This site was created to cover art and culture, but since it is called Celestial Venus, it reasonable to focus on the relationship between science and culture. I’m rather disgusted by the state of science today. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of the Star War films, as a child I imagined we would have huge space stations orbiting the Earth by the 2010’s. It’s 2018 and we are far from having a public space station. Instead of serving society, science is often used as a tool of manipulation by the synarchy.
Traditionally, the images of culture nurtured the heart and mind. Beautiful figures of women were rendered to express the highest principles of Western culture. But the radiant torch of culture has been extinguished. The unenchantment of modern times has caused the implosion of the image. Herbert Marcuse brought attention to the “new authoritarianism” which is able to provide “satisfaction in a way which generates submission and weakens the rationality of protest.” Marcuse’ s term for the submission, “repressive desublimation” is an illusion of hedonism. Once Playboy Bunnies hopped their way through every slick movie. Today, Men are given images in more perverse forms to narcotize them into submission, in reality the sexes have become profoundly estranged from each other due to the shackles of corporate life. In actual lived experience, men avoid contact with women for fear of charges of sex harassment.
In the field of science there are other forms of manipulation, which could be called “astronomical repressive desublimation.” The ambitions of space exploration have been forfeited for a spectacle. Here’s the centerfold of Miss Crab Nebula, she’s a gorgeous supernova!
Here’s an other airbrushed beauty, Miss Messier 83. She measures over 40,000 light-years, making her much more petite than our own Miss Milky Way. But she is quite similar to our own galaxy. Both galactic beauties possess a bar across their galactic nucleus.
Without a doubt, Miss 2-106 deserves her title as the Celestial Centerfold of the Year.
All the previous images, I am sure are actual photographs of heavenly bodies. But like the playmates in Playboy, the cosmic beauties of NASA have become less real as time went by. Of all of the images of celestial centerfolds, the most deceptive are the images of Miss Black Hole. Any images of black holes which are similar to the previous images are fantasies more wild the Barbie Twins. This is due to the nature of black holes, since they are stars that have burned out, illuminating no light. Obviously, a mass no matter how large it is, can not be seen if there no light to illuminate it. Scientists presume these dark stars are in the universe and it is reasonable that they exist. But the only way they are detected is by observing wavelengths with a spectrograph. The ionized magnesium (mg II; blue) represents the mass of the suspected black hole. Since spectrographs of black holes are not going to turn anybody on, they give us CGI fantasy.
NASA’s budget for 2017 was $19.65 billion, I would say that is absurd that taxpayers get only celestial centerfolds for such an astronomical figure. I suppose NASA must do some practical things, like maintenance on AT&T satellites. But with a budget of $19 billion a year, we should have a REAL space station like the one orbiting the Earth in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. Such a station is within the limits of today’s technology. Compare these two images. The above image is a still image again from Kubrick’s 2001. A group of civilians are seen chatting inside the space station, the Earth can be viewed from the window to the left. This is the kind of relationship people should have to technology. Science should be used as only as tool to effect nature but should not set the values for culture.
The photograph of the Facebook controller Mark Zuckerberg with a crowd wearing virtual reality headsets is a striking image of the actual relation between technology and society. The technology isolates the people from interacting with each other in the real world while providing illusions of reality to narcotize them. It may seem my claim is an exaggeration but why is it that none of the local art galleries show figurative art? The lack of images of human interaction in contemporary art reflects this profound state of alienation. Much of my time is spent trying to wrestle people free from these illusions. I can imagine taking the virtual reality headsets off of one Zuckerberg’s slaves and saying “The images in those headsets can not be trusted, they are not reality. Come and interact with me in the real world. Help me free the others.” But the slave would respond by saying,”Of course you say this doesn’t exist….but your own ignorance is what exists…. absolutely.”
For example, an article on the web site of the Smithsonian claims that “the universe could be a hologram, a computer program, a black hole or a bubble…Just like the plot of the Matrix, you may be living in a highly advanced computer program and not even know it.” The first thought that came to my mind after I read that sentence was “they really have lost their sanity!” I am certain the claims are a form of psychological manipulation. Not only the claims of this article, the manipulation is also in the philosophy of materialism that was spread by Stephen Hawking. He supposedly said,”What I meant when I said we would know “the mind of God” was that we would know everything God would know if there was a God, which there isn’t.” The excessive claims of near omniscience made by the gatekeepers is recognized by the artist scientist Miles Mathis as a complete sham. The media often makes claims like ” science is unlocking the final secrets of universe”, the fact is, we are not even close since Mathis found errors in the equations of Albert Einstein. Of course Mathis has been criticized from the gatekeepers but he is beginning to have influence. Mathis wrote an article in response to the notion of all know physics. The google search results for ‘all know physics’ shows Mathis’ article comes 1st before articles on the topic published by Forbes and physicforums.com