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Ansisters Event August 2005


Detail from the performance 'Patterns Outside My Head' by Janine Lewis, Rantebeng Makapan and Bonisile Nxumalo. As part of the FACE Ansisters 2005 event, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

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links... : inspiration : 04

  1. call to action
  2. shush now
  3. poetry
  4. schmidt's clicks
  5. seed persons
  6. hearing visions
  7. mother
  8. gebreekte snaar
  9. voorgevoelens
  10. halssnoer
  11. DNA
  12. Uexküll's spider web
  13. first mothers
  14. clay and plaster
  15. these hands
  16. con hill
  17. you shine
  18. ladybird
  19. Hymn to Her
  20. For our children
  21. ...



schmidt's clicks

"If a quantum state was as ethereal as a fluttering butterfly, did it matter when you tried to pin it down, so long as you were the first to attempt it — the first observer? Schmidt rewired his REG to connect it to an audio device so that it would randomly set off a click…

…after carrying out a number of these tests, Schmidt realised that an effect was going on, but he didn’t think his participants had changed the past, or erased a tape and made a new one. What seemed to have happened was that his influencers had changed what had happened in the first place. Their influence had reached back in time and affected the randomness of the machine at the time it was first recorded. They didn’t change what had happened; they affected what would have happened in the first place. Present or future intentions act on initial probabilities and determine what events actually come into being…

…Schmidt also found that it was important for the influencer to be the first observer. If anyone else heard the tape first and listened with focused attention, the system seemed to make it less susceptible to influence later. Any form of focused attention seemed to freeze the system into final being. A few sparse studies even suggest that the observation by any living system, human or even animal, seemed to successfully block future attempts at time-displaced influence. Although these types of studies have been thin on the ground, they accord with what we know about the observer effect in quantum theory. It suggests that observation by living observers bring things into some sort of set being…

It was results like these that most troubled Hal Puthoff. The type of zero-point energy he was most familiar with was electromagnetic: a world of cause and effect, of order, of certain laws and limits — in this case, the speed of light. Things did not go backward of forward in time.

This body of experiments suggested three possible scenarios to him. The first was a vision of an utterly deterministic universe, where everything that was ever going to happen had already occurred, Within this universe of absolute fixed determinacy, people with premonitions were simply tapping into information, which was, on some level, already available.

The second possibility was perfectly explainable within known theoretic laws of the universe. Radin’s opposite number, University of Amsterdam’s Dick Bierman, believed you could account for precognition through a well-known quantum phenomenon known as retarded and advanced waves — the so-called wheeler-Feynman absorber theory. Which says that a wave can travel backward in time from the future to arrive at its source. What happens between two electrons is this. When one electron jiggles a bit, it sends out radiating waves into both the past and the future. The future wave say, would hit a future particle, which would also wiggle, while sending out its own advanced and retarded waves. The two sets of waves from these two electrons cancel out, except in the region between them. The end result of a wave from the first travelling backward and the wave from the second travelling forward is an instantaneous connection. In premonitions, Radin speculated, it could be that, on a quantum level, we are sending out waves to meet our own future.

The third possibility, which perhaps makes the most sense, is that everything in the future already exists at some bottom-rung level in the realm of pure potential, and that in seeing into the future, or the past, we are helping to shape it and bring it into being, just as we do with a quantum entity in the present with the act of observation. An information transfer via subatomic waves doesn’t exist in time or space, but is somehow spread out and ever-present. The past and present are blurred into one vast ‘here and now’ so your brain ‘picks up’ signals and images from the past or the future. Our future already exists in some nebulous state that we may begin to actualise in the present. This makes sense if we consider that all subatomic particles exist in a state of all potential unless observed — which would include being thought about.

Ervin Laszlo has proposed one interesting physical explanation for time-displacement. He suggests that the Zero Point Field of electromagnetic waves has its own substructure. The secondary fields caused by the motion of subatomic particles interacting with The Field are called ‘scalar’ waves, which are not electromagnetic and which don’t have direction or spin. These waves can travel far faster than the speed of light — like Puthoff’s imagined tachyons. Laszlo proposes that it is scalar waves that encode the information of space and time into a timeless, spaceless quantum shorthand of interference patterns. In Laszlo’s model, this bottom-rung level of the Zero Point Field — the mother of all fields — provides the ultimate holographic blueprint of the world for all time, past and future…

…To take time out of the equation, as Robert Jahn suggests, we need to take separateness out of it. Pure energy as it exists at the quantum level does not have time or space, but exists as a vast continuum of fluctuating charge. We, in a sense, are time and space. When we bring energy to conscious awareness through the act of perception, we create separate objects that exist in space through a measured continuum. By creating time and space, we create our own separateness."

From The Field by Lynne McTaggart