Category Archives: The Cephscope
Now friends, if you have been following along with this extraordinary, One time opportunity to access your very own transhuman cephscope in compelling acts of introception Once Upon a Time Called “Right Now!”, you might be wondering just what It is that can be glimpsed through said cephscope. After all, even early users of the telescope had a hard time convincing their brethren that by pointing the thing at the cosmos, anything, like the Galiean moons, could be glimpsed. So you can be forgiven, even encouraged, in your skepticism. Franklin Merrell Wolff, whose terminological technology of “introception” functions as the very software of the cephscope, offers the already mentioned and highly compressed answer: “Consciousness-without-an-object-is.”
Now this is a definition that is at once operating through negation and affirmation. If we behold the cephscope and introcept, FMW tells us, “we” behold no objects whatsoever. Now, to those of us moving freely about the world of matter, this may seem like nada at all. But this Nothing, FMW insists, is hardly lacking: objects are the very interruption of consciousness-without -an-object, like that pesky country station that keeps crowding out the songs you try to stream from your Ipod over your car radio. Here FMW is close to another relatively unknown American sage, Alfred Pulyan, who remarks that the ego, on the prowl for objects, is the “penny that blots out the sun.” Tiny, insignificant, not worth much, and in the fracking way. Like a penny, the ego can be eminently useful, but it is by no means all-that-is, and often blocks our view of reality.
But recall the affirmation that goes along with the negation of being “without-object”: For “Consciousness-without-an-object”, despite being without objects, and blocked by our ordinary consciousness-with-objects, most definitely IS. This Isness can be encountered only by focusing consciousness away from the world of objects. We might, for example, look beyond the planets, the stars, the galaxies, parasecs and light years of stuff, back to the Big Bang, if we find such a model useful. Beyond the cosmos of objects and its 13.7 million year drama, we just might glimpse consciousness-without-an-object. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word as of yet had no object.”
But in mobius’s limited experience, the cephscope works better when the mind focuses back onto the mind rather than the world of objects. Indeed the cephscope can be part of a way of realizing there is an “inner” landscape as well as an “outer” one in this here mobiused world. And what one beholds is not this or that, but That, the condition of the appearance of any objects whatsoever. It is appropriate that FMW refers to this historically “divine” thought with the Greek term noos. FMW tells us that if we introcept, we get our noesis on:
“Now for terms, the word which best fits this type of knowledge is a term derived from Greek sources; it is the word „noetic‟. We‟ll proceed now to a consideration of the meaning of this term. The word noetic is derived from the substantive form noos—a highly important and perhaps the most important philosophic term in Greek usage. It is to be found employed by the pre-Socratic Greek thinkers as well as by Plato and Aristotle themselves, and by the post-Platonic thinkers such as Plotinus.” (FMW, An Abstract of the Philosophy Part 13 of 14)
Why believe FMW? You’re just going to have to take a look through the cephscope yourself, because if “consciousness-without-an-object-is”, it IS a consciousness-without-words, beheld in the eloquence of silence. Very quietly now, in stillness and surrrender, just say yes to the noösphere!
I’ve got an initial theoretical view as to who might have systematically damaged your cephscope and may do it again. Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
Friends, right Now you have the Unique Opportunity to reconnect to your very own high quality endlessly tuned transhuman technology, the Cephscope. That’s right, readers of this very blog are privileged field testers of an ancient technology perfected over billions of years and available right Now in the comfort of your own habitat. Not Sold in Stores, this device has been in development since the very beginning of time, if ever there was such an event, and has been subjected to the most rigorous of laboratory and field testing imaginable or unimaginable. Every mind that has ever minded has contributed to this One: From the quorum sensing of bacteria to the texting of tweens, evolution has honed this biosemiotic device to tolerances never before glimpsed. Yes, friends, a self aware feedback device of cosmic magnitudes awaits its deployment by You, Now.
Now, you may say. point me to it, drop some instructions on me, share a recipe, upload some code for this exceptionally promising cephscope. Yes friends, in a previous post I already relayed the vital information, but here and Now, again, I shall repeat it for the benefit of this very blog and its future readers of all sentient beings: “Consciousness-Without-An-Object-Is.” You see, the cephscope slumbers within your very own noggin, ready for introceptual action. “Introception” is the neologism coined by Franklin Merrell Wolff to name our capacity to point our consciousness at our consciousness. Here we neither engage in acts of perception – such as the smelling of a rose – nor do we practice conceptual thought – such as adding that rose to another rose, yielding two abstract roses. No, “Introception” refers to our capacity to become aware of the very nature of our awareness, and to do so we must quiet down and get still, surrendering our desire to patrol the external world for signs of excitement, danger, or our imminent celebrity. Instead, we must mind our minds, and then do it again, until doing it is no doing at all, and we behold that, indeed, “Consciousness-without-an-object-Is”. Behold the cephscope!