Hit you in the eye

The writers of the Icelandic Sagas considered it the acme of skill in poetry to “hit you in the eye”. I propose that this is common to all art and literature with cult followings among deep thals, and for a specific reason.

The saying itself is an illustration of the concept. It means to land a strike with such skill and accuracy that no further demonstration is required. In The Lord of the Rings, for example, Legolas would consistently demonstrate his extraordinary marksmanship by shooting orcs through the eye. The way this is used by creative thals is to bring coherence to the entire masterpiece in a single moment, as a sublime revelation of some great truth. Here is a good example, courtesy Tex:

I remember reading to the end of CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and thinking it was an ordeal. Published originally in serial form, you’d expect the author would have a hard time keep the plot on track for a proper climax. When I got to the last scene I decided every single page had been worth it. You could see the rich tapestry of Dostoyevsky’s ideas had held the book together from the first sentence to the final word. There was a writer for you.

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If you need a more accessible example, think of a song that you like so much it feels like a religious experience to listen to it. Does it have one of these climactic moments? Maybe a hook or a bridge or a solo that you anticipate so strongly that the rest of the song feels sublime by mere association? I bet it does. Every moment up until then was a foundation that made that moment possible, and yet the moment itself casts a new light on the rest of the music. It’s like removing a linchpin in your brain, after which everything seems to “fall into place” all on its own.

I believe this is because it simulates the “Aha!” moment, when stimulation levels across the brain simultaneously go all-red. It is like experiencing a moment of genius, when one is pondering a mystery and the answer appears within the mind in a single moment, revealed in all its glory. I’ve never learned to pick locks, but I’d imagine it is similar when you hear the click and the slight relaxation of torque that says every tumbler is in place. This sensation lasts for a second or two, is very pleasant (although it can also be painful sometimes), and probably is analogous to sexual climax.

After this follows the exposition period, which is a sort of reflection on all the memories and experiences that now fit into the new paradigm that were previously floating freely and disconnected in the unconscious occipital. These memories pass through the conscious mind, one-by-one, and we experience little “aha” moments as we recognize how they each fit into the bigger picture. Rather than feeling sublime, this part of the experience would be well-described as euphoric, and corresponds to the all-yellow state of parallel stimulation.

Rereading Dostoevsky would stimulate an all-blue state, which subjectively feels like a combination of nostalgia and competence. It is the “flow state” sought by athletes and PUAs. Occasional flashes of all-yellow exposition may occur for the more retarded thals among us, who previously didn’t have the eidetic memory required to assimilate all of the little details in the first exposition period. This is why, sometimes, a really difficult book or song is experienced as better and better each time we experience it. For example, it took me four readings of Watchmen to realize that the “Tales of the Black Freighter” side stories were about Adrian Veidt’s dreams, as someone already helpfully explained here. Before that, I’d just had a vague sense that something “bigger” was going on behind the scenes. But now I understand Watchmen in a way I never had before, as an exposition of Nietzsche, and I can see why it’s quite properly described as a masterpiece.

I believe this sensation of something “bigger” and the compulsion to feel our way around the edges until we find the secret which unlocks the greater truth, and resolves the mystery, is the common experience of people higher in associative horizon than intelligence, hence the personality traits of Charlton’s psychoticism.

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7 Responses to Hit you in the eye

  1. Craig says:

    Great post mate.

    The religions of the world, the high priests of the old times knew how music, thought and theology all fit together to pass on memeplexes to the masses, or even singled out individuals. So much so the old pagan temples, churches ect were build in mind to have highly tuned harmonics which hit certain frequencies during prayer, song, meditation healing sounds or repetitive chants. This causes the same activations in the brain that you talk of.

    This is also a corner stone of Freemasonry…(You can find it on the net if you so desire it) Who do you think taught the American blacks Jazz and the blues. On top of that the blacks in Africa have been schooled in leadership using tones and music to get the mass mob blacks attention and to focus it…

    The political craft in the USA is also highly tuned to this kind of mind manipulation…

    Of course it can be mastered on an individual level also, which then gives you a defensive, and offensive capability of the mind.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Wow, that’s quite a lot of extra information. More and more, I’m realizing school was a waste of time. Weirdo conspiracy theory ought to be a prerequisite to political science.

      • Craig says:

        “In the publication from the conference on Archaeoacoustics which sparked the study, Dr. Paolo Debertolis reports on tests conducted at the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit at the University of Trieste in Italy: “…each volunteer has their own individual frequency of activation, …always between 90 and 120 hz. Those volunteers with a frontal lobe prevalence during the testing received ideas and thoughts similar to what happens during meditation, whilst those with occipital lobe prevalence visualized images.” He goes on to state that under the right circumstances, “Ancient populations were able to obtain different states of consciousness without the use of drugs or other chemical substances.”


        Just for you Aeoli, the article has some pertinent points. Perhaps an easier way to detect thal and melon thought processors, I think most people will have both, for I can visualise real well, also I have different thoughts and ideas. I find my ideas are a combination of both visualisation, and thoughts, which ultimately produce new ideas. Usually the thoughts occur from the visualisation of the idea, or adding onto someone else’s idea.

        Obviously more stringent observations with a data set under quantitative and qualitative parameters would give far better results to build a hypothesis and possibly a theory.

        Yesterday I thought up a new invention that may actually make me money if I patent it and mass produce it for the agricultural community… :-)

      • Aeoli Pera says:

        Alas, the test yields an asymmetrical power relationship. It is impossible to distinguish true psychosis from good acting. On the other hand, it’s easy to spot psychosis in a person who is trying to be normal. So we have the same situation where normies can spot their own, and thals can’t.

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