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"when you reach light speed, you become light. you are light.. there is nothing else..."


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light (lt) noun
1. Physics. a. internal linkElectromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range from about 4,000 (violet) to about 7,700 (red) angstroms and may be internal linkperceived by the normal unaided human eye. b. Electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength.
2. The sensation of perceiving light; brightness: a sudden light that made me blink.
3. a. A source of light, especially a lamp, a lantern, or an internal linkelectric lighting fixture: Turn out the lights when you leave. b. The illumination derived from a source of light: by the light of the internal linkmoon. c. The particular quantity or quality of such illumination: moved the lamp closer to get better light. d. The pathway or route of such illumination to a person: You're standing in his light.

Luna Information in formation

4. A mechanical device that uses illumination as a signal or warning, especially a beacon or traffic signal.
5. a. Daylight. b. Dawn; daybreak.
6. Something, such as a window, that admits illumination.
7. A source of fire, such as a match or cigarette lighter.
8. Spiritual awareness; illumination.
9. a. Something that provides internal linkinformation or clarification: threw some light on the question. b. A state of
awareness or understanding, especially as derived from a particular source: in the light of experience.
10. Public attention; general knowledge: brought the scandal to light.
11. A way of looking at or considering a matter; an aspect: saw the situation in a different light.
12. Archaic. Eyesight.
13. lights. One's individual opinions, choices, or standards: acted according to their own lights.
14. A person who inspires or is adored by another: My daughter is the light of my life.
15. A prominent or distinguished person; a luminary: one of the leading lights of the theater.
16. An expression of the eyes: a strange light in her eyes.
17. Light. In Quaker doctrine, the guiding spirit or divine presence in each person.
18. The representation of light in art.

lighted or lit (lt) lighting, lights verb, transitive
1. To set on fire; ignite or kindle.
2. To cause to give out light; make luminous: lit a lamp.
3. To provide, cover, or fill with light; illuminate: fireworks lighting the sky.
4. To signal, direct, or guide with or as if with illumination.
5. To enliven or animate: A internal linksmile lit her face.

verb, intransitive
1. To start to burn; be ignited or kindled: internal linkGreen wood does not light easily.
2. To emit light; be lighted: Wait until the indicator lights up.

lighter, lightest
1. Color. a. Having a greater rather than lesser degree of lightness. b. Of or being an additive primary color.
2. Characterized by or filled with light; bright: a room that is light when the shutters are open.
3. Not dark in color; fair: light hair and skin.
4. Served with milk or cream. Used of coffee.

- phrasal verb.
light up
1. To become or cause to become animated or cheerful.
2. To start smoking a cigarette, cigar, or pipe.

- idiom.
in (the) light of
In consideration of; in relationship to.
[Middle English, from Old English loht, lht.]

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"The alternative physics is a physics of light.  Light is composed of internal linkphotons, which have no antiparticle.  This means that there is no dualism in the world of light.  The conventions of relativity say that time slows down as one approaches the speed of light, but if one tries to internal linkimagine the point of view of a thing made of light, one must realize that what is never mentioned is that if one moves at the speed of light there is no internal linktime whatsoever.  There is an experience of time internal linkzero. So if one imagines for a moment oneself to be made of light, or in possession of a vehicle that can move at the speed of light, one can traverse from any point in the universe to any other with a internal linksubjective experience of time zero.  This means that one crosses to Alpha Centauri in time zero, but the amount of time that has passed in the relativistic universe is four and a half years.  But if one moves very great distances, if one crosses two hundred and fifty thousand light-years to Andromeda, one would still have a subjective experience of time zero."
    -internal linkTerence McKennainternal link_Archaic Revival_atomjacked inventory cache 

Terence McKenna - the force will be with you...always The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

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"It is easy to make a simple machine which will run toward the light or run away from it, and if such machines also contain lights of their own, a number of them together will show complicated forms of social behavior..."

 - internal linkNorbert Wiener, founder of the science of internal linkCybernetics

Norbert Wiener

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2/18/99 -- 5:51 PM
Scientists slow light to a crawl BOSTON (AP) - Scientists have managed to slow down light so much that if it were a car on a highway,  it could get a ticket for not getting over to the right-hand lane. The speed of light is normally about 186,000 miles per second, or fast enough to go around the world seven times in the wink of eye.

Scientists succeeded in slowing it down to 38 mph.   They did this by shooting a laser through extremely cold sodium atoms, which worked like ``optical molasses'' to slow the light down. While slow-speed light now is just a laboratory plaything for top physicists, Lene Vesergaard Hau, the Danish scientist who led the project, said practical applications could be a few years away. She envisions improved communications technology, switches, even night-vision devices.

The atoms were contained in what is called a Bose-internal linkEinstein condensate, a condition created when matter is cooled almost to absolute internal linkzero, the lowest temperature theoretically possible. That's 459.67 degrees below zero.  "We have really created an optical medium with crazy,  bizarre properties," Hau said. "Everybody knows that light is something that goes incredibly fast. If you  could possibly slow it down to a real human dimension.  That was really fantastic." The research, conducted at the Rowland Institute for Science in Cambridge and Harvard University, was described in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

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The internal linkHopi believe Akush to be the Dawn internal linkKatsina. The internal linkSumerians believed AK.U to be Beings of light.

Kachina - Spirit Of The Sun God

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It takes light one second to traverse 186,000 miles, and since these galaxies are trillions of miles away  from us, we are observing these galaxies as they   existed millions of years ago. Though we aren't   yet taught to think this way, the same concept  applies to objects close to you as well. It takes light a tiny fraction of a second to cross your  room. This is in fact a more accurate way to describe that distance. So as you look around  you, remember that you are observing the present as it used to be, not as it is. Your eyes can never actually see the present internal linkmoment. Every single thing you see is the past coming towards you. In a  completely literal sense, then, when you look at everything around you, you are staring across  time at history.

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Computer Communications

we're nothing but floating brains...

We have started to glimpse an end-point in our technical artifacts, which are on a threshold of becoming one with our media. To be mediated is now to be electronically mediated, and this has created two primary effects; an enormous speed-up in activity (akin to the organism's internal linkcentral nervous system) and a collapse in the internal linkperception of space (nothing is really far away anymore). Thus was the global village born, and thus Virilio can aptly pronounce, "Speed equals light." In an unforseen development of internal linkEinstein'swork, we see ourselves converted into energy spent upon communication.

And what is being communicated?

Our internal linkimagination.

internal linkMark Pesce, inventor of internal linkVRML

Albert Einstein Mark Pesce is 23 imagination manifests realities

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What is remarkable is that the path followed by the light through the layers of atmosphere is precisely that which gets it to its destination in the shortest possible time. In driving from a point in the city to a point in the country, we can reduce the total time if we shorten the time spent in the city, even at the expense of going a longer distance. Fermat, the famous 17th-century mathematician, was the first to solve this problem of the path for the minimum time. Yet light, going from a denser to a rarer medium, follows just this path. As internal linkPlanck himself said of the phenomenon: 'Thus, the internal linkphotons which constitute a ray of light behave like intelligent human beings: Out of all possible curves they always select the one which will take them most quickly to their goal.'

This law, that light always follows the path taking the shortest time, is known as the principle of least action. According to Planck again: '[It] made its discoverer internal linkLeibniz and soon after him also his follower Maupertuis, so boundlessly internal linkenthusiastic, for these scientists believed themselves to have found in it a tangible evidence for the ubiquitous higher reason ruling all nature.'

As the reader is probably aware, the notion of purpose or teleology is forbidden in science, among biologists especially, who, while they must be strongly tempted to invoke it at every turn, avoid it as a reformed alcoholic avoids a drink. Physicists avoid it because their problems don't require it.

Yet we find one of the greatest physicists [Planck] saying that: '...the historical development of theoretic research in physics had led in a remarkable way to a formulation of the principle of physical causality which possesses an explicitly teleological character.'

But I do not wish to make an issue of this question of teleology here. Let us simply note one thing: that there is only one exception to the exclusion of purpose from science, and this exception is light, which these several scientists have seen fit to regard as having a purposive behavior. Let us also note that the purposiveness is associated with that aspect of light known as the principle of action (or least action).

What did Planck add to this principle of action that was not already present in the ideas of Leibniz? It was the notion that action comes in quanta or wholes, and that this unit is constant. Note that despite the tendency to refer to energy as quantized--a habit which even good physicists are given to--it is not energy but action that comes in wholes.

Action = E x T (Energy x Time) = Constant (h)
- Arthur M. Young - _The Reflexive Universe_
(Arthur Young invented the Bell Helicopter)

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"The enlightenment consists of a mysterious light which the internal linkshaman suddenly feels in his body, inside his head, within the brain, an inexplicable searchlight, a luminous fire... for he can now, even with closed eyes, see through darkness and internal linkperceive things and coming events which are hidden from others: thus they look into the future and into the secrets of others."

- Native American Religions, Iglulik Eskimo Shaman Initiation

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internal linkLeary: Every metaphor approximating the visionary experience is optical: illumination, revelation, insight, perspective, reflection. Right down the list. I'm too senile to remember all of them, but punch "illumination" up into your computer thesaurus, and you'll get [laughs, nods, fades]. Light has always been the statement of the ultimate brain experience: internal linkTibetans talk about the White Light of the Void. Dante's Heaven was total white . . . the internal linkEgyptian religions, internal linksun. These are primitive anticipations of what we now have available. The human brain is starved for electronic stimulation; the human brain is addicted to light.

Timothy Lear's finger

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 A variation of sign for a rune from the oldest rune alphabet associated with light, breakthroughs and prosperity.

The most common Western ideogram for the internal linksun, sunshine, and light in general. It is used in meteorology, on cameras, and sometimes on household appliances like TV sets for light adjustment control or brightness control.
  Compare with the ancient sun sign26:8, preferred as a sign for the sun in scientific contexts.
  This and similar ideograms are found engraved in cromlech stones on Ireland and in Bretagne.

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All the firmaments of technology, all our computers and internal linknetworks, are built with light, of light, and for light, to hasten its spread around the world.  Light glows on the telecosm's periphery; it shines to its core; it illumines its webs and its links.  From Newton, internal linkMaxwell, and internal linkEinstein to internal linkRichard Feynman and Charles Townes, the more men have gazed at light, the more it turns out to be a phenomenon utterly different from anything else.  And yet everything else - every atom and every molecule - is fraught with its internal linkoscillating internal linkintensity.  In a very internal linkreal sense, the world IS light.

- George Gilder - _Telecosm_

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Elastic - 21-3 Salt Tank - Science And Nature on Internal (1996)
Goa Gil - Burning Man Moontribe - Sound Without Walls
Swans - White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity on Young Gods (1991) Swans - The Great Annihilator on Young God (1995)
Ambient Temple Of Imagination - Mystery School September Plateau - Occasional Light on Elsie and Jack (1999)

Bad Religion - Against The Grain 12" purple translucent vinyl
Modest Mouse - Moon And Antarctica (2000) The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin 12" (gatefold)(1999)
A Small Good Thing - Slim Westerns on Soleil Moon (1995) Cursive - Such Blinding Stars For Starving Eyes on Epitaph (1997)
Drexciya - Neptune's Lair on Tresor (1999)\ Cul De Sac - Crashes To Light, Minutes To Fall on Thirsty Ear (1999)
Johannes Heil - Future Primitive 12inchx2 on Kanzleramt (2000) Christ - Pylonesque ep 12inch on Benbecula (2002)
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin 12" (gatefold)(1999)

Datacide - Flowerhead on Asphodel (1995) Atom Heart - Morphogenetic Fields CD on Our Choice (1994)
Tortoise - TNT on Thrill Jockey (1998) Firewater - The Ponzi Scheme on Uptown/Univers (1998)
Steve Roach - Light Fantastic Volta Do Mar - At The Speed Of Light Or Day on Arborvitae (2001)
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Closer To It 12inch on Discomforme (1973)

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti 12"x2 (yellow vinyl)

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