13 — A DARK AKASHA

The Akasha is an ancient concept, first encountered in the Sanskrit Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, orally transmitted from at least the second millennium BC, and regarded by orthodox Hindus as apauruṣeya — that is, not of man: authorless, impersonal, revealed; first intuited through intense meditation by the ancient sages. Akasha is the invisible foundation of all existence, the all-pervasive medium within which all matter, all phenomena arise. Through the Akasha is transmitted the Prana, the primal energy and information which shapes and animates all living forms. 

The concepts of Akasha and Prana influenced Western thought through the Stoic philosophy which grew from the lost book of Heraclitus to anchor Greek and Roman society for six hundred years. In the Stoic tradition, Akasha is expressed as an intelligent aether, permeating a living universe which is itself God. Prana is pyr teknikon, the creative, universal fire. In later Stoicism, this is transmuted into pneuma, or breath (still often with the epithet fiery), which then feeds into the Christian idea of the Holy Spirit.

The concept survived in modern scientific thought in the form of the luminiferous aether, assumed to exist as a universal medium for the propagation of light. All scientific thinkers from Descartes through to the giants of the electro-magnetic movement were ‘plenists’: they is, they understood that nature abhors a vacuum, and subscribed to the necessity of a rarified, pervasive medium for the propagation of all forms of energy. When Tesla met the Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Ramakrishna and a key figure in introducing the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, the great Electrician was excited by the correspondence of the ancient knowledge of Akasha and Prana to the discoveries of the electromagnetic movement. It is only with Einstein that Democritus elbows Heraclitus aside and the atomist conception of the universe as empty and light as streams of solid particles travelling through a vacuum supplants plenism in scientific thought. However, as Einstein himself conceded, the idea of space-time as a ‘fabric’ with physical properties such as curvature can be seen as a reframing rather than a denial of aether. In orthodox science the abolished concept now resurrects itself in the form of the Higgs field. So suppressed truth, like plant-life pushing through cracks in concrete, finds ways back into the world; the language changes, but the fundamental concept persists. 

An akasha, aether, or universal field connects everything with everything, and vastly expands the realm of the possible in natural philosophy. Once this universal connectivity is acknowledged, the paranormal (potentially) becomes normal, and the supernatural, natural. From Newton’s ‘electric, elastic Spirit’ to Goethe’s cosmic botany or Sheldrake’s morphic fields and extended mind theory, all questions excluded by mechanistic materialism are back on the table, all impossibilities subject to reassessment in the light of akashic resonance. 

Science — real science, that is, as opposed to the simulacrum promoted by the establishment over the past hundred years — leads us again and again to this understanding: that mechanistic materialism is a philosophy which ‘masks and denatures a profound reality’; that it belongs in Baudrillard’s second order of simulation, the order of malefice; or in a museum, like the fancy seventeenth-century automata that fascinated Descartes, seducing him with the perverse suggestion that if automata could be life-like then so could life itself: that living creatures (apart from humans, of course) were merely machines, possessing no sentience. 

Scientifically speaking, the machine model is long dead. In economic terms, however — and as a demoralising psychological weapon — it is very much alive. As fiercely as in the literalised vision of the Terminator films, a philosophical War of the Machines rages around us and within us.

Machine intelligence is a contradiction in terms, Kurzweil’s ‘spiritual machines’ an infantile fantasy. Quality cannot be usurped by quantity, only mimicked. A computer will never experience the irreproducible, incommunicable qualia of living. A machine is a tool, a weapon, not an entity, no more alive than da Vinci’s mechanised knight or Vaucason’s Digesting Duck.

Those who rule this planet seek to detach us from reality, and to this end would create simulacra of everything, to infiltrate and replace nature itself, to supersede it in its entirety with a false reality of which they are the immortal gods. Baudrillard’s ‘precession of simulacra’ is no figure of speech, the ‘death of the real’ no metaphor. The internet is a net, and the truth movement a fishing expedition to find those who still maintain some connection with reality. They even try to persuade us that the world itself might be a computer simulation; a last gasp attempt to maintain the machine model and the fiction of an inanimate, mechanistic universe.

The psychopathic mind cannot create, only recreate; only map, analyse, replicate, infiltrate and displace. From biologically-inspired robots to machine-music to agent-driven synthetic worlds, it is obsessed with simulation; simulation not as sacrament but sorcery. That is the context in which I think we have to view these constellations of tens of thousands of satellites and armies of transmitter towers marching across the land. As Western society enters its Fourth Industrial Revolution, there is one more thing the doppelgänger-mindset must recreate to empower its global reach — in order for the telecosm to reach every cranny of the surface of the planet, it must build a pervasive radiative infrastructure of control, an all-pervasive medium for its digital-physical, digital-biological hybrid technologies to swim in. 

But once the Starlink-5G system confers ubiquitous bandwidth abundance, it will have this; its travesty of aether, its anthropogenic pseudo-akasha. 

A digital World Soul. 

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[1]  Starlink is the physical realisation of SKYNET, the fictional neural network-based artificial general super-intelligence waging war on humans in the ‘Terminator’ film franchise. SKYNET, as it happens, is also the name of an actual NSA surveillance system, which performs machine learning analysis on communications data to track suspected terrorists.

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