Since we have been staying many places (and sleeping in many strange beds) the level of “dream activity” has been inconsistent but instructive.
As you know, I have been tinkering with my dream states for a long time. There seem to be “personal best” periods of the year for me – in the March/April period and again in the period just ending.
Sunday, before leaving Payson, Arizona, for example, I had a dandy which I could label as “engineering the afterlife.
The main idea of it is that since time immemorial, a lot of humans have lived and died.
In fact, with a little research (and getting sidetracked by interesting articles like this one) we find that about 107-billion people have ever lived, since the most recent human hardware and software updates of 50,000 years ago.
Because there are 7-billion people alive today, this means the number of dead people – wherever dead people go – is an impressive 100,000,000,000. (100-billion)
So in this dream, my subconscious was telling me “The afterlife – if real – is a pretty big gathering…”
Looking for answers about the afterlife – from an engineering standpoint – is a bit difficult.
While many of the world’s religions allege to know how it all works, the best evidence of how at least the leading-edge of the afterlife seems to come from studies of people who have been through the near-death experience. These are called NDE’s for short.
There is a gob of Wikipedia reference work on that topic over here.
In particular, the part of NDE research that I find most interesting is the 4-18.9% recall level of NDEs.
Two thoughts keep percolating around in my head:
One is that the percentage of people who have recall of NDEs may be roughly the same as the number of people who can recall their dreams when sleeping. A article of a couple of years ago mentioned that some people recall dreams only a couple of times per month while others recall dreams 5+ times per week. It will take more research to see how close the “dream recall” is to the “NDE recall” level, but that is one line of inquiry that seems very useful.
The second thought deals with Monday’s column and how some people (see the comments section) report seeing something going on behind their eyelids…but, as in my experience with it so far, it doesn’t seem to be of any understandable/useful benefit.
Which then gets us to looking (as an engineering problem) at what happens at the moment of death and the timeframe when the body floods itself with DMT. Another Wikipedia extract:
Dr. Rick Strassman, while conducting DMT research in the 1990s at the University of New Mexico, advanced the controversial hypothesis that a massive release of DMT from the pineal gland prior to death or near death was the cause of the near death experience (NDE) phenomenon. Several of his test subjects reported audio or visual hallucinations. His explanation for this was the possible lack of panic involved in the clinical setting and possible dosage differences between those administered and those encountered in actual NDE cases. Several subjects also reported contact with “other beings”, alien like, insectoid or reptilian in nature, in highly advanced technological environments where the subjects were “carried”, “probed”, “tested”, “manipulated”, “dismembered”, “taught”, “loved” and “raped” by these “beings”. Basing his reasoning on his belief that all the enzymatic material needed to produce DMT is found in the pineal gland, and moreover in substantially greater concentrations than in any other part of the body, Strassman has speculated that DMT is made in the pineal gland.
The release of DMT has been associated with “machine elves” in chemically altered states.
Since we are traveling the Southwest for the past 10-days, I picked up a shirt on our travels and it is a pattern based on the Kokopelli image commonly found in native Southwest artworks.
Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.
I mention this is passing because this kind of archetype seems intuitively “right next door” to the Machine Elves reported on DMT.
Ultimately, any study of the Afterlife from an engineering standpoint would not look at population data (like number of followers) because those kind of data are driven by things like wars between belief systems, and such.
On the other hand, a cross-cultural review of concepts gets to be very interesting.
If there is an afterlife, it occurs to me that 100-billion bits of human essence is a fair bit of human-stuff to keep busy.
Toward this end, it would be a fascinating novel plot to speculate (as science fiction) a gathering of humanity’s best inventive minds with a view toward “re-inventing the afterlife.”
How would you like to be able to draw together quite literally the smartest minds ever?
Tesla, Einstein, Edison, Watt, Oppenheimer, and so forth. And them manage the “engineers” with organizational horsepower like Deming, Taylor, Ford, and implement with Eisenhower, Khan and Patton…
As for project direction, a pretty good set of explorers could be used in “forward recon” – names like Columbus, Byrd, Cousteau, and so forth.
Eternity is a fairly good stretch of time…so what would the best of our essence come up with?
There have been some reports by researchers in Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP’s) that there is some deliberate broadcasting from beyond death – aimed at electronic voice researchers.
More recently, an article over here at Hidden Truth wonders whether there isn’t something very disturbing to be learned from such engineering efforts.
That may be, but generalization skills can reduce the problem to a number of algorithmic stages. If we are trying to understand how “everything works” a block diagram might look something like this:
This gets to the “What is the business use case of Life?”
Not all arrows are shown in this model: There may be “free passes” to the Happy holding area for great works of good. “Free pass” to the ugly holding area for heinous criminals and such, as well. The Bardo/Purgatory might be like a self-checkout area for the uncommitted, perhaps. Maybe we go there to collect coupons for check-out…but use case modeling helps clarify the issues.
As you can see with a quick look at the above sketch, the main idea is that humans are becoming algorithmic thinkers as we have invented “machine intelligence.” And with the arising of the computer as a thinking tool (golem?) we have a marvelous new set of ways to explore concepts by looking (as the above drawing begins) at various stages of reality as a product flow problem.
The bottom line thought this morning is simply this:
For all of human history, so far, we have relied on individual humans to bring back reports on how “the system of reality” works. We have a collections of “prophet notes” from a bunch of different religions. Some of that makes sense, some doesn’t.
We suspect all product will flow the same and if we can figure it out – answering all flow problems in a statistically valid way, maybe we could all be a little more “on board” than we are today. Great schisms between people’s belief systems are found at the root of many wars, and so forth. It’s a terrible waste of resource. Mightily inefficient, to boot.
The point of my dream t’other night was simply this:
Why wait for the product to come to us (when dead)? We don’t we all to some serious “lifeware development” and lay out what the data suggests and then verify the data using standard statistical and software development tools we can apply to virtually ALL types of products in this portion of “the system?”
A cross-cultural, medically valid, statistically proven to some confidence level…so we can get on with the living happily ever after, until we don’t any more?
Agreement on how the business presently operates and quantification of product flow is how any good implementation team begins.
So “Is we that” or not?
(Short column Thursday because of the holiday…)
be well and write when you break-even,