Artificial Intelligence & Higher Intelligence

"For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans."

The idea of the Homunculus, a tiny artifically created human, goes back to Egypt, Greek and Roman Antiquity and Aristotle. His theories of reproduction lead his followers to believe in the possibility of creating tiny humans without sexual intercourse between men and women. Artistotle attributed to male semen the role of creating form and life and to the female womb to provide the vessel. Thus, in Aristotle’s theory the major share of reproduction was due to the agency of the male semen. For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans. Further it would also avoid the creation of more females, as the conception of females, according to Aristotle, was an accidental result of a surplus in purtrefied matter of the female womb. Too much menstrual blood (purtrefied matter) – in his theory – creates inferior female babies.

 

Aristotle mainly came to these conclusions by his observations of corpses and decaying matter. An example of this line of thinking can be also found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: “Bees come from rotting cattle, wasps from horses, scorpions from crab shells, snakes from decomposing spinals cords, and perhaps mice from slime”. The types of creatures allegedly produced from the corpses and bodies of animals and from the ground where seemingly connected to the putrified material provided. The understanding of the details of reproduction in animals, insects and humans where not yet understood and hence misinterpreted. However, many occult recipes started to appear over time, that claimed to enable the creation of animals and humans from decayed matter.

 

European magicians and alchemists like Paracelus picked up on the creation of the Homunuclus, the artificial man, who had to be created with male semen, put into a vessel for a prescribed number of days, and fed occassionally with some blood. Towards the end of this period it was said, that the ethereal outline of this new man would appear. It was smaller then a natural man, but it was supposed to possess mighty powers and abilties because it was made from human (male) will power, without the involvement of women and without all the other bothersome natural processes of procreation and life. This Homunculus was supposed to know all kinds of mysteries and all kinds of arcance secrets. Attempts to create an Homonculus became so wide spread in Europe that the Catholic church eventually stepped in and banned the practice. The origins of these recipes misleading the magicans of Europe and annoying the Catholic church can be traced back to the Islamic world, that took over certain ideas from Antiquity and Aristotle, in particular also the idea of the Homunculus, but transformed them into something wise and in parts also very funny.

An allegorical tale describing a process of creating an Homunculus was written down by the famous Persian medicus and Islamic scholar Avicenna.

An allegorical tale describing a process of creating an Homunculus was written down by the famous Persian medicus and Islamic scholar Avicenna. The story, written in Arabic, describes the ancient King Harmanus who wanted a male heir. His chief advisor told him to abstain from sexual intercourse with women and to create an Homunculus instead. He told the King, that all that was needed, was the sperm of the King which would be put into a Mandragora (Mandragora officinarum, contains hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids and the shape of their roots often resembles human figures), and apply an alchemical technique known by the King’s advisor, whose name was Qualiqulas. After some hesitation the King agrees and a beautiful boy is created which the king names Salaman. This boy however falls madly in love with the girl Absala that is really his foster mother and runs away with her. When they are eventually captured they both attempt suicide, but the boy survives. Qualiquals the advisor then promises to the boy to raise the spirit of the girl, after the boy spends 40 days with him in a cave to meditate. Instead of the girl however, the spirit of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love appears. After her appearance the boy is ready to take over the father’s kingdom.

 

The 20th century scholar and psycho-analyst Carl Jung, who was deeply interested in mystical themes and shared human archetypes, made the successful (and obvious) observation that the idea of the Homunculus may be nothing else but a disguised reference to the famous alchemical Philosopher’s Stone.

 

Tawkin – The Alchemical Process to Create a Better Man

In Islamic alchemy, the creation of the Homonculus (the Philosophers Stone) is called Takwin (Arabic: تكوين‎). European alchemists and occultists, but also later day scholars mis-interpreted Muslim alchemists, most notable Jābir ibn Hayyān , attributing to them the desire to create actual creatures and humans. It is a mistake made by many Western scholars, misinterpreting the Arabic language with it’s many subtleties and the world of Islamic philosophy, Imâmî myths and our methods and rituals.

 

Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān himself was a Muslim polymath and alchemist who lived approximately 80 years after the Prophet Muhammed (as) in Persia. He is often revered to as the father of early chemistry. His work was spread in Europe under the name “Geber”. It is said that he was a spiritual follower and a companion to Jafar as-Sadiq, the sixth Shia Imam. The French Philosopher Henry Corbin believes that Jabir ibn Hayyan was an Ismaili. Ibn Hayyan’s corpus of work is vast, it spans cosmology, music, medicine, magic, biology, chemical technology, geometry, grammar, metaphysics, logic, along with astrology, and symbolic Imâmî myths. In the Kitab Al-Ahjar (“Book of Stones”) ibn Hayyan describes the process of Tawkin.

 

The repeated instruction in ibn Hayyān’s “Book of Stones” to leave a Homunulus in a vessel to mature for 40 days reminds the initiate of the spiritual retreat time of Sufis, Ismaili, Shaykhi and Shia Muslims, who go into a so called Halwa for 40 days. There are also many others occassions when the sacred number 40 appears in Islam. All of ibn Hayyān’s alchemical and chemical investigations were theoretically grounded in an elaborate Imâmî Abjad numerical system.The nature and properties of elements was defined through numeric values assigned to the Arabic consonants present in their name, a precursor to the character notation used today. Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān’s influence can be traced throughout the whole historic course of alchemy and chemistry. He laid the actual intellectual ground work to develop the numerical systems in chemistry which are used to this day.

Dictatorship, Algorithms and The Disorderly Arabesque

“The Arabesque (…) transfigures the object of nature it decorates (…) into a weightless, transparent, floating pattern extending infinitely in all directions (…) the object of nature has become under the Arabesque treatment a window onto the infinite.”

During my work on this blog, while researching, reading and writing about Islamic philosophy and arts I have come of course very early unto the Arabesque. The Arabesque pattern – sometimes foliate but commonly geometrically structured patterns of different shapes and coloring, known from Islamic decorative arts but also from music – has captured my interest.

 

The Arabesque is such a well-known feature of Islamic art, that it has come to define Islamic art like an icon (together with calligraphy). It puzzles me somewhat because are we not supposed to avoid icons? However, the following question arose: What are we understanding about the deeper meaning of the Arabesque? For me, as an artist who loves the forests, plants, animals and nature, who is inspired by patterns, natural networks and natural communication-systems, the meaning of the Arabesque is vast and intriguing. A multitude of subtle meanings and secrets are hidden under these surfaces of infinitately stretched out patterns, that seem to be always the exactly the same.

 

During my studies of mathematical patterns I stumbled soon into the obvious question: HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO  IMAGINE MATHEMATICS AND STRUCTURES ONE CAN NOT SEE WITH THE BARE EYE? It is possible, because mathematics and the language of the infinite is embedded within our own mind. Nature itself is a reflection of our minds, just like our minds are a reflections of nature. Language – and mathematics is also nothing else but a language – is a navigational tool to help us to use our minds and map out our inner and outer nature and reality. However, the notion that the infinite is of always the exact mathematical order is wrong. We need variety and disorder – including irrationality – in order to develop and survive and for things to evolve.

 

Rima Ajlouni, a scientist in the US wrote an extensive paper on the amazing ingenuity in Islamic art and mathematics to describe both order and disorder.
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/jan/31/ancient-islamic-architects-created-perfect-quasicrystals

 

Ms Ajlouni talks about the striking characteristics of Quasi-Crystal (sub-atomic) formations, who only appear to be always exactly the same, but are ever so slightly different. These differences allow changes and evolutionary growth. Islamic scientists and artists were able to reflect this in their work from very early on. And were not only able to think in terms of order about the infinite but also in contradictions and complexities, deriving from the need to envision and solve problems and “to stretch” the imagination.

 

With the invention of vast computer driven network technologies and the newly invented use of computer generated algorithms to control “user experiences” it seems worthwhile to re-visit the original meaning of mathematics as a language of the infinite.

 

Algorithms & Dictatorship

 

Algorithms as they are used (and abused) these days are computer generated responses to “behavorial structures and patterns”.  In contemporary mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a self-contained sequence of actions to be performed. Because an algorithm is a precise list of precise steps, the order of computation is always crucial to the functioning of the algorithm, An algorithm does however not understand ambiguity and really out of order, unexpected behaviors. Instructions are usually assumed to be listed explicitly, and are described as starting “from the top” and going “down to the bottom”, an idea that is described more formally by flow of control.

 

Trump apparently won his campaign also thanks to businesses that designed algorithms that targeted users on facebook and twitter with personalised “experiences” – this means a user is feed a certain set of stories to encourage a certain mood within the user. The Trump campaign has harvested the data of 30 Million users contracting companies like facebook and Amazon for this task. This interview with the CEO from the key tech firm responsible for the Trump data campaign is further very revealing. It is likely that these data were used and will be further used to detect opposition and to employ troll armies wherever resistance shows up. Computer generated algorithms and the manipulators behind them, thrive on us behaving “always the same” while also calculating some unforeseen events and problem scenarios – every new pattern of resistance will be responded with by a new set of algorithms. However, our inherit nature is to be rather unpredictable creatures and to resist attempts to uniform us. The more we get controlled the more we will eventually rebel. The trick of dictatorshop and mind control has always been to tell us we are free while at the same oppressing us. Computer generated algorithms as they are used in Social Media perform exactly that trick. People who believe that Social Media are the way to break out of our present dawn of a new era of global oppression, must be told, that Social Media are also the problem, as all attempts to break free are monitored by machines and responded to by machines. Even slight algorithm changes in the Newsfeed stimulate different mood responses in users. Those of you who may wonder why I am on & off twitter and facebook – this is the reason. The only way out is to pull the plug.

 

Algorithm & Al-Khwārizm

 

Now we venture back into Islamic thought, as the concept of algorithm as a planning and mapping tool is much older and has existed for centuries and has an Islamic root.

 

Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi may God be pleased with him, a 9th-century Persian geographer and mathematician, is considered one of the primary fathers of algebra and as the key-inventing mind of the algorithm. His work the Calculation with Hindu Numerals, written about 825 AD, was principally responsible for spreading the Hindu–Arabic numeral system throughout the Middle East and Europe. It was translated into Latin as Algoritmi de numero Indorum. Al-Khwārizmī, rendered as (Latin) Algoritmi, led to the term “algorithm”. Al-Khwarzimi was also a geographer and as such aquainted with the problem of geographical maps and mapping out space and objects. He worked with Mathematics in order to solve problems, and developed a set of equations that not only dealt with mathematical problems when they arise but also to detect and predict potential problems. I wonder what Al-Khwārizmī would have to say about the abuse of his great mathematical invention by contemporary greedy businesses and irresponsible power-hungry politicans.  My guess is the issues would not be entirely new to him.

How our Digital Habits Invite Authoritarian Abuse

“When thine eye is single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Luke 11:3

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

In 2010 US Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee compared the internet with a super human global mind:

 

The Internet is a powerful image of life’s interconnected oneness, and how the individual can interact with the whole. It is present everywhere at the same time. The Internet is not a hierarchical structure, and despite the attempts of some companies or governments to control it, it’s nature is globally democratic. As it becomes more and more present in our collective consciousness, it is more and more able to channel life’s underlying energies in new ways. It is a power and life force of its own, able to evolve and adapt like a fast-changing organism, and, like other emerging images of our time, it is reconfiguring our consciousness, rearranging our lives. For example, social networking is just one way this living web interacts with us, bringing us together in unexpected ways."

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/llewellyn-vaughanlee/the-internet-as-a-living_b_451147.html

Those were the days. Humanity believed in it’s Uber-Power. Yet, the only super mind around is the higher intelligence of God. What humans create always carries the weaknesses of our minds, our perceptions, our intentions, however non-conscious we may be of them. We are well advised to remain realistic about our limitations and work on our flaws, instead of hyping ourselves up. Let’s be realistic: Our so called collective mind, the internet, has some serious psychotic issues.

 

Let’s fast forward from 2010 to 2018: We are making the collective experience how the internet and social media is used to foster authoritarian agendas that fragment humanity and drive us apart. Fragmentation is a mental health problem for everybody who spends too much time with computers, gadgets, smart phones etc. Brain functions change the more we work with technology. Our attention is modified. We are reduced to only capture events in “bites” – we loose the big picture, the whole view, the panorama. I know mental fragmentation from trauma therapy. After traumatic events the brain “fragments” memories and disables our ability to understand a complete narrative. It can also lead into amnesia. It is a self-protective mechanism to prevent overload. Like a circuit shutdown. It is sign of physical or psychic injury. A fragmented mind leaves the affected person in a desperate struggle to understand what has happened. Yet the brain has gone into self-protection mode and only a process of conscious healing can repair it. I propose that we look closer at how minds can be holistically healed to understand how to fix the internet and our human societies that took so much damage over the last decade. Trump, fascist nationalism, more and more povery, the rise of more exploitation are just the symptoms of an underlying psychic illness. We need to look at our individual and collective minds to understand the roots of these miseries and re-gain control – to re-build communities and control technology so it serves us.

 

Some social media like facebook take advantage of how our minds work and how our minds can slowly fragment when exposed to too much multi-tasking and multi-processing. When treated this way – like machines really – our minds are encouraged to make emotion driven snap-decisions, to buy, to vote, to belief (that the Earth is flat for example).

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Bombarded by advertising, fake news, inversed science, hatred, gadgets, interfacces that require individual learning (an enormous everyday mental task), and too much interaction with other users, the brain starts to fragement because it no longer manages to make comprehensive sense, to keep oversight. Chronic confusion kicks eventually in. Surely this has also contributed to the rise of authoritarian agendas and exploits. The doors to people’s minds were forcefully opened by Zuckerberg & Co and people with dirty shoes came inside. In my assessment (and the assessment of many others) the rise of authoritarianism is directly linked to our confused internet minds, the exploitation of our data and the new digital surveillance and manipulation (propaganda) industry that exploits our collective internet confusion.

 

Until the end of 2011 I myself worked in London as a consultant user experience expert for commerical and news projects, and dealt with data, user movements, user pedagogy and similar issues. Back then user data were dealt with anonymized and very broadly categorized, but it was already clear that a scary potential lies in algorithms that can change at any point what an individual user sees and interacts with (“experiences”) on the net. In advertising everybody wants to reach a person’s emotions. Emotions sell. Goods. Services. Fashion. Politics. Digital footprints of users give clues about preferences, view points, buying capabilities etc and with that informationn a lot of emotional targeting is possible.  In the hands of political game players things got very quickly really nasty. It is plainly speaking advanced agit-prop (agitation propagada) and like every ill intended human deed propaganda leaves psychic residues and mental wounds in others. Maybe it helps to consider all those folks that vote for crooks and despots to be psychically wounded. But it is time to stand up and fight this.

 

I did not know exactly what was coming our way before 2016, but I already knew how vulnerable people are when data are openly accessible and what can happen when data are manipulated. I also know how authoritarian abuse operates in the shadows. I am myself a victim of cyber stalking, surveillance, hacking and authoritarian abuse and made experiences with an incompetent, corrupt State system that allowed itself to be hollowed out by private interests that use the internet and hidden data highways for it’s dirty deeds. The step from there – a hidden criminal world – to an open take over of the State by criminal, mafia-like political structures (a Kleptocracy) is not a very big one.

 

My story in a nutshell is the following: I was under surveillance during and after a court battle with a council and the police in London. I was surveillanced because I brushed people in the council and the police the wrong way, complained about them and tried to hold them to account in a court of law. The people in question fought back by playing most foul. Letters from my lawyers and the court never arrived, my email was hacked, my mobile phone was hacked too, I received weird messages and my data in the centralized computer system were manipulated (it is indeed a very bad idea to keep people’s data in one central place, but that is exactly what the UK does, it keeps police records, council records, medical data etc, all in one centralized file). Remember, I am not a dangerous person. Just a person who tried to stand her ground. They did not let me stand my ground. Later I found out that there are many more people like myself. People who tried to stand their ground and those in control of the power did not let them. We met via the internet. What irony.

 

I eventually came to the conclusion that the council hired a private investigator firm to derail my case (see also this News article),  knowing how to not get caught. My job did not protect me. Perhaps it would have helped if I was a Millionaire. But I was no Millionaire. I was just a woman and they did with me whatever they wanted. The digital shadow land combined with shady laws gave them the power of an invisibility cloak. These are the spheres these types of people operate in. It was an occult epxerience too. I can hardly describe the everyday weirdness I encountered back then. An experience beyond stressful and terrifying – unsurprisingly I lost in court. I also lost my footing, my home, my family. Lucikly, I left England and returned home to Germany.

 

The internets I prefer to hang out in these days, are in forests, in the Earth. There one experiences true inter-connectedness. Un-surveillanced and un-manipulated and I also experienced profound healing of my own “fragmented mind”, that came about as a result of the manipulation I suffered. The highest intelligence, nature, the expression of the superior mind, healed me. Amazing things happened, proofing to me that Artificial Intelligence and it’s capabilities to manipulate us is nothing in comparison to the Higher Intelligence.

 

Returning to the Internet and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s article on the Huff Post, and his statement: “The Internet, as a living symbol of global oneness, offers us a direct connection to an awareness of divine oneness“, I want to tell about experiences I made with Christian Esotericism and spiritual exercises that help greatly against propaganda and attempts to manipulate us. According to this particular group of Christian healers, the human mind is an unrelenting source of discord that constantly seeks to subvert and deny any Oneness with God. It seeks to escape. It seeks to gratify it’s Nafs, it’s desires and pleasures. It is constantly chattering with itself. It has no spiritual belief or focus. It is as such open to any kind of manipulation. What would be a desirable mental state of us as individuals, that we become less open to manipulation?

 

I only got some words here, which you can surely expand with your own words. Keep these words in your mind. To my mind come “Trusting in God, unharmed by evil, joyful, unimpressed and untouched by propaganda. Whole. Complete. Focused. Loving. One in God. One with ourselves. One with each other. Unpenetrable by evil”. Look after your mind. Feed it with good. Make good your fortress. Stay focused. Don’t divide your mind. Don’t divide other peoples’ minds.

 

When we manage to keep ourselves as close as possible in a clear, calm mental state, we can pick up very quickly when evil intended outside thoughts and manipulations enter our minds. Try it. Watch out for linguistic trickery, be aware of how and what people say and do. There is no joy in hatred. Hatred is the divider. Authoritarian abusers and their minions need hate. The filthier the propaganda war on the internet becomes – our collective psychosis so to speak – the more complete, knowing and best as we possible can be we have to become. Please, do not get dragged down into any beliefs that all is lost and that we lost our collective mind. Be your natural self. Go into  nature. Live without the internet, gadgets, computers as much as you possibly can.  Some people in Silicon Valley sold us collectively the idea, that we will change the world buying their products and joining their FREE! platforms (nothing is for free in Silicon Valley folks!). Unsurprisingly, it was just a hype. The internet and our technologies are human creations and as such full of flaws. But again – there are remedies. I can give you clues, but they will amaze you so much that you will resent them at first, unless you are a believer. God is real.

 

What I am trying to express is that the healthy parts of the “collective mind” need to be conscious of their power and take back control.

 

To conclude this post, I share again this quote from Mahatma Ghandi:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Child Protection & Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is Always Biased (Unable to Think)

Quote on AI (Artificial Intelligence):

"Is there a more bullshit job than working on making AI more fair? How about spending all that time and resources on improving the basic conditions of populations so that they will be in a better position to contend with whatever planned-obsolescence technological fix is invoked to mis-administrate them?"

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Wanna destroy Fascism? Start by Destroying the Systems of Child Trafficking

"Trauma is the Language of The Technosphere."~ Rana Dasgupta

This is our collective culture now. The abuse of children by the state and it's private business agents has become pandemic. Trump - in true style - only took it to the next level of inhumanity. Perhaps we should call it OPENLY INHUMANE, instead of cloaked inhumane? No more Liberal sugar-coating. Under the Democrats these types of abuses were called "child welfare programs" or "child protection", but it really is Child Trafficking. It enabled a vast industry to built itself, an industry that makes money by seperating children from their parents and pumping them full of drugs. It is a tick box system, run by computers & AI with bureaucratic Dr Mengeles doing the dirty deeds.

 

 

In Germany we got similar problems. Our laws still protect us better, but we too have become fragile. Immigrant children are more likely to be taken into care. Children of low income house holds. Single parents (mums). A vast system of "protection" has been built around each and all of us. Seperating children from their parents has become normalized. Yesterday I looked at a new children's book about families. An entire page is dedicated to tell children that it is normal for children to be seperated and placed into "new families" because their birth parents may have "too many problems"????

 

What is normal about 2 children being taken off their mum and force adopted because she was raped (real case in the UK)? What is normal about children being advertised on the internet for adoption? What is normal about children being pumped full of drugs and what is normal about all these alledged "disturbances" in children that all require some sort of medication? What is normal about children being taken off their parents because somebody decided that these parents are radical (real cases in the UK)? What can be possibly called normal about all this?

 

A Snippet on Surveillance and Child Protection (from 2014)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

From a press release by the British Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services:

"Without their knowledge, every pregnant woman (and expectant father) is screened by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to see if they may be a risk to the child, and they are monitored for risk factors like previous mental illness, domestic violence, being a teenager, unemployed, homeless, a former or current drug user, etc. They are then automatically referred to social services, who may hold child protection planning meetings before the baby is born."

http://www.aims.org.uk/

http://johnhemming.blogspot.de/

What The Case Michelle Freedman vs. London Borough of Barnet Child Protection Really Tells Us

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This case highlights a couple of things that are seriously wrong about the powers that UK Local Authorities have and how they abuse those powers at will and use a net of surveillance against individuals.

Michelle Freedman already knew the work of UK social services in her role as UK family law barrister at  Clerksroom Chambers. She knew what happens to families who come in contact with the "system" and she knew also what happens to women who report abuse within the family to social services. 

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