High weirdness by H-Net

Academia can be a rich source of weirdness. Personally, I’m fascinated by paranormalist physics-abuse as it percolates through popular culture, and, let’s face it, quite a few places outside of physics. Here’s a lovely example: somebody presented a paper at a conference called “The Semiotics of Time.” From the announcement on H-Net:

Some scientists believe that viral DNA dispatched from an alien cosmic civilization has been transferred into the DNA of earth’s organisms. In relation to this idea of ancient viral DNA, but not in support of its alien dispatch, a published paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting (October, 2009) of The Semiotic Society of America (SSA), an interdisciplinary professional organization grounded in the logic of American philosopher and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce, is now available online at no charge at www.isisthesis.com.

. . . the Peircean theme of crystallized mind, the Egyptian transformation of the dead King into a hybrid pyramidal form of millions, and the four-faced ancestral transformation of the early Chinese Yellow Emperor may point to the polyhedral form of an ancient lambdoid virus, suggesting the possibility of afterlife horizontal gene transfer and viral lytic replication (cloning) from here to eternity. The semiotic approach also explores the backward-in-time aspect of quantum observations, as well as the ascent/fall ontological structure of consciousness as framed by Swiss psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger in relation to Heidegger’s thought. Put simply, mind may act as a cosmic unifying force.

Visit the web site; it’s thoroughly crazy. And fun. At least occult weirdness is a break from monotheistic varieties of mind-rot.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05211466026535549638 Bradley Bowen

    makes my head hurt

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11389651479904502758 DM

    the writing on the wall…

    for the idiot called *

    f*ck you very much!

    Atheists!!!

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    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6e/Touched_by_His_Noodly_Appendage.jpg

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    see, you degenerates have last names like first names…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

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    how about I believe in WHATEVER I want – even in the FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER! – and you have nothing to say!
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    let me show you the end results of this particular *ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MODE*
    of thinking that is called *CRITICAL THINKING*, which is completely divorced from
    any human objectives…

    this style has been perfected by dawkins, pz, randi and the other *NEW ATHEISTS*
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    THE BOOBQUAKE – 911!

    see how we take a term and convert it into its AUTHENTIC POLITICAL DIMENSION – THAT
    OF LIBERATION – not just merely harmless expression…

    visit

    http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/philosophy-f1/the-boobquake-911-t1310.htm

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00575864305225735387 nazani

    I would rather live in a neighborhood populated by holistic dingbats who think the universe is conscious than among fundies who hate everything not approved by the Old Testaments (like democracy.)
    However, the potential for New Age beliefs to do real harm exists. Look at how much money is wasted on "detox" products. Bad science will ultimately bite us in the butt, no matter how much we love the Earth, 'cause the Earth doesn't love us back.


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