THE ORANGUTAN THAT MAKES ITS OWN MEDICINE

First off, before we get down to business, I want to thank everyone for your Easter well-wishes and patience this last week. Some of you thought that I was ill or away, because the blogs we're appearing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as usual. What happened was another technical glitch as the button on my admin page that I use to schedule blogs was not functioning properly, so I simply released all that week's blogs on Sunday.  It appears to be fixed now, so we're back on our regular schedule.

I thought we'd start this week's blogs with something thought-provoking and - for all you animal lovers out there - one of those "warm and fuzzy" stories.   As most of you who are regular readers here know, I love animals and particularly dogs and birds, though I have a considerable soft spot for horses, donkeys, mules, hinnies, and octopuses. Most of you also know my story about my friend Scott DeHart's African Gray Parrot named Murray, who astonished both his youngest son and me one day by making up an entirely new sentence he had never heard before, and using it correctly in the correct context without any prompting from either one of us. I've since seen several intriguing videos about crows solving multi-step puzzles - a clear sign of intelligence - and of octopuses, what can we say? The creatures continue to astound people who study them, especially with their ability to learn how to do things simply by watching another octopus solve a puzzle.  I'm one of those who simply cannot eat octopus or squid as a result, because to me that would be like eating a dog.

And speaking of dogs, I've noticed something else strange. It's one of those obvious things you don't think about until ... well... until you think about it. When I take my little dog Shiloh outside for her toiletries and rolls in the grass, occasionally she will stop, sniff a particular area of grass, and eat it.  Most dogs do this at some point, and there are all sorts of explanations: they're irregular and need fiber, or need some nutrient in the grass, or even that they have a sudden craving for the taste of something green. But it all comes down to "instinct", the favorite refuge of the scientismist working from the hypothesis that animals are "irrational" chemical machines &c &c blah blah blah. Instinct is that catch-all answer designed to keep a narrative paradigm - animal irrationality - intact. It's the animal's version of preprogramming. Except that preprogramming seems more like a sign of intelligence than not: after all, humans come all pre-wired too, for language, for example. While there is both a qualitative and quantitative difference between humans and animals, there is a part of us, and therefore of them, that lies on a continuum, rather than the entire phenomenon being one of separation.

With that in mind as a little context, consider this though-provoking story that was spotted and shared by K.M. with our gratitude:

In a first, an orangutan was seen treating his wound with a medicinal plant

Here's the story in a nutshell:

Researchers heard a fight between male orangutans in the treetops of a rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia; a day later, they spotted Rakus sporting a pink wound below his right eyelid.

A chunk of flesh about the size and shape of a puzzle piece was missing. When Rakus, who is most likely in his 30s, belted out a long call, the researchers noticed another wound inside his mouth.

Over the next several days, researchers followed Rakus at a distance — and saw something so surprising they wound up reporting it in great detail in the journal Scientific Reports.

According to their study, published Thursday, Rakus was observed repeatedly chewing on the leaves of a particular liana plant over several days. The climbing vine is not a typical food for orangutans, but it is known to humans as a pain reliever.

On at least one occasion, Rakus made a paste from the chewed leaves and applied it to his face. It’s the first time an animal has been seen applying medicine to a skin wound.

As the article goes on to note, the wound healed within a week, and that without infection.

This has scientists wondering: is this a learned behavior, and did humans learn it from animals? Or to put that same question somewhat differently, did animals learn it from humans? And regardless of the answer to that question, at some point one has "patient zero" from whom the vector of learned behavior grows, and that implies that at some point an intelligence, no matter how rudimentary, made the observation about "this type of plant" does "that type of thing" and might "help this condition." Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has observed such behavior among varieties of animal species that are dispersed on island archipelagos and hence which have no physical contact with their species on other islands. Yet, a behavior learned on one island quickly transfers and is learned by the same species on other islands. How? Sheldrake calls it a "morphogenetic field" that is peculiar to a species. The ancients had a remarkably similar idea that was, indeed, specific to particular things, which they called the logoi spermatikoi or rationes seminales, the "seeds of logos" or "seminal reasons", a kind of ""template of behavior and action" unique to that kind of thing.

There's a potential lesson here, and an extremely important one: there is no such thing as an individual in-the-pure-raw, so to speak, absolutely isolated and unbeholden to the wider nature of its being that it shares with other beings of its kind. Indeed, the whole idea of personhood is not about individuality in that sense, but rather, about an absolutely unique self that is nonetheless also part of a whole called humanity, which has other such unique selves. A famous saint, Maximus the Confessor, even coined terms for this mystery of the relationship of person and nature, making the observation that there was no such thing as a person that was not "enessenced" nor of an "essence" existing abstractly without being "enhypostasized". Dr. Sheldrake seems to be suggesting that something analogous though obviously not of the same order is also true of animals. And that means that there is a much deeper mystery and connection than - pardon me while I become very blunt - 19th century mechanism will ever see.

See you on the flip side....

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".

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  1. StevenWhitehead on May 8, 2024 at 4:35 am

    Cool story, bro. Still not embracing the bug diet.



  2. marcos toledo on May 6, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    Since everything that lives is aware they also communicate among themselves, interestingly, it is the people who say they are civilized who think others are stupid be they humans or other living creatures.



    • anakephalaiosis on May 7, 2024 at 8:48 am

      It’s the value of a thing – in itself – that allows communication with stones, trees and pets.

      It’s the love for all things, that then overflows, and causes allround entanglement.

      Advanced saint classes, on Buddha field trips, go nowhere and everywhere, simultaneously.

      Buddha laughter is smoking joint.



  3. John Cawley on May 6, 2024 at 7:13 pm

    My spiritual teacher, John-Roger (now deceased) typically presented lofty teachings about how to gain soul awareness and even transcendence of soul into greater realities. He also commented here and there about other topics. He told us the most animals are not individualized souls but function under a group soul. I don’t claim to understand this, but it could make sense when considering the behavior of certain animal communities. And by all means, everything is connected to everything. Sometimes we gain awareness of this.



    • anakephalaiosis on May 7, 2024 at 8:03 am

      On the rocky road to Dublin, there are seven milestones, that depict life’s journey, from fall to rise.

      Technically, that is creating an ego, and then deconstructing the same ego, in return to collective soul.

      The seven milestones are the 8-point compass sundial, whereas the runes are 32-point compass sundial.

      Rightful kings are measured by the latter matrix.

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/pnz9jpb73u1gfla/druidry-for-dummies.pdf



  4. rohat77 on May 6, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    A general comment from Don Juan in the Castaneda books: “To me, those who think they are above animals live worse than animals.”

    Big subject broached in the article… but, the self-destructiveness/stupidity of the human species has no rival in the animal kingdom.

    Again, “Of course, there is a dark side to us. We kill wantonly, don’t we? We burn people in the name of God [or you name it]. We destroy ourselves; we obliterate life on this planet; we destroy the earth. And then we dress in robes [applies to “scientists” also] and the Lord speaks directly to us. And what does the Lord tell us? He says that we should be good boys or he is going to punish us. The Lord has been threatening us for centuries and it doesn’t make any difference. Not because we are evil, but because we are DUMB. Man has a dark side, yes, and it’s called STUPIDITY!” Don Juan



    • anakephalaiosis on May 7, 2024 at 7:43 am

      “Lord thy God” is a mistranslation of the term “Yahweh-Elohim”, which was done on purpose, with criminal intent.

      The Praetorian Guard, as the Roman ClA, censored the Greek gospels, and falsified the proto-Scythian narrative.

      Abram & Co were more aligned with Don Juan’s teachings, originally, because shamanism is universal.

      Black Elk’s Six Grandfathers are standard epistemological geometry, also found in the Book of Genesis.

      The Last Druid – Documentary on Ben McBrady of The Old Gaelic Order:
      https://archive.org/details/the-last-druid



  5. InfiniteRUs on May 6, 2024 at 11:55 am

    What is the energy value of an infinite space? Infinite. What is the energy value of any finite point inside of an infinite space? Again it is infinite because of the infinite energy from all directions bearing down upon the finite points. The least observed expression of potential energy is also the greatest observed expression of infinite energy. Space equals potential energy. At the different scales of finite observations the observation of space energy becomes folded and inversed. Infinitely big is indeed also infinitely small and vice versa, but observation of the same space/energy becomes inversed at repeatable scaler points of observation. Space is potential energy, time is kinetic energy, and matter is kinetically massed potential energy. Everything is energy and the dimensions of this energy is derive from the point of observations and scale of being of a potential observer. All the different potential scales of being of energy/space have their own scale of observers. Inside each observer is countless other observers at smaller scales of Universal expression. And every observer is inside the energy field of countess greater Universal expressions of conscious observation. All of our conscious fields are intertwined at different scaler levels and collectively all equal the same value of ultimate potential energy. Kinetic resonances from one potential scale of a conscious observation point may flow at some level through all other conscious resonating points at all resonating scales of infinite space/energy. Thus when one conscious being discovers something new other resonating conscious beings in similar situations observing the same interest and similar environment may soon experience a kinetic wave of conscious energy/similar understanding. Its all the same energy potential at every point of existence after all.



  6. anakephalaiosis on May 6, 2024 at 11:25 am

    1. Man is born, in the image of free will (Elohim), to logically explore his surroundings, and follow his stars, acquiring reason along the way.

    2. When the ingroup was falling apart, at the centre, because of disputing differences, then Moses placed primary emphasis on yearly truce (Yahweh), as annual gathering, to ensure reason, as common sense.

    3. When centre collapsed, because of flawed leadership, then Elijah (i.e. Elohim-Yahweh) heightened the threshold, so, that authority was only rightful matured.

    4. When yearly truce (Yahweh) was banned, by imperial tyranny, from the Julio-Claudian dynasty, then the gospel hero raised a Scythian cup.

    5. Primates do instinctually gather and explore, which is the embryo of Yahweh-Elohim, as a Yin-Yang principle.

    6. The morphogenetic field is basically concerto grosso, in tapestry of baroque music, and maestro is faceless, because he is an eternal being.

    7. Doctor Who is faceless, because he is timeless – as he went, before he arrived – in quantum entanglement, between here and there.

    Fraggle Rock – Here To There:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/scl/fi/9cehn4hizfphq8df26gto/here-to-there.mp4?rlkey=sv8f8yk65xpdrgkkgz8woc19c



    • Tim H on May 6, 2024 at 7:12 pm

      Ana, I’m bedazzled.



      • anakephalaiosis on May 7, 2024 at 5:46 am

        Sure, deprogramming is a “snap out of it” proposition, which is done, by using logic and reason, while pointing out, that the central idea, in the proto-Scythian narrative, is exactly logic and reason.

        It means, that Abram & Co had more in common with orangutans, than the modern sect followers, who are mesmerised by an imperial idol, and socially conditioned never to ask a question.

        It means, that the proto-Scythian position is defined, as an opposition to the imperial position, and, that the former produces democracy and republic, whereas the latter is tyrannical mind control.

        The natural instinct of the primate is more closer to the truth, than the kowtow of the so-called civilised Pinocchio.



  7. Robert Barricklow on May 6, 2024 at 11:17 am

    I was just pondering about those stinking narrative paradigms; running rampant over the Western Wonderlands. Too many to even contemplate listing; as they’re fast approaching a never ending posthuman immortality ghost.
    “They” may recognize something outside their “made-up” medical “boundaries”, but they’ll never admit it. They’ll just change a little molecular structure, and patent it as substantially equivalent.
    Replacing nature, as a natural narrative paradigm.



    • anakephalaiosis on May 6, 2024 at 11:49 am

      Buddha field is mind-blowing, which is, what John Sheridan encountered, at Z’ha’dum, in quantum entanglement, with the first of the First Ones, in Babylon 5.

      Narratives automatically break apart in the quantum field, which is an out-of-body experience. Presence is reduced, to pure consciousness in it basic form, a field.



  8. Bizantura on May 6, 2024 at 5:09 am

    I can’t help but think the more humanity are dumbing themselves, the rest of nature picks up the slack. That said, nature works mysteriously ingenious, but many humans are so “materialistic blinded” to see and observe it.



    • rohat77 on May 6, 2024 at 1:08 pm

      Yep!



    • Nidster - on May 7, 2024 at 2:59 am

      To me it seems more likely that as Humainty in general is being ‘dumbed-down’ by their miseducation in so-called schools of higher learning. Watching the dumbed-down TV and movies that are being generated nowadays and it is more apparent what is happening to them. Then watch, and study, some ‘older’ TV series such as Person of Interest [ pay attention to to the AI computer programs], The Mentalist [mind reading, which is simply nothing more than paying attention to typical human behavior]. Many of the older movies are also good to watch, and re-watch.



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