Half Past Human (HPH) is a site that defies most descriptions except one: it is DIFFERENT. And if you get down and dirty with the longer pieces, it makes the grey matter do the funny tingly thing (warning: effects may vary). Granted, the texts are not exactly fluffy, nor are the subjects what we would call mainstream, but what makes them different is the monkey mind behind the words: clif high, an eclectic kinda guy.
clif, who signs in lowercase, is the creator of the Asymmetric Language Trend Analysis (ALTA) method and the resulting ALTA reports, which join computer algorithms with monkey mind to generate future forecasts (note: the term monkey mind is how clif refers to his work on the reports, and has no denigrating implications). Here is an extract from the HPH site regarding the ALTA method:
We employ a technique based on radical linguistics to reduce extracts from readings of dynamic postings on the internet into an archetypical database. With this database of archtypical language, we calculate the rate of change of the language. The forecasts of the future are derived from these calculations. Our calculations are based on a system of associations between words and numeric values for emotional responses from those words. These ’emotional impact indicators’ are also of our own devising. They are attached to a data base of over 300/three hundred thousand words. This data base of linked words/phrases and emotions is our lexicon from which the future forecasting is derived.
Grossly oversimplifying, the ALTA method measures specific word/phrase occurence in the dynamic internet (blogs, bulletins, twitter and so on). The theory is that the use of archetypical language (linked to primal forces) PRECEDES the occurrence of events that have a strong impact on the collective unconscious or collective psyche (think 9-11). The dynamic internet is a word-based reflection of the collective unconscious that can be mined for significant data (think William Gibson’s Idoru) and analyzed in forecast terms.
How can the language appear BEFORE the event? Well, this is generally understood nowadays as one of the many latent abilities of our quantum-computer brains. Quantum computers solve problems by jumping forward in time and choosing the right answer, so our brains have this ability. Being latent, however, we express this ability unconcsiously as archetypical language eddies in the semantic flow of the internet collective unconscious. ALTA identifies the eddies and monitors their activity levels; when one or several begin growing very quickly it is interpreted as collective quantum foreknowledge of an upcoming event. The numeric emotional impact indicators and the cross-links between data sets, as well as the very words or phrases themselves, help define the possible nature of the event.
The monkey mind, having defined the initial parameters, steps back in when the machine is done crunching the data. The data alone is of little value unless someone can explain what the heck it means, and this is what the ALTA reports really are: the merging of the data into a narrative that actually means something.
ALTA reports are disconcerting at first but make for gripping read when the style sinks in. The weaving of man and machine in the text is strangely compelling and the contents are often downright eerie. Barring the differences in style, there is a definite Edgar Cayce flavor to the reports. Cayce would answer questions in great detail, but only on those issues he was asked about. The ALTA project is more of a first-warning system to monitor potential upcoming impacts in the near future, offering fewer specific details in return for a much wider scope.
Now, to conclude, the 1M$ question: do the ALTA reports actually tell the future? Well, that depends on how you define “future”. Is the future fixed and inexorable or is it simply one of many potential outcomes yet to be determined? I think the above question could be better formulated as: are the ALTA reports able to actually affect the future? Can foreknowledge avoid a catastrophe? If foreknowledge can affect our individual futures (think getting out of Dodge before the flood), why not our collective one also?
So, in response to both questions, I don’t know. And, frankly, I’m not sure it even matters. The value of HPH lies not in the percent accuracy of its predictions, but in the fact that it exists. Because it does not exist by “coincidence”, but for a reason, just like everything else. All I know is what I feel, that HPH is at the frontline in the exploration of an uncharted territory that is Humanity’s next frontier: unlocking the true quantum nature of our brain and, ultimately, of ourselves.
Start your watches NOW. We meet back at oh human thirty…