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Entering Alternative Realities -- Astronautics vs Noonautics

Isomorphism between launching aerospace vehicles and launching vehicles of awareness (Part #1)


Introduction
Core imagery
Escape, ascent, or....
Stages and levels
Launching
Getting it together...
Systems... mishaps... what can go wrong
Propulsion systems
Alternative 'propulsion' systems
And when they are up...
What globe... planets... celestial sphere?
Where to next...?
Vocabulary and terminology
Conclusion

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Introduction

This paper explores the degree of isomorphism between the launching of vehicles into planetary orbit and the 'launching' of 'vehicles' of awareness into alternative realities. It is based on the arguments in a previous paper on Navigating Alternative Conceptual Realities: clues to the dynamics of enacting new paradigms through movement (2002).

Knowledge of the thinking required (and the distinctions made) in launching spacecraft into orbit has become very clear over the past decades. Such knowledge may appear to be totally unrelated to the manner in which a vehicle of awareness enters a new reality, especially since much of the thinking regarding such a transition (and many of the distinctions) is essentially subjective in the extreme. However insights into this subjective process have been available through many spiritual traditions and cultures for centuries.

This exploration could easily be considered insulting to the clean objectivity of the aerospace enterprise as a glorious exercise in collective initiative. But it could also be considered insulting to the subtle wisdom of the subjective enterprise as the culmination of years of highly disciplined individual effort through centuries-old cultural entrerprises. The two do however have in common the intention and aspiration to 'escape', in different ways, from everyday reality. Curiously they also have in common, to a surprising degree, some key terminology -- if only in the use of the term 'escape' in relation to movement, in each case, away from the material world. The term 'vehicle' is one used in some spiritual traditions, notably Buddhism which distinguishes five such vehicles of awareness to transport people across the 'sea of suffering' to reach the 'shore of enlightement' [more; more]. These are often regrouped as three: Hinayana (Theravada, or 'lesser vehicle': self-benefitting), Mahayana ('great vehicle': self-benefitting for the benefit of others), and Vajrayana ('diamond vehicle') [more; more].

This raises the question as to whether that shared intention of 'escape' necessarily determines, in some way, the pattern of action through which the transition is conceived or achieved in both cases. Is the design of such a human enterprise in some way constrained by how humans are able to conceptualize? If this is the case, then it may well be that there are learnings from the isomorphism between the two approaches -- if only by using the hard images and distinctions of the aerospace enterprise to clarify some of the frequently disparaged endeavours of the subject enterprise.

The approach taken in exploring the degree of isomorphism is through the language, imagery and concepts of the aerospace enterprise and how it resonates in some way, with issues faced in the subjective enterprise of engendering a new reality. The justification for this metaphoric exercise has been explored in the previous paper, and others cited there.

for this metaphoric exercise has been explored in the previous paper, and others cited there.


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