Pre-Columbian Concept Translated to Modern By Ronald Thomas West

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This article on the intelligence of oracle does not concern itself with the actual performance or rule of play. Rather it delves into underlying philosophical issues. For a comparison of the base 8 derived values between I Ching and the Native American Stick Game, go HERE. To read a tutorial on the modern (not the ancient) or gambling form of the Stick Game, go HERE. Per always, those readers hopelessly locked into the Cartesian-Platonic reality parameter are welcome to read this work as social science fiction –

Western Math Capsule

Were it the case math is simply a symbology necessary to extrapolate technical applications from the imagination, this is necessarily (however sophisticated) a limited sphere of influence that is in no way authoritative outside of the projective-reflective bubble of perception which enables it. That is to say, in an appearance of the paradox of things, something so crude as a primitive apocalyptic mythology, that is conservative Christian extremism, or a culturally subliminal ‘Biblical Capitalism’ driving the world’s liberal democracies, can pervert any mathematical applications because it is beyond the comprehension of the sophisticated Western actors (themselves) that a technologically advanced people (Westerners) could be so stupid (when embracing technology) as to employ this math to commit a collective suicide whose consequence should reach beyond every reasonable boundary.

It was a similar fundamental mistake which had defeated the American indigenous nations from inception of contact but were a more extreme example of non-comprehension of the stupidity of that which confronted them. Yes, I am making a case the ‘primitives’ of 500 years past were actually more intelligent, by far, than the phenomenon of stupidity (Western culture) that had overtaken these cultures and turned them on their heads with ‘education.’

(To this day) the indigenous intelligence failing to set aside the rule of noninterference and employ what could be described as (the disallowed) ‘transcendent warfare’ proved to be suicidal. A new indigenous symbology could not be developed to envelop and contain or destroy what was not grasped; rather than the inter-dimensional reality the indigenous was accustomed to, this new opponent had no functional awareness of the inter-dimensional relationships necessary to survival but was entirely trapped in the projection-reflection illusion. A severe handicap, herein labeled stupidity, prevailed. Whether the so-called ‘great minds’ of Western culture had thrown off the absurdity of ‘The Fall’ in their intellectual grasp, it made no difference; inter-generational socialization shaped their subliminal habits in the same mold. It is medieval European thought process wields modern technology.

The Western model’s math habits (epitomized in the atom smasher at CERN) is to literally butcher reality while attempting to penetrate the unseen beyond the projective-reflective reality bubble (a blindness fairly exclusive to the modern Indo-European based cultures and those cultures they have infected.) Space travel is not in the cards but they cannot know this; when behaving as a ‘cancer causing virus’ the cosmos’ immune system should shortly wipe out. A primary symptom of this is, the (over-taken the world) Western model of ‘sustained development’ underlying the capitalized mercantile economy is precisely a principle of cancer, there is no escaping this. In the Western model, there is no embedded, functioning oracle, pointing to pulling back in any sense of self restraint or instinct to avert catastrophe, rather incoherent dreams dislocated from the unseen aspect defy intelligent interpretations.

Eastern Math Capsule

Chinese civilization had a method (middle way) to temper and intelligently manage the images created in the projective-reflective reality bubble, something the Western culture does not. Wherein Western math is heavily biased to base 10, the Eastern oracle (middle way) represented in I Ching superimposes base 8 onto base 10, imposing a limitation that prevents runaway fractions (endless fractures, one could say) or the logical oxymoron of endless possibilities within a set parameter (imposes a rule of restraint.) To the Western understanding, the example should be the chessboard, wherein there is a limitation established exhausting possibilities. But there is a difference of chess to the Chinese model (I Ching) that is subtle but profound; the 64 hexagrams of the oracle should be looked at as rolling a wheel marked with 64 degrees on a plain, it does not actually exhaust but always presents probabilities in the projective-reflective bubble of reality at a different space in time, there is never a precise repeat of circumstance, within the ‘immutable law’ of the cosmos (seasons) decay & regeneration.

The game of chess is little more than a tool to exercise intuitive thought or better train oneself to sensing the unseen; the I Ching, on the other hand, sets out governing principles acknowledging the unseen (forces exterior to the projective-reflective reality bubble) influences reality in every sense.

Indigenous Math Capsule

The stick game, in its’ original or unadulterated base 8 form, should be described as a high expression of quantum math or interactive tool for purpose of determining probabilities via opening a ‘window’ to the unseen exterior to the ‘self’, within the projective-reflective reality bubble.

This PROCESS of stick game, practiced in its’ original base 8 form (excludes the modern gambling application with 11 sticks & modified rules governing the bones) enables a non-individuated but nevertheless ‘purposed’ penetration (sight) of what is usually unseen, this should represent an ancestral form of the base 8 integrated to the I Ching. However there were ancient priests above this quantum reality’s extrapolated math that needed no oracle tools; only the self discipline imparted by their training but this was never available in the I Ching format because certain integral rules had been modified to adapt the quantum math principle to vertical hierarchy (away from matriarchal law or a greater intuitive intelligence.) The stick game is also limited in similar regard, only not to the degree of I Ching. It should be considered these oracles form the highest expressions of extrapolated math attainable within the current reality parameters. The fundamental difference to Western is this math is not in and of itself dissecting of the reality parameter, but limits itself to discriminating.

The ancient priests who practiced the higher forms (transcending these oracles) were fluidly, fluently ‘inter-dimensional’ entities able to shift the projective-reflective reality parameters into (integrate to) the unseen in those moments one could call ‘propitious.’ These were the ones who would appear to ‘create reality’ from simple process (mind.) Qualitative differences that should be noted between this and the Western & Middle Way relate to  a shifting group awareness of the indigenous group in it’s entirety. When integrated to Nature as a larger social construct, the indigenous do not ‘abstract’ the environment as the other systems do; Western ‘objectivity’ is a radical abstract altogether removed from the immutable laws of the unseen reality, Tao (middle way) is not so radical by far but is abstracted away from Nature as well, from wherein laws are ‘derived’ for purpose of governing artificial structures within projective-reflective reality bubble.

The purest quantum math would be based entirely in intuition and cannot be extrapolated into the contemporary projective-reflective reality bubble without imposing limitations (there are aspects that do not transfer into finite or tangible form as tools, limitations reflected both in stick game and I Ching.)

With I Ching you can develop what amounts to a sophisticated still photograph of probabilities that can be printed out. The properly trained priest of the knowledge (Sage) can achieve this with synchronized confirmation (e.g. coordinated to thunder & lightning) and the governing structure he serves can be guided this way, but that is it in its entirety.

Beyond the ‘printout’ of a still image, with Stick Game you can make what amounts to a mental video that can be preserved in the ‘immediate’ human memory, but any actual recording would be considered worthless, neither scribes nor technology can capture the ‘intangibles’ only seen in the mind of the aware or trained participant; example given would be the passive or receptive mental observations (thought process) matched to the dynamics of the actual play, such as when the diviner makes a decision and resultant phenomenon (such as when a bird flies into & out of view, matched to spontaneous mental image) that occur perfectly coordinated to the game’s (oracle) development. This aspect of ‘integrated to nature in motion’ revealing information is beyond the reach of extrapolation. However the oracle result might be discussed, and entered into the record of Oral History, it should be recognized there can be no recording developed that captures this essence. It can only exist in what can described as a window into the otherwise unseen awareness. This phenomenon allows for numerous ‘mini oracles’ within the oracle as well; as many participants as might be engaged, any or all might be experience phenomenal ‘revelation.’

In the I Ching there is but one diviner. In the Stick Game there can be a consensus divination. As well, in the stick game, there is potential of the several (any amount from two to hundreds of) participants to take away (net gain of) knowledge. The I Ching subordinated the female principle (single diviner) the Stick Game did not (requires two diviners at minimum.) Otherwise the underlying Base 8 principles (extrapolations) are the same.

Artificial Intelligence is therefor a non-sequitur that is twice removed from reality; when the Western mathematical or ‘objectified’ projection into ‘reality’ is based on dissection (one could say the vivisection of sentient awareness) of a living environment, it follows any artificial intelligence will inherently be a defective product of a defective extrapolation.

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The Related Value of ‘Autism’

To be continued (next essay, cosmos willing…)



A former Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence for Special Forces, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald had lived over thirty years in close association with Blackfeet Indians (those who still speak their language), and is published in international law as a layman: The Right of Self- Determination of Peoples and It’s Application to Indigenous People in The USA or The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole. Ronald has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.