Saturday, February 19, 2005

Code Name "Arc" - Part 1

Gentle visitors, our investigative team has been busy pouring over recently declassified documents at the National Archives, searching for the kind of cryptic history that you can only find hereunder. We offer the following gem, which we discovered.

DECLASSIFIED PER OID-DO 04-19265
12/14/04
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PROJECT CODE NAMED "ARC"
CLASS: TS

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MEETING TRANSCRIPT
LANGLEY - OffPsyOps - 3/12/75
PRESENT: WELBY, M. NO. 1, NO. 2

[REDACTED] ...

WELBY: We just stumbled on this while doing research into the link between light deprivation and increased incidence of depression during winter months in the mid to higher latitudes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

NO. 1: Are there any determined physical causes?

WELBY: We think so -- though, we haven't isolated them yet -- as well as metaphysical causes?

NO. 1: Pardon?

WELBY: Metaphysical. That would take some time to explain. Basically, it comes down to fiat lux. Pre- and post-creational issues: nothing as against being; "darkness" and the void as against "light" and fullness; a kind of pre-reflective, spiritual dread of the "nought" -- thought to be some kind of reverberation from the prior abyss, if you will, connected, in some way, to an early cataclysmic human incident, leading to mutational material and immaterial effects. Kierkegaard, among others, has touched upon it. As did, Aquinas, earlier on. But, again, that would take some time.

NO 1: Okay.

WELBY: Anyhow, as I mentioned, we set up several groups of human subjects and introduced a variety of techniques -- light boxes, increased physical activity, and the like. The group I described earlier showed, by far, the greatest benefit. In most cases, a complete cessation of depression indicators -- in some cases, sustained elation.

NO. 1: Hmmm. But, how do you think that would address our project?

WELBY: One word: freedom.

NO. 1: I'm lost.

NO. 2: Ditto.

WELBY: I'm sorry gentlemen. I keep forgetting that you're primarily concerned with temporary or localized mental manipulation through chemo-electrical applications or external stimuli. This goes much deeper.

We now know that much of matter and energy is governed, to put it simply, by the circle: revolutions and roundness. Astronomical movements and objects; circadian rhythms; seasonal cycles -- note the winter depression; a strange attraction in humans to round and spherical objects; right down to the cellular and even sub-atomic level. The circular shape seems to be constitutive of the entire universe, from the immense to the minute, and humans seems to be keyed to and comprised of the same pattern.

NO. 2: Revolution? Uh, doc, I think that's exactly what we trying to counter.

WELBY: Exactly my point. That's where they got it wrong: mistaking the material cause for the final cause. Everything tells us that the whole human project is teleological; whereas, they insist that it's cyclical, thereby encompassing and trapping the human subjects into an interminable series of revolutions. Paradoxically, however, we found that by introducing the sphere and the revolution in a simple, material, and physical way tends to release the subjects from the cycle of depression and dread.

NO. 1: Well, doc, you've evidently given this a lot thought. And..., you think that would work over there?

WELBY: Worth a try.

NO. 1: Hmm.

[to be continued]

4 Comments:

Blogger palinurus said...

Yogi Berra
Was in Erra
When he said, like such a brain,
It's deja vu all over again.

2/20/2005 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

So this is what they've been doing with my tax money.

2/20/2005 07:40:00 AM  
Blogger Ned said...

Well, I can't say that I have experienced seasonal affective disorder. I just chart the minutes of daylight lost from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice(paying close attention to the darkness we are cast into as a result of the end of daylight savings time) and post on a bulletin board the number of minutes and seconds gained at the beginning and end of each day thence until the first day of spring. My psychiatrist assures me this is just plain old obsessive compulsive disorder. Perhaps that is just circular reasoning.

2/20/2005 10:03:00 AM  
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