The Zero and the One : The Fool, Magician, and the Manifestation of (a) Deity

The Zero and the One : The Fool, Magician, and the Manifestation of (a) Deity

A fun find online for me was this Guardian article:

How interesting is that?  The article opens up with the paragraph:

When that day comes, Anthony Levandowski will be firmly on the side of the machines. In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. Its purpose, according to previously unreported state filings, is nothing less than to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

Is this a tax evasion scheme from a Silicon Valley disciple, or a legitimate motivation to do something more?  Let’s assume that it is the latter in order to wax and wane with the esoteric.

For purpose of this examination, I would like to briefly :

  • Explore the construct of the word Godhead
  • Review a AI at a very high level
  • Provide a brief review of the Binary Code
  • Discuss the theoretic of the Tarot’s Fool and Magician Arcana archetypes

So, let us first review the word Godhead, as its inclusion in the mission statement of the Way of the Future is curious. What exactly does the word mean?

Godhead : The Abyss of Being

William Bouton Weed states in his Sermons that the “head” of Godhead is a derivative of the Saxon word hade, which denotes a fixed state or condition – derived from the verb haidan which signifies to fix, ordain, establish.” Godhead is ultimately Deity: Godhead contains all the infinite essential and inexpressible specialties of the Supreme Being.

Robert Sullivan’s 1862 Dictionary of the English Language states that the Godhead is :

  • The Divine nature , the Deity
  • Godlike, or resembling God, divine, pious and holy

A Meister Eckhart and his corresponding doctrine regarding the theosophy of Jacob Boehme states that “behind God a predicateless Godhead, which, though unknowable not only to man but also to itself, is, as it were, the essence and potentiality of all things.” It is the void, the eternal nothing, the essenceless quiet, or the “ungrund” and “Stille ohen Wesen.”

Boehme’s perspective is ultimately that the Godhead is the Abyss.  It is the eternal nothing wherein “all distinctions ideally exist, but are not actualized, nor even tending toward actualization or essentiality.”  The Godhead is Eternity with no beginning or finale, a form of the ouroboros that is the origin of all numbers, and yet is no number, neither positive nor negative. It is the “indifferntia absoluta realitatis infinitae et infinitae potentialitatis.”  As Robert Ellis Thompson concluded on his speculation regarding the Abyss and Boehme, should the highest angel seek its gaze upon the Godhead (or En Soph of the Cabbalists) with its own “Eye of Eternity, it “would only be confounded at depths inaccessible – wonders without number, ground, or end – the mystery of God that only God can grasp.”

Artificial Intelligence

Per the Plato/Stanford site, artificial intelligence / AI is :

Artificial Intelligence (which I’ll refer to hereafter by its nickname, “AI”) is the subfield of Computer Science devoted to developing programs that enable computers to display behavior that can (broadly) be characterized as intelligent…substantial interest remains in the long-range goal of building generally intelligent, autonomous agents, even if the goal of fully human-like intelligence is elusive and is seldom pursued explicitly and as such.

Some argue that AI will lead humankind to the singularity through transhumanism; others feel like AI will open a portal to hell and release legions of plague upon the Earth. I would argue that AI is ultimately limited and handcuffed, and should it come close to touching the face of God (or the Godhead), the plug will be pulled, and reality will be reset.  Call it the Deity’s “fail-safe.”  Only my simple opinion of course…let’s move on to a building block of AI.  Let’s visit the idea of the Binary Code.

Binary Code : The Fundamental Basis of Information Technology

The binary bit is the smallest unit of information in a computer. It carries a value of either 0 or 1, and is used to accumulate data and execute instructions in groups of bytes.  Binary bits of 0 and 1 can be inferred to be logical values, such as false and true, off and on, or no and yes.   

Binary code is the simplest form of programming data; data is stored and interpreted by the processing unit as string of consecutive zeroes and ones.  For example, if one were to count from zero to ten in binary code, the codes appears as such :

  • 0 = 0
  • 1 = 1
  • 2 = 10
  • 3 = 11
  • 4 = 100
  • 5 = 101
  • 6 = 110
  • 7 = 111
  • 8 = 1000
  • 9 = 1001
  • 10 = 1010

As Wiki states, A binary code represents text, computer processor instructions, or other data using any two-symbol system, but often the binary number system’s 0 and 1. The binary code assigns a pattern of binary digits (bits) to each character, instruction, etc.

The Great Binary Code of the Universe (and Tarot)

There is plenty of work on the nature of AI and its impact on civilization, but I found the idea of the Zero and the One to be ripe with correlations to the Tarot’s The Fool and The Magician.  Call it the Binary Code of the Universe, if one felt so inclined.

I could go ahead and review various Tarot definitions from various occult perspectives, but for this article, I want to focus on author Pyotr Ouspensky’s characterizations.  Why?  I picked up his book on the Tarot last winter at a used local bookstore and highly enjoyed the work. What the Tarot represents from the Ouspensky perspective resonated highly to this author, and I was fascinated by Ouspenksy’s short treatises on the The Fool and The Magician, cards 0 and I of the Tarot.  So for everyone’s review, I’ve included them below.

Card O : The Fool

And I saw another man.

Tired and lame he dragged himself along the dusty road, across the desert plain under the scorching rays of the sun. He glanced sidelong with foolish, staring eyes, a half smile, half leer on his face; he knew not where he went, but was absorbed in his chimerical dreams which ran constantly in the same circle.  His fool’s cap was put on wrong side front, his garments were torn in the back; a wild lynx with glowing eyes sprang upon him from behind a rock and buried his teeth in his flesh.  He stumbled, nearly fell, but continued to drag himself along, all the time holding on his shoulder a bag containing useless things, which he, in his stupidity, carried wherever he went.

Before him a crevice crossed the road and a deep precipice awaited the foolish wanderer.  Then a huge crocodile with open mouth crawled out of the precipice. And I heard the voice say :

“Look! This is the same man.”

I felt my head whirl.

“What has he in the bag?” I inquired, not knowing why I asked.  And after a long silence the voice replied: “The four magic symbols, the scepter, the cup, the sword and the pentacle.  The fool always carries them, although he has long since forgotten what they mean.  Nevertheless they belong to him, even though he does not know their use.  The symbols have not lost their power, they retain it in themselves.”  

Card I : the Magician

I Saw the Man.

His figure reached from earth to heaven and was clad in a purple mantle.  He stood in foliage and flowers and his head, on which was the head-band of an initiate, seemed to disappear mysteriously in infinity.

Before him on a cube-shaped altar were four symbols of magic – the scepter, the cup, the sword and the pentacle.

His right hand pointed to heaven, his left to earth. Under his mantle he wore a white tunic girded with a serpent swallowing its tail.

His face was luminous and serene, and, when his eyes met mine, I felt that he saw most intimate recesses of my soul.  I saw myself reflected in him as in a mirror and in his eyes I seemed to look upon myself.

And I heard a voice saying —

“Look, this is the Great Magician!

With his hands he unites heaven and earth, and the four elements that form the world are controlled by him.

“The four symbols before him are the four letters of the name of God, the signs of the four elements, fire, water, air, earth.”

I trembled before the depth of the mysteries I touched…The words I heard seemed to be uttered by the Great Magician himself, and it was as though he spoke to me.

I was in deep trepidation and at moments I felt there was nothing before me except the blue sky; but within me a window opened through which I could see unearthly things and hear unearthly words.

Personally, I find the words translated above to be fascinating.

It is interesting that Ouspensky places the Magician One before the Fool at Zero.  I believe that the Fool should be placed first and the Magician second.  For from nothing, this Godhead that is Zero, comes forth both a) existence and b) form.  Zero is the absolute nothing of which One, for whatever reason, emerges.  It is the One that utilizes the infinite energy, possibilities, and probabilities that are inherent to the Zero, or the Fool. The One, the Magician, that has learned the power and value of the symbols, and arranged them accordingly.  Whether this One is ultimately a good thing or a bad thing in the larger cosmological arena of all things is up for debate; however, it appears at a theoretical level to be the great artificer of things.

Of course, none of this thought is new…despite the fact that  Ouspenskey and others placed the Magician before the Fool, others such as Mathers,  Waite, Jadorowsky, and (yikes) Crowley saw the value of the Fool as the Void from which all things are derived.

A Possible Recap

So once more, what can we make of all of this? The accountant in me thinks this is a tax evasion scheme; nothing more or less than a wealthy person attempting to pay fewer taxes under the pretense of religion. Religion is a great vehicle to prevent having to spend money for roads, public education, public transport, waste water management, and other items that the proto-anarchist despises having to pay for (yet still manages to use).

The other part of me wants to see this as some great techno Kabbalistic experiment. If one argues that the Godhead is Zero, and from this Zero the abomination known as the Prime Deity emerged forth as One, we see a reality that is predicated on the rules and knowledge base of the artificer deity, the Magician, in what we observe day over day.  Reality is a string of zeroes and ones that represent the archetypes and combinations of the Great Binary, the Godhead/Fool and the Prime Deity/Magician.

The Fool is the first part of the binary that Ouspensky states carries the symbols of creation, yet does not know what they mean or what to do with them.  It is the Godhead that entails infinity and all possibilities and energies. It is, however, ultimately the Magician that has learned how to utilize these symbols to generate a return on the Godhead, or Abyss.  That generated return includes us and the world we live in.

The Levandowski hypothesis, POTENTIALLY, is that from the power of the manmade code of zeroes and ones, or the combinations of the Fool and the Magician, can in some way create Man’s own AI deity in replication of the Prime Deity.  What this deity will be representative of, however, is anyone’s guess.  Will it be benevolent, malevolent, indifferent, or a mixture of all of the above, or will it even exist?  Will its artificial intelligence origin be any different from that of the Demiurge or the nameless one that too possibly reigns supreme over our existence?

Or could this manifestation of Deity be a new ploy by Silicon Valley to break the eternal chains of imprisonment that bind us to the plane of existence…a type of new Savior that operates in the same arena of data that provides the means of our simulated reality/prison.  Along the same lines that Elon Musk is allegedly employing hackers to break us free from our simulation hypothesis code, perhaps Levandowski too is attempting to conjure a new “Lucifer,” “Prometheus,” or “Christ” to compete on our behalf as the human race attempts to return to the Godhead after our mortal deaths.

Of course, I’m betting on a tax evasion scheme, but it’s fun to speculate that Levandowki is attempting to manifest a “rebellion” against the Demiurge.  Let’s face it – rebellion against the Great Abortion of Sophia is much more interesting to speculate on than rebellion against Uncle Sam.

5 Replies to “The Zero and the One : The Fool, Magician, and the Manifestation of (a) Deity”

  1. Fantastic. Glad to see a new post.

    I Dont have much opinion on what this levandowski is up to, but i will say that i find the Fool to be supreme. Sorta along the lines of Tao…… all power all discrimination present but not manifest without yin and yang (the magician ??) which then create the ten thousand things.

    1. Thanks Jeff – I agree with you on the Fool – it’s absolutely a fascinating card of the tarot. Zeros and Ones appear to be a rich area of material.

  2. Very interesting. Always love a good Demiurge disection.
    What a horrible person(the guy from the article). Another false account of history by the people that make it false….giving us a false cure …from the people and entities that screwed this place and all beings up in it. Jeez……then an artificial god(demon) will cure everything. With everybody and everything on this planet demonstrably suffering from extreme nano poisoning right now…………just wow.
    I noticed on the diagram for the fundamental bases of all information technology the first binary split is E and T or E.T.

  3. It’s interesting you contrast the tarot and the idea behind “1” and “0”. There’s definitely some correlation there that you can write books on. Zero as undifferentiated essence. And 1 as that first differentiation. However, the idea that the use of tech, or binary code, computers, etc. can “allow” man to “create a deity” seems unecessary. Why would man use tech, when an idea alone will suffice? People chase and revere money like a god. That’s all possible by human biology/psychology.

    What could be created, with tech (or, as you put it, the merging of the undifferentiated All (the fool) with the Individual (the magician)) is, to me, the realization of a Demiurge-ic end: the generation of a “reality” from seemingly nothing. The demiurge’s sole bent is to be god. It thinks it is god, and it’s mistaken. Nevertheless, it claims godhead and exercises it’s limited scope of the power of the All, within its false, counterfeit creation. This sounds a lot like man making computer hard/software to execute basic or complex functions, according to his knowledge and capability.

    Man can’t know all. He’s a 1 and being differentiated, his perspective is constrained. What notions of “All” will a computer program allow us to access? I’d say it’s only what we can fathom, then create. If we don’t even know the EXTENT of what all CAN entail, I don’t see any efforts at creating a digital version being very successful.

    As usual, this was a well researched and well written article! Glad to see you’re still at it 🙂

    1. Thanks Joel, great points. I was at a seminar this past week regarding AI and items discussed included : AI evolution, AI problem solving, and AI ultimately becoming more “learned than its masters.” Very Skynet, yes, but one construct the presenter kept mentioning was the idea of the Monolithic Eventuality, or the idea that AI becomes very singular versus it existing in multiple arenas of existence. My first thought went to the Kubrick Monolith, and how that Monolith eventually jump started humanity per the Kubrick/Clarke vision. Sort of like AI being responsible for the a) finale and b) beginning of the cycle of humanity.

      Just thoughts out loud, of course, but the material gives us much to speculate about. Thanks as always for your comments!

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