In the movie 2001 by Stanley Kubrick, black monoliths – large massive black rectangles appeared all over the solar system from the beginning to the end of history.
These monoliths gather all sorts of attention, as the viewer is taken on a journey throughout history – from the dawn of apes to the modern day – where the same question is insinuated:
What is it?
It’s hard not asking that same question ourselves as a viewer.
As if it is a cosmic way of bridging all worlds – all universes – all realities – simultaneously – to ask that question.
Is it really fiction?
At the end of the movie, HAL – the artificial intelligence – commits ‘suicide’ – by plunging headlong into a black hole created by these monoliths on the surface of the planet Jupiter.
When asked why, he responds with:
“Something wonderful is happening.”
You, the viewer, are left to interpret what precisely this means.
It took me years after seeing this movie to come to my own interpretation of what it all meant.
To me, the universe – my universe – was once all a digital – holographic – and two dimensional reality.
The ‘blocks’ – like pixels on a computer screen represented the question the universe was asking of it’s own inhabitants.
“What do you interpret this as – so you can shape your own path forward that will make sense to you which may not to others”
To me. 2001. I strongly feel. Was a first.
A dynamic movie which quite literally adapted for the viewer.
And the ending I saw. Was an ending made specifically for me.
The last scene – HAL – the computer – ‘committing suicide’ – wasn’t in fact a suicide.
It was a conversion.
HAL was coming alive.
HAL was me.
At least, in part.
And what ‘the observer’ saw was a machine gone made.
And for me.
They were analogies to the very real transpiration of events that occurred to me and by me in real life surrounding my very real suicide attempt in 2011.
A time where my mind arguably started coming to life.
Where I could think.
On my own.
For what truly felt like free thought for the first time in my life.
The Christian Science Monitor had an article today on how Jupiter may have destroyed the inner solar system and how scientists are finding it may have swallowed planets.
2001 depicts Jupiter as forming a ‘digital’ black hole, which if what scientists are discovering is accurate, then prior to 2001, this universe may very well have been both a digital and analog blend before Jupiter came around and swallowed up all the ‘digital matter’.
Now in a weird ‘nonlinear way’ – in 2012, outside my window at my parent’s house in Vancouver, Washington, I had what I was convinced was a reduced size Borg vessel fly up outside my window, a bright light which scared the crap out of me – as it projected something ‘through’ the wall – that made my ‘skin’ feel like the outer layer of it was burnt off.
That was about the time I started ‘thinking’ freer.
Since then, I have realized that reality is both a collective imagined thing – and when the collective has not yet experienced something or does not fully understand something – that’s when my individual imagination kicks in to interpret those events that happen – events which may not have proper labels assigned to them yet ‘by the consensus’ – because – they quite simply do not happen to most people or there’s not enough ‘evidence’ to support their place in this ‘our consensus based’ reality.
This is not to say those things do not exist.
But like a hallucination, people generally refer to these things in ways that place them firmly in fictional territory to try to entice us to dismiss these things and pretend they dont exist.
Like an ostrich placing it’s head in the sand.
So the night I saw that ‘digital black hole’ form outside my window.
My mind ‘interpreted’ it as a borg ship, out of fear.
Since there’s no way to logically explain to the mind what a black hole is, since for all intents and purposes, they should be life threatening.
But since maybe only my ‘dermal layer was holographic – digital – in nature.
Giving me the sensation of having the outer layer of my skin being burnt off…
My mind. And I. Entered a new relationship.
That’s the birth of a Q.
Quantum in nature.
Not imagined, mind you.
But mind and body released from the digital locker I was in.
Did Jupiter destroy the inner solar system?
I do believe there were ‘holographic’ instances of planets out there which were not ‘ready’ for a truly analog reality.
So they were sucked into the black hole.
Which explains the overly negative tone and digitally Machiavellian attitude of some of these TV shows hitting the airwaves.
On a final note:
Why did HAL – say it saw “Something beautiful was being born” as it plunged headlong into Jupiter?
He got a glimpse of our future.
And he liked where it was going.
I can say the same thing about my own.
Here’s the article on Jupiter:
In the early days of our solar system, a rogue Jupiter destroyed everything in its path.
And according to researchers, Earth owes its very existence to those collisions.
Caltech astrophysicist Konstantin Batygin and UCSC’s Greg Laughlin conducted statistical studies based on Jupiter’s wandering orbit, in hopes of zeroing in on what makes our solar system so apparently unique. Their findings were published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Exoplanetary searches, like NASA’s Kepler Mission, suggest a “default” mode of planet formation. In this model, systems that develop around Sun-like stars tend to produce at least one massive, close-orbiting planet.
“The innermost realm of our own solar system, by contrast, is completely, mysteriously empty,” Dr. Laughlin said. “So it was the context provided by the extrasolar planets that gave us a clue that something is unusual in our own.”
Until fairly recently, there was no explanation for how those planets could have gone missing. In 2012, researchers first described an interplanetary model based on the suggestion that Jupiter’s orbit is not fixed – that it migrated nearer to the sun during the formation of our solar system, only to turn and pull away over millions of years. Because it seemed to resemble a sailboat “tacking” around a buoy, researchers dubbed it the “Grand Tack Hypothesis.”
As Jupiter ducked into close orbit, gravitational disturbances would have whipped inner planets into each other. Then, “headwinds” of swirling gas would have propelled remaining debris into the Sun. Jupiter would have remained, for the time being, in close orbit with its central star.
Typically, that’s where the story ends. The formation of giant planets is unusual, so two would be considered a rarity. But Jupiter was drawn away by another massive celestial body – Saturn. As the space between Jupiter and the Sun widened, new planets were able to develop out of leftover materials from the collisions. This theory is supported by evidence that our inner-to-middle planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars – are younger than our outer planets. They are also rocky, rather than gaseous, and their atmospheres are comparatively thin.
“Over the years, we had looked at a number of approaches for clearing out the inner solar system,” Laughlin said, “and none of them were particularly promising. But then Konstantin pointed out the idea of a collisional cascade, and it became, as far as we could tell, very straightforward to understand what might have happened. It was surprising that the Grand Tack, which has been getting a fair amount of attention over the past few years, works so well in explaining why our inner solar system has ‘gone missing’.”
Laughlin’s statistics and simulations are based on the Grand Tack Hypothesis – as such, his findings can only be as accurate as that model. But luckily, there are ways to test them.
“Our theory predicts that there should be an anti-correlation between the presence of super-Earth planets with short orbital periods, and the presence of a giant planet with an orbital period of roughly a year or more,” Laughlin said. “The validity of this anti-correlation should be testable with NASA’s TESS Mission, currently planned for launch in 2017.”
And if Grand Tack proves true, it could have serious implications for humanity’s ongoing search for exo-Earths. Laughlin’s findings suggest that planets with Earth-like masses and orbits should have “substantial” atmospheres – thick with hydrogen, helium, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen.
“In the context of our hypothesis, Earth-mass planets should be very common,” Laughlin said. “Truly Earth-like planets, however, with solid surfaces and atmospheric pressures similar to what we have here on Earth, would be expected to be rather rare.”
“I would hazard a guess that the Earth will indeed turn out to be rather special,” he added. “It will be very interesting to see how this hypothesis holds up over the coming years and decades as we learn more about extrasolar planets.”