Immanentizing the Eschaton

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    Eschaton Series is a non-designated right brain practice focusing on the interconnectedness in different existential scales by transfering procedural computational design approaches into hand drawn artworks.
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    In political theory to "immanentize the eschaton" means trying to bring about the final, heaven-like stage of history in the immanent world. Modern usage of the phrase started with Eric Voegelin in The New Science of Politics in 1952. Conservative spokesman William F. Buckley popularized Voegelin's phrase as "Don't immanentize the eschaton!" Buckley's version became a political slogan of Young Americans for Freedom during the 1950s and 1960s. He identified the root of the Gnostic impulse as social alienation, that is, a sense of disconnection from society and a belief that this lack of concord with society is the result of the inherent disorder, or even evil, of the world. He described this alienation as having two effects:
     
    The belief that the disorder of the world can be transcended by extraordinary insight, learning, or knowledge, called a Gnostic Speculation by Voegelin (the Gnostics themselves referred to this as gnosis).

    The desire to implement a policy to actualize the speculation, or as Voegelin said, to Immanentize the Eschaton, to create a sort of heaven on earth within history.
     
    The phrase is cited in the Discordian text Principia Discordia, first published in 1965, and appears fifteen times in Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's 1975 The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the first of which is the first line of the novel, "It was the year when they finally immanentized the Eschaton."
     
    "The universe is not being pushed from behind. The universe is being pulled from the future toward a goal that is as inevitable as a marble reaching the bottom of a bowl when you release it up near the rim. If you do that, you know the marble will roll down the side of the bowl, down, down, down - until eventually it comes to rest at the lowest energy state, which is the bottom of the bowl. That's precisely my model of human history. I'm suggesting that the universe is pulled toward a complex attractor that exists ahead of us in time, and that our ever-accelerating speed through the phenomenal world of connectivity and novelty is based on the fact that we are now very, very close to the attractor."  T. McKenna on the "Transcendental Object at the End of History"
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  • Phase Space 
  • Attractor
  • Womb
  • Womb - detail
  • Immanent Array 01
  • Territorial Mind
  • Territorial Mind - detail
  • Etheric Plane
  • Etheric Plane - detail 01

  • Etheric Plane - detail 02
  • Archaic Revival
  • Archaic Revival - detail 01
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  • Talisman
  • Talisman - detail
  • Immanent Array 02
  • Vision Quest 01
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  • Vision Quest 02 - detail
  • Vision Quest 03
  • Vision Quest 03 - detail
  • Phase Space Diagram 01
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  • Phase Space - Implosion
  • Ison: A New Hope 
  • Ison: A New Hope - detail
  • Signals from Higher Self 01
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  • Dimensional Interference 01
  • Dimensional Interference 01 - detail
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  • Immanent Array 03
  • Dimensional Interference 04
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