Elves of the Apocalypse: “Machine Elves” and the Self-Sabotage of Psychedelic Research

Machine ElfBeware the “clockwork [sic] elves” who control the global elite promising them “eternal life, total power, total control, everything you could ever want, just kill everyone […] friendly little guys…” Via Modern Mythology:

Right. Most if not all mythologies include creatures resembling elves. Therefore the archetypal image must be based upon encounters with the Machine … Er … Clockwork Elves. As with all paranoid logic, this argument is easily felled by Occam’s Razor, which advocates that “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity,” in short, that the “simplest answer is most likely the correct one.” It is much more plausible to propose that the entities encountered during the DMT-experience could very well bear some measure of resemblance to elves (elongated and angular shapes are common); that one comes to think “if they look like elves, they are elves” at least makes sense!

THERE ARE NO FUCKING MACHINE ELVES!

To be fair, Alex didn’t make this shit up. It’s not just conservatives, authoritarians, loons and republicans who make research concerning the nature and uses of psychedelics virtually impossible. In the years following the relatively methodical experiments of the first psychonauts — Albert Hoffman, Aldous Huxley and Ernst Jünger (the term “psychonaut” was coined by Jünger in his book Annäherungen [Approaches] (1970)] — A waves of naively uncritical and over-enthusiastic “researchers” provided untold amounts of ammunition to those wishing to delegitimize, halt and prohibit psychedelic research.

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  • jasonpaulhayes

    “There’s someone in my head and it’s not me” Pink Floyd

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    “There’s someone in my head and it’s not me” Pink Floyd

  • RoboKy

    So then my fiance’s clockwork octopus tattoo isnt a physical expression of her molecular subconscious acting in conjunction with a solipsistic mind fractal?

    • Jamie Lee

      Sure. Just don’t feed it human blood. It might become sentient. And then… who knows?

  • Anonymous

    So then my fiance’s clockwork octopus tattoo isnt a physical expression of her molecular subconscious acting in conjunction with a solipsistic mind fractal?

  • DeepCough

    All radical imagery that is commonly seen in religion is symbolic of a concept or phenomenon that humans have yet to understand. For instance, the the chakras are symbolic of the central nervous system, and the Caduceus of Mercury is the ancient symbol for DNA if you notice the twin-spiraling snakes.

    • http://www.cookbookofconsciousness.com Wil Wordsmith

      Or is the central nervous system symbolic of the chakras and DNA symbolic of the Caduceus of Mercury? Language is deceptive and culturally biased. Logic is overrated – it never teaches us anything new and keeps us earthbound. Fine for day to day living, but not for exploration. Use a compass to get back to your starting point. If you use it to get to your destination, you won’t find anything new.

  • DeepCough

    All radical imagery that is commonly seen in religion is symbolic of a concept or phenomenon that humans have yet to understand. For instance, the the chakras are symbolic of the central nervous system, and the Caduceus of Mercury is the ancient symbol for DNA if you notice the twin-spiraling snakes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/agent139 Jamie Lee

    Sure. Just don’t feed it human blood. It might become sentient. And then… who knows?

  • Schizim

    “It’s not just conservatives, authoritarians, loons and republicans who
    make research concerning the nature and uses of psychedelics virtually
    impossible.”

    Conservatives being anti-psychedelics?  Most Republicans are moving towards legalization of drugs.  Even Sarah Palin made has made statements in favor of lax Marijuana laws. In fact I remember Obama making fun of “the people on the internet” for the numbers of people who wanted Marijuana legalized.  I realize this is only a tiny aspect of this article, but as a liberal, I am kind of tired of any group bashing, evening if it’s at an ideology I don’t agree with.

  • Schizim

    “It’s not just conservatives, authoritarians, loons and republicans who
    make research concerning the nature and uses of psychedelics virtually
    impossible.”

    Conservatives being anti-psychedelics?  Most Republicans are moving towards legalization of drugs.  Even Sarah Palin made has made statements in favor of lax Marijuana laws. In fact I remember Obama making fun of “the people on the internet” for the numbers of people who wanted Marijuana legalized.  I realize this is only a tiny aspect of this article, but as a liberal, I am kind of tired of any group bashing, evening if it’s at an ideology I don’t agree with.

  • MoralDrift

    This article, if one takes the time to read it, is essentially an assault on Terence McKenna disguised as a reasonable treatise on psychedelic research. To quote original work at length only to insult its author is an affront, to do so without even acknowledging the articles intent as a hit piece is a sham and this author is truly the “asshat” in question.

    • YoursTruly

      This article blows, how did this drivel even make it onto Disinfo?

      • Jamie Lee

        This is how/why: http://www.modernmythology.net/2011/07/sacred-cows.html

    • ArgosyJones

      Yes.  Turn it into a self-validating cult.  That’s just what master McKenna would have wanted.

  • Anonymous

    This article, if one takes the time to read it, is essentially an assault on Terence McKenna disguised as a reasonable treatise on psychedelic research. To quote original work at length only to insult its author is an affront, to do so without even acknowledging the articles intent as a hit piece is a sham and this author is truly the “asshat” in question.

  • Br0wnb3rry

    :*(

  • Br0wnb3rry

    :*(

  • YoursTruly

    This article blows, how did this drivel even make it onto Disinfo?

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Fabric is integrated and open for exploration and build outs.

    Lilly’s ECCO and SSI’s.

    Watson, Anonymous, Titan, NeuralNet.

    Exciting.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Fabric is integrated and open for exploration and build outs.

    Lilly’s ECCO and SSI’s.

    Watson, Anonymous, Titan, NeuralNet.

    Exciting.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Fabric is integrated and open for exploration and build outs.

    Lilly’s ECCO and SSI’s.

    Watson, Anonymous, Titan, NeuralNet.

    Exciting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/agent139 Jamie Lee

    This is how/why: http://www.modernmythology.net/2011/07/sacred-cows.html

  • ArgosyJones

    Yes.  Turn it into a self-validating cult.  That’s just what master McKenna would have wanted.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HVZZCZC5I67WBON4CHZJG2BGY maudrindead

    McKenna explicitly posited this against things like Occam’s Razor, brazenly embracing the Shadow of all things “rational.” I think maybe someone missed the point, exceeded lightspeed, and screamed right through it again, oblivious, multiple times.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HVZZCZC5I67WBON4CHZJG2BGY maudrindead

    McKenna explicitly posited this against things like Occam’s Razor, brazenly embracing the Shadow of all things “rational.” I think maybe someone missed the point, exceeded lightspeed, and screamed right through it again, oblivious, multiple times.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care what you call them, but there are definitely entities that communicate with you on DMT.  It’s not so much the shape that the entities take but their telepathic communication that is omfgwhatishappeningmindblowing.

  • smooth_operator

    I don’t care what you call them, but there are definitely entities that communicate with you on DMT.  It’s not so much the shape that the entities take but their telepathic communication that is omfgwhatishappeningmindblowing.

  • http://www.cookbookofconsciousness.com Wil Wordsmith

    Or is the central nervous system symbolic of the chakras and DNA symbolic of the Caduceus of Mercury? Language is deceptive and culturally biased. Logic is overrated – it never teaches us anything new and keeps us earthbound. Fine for day to day living, but not for exploration. Use a compass to get back to your starting point. If you use it to get to your destination, you won’t find anything new.

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