I was thinking about an idea about translating the stock market index number into musical tones so that you could hear the stock market. Also about generating a video representation of the stock market, almost like a medical machine that records heart beat, having that line going across the screen. It would sound really different at different "resolutions" like a day, versus a year, a decade, etc. It would smooth out the longer the period covered I guess. There are archives of all the stock market data. If there was a database, then you could set conditions for playing the data as music and image, like range of date, frequency of sample (i.e.1x day), and range of tones from high to low that numbers would be interpellated to. It is a historic time line, as well as a melody line.
Thinking of it as a kind of life sign of the market. The idea was that this might be the sound and background for a "stock market rain dance".
I was wondering if you would be at all interested in exploring this idea.
I'm thinking about doing an Into Collapse event in October.
The other thing is that after our conversation the other night I thought alot about the influence of thought structures, and the thing about Buddhism isn't spiritualism at all, it's about becoming conscious of the role of unconscious thought structures, that humans have thought structures that they mistake for reality, i.e. they think their brain is a non-distorting medium that transmits full reality, and this produces delusion. Buddhism is becoming aware of the mind itself and the delusions it produces. So real buddism is its own kind of science, and critiques scientific positivism as a thinking structure that is delusional. That doesn't mean it's not useful to employ those thinking structures for particular purposes, but in the larger sense, both scientific positivism and mainstream economics are delusional. I'm really interested in the kinds of delusions that our thinking structures produce, the migrating baseline being one example (using our own birth as the beginning of time.) ("Neurotic" delusions are from generalizing the family conditions we were born into as universal rules of existence.)
I also felt aware of very powerful structuring ideas that you use around individualism, dichotomizing and determinism. I think determinism is one of those thought structure delusions.
I think it starts out with delusion that the present is an inevitable determined outcome. There could have been no other present conditions that what is. Like mind centering around the present and inferring everything else from that reference point. The present is natural and inevitable. Everything led up to this and could only have lead up to this. No other outcome was possible.
From thinking of the present as an inevitable outcome, the past process is inferred as a deterministic process that had to lead to the present, and from this is projected a determined future. Since humans participated in this process, then humans must also be determined, because if humans didn't have a determining essence, then the whole process couldn't be determined.
So the outcome of a kind of "self-centered" intuitive notion that I and the here and now are the only thing that could possibly have existed, comes a whole deterministic vision. I think it comes of out a delusion based on the protection of the sense of self. We can't imagine how we could have failed to come into being.
But the problem is that determinism leaves us totally helpless, trapped, complicit, even against our will. It leads to hopelessness, guilt, and anger. Like any trapped animal.
So I think it's really interesting and important to try to become conscious of the way we as humans structure our perception of reality, and continually transcend our brain structures, and by doing this, and only by doing this, do we actually become free. Human freedom is only a potentiality of our intelligence.
What's called spiritualism is really just the accurate perception that everything is interconnected, and denying that is the delusion of technological progress.
So to me the Buddhist perspective is really about becoming more realistic.