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The text above was created on a quantum-random typewriter overlain with
second-order English language statistics. The "metaphase typewriter"
was part of a project carried out by members of the Consciousness
Theory Group to build machines to communicate with disembodied spirits,
including spirits of the dead, beings from other dimensions or dissociated
fragments of living personalities.
Ordinary awareness is one of the biggest mysteries of our age: scientists
are totally baffled by the fact that humans enjoy "inner experience"
along with their behavior and are at a loss to explain the origin of this
experience tho much progress has been made in explaining the behavior. One
small group of mind scientists believes that mind is a quantum effect and
that disembodied entities (which might be called "souls") manipulate
the body by willfully causing quantum possibilities to become actual. In
this view mind enters the body from outside (a philosophical position known
as "dualism") by operating on certain quantum-uncertain parts
of the nervous system.
For centuries, special people have claimed to be possessed by discarnate
beings--spirits of the dead, beings from other planets or higher dimensions.
Members of the Consciousness Theory Group felt that there was something
vaguely unethical about possessing an already occupied body and wondered
if we could create an empty "consciousness-friendly" vessel and
invite wandering souls to occupy it.
In the early 70s Nick Herbert (SCM Corp) and Dick Shoup (Xerox PARC ) designed
and built the first "metaphase" devices--quantum operated machines
that produced text (metaphase typewriter) and speech (quantum metaphone).
We used for our quantum-uncertain source a quantity of radioactive Thallium
monitored by a Geiger counter. We looked at the INTERVALS between Geiger
counter clicks and printed a probable letter if that interval was very probable,
printed an improbable letter if that interval was improbable (much longer
than average, for instance). We obtained the second-order English language
statistics from an unclassified NSA document available to the public.
The metaphase typewriter was operated under several curious conditions without
We invited several famous, and not-so-famous psychics to try to influence
the endless stream of random anagrams flowing from the typewriter or to
cause the ghostly voice from the quantum metaphone to make sense in some
known language. We held seances to evoke the spirits of colleagues who had
recently died and who knew about the typewriter, and we held an all-day
seance on the 100th anniversary of Harry Houdini's birth to try to contact
the spirit of this great magician.
For the next step in metaphase research I have proposed building quantum-driven
communicators that are more consciousness-friendly than radioactive sources--devices
that are more similar in size, operation and energy to the (purportedly)
quantum synapses in human nervous systems. These devices--called "Eccles
Gates" after Nobel laureate Sir John Eccles, one of the chief champions
of quantum consciousness-- would be composed of an array of quantum-uncertain
silicon switches as much like the meat-based synaptic switches in our brains
Further information about metaphase devies and their future extensions may
be found in Nick Herbert's "Elemental Mind: Human
Consciousness and the New Physics".