Foundation eTORUS(tm) Newsletter
Number 9 - 23 May 2001
Copyright 2001 Meru Foundation
Written by Cynthia Tenen
Our California trip, during February and March of 2001, was short but
productive. We met with scholars affiliated the Center for Theology
and Natural Sciences in Berkeley, with the Noetic Institute, and with the
California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and are exploring
the possibility of teaching a class at CIIS during October 2001.
If we can work out the arrangements for this class, we hope to make it
open to members of the Meru mailing list as well. I'll post further
developments in future newsletters.
We also had the opportunity to meet with various members of our Advisory
Board. Stan has started an email discussion with UC Berkeley linguist
Dr. Richard Rhodes, sparked by the analysis of the letter "Bet" that appeared
in our last newsletter. As a professor of linguistics, Dr. Rhodes
of course rightly points out that current linguistic theory explains some
of the relationships we posit between word-derivations and operational
letter meanings very differently (even to the extent of saying that there
is no relationship). Doing science means that we need to respond
to these objections with an explanation that either encompasses them, or
demonstrates that they're incomplete -- which our correspondence with Dr.
Rhodes is giving Stan the opportunity to do. We plan to publish excerpts
of this correspondence in future eTorus newsletters.
Stan and I are currently in Massachusetts, but we expect to return to
California sometime during June or July 2001.
As most of our readers know, Stan Tenen's article, "The God of Abraham:
A Mathematician's View" was published in the peer-reviewed Noetic Journal
in 1999. Now, that same article (and an appendix titled "Man Bites
Dog") have been published in a compendium titled "Science and the Primacy
of Consciousness," edited by Dr. Richard Amoroso for the Noetic Press.
This book is Volume 1 of a series titled "Readings in the Cosmology of
Consciousness", edited by Dr. Amoroso; Stan has also been named to the
Editorial Advisory Board for this series. Other contributors to "Science
and the Primacy of Consciousness" include many whose contributions to the
field of science and consciousness are well-known, and we're pleased to
be able to present aspects of the Meru thesis in this company.
For those interested in studying this journal of peer-reviewed works,
"Science and the Primacy of Consciousness" is available through our secure-server
website, <www.meetingtent.com>, for
a limited-time price of $29.95. Further information on this book,
including a table of contents, is available at <http://www.meetingtent.com/Amoroso.html>.
THE "FIRST SOUND - MUSIC OF GENESIS" PROJECT
Thirty years ago, when we first began investigating the Hebrew letter-sequence
in Genesis, one of the first "tools" we used to try to detect the possibility
of patterning was musical. (It's sometimes easier to hear anomalies
and patterns in long strings of data, than it is to see them.) In
1983, with our brand-new Commodore 64, we first "played out" a sequence
of approximately 2200 letters by assigning each letter its own musical
tone, in various microtonal scales. We have returned to this idea
periodically since that time, most notably in the mid-1990's, when composer
Stephen James Taylor composed the "Music of Genesis" that is played under
the opening and closing credits of all of Meru Foundation's videotapes.
Taylor's method of assigning notes and instrumentation for each letter
was of course more sophisticated than the simple renditions we could program
on our Commodore ten years earlier -- and as a professional composer, his
intuitions as to which methods to try were more obviously musical than
ours. This is why, over the years, we have approached other composers
with our idea of the "Music of Genesis."
Early this year, we began working with two new composers on this project,
each of whom has his own ideas and knowledge base to work with. Both
Peter Bryce and Daniel Gil are professionally trained; additionally Daniel
is a student of the late R. Shlomo Carlebach and brings to this project
a deep familiarity with the text. Each composer is exploring the
text, and its musical nature, in his own way, and we hope, at the end of
the day, to have two new, and very different, musical perspectives on the
Hebrew letter-text and its structure, which we will issue on CD and offer
on <www.meetingtent.com>. (If
we don't have a CD ready by the end of the year, we will probably issue
a "sampler" cassette at that time.)
In the meantime, as a part of this process, we made the acquaintance
of Kevin Acres of Research Systems, Ltd., in Australia, a programmer who
has written software called "Code Finder", used for exploring the equal-interval
letter-skip patterns in the Torah. (For our analysis and commentary
on the "Torah Codes," see <http://www.meru.org/Codes/biblcode.html>.)
Kevin had recently added an experimental feature to his program, allowing
the text to be played out as tones, and I thought this might make a useful
tool for our composers. In part due to our discussions, this tone-generating
software is now available as a stand-alone program called "Music from the
Torah." Unlike the versions of the Hebrew text used for "Bible Codes"
work, the version packaged with "Music from the Torah" distinguishes between
medial and final forms of the Hebrew letters (a distinction that is very
important in Meru research). While you wait for our "First Sound
- Music of Genesis" CD, if you would like to experiment yourself with "listening
to the Torah," we will shortly be offering the "Music from the Torah" software
CD on <www.meetingtent.com>.
ESSAY BY STAN TENEN
Over the years we have spoken with many people who believe that peace
will come if we respond only with love when others act in ways that hurt
us, both personally, and in the wider world. This month's essay by
Stan Tenen, titled "The Three Pillars of
Love," asks the question: Is there such a thing as "unconditional
love"? And how can we truly begin to create peace both in our lives
and in the world?
"The Three Pillars of Love" suggests
that just as each of the three Abrahamic covenants embodies its own vital
aspect of the whole Abrahamic system (see "The
Three Abrahamic Covenants and the Car-Passing Trick"), healing a difficult
situation requires more than unconditional love -- it requires integrity,
and compassion, and self-sacrifice. This is an important concept,
and it is often overlooked. You can find Stan's essay, "The
Three Pillars of Love".
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