Get the recording for the return session of Radio Free VALIS, presented by Penn State University and SynchCast and hosted by Professor Richard Doyle a.k.a Mobius.
"Pink is real or it is not, but it is just as real or not-real as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet."
~ Michael Moyer, Stop this Absurd War on the Color Pink ~ Scientific American
"In 2-74 there was no pink light as such. But sunlight. Fish sign + light. Like Boehme. And Mr. Tagomi."
~Philip K. Dick, The Exegesis, Folder 57, p. 009, Q 14. zebrapedia.psu.edu
Why would one man write nearly nine thousand pages after the epiphanic experience of being fired upon by an "info rich beam of pink light?" Writer Philip K. Dick's The Exegesis, now partially accessible to scholars in print as well as digitally at zebrapedia.psu.edu, attempts to explicate a 1974 experience of what he called "pure consciousness." In this mammoth text, Dick worked through the range of all possible explanations for this anomalous event of "ultra thought", including an alien immanent god he called VALIS, a cosmic galactic network of living information. By pursuing a relentless path of writing and thinking through the unbelievable with humor, skepticism and a passion for the truth, Dick ultimately exhausts his capacity to think any further, arriving, again, at pure consciousness. Beyond thought, PKD writes up his journey as a story featuring himself as a fictional character in the novel Valis. Through the pages of the Exegesis and the novels, PKD discovers and relates the unthinkable: the self is itself a fiction, relating perhaps the necessary and sufficient conditions for the experiences of 1974: what the Advaita tradition calls the perception of ìno selfî. Along with a necessarily compressed account of PKD's text and its journey beyond thought, this webinar will briefly explore the question: Why was the light pink?
In this evolutionary iteration of the transpersonal collective intelligence summoned by The Exegesis itself, let us gather to observe the eternal character of our collective quest for cosmic self understanding. Join mobius and the crew of the Starship Zebrapedia as we behold no beginning, no end, but plenty of Exegesis, with a focus on the outstanding mysteries of Folder 57. The mysteries of Folder 57 are within you!
Professor Richard Doyle, aka "mobius", has taught courses on Philip K. Dick since 1994. Since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture. After completing a PhD at UC Berkeley and a post doctoral fellowship at MIT, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and written a trilogy of scholarly books on the effects of information technologies on human evolution and the effects of language on consciousness. His latest, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants & The Evolution of the Noösphere, focuses on the co-evolution of humans with psychedelic plants such as psilocybin, cannabis and ayahuasca. Rich is co-host of our SynchCast monthly WebShow "Exploring the Soul of Nature" with Joanna Harcourt-Smith. mobiused.wordpress.com