1. voice of:

    William S. Burroughs on lecture on public discourse…

    I found that sometimes I’m able to control the dream and some times I’m able to direct myself before going to sleep to dream about certain subject and sometimes I’m not. The important thing was to see your hands in the dream and I made effort to do this number of times and but only a couple of times that I’ve succeed actually seeing my hands during the dream…

    For me, one of the most important new facts about dreams is that they are a biologic necessity. You see, they have made experiments of waking people up whenever they start to dream; they can tell by the rapid eye movements, and also by the brainwaves – the brainwaves at dreams are very much like the brainwaves at people when they’re awake – and if they keep interfering with the REM sleep, as the dream sleep, very soon the subject will show all the symptoms of sleeplessness, no matter how much a dreamless sleep they’re aloud, and eventually will be fatal, as within two weeks or so. So we know now that dreams are a biologic necessity, which means that they must serve a very important function.

    The next step is to go into space, to leave the planet. But we’re not there yet.

    Here we have an artefact weighing about 170 pounds that cannot exist outside of a very specialised environment – sort of a whole aqualung. And the official space programs, how do they propose to solve this? They are going to move this whole artefact, the human artefact, in its environment, from one place to another. It would not occur to them to start from the other end. Now you have an object, X (that is the human body), and you want to transport X, say, from earth to space – from E to S – and X is heavy and can only live in a whole medium. So why not alter X to reduce its weight and its dependency on its medium? That would seem a logical approach to the problem. And this would not occur to the official programs because they accept the human artefact with all its limitations. In effect they accept the limitations imposed by Christianity; by what Crowley calls the slave gods. Now the human body is much too dense for space conditions. We have a model to hand, and that is less dense, in fact almost weightless and that would be the astral or dream body. And I postulate that the function of dreams may be to prepare us for space. And that is why they are a biologic necessity.

    But we’re not there yet.


    …they were here and now they’re gone…

  2. If he hadn’t mentioned dreams at the beginning, I would have thought that his recommendation would be genetic manipulation (in order to reduce the size of humans). We would even save on food, water and energy that way!

    P.S. Cool music!


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