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THERMONUCLEAR THEURGY: FUSION A STEP CLOSER? PART ONE: ECONOMIC AND ...

In The Grid of the Gods,  I titled the first chapter, "Thermonuclear Theurgy," and wrote about the strange anomalies associated with the fusion reactions and anomalous yields associated with the first hydrogen bomb tests. It may have seemed an impertinent title: after all, what does fusion have to do with something so esoteric and downright occult as theurgy? My reasoning was rather simple: in esoteric lore, the "gods" are often celestial bodies, in particular, stars. And of course, there is the ancient Egyptian cosmological belief that men are descended from the gods, i.e., from stars. In a certain sense, of course, that's true, for in the vast furnaces - if one follows the "chained hydrogen bomb" model of stars - the elements are created. We are, in a sense, stardust.

With that in mind, this article was shared with me by Mr. P.T., and it's definitely newsworthy:

One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, unlimited energy

There is so much here one doesn't really know where to begin, but let's begin here:

“'It is the largest scientific collaboration in the world. In fact, the project is so complex we even had to invent our own currency – known as the Iter Unit of Account – to decide how each country pays its share,' says Carlos Alejaldre, Iter’s deputy director responsible for safety." (Emphasis added)

The development of "units of account" dates back, of course, to the Renaissance and the northern Italian City-states - Venice, Padua, Florence, and Genoa in particular - where bankers and corporations had to deal on a daily basis with all manner of currency in order to conduct their international trade and business, and as a result, they developed special "currencies" that were purely accounting abstractions on the corporate ledgers, and never circulating monies.

But there's more going on here, for if fusion is commercially viable, then it will lead to a realignment of money and monetary value: the petrodollar, or for that matter, petroleum per se, will gradually decline in value; money after all is ultimately a measure of productivity, productivity is in turn a measure of work, and work, of course, is fundamentally a physics conception, intimately tied to energy. Money, economics, and physics have always been, and will always be, intimately intertwined in a complex relationship that is not easily understood. It is, nonetheless, a fundamental fact of "socio-cosmology," if I may be permitted to coin a term.

At a second level, it is intriguing to posit the political implications of this project, a truly international  "Manhattan project". If successful, then it will call into existence new corporations, and a new global bureaucracy and could potentially lead to a new government of global extent to "apportion" the energy technology, with a commensurate monetary reform.

There's more of course, but that will have to wait tomorrow's foray into a bit of high octane speculation, and a bit of science fiction.

See you on the flip side.

14 thoughts on “ THERMONUCLEAR THEURGY: FUSION A STEP CLOSER? PART ONE: ECONOMIC AND ...”

  1. Frankie Calcutta

    I guess the fusion genie is out of the bottle so now the banksters must monopolize this free energy and profit off it. It looks like they are changing some of their plans but one has to admire their adaptability. Turning lemons into lemonade. I imagine one day we will be paying more for “free” energy than we do now for gasoline. But instead of Arabs, the Fox News crowd and the other tv zombies will be angry at aliens for the high energy prices.

  2. Seems at this early stage this might go viral. Red Ice has just put it up on the home page, lets see who else runs with it.

  3. Perhaps Dr. F. can help with my porous memory here. Was it Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov who, in one of their books, outlined a history of technological development wherein humanity had invested enormous amounts of capital in major fusion power facilities? “Rendezvous with Rama”? As I recall, the capital investment was so high that even though miniaturized power technology became available, the commercial fusion behemoths were kept in use until capitalized (depreciated) around circa 2050. This almost takes Mr. Hoagland’s concept of gradual disclosure and elevates it to it being a gradual shaping of civilization along a roughly scripted course. In the same way that a child is not allowed to play with matches until a certain age/maturity, perhaps civilization needs to achieve certain developmental milestones before being allowed access to certain technologies.

    Or, perhaps, some group is just building an experimental fusion reactor.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      I remember reading that.
      Everything cames in 3’s. At the end, as I recall, the 3rd one was due to pass, just as this one left the solar system.
      My favorite is still his Childhood’s end.
      Kubrick’s/Clarke’s 2001 was a great movie, especially that bone thrown in the air, transformation/space station scene beginning.

  4. They have been at this Rube Goldberg game for over sixty years. Like the space program this is complex,expensive and as dangerous as fission. Why not concentrate resources on improving cold fusion,wind,photovoltaic and battery storage instead and save money,time and be more safe as well. As others have written this looks like a cover for something else.

  5. Robert Barricklow

    This is a fundamental relationship that deals in power explicitly and in the abstract. Dr. Farrell gives a superb, yet concise, run down of a highly complex relationship. There is so much within this, that it takes one’s breath away. Or, a sigh, in an: ah-ha moment. For all past these omens, have been but a prelude to this horizon event.

    The crows nest is shouting/LAND HO!.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Or
      As marcos says a cover for something.
      They have zero point, and what of Telsa’s discovery? Looks like another screen for black projcts. Another NASA? that has a developed picture for public consumption; and it’s negative reality. for private use.

    1. My guess is that all very expensive physics projects are really working on something else (more viable). The public name of the project is fake, to keep us thinking that mainstream physics is “all there is.”

      1. bdw—

        Possibly, though even more likely many of these projects, this one in particular, are designed to fail for at least 30 years.

        LSM–

        Kron isn’t about fusion, through in Philo Farnsworth.

        1. my comment wasn’t trying to compartmentalize Kron in anything whatsoever- my comment was simply a response to bdw’s “The public name of the project is fake, to keep us thinking that mainstream physics is “all there is.” which was actually meant as a compliment to bdw’s thinking (see above under concept “absolutely right”)-

          1. LSM:

            Okay, though I wouldn’t pick Kron as an example of some cover work. Albeit he did stop publishing for about 15 years.

            T. T. Brown in the 1950s and 60s and 70s, now that looks like some kind of cover combined with seemingly unimportant research.

            And of course Farnsworth’s night vision improvements in the 1950s and 60s very much over lapped with real fusion work.

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