The Matrix Conspiracy updates (The Matrix Dictionary)
With my concept of The Matrix Conspiracy I put myself in the risk of being accused of being a paranoid conspiracy theorist. It has for a long time been looked bad at when someone is occupying himself with mysteries and challenges to the accepted history, but if you can do it without declining to easy arguments or fanaticism, then the hunt for the truth is a very noble goal. My concept of The Matrix Conspiracy has this hunt for the truth, or love of the truth, in common with philosophy.
The paranoid conspiracy theories have thrown a bad light over conspiracy theories in general. It is actually a pity, because even if many theories are far out and have passed the borders of reason long ago, then there also are many serious theories, which are pointing towards official explanations, which we not directly ought to accept.
But there are other more sinister aspects of conspiracy theories, and that´s when a conspiracy theory is an attempt to create an illusion rather than an attempt to uncover the truth. Then you have to do with a conspiracy within The Matrix Conspiracy. Such there are many examples of. Such conspiracy theories have to do with the introduction of an ideology. Some are even using the concept of the Matrix itself. And it´s here I come in the risk zone for being misunderstood. Because such really ought to be discriminated from my concept of the Matrix Conspiracy (which I stick to, because it´s still the best way of explaining the Zeitgeist of what´s going on in the popular culture of today).
An example is the website Enlightened Consciousness. The website´s disclaimer:
The content is information based on the opinions and scholarship of the authors. This site is intended for educational and commentary purposes only, both of which are strictly protected by Free Speech. Enlightened Consciousness is not responsible for the opinions or content written by its writers. The information on this website is not intended to replace your relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.
Ok, free from responsibility. But, though the content is written by different authors, then the concept of the Matrix is generally used in connection with the concept of a hologram of deception (like in the Wingmakers Project) The website is then about how to break out of the illusion we all are living in (The Matrix Hologram). Fine until now. There certainly are some of the thoughts I fully agree with. But, at the same time it is, in the whole context, creating a big illusion (namely an ideology within my concept of the Matrix Conspiracy). So, the different authors, when seen in the context of the website as such, indicates a quite certain ideology, which some of the individual authors might disagree with. But New Age is notorious for quotation swindle. Click here for some of the articles on the website which include the concept of the Matrix.
My concept of the Matrix conspiracy is a mix of postmodern intellectualism, management theory, self-help and New Age, which together constitute a global spreading ideology. This ideology is created by The Mythology of Authenticity – a mythology where everything is about becoming and not being. This mythology has two world images: humanistic psychology and constructivism. And these two world images again have two methods: psychotherapy and coaching.
The mythology is characterized by magical thinking (you can create yourself and the world as it fit you) – and is sought supported by subjectivism and relativism: the pseudoscience of reductionism, especially psychologism and biologism. Quantum mysticism is also a central theory.
With this we see the emergence of a totalitarian New Age system with direct fascistic tendencies, and where Western Consumer Capitalism and Chinese Communism in all probability will melt together in a New World Order: the world of alternative history, alternative physics, alternative medicine and, ultimately, alternative reality.
The winners in this Brave New World are therefore not receiving their talents from being and reality, but from becoming masks and roles, from their ability to tell stories. It is a meritocracy of people wearing The Emperor´s New Clothes.
With my concept of the Matrix Conspiracy, I am, as in my teaching as such, placing philosophy at the heart of it, and I do so in order to protect the precious store of wisdom from the assaults of charlatans, to create a kind of temple to truth in the midst of falsehood, and to marginalize the Matrix Sophists who prey on human confusion.
The website Enlightened Consciousness is permeated with the above mentioned New Age and Self-help propaganda. It´s permeated with references to vibrations and energy, advices to avoid the negative (you can tell good people by their eyes), stop doubting, follow your intuitions and premonitions, flow with coincidences, believe in the purposiveness of everything, join thousands of others on the quest, turn into your feelings and evolve to a higher plane. Follow your intuitions and dreams as you go through your spiritual evolution. Fact or fiction, it doesn´t matter. Truth is what you make it. Life´s too short and too complicated to deal with reality. Make your own reality.
This New Age subjectivism and relativism encourage people to believe that reality is whatever you want it to be. The line between fact and fiction gets blurry and obscured. Subjectivism shuts down people´s critical faculties, making them suggestible for any ideology. It involves making people quit thinking critically in order to open them up to thinking Magical about that Subjective validation and Communal reinforcement lead to bliss. Hypnosis is in New Age directly used as a means for inducing in people certain worldviews, or, actually, one ideology: The Matrix Conspiracy.
The website is creating an illusion by getting the line between fact and fiction blurry and obscured. Another, more sinister aspect of how we can free ourselves from the Matrix Hologram, is the exercises you have to do (on the page Spirituality). Here are introduced different kinds of spiritual exercises.
When you use meditative exercises in combination with the introduction of an ideology the exercises will work as a kind of hypnosis where the illusion is implanted into the meditator, whose critical faculties now are shut down. I have explained such ideological persuasion techniques in my articles Hypnosis, hypnotherapy and the Art of Self-deception, and especially in The Devastating New Age Turn within Psychotherapy
The reductionism called biologism is as mentioned a part of The Matrix Conspiracy. Therefore I also see Richard Dawkins as a Matrix agent. His words about that “religious people are hijacked by an infectious malignant god-virus, because god is delusion a ‘psychotic delinquent’ invented by mad deluded people,” or his description of “religion as both an evolutionary by-product and as a memetic virus” is pure Agent Smith. And when he then states that this is something Dawkins, and his “skeptic” followers, or atheists as such, are raised above, then we have to do with pure fascism.
Dawkins´s explanation of memetics, or "cultural evolution", and how our sense of morality evolved, is utterly nonsense, and fully in line with the Darwinistic fascistic nonsense of New Age.
Richard Dawkins is the atheistic answer to Ken Wilber. Both are biologists who want to be philosophers instead of the philosophers. Both are in love with Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. Both want their own discipline to be the answer to all the riddles of the universe. And both therefore ends in two versions of biologism (two versions of Social Darwinism). They are two sides of the same coin. See my articles A Critique of Richard Dawkins and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and A Critique of Ken Wilber and his Integral Method.
But not only Ken Wilber is fascinated by biologism. It´s a central part of the New Age movement as such. And it comes from Theosophy (see my article The Fascism of Theosophy). Some New Age directions even claim to be examples of atheistic spirituality. An example is the Canadian Raelian movement.
Gregg Braden (born June 28, 1954) is an American author of New Age literature, who wrote about the 2012 Phenomenon in his book Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age and became noted for his claim that the magnetic polarity of the earth was about to reverse. Braden argued that the change in the earth's magnetic field might have effects on human DNA. He has also argued that human emotions affect DNA and that collective prayer may have healing physical effects.
Braden is typical of a lot of New age authors in that he starts with science but distorts it to draw unwarranted conclusions. Braden also makes up stuff and says it is science too. Throughout his books and lectures he keeps trying to reassure the audience with "this is proved scientifically" or "scientists do not doubt this", when in fact nobody with any scientific understanding could accept what he is claiming on the evidence that he presents. It just isn't science, period.
The crux of his book The God Code is that our DNA sequence, when read by assigning Hebrew characters to the base sequence, spells out the words of our Creator. So this is the big secret that he has discovered (at least I presume it is his discovery): within each cell of our body is God's signature in Hebrew.
He is also the author of The Divine Matrix. The backcover text says:
In 1944, Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, shocked the world by saying that this "matrix" is where the birth of stars, the DNA of life, and everything between originates.
Recent discoveries reveal dramatic evidence that Planck's matrix - The Divine Matrix - is real. It is this missing link in our understanding that provides the container for the universe, the bridge between our imagination and our reality, and the mirror in our world for what we create in our beliefs.
To unleash the power of this matrix in our lives, we must understand how it works and speak the language that it recognizes. For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden, a former senior aerospace computer systems designer, has searched for the understanding to do just that.
In this paradigm-shattering book, Gregg shares what he's found. Through 20 keys of conscious creation, we're shown how to translate the miracles of our imagination into what is real in our lives. With easy-to-understand science and real-life stories, Gregg shows us that we're limited only by our beliefs, and what we once believed is about to change!
The above description is typical for Gregg Braden. He deducts from Planck to his own fantasies. It gives the impression that Planck supports Braden. Braden is one of the worst users of the thought distortion Research has Shown… Within Pseudoscience there has gone inflation in the phrase Research has shown that… Pseudoscience is seen in the New Age environment, where they demand that science has to be integrated with so-called “alternative sciences”, and in the intellectual environment in form of Reductionisms, which demand that science has to be integrated with, or is the same as, certain atheistic/political/postmodernistic views.
Research has shown that... is a phrase, which often is used to convince the listener about that the one who talks can reason what he says with concrete empirical proof. But this is often just an example of subjective argumentation, a kind of unethical manipulation (often based on Wishful thinking), because it is extremely vague to claim that ”research has shown” anything, unless you can reason the assertion with specific details about the claimed research. Who has carried out this research? Which methods were there used? What exactly did they found out? Have their results been confirmed by others who work within the area?
Related to rhetoric and sophistry.
Check the New Age propaganda website Gaia.com in the Matrix Dictionary, and you´ll get an idea of what Braden stands for. Click here for some videos on Gaia.com featuring Gregg Braden (if you want to pay for listening to them – but some are free to watch). Try to examine how his message is delivered in a thoroughly well-spoken but deeply patronizing manner. I can´t stop thinking: if this man is half of the scientist he claims to be, then he must be aware that he is fooling people. How on Earth can one have the moral to carry this pseudoscientific circus on one´s shoulders? It´s his entire life he´s using on it.
Click here for a video debunk of Gregg Braden by Chris White.
The Living Matrix is a New Age movie that claims to bring breakthrough information that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well. Dynamic graphic-animation is woven with interviews with leading researchers and health practitioners as they share their discoveries on the miracle cures traditional medicine can´t explain. These experts reveal how energy and information fields – not genetics – drive human physiology and biochemistry, and illustrate the benefits of integrating conventional and alternative health care. What is introduced, it claims, is a new paradigm in biology. A summary sounds:
Our film, The Living Matrix - The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate web of factors that determine our health. We talk with a group of dedicated scientists, psychologists, bioenergetic researchers and holistic practitioners who are finding healing potential in new places. The documentary brings together academic and independent researchers, practitioners, and science journalists whose work reveals scientific evidence that energy and information fields, not genetics, control health and wellbeing. These include internationally known healer, Dr. Eric Pearl; cellular biologist and former Stanford University professor Dr. Bruce Lipton; author Lynne McTaggart, and former U.S. astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, among others. Through in-person interviews and dramatized video vignettes that document the stories of people who recovered from chronic illness - including a five-year-old boy born with cerebral palsy, an osteopathic doctor with a brain tumor, and a housewife bedridden with chronic fatigue syndrome - the film demonstrates the effectiveness of bioenergetic medicine where traditional medicine has not succeeded.
The website Science-Based Medicine – which are exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine, gives this thoroughly debunking critique of the movie in the article The Living Matrix: A Movie Promoting Energy Medicine Beliefs
So, what´s the precise difference between my concept of the Matrix Conspiracy and New Agers´ concept of the Matrix?
New Agers believe that the Matrix is a living organism, or simply reality itself. But one should remember that they are advocates of subjectivism and relativism, or otherwise said: they are philosophical idealists. In philosophy, idealism is the group of philosophies which assert that reality, or reality as we can know it, is fundamentally mental, mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial. Epistemologically, idealism manifests as a skepticism about the possibility of knowing any mind-independent thing. In a sociological sense, idealism emphasizes how human ideas—especially beliefs and values—shape society. As an ontological doctrine, idealism goes further, asserting that all entities are composed of mind or spirit. Idealism thus rejects physicalist and dualist theories that fail to ascribe priority to the mind.
This is the reason why they can believe that the whole of reality, including the physical reality, is a mental construct. And from that it is also easy to infer to the idea that we could live in a computer simulation. You can see this idea discussed in this article in Scientific American, by Clara Moskowitz, April 7, 2016: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? A popular argument for the simulation hypothesis came from University of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrum in 2003, when he suggested that members of an advanced civilization with enormous computing power might decide to run simulations of their ancestors. They would probably have the ability to run many, many such simulations, to the point where the vast majority of minds would actually be artificial ones within such simulations, rather than the original ancestral minds. So simple statistics suggest it is much more likely that we are among the simulated minds.
I have debunked this idea in my article The Dream Hypothesis and the Brain-in-jar Hypothesis.
But the proposal of idealism is also the reason why they think you can´t get out of the Matrix (that is: from illusion to reality), since the Matrix is reality itself: a mental construct, or a computer simulation. What you can do – and that´s their proposed secret [sic] – is to realize that you can programme this reality completely alone with the power of mind, and according to your own wishes and desires. The illusion is here that you have lived according to what others have programmed you to believe. The latter is the only idea I share with them.
My concept of The Matrix Conspiracy is that the Matrix is an ideology. And I´m not supporting idealism, but realism. The paradox of New Age´s misunderstanding of quantum physics (which they see as central support for subjectivism and idealism) is that quantum physics actually proves the invalidity of both materialism and idealism. I have shown how in my article Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Niels Bohr. Here I´m presenting a realism based on dualism, though not an ontological dualism, but an epistemological, or gnoseological dualism.
An ideology is a malfunction in the human mind, which functions with Machiavelli´s implied, terrible, assumption, that the end justifies the means, and where the means to get there is to make people into slaves for this goal. Today people undoubtedly are being made into empty consumer machines. There is no doubt either, that we, through the teachings of New Agers and Self-helpers (which I call the Matrix Sophists, or the Matrix agents, like Agent Smith in the movie) are being supplied with some kind of virtual reality, that seems to justify Machiavelli´s famous and notorious assumption – for instance through elimination of critical thinking, which thereupon is replaced by magical thinking.
It is a fact, that we today see an ideology behind the democracy, where true spirituality, philosophy and science systematical are seeked destroyed; that is: the destruction of the best tools Man has in his love of visdom, and quest for truth.
The main theory of this ideology is relativism. There both exists an individual version of relativism, and a collective version. The individual version is called subjectivism. This version is often connected with a right-wing individualized liberalism. The other version is a collective relativism, cultural relativism, which often is connected to a left-wing socialism. However both are common in distorting both science and human rights. Both are demanding “alternative” views of science, and for example also human rights. And both are introducing intellectual apartheid in different ways, by seeking to eliminate critical thinking.
Both subjectivism and relativism claim, that there doesn’t exist any objective truth. Truth is something we create ourself, either as individuals or as cultures, and since there doesn’t exist any objective truth, there doesn´t exist any objective scale of truth. Therewith they also say, that we live in a Matrix, a dream, a kind of virtual reality, we have created ourselves, and that there is no chance of getting out of this. The Matrix simply is reality, and you can either be a slave of it or a master of it. It is what you think it is.
Ok, here I already hear objections. And yes, they often speak about breaking with the Matrix of deception. But what they mean is, as already shown, that you through your mind can create your own version of it. Instead of being a slave of it, you can be a master of it. If you for example take the Law of Attraction coach Magnetic Mama´s version of the Matrix then she in connection with “Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Coaching” says: I can give you suggestions for coping with complex-PTSD symptoms and reprogramming negative beliefs (“malware”) installed in childhood by your narcissistic household. This is certainly not the speak of Morpheus, Neo, or the rebels, it is the speak of the machines and Agent Smith.
It´s puzzling that they don´t seem to have grasped the meaning of the film, only Morpheus´s introducing claim that the Matrix is everywhere, in the bones, around us, etc. They speak Agent Smith´s speak, and not the rebels. They speak about finding ways of getting on in this Matrix, rather than being interested in finding ways of discovering the truth; or rather: what they see as the truth is that they can control the Matrix entirely through the mind.
To teach people this, is the main job of the Matrix Sophists. But this is in opposition to the message of the movie the Matrix, which is, that we should create a rebellion, and try to get out of the illusion. In that way you can say that the new Sophists are the “machines”, or the rulers of the Matrix, which keep people as slaves. Elon Musk is obviously one of them. Here is a video where he preaches The Matrix Conspiracy´s propaganda:
Another way to illustrate the difference between my concept of the Matrix and the New Age concept of it, is by comparing Buddhism with Nietzsche (where I support Buddhism, and claim that New Agers support Nietzsche).
The most famous of Buddha´s teachings are the Deer Park Sermon which was revealed to five former Sramana companions of him in a park near modern Benares, India. Here he talked on the existential conditions, growing conditions and growth levels of Man, and, like a doctor, he made the diagnosis: ”The nature of the illness and its cause”, after which he gave guidance in how it can be healed and the medicine hereto. Shortly said ”the illness” is suffering, and the suffering´s cause is, that Man clings to impermanent and temporal things. The many desires, that can't be fulfilled, give suffering and sorrow. The medicine consists in teaching Man how to rise over the changeable world with all its desires and transient joys. In Buddha´s teaching there is in that way spoken about The Four Holy Truths: 1) Suffering. 2) The suffering´s cause. 3) Suffering can be brought to an end, and this happens through 4) The Path, namely The Eightfold Path, where correct meditation, or correct self-communing, is the last step on the path to full enlightenment, which you also could term: full objectivism. The subject, or the ego, has stepped aside, or opened itself like a flower to the sun. This is the source of reason.
The Buddhist philosophy of impermanence could sound a bit like Nietzsche´s subjectivism and nihilism, and a part of it does, but the fact that the consciousness can raise above it shows an absolutism and objectivism, which by the way is the core in all spiritual traditions. Spirituality has therefore not anything to do with the subjectivism and relativism which New Age and the self-industry, deeply inspired by Nietzsche, teach. On the contrary.
Related articles on New Age biologism:
A Critique of The Human Design System
Time Travel and the Fascism of the WingMakers Project
Related in the Matrix Dictionary:
The Matrix Conspiracy Fascism
The Matrix Conspiracy
The Difference between Philosophical Education and Ideological Education
Quantum Mysticism and its Web of Lies
The Pseudoscience of New Age and Reductionism
The Pseudoscience of Reductionism and The Problem of Mind
A Critique of Richard Dawkins and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)
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