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"Symbolic thinking is not the exclusive privilege of the child, of the poet or of the
unbalanced mind; it is consubstantial with human existence, it comes before lan-
guage and discursive reason. The symbol reveals certain aspects of reality — the
deepest aspects — which defy any other means of knowledge. Images, symbols, and
myths are not irresponsible creations of the psyche; they respond to a need and
fulfill a function, that of bringing to light the most hidden modalities of being.
Consequently, the study of them enables us to reach a better understanding of man. "
Mircea Eliade, in Myths and Symbols (1952)
In the beginning...
"In the first part (Genesis 1:1-2:3) Elohim, the Hebrew generic word for God, creates the heaven and the earth in six days, starting with darkness and light on the first day, and ending with the creation of mankind on the sixth day. God then rests on, blesses and sanctifies the seventh day. In the second part (Genesis 2:4-2:24) God, now referred to by the personal name Yahweh, creates the first man from dust and breathes life into him. God then places him in the Garden of Eden and creates the first woman from his side as a companion."
late 14c., in the phrase artificial day "part of the day from sunrise to sunset," from Old French artificial, from Latin artificialis "of or belonging to art," from artificium (see artifice). Meaning "made by man" (opposite of natural) is from early 15c. Applied to things that are not natural, whether real (artificial light) or not (artificial flowers). Artificial insemination dates from 1897. Artificial intelligence "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines" was coined in 1956.
late 14c., "faculty of understanding," from Old French intelligence (12c.), from Latin intelligentia, intellegentia "understanding, power of discerning; art, skill, taste," from intelligentem (nominative intelligens) "discerning," present participle of intelligere "to understand, comprehend," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + legere "choose, pick out, read" (see lecture (n.)).
The concept of artificial intelligence does not originate with scientific thinking. It is actually a mythical concept. Pygmalion of Anceient Greek mythology is but an example, as is the Frankenstein monster and Pinocchio. Number Five from the Short Circuit film series, the genie like dream woman conjured up by the "computer nerds" in the film Weird Science, are other, more recent, Hollywood film examples.
The creation of an artificial woman meant to serve the purposes of the elite, from the film Metropolis.
The theme of man playing God. Man creates woman in the film, "The Bride of Frankenstein".
The Human Torch character is an early example of an artificial intelligent being from popular pulp fiction.
Avengers: Age of Ultron introduces film audiences to the comic book character, "The Vision" pictured above.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
"In the Eastern European country of Sokovia, the Avengers – Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bruce Banner (Hulk), Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton – raid a Hydra outpost led by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who has been experimenting on humans using the scepter previously wielded by Loki. They encounter two of Strucker's experiments – twins Pietro, who has superhuman speed, and Wanda Maximoff, who can manipulate minds and project energy – and apprehend Strucker, while Stark retrieves Loki's scepter.
Stark and Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the scepter's gem, and secretly use it to complete Stark's "Ultron" global defense program. The unexpectedly sentient Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, eliminates Stark's A.I., J.A.R.V.I.S., and attacks the Avengers at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Strucker's Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. Having killed Strucker, he recruits the Maximoffs, who hold Stark responsible for their parents' deaths by his weapons. Together, they go to the base of arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in an African shipyard to obtain Wakandan vibranium. The Avengers pursue them, but Wanda subdues the Avengers with haunting visions, causing the Hulk to rampage until Stark stops him with his anti-Hulk armor.2
A worldwide backlash over the resulting destruction, and the fears Wanda's hallucinations incited, send the team into hiding at Barton's safehouse. Thor departs to consult with Dr. Erik Selvig on the meaning of the apocalyptic future he saw in his hallucination, while Romanoff and Banner plan to flee together after realizing a mutual attraction. However, Nick Fury arrives and encourages the team to form a plan to stop Ultron. In Seoul, Ultron forces the team's friend Dr. Helen Cho to use her synthetic-tissue technology, together with vibranium and the scepter's gem, to perfect a new body for him. As Ultron uploads himself into the body, Wanda is able to read his mind; discovering his plan for human extinction, the Maximoffs turn on Ultron. Rogers, Romanoff, and Barton find Ultron and retrieve the synthetic body, but Ultron captures Romanoff.
The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark secretly uploads J.A.R.V.I.S. – who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the Internet – into the synthetic body. Thor returns to help activate the body, explaining that the gem on its brow – one of the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in existence – was part of his vision. This "Vision" and the Maximoffs accompany the Avengers to Sokovia, where Ultron has used the remaining vibranium to build a machine to lift a large part of the capital city skyward, intending to crash it into the ground to cause global extinction. Banner rescues Romanoff, who awakens the Hulk for the battle. The Avengers fight Ultron's army while Fury arrives in a Helicarrier with Maria Hill, James Rhodes and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to evacuate civilians. Pietro dies when he shields Barton from gunfire, and a vengeful Wanda abandons her post to destroy Ultron's primary body, which allows one of his drones to activate the machine. The city plummets, but Stark and Thor overload the machine and shatter the landmass. In the aftermath, the Hulk, unwilling to endanger Romanoff by being with her, departs in a Quinjet, while the Vision confronts Ultron's last remaining body."
Josh Whedon directed the first two Avenger films for Marvel Studios. Whedon also created and was the show runner on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Whedon also made use of the concept of artificial intelligence in the episode entitled "I Robot, You Jane". The basic idea is the same, a disembodied electronic spirit possesses the internet and seeks to create a permeant body for itself.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: I Robot, You Jane
"In Cortona, Italy, in 1418. Carlo, a young Italian man, looks at a horned demon: Moloch "the Corruptor", his master. Moloch coaxingly promises Carlo everything if he gives Moloch his love, and as Carlo promises his love, Moloch kills him by breaking his neck. In a monastery, a circle of priests trap Moloch in a book using a magic ritual. The book is sealed in a box, with the head priest expressing his hope that the book will not be read, lest the demon Moloch be released upon the world.
In the present, Buffy finds the book in its box, and Giles tells her to add it to a heap that Willow has been scanning into a computer. Ms. Calendar and Giles trade jibes about the need for modern technology.
Buffy questions Willow about her missing a few classes. Willow confides she has an online relationship with a boy named Malcolm. As Buffy tries to warn Willow about the dangers of rushing into a relationship with someone she has not seen, Fritz (a computer geek) is instructed by Moloch, via the computer he is working on, to keep watch on Buffy. Ms. Calendar questions Fritz about the unusual amount of time he and Dave are spending on the computer, and receives an ambiguous answer. Later, when Xander asks Willow if she will accompany him to the Bronze, she passes, wanting to talk to Malcolm. Buffy accuses Xander of jealousy, and Xander denies vehemently, claiming he is just worried about Willow, because they have no idea if Malcolm is who he says he is. The scene cuts to Fritz mumbling "I'm jacked in" as he carves the letter "M" into his arm using a scalpel. As Willow is late on the next day, Buffy finds that she blew off classes to talk to "Malcolm". When Buffy asks Dave for help in finding out Malcolm's real identity, his angry response causes her to think that he is Malcolm. When Buffy asks Giles for help, he confesses he cannot help her much as he finds technology to be intimidating."
http://www.behindthename.com/name/sarah"When Buffy goes back to Giles and Xander, Xander unexpectedly knows that CRD is "Calax Research and Development", a hi-tech company which shut down. When Xander assures Buffy that it is suspicious, since he would know if CRD re-opened, they decide to break in. When Ms. Calendar interrupts them, Xander and Buffy leave. Willow becomes suspicious of Malcolm after she learns that he knows Buffy was kicked out of her old school, and logs off the conversation. Back at the library, Giles's and Ms. Calendar's verbal sparring leads them to discover that Moloch's book is empty.
Outside of school, Dave tells Buffy that Willow wants to talk to her in the girls' locker room, as a plot to electrocute Buffy. In the library, Giles tells Buffy and Xander that demons can be imprisoned in books; if the books are read aloud, the demons are set free. Giles also explains that Moloch is an extremely powerful and seductive demon who "preys on impressionable minds", winning his victims over with false promises of love, glory and power.
Buffy and Giles realise that there is no limit to the destruction that a demon could do through the Internet. After they find Dave's body, Xander and Buffy go to Willow's house, and Buffy tells Giles to ask Ms. Calendar for help, hoping that between his knowledge of demons and her knowledge of computers, they can reimprison Moloch. Willow is kidnapped by Fritz. Giles seeks help from Ms. Calendar, and is surprised that she is already aware of the demon in the Internet. Moloch crashes through a wall and attacks Buffy, Willow and Xander. After a brief battle, Buffy tricks Moloch into punching an electrical power line, causing his robotic body to explode and, presumably, destroying him for good."
Buffy Summers is the Vampire Slayer. Her last name is an obvious solar reference. Vampires are known for avoiding the Sun, as the Sun often destroys these creatures. She lives and attends school in the fictional town of Sunnydale, California, home of the infamous “Hellmouth”.
Buffy is derived from Elizabeth, meaning: “my God is my oath”.
The actress’ name, Sarah Michelle Gellar has this meaning:
Michelle: “gift of God” a form of Micha-EL. or Michael.
Gellar: “Yellow man or redheaded man,
(Yiddish word “gel” or “geler”)”.
Like a female version of the Sun or Son of God, a Supergirl or rather, Superwoman.
An updated Hollywood version of Pinocchio, the film, "A.i."
H.A.L above, and the power of the monolith to civilize the beastial man, below. Both are examples of artificial intelligence as a beast man is devoid of language and the resulting wiring of the brain. The monolith itself would seem to be of artificial origin. It is an "artifact" in every sense of the meaning of the word.
A civilized human mind and consciousness is different from the uncivilized or uncultured human being. The monolith might represent the film screen. This would seem to stand to reason. More broadly we can take it to mean any kind of human artifice. A book, a theatrical release, a television program, and even a web page, are the tools used to propagate our collective "artificial intelligence". These are the very means by which such consciousness is propagated among our kind in the first place.
Whether on theater screen or comic book panel, as below, or whatever other means possible, the monolith, represents the power of education and culture. Our ability to imagine and to be able to communicate the results of those imaginings in a meaningful, and ultimately at times, productive way, is what truly separates us from all other living creatures. Every human being is a creator in this creation.
In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the monolith is discovered on the lunar surface. Civilized and cultured men go to investigate. They end up having a similar experience to their apelike ancestors. It would seem they are on the threshold of a new world view as their bestial ancestors were when they too faced this monolithic enigma. The monolith obviously refers the viewer to the concept of a higher power or God. It is a complete mystery as to how and why this object exists. What we can infer is that it has something to do with the intellectual advancement of the human race from animal to civilized human capable of transcending the boundaries of the Earth herself.
Animal consciousness becomes human consciousness which will become something more as technology and the human consciousness that is literally plugged into that technology, advances.
The word "monolith" derives from French or Latin and means "single stone". Mono like the word solo, would seem to derive from, or have a related origin to, the words for the Sun (sol) and the Moon (mon).
Monolith means One Stone
The cultured or civilized human mind is the true "Artificial Intelligence".
Tarzan, the "ape man", and the feral man-apes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, represent the uncultured man. Or "Man in his natural state." The obelisk or monolith, represents the cultivating effects art has on the consciousness of the creature known as "man". Art and culture is what makes us more than just animals. It is our capacity to imagine and to communicate our ideas to each other that truly separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Art includes writing and all other means of communications. The very design of the letter forms of the alphabet itself required an artist. The artist might just be the true "oldest profession".
The Monolith as Learning Machine explained, video below:
Worship the Monolith
To boldly go where no one has gone before...
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
"In 2273, a Starfleet monitoring station, Epsilon Nine, detects an alien force, hidden in a massive cloud of energy, moving through space towards Earth. The cloud destroys three of the Klingon Empire's new K't'inga-class warships and the monitoring station en route. On Earth, the starship Enterprise is undergoing a major refit; her former commanding officer, James T. Kirk, has been promoted to Admiral and works in San Francisco as Chief of Starfleet Operations. Starfleet dispatches Enterprise to investigate the cloud entity as the ship is the only one in intercept range, requiring her new systems to be tested in transit.
Kirk takes command of the ship (with a temporary demotion to captain) citing his experience, angering Captain Willard Decker, who had been overseeing the refit as its new commanding officer. Testing of Enterprise ' new systems goes poorly; two officers, including the science officer, are killed by a malfunctioning transporter, and improperly calibrated engines almost destroy the ship. The tension between Captain Kirk and his first officer, Commander Decker, increases when the captain demonstrates his unfamiliarity with the new systems of the Enterprise. Commander Spock arrives as a replacement science officer, explaining that while on his home world undergoing a ritual to purge all emotion, he felt a consciousness that he believes emanates from the cloud.
Enterprise intercepts the energy cloud and is attacked by an alien vessel within. A probe appears on the bridge, attacks Spock and abducts the navigator, Ilia. She is replaced by a robotic doppelgänger, a probe sent by "V'Ger" to study the crew. Decker is distraught over the loss of Ilia, with whom he had a romantic history. He becomes troubled as he attempts to extract information from the doppelgänger, which has Ilia's memories and feelings buried within. Spock takes a spacewalk to the alien vessel's surface and attempts a telepathic mind meld with it. In doing so, he learns that the vessel is V'Ger itself, a living machine.
At the center of the massive ship, V'Ger is revealed to be Voyager 6, a 20th-century Earth space probe believed lost. The damaged probe was found by an alien race of living machines that interpreted its programming as instructions to learn all that can be learned, and return that information to its creator. The machines upgraded the probe to fulfill its mission, and on its journey the probe gathered so much knowledge that it achieved consciousness. Spock realizes that V'Ger lacks the ability to give itself a focus other than its original mission; having learned what it could on its journey home, it finds its existence empty and without purpose. Before transmitting all its information, V'Ger insists that the Creator come in person to finish the sequence. Realizing that the machine wants to merge with its creator, Decker offers himself to V'Ger; he merges with the Ilia probe and V'Ger, creating a new form of life that disappears into another dimension. With Earth saved, Kirk directs Enterprise out to space for future missions."
The film is reminiscent of the highly influential work of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke.
"Arthur C. Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934, while still a teenager, he joined the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, he proposed a satellite communication system, an idea which won him the Franklin Institute's Stuart Ballantine Medal, in 1963, and other honors."
The director, Robert Wise, "was an American film director, producer and editor. He won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for both West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). He was also nominated for Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941) and directed and produced The Sand Pebbles (1966), which was nominated for Best Picture."
Roddenberry produced this film, his only contribution to the film franchise as the rest of the films would be produced by others. Roddenberry would take a back seat and an executive consultant credit, and go on to develop the Star Trek: Next Generation Televsion Series.
The V'ger probe, derived from the character Ilia. This artificial being, has "her" throat marked with a red light. This is the 5th chakra from the kundalini system. The previous chakra is the 4th or heart chakra which is represents compassion or empathy. The character of Ilia, is an empath as she is a being from the planet Delta IV, where such psychic ability is common place. It makes sense that she would then "graduate" to the next level of the kundalini when this character is "ressurected" as a probe and mouthpiece for V'ger.
Ilia shares three particular traits with the Christian savior, Jesus Christ, compassion, celibacy and the ability to heal.
"Years before her assignment, she had been romantically involved with Willard Decker on her home planet Delta IV. She would meet him again on the Enterprise. She did, however, swear an oath of celibacy upon initiation of her service, a requirement for Deltans entering Starfleet.
"Deltans were telepathic and empathic allowing them to sense other peoples emotions and administer medical aid by absorbing and minimising pain, this "Mind-meld anesthesia" meant Deltans made excellent medical personnel.
Deltans were perhaps best known for their high sexuality, both sexes emitted some of the most potent pheromones know to Federation science. As a result Deltans were something of natural aphrodisiacs, most intensely among their own race, but with a strong effect on most other humanoid species. Because of this Deltans swore an "oath of celibacy" when serving in Starfleet,.."
"The English word is derived from the Ancient Greek word ἐμπάθεια (empatheia), "physical affection, passion, partiality" which comes from ἐν (en), "in, at" and πάθος (pathos), "passion" or "suffering". The term was adapted by Hermann Lotze and Robert Vischer to create the German word Einfühlung ("feeling into"), which was translated by Edward B. Titchener into the English term empathy.
The fifth or throat chakra is named Vishuddha. This represents the energies of the lower chakras turning inwards instead of being directed at the outside world. The former animal impulses of world domination are turned inwards and are used to bring about a personal transformation, instead.
"Vishuddha is positioned at the throat region, near the spine, with its Kshetram or superficial activation point in the pit of the throat. Due to its position, it is known as the throat Chakra."
"Vishuddha chakra is known as the purification center, where the nectar amrita drips down from the Bindu chakra and is split into a pure form and a poison. In its most abstract form, it is associated with higher discrimination and is associated with creativity and self-expression. It is believed that when Vishuddha is closed, we undergo decay and death. When it is open, negative experiences are transformed into wisdom and learning. The success and failure in one's life depend upon the state of this chakra (whether it is polluted or clean). The feeling of being guilty is the most prominent reason for this chakra to block the Kundalini energy moving upwards.It is associated with the element Akasha, or Ether, and the sense of hearing, as well as the action of speaking."
"This chakra is located in the neck and the throat. Due to its association with hearing, it is related to the ears, and due to its association with speaking, it is associated with the mouth"
The 5th chakra, Vishuddha, is associated with hearing and speaking. The Ilia probe is the eyes and ears and voice of V'ger among the "mortals".
The Vision from Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Note the soul stone, one of the Infinity Gems, is located at the sixth chakra position. The "third eye" position. "The vision" of God chakra.
The sixth or "third eye" chakra is named Ajna. This represents the vision or beholding of God.
"The Ajna chakra is positioned in the pituitary gland, directly behind the center of the forehead. Its ksehtram, or superficial activation site, is between the eyebrows at the position of the "third eye." The location makes it a sacred spot where Hindus apply vermilion to show respect"
"Ajna translates as "command", and is considered the eye of intuition and intellect. When something is seen in the mind's eye, or in a dream, it is being seen by Ajna. It is a bridge that links gurus with disciples, allowing mind communication to occur between two people. The sense organ and action organ associated with Ajna is the mind.
George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" below.
As Hindus believe that spiritual energy from the environment enters their body through this gateway, they take great care to protect it with spiritually positive protecting forces. The various religious marks on the foreheads of men and women belonging to the Hindu faith (like holy ash, namam, vermilion etc.) are the blessed spiritual prasadam of their respective forms of the Hindu gods.
Meditation upon Ajna supposedly grants siddhis, or occult powers, to quickly enter another body at will and to become omniscient. He realizes unity with Brahman; and he has the ability to create, preserve, and destroy the three worlds."
The number "7".
Seven the number of seals in the Revelation of John. The number of the musical notes in the octave. The number of colors in some depictions of the rainbow. The number of tradtional planets or the number of chakras and the days of the week. This number, associated with the rainbow symbol, can also be thought to actually represent art or music.
The KUNDALINI above. "Kundalini (Sanskrit kuṇḍalinī, कुण्डलिनी, pronunciation (help·info), "coiled one"), in yogic theory, is a primal energy, or shakti, located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of "awakening" kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment. Kundalini is described as lying "coiled" at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force,  or "mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation""
The seventh or highest chakra is named Sahasrara. This represents unity with God.
"The Sahasrara Chakra symbolises detachment from illusion; an essential element in obtaining higher consciousness of the truth that one is all and all is one.
Often referred to as a thousand-petaled lotus, it is said to be the most subtle chakra in the system, relating to pure consciousness, and it is from this chakra that all the other chakras emanate. When a yogi is able to raise his/her kundalini, energy of consciousness, up to this point, the state of Nirvikalpa Samādhi is experienced.
This stage is said to bring about rebirth or the siddhis - occult powers of transforming into the divine, and being able to do whatever one wishes."
"The Matrix is first introduced in the 1976 serial The Deadly Assassin, twenty-three years before the release of the film The Matrix, six years before William Gibson's 1982 "Burning Chrome", eight years before Gibson's novel Neuromancer and years before the advent of virtual reality in the 1980s. It is one of the locations for a battle between the Doctor and Chancellor Goth, the titular assassin. Most of Part Three of the serial is spent inside the virtual reality of the Matrix where the Doctor battles an agent of the Master. The serial also explains that if a person dies while linked to the Matrix, he dies in the real world as well.
Access to the Matrix is obtained through an apparatus connected to or enclosing the head of the user or, physically, via Doors into which the user walks. The Matrix functions as a simulated reality, the physical laws of which an advanced user may bend or break.
Full access to the Matrix is given only to the President of the High Council of Time Lords through the use of the Crown of Rassilon, but limited access to its contents are guaranteed to other Time Lords. The Keeper of the Matrix holds the Key of Rassilon that grants access to the Seventh Door, which was thought legendary until the Doctor used the Key to access it in The Ultimate Foe."
Are You One with The Body?
Spock enters V'ger. He sees an image of Ilia. He attempts to mind meld with the glowing (fifth chakra) probe.
Of course V'ger is really the NASA probe, Voyager. A form of a communications satellite, so important and relevant to our modern wired world. This would seem a reference to communications and the importance of the world wide network.
Howard Hughes' aerospace company engineered the early communication satellites.
V'ger attains its goal of "at-one-ment" or atonement with its creator. Here that creator is represented by the character, Commander Decker.
Decker acts as a surrogate for V'ger's creator. Here we see the attainment of the final chakra of the kundalini system. What we also see here is a sort of alchemical marriage between the flesh and the mechanical. Between what is natural or God made and what is artificial or man made.
V'ger incarnated as the probe Ilia and with her memories and emotional attachment to Decker, merge as one with him. Thus the artificial intelligence that is V'ger achieves the final stage of the kundalini system.
"The Sahasrara Chakra symbolises detachment from illusion; an essential element in obtaining higher consciousness of the truth that one is all and all is one."
Together, as one, creator and creation, this new merged (artificial and natural or machine and man) being goes off to explore other Universes and the ultimate questions of existence.
Producer Gene Roddenberry, director Robert Wise and some of the cast on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Return of The Archons Star Trek the TV Series 1967
"On stardate 3156.2, the Federation starship USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), arrives at the planet Beta III in the C-111 system where the USS Archon was reported lost nearly 100 years earlier. Lt. Sulu (George Takei) is the only member of the landing party who beams up from the planet's surface, and exhibits strange behavior. Kirk beams down with another party to investigate. They find the inhabitants living in a static, 19th-century Earth-style culture, with little or no individual expression or creativity. The entire culture is ruled over by cloaked and cowled "Lawgivers", controlled by a reclusive dictator known as Landru (Charles Macaulay). The landing party has arrived at the start of "Festival", a period of violence, destruction, and sexual aggressiveness which apparently is the only time Landru does not exercise control over the Betan populace."
"Kirk's landing party seeks shelter from the mob at a boarding house owned by Reger (Harry Townes), A friend of Reger's suspects that the visitors are "not of the Body" (the whole of Betan society), and summons Lawgivers. The Lawgivers kill Reger's friend, Tamar (Jon Lormer), for resisting the "will of Landru". When the landing party refuses to do as the Lawgivers say, the Lawgivers become immobile and Reger leads the Enterprise landing team to a hiding place. Reger reveals that Landru "pulled the Archons down from the skies". Contacting the ship, Kirk learns that heat beams from the planet are attacking the Enterprise, which must use all its power for its shields. Its orbit is deteriorating and it will crash in 12 hours unless the beams are turned off."
Landru is an example of an artificial intelligent program. This one designed to control the culture of this particular world. This kind of machine domination of humanity is at odds with the temperament and philosophy of the character Captain Kirk. He will go to any extremes to free the mass public from such illusion and manipulation, as many of these original episodes show.
"A projection of Landru appears in the hiding place, and Kirk and his team are rendered unconscious by ultrasonic waves and captured. The landing party is imprisoned in a dungeon, and Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is "absorbed into the Body" and placed under Landru's mental control. Kirk is taken to a chamber full of high technology, where he is to be "absorbed". But Marplon (Torin Thatcher), one of the priests of Landru who is immune to Landru's control, rescues him and Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Returning to the dungeon, Reger and Marplon tell how Landru saved their society from war and anarchy 6,000 years ago and reduced the planet's technology to a simpler level."
"McCoy summons the Lawgivers to "absorb" Kirk and Spock, who subdue them and don their robes. Marplon takes Kirk and Spock to the Hall of Audiences, where priests commune with Landru. A projection of Landru appears and threatens Kirk, Spock, and all Betans who saw the landing party with death. Kirk and Spock use their phasers to blast through the wall and expose the truth: the reclusive Landru is actually a computer and Landru who built the machine had died 6,000 years ago. The computer neutralizes their phasers. Kirk argues with the machine, telling it that it has destroyed the creativity of the people—killing "the Body". Concluding that the computer's prime directive is to destroy evil, Kirk forces the computer to self-destruct, freeing the people of Beta III.
The heat beams stop, and the Enterprise is saved. Kirk agrees to leave Federation advisors and educators on the planet to help the civilization advance, free of Landru's dominance."
Archon is derived from the ancient greek word for ruler. We get words like monarch and monarchy from archon.
"The name of the Earth ship which crashed a century earlier was named Archon after a student group Roddenberry belonged to ("the Archons")."
Bread and Circuses (Star Trek: The Original Series) 1968
Breads & Circuses. Rome never fell. Classic Star Trek explores this strange new world. (clip below) Clearly a reference to our world with its obsession with television (or rather, video) that has only grown since this episode first aired.
"The Federation starship USS Enterprise is on routine patrol when it finds wreckage of the SS Beagle. The Beaglewas under the command of Captain R. M. Merik (William Smithers), whom Captain Kirk (William Shatner) knew during his academy days. First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) traces the path of debris back to a planet in a previously unexplored system.
The Enterprise picks up a 20th century-style television broadcast, with black and white video footage of what appears to be a Roman gladiatorial fight in an arena. The "barbarian" gladiator they see killed is named William B. Harrison, identified by ship's records as one of the Beagle ' flight crew.
Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down to the planet to investigate. They are captured and brought before Septimus (Ian Wolfe), who refers to the planet as Magna Roma and asks them if they are "children of the Sun". Technologically, Magna Roma is a 20th century version of Earth, but with a culture that appears to be based on Earth's Roman Empire around the 1st century A.D. Septimus explains he was a Senator until he heard the "words of the Sun" and was made a slave. Although another slave, Flavius (Rhodes Reason), suggests killing the landing party, Septimus decides the landing party poses no threat."
"Kirk tells the slaves that he wants to meet Merikus, the First Citizen of the Empire, suspecting he is Captain Merik of the Beagle. Flavius offers to help and leads Kirk to the capital city. The landing team puts on slaves' uniforms and tries to sneak into the city.
They are captured and placed into slave pens. After a failed escape attempt, they are brought before Merikus and the Proconsul Claudius Marcus (Logan Ramsey), who invites the landing team to sit and talk in private. Merikus acknowledges that he is Captain Merik. When he beamed down he met Claudius Marcus, who demanded the planet's culture not be divulged to the Federation, for fear of cultural "contamination". Merik decided to stay, putting his crewmen into the gladiatorial pits, where most of them would be killed. Merik informs Kirk that the Enterprisecrew must also abandon their ship and integrate into Magna Roma's culture.
Kirk refuses Merik's demands and instead tells Chief Engineer Scott (James Doohan) that the landing party is in trouble, via a code term, though no rescue attempt is needed.
Angered, Marcus sends Spock and McCoy into the televised arena. They face off against Flavius and Achilles. Spock quickly overpowers his opponent and, when McCoy is in trouble, Spock uses the Vulcan nerve pinch on his opponent, ending the fight. A hail of boos and hisses from a pre-recorded "crowd" greets this turn of events. Spock and McCoy are taken back to the slave pens while Kirk is taken to face a televised execution."
"Meanwhile, Mr. Scott works on a way to disrupt power and communications on the planet while obeying the Prime Directive and not interfering with a planet's society. Blacking out the capital city just before his captain's execution, Kirk frees Spock and McCoy but is soon captured again. Merik signals the Enterprise to have Kirk and party beamed back to the Enterprise. Before he can complete the message, Marcus fatally stabs him for his treachery. Scott understands enough of the message and the landing party dematerializes just as they face a hail of machine gun fire.
Back on the ship, Spock again expresses to Kirk and McCoy his failure to comprehend why Sun-worshipping Romans adhere to a concept of peace. He opines that most sun worship is a primitive religion of superstition, with no philosophy of peace behind it. Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) has the answer, based on her ongoing cultural analysis: it's not the sun up in the sky. It's the Son of God."
Actaully the son is the Sun, it is both. See this video about astro-theology, below.
A long astro-theology lecture that covers the Sun as symbol of divine power but not the divinity itself. Manly P. Hall's astro-theology lecture below. (Sun and crowns discussed around 30:00) Compare to chakra 7, Christ, Samson, Superman, Thor, Hercules etc.
Minted coin above with solar deity. A coin represents commerce as well as art itself. It is a primary example of an artifact. The creation of the awakened consciousness. To put it into more modern vernacular, an artifact is the resulting work of a properly networked brain.
Below, the power of the Sun, long understood by humankind.
Samson, meaning "man of the Sun, or Sun Man", is known for slaying a lion. Samson, like Superman had a weakness for women, and another weakness that would deprive him of his power.
Star Trek is notable for more than a few things. One of them is the fact that NBC commissioned two pilots. The first starred the actor Jeffery Hunter. Hunter had previously played Jesus in the film King of Kings. In the original pilot for Star Trek,"The Cage", Hunter's character Captain Pike, is taken hostage and kept as a prisoner of powerful telepathic aliens who treat him as little more than an animal in a zoo. The theme of this early script is mind control and illusion vs reality.
"The USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, receives a radio distress call from the fourth planet in the Talos star group. A landing party is assembled and beamed down to investigate. Tracking the distress signal to its source, the landing party discovers a camp of survivors from a scientific expedition that has been missing for eighteen years. Amongst the survivors is a beautiful young woman named Vina.
Captivated by her beauty, Pike is caught off guard and is captured by the Talosians, a race of humanoids with bulbous heads who live beneath the planet's surface. It is revealed that the distress call, and the crash survivors, except for Vina, are just illusions created by the Talosians to lure the Enterprise to the planet. While imprisoned, Pike uncovers the Talosians' plans to repopulate their ravaged planet using himself and Vina as breeding stock for a race of slaves.
The Talosians try to use their power of illusion to interest Pike in Vina, and present her in various guises and settings, first as a Rigellian princess, a loving compassionate farm girl, then a seductive, green-skinned Orion. Pike resists all forms, so the Talosians lure Pike's first officer and yeoman—both women—down from the Enterprise to offer further temptation. By then, however, Pike has discovered that primitive human emotions can neutralize the Talosians' ability to read his mind, and he manages to escape to the surface of the planet along with his landing party."
"The Talosians confront Pike and his companions before they can transport back to the Enterprise. The captain tries to negotiate, but the first officer sets her weapon on a buildup to overload. Pike and Vina move closer to her, agreeing with her preference for death rather than captivity. After all, if the Talosians have even one human being, they might try again. This demonstration of fatal resolve confirms what the Talosians have been gleaning from the records they've accessed from the Enterprise's computers: the human race is far too violent for their needs.
Despite their last hope having been proven unsuitable, the Talosians are not vengeful. They let the humans go. The first officer and yeoman beam up immediately, but Pike remains behind with Vina, urging her to leave with him. Vina explains that she can't leave. An expedition had indeed crash-landed on Talos IV; Vina was the sole survivor, but was badly injured. The Talosians were able to save her, but as they had no understanding of human physiology or aesthetics at the time, she was left horribly disfigured. With the aid of the Talosians' illusions, she is able to appear beautiful and in good health, as much to herself as to any others.
Realizing that the continued Talosian illusion of health and beauty is necessary for Vina, Pike is ready to return to the Enterprise without her. In an act of goodwill, the aliens show him that Vina sees an image of Pike next to her, and they walk up to the entrance that takes them into the Talosian habitat. Pike then beams up after the Keeper's closing words: "She has an illusion and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant."
Manipura is considered the center of dynamism, energy, willpower, and achievement (Itcha shakti), which radiates prana throughout the entire human body. It is associated with the power of fire and digestion, as well as with the sense of sight and the action of movement. Through meditating on Manipura, one is said to attain the power to create (save) or destroy the world.
The Manipura Chakra
"Manipura translates as the "city of the shining jewel." This chakra is located at the navel, although some sages claim it is located at the solar plexus. The energy here is aggressive, concerned with power. Meditation here gains one the "power to destroy or create (the world)," according to Purananda. The associated element is agni, or fire.
Campbell points out that people living at the levels of these first three chakras are mostly concerned with the lowest forms of religious awareness. They seek health, wealth, and progeny. They have no interest in higher spiritual attainment. Their prayers are requests of, or rather bargains with, a god for the fulfillment of the base desires of life. The true yogi, however, seeks to quickly purify these lowest three chakras so energy can flow up to the heart."
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, has an interesting background. Among other things, he was pilot for Pan Am. Pan Am was apparently a CIA front of sorts, as the stewardesses were used as informants. Or so legend has it.
"Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in his parents' rented home in El Paso, Texas, the first child of Eugene Edward Roddenberry and Caroline "Glen" (née Goleman) Roddenberry. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1923 after Gene's father passed the Civil Service test and was given a police commission there. During his childhood, Roddenberry was interested in reading, especially pulp magazines,and was a fan of stories such as John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, and the Skylark series by E. E. Smith.
Roddenberry majored in police science at Los Angeles City College,[n 1] and became interested in aeronautical engineering. He obtained a pilot's license through the United States Army Air Corps-sponsored Civilian Pilot Training Program. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps on December 18, 1941, graduated on August 5, 1942, when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
He was posted to Bellows Field, Oahu, to join the 394th Bomb Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group, of the Thirteenth Air Force, who flew Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. On August 2, 1943, while flying out of Espiritu Santo, the plane Roddenberry was piloting overshot the runway by 500 feet (150 m) and impacted trees, crushing the nose, and starting a fire, killing two men. The official report absolved Roddenberry of any responsibility. Roddenberry spent the remainder of his military career in the United States, and subsequently flew all over the country as a plane crash investigator. He was involved in a further plane crash, this time as a passenger. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
"Pilot Gene Roddenberry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal during his wartime service. He became famous as the creator of Star Trek and passed away on October 24, 1991.
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 431st Bomb Squadron as a replacement aircraft on October 20, 1942. Nicknamed "Yankee Doodle".
You Will Believe
During the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942 this bomber was one of nine B-17s that took off from Midway Airfieldat 4:05am flying in three plane elements to search for the Japanese aircraft carriers. This B-17, piloted by Captain Payne as part of the second element with B-17E 41-2404 and piloted by Captain Tokarz and B-17 piloted by Captain Sullivan.
This bomber spotted the enemy aircraft carriers and notified Captain Tokarz and bombed the nearest aircraft carrier. During the bomb run, the formation met intense anti-aircraft fire. Captain Tokarz was hit in the No. 4 engine, and ordered the element to circle around for another bomb run while attempting to restart their No. 4 engine.
During the afternoon this B-17 took off from Midway Airfield piloted by Captain Payne, with observer Col. Sweeney with three other B-17s on a mission against a Japanese convoy reported southwest of Midway. During the flight, the formation received a message to attack an aircraft carrier 180 miles off Midway. Arriving over the target area, they located the burning Hiryu, and searched the area for the reported undamaged aircraft carrier, but failed to find it.
During the middle of 1943, this B-17 was assigned to the 5th Bomb Group, 394th Bomb Squadron.
On August 2, 1943, piloted by Lt. Roddenberry, this B-17 attempted to take off from Guadalcanal (other sources state Espiritu Santo). Suffered an aborted take off (or mechanical failure) and crashed at the end of the runway. Two of the crew were killed in the crash: bombardier Sgt John P. Krueger and navigator Lt. Talbert H. Wollam.
Fellow B-17 pilot Leon Rockwell wrote in his diary on August 2, 1943:
"Approx 6:00 AM while at the Canal heard an explosion and ran from my tent to end of the Bomber Strip to see B-17 burning. It was piloted by Lt Gene Roddenberry. . . said he couldn't get takeoff air speed thus aborted the takeoff ran off the end of the runway into coconut palm tree stumps - Wiped out the undercarriage & nose of B-17 - Everyone got out except Sgt Krueger Bombardier and Lt. Wollam Navigator. Wollam was a good friend of mine. He had a wife and family in the States, had orders to go home but volunteered to replace Roddenberry's navigator who for some reason couldn't make the mission."
Man Can Fly
The Individual Aircraft Record Card for this B-17 notes the aircraft was condemned on August 13, 1943, but apparently the B-17 was indeed repaired and flown, probably one of at least three SOPAC B-17Es modified as transports along with B-17E 41-2487 when the 5th Bomb Group transitional entirely to B-24 Liberators.
Finally, during November 1944 (?) this B-17 was destroyed on the ground at Morotai (probably Pitu Airfield) by Japanese bombs. A photograph in the 307th Bombardment Group archives shows the burned-out wreckage of this B-17 on Morotai in November 1944, a victim of a Japanese bombing raid."
"Statistically speaking, of course, it's still the safest way to travel." Superman The Movie
Pan the Goat God is associated with Saturn. The astrological symbols, Capricorn and Aquarius are associated with Saturn.
"Peter Pan flew with children." Superman The Movie
He was subsequently began to fly for Pan American World Airways, including routes from New York to Johannesburg or Calcutta, the two longest Pan Am routes at the time. A further crash occurred while he was on the Clipper Eclipse on June 18, 1947. The plane landed in the Syrian desert, and Roddenberry dragged wounded passengers out of the burning plane and led the group to get help.Fourteen people died in the crash; eleven passengers needed hospital treatment, eight were unharmed. He resigned from Pan-Am on May 15, 1948, and decided to pursue his dream of writing particularly for the new medium of television.
Roddenberry applied for a position with the Los Angeles Police Department on January 10, 1949, and spent his first sixteen months in the traffic division before being transferred to the newspaper unit. This became the "Public Information Division" and Roddenberry became the Chief of Police's speech writer. He became technical advisor for a new television version of Mr. District Attorney, which led to him writing for the show under his pseudonym "Robert Wesley".
He began to collaborate with Ziv Television Programs, and continued to sell scripts to Mr. District Attorney, in addition to Ziv's Highway Patrol. In early 1956, he sold two-story ideas for I Led Three Lives, and he found that it was becoming increasingly difficult to be a writer as well as a policeman. On June 7, 1956, he resigned from the force to concentrate on his writing career."
ABC had a television series based on the Pan Am stewardess as CIA informant premise, on-air, a few years ago.
"The psychological study of crowd phenomena was documented decades prior to 1900 as European culture was imbued with thoughts of the fin de siècle. This "modern" urban culture perceived that they were living in a new and different age. They witnessed marvelous new inventions and experienced life in new ways. The population, now living in densely packed, industrialized cities, such as Milan and Paris, witnessed the development of the light bulb, radio, photography, moving-picture shows, the telegraph, the bicycle, the telephone, and the railroad system. They experienced a faster pace of life and viewed human life as segmented, so they designated each of these phases of life with a new name. They created new concepts like "the Adolescent," "Kindergarten," "the Vacation," "camping in Nature," "the 5-minute segment," and "Travel for the sake of pleasure" as a leisure class to describe these new ways of life."
The first private space burial, Celestis' Earthview 01: The Founders Flight, was launched on April 21, 1997. An aircraft, departing from the Canary Islands, carried a Pegasus rocket containing samples of the remains of 24 people to an altitude of 11 km (38,000 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket then carried the remains into an elliptical orbit with an apogee of 578 km (359 mi) and a perigee of 551 km (342 mi), orbiting the Earth once every 96 minutes until reentry on May 20, 2002, northeast of Australia. Famous people on this flight included Gene Roddenberryand Timothy Leary."