Water: Mighty Oceans
If you look into still water, you will see a clear reflection of yourself -- or of anything else in the picture. If you look into water that is stirred up and troubled, you will see a distorted reflection. By this simple illustration you learn the necessity of control and calmness of mind if you are going to see truth. Truth will only be revealed when there is stillness and peace. You must have that stillness if you would reflect truth.
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By Fernando Luis Cacciola Carballal in Channeled Metaphysical and Spiritualist discourse 2There is a variety of metaphysical and spiritualist material on this blog, and, naturally, metaphysical/spiritualist propositions are not scientific.
The fundamental feature of a scientific propositions is that they are highly dependable. Science doesn't pretend to hold the ultimate truth, only the truest that we can possibly get at ay given moment. But for all practical purposes, the closest we can get to the truth is essentially as good as the actual, ultimate truth itself.
But the whole of reality, with its objects, processes, actors and rules is, unfortunately, far larger than what we scientifically know about it today. And, in my informed but humble opinion, it is going to be like that for a long time.
What are we to do with all of the things that we wish to know, but we can't know scientifically? While many people are quite happy with the limits of science (which expand all the time to be fair), and don't need to know unless scientifically, several others, like me—and presumably any reader of this blog—would like to know something about all the things outside of the current scope of science. But, how does one go about that in a rational way?
That is a trick question, because a complete, totally satisfying answer would have to say that the (only) rational way to know something about reality is through science. And that is, in itself, correct. But we are trying to work around the problem of knowing, nevertheless, what we cannot, scientifically, know.
A practical solution is to reconsider and relax the conditions for knowledge. That is, traditionally, knowledge is said to be Justified True Belief. That seems like a simple definition. For example, if I believe something about nature, and science provides me with a postulate that matches that belief, then the belief is true and I have the scientific justification for believing it, hence, I can loudly assert that I don't just belief so, I actually know so.
But as it turns out, however, the conditions under which it is reasonable to promote a belief to the rank of knowledge are far from simple. There are several considerations, different approaches (such as, reliabilism vs evidentialism), and even different theories of what the truth is to begin with.
Binary classifying propositions as either (mere) believes or knowledge, is, probably, an impediment on itself. Can there be of degrees of truth? Can a proposition have a probability of being truth, rather than being just true or false? We humans have degrees of certainty, and that is the really important cognitive feature of knowledge (that we are certain of the truth of the things we know, and we are only uncertain about the things we merely believe).
That propositions can be probably true (rather than certainly true) is debatable and largely debated.
I am a huge fan of this approach to the problem of knowledge and the truth, often known as Bayesian Epistemology.
This approach can be summarized in these simple concepts: rather than promoting, by means of whatever epistemic process I choose, a (mere) belief, which does not certainly corresponds to a truth, to the category of knowledge, which does certainly corresponds to a truth, what we can do is to consider any belief as having only a probability of corresponding to the truth. In this logic, there is just never the binary question of whether something is true or false. Rather, the question always is how much probably true it is.
Bayesian epistemology, that is, the idea that believes only have a probability of corresponding to the truth, is specially practical, in my opinion, for it allows me to handle the certainty associated to the belief as a separate, related but still separate, epistemic process. That is... a scientific proposition has a very high probability of truth , and I can (and reasonably will), in consequence, attribute a high level of certainty to it. But then I can also come across a non-scientific proposition that is given, by whoever proposed it, a probability of truth of, say 60%, and attribute to it a level of certainty of, say, 30%. Or maybe 100%. It's up to me.
Likewise, I can make a proposition giving it a probability of truth of, say, 40% (based on whatever criteria), while being myself a 100% certain about it (for whatever reason).
The way I see it, Bayesian epistemology allows us to consider the full spectrum of degrees of truth for any set of propositions, so that we can produce, share, discuss, even teach (if appropriately done) a Body of Bayesian Knowledge. That is, a knowledge not of certain truths (like the scientific knowledge) but of probable truths.
Bayesian knowledge is specially suited to cover the part of reality that is currently outside of the scope of science. The reason is that, the traditional, binary account of knowledge, is by definition true, thus, one is bound to atribute it full, or at least reasonably high, certainty.
For example, if you read in a respectable, scientific source that a proton is made of three quarks, then you are now certain that this is the truth, for that is a piece of scientific knowledge.
Bayesian knowledge, on the other hand, makes no promise of telling the truth. It only says that it is possibly the truth, with whatever measure of probability based on this and that. But then, you are not automatically bound to attribute any certainty to it. Instead, you are pretty much forced to judge for yourself. You might, for example, decide to dig up why it is said to be so, where does it come from, what is the evidence, etc...
That is, a body of Bayesian knowledge does not forces itself into your own belief system. Instead, it simply presents itself, and forces you to integrate and adopt it as you see fit.
Sheer speculation, for example, would be classified as Bayesian knowledge with a very low truth probability (whether admittedly or not). And ideally, in the process of integrating it into a given belief system, critical thinking and correct rational evaluation will discover that low truth probability and attach the appropriate certainty.
Suppose that we consider that a truth probability of, say, 95% and above corresponds to scientific propositions; 20% or below to magical thinking, dogmatic doctrines, etc... between 20% and 50% to conjectures with little evidential support, or theories that clash with highly certain accepted knowledge. What would be a reasonable truth probability threshold and how would a proposition deserve it?
This is not a trivial matter, but I would think that a propositional system with the following properties, can be reasonably given a truth probability in the range of 60% to 90%.
(a) Well integrable into the accepted knowledge, that is, which doesn't contradict Science.
(b) Supported by evidence, even if not scientific grade evidence, such as Clairvoyance, Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), or Automatic Writing.
(c) Sufficiently well formulated, even if not with a scientific language, so that is is comprehensive and can be adequately taught and learned.
(d) Can be falsified, that is, proven wrong.
(e) Can be experimentally tested, even if the experiments are not reproducible by any experimenter (that is, the experimenter is so entangled with the experiment that it becomes one of the critical variables), or the measurements can not be performed with a human made machine (for example, the measurement can only be done by a human mind of certain characteristics, such as a Medium or a Psychic).
(f) When the object of study becomes a part of science, the propositions are more likely to be refined than to be refuted.
The inescapable hard work of scientific rigor puts all the burden into the scientist. Once they put out a theory (and is accepted by the scientific community), it comes with a sort of strong guarantee. Not that is is infallible, but that is highly probably the truth. Metaphysical and spiritual discourse, cannot have such a strong guarantee, but it can have some. Depending on the case, maybe weak, maybe moderate.
In this blog you will find, therefore, Metaphysical and Spiritual Bayesian Knowledge which I think ranges from 60% to 90% of probably truth, depending on the specific subject. And you are specifically supposed to integrate and adopt into your own belief system, whatever part of this you deem reasonable, using your own judgment and criteria.
I will try my best to provide in each post sufficient justification material so you can, in practice, judge for yourself.
The ideas and propositions in this blog come from a variety of sources, but I will NOT, in general, make any formal reference list, mainly because in most cases the ideas cannot be simply traced back to this or that source.
There are, however, some primary sources to which almost everything here can be traced back to.
The most relevant one is the many books, conferences and general teachings of a very contemporary  Spiritist kind of Church from Argentina, known as Basilio Scientific School Association (BSSA). I am a member of this church, thus, a significant part of what is written in this Blog comes from there. There is an unofficial but very well written, comprehensive coverage of the core teachings of the BSSA in the book The Spiritual Theory
The second most relevant source is the so-called Spiritist Doctrine as codified by Allan Kardec and his many books.
Another quite influential source are the many many books of Theosophy I should clarify, however, that I am not really a huge fan of theosophy, specially the part developed by its founder Ms. Blavatsky. But this doctrine is nevertheless highly influential for me, is just that you won't find in this blog many direct correspondences or quotes .
I am however, a huge fan of Rudolf Steiner, specially on his metaphysical work. He parted from theosophy and funded Anthroposophy.
Other highly influential—and quite varied—sources include, but are not limited to, The Seth Material, A Course In Miracles, and many books on the After Life (there is very good reading list recommendation on this Keith Person's video).
One which I can even specifically know, in many cases, since often that probability is directly integrated into the scientific theory. It was funded in 1917. I much prefer the works of C. W. Leadbeater and of Annie Besant.
By Fernando Luis Cacciola Carballal in Channeled Metaphysical and Spiritualist discourse 0Recently, @Andres Ramos, one of our Researchers here at Varanormal, brought up in a private conversation the subject of the so-called "Second Death" within the Theosophical doctrine, and I thought of writing a blog post on the subject.
To put this commentary in context, you might want to read up on the discussion subject, for example, here, and here. But in short and simple terms, this second death refers to a death in Astral Plane, there in the afterlife (not here, hence the term second), before we ascend to a higher plane, a process which involves the dissolution of the Astral Body.
Do not confuse this with the also called Second Death of Judaism and Christianity, which is an entirely different concept.
I strongly recommend that you first read about the Epistemological considerations on the metaphysical and spiritualist discourse on this blog.
According to a particular theory from the Basilio Scientific School Association:
In the beginning, which is way, way before matter existed, we spirits were all created by God, and existed in harmony, union, love and peace. There was nothing but light. And we all lived in a form of unity, and there was but one single all-united world alongside our creator, and spiritual Father as we can call him.
For reasons that are beyond comprehension, an increasingly large number of spirits (which includes all of us humans) in that primordial world of light begun to fall out of that harmony, union, love and peace. That one all-united world got split into separate, lesser, worlds. Love begun to be replaced by power. Peace by fear. And union by separation and individualism.
Many many spirits remain united in love and harmony, alongside God, while many others populated the new lesser worlds.
From those, many fell into a seemingly endless rabbit hole. The situation escalated to the point that the now totally separated groups started to fight with each other. The fighting itself escalated and the groups begun to recruit spirits to increase their power. Like the wars that we know of here on Earth, but at a far more massive scale, with millions of spirits on each legion, and several legions all fighting for supremacy.
Those ancient spiritual wars--which should be seen as several times larger, longer and far more destructive than anything we had ever done here on Earth--escalated to a point so destructive that it caused the spirits involved, in their uncontrolled impulse to annihilate each other, to shatter into pieces (as if they had exploded). For the very first time ever, still before matter existed at all, spirit fragments become a part of existence.
When a spirit is shattered into pieces, each piece retains a mere proportion of the essential attributes of the former unit spirit. Its will, and intelligence, for example, are proportional.
At first, the new situation was seen as a great convenience by the destructive leaders of the fighting legions, since now they had all these spirit fragments, easier to manipulate and use as blunt force. Unfortunately, however, these spirit fragments engaging in an uncontrolled impulse to annihilate each other got shattered even further and further, and further.
Eventually, these totally out of control spiritual wars (which might be compared to a full scale nuclear war on Earth), led to zillions of extremely small spiritual fragments. Since the consciousness level of a spirit fragment is proportional to the fraction of the unit, the more and more the initial fragments become further subdivided, the less and less conscious they became.
All that had, however, a positive outcome: utilizing such fragments as blunt force became less and less effective, because the more subdivided they got, the less conscious and less controllable they became.
Not all of the spirits that turned away from God (and every other spirit) participated in these spiritual wars. Only those in the lowest of the worlds did. And not all of the unit spirits which did participate got fragmented. And not all fragments got recursively subdivided into "particles".
Thus, at this point, the war zones were populated by a spectrum of "consciousness levels", from the barely conscious spirit particles to the fully conscious unit spirits.
Additionally, not every part of reality was a war zone. In fact, there were--and always had been--the spirits that still lived in harmony, love and peace. And every possibility in the middle. That is... what was one all light became a spectrum of levels, or layers, from the complete darkness of the spiritual war zones with its spirit particles (the vey very very small, barely conscious fragments) to the absolute light of the primordial world with God.
All along since the initial, inexplicable separation, every spirit in all layers of "light" had worked, with God holding their backs, so to speak, to bring every spirit in all layers of "darkness" back into the light. That is, the "heaven", so to speak, is not a place in which light spirits live in love, peace and harmony but having forgotten about us. That wouldn't be compatible with love. So, instead, all of them, called Redemption Workers, constantly work to bring us all there.
Eventually, the zillions of barely conscious, recursively subdivided, spirit particles reached a sort of bottom threshold, so vibrationally low, that they "transmuted" from ethereal into what we call matter (Since there is a spectrum of fragmentation levels, there is also a layering of ethereal/material forms). The material Universe was born.
What we call "Nature", that is, the sort of ordering and rules of the material world, was (is) possible thanks to a fundamental mechanism and principle that the "redemption workers" were eventually able to bring about: material and ethereal spirit particles and fragments entangle to form a "dual unit", having both a material (barely conscious) and an ethereal (conscious to different degrees) component. Such a duality is present in every bit of "stable or quasi stable" building block, no matter how primitive, such as a quark, for example.
The Universe, with all of its components, its processes, its cycles, and its rules (laws as we called them), all of that is about the spirit particles and fragments. Its the vehicle of their progress and evolution.
Because, as it turns out, the fragmented state of a unit spirit is temporary. Each and every fragment, however subdivided, evolves and progresses into a journey back to reunite and reintegrate into the once former unit spirit. And this material Universe is fundamentally about that.
We humans, that is, unit spirits incarnated into a biological body, are mere last second participants, only here thanks to the incredible progress made by the spirit fragments that went so far as to evolve into a complex biological animal.
This Earth, or the entire Universe for that matter, is not for, nor about, us. It has its own purpose, its own needs, and, most importantly for this conversation: its own cycles.
Barely conscious material spirit particles came about as the result of a recursive subdivision which can be seen as an ethereal to material progression, which, fortunately, had a bottom threshold. From that bottom, particles bounced back up and journey into an evolution in which they progressively reunite. This evolution can be seen as the opposite: material to ethereal progression. Such a progression occurs in phases. Subsequent phases correspond to less material and more ethereal states.
The phases of this progression are like "stations", each with its population. This can be seen like, say, School: There are the grades, such that each grade has its own "stationary" rules, subjects of study, structure, etc... and there are the children that transition from grade to grade.
It is the same with the stages, or layers, or to use a better term: "WORLDS" in existence.
Each world has its vibratory range, its "material/ethereal" ratio, its rules, etc.. And they also have its population at any given period of time.
And, just like all the children in any given grade will, at the end of the school year, pass on to the next grade, the same happens with all of the spirit fragments and particles that are "stationed" into any of the staged worlds. For instance, all of the spirit fragments and particles that participate in our current universe will, in due time, transition to some next stage. When that happens, this Universe will have reached the end of its current cycle, and a new group of spirit fragments and particles will (probably) transition into a rebirth of this universe.
By Andres Ramos in Steampunk EVP's 9A nice expewriment from today was an idea coming from discussions with Jeff about applying cardboard tubes as bandpass resonators for human speech. It was a very simple setup. I took a piece of cardboard tube, put in a buzzer into one end (working on a steady frequency), covered this end with one hand and with the other hand I opened and closed the upper end of the tube in a random manner.
Basically the results are promising ic combined with random excitation of the buzzer.
By Michael Lee in Michael's Portal Station 36Since early 2019, I have been working on software to extract voices from physical noise/signals. My earliest attempts used other people's software, mainly an algorithm called "spectral subtraction." in a ReaFir noise reduction plugin. This converts the noise into the frequency spectrum, where slight imprints of voice can be discovered and emphasized.
We now enter the year 2022 - Spectral subtraction is still a very valuable tool, but it is only the beginning of a process I've developed for extracting voices. I've created machine-learning-based models to find and emphasize voices. I've also made a program that finds and generates "formants" or peaks in the harmonic buzz of the human voice.
I'm finally releasing my full software, in Python. I use a very similar version of) this code in all of my experiments (FPGAs, radio noise, etc.)
I would've liked to have shared it as an executable, like I did Spiricam, but Python executable-makers are notoriously buggy. Another reason I've hesitated is=n sharing the code sooner is that it used to require some heavy GPU resources. However, thanks to some software developments by Google, my ML models seem to run OK on the CPU pretty well in real-time.
So if you want to try out my code, you'll have to do some command-line steps and you'll have to at minimum install a free program called Miniconda, or a larger version called Anaconda with Python version 3.8, 64-bit. Maybe a few GBs of disk storage will be required.
Here's the link to the code: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fu6hAuE0AbhbQjx0Ts_3Ju0QRJ0awxRM?usp=sharing
In the directory is a README.txt, which I'll update as we iron out the instructions.
When I've resolved most of the common issues, I'll make the code into a ZIP file for the Downloads sections.
For now, feel free to ask questions in the comments. As I like to say "The spirits are waiting!"
By Michael Lee in Michael's Portal Station 7I will introduce some new "steampunk" or acoustic ITC methods in the next post.
But first I want to share with you some theories I have about audio ITC.
To me, reception of spirit / interdimensional signals has at least three components:
1) Sensitivity to the signal
2) Resonant modes of the detector
3) Driving energy
Sensitivity means that whatever spirits can use to communicate with us, like virtual photons, wavefunction selection, or whatever, our devices can pick up these changes/anomalies. The most traditional detectors people have used are microphones and scratchy diodes. Presumably, the microphone picks up small air pressure changes and or electromagnetic signals affecting its inductive coil. The diode could be picking up radio waves, scalar waves, thermal changes, etc.
In any case, every ITC detector has some sort of sensitivity. Detectors can be virtually anything, like water or even a hard rock. But as long as we can percieve (humanly or electronically) changes in that detector, then it should work. The question though, is how sensitive to spirit is that detector compared to others. That, I don't have an answer, but we can certainly select our favorites for experimentation based on perceived improvements or ease of use.
Resonant modes refers to the available states of the detector or broader physical ITC system. It can be thought of as the frequency spectrum of physical and non-physical signals emanating from a given device. For example, some devices have two states. They either have short "pops" or nothing at all. Some have pops of differing duration and amplitude. Some devices emit a constant white noises. Others could have certain dominant tones like wind chimes. Even others could have a dominant on/off buzzing sound like some of Andres' creations.
In each case, there's an "available" set of frequencies that can be produced. Obviously, if we wanted to hear a perfect human voice, the device would need to emit all of the frequencies between a range of approximately 100-8000 Hz. Devices that emit white noise, sound great for this challenge, but often suffer from overdoing it in the last factor...
Driving energy refers to how much our device is physically stimulated. A great example is the work of Anabela Cardoso. She finds that a microphone with noise playing in the background is much better than a microphone in a completely silent room. The added noise is "driving energy." It is both a source of energy for the spirits to manipulate and it ruffles up the air molecules in the room providing a "canvas" for spirit signal implantation.
But too much driving energy may not be such a good thing. If I play a super loud buzzing sound (to represent the human glottal voice pattern), we're not going to hear any variations in that buzz, unless we use some pretty serious noise cancellation software. Meanwhile, if I supply a light amount of buzz, the variations may begin to be noticeable to the human ear.
Here's another "overdrive" situation: radio static. Radio static when evaluated with a spectrogram looks as random as can be. You have to apply a lot of software noise removal to extract out anomalous signals. I would argue that too much noise makes the filtering process more difficult than it needs to be. One way people balance out the noise is by playing it over speaker to be picked up by second microphone.
Ok, enough rambling about theories. In my next post, hopefully, I will have some interesting results to share.