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Mr. Jones wrote:
> Grant's approach is not in the least that of the post modernists.
> because he uses extra terrestrial motifs does not in any way
> his critique or approach can be glorified with the title post
Point well taken if you disagree, I am quite far from being sure fire
about the angle myself. However, I am sorry if I was not being clear;
I did not mean to imply that his writing could be perceived as
postmodern simply because of the motif. See below for an attempt at
Mr. Cameron asked:
>What exactly do extra-terrestrial motifs have to do with
Good question! Quite possibly none! But again, I apologize for being
unclear. I will try to make myself clear by an analogy: Remember the
book/film "Connection" by Carl Sagan? In it instructions for a
communication device is transmitted to earth. Building and launching
the device would enable mankind to get in touch with E.T.s. The
launching is executed by putting a person in a kind of suspended
bullet which is then released and passes through a power field before
hitting the floor. The person entering the power field experiences
being transported into another world and spends some days there
before returning to earth. To the outsiders however, it looks as if
the bullet just hits the floor failing to establish any connection.
Thus, while the device bends the time/space dimensions its effects
are not perceived by the outsiders who remain in the "standard"
time/space continuum. The experiences of the peroson are dismissed.
What am I getting at here? Well, the analogy is that there is some
probability that a communication from E.T.s could contain information
that falls outside our paradigms making it difficult, if not
downright impossible for most of us to understand it (that's the
impression I get from The Book of the Spider and its commentary).
In "Connection" our technical science fail to understand exactly how
the machine works, and its effects. I will be the first one to agree
that my analogy is quite weak, but I cannot think of a better one at
In Grant's case, where I really do not know what the content of the
alleged transmission is supposed to convey, I still wonder in what
other logic and literary style it could be exposed. If Grant's
reasoning and presentation is influenced/stained/whatever by the E.T.
logic (again, for a flavor of it check out The Book of the Spider)
then it could possibly look very different than our standard
occidental scientific. My proposal of postmodernism was just
something that came to mind in my uncertainty as to in what frame I
could possibly understand Grant, one that would be outside linear
thinking and reflect the style of his writing. This, the illogical
content by virtue of being E.T.-material and the literary style, is
the only connection between E.T.s and postmodernism that I am
suggesting in this very humble thought experiment. (If I was a
protractor following Grant's liberal assocational method I would also
point at the "synchronicity" of a-bombs, the Aeon of Maat, and the
withering of the absolutism of modernism giving way to, for instance,
In summary, in "Connection" you get instructions for building a
machine that any outsiders (non-initiates) fail to verify or get
results from. In Grant's work you get instructions for magickal
workings that any non-initiates fail to verify or get results from.
(Yes, in "Connection" the instructions are not nearly as obscure as
Grant's.) If Grant is serious about claim that this stuff is from
another dimension (which he certainly seems), little wonder then that
is seems strange. Again, this does not in any way explain away the
numerous flaws (from a scholastic point of view) in his writings or
the curious way that he sometimes presents his material (which for
instance Mr. Jones gives example of). And again, looking at the
material from this point of view makes it impossible to validate or
refute his claims. I am not it even clarifies anything in a useful
way. Oh well.
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