Another website? Really?
Oh well, one more couldn't do any harm, could it?
Who or what is a “waves forest”?
Like it sounds, a cluster of vibrations, same as everything else. And “forest” is also the English equivalent of another name we sometimes use.
Why “we”? Are you a group?
“We” helps remind us we're a cluster, an entity consisting of consolidated fields of energy, also a being composed of two luminous spheres, loosely connected, for now. From the outside we appear as an ordinary, reasonably human-looking individual.
So you're a multiple personality?
Hey, I'm not a multiple personality, and neither am I. (Sorry, old joke.) No.
You write about humans in a rather detached, objective manner. Are you some sort of extra-terrestrial?
Only if “extra” is taken to mean “very”. We are extremely fond of this world, and have been attempting to help minimize humans' damage to it and to each other for a very long time.
Is that a yes or a no?
We grew this body in the usual fashion, started out with the usual amnesia concerning our nature and mission, sustained typical sorts of damage encountered by humans in this time period, and experienced a lot of the usual limitations, to ensure we'd identify as much as possible with the people whose evolution we're supposed to assist. We don't recall ever having been on any spacecraft, nor having been notified of any chance of “rescue” if our ecosystem tanks. Nothing motivates one to work toward preventing the destruction of a planet like being stranded on it.
From the dates on these articles, it looks like you wrote a bunch of stuff, then clammed up for years, then wrote a bunch more, went silent again, and so on. What's up with that? Were you locked up or something?
No, just working to pay off the debts from earlier spasms of research and dissemination efforts. See next question.
Whatever happened to the newsletter, 'Now What'?
There were only two issues completed and distributed: Fall 1987 and Spring 1989. Publishing turned out to involve a completely different skill set than figuring stuff out and writing it down. And we only created the newsletter because out of over a hundred magazines offered the oxidative therapy story, zero would touch it. Then after the first issue started spreading around, dozens of publications reprinted the oxygen report in various forms, though none were the publications we'd originally approached. Mainstream news sources were still afraid to cover it. So pretty soon we were getting thousands of requests for free information, from all over the world. We felt we had to at least send them all the basic article, since so many lives were at stake. However, we'd been funding this project through manual labor, and the free info requests overwhelmed our time and resources. Several hundred people tried to subscribe to Now What, but all they got was two issues, and hopefully a warm feeling from helping cover some of the costs of sending out countless thousands of Hyper-Oxygenation reports. Further writing had to wait while we paid off the debts from that episode, which took the rest of the century. On the upside, millions are now aware of oxidative therapies, though billions of others still haven't gotten the news.
Then is there a plan for compensating the Now What subscribers who never got any other issues?
We're hoping the information on this website will be sufficiently valuable to make up the difference, plus interest. Especially How To Shake Off The Awarenivores, which took a long time to compose. Readers are invited to assist with the task of spreading this news around among the sort of sites that would appeal to those who once read Now What. As always, the writing is uncopyrighted.
So shouldn't you include a “Donate” button somewhere, in case someone might like to help sponsor more articles?
Good point, many thanks to anyone that can.
Were there ever any other editions of 'Further Connections' besides 1980 and 1986?
Nope. Now What covered most of the main stories, except for SpaceAge Snowjob, which we never did finish updating. NW also took up more than all of our time. Other alternative information directories started appearing, and then the internet got rolling, which made it vastly easier to find exotic science info. Most of all, there was RexResearch.
Okay, there are plugs for www.rexresearch.com in a lot of your articles. Are you some sort of co-perpetrator of that site?
Not really. Bob Nelson started it and does all the work; we just bask in its reflected glory. We pooled our files of suppressed inventions and such, back in 1977, and ever since. There may have been some offhand remark like, “Someone should make a mail-order info service out of all this stuff.” Who knew he would take it seriously? Let alone turn it into a world-infamous online encyclopedia of suppressed, neglected and/or emergent technology, complete with hilarious dilettante-repellants all over the front of the site?
Why did your only known science fiction appear in an obscure SubGenius anthology? And do you still endorse the “Church of the SubGenius”?
First, they asked for it. Also we figured if we started getting hassled about the story, we could claim it was all just satire. We were sort of adopted by the SubGeniuses when Rev. Ivan Stang reprinted a lot of material from Further Connections in his book High Weirdness by Mail. Then when he invited us to contribute something for Three-Fisted Tales of “Bob”, we SubGenialized a story we were working on anyway. “Bob” and the Oxygen Wars was the result. We liked Simon and Schuster, the publisher, and especially liked not having to go out and find a publisher on our own, what with the earlier experience of totally not finding a publisher for Hyper-Oxygenation. Unfortunately, the overall anthology included material ranging from brilliant, through mildly entertaining, to extremely lame, so S & S didn't advertise it at all. Then when it eventually went up on the SubGenius website, the scanner they used jammed hundreds of errors into the story, which they never went back and corrected. Now finally there's an accurate version, available on this site.
As for the “Church” itself, it's all over the map, literally, and has always contained stars of widely varying magnitude. We haven't been in direct contact for a long time. The original core concepts, and the running satire on organized religion, UFO cults, pop culture and marketing, were a valuable public service, and funny as hell. Many of the Church's other aspects, pronouncements and activities we have no personal use for, but as long as no one's getting hurt, who cares?
So you don't think much of organized religion. But you often sound like a Buddhist, or sometimes a taoist, and in 'Now What' you made a passing reference to “our creator's whimsical sense of humor”. What do you actually believe?
First, Buddhism and taoism started as systems of thought, not religions. The term “creator” was just an easy way to refer to “whatever forces led to our existence”. Available evidence strongly suggests reality is ultimately composed of consciousness. And one can recognize the intelligence, kindness and humor underlying many natural systems and phenomena without having to believe in any sort of “god”, as popularly conceived. Belief, as well as disbelief, is a trap. It places filters on one's observations and interferes with clear unbiased perception, inclining one to disregard phenomena that conflict with whatever one “believes”. It works better to simply observe, neutrally, and allow multiple possible explanations to co-exist, for whatever one is observing. Eventually a single explanation may emerge as the most probable, but there's no need to rush the process. Note that “most probable” does not mean “most widely believed”. As far as religion goes, if someone really has to believe in a “god”, to make them be nice to each other, okay, whatever. But of all the nice people we know, the ones who are into religion would be just as nice without it, maybe even nicer. See also On Getting Along.
We're coming up on the 2012 Winter Solstice everyone's been all cranked up about; what do you think is going to happen?
Well, we sure don't expect the world to end just to validate someone's belief system. That notion has been heavily promoted to discourage people from bothering to roll up their sleeves and solve humanity's long-term survival problems. The “conspiracy” is running out of stalling tactics. More people than ever are working on deep-level system changes, developing the tools for a genuinely sustainable and nourishing civilization.
However, the energy in this region of space is highly responsive to our intentions and expectations. As our solar system passes through the galactic plane, the interstellar medium here is exceptionally rich in formative forces.
More than ever, we need to intend responsibly, and to visualize in vivid detail the future as we want it to be, not as some version we fear might happen. So disregard all the fear-mongering by the powers that were, who are still trying to hijack the collective human capacity for shaping reality through intent, and drag us back over to a catastrophic worldtrack where they retain dominance.
That said, the available physical evidence suggests that some earth changes appear unavoidable, and some are already under way. Despite all our warnings, deforestation has reduced oxygen levels and destabilized weather patterns. The giant trees, whose thermal mass once helped moderate temperature swings, are now mostly gone. Quite apart from that, our sun is visibly changing from yellow to blue-white, and higher energy levels have been observed on most of the other planets and moons in our system.
Nonetheless, the influence of our collective mindset on our future cannot be overstated. More than ever, our external conditions will be affected by our internal harmony, or lack thereof.
Some of the confusion over what to expect comes from the apparent disasters picked up and reported by people who peer into “the future” by various means. Such predictions are generally consistent with the viewers' mindsets and concerns, so the most extreme visions of destruction tend to come out of remote viewing projects with military origins, or are strongly influenced by those reports.
Moreover, there may indeed be massive destruction occurring, on adjacent worldtracks, and sensitive individuals can't help but pick up on it. Perhaps it's like this: if we're in a multi-screen movie theater watching something pleasant and peaceful, and there's a war movie showing in the next room, the racket is likely to intrude right through the thin walls. But that's not really the movie we're in.
There's more on this in How to Shake Off the Awarenivores.
So you agree with the “many worlds” interpretation?
Not exactly. It's fun as a plot device, “the road not taken” and all that, and it's even more popular now than it was back in 1988 when we came up with “Bob” and the Oxygen Wars. But in practice it would be inelegant and cumbersome to have entire separate realities sprouting from every possible choice. And what would determine the scale of choice required to create new forks?
That said, there clearly are other entire worlds accessible to us, not necessarily in this universe. Among the thousands of possible positions of the assemblage point leading to phantom realities, there are hundreds that lead to real worlds, with consistency and continuity that is independent of our presence there. Dreamers can tell the difference when they find their way there. Sometimes there's even a familiarity and entire memory context that kicks in upon arrival, thanks to prior visits.
It may be that the coming changes include some sort of global mitosis, where our world branches into two distinct realities, in response to the conflicting intent of the beings here. Perhaps something like that is how there came to be other real worlds in the first place. Or maybe not; it's just an idea.
It's worth noting that the current name of our familiar world, according to Don Juan and his people, is “the world of self-importance”.
What sort of things do you do when you aren't writing?
Plant trees, build stuff, hike around, swim, make some art, play with animals, listen to www.TakilmaFM.com, practice magical passes.