I observing an Aeonic shift.  In fact, I’d say this is the epitome of Nomian and Mundanity masked as something else.  A guise, a mask, for what is so painfully apparent.    Incidentally, a discussion is in progress of this very subject on 600 Club.  Try as you may, the essence comes through the mask.  I see you under there boys.  Sorry, Nomos Homos. No cookie.

  The 10 Principals of the National Socialist (as published in Hill of the Ravens) was blogged on Interrogistic Methodologies by Darryl Hutchins II.   For what reason, I can only speculate.  Even if Mr. Hutchins took these principals to heart only in-part, he doesn’t appear to be too concerned with his Honor.  Concomitant Dissidence prides itself as an Information Nexion.  In reviewing the information, casting judgments about it, then deciding what to do with this information is an individual choice,  it would seem that the Kollective mindset is that if you don’t accept this information lock, stock and barrel; then you are enemy to the Nexion.    In my decision to obviously laugh at these notions, I have made Darryl upset.  Oh dear.  What ever shall I do?  Are we breaking up again Darry?  I will, with the whole of my being, decide for myself what I think and what I shall do upon those thoughts.  From my own axiomatic expressions:  “To know me, is to know my expressions.” – Sin Jones

Tisk, Tisk…  It seems you don’t know me at all.   Hard to keep up with the Jonses, crawling out chaos and altering your perception.  Oops, I did it again.

In participating in the 9@9 premise:

[x]  Analytic Exploration of the Left-hand Path – Check
[x] Flesh out ideas – Check
[x] Capture its essence – Check
[x] Attack its form – Check
I have shouldered the blame for disturbing a comfort-zone.    Now I ask you, wouldn’t that make me the Heretic?  
Breaking up is hard to do.  May even cost you a Facebook like page, and the press of 26 subscribers to a WordPress.   Nothing to fret about, when you’re a devil with disposable income.  Cha-ching!
Sin Jones