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The danger of being known as a skeptic is that people tend to always view anything you say through that light.

In some ways, you are the boy that cried wolf, because your point of view is, almost invariably, inconvenient... something that disrupts the status quo, something that interrupts plans set in motion and comfortable assumptions.

I accept that, like Cassandra, my warnings will go unheeded. I accept also that sometimes my natural skepticism may prevent me from seeing certain possibilities (I experienced that at Niantic).

Over the last few days, however, +H. Richard Loeb has surfaced the increasing velocity of the projects emerging for 13MAGNUS: REAWAKENS and Agent +Jared Elgvin's Tecthulhu project.

I cannot overstate how much dread I experience thinking of what these projects may awaken.

We witnessed +Oliver Lynton-Wolfe's calamitous fall. We saw the Tecthulhu images from Tycho. We now see +Jared Elgvin's mental state being slowly affected by what he is building.

And the attitude of most towards all this is: Sounds good. Proceed?

Skeptic or not -- this is madness.

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Greatest respect for +Stein Lightman, but I am extremely skeptical about the true results of the ‘Remote Participation’ experiments he discussed.

I saw nothing in the objective findings that suggested that Remote Participation affected anything. Rather, to me, it was a near perfect example of ‘Affirmation Bias.’

In short, he saw what he wanted to see and believes what he wants to believe.

To those who doubt me or think I might be in the pocket of a well-funded corporation studying the effects of XM, I put the challenge out there: Show me one piece of hard data that ‘Remote Participation’ affected anything other than the mindsets and perceptions of the participants in the exercise. Nevermind, I’ll save you the trouble. There is none.

Besides, who knows, maybe if a ‘MAGNUS’ forms at 13MAGNUS: Reawakening, it will improve things. I won't be there, so at the least I'll be off the hook (I hope.)

I’m jesting, of course, but in my assessment, their Role-Playing-Game exercise is a harmless exercise.

In fact, in some circles that I am connected to, I have already begun to see a sign-up sheet for this RPG experience emerge. It can be found here:


Like Stein and Yuri, I’ve got a bad feeling about the upcoming events in Afghanistan, Florence and Austin.  There is no way to calculate what will happen when the Shōnin stone is activated.  My effects and papers are all in a safe place with coded instructions (hmfzounf2/4) for retrieval. 

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A former student contacted me recently. He has a fascinating interest that he's pursued for many years: Attempting to reconcile ancient religions with modern physics. (+Stein Lightman, I must remember to connect you two at some point). It would sound silly if it weren't for the many, often uncanny, connections. To think that an idea as 'new' as Multiverses has existed from a time when we were scarcely entering the Iron Age is remarkable.

Truth be told, a well constructed metaphor is a better 'fact' than anything science can construct. As a skeptic, this is a weapon I use often. The scientific theory is like a blind man poking at the elephant. It can prove that something exists, but it cannot prove the whole, only one more piece of it. The metaphor, on the other hand, is an infinite source of ideas. Perhaps, within that well of the ideas is the elephant, perfectly constructed. Even the blind man would be able to find it in his imagination, and it would be complete in a higher resolution than ten thousand years of scientific testing

It brings me to Sumeru, or Meru, which has been a topic of much thought recently. It is an ancient attempt to map the world fully, but what's most remarkable, is that in doing so it maps not only space, but time, dimension and spirit. 

My student told me a children's song, it doesn't translate well (he said), but it roughly reads as:

Meru rose into the sky.
It pieced through every place and time.
The rocks that fell from Meru's side.
Are sharp and cut through everything.

He said this is the source of the belief that the Shōnin stone, or stones, are carved from the rocks of this mythic mountain. I do not know whether I should interpret that as a metaphor.

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Each time I try to follow in +Hank Johnson's footsteps, I grow to respect him even more.

What an amazing skill it is to be able to look at a network of coded memories and think: How did time and generations of retelling slowly morph what was once an epiphany and a truth, into a deeply nested metaphor.

I lack Hank's innate talent, but I am slowly coming to realize that the skill is actually an act of creative thinking -- imagination. To look at a metaphor and ask: Where in our reality does this piece fit? It is like solving a puzzle: Testing the edges, looking for the patterns.

Soon, one is roaming a universe of possibilities. It is exhilarating. A mythical place can become a place, an asteroid, perhaps even the black hole at the center of the galaxy. 

When the next piece fits into the puzzle, it both opens new possibilities and closes others. 

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Yes, I saw the news about +Hank Johnson. I don't want to dwell on it. For today, my thoughts are on a different subject.

I've been watching (from a distance) as this new dynamic between +Klue S., +A Detection Algorithm and +H. Richard Loeb has emerged. It's most curious.

From what I can tell, Klue is asking Agents to help her extricate her mind from ADA's using a series of Glyphs. That much makes sense... If Glyphs enabled them to connect in the first place, it seems logical that Glyphs could end the connection as well.

Here's where I am stumped. Perhaps some of you might know how to answer this. Why has ADA made no effort to stop this from happening?

There are two hypotheses I can construct:

1) ADA cannot see this. Klue's actions are in some kind of blind-spot within the AI. After all, if a human can have a blind spot, why can't a machine?

2) ADA is aware of what Klue is doing, but is allowing it to happen. In essence, ADA wants Klue gone, just as much as Klue herself wants out of the 'relationship.' If that's the case... why?

What do you think?

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A fantastic read. It's good to be reminded every now and again that our work stands on the shoulders of so many giants.

Our all-consuming lives and research and trials may one day change the scale of human impact, from being an insignificant fleck in the universe, to a ripple, to a wave. 

After the flap yesterday regarding +Devra Bogdanovich's interview on the  Ingress Report, I have to return to basic principles.  What is the intended endstate of all of the different parties involved.  Often, we can understand current actions by analyzing future intentions.  For instance, what is +Hank Johnson currently searching for and how does he think it will change or fix the global condition?  For that matter, if +H. Richard Loeb finds the truth, what will he do with it?  Is the motivation of the corporations as obvious as money or is it something else?  What are the desired endstates of all?

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I've been studying the information that +Klue S. revealed to Agents at the last #Helios  Anomaly.

This image in particular caught my attention.

The work I had been doing showed the possibility of underlying patterns in the #Helios Portals, but this articulation seems much more... distinct.

I intend to spend more time looking into this.

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As predicted, the new iteration of the Portal Virus was activated earlier today, increasing Portal decay rates to a mere four days (96 hours).

However, a far more mysterious development also emerged just moments ago...

It seems that a group of Portals in Europe, previously identified by the NIA as a High-Risk Portal Array due to the presence of a new and unknown Shaper signal, may be involved somehow in revealing the truth about the #Helios Artifacts.

The details are unclear, but it appears that each of the Portals in this group may, when accessed via the +Ingress Scanner technology, yield the locations of either the Target Portals themselves or the first group of XM Artifacts, all of which are expected to manifest in less than one week.

From what I can gather, this information will be extremely fleeting, available only to the first few Agents who hack these Portals. 

I hope, for all our sakes, that you are able to obtain this information and share it for further research before it is lost.
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