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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

fUSION Anomaly. Giordano Bruno "If you read _Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition_ you know that Bruno was burned at the stake and the reason that he was burned at the stake is because he looked up at the sky and did not see the stellar shells and the angelic hierarchies. Bruno had a mystical experience and when it was over he said, "the universe is infinite. The stars go on forever." That single statement was the intellectual dynamite that destroyed the whole Medieval, Hellenistic, the entire previous cosmological vision was left behind with that single statement. It was such a powerful statement that he had to go to the stake for that. And we have never recovered from that perception. It was a fundamental perception and it occurred because he looked without preconception into the night sky and did not see wheels and demons and angels and shells of cosmic fate and necessity and he just said, that's bullshit, what is there is infinite space, infinite time, the stars are hung like lamps onto the utmost regions of infinity. This, then, inaugurates the beginning of modernity and it's a perception that arose on the foundation of all this earlier thinking."

- Terence McKenna lecture on Alchemy

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Why tech innovation is under threat - Tech News - "We have always sought a leaky system of protecting intellectual property, so that people can build around it. Take jazz music as an example: If everyone writing jazz music had to negotiate with everyone they were building upon, we would not have jazz, because the costs of that kind of negotiation would be just too great. So this is true of creativity in many contexts, that it involves the taking and building upon of someone who has done it before. That's the view of freedom that this extreme view of copyright rejects."

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