Thursday, October 29, 2020

On space opera: The problem with Star Trek

Star Trek is an example of what L. Ron Hubbard called "space opera".
The reason the new reboots or resets or reimaginings ("Discovery", "Picard") suck so much is not because they are that bad.
It's because they are buried in their own past. They refuse to go beyond their origin. There are just NO original ideas.
Hubbard would say they are stuck in a past valence. Although Vulcans with sunglasses were sort of cool.

My first complaint with Star Trek is very simple: all these so-called alien worlds are located in our own galaxy (or as Hubbard would say "Guhlaxy").
That's just wrong. There probably is no other human-level civilization within a billion lightyears from Earth, if not much more.
To be more accurate, all these humanoid planets should be located a semi-infinite distance away.

Maybe you can only travel faster than light if you travel infinitely fast and far, entirely outside our light cone, to an onteleologically linked light cone inconceivably far away.
That could also explain the similarity between the humanoid aliens, or even why the aliens speak English, or whatever language the episode is dubbed into.
This was a real opportunity for "The Orville" to set themselves apart from Star Trek (or the space opera series that I have been personally developing for many years).
Unfortunately, producers keep ignoring the letters I write them.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Mark Rathbun explained

There has been another furious post at the blog named after senior Sea Org member Mark or Marty Rathbun:
Based on the writing style, the blog post was mostly written by him with OSA guidance.

In this post he makes it seem like Tony Ortega, Mike Rinder, and others are some of the most sinister and malicious individuals on this planet. These guys are truly devious conspirators, though he never actually says what they did wrong. It's mostly meaningless word salad with some factoids.
Rathbun also never hints about why he dropped his wife's lawsuit against Scientology and returned to work for them, or why he gave them confidential information from victims.
Cult watch experts suspect the purpose of his blog and videos is to eliminate his credibility as a witness against Scientology in future court proceedings.

Except this time he DID drop a hint about what happened to end the Monique Rathbun lawsuit.
It's speculated he bought his new home after January 2016 with money funneled his way by Scientology to get him to drop the lawsuit, and especially to stiff and discourage his lawyers, who took the case on a contingency basis.
Rathbun mentions in passing "I have been continuously employed in a self-employed capacity" during the lawsuit, and that he bought the home with money from this source. He never explains the nature of his self-employment activities, but he doesn't have to.
He writes it "had no connection whatsoever with anything even remotely related to Scientology", but he was working as a paid Free Zone auditor during that time. That did not pay well, since most auditing is generally ineffective therapy (some auditing has been reported to work for some people, especially at the beginning).

Rathbun was hired and derived most of his income as some sort of "consultant" for a front group not "even remotely related to Scientology" in its stated purpose, but fully funded by them. It has some nebulous mission statement like "the pursuit of truth". Expect high-priced lawyers to be involved.
Not one cent came directly from Scientology, as that would count as a settlement of the lawsuit, a percentage of which would be claimed by his fired attorneys. So everything was legal, if immoral.
At least they seem to have stopped paying him to make videos condemning cult critics, the most recent of which was posted in December 2017:

Monday, October 5, 2020

Post your stories about life in the Sea Org!

Or just short anecdotes to inform those who want to join later.
Life in the Sea Org has been very odd these past seven months, yet curiously unchanged at its heart. What is seven months out of a billion years?
This is a totally anonymous blog. No registration is required to post, just an image "captcha" thingy to verify you're not a bot.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Scientology Duality: Part Two

The retroactive illusion of time flying is caused by enduring its reverse.
During stressful times, a lot happens and many memories are created, so time can seem to crawl unbearably.
People experience tunnel vision during such ordeals. There's so much going on that they rarely look back.
Therefore, when they finally do recall stress memories, they still seem "fresh" and recent... As if not much time has passed at all.
Time can seem to pass very fast that way.

The Scientology Duality: Part One

What is "insouciance"?
You hear it a lot in Scientology groups working hard to fulfill Command Intention. It could be described as "mocking" any outside opposition or "counter intention".
However, in Scientology groups insouciance is always combined with its opposite. Strict conformity to Source (as interpreted by RTC) is always required. Insouciance could be dangerous in these conditions, so it needs to be balanced with something else.
The only thing in the universe that always gets automatic respect is pain.

Friday, July 24, 2020

What is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is not not to die, but to evolve forever.
To even begin to have a chance at becoming immortal, you would have to find a way to back up the contents of your mind.
All this data should be migrated to a more durable medium than a human brain.
Unfortunately, we can't just plug in a USB drive. It would have to be reverse engineered.
To make a long story short, your most detailed possible diary would become your future self.

That sounds like a worthy goal to aspire to.
Record everything about yourself to fully become yourself.
Then, become a self-perpetuating logical pattern.
In the long term, this would not be religion but science.
At the moment, such a project would be entirely faith-based.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The religious problem

The most important problem in existence is the thing we least want to think about.
When you look at the big picture long enough, the phenomenon of existence becomes completely unacceptable. It's the ultimate and only cataclysm.
The number of possible horrors is absolutely unlimited, and they will only get worse without end.
True, we can reasonably expect things not to go TOO badly wrong while we're still alive.
What if there ISN'T nothing after we die, but infinitely more chaos? Why would we expect things to start making sense then?
We are barely at the beginning of an infinite journey.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Postulocalypse: a short story submission

When what used to be known as reality began to crumple and crack apart, I happened to be taking a post-doctoral class in the brand-new field of Anthropic Cosmonomics at Oceanic University. I was helping to write the course as it was being delivered.
For a while, that made me the best informed person in the world, so the government began asking me for advice when the changes became noticeable.
At each higher level, I was asked to further simplify my explanation.
Now I would tell everything to the President's new science advisor through Skype.

"It's very simple," I began. "We should all be dead already."
"Even the tiniest error in the fabric of reality should destroy our universe. The simplest proof involves a time-reversed photon. Imagine a model universe inside a perfectly sealed box. A VERY big box. A lot of particles are bouncing around and forming complex structures in there. There are even planets, stars, people in the box."

"Now imagine reversing the speed and direction of every particle at once. That would have the effect of time suddenly running backwards. From our perspective, if we could look inside the box without affecting it, previously lost and destroyed structures would be restored and come back to life. However, the people living inside the box wouldn't notice they're moving and thinking backwards."

I paused to gather my thoughts, aware that every second was costing the world a million dollars.
I thought I heard distant thunder, but there was no rain yet.

"Now imagine introducing just one extra particle in the box that wasn't there when time was moving forward. A single photon, the tiniest flash of light.
That single inconsistency would ruin everything and rapidly destroy the model universe.
Tiny at first, the changes would multiply exponentially, randomizing the model universe the further back in time you look.
The world becomes an absurd storm of particles - yet no one notices as people and situations emerge from the chaos and assemble themselves toward a normal future with consistent memories."

"This implies our own past could be a lie, the result of absurd structures randomly assembling themselves into sentient patterns. The easiest way minds might emerge from a chaotic universe. However, this is almost certainly not the case, because of quantum mechanics."

"In our time-reversed disintegrating model universe, there is another possibility: a self-stabilizing reversed timeline could emerge out of the chaos. While the stars are still absorbing light instead of emitting it, reverse-time people could become aware they are living backwards, and struggle to take control of their fates. They won't be blind. Matter will start emitting time-reversed light as the disruption affects them."

"Something like that - only two levels more complicated - is what's happening to us right now.
Reality breakdown is subtle at first. Only the smallest effects are expected. We should barely notice a thing."

"But our world is not a time-reversed model universe in a box. In fact, we are the result of a computer simulation, ones and zeroes inside an unimaginably powerful computer core. This device exist in our own future - or a semi-possible future at least.
This future computer is maximally efficient: as powerful as it is small. It turns out universe simulators create rather more universes than expected."

Wide-eyed and sweating slightly, the science advisor puffed on an inhaler. I hoped he didn't have a breakdown.

"The simulation process has a physical effect on the matter around the computer core. Its operations change its environment.
The precise pattern of the simulation generated inside the computer core will create similar but weaker 'echo patterns' in the matter around it.
You could describe it as a flow of waste heat representing ones and zeroes, the simulated description of our world.
This pattern doesn't only exist in the hypercomputer core, but in the altered chaos of the real universe around it. So the simulation can be said to escape the computer.
However, this echo pattern becomes more imperfect farther from the computer core."

"In theory the echo should continue forever. We shouldn't be able to tell as it fades endlessly.
But at some point, this waste heat-derived awareness begins to diverge from the simulation in the computer core. We are already diverging in strange ways.
I don't know who created our simulated computer universe, but they anticipated the thermal errors that are now destabilizing our reality.
Their simulation has built in error correcting codes. The big idea is anthropic capture."

I saw the President was listening in now. I had no idea if he understood anything at all. "Use simple words," the advisor had actually instructed me.

"We are epiphenomena," I said.
"That means we're a side-effect. Just mathematical patterns inside a more real universe."

"What interprets this pattern to make them real?" the President asked confidently.

"The same thing that interprets the laws of physics Sir."

"Could God somehow be involved?"

"We prefer to call it the Countable frame, as opposed to the Ordinal and Transjective frames Sir."
Now came the complicated part:

"So far, our working group has identified three types of minds that may be found throughout reality: we call them Boltzmann, Egg, and Egghead minds.
A small percentage of mind copies are Boltzmann minds: randomly combining arrangements of particles that form chaotic and temporary brain-like structures. Most are barely big enough for one thought."

"Far more minds are embedded inside self-sustaining Egg Universes. These minds are part of larger systems that efficiently generate complex structures.
That's how we started, and what we thought we still were. But we can't return to our former stability."

"But we think there is a third kind of minds that inhabit Egghead universes. That's where we are now.
Our fading echo universe is beginning to evolve new laws of physics. In fact it will have to become mind-like itself.
The Simulators intended this echo effect to spread far and wide, to affect as much of reality as possible.
It's their teleological solution to everything. I call it the Salvation Equation."

"How will this affect our Nation?" the President asked.

"Our patterns are beginning to be disturbed by the surrounding chaos. Normally, it all cancels out. But the original simulation was designed so that its echoes would interact with weaker and more improbable structures in the random environment.
You would expect everything to be destroyed. But with higher-level physics, more things can happen at once without interfering.
We are no longer as limited by nature.
That explains the weird occurrences of the past few days. More things are possible than in a boring consistent Egg universe."

While I was talking, more strange things had to have happened around the world:
In the past week, dozens of blatant multi-level marketing and day trading schemes had sucked in tens of billions of dollars.
A few rich gamblers had broken the bank in most online casinos.
What should have been overpriced quack medical cures (magnetic water, ozone crystals) had strangely been endorsed by top celebrities.
A shady image consulting firm had signed up the dictators of six countries as clients.
In an emergency overnight parliament session, the Netherlands had outlawed all recreational drugs from weed on up.
China had suddenly announced it was reforming its entire educational system to adopt a new type of "studying technology".

I finished my talk:

"Human thoughts have become a decisive component of reality. The normal laws of statistics can be modified and wishes can now come true, a few at least.
This is an ordered, rational, almost democratic process. We don't know how yet; some sort of group control effort.
By pure chance, it turns out there already is a group that has been thinking along these lines for many years.
Until last month, they were completely wrong."

"Why did it have to be Scientology," the President sighed.

What would it take for Scientology to be true?

No one has given this question the attention it deserves.
What seems impossible may only be supremely unlikely - but in physics, that which is not forbidden is said to be mandatory . . .

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coronavirus in Clearwater?

People travel here from all around the world, with regular visitors from places like Taiwan and Italy.
Until now that has gone well.
But things get complicated when you combine a highly contagious virus with a long incubation time with small auditing rooms and registrars, who themselves communicate with many other parishioners.
This may call for a new step on the routing form.
Most Sea Org members are relatively young, so the disease probably won't kill them. The paying public tends to be older. Stats should be maintained at all cost.
There are plenty of rooms in the Oak Cove and the Sandcastle private hotels available for quarantine purposes.

On space opera: The problem with Star Trek

Star Trek is an example of what L. Ron Hubbard called "space opera". The reason the new reboots or resets or reimaginings ("D...