Wade Frazier

Energy and the Human Journey: Where We Have Been; Where We Can Go

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Hi:

This post will be a little break from wrapping up my lessons learned posts, and this will be on music, musicians, and me.  I was precocious in many ways, and when I was about ten, my parents had me take piano lessons from a private teacher.  They also bought me a trumpet, and I took lessons at school.  As I recall, my parents seemed to prime my piano teacher to think that she might have had some kind of musical prodigy on her hands, but it quickly became clear that I had no musical ability.  After a year, I was mercifully relieved of taking piano lessons (baseball, basketball, bowling, and later, golf, were my pastimes, and I ended up being in collegiate track, using those hunter-gatherer large muscle groups, while women’s nimble fingers reflect their gathering-duty co-evolution), and when grammar school ended, so did my trumpet days.  That trumpet became a family relic, and I don’t recall what ever became of it.  

My mother’s sisters and parents were all virtuoso musicians, in singing, piano, the violin, and other instruments.  My grandmother and aunt sang in their church’s choir almost continuously for nearly a century, and my aunt may still today.  On my father’s side, my aunts were also virtuoso singers and musicians.  But those genes totally eluded me.  I became an athlete, with a world-class throwing arm that I got my from father, but I have typical autism-spectrum poor small-motor control, and more than 40 years after my first typing class and working on keyboards for most of my waking hours, I have never been able to type as you are supposed to, partly because I have trouble using my little fingers.  That poor small motor control alone disqualified me from making music with my hands, and I can’t carry a note with my voice.  Even my wife has musician siblings.  It is kind of funny to me that I call my little effort building a choir.

In my home, my redneck father could not get enough country-and-western music, and all that I heard while growing up was Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, and the like.  At age 12, I walked out of Let it Be, as I did not even know who those hippies were.  That is an example of how musically isolated my home was back then.  I almost never listen to country-and-western music today.  :)  

It was not until my high school years that I “woke up” to popular music, and when I was 20, my stepmother bought me a gift certificate to a music store.  I had never bought a record before, and the gift certificate could buy two albums.  I remember spending an hour in the store, making sure that I was getting bang-for-the-buck with what might be my only music purchase ever.  I finally settled on Boston’s debut album and Queen’s A Night at the Opera.  Little did I know what I was getting into.  Within a year, I became an audiophile.  I had the most money that I ever had until only within the past decade, and spent thousands of dollars on albums and equipment, putting records on cassette tapes, which I still have in a box in the attic, I believe.  

I also began to damage my hearing and have been going deaf since the 1980s, and have worn hearing aids for the past decade, at my wife’s insistence.  With no musical ability, I somehow became an avid music fan, and listen to music for most of my waking hours.  My digitized collection has more than 20,000 tracks in it.  Before I really began my career, I lived with a close relative who was a professional musician, a Frank Sinatra sound-alike who was passed off as Frank on one of Frank’s albums, and every day for months, I would come home to the big band sound that he incessantly played.  I grew to like it, and still listen to it regularly.  When I began my career in LA, one of my roommates was an aspiring musician, and he made some pretty good stuff, but LA is full of aspiring musicians, and the music stories were like the writing/acting/directing/producing stories that I heard from my pals – it is a shark tank!  One of my closest friends was Michael Sembello’s manager, and he said that he could have retired on just one of the royalty checks that Michael received when he had his big hit.  He is the same person who was crippled by a hit-and-run incident on his motorcycle.  

That friend also introduced me to a man channeling Seth in LA, who was also a professional musician, and I went twice a month for two years.  One brother became an aspiring saxophone player, I ended up financially supporting his years of practice.  Due to some recent interactions, I decided to look up a boy who grew up two doors from me, whom I babysat when I was a teenager.  I heard that he became a music producer in LA.  I just discovered that he became famous, but died a decade ago.  He did not even make it to 40.  My father hired his father for his first professional job.  That father was raised in Montana and never saw the ocean until he moved to Ventura.  He instantly became an avid scuba diver, but met a typical scuba diver’s fate when he did not come up one day, and he was not yet 50.  Too young!

During my years of attending Seth’s amazing sessions, I befriended some regulars, some of whom were musicians.  Attending channeling sessions around 1990 was quite the thing to do in LA.  I recall Elizabeth Perkins attending once, and I did not even notice her.  My future wife had to tell me later that she attended, as one of twenty people or so, with her regular attendee pal, who was an aspiring Hollywood actress who I don’t think ever made it bigger than some soap operas.  Hollywood stars generally do not like playing stars when living their lives, try to be inconspicuous, and I always left them alone.  I encountered them all the time in my LA days, especially in Westwood and Hollywood, when I went to the movies, which was my primary recreation in my LA days.

In about 1990, technology had improved to the point where aspiring musicians could make their own albums without record company patronage or investing their life’s savings.  One of those Seth session musicians made an album in those days and I attended one of his shows.  A track from his album has a prominent place in my New Age playlist today.  For many years, I thought about him, and although we did not keep in touch, he was on my list to contact after I published my big essay.  I thought that he might be receptive to my work and might even be choir material, but when I contacted him a couple of years ago, he blew me off in one email.  That was not long after receiving Peter Ward’s reaction to my big essay, and that musician’s reaction is almost the point of this post.  I know that I am looking for needles in haystacks, and that reaction from that musician is only one of many like it from my social circles.

Where I work today, one of my closest colleagues began his career as a musician.  He was a composer who played piano with a symphony behind him, playing his music.  After a decade of that, and working in Hollywood a lot, he decided that his career was going nowhere.  He then had an experience not far removed from mine, which led him into accounting.  He has a concert Steinway in his home, which he plays once every few months, and he amazingly can’t casually listen to music.  With his background, when he hears music, he involuntarily begins deconstructing it.  He can’t just listen to music and enjoy it.  He is ruined for music listening, with his composer’s background.  I think about that, me with no talent who can hardly get through the day without listening, while a composer can’t stand it.  For me, music is a great way to ground my emotions and balance my mind.  I’ll do it until I can’t hear anymore, and then it might be just playing that music in my head.  

Part of the reason for this post is that my public writings have also attracted musicians.  What is that all about?  Well, I’ll buy Joya Pope’s reading of me as an Old Artisan.  Before that reading, the last role that I thought that I might be was an Artisan.  We can’t read ourselves, mostly because our egos get in the way.  I thought that I was maybe a Server, Warrior, or Scholar, serving probable Kings like Dennis.  But after Joya’s reading, I thought about my life, and my only possessions of note were my music collection, my growing library, and visual art, prints of paintings, mostly, especially Vinny V.  I was in the middle of doing a lot of system design at my day job, and I was a talented actor when young, saw classmates trying to break into Hollywood when I was in high school, and I did more than one Hollywood audition.  I was also just beginning my writing “career” then, and soon after Joya’s reading, I said, “Duh!”  :) How obvious, in retrospect.

My big essay and site in general is a classic Old Artisan undertaking.  So, what about this music thread that has run through my life?  If I am an Old Artisan, I must have had quite a few musical lifetimes, and I strongly suspect that my soul blocked that ability in this lifetime, but left me a window so that I could enjoy what I had spent many lifetimes involved with, but as a consumer/spectator/patron.  I think that the basket of gifts and challenges handed to me when I was born was intended to shape the trajectory that my life took, and I could have easily been “distracted” by pursuing careers in music, acting, painting, etc.  So, I was purposely handicapped, to help ensure that I accomplished my mission.  I certainly cannot prove that to anybody, but I slowly received that impression over many years.  No complaints, but seeing that invisible hand at work can be both reassuring and unnerving, especially when I can tell that my “friends” are not finished with me in this lifetime.  It is mixed bag to be “chosen” in this way, but I have no regrets.  I am listening to Dan Fogelberg as I write this.  :)  

Best,

Wade

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Hi:

This will be one of those “statement” posts that I make periodically.  The past few days have seen my reading include Keith Otterbein’s masterpiece, The Anthropology of War, and I attached an image that I made after one of his, a version of which will go in my big essay revision.  His slim volume is the most succinct summary that I have seen on the issue.

Otterbein called himself a structuralist, stating that social and political organization decides why there are wars, but as you can see in that diagram, his structuralist political and social theories ride on top of the economic situation.  The extinction of large game led to the Agricultural Revolution.  When women brought in more calories than the men did, those societies often became matrilineal, and those are what Otterbein called “Type B” societies, and they are the most peaceful preindustrial societies.  Type A societies are dominated by male gangs (AKA “Fraternal Interest Groups”) and are exceedingly violent.

There are certainly variations to those generalizations, but not very significant ones, and I found that explanations of human social and political organization lose their punch when they stray from evolutionary and economic dynamics.  All human societies circle in a close orbit to those realities.  And evolution and economics are all about energy, at their root.  The level of energy surplus defines the wellbeing of individuals, species, and societies, without exception.  Each Epoch of the human journey was based upon that Epoch’s level of energy surplus, again without exception.  

Sociality is an adaptive response of animals and even plants, for survival.  Human sociality is a pre-sentient phenomenon, and is largely about creating in-groups and outgroups, and early human societies and religions were conditioned by warfare with their neighbors.  In times of war and external pressure, in-group pressure to conform is at its high, which I saw in the USA after 9/11.  The American people were almost effortlessly convinced to cheer the invasion of a nation that had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 and was not a threat to anybody.  Sentience was hard to find in those days.

I am continually approached by people who are stuck in social consciousness, and proselyting to their social circles is typical for free energy newcomers.  Heck, I did more than that, and no tale of ostracism would surprise me.  My own mother campaigned against me.  

I seek people who have raised their games far above social consciousness, and I know that they are needles in haystacks.  Psychopaths have in-groups of one.  Most people’s social circles are no more than 250 people or so, which are, to one degree or another, their in-groups, but when times get tough, their in-groups quickly shrink to their immediate families.  In hard winters, the Inuit could even eat their children, as people can justify anything.  I imagine that when hunger returned after dining on their children, the parents began looking at each other as food.

The people I seek see all life on Earth as their in-group.  What my fellow travelers had in common was the honesty to see through their in-group’s lies, but they always drank the Kool-Aid, first.  Then they awoke to the lies.  

Part of that awakening process is seeing through the scarcity-based ideologies that dominate their cultures, and those I am familiar with the West are all based on fear, scarcity, and they are egocentric.  None of them will survive into the Fifth Epoch.  

Money is a meaningless abstraction, yet Westerners treat it as something real, and economists have abetted that delusion, as they ignored the real world in favor of social theories.  My work is about understanding how our world really works, not the social consciousness version of it. 

Best,

Wade

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Hi:

I was driven from my sleep recently, by what was kind of a nightmare, seemingly triggered about recent reading on the Permian extinction and thinking about our current ice age.  This will take a little telling.  That recent paper that is being trumpeted by Global Warming deniers highlights several important issues.  The Capitanian and Permian extinctions coincided with huge volcanic events, and the ultimate cause was the formation of Pangea.  The volcanic events ultimately ended a 100-million year ice age, and continued volcanism led to a 200-million-year greenhouse Earth that the dinosaurs thrived in.  The formation of Pangea exposed 90% of the continental shelves, which is the abode of most marine life.  A brief ice age would have exposed even more of the shelves, and it appears that a hydrogen sulfide event accompanied it, which was a coup de grace for marine life, and perhaps also on land.  Did a wild swing in the chaos of that ending ice age do in most marine life?  Wild swings also characterized the snowball Earth that preceded the eon of complex life, which was also a time of a supercontinent.  The wild swings likely have a lot to do with mass extinctions (and warming has been implicated more than once, although cooling seems to be implicated more often), as conditions change faster than life can adapt to them.  There are some winners, while most lose.

Humanity is causing the latest wild swing, mostly due to extracting and burning Earth’s hydrocarbon deposits, essentially creating an artificial global volcano, which I will contribute to in a few minutes when I drive to work.  But my quasi-nightmare was around the current ice age that we are in.  The last glacial interval had radically different vegetation than today.  I have read people lauding our polluting ways, as it may have already delayed the next glacial interval by 50,000 years or so.  But the human saga will be resolved very soon.  We are going to get over the hump of integrity and sentience required to get into the Fifth Epoch, or we are going to precipitate a mass extinction that may take us with it.  The ice age that we are in the midst of will not affect that outcome.  The return of the ice sheets is way too far off to matter. And if humanity attains the Fifth Epoch, there is going to be a radically different relationship with Earth and her ecosystems.  It could look a lot like that heavenly Roads world.  And then we will see if returning ice sheets are in the cards, or if they will even matter.  

Best,

Wade

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Hi Freeknowledge:

Good to see you doing your homework.  Yes, I like to think that we are going down the bonobo path.  I am putting Sex at Dawn on my list.

Yesterday, while in my crazy work environment, an idea for a new table in my big essay popped into my head.  It will be a when, where, who, what, how, and why table on the Epochal Events.  The gist of it will be…


The first event: c. 2.5 mya to 1.0 mya, East or South Africa, australopiths/Homo habilis/Homo erectus, stone tools/fire, upright apes learned to make stone tools and control fire, manual dexterity and increasing intelligence, forced to leave the trees, learned to walk upright, and intelligently used hands to develop new energy technologies.

The second event: c. 60 kya, East Africa, behaviorally modern humans, super-predation, humanity conquered all ecosystems, primarily fueled by Earth’s large terrestrial animals, and a likely crisis at home drove the Founder Group to leave Africa.

The third event: c. 11 kya, Fertile Crescent, women, domesticating plants, plants with edible energy stores were cultivated, large animals rendered extinct in region where plants could be successfully cultivated.

The fourth event: 1709-1710, England, Abraham Darby and Thomas Newcomen, use of coal for smelting metal and powering engines, controlled burning of coal in new applications, centuries after a deforested England turned to coal, and those inventions founded a new Epoch.

The fifth event has not happened yet, at least for public consumption.  If it happens and the whole story can be told, the summary will look something like this: 20th century, United States of America, various inventors and private/governmental interests, technologies developed that harvest energy from the zero-point field, the technologies generally relied on magnetics, the mastery of electricity, some extraterrestrial assistance and captured technologies, and late-20th century energy crises, as fossil fuels became depleted, and the sequestering of those technologies by the global elite was finally overcome.  


Time for another long day.

Best,

Wade

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Hi Freeknowledge:

I spent a long time in analysis of Mr. Mentor’s engine and Dennis’s heat pump.  Both are amazing technologies, and could they work together to produce FE?  I don’t know.  We were trying to find out when we got the boom lowered on us.  In the entire history of FE attempts, it is one of the more tantalizing, although I am also the first to admit that what Sparky had blew those technologies away, and what my friend was shown was the 35th generation or so beyond what Sparky and others like him developed in their shops and garages.  Fischer’s engine was also very interesting, and Dennis ultimately spent a few fruitless years trying to develop it before Fischer took the money and ran, in typical inventor style.  

I will take a minute before rushing off to work and another 70-80 hour week, and repeat a theme that I have discussed before, of grounding.  A big reason for my big essay’s long, slow journey through the history of life on Earth and humanity’s Epochs is to ground the energy issue with my readers, and when they reach the FE issue, they can perhaps stay grounded and not fly off into the numerous unproductive directions that I have witnessed over the years.  Staying grounded while merely thinking about the biggest event in the human journey is not easy.  I constantly encounter people who want to rush out and “do something,” and I have yet to see even one of them who was not heading straight toward disaster.  This has to be a long, slow journey, taken by people who are grounded, or it will not go anywhere or will become a flaming catastrophe.  I have lived through enough of those for one lifetime.  

As an aside, if you look at my recent post on humanity’s epochs, some kind of energy crisis likely contributed to each one.  It was necessity and survival, not a sense of adventure.  

The homework that Freeknowledge is doing is part of my curriculum, and helps people stay grounded.  

Best,

Wade

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Hi:

Real briefly, before I go to work, I may put up my own “fake news” post one day, but it will mostly be about the fake news in the mainstream media.  I was spurred to write this from an article in Scientific American that I read yesterday.  It really helps to know the bias and ideological commitments of any media, as they all have them.  Even a great publication like Z Magazine is not immune.  Every issue has pictures of protestors holding up their hand-made signs, and Z Magazine’s founder openly admits that he is all about coercing the elites to relinquish their power via protest.  But he is ideologically opposed to the very idea of how much influence those elites might have.  Those disjointed stances took me many years to understand.  

In the April 2017 issue of Scientific American was an article about online conspiracy theories, how they spread, who subscribes to them, and how to fight them.  While pointing out some important aspects of the conspiracist “echo chamber,” the authors uncritically worshipped the Establishment, although they seemed oblivious to the fact that they were.  Anybody who challenges vaccination has a screw loose, although the editor of Lancet himself said that up to half of all medical research was worthless due to conflicts of interest, and you will be hard-pressed to find an enlightened doctor who believes in vaccination, just like enlightened dentists don’t believe in fluoridation.  But in the eyes of those conspiracist analysts, they see no problem with such medical interventions, although the conflicts of interest can be mind-boggling.  They literally framed the issue as “conspiracy versus science,” which is about the baldest formulation of their ideology that I have seen.  There is no such thing as conscious collusion in their worldview.  Elites cannot influence events, and other mainstream fairy tales, and those hardnosed scientists cannot seem to fathom why there might be at least some truth to conspiracist lore.  

It just highlights the naïveté of scientists, and hardly an issue of Scientific American fails to include a materialist sermon, often delivered by materialist zealot Michael Shermer.  I am not saying that Scientific American is worthless – far from it - but as with any media, its bias is important to know, if the pursuit of the truth is your goal.  You are not going to find unbiased information, anywhere on Earth.  

One reason for my very human rendering of my journey is so that my readers can tell what my biases might be.  

Best,

Wade

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