|This article appears in the February 4, 2011 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
The Extended Sensorium
In the following report, you'll find a discussion that is of the utmost significance to understanding not only the current strategic situation, but also principles of economic science more generally.
The recent events in Tucson, Ariz. have prompted many to present ridiculous kinetic arguments in a search for what "set off" the shooter. In reality, there is no simplistic point-to-point explanation for what occurred. There is only the explanation that the events of that day were a singular expression of a much more general cultural trend, which is connected to the last several decades of cultural and economic decline in the United States and the world; a decline which is now finding its lawful expression in a generation of youth with no sense of a viable future for the human species, a generation plagued by a vicious and pervasive existentialism, in complete philosophical agreement with the hedonistic and anti-human purposelessness of "market economics."
The question of what such youth are responding to in their singular moments of explosive violence (of which the shooting in Tucson is only the tip of the iceberg), is not to be found in an examination of the shooter's personal history, or what he read on the Internet in the weeks prior. His characteristics, as a singularity, are to be found in the characteristics of the medium that produced him. An investigation of that relationship between singularity and medium is most clearly carried out via a study of what Lyndon LaRouche has referred to as "cosmic radiation."
In the report that follows, you will find an arc, meant to serve as a jumping-off point for that investigation.
The first chapter, by Oyang Teng, is titled "Synesthesia: Beyond the Five Senses." In it, he will demonstrate that, even what we commonly tend to recognize as sense perception, cannot be neatly divided into five distinct categories.
This idea if further developed in the chapter by Meghan Rouillarda case study of Helen Keller titled, "Mind Over Instrumentation." Here, we will begin to see the peculiar relationship between mind and the senses, and see that mind, as a principle, is not, in fact, dependent upon any specific "set" of given senses.
From this point, we begin to expand our notion of sense perception, with an examination of the peculiarsometimes unconscious "senses" to be found in the animal world.
Peter Martinson's "Following the Beat of a Different Drummer" is a study of biological rhythms in animals and humans, and discusses the ability of organisms to respond to solar and other extra-terrestrial cycles. (For related reading, see Sky Shields' earlier paper on correlations between astronomic cycles and biospheric evolution, "Kesha Rogers' Victory Signals Rebirthof a Mars Colonization Policy," EIR, March 19, 2010, also addressed in his paper below.)
A more detailed view of the role of electromagnetic phenomena in the biosphere is contained in Meghan Rouillard's "Polarization Sensitivity: A Strong and Weak Sense," where she describes a sense which might, at first, seem alien to humans: the ability to sense polarized light (the characteristics of which are described in an appended note by Jason Ross).
Oyang Teng continues this thread with a discussion of insects using infrared emissions as a sense of "smell."
This all sets the stage for Ben Deniston's detailed discussion of the still-puzzling phenomenon of magnetoreception in birds and other animalstheir ability to perceive the detailed structure of the Earth's magnetic field, for use in navigation.
With the discussion of electromagnetic perception so situated, Sky Shields then takes up various expressions of the human ability to perceive electromagnetic phenomena in his chapter, "Unheard Melodies," with a specific emphasis on the electromagnetic conditions to be found as humanity migrates poleward, as we implement the proposed North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA). This is followed up by a discussion of Classical musical composition and human culture in Aaron Halevy's "The Sounds of a Cosmic Chorus."
Readers who are interested in continuing this discussion, are invited to read an earlier report by Cody Jones, Sky Shields, and Michelle Lerner, entitled "In What Sense do you Mean Immortality?" That report might serve as a sort of appendix to the current one, taking up the necessity for space-faring humanity to alter fundamentally its relationship to its sense perceptions as it moves towards an electromagnetic environment which differs fundamentally from even that found at Earth's poles.