literature of the apocalypse_1

i’m currently taking a course for my english degree called “literature of the apocalypse” that relates directly to my architectural thesis; as a result, each week, i’ll post the readings i’ve done for the class along with my notes and a brief summary that attempts to tie the readings together.

Putney and Putney: “The Invisible Strait Jacket”
Wilson: “Toward a General Theory of B.S.”
Selbie & Steinmetz: Excerpts from The Yugas
Jenkins: Excerpts from Galactic Alignment
Smith: “On the Destiny of the Universe. . .”
Mander: “The Postbiological Age”
Pearson: Intro to A Brief History of the End of the World
Rosen: Introduction to Apocalyptic Transformation

notes & response:
-An understanding of the cycle of the yugas reveals that, like two sides of the same coin, the development of mankind is inextricably bound together with the development of every man’s consciousness.
-Only when we make the correlation of inner consciousness to outward behavior, does the seeming chaos of history fall into a discernable pattern.
-The Yugas describe a cycle of human development that predicts highly advanced ages in the future and that they have occurred in the past as well.
-The order of the four yugas, progressing toward greater advancement, is Kali, Dwapara, Treta and Satya Yuga.
-The sun and it’s orbital path as a cycle of time, with a beginning and an end.
-Our solar system and all its inhabitants are profoundly affected by subtle vibrations, or the “universal magnetism” emanating from the “grand center”.
-“The mental virtues of the internal world.”
-One does not know exactly what will take place tomorrow morning, but daybreak is a given that will frame all events.
-Birth-growth-death-renewal—this process follows a universal law that appears “predictable”.
-Human beings are currently beings of language but are striving to evolve into beings of pure mentation.
-The Singularity will allow us to transcend these limitations of our biological bodies and brains. We will gain power over our fates. Our mortality will be in our own hands. We will be able to live as long as we want…
-Are we on the cusp of literally unimaginable technological advances?
-In the twenty-first century we will see something like twenty thousand years of progress as we have measured progress in the past.
-In order to keep up with the machines, we must become human machine hybrids ourselves.

The thing that stood out the most to me with the reading was the idea of life, all human lives, being cyclical in how they relate to one another. To me, evolution has a sense of cycling through time from periods of beginnings to ends, to new beginnings and then repeating. If we are truly capable of transcending beyond our biological brains and bodies then death does have an ability to offer an opportunity for rebirth. The idea of technology and its progression over the years can be compared to that of the past and the overwhelming sense of change that it brought for its earlier time periods. It only makes sense that as time marches on we should continue to see progress growing at an exponential rate. I’m not sure if this means that we must become machines but I do believe we are moving in the direction of some form of hybrid human condition simply because of our dependence on machines. But this again circles back to the idea that the mental condition is connected to an internal world. And in that sense, this grand center of the universe does continue to send subtle vibrations outward that begin to affect us all.


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