The Burning Man and The Willing Fool
by Not Sure
10 July 2022
“Science is the only news.” - Stewart Brand
Stewart Brand studied biology at Stanford University, joined the military and was involved with Ken Kesey (“Merry Pranksters”) who traveled across the U.S. in a psychedelic van throwing parties and giving away LSD in the 1960s.
“The third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are.” - John Brockman
John Brockman was a banker in the 1960s until his work in the exploding new world of multimedia made him a millionaire. He became a literary agent focused on marketing genetic researchers and computer scientists like they were pop stars. His publishing company manages scientists, artists and those in multimedia who Brockman has termed ‘Digerati’, a cyber-elite.
“I believe that ‘utopias’ are crazy and dangerous, especially the utopia of a technological society. Technology is a totally willful and extremely dangerous force that will lead us where it must inevitably lead us. This will not be determined by chance nor by the despotism of arrogant bureaucrats, politicians or scientists; the technological system need only adapt human behavior to its own demands. This is necessary in order that it can function and continue to expand itself.” - Theodore Kaczynski
Ted Kaczynski is also known as the Unabomber. He was a Harvard educated mathematics professor. He wrote a manifesto entitled Industrial Society and its Future, which contained his assertions that technology had a destabilizing effect on society, made life unfulfilling and caused widespread psychological suffering.
In one issue of Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog (promoting self-sufficiency, ecology and an intuitive approach to food, eating and lifestyle) readers were offered two choices, technology and anti-technology. When Brand was asked if there was discussion about that among the users of the catalog, Brand said “We [he and his counterculture peers] came down on one side of the conflict between technology and anti-technology. We came down on the side of technology.”
David Gelernter is a professor of computer science at Yale University. He is a former fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior fellow in Jewish thought at the Shalem Center and a member of the National Council of the Arts. In 1993, he received a letter bomb sent by Kaczynski. The explosion permanently injured his right hand an eye. He has expressed scepticism about anthropogenic climate change. As a writer, he has been represented by literary agent John Brockman. The New York Times called him a computer science "rock star".
The New Religion is all-encompassing. There are so many ways into an exploration that thoughts must be reined in repeatedly. The New Religion is green and sustainable. It is positive and full of optimism and possibilities. The New Religion is scientific and authoritative (authoritarian). It is free from restraints. It is unhinged, unmoored. The occultic no longer hidden. Neopaganism celebrated.
Last week, I wrote about Stephen Dinan of Esalen and The Shift Network. In his book Sacred America, Sacred World, Dinan writes about how we are at a “transformational” stage and the need we have to balance male and female energy. He said, “I’m a big advocate of electing more women into office and also of bringing more of the feminine to the male side, appreciating men for things like vulnerability rather than strength and dominance”. Dinan went on to say “Men and women, too, need more fluidity and less rigidity. The advance of gay marriage and gay rights is already helping create a culture in that there’s not as much binary polarization. This allows men to have a more fully developed feminine side, women to feel more balanced, and the culture to be more in flow”. He must be celebrating Rhode Island’s Democrat senator Tiara Mack, the first openly LGBTQ black person ever elected to the senate. On the 4th of July, Ms. Mack twerked upside down for the people and worked it all into a TikTok campaign ad. She responded to her critics by saying that she had an Ivy League education and her constituents liked her because she was fun.
Here’s a sampling of the headlines beside the Daily Mail’s Twerking Senator story:
· Madonna praises Kim Kardashian after she channels the Queen of Pop's iconic 1992 Jean Paul Gaultier breast-baring dress
· Gwyneth Paltrow's ultimate guide to sex toys! Actress's company, Goop, releases VERY lengthy list of tips and tricks for choosing and using vibrators - after debuting her own new $98 design
· Cardi B displays her bare derriere in a VERY racy black mesh catsuit as she hits the stage in Norway
One entrance point to writing about the New Religion would be an in-depth look at the way women are promoted and used to push big changes in culture. This week’s Redux is "New Age Dreaming Turns to Greening, a Hundred Years of Plotting and Scheming", Alan Watt’s "Cutting Through The Matrix" LIVE on RBN from 12 March 2008. Alan talked about how Helena Blavatsky was put out to bring the New Age to women in particular. With her Theosophical Society she pushed the esoteric, Eastern mysticism, Hinduism and Spiritualism. Blavatsky claimed to be in contact with an ancient brotherhood of spiritual adepts known as the Masters (or Mahatmas).
Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He also said, “Theosophy is the teaching of Madame Blavatsky. It is Hinduism at its best. Theosophy is the Brotherhood of Man.” Gandhi met Blavatsky in 1889 and though he did not become a Theosophist at that time, in 1891 he became an associate member of the Blavatsky Lodge.
Mahatma Gandhi echoed the words of H.P. Blavatsky and her "Ancient Brotherhood" when he said, “The soul of religions is one, but it is encased in a multitude of forms. The latter will endure to the end of time. Wise men will ignore the outward crust and see the same soul living under a variety of crusts. … Truth is the exclusive property of no single scripture. We may call ourselves Christians, Hindus or Mohammedans. Whatever we may be, beneath that diversity there is a oneness which is unmistakable and underneath many religions there is also one religion.”
The motto of the Theosophical Movement is “There is no religion higher than Truth.” Gandhi said, “There is no God higher than Truth.”
The name Mahatma is derived from the fact that Gandhi was an inductee into both Freemasonry and the Theosophical Society and therefore was a “Master”. Blavatsky’s sometime sidekick Annie Besant was a leading spokesperson for the Fabian Society. It may not be universally accepted that while Gandhi was studying law in London he was being trained to be an agent for MI6, but it is an assertion made often enough with a compelling amount of documentation to support it.
This isn’t the place to really dig into the history of 20th century India, British rule or the partition, but what was useful to this research was seeing Gandhi as a Blavatsky fan-boy, learning how his initiation into Theosophy led to him adopting a more “Hindu” way of dress, bringing ancient customs onto the popular landscape. Even publications such as Foreign Affairs have attributed his portrayal of himself as a Hindu holy man as cause for Muslims to have deep suspicions of him, this while his stated aim was to smooth divisions between the two religions.
Mark Bevir is a British professor of political science and the Director of the Center for British Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote that in India, Theosophy "became an integral part of a wider movement of neo-Hinduism", which gave Indian nationalists a "legitimating ideology, a new-found confidence, and experience of organisation." He stated Blavatsky "eulogised the Hindu from the vestiges of the past. The Theosophical advocacy of Hinduism contributed to an "idealisation of a golden age in Indian history."
Gandhi attributed much of his inspiration to his time spent with the Theosophical society. He spoke of Blavatsky as being a major catalyst for his ideas, and while he was living in South Africa, Gandhi kept a picture of Annie Besant on his office wall. What I see is a direct link between the Freemasonic Blavatsky and Fabian Besant and the shaping of modern India for its specific role in the 20th and 21st centuries.
But Theosophy was an afterthought this week. What first popped into my head was the Burning Man Festival. Even though it has been a yearly “happening” for over thirty years now, it most embodies the convergence of the various tenets of the New Religion. My first assertion about this festival is that it is a top-down event, i.e., the creation of some intelligence agency like the CIA. Now, we don’t get admissions like that, so to support my assertion, I had to find links to support it, at least to satisfy myself. I had to make some connections.
The first connection I made was the festival’s reputation for heavy drug use, in particular, the psychedelic type. Think Woodstock, the Summer of Love, CIA mind control experiments and the Manson murders or the “Merry Pranksters” who distributed LSD like bottled water during the 1960s. As I was thinking along those lines, the excellent documentary film from 2003 popped into my head, The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet. This is easily one of the most remarkable films of the last several decades. The connections that it makes are unparalleled. Here's a line from it about the 1960s and the thinking that was shaping that era:
“Everything is possible. Reality can be altered at will. You are what you want to be.”
The film pulls together players such as Stewart Brand, John Brockman, Ted Kaczynski with pivotal events in the “evolution” of science and technology such as Norbert Weiner’s Cybernetics and the creation of the internet.
Besides LSD as something that was distributed and promoted in a kind of laboratory/observational approach, the film talked about the early experimentation with and use of strobe lighting to create a more suggestible state, a highly sexualized condition. Stewart Brand was one of the early pioneers of that work.
The assertion I am making is that these events (along with the more general shaping of society) are intelligence operations. My question is, if you do some homework and you see that mind-altering drugs have been promoted (clearly marijuana is the Soma of our day), why use them? My question is, if promiscuity and deviance are celebrated there – and they are – why do you trust that those behaviors are harmless in your own personal life? If a certain ideology is being promoted heavily at these events and is the daily fare on television and the internet, e.g. sustainability, greening, the Feminine Principle, why are you not on guard against every iteration of these toxic ideas?
The 10 Principles of Burning Man
Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
In looking at video of past years of Burning Man events, and still images, I was struck by the disconnect between the stated principle of radical self-expression and the fact that most of the attendees wear a very similar costume. I’ve named it Victoria’s Secret Meets Mad Max. Festival goers are mostly nearly naked, wearing masks and goggles to protect them from the desert sand. I stumbled upon a pornographic article about the event in the young women’s rather mainstream magazine, Cosmopolitan. It described an adventure in the festival’s Orgy Dome. A little more research showed me that the sexual promiscuity of the event was being heavily marketed in the mainstream press. Orgy Dome. Logan’s Run meets Brave New World.
I found it humorous and pathetic that for all the self-expression that the attire or lack thereof was supposed to represent, these costumes (elaborate LED wings and headdresses, S&M collars and cuffs, thongs and jewelled bras) were in proliferation across the internet for a rather steep price. One set of wings will set you back $12,000. So much for “decommodification”.
Were there any other signs I could point to for my own satisfaction that this event (and those like them) were intelligence operations? Yes. Scholarly studies done on the event. There are studies to be found published by Yale University, PubMed and universities across the world on various psycho-social aspects of the festival. As Alan often said, “We’re the most studied species on the planet”. Here are a few examples:
According to a study in the May 2022 issue of Nature Communications, ‘transformative’ effects of mass gatherings like Burning Man are lasting. “63.2% of participants reported having transformative experiences so profound that they left the events feeling radically changed, including a substantial number of people who did not expect or desire to be transformed. (And yes, transformative experiences were more intense among the 28% of subjects who reported taking psychedelic substances.)”
From PubMed, Welcome to Wonderland? A Population Study of Intimate Experiences and Safe Sex at a Transformational Mass Gathering (Burning Man):
“Transformational festivals are socially immersive artistic mass gatherings that are said to promote a strong feeling of belonging and experiences of personal transformation. The purposes of the present study were (1) to investigate the social and intimate experiences of Burning Man participants and (2) to study the factors safe sex practices in the context of that transformational festival. The study was based on data from two consecutive cycles (2013 and 2014) of the yearly post-event online survey done in collaboration with the Burning Man Project. Participants consisted of people who attended the event (N = 19,512). The results were weighted based on the sociodemographic characteristics of the population”.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s an intelligence operation.
One paper I found was a master’s thesis that was entitled Utopian Visions in Radical Communities: Burning Man. The paper is a collection of utopian visions gathered from the Radical Community of
Burning Man. These are some of the “utopian visions” in no particular order:
Gaia Spirit - people who want revolutionary change split from society
Permaculture, harmony with plants - intergalactic garden of green love.
The destruction of democracy, Christianity, and the other filth we've grown accustomed to
The US government should be overthrown
Using our Full biological potential for Metamorphosis and Transmutation "Homolumen."
Human self awareness
People living for themselves
Loss of male privilege, with women truly having an equally important role in society and are treated accordingly.
A couple of random observations came to mind in thinking about the Burning Man Festival and the immolation of their very tall man: the Bohemian Club who meet in their Redwood grove and cremate the cares of conscience in front of a giant owl alter.
It also made me think of the 1973 British horror film, The Wicker Man. Sergeant Howie, a devout Christian goes to a remote Scottish island in search of a missing girl. There he encounters the inhabitants who have abandoned Christianity for an ancient Celtic form of fertility worship. They copulate openly in the fields. May Day is celebrated complete with a maypole, the phallic symbol. He stays at the Green Inn. The island’s leader is an agronomist.
Howie finally realizes that he is to be a sacrifice to their pagan god. He fits their gods' four requirements: he came of his own free will, has "the power of a king" (by representing the Law), is a virgin, and is a "fool".
When we dance naked in the dust of the festival, and copulate in the open, our minds aided in “liberation” from the restraints of the old male-dominated Christian culture, we have become the willing fools. When we burn, who can we blame?
In this 2008 talk, people are dealing with a massive hike in gasoline prices. Oil has reached $109 a barrel and it was being blamed on China for industrializing too quickly. The CBC is quick to tie it all into the greening program. Cut to 2022, and oil closed Friday at $104.88 per barrel. It’s mostly being blamed on Russia. Goldman Sachs predicts crude oil prices are going to $140 in the coming months. JPMorgan offers a worst-case scenario surge to $380. UBS calls it at $130 in September. Citi bucks the trend and says prices will tumble as the recession deepens. It’s theater. A drama created to cover a long-planned agenda.
Dutch farmers are protesting sweeping regulations to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia. Jobs are on the line; food production is threatened. It’s theater. A drama created to cover a long-planned agenda.
Meanwhile a massive cricket production facility that plans to produce 13 million kg of cricket protein annually is coming online this month in London, Ontario, Canada. In Japan, crickets are sold in vending machines across the nation.
A caller in this talk mentioned to Alan that he was having a hard time convincing his wife that Disney cartoons were not harmless and that their children should not be watching them. He said his wife respected Alan and was listening to what he had to say about the cartoons. Alan discussed Bambi, that animals don’t talk, that the greening/sustainability program was being promoted to children. Disney has recently received criticism for coming out against a Florida law that banned teachers from discussing sexual topics with children prior to the third grade. As a corporation, Walt Disney continues to demonstrate that they are not working for the best interests of our children.
What most struck me was that this caller’s wife did not trust him to be the head of the household, to determine what was dangerous to his children and family. She would perhaps defer to a total stranger, Alan Watt. I was reminded that in last week’s Redux, a caller was having an issue with his wife over vaccines, which he had decided were not in his children’s best interest, but he could not get his wife’s agreement.
One of the illustrations that Alan often used about a successful society was that it is like a structure. If you pull down one of the pillars that holds the structure up, the entire thing topples. In the type of cultural warfare we’re living through, we’ve been so well-studied. Our enemies know what works, what holds the building up. Those are the pillars they have knocked down.
Ever since 9/11, Alan said “The hardest thing to hang onto will be your sanity.” He kept repeating that in the talks of 2020 into 2021. “Hold onto your sanity. Take care of each other. Have a few friends and family that you can depend on and hang onto those connections.” People are cracking up. I hear about it all the time from listeners. I see it for myself. It’s easier to use a mind-altering substance to quell fears and anxiety than it is to stay clear-headed and focus on being helpful. It's easier to be divisive than to create unity. It’s easier to be selfish than to be selfless. It’s easier to loathe those who chose to be vaccinated and participate in an “us versus them” division within our own communities than it is to have some humility and say “There, but for the grace of God go I.” It’s easier to excuse fear-based behavior and bad attitudes than to surrender to uncertainty and be at peace in a world that is, to quote Klaus Schwab, “dissolving.”
We’re right where our planners want us to be: divided, petty, self-obsessed. Our “in-groups” consist only of those who see the world exactly like we do, and sadly that means the “in-group” will end up being the individual talked to by the State, just like Orwell wrote about in 1984. Because to have a functional tribe, there has to be a pecking order, one has to know when to shut one’s mouth, one needs to respect others and show that respect. It means knowing where you end and the other begins. It even means turning the other cheek.
In today’s world, women are usually the weak links of the tribe. You women won’t like this, and you can go find the quote yourselves, but at least once or twice I’ve heard Alan describe the Eve Complex. Eve would rather destroy the world (and she did) than admit she’s wrong. Willful and easily manipulated by her emotions. Hitler knew this, Stalin too. Propaganda was aimed at the women, the children follow the mother, and finally the man is forced to follow the wife and children. The strong man was the essential antidote against the all-powerful State.
The Theosophical Society is still on the go. Here is a long quote from an article I found on their website entitled The Feminine Principle: An Evolving Idea.
“Our culture has had a long heritage of associating the feminine principle with what it means to be female and the masculine principle with what it means to be male. As a result, both men and women have traditionally been locked into rigid culturally-defined gender roles that have not been helpful for anyone who wishes to live a more meaningful, creative, and soul-making life.
However, this situation is changing. Today, we are more aware of the physical and spiritual harm that this perspective has caused to both the individual and to society. Thanks to Carl Jung and H. P. Blavatsky, we are beginning to learn that a fully integrated individual is a unique and balanced expression of both masculine and feminine traits…It all started long ago, at the dawn of human consciousness, when some said, ‘In the beginning was Mother Earth, the primal vessel that contains all things.’ The Great Mother was inclusive. From her womb emanated all life, and from her body all of her family received the gifts of nourishment, shelter, and transformation. When her children died, she enfolded them back into herself to be reborn anew. This early concept of what was later to become the feminine principle was that of a nature-based, interconnected existence for all creation, both in life and in death”.
I might point out to this writer that in ancient times people have believed all sorts of things and explained nature and cosmology and human anatomy in remarkable ways that now make us laugh. In Celtic mythology the father god's skull is the dome of heaven. Some ancients believe we came from water and others believed that fire was the source of all life. It makes sense to me that Theosophists believe we spring from the “inclusive” womb of Mother Earth.
It isn’t funny though, when all of our explanations, everything we have used to define ourselves and our experiences has been turned upside down. Perhaps all of our definitions of reality have always been given to us. We are simply living through a particularly massive upheaval of what we’ve held onto as “normal”.
John Brockman runs an online salon called Edge - To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.
To mark the 25th anniversary of Edge, they are presenting original lectures from “eminent scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who are changing the way we think about science and our place in the world.”
Who are some of the scientists and thinkers affiliated with Edge? I’ll give you a tiny sampling of names.
Marina Abramovic – performance and visual artist, Spirit Cooking
Paul Allen – founder of Microsoft
Tim Berners-Lee – MIT professor, inventor of the World Wide Web
Jeff Bezos - Founder & CEO, Amazon, Owner, Washington Post
Stewart Brand – Founder of the Whole Earth Catalog
Sergey Brin – Google
Steve Case – AOL
Noam Chomsky – Linguist, MIT
David Dalrymple – MIT
Kate Darling – MIT
Richard Dawkins – Evolutionary biologist
Esther Duflo – MIT
Ari Emanuel – Talent Agent, brother of Rahm
Brian Eno – Talking Heads
Steve Fuller - The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism
Peter Gabriel – Musician
Bill Gates – Lucifer (kidding)
Neil Gershenfeld - MIT
Terry Gilliam – Screenwriter
Steven Jay Gould – Deceased, Evolutionary biologist
Jonathan Haidt – Social psychologist
Kiley Hamlin - Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychology, University of British Columbia
Yuval Noah Harari – Lecturer, Dept. of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, advisor to Klaus Schwab. “There are no gods, no nations, no money and no human rights, except in our collective imagination.”
Arianna Huffington – The Huffington Post Media Group
Walter Isaacson – Aspen Institute
Joichi Ito – Godson of Timothy Leary, resigned from MIT Media Lab when his personal and professional financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein were discovered
Bill Joy – Sun Microsystems
David Kaiser – MIT
Ken Kesey – Deceased, countercultural figure, “Merry Pranksters”, participated in government studies on hallucinogens, distributor of LSD, friend of Stewart Brand
Ray Kurzweil – Google, Transhumanism
Eric Lander – MIT
Steven Levy – Newsweek
David Lykken – Behavioral geneticist
Sir John Maddox – Deceased, Royal Commissions on environmental pollution and genetic manipulation
Terence McKenna – Deceased, ethnobotanist, “mystic”, psychedelics, shamanism, environmentalism, alchemy, the “Timothy Leary” of the 90s.
Kate Mills – UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Kary Mullis – Deceased, Nobel prize winner, PCR test
Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX
Nicholas Negroponte – Founder MIT’s Media Lab
Larry Page – Google
Ryan Phelan – Wife of Stewart Brand, Co-founder of Revive and Restore, “enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species”
David Reich – Geneticist, Harvard Medical School
John Rennie – Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American
Larry Sanger – Co-founder Wikipedia
Cass Sunstein – advisor to Obama, author of “Nudged”
Sherry Turkle – MIT
Anne Wojcicki – Co-founder of 23andMe, genetic mapping
Steve Wozniak – Apple
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky – Co-founder Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Philip Zimbardo – “Stanford Prison Experiment”
I just scratched the surface. So many more names and more from MIT!
Alan Watt has so often talked about “following the stars”. That could mean that when the star twerks, so do we. Angelina Jolie tells us she has fed her children crickets, so now it doesn’t seem odd that we can buy a bag from a vending machine. But most interestingly is how this technique has been applied to elevating scientists to star level. The ground has been tilled for decades, so now when a series of mainstream articles tell us that microdosing psylocibin can help with depression, it doesn’t seem too revolutionary an idea. Surely there are many agents working behind the scenes to turn their scientists and thinkers into stars, but none has come to the fore in quite the same way as John Brockman.
A funny thing about Brockman: In 2019, BBC reporter Emily Maitlis mentioned that both Prince Andrew and John Brockman attended an intimate dinner at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion to celebrate Epstein’s release from prison for charges stemming from at least one decade of child sex trafficking. Brockman's emails confirmed Andrew's presence at Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion, in emails published in an October 2019 New Republic report. The story suggested that Brockman was the “intellectual enabler” of Jeffrey Epstein. Brockman's famous literary dinners (held during the TED Conference) were, for a number of years after Epstein’s conviction, almost entirely funded by Epstein as documented in his annual tax filings. This allowed Epstein to mingle with scientists, startup icons and other tech billionaires. Online you can find a few creepy photos of Brockman surrounded by a couple of Epstein’s “girls.”
One of the reasons Melinda Gates cited for leaving Bill was that she was “deeply troubled” by his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. The mainstream media has avoided making too much of the connection between Epstein (and Ghislaine Maxwell) and Silicon Valley. So many of the tech giant founders have ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Whitney Webb has stayed on this story like a terrier. She has also told the story of Epstein’s ties to Leslie Wexner, the billionaire who hired Epstein to be his financial manager, a relationship that lasted more than two decades. Wexner is owner of Victoria’s Secret, lingerie retailer. None of this is new. Just a reminder about some interesting connections at the intersection of science, technology and the intelligence world.
Is the New Religion science? Technology? Self-empowerment? Sustainability? Naval-gazing hedonism? All of that and more. It’s here. We worship in the cathedral of the New Religion every time we Tweet or twerk, when we apologize for our “privilege”, when we visualize ourselves manifesting our fullest potential, when we breathe deeply and meditate on merging with the Great All. Willing fools.
© Not Sure
The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet
Agent Provocateur - Literary agent John Brockman flouts the boundaries between art and science.
Edge Foundation President May Have Been Jeffrey Epstein’s Connection to Intellectual Elite
John Brockman knew. (Jeffrey Epstein)
U.S. Crude Oil First Price
Massive cricket-processing facility comes online in London, Ont.
In Japan, edible insects are sold in vending machines to help the environment
Disney CEO awarded $20 million bonus amid controversies
Queer Rhode Island state senator twerks and campaigns for votes
Here's What Happens in the Orgy Dome, Burning Man's Wildest Sex Party
Our wildest Burning Man festival tales – from naked shower parties to ‘Orgy Dome’ where man broke his penis
Attol - Home of the Infamous Orgy Dome
‘Everyone who enters intends to have sex’: Inside the Burning Man festival’s ORGY DOME, where 5,000 horny revellers get down and dirty every year
Context-Dependent Emotion Regulation: Suppression and Reappraisal at the Burning Man Festival
Swiss scientists think we can learn something from Burning Man
‘Transformative’ effects of mass gatherings like Burning Man are lasting
Burning Man: An Ideal Lab for Microclimate Research and Climate Modeling
Gifts in the desert: the psychology of Burning Man
Silicon Valley tech culture has roots in Burning Man, Stanford scholar says
Science at Burning Man: Say What?
Utopian Visions in Radical Communities: Burning Man
Welcome to Wonderland? A Population Study of Intimate Experiences and Safe Sex at a Transformational Mass Gathering (Burning Man)
An ad executive explains how Burning Man is really a massive marketing festival
The Feminine Principle An Evolving Idea - Theosophical Society in America