Date: October 3rd 2018

PARANOID MACHINES
EPISODE 4: If Doodlebugs Don't Lie
Thursday, Oct 4 at 8pm
Free
http://betalevel.com/2018/10/04/paranoid-machines-4/

Let's start with the Lizard Tunnels.

In 1933, a guy named George Shufelt claimed he used an “x-ray doodlebug” to map a network of ancient catacombs beneath downtown Los Angeles, which were filled with golden tablets. His epistemological wonder-gadget was more or less a dowsing pendulum, similar to what young Joseph Smith used before he was a prophet of the Mormon church, back when he was just a treasure hunter in upstate New York, before he found his own stash of ancient golden tablets. It’s probably just a strange coincidence that Shufelt’s original "lizard tunnel" dig site is now a huge memorial to the Mormon Battalion, paid for by the LDS church.

But the ways this impulse keeps popping up? The way this quaint, seemingly innocent desire to uncover hidden truth and reveal what’s really going on under the surface keeps taking culture form, over and over? And the way this desire is now used as an engine of obscurantist fascism? Oh, that is *not* a coincidence.

. . .
Hi. I'm Jason Brown. For the last twenty years or so, I’ve been trying to understand the "paranoid" nature of memory technology from its ancient origins to its latest mutations, using the 1982 movie Tron as a mythopoetic scaffold to explain everything. Still. Still doing this. This strange cycle of symbols and references from 1982 lurching around in twisted mirror-world pareidolia. Ha ha! It's funny! Ha ha ha!

Hey so that reminds me — in the movie Tron (1982) the first object they digitize is an orange. Just like Flynn, the orange is zapped off into the cyberzone, and then zapped back. Given that the film describes non-human consciousness existing in a post-biological substrate, what was that orange's experience like? Is it possible that this First Object somehow integrated with Master Control, sort of like Brundlefly but MasterOrange? As some kind of power-mad fruit machine which subtly infected the tools we use to understand the world? No. No no no. Nooo. It is not possible. In fact, let's just not think about it. Let's just hang out on Thursday, and not think about it. It'll be fun!


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1. Find yourself in front of "FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT"
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2. Locate the narrow alley on the left hand side of Full House.

3. Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).

4. Stop.

5. Notice dumpster on your right hand side.

6. Take a right and continue down the alley.

7. Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot

8. The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side,
behind a red door, down a black staircase.

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