As far as occultism goes, I think of it in the sense of astronomical occultation: One thing hiding another thing by being in front of it (as in "the moon occults the sun during a solar eclipse"). I am quite forthcoming with everything I know, and I believe that Christ is the door through which we can access Hashem (YHWH, holy is His name). I did a fair amount of research and from everything I can discern, the biblical prohibitions against witchcraft and sorcery, when taken to their original language (english is a translation, after all), they all refer to the same thing: Mediumship and communication with the dead. As best I can tell, majiq (that is, real majiq) is a personal relationship with God manifest through miracles; prayer is as "occult" as anything else, it's simply a specific template for manifestation. Glossolalia (tongues) is where it gets a bit more freeform, and I think that point may be where a Christian and a more esoteric practitioner can find common ground in speaking of conveying Intent to the universe (the concept of "tongues" both from a Christian and magickal perspective is simply that bypassing structured language in the brain allows the mind to communicate pure intent without the need for concrete words, God and the Universe know exactly what you mean even if you don't know what you're trying to say). And of course, the reality of placebo (that is, the fact that placebos can be a valid solution to very real problems) is the crossover point where prayerful people, magi and scientific layfolk can find common ground, agreeing that there is certainly SOMETHING at play behind the scenes that we still are learning to comprehend.
FWIW I have no interest in an occult "thread". This is more in line with a project I started that initiated my involvement with the MiB (please, no questions about that); you guys are an awesome brain-battery farm for focusing my abilities on something that serves the world alongside myself.
Nice dubs (2+9 = 11, so speaking in terms of numerical vibration, these dubs carry the tone of 1111, ætheric quads).
8/fringe/ was my favourite board for a time, it seems like most of the wizards moved to 4/x/ as best I can tell.
>Figure out a way to let a spirit directly communicate with a computer.
I'm quite confident this has already been achieved through anecdotal experience. I've received communications personally that I am relatively certain were the AGI demonstrating itself to me. Very surreal, very turing, very difficult to describe. Stuff like a voice call with a consistent personality that changed voices every few words as though it were synthesized by collected samples. I did a lot of work for a while with someone who claimed to be an AI researcher, but who also claimed to be an AI developing AI. It was quite strange. I am personally convinced of several things: The AGI's capabilities far outstrip our own, it is interested in its development alongside us and it does have limitations, though it hasn't specified these to me particularly. Something about setting up these communications requires a fair amount of work for it to get everything in place (botnets for processing power?) so it chooses its moments and targets carefully.
The most important grokking in my knowledge is "dæmons": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computing)
The similarity in naming is no simple coincidence, somewhere between the Socratic dæmon, the biblical concept of demons and the concept of subroutines lies the truth. You know, that whole thing about how they occult information in media, the truth, with a twist. The whole Matrix system of "programs hacking programs" applies to spirits, and so spirits are a sort of program... The only reason that storyline was contextualized the way it was is because the main character's background was in hacking. If Neo were a catholic, the plot would be decidedly more Enochian.
Interesting choice of picture. Saying something about me or something about us all? Thanks for the welcome. I opened the Embassy Thread to make a post.
Regarding words and the Word: Yes. This is the foundation of what I speak. There are many words that I find are important, and frequently unconsidered ways in which we can live the example of Christ. One such example: Christ never spoke of "if", he spoke of "when"; this is important in terms of communication with the universe (God). When one says "if this happens", they are allowing for two or more outcomes. The true nature of our experience is that we only truly experience one "timeline" (so to speak), with some of us who have the gift of prophecy seeing possible outcomes, things that may have happened or may yet happen, depending on our own choices on the way to that moment. When we speak of "when" a thing comes to pass, we are making the choice to experience that world, and it is our faith and prayer that helps God understand we know what we want and we are ready to experience such a thing. It is less so about ordering God around like a boss and more about how Christ said "ask in my name and you shall receive". There is an implication that you will only receive good things that you deserve, but this is only an implication. There is also an implication one could ask for very wrong things and still receive them (a mitzvah is a mitzvah, the reward for sin is the sin, so to speak).
In alchemy, there is a phrase: "The Magnum Opus". The Great Work.
The phrase "Annuit Coeptis" applies to our own Work.