Curiosity Boxed the Cat


What is it about a box that will make a cat want to pour itself into its enclosed space?

If you took the volume of a cat, and had a box with approximately the same volume, what are the chances that a cat will try to fill the box space? About meow percent. If the box is much larger than the cat, the cat will not be as interested. The more surfaces that touch the cat’s fur, the more the cat is experiencing tactile sensation, the greater the attraction the box has for the cat. The cat likes to feel enclosed. It likes a box that might even deform itself in order to accommodate cat pour.  In natural habitats, little cubby holes in the ground or on hillsides, creek banks and in logs, in btween boulders, all of those little nooks and crannies are good hiding places for small animals like rodents, snakes, and birds. Cat food. So, the cat might be attracted to the small space that both provides a pleasant tactile sensation as well as a meal, perhaps. So, not only does the cat fill the enclosure, but it is also filled by what was already within the enclosure. Add to the tactile joy of squeezing into a box the acute senses of taste, sight, and the smell of the animal it ate: its blood, its waste, its muscle and organs, its pheremone traces. Those smells also please the cat, excite it like catnip. In a rabbit warren, or a rat hole, the cat is completely immersed within a layering of sensation which brings it contentment. Cats love to curl up within this space, making a kind of kittysphere of cat happy inside the enclosure redolent of a tasty meal. It’s like it’s laying within its own stomach.

You’ve heard of the phrase snug as a bug in a rug? Same thing. Incidentally, an autistic woman named Temple grandin once did an amazing study about the comforting feeling an animal experiences by being enclosed. She was interested in a confining apparatus used to calm cows before slaughter, called a cattle crush. She constructed one for herself and found it immensely satisfying to be constricted within it.She herself experienced a sense of safety while confined, feeling a barrier around her body, reinforcing a physical projection of her self-awareness. Swaddled, like a baby, safe within a comfortable environment, defining a range of sensation. After a while, one would become unaware of the sensation. It would fade into the background noise of thoughts. Insomuch that an animal thinks, the swaddling instinct, the “cozy impulse” is a matter of integrating the self into a layer within other layers, like the strata of rock formation, or an alignment of crystalline architecture within a mineral or other substance. To make the interior of something both its interior and exterior, to create a multiplicity where there was nothing. Why?

It’s possibly a tendency of all matter to want to join, align and reconstitute inwardly an outer projection that closely resemble – or catalyzes, or provides – a congruous harmony within. Harmony, resonance, order, those sound nice. Harmony, what exactly is harmony? An accord of opinion, of emotion, of composition within another structure which in some way draws something into alignment, accord, or arrangement. In music, harmony results in sounds pleasing to the ear, or in science, we talk about animals and plants in symbiotic, or synergetic alignment when they are in some way congruent, homogeneous with another substance. The arrangements of acoustic vibrations create a certain motility to transfer the energy through a strata with greater efficiency. Flowers shaped like the The possible combinations of chemical bonds have a similar array, bees which pollenate them. Lichen living together in the tundra, the bacteria in our guts we use to digest our food and to produce chemicals we need to survive the effects of interacting with dangerous microorganisms. In crystalline structure, the order begins with a seed, a lump of things that absorb and realign what is outside itself, propagating outward, absorbing, realigning internally. Sort of like corporate takeovers, these forms will grow as long as there are materials available that can be reordered internally to fit its matrix.

In Chladni resonance, an object is subject to a range of vibrations which cause it to vibrate – all objects vibrate at certain frequencies – and create an inward alignment when the resonant vibrational frequencies are applied to the objects. It can also bind up objects together of a similar nature into forms to more readily transfer the energy through their vibrations, through their standing wave patterns. If you were to take a pile of sand, place it on a sheet of metal, blast the sheet with different sound frequencies, at specific intervals, the sand would magically line up into beautiful, radial shapes propagating outward from the sour e of the sound. Waves, crescents, circles, dots. At intervals, sound simply moves matter into forms which allow that standing wave pattern to move more efficiently through the medium.  There are different forms for different, specific frequencies, and different combinations of material will acquire different movements according to the relative sound waves used. Different rates of mutation, canalization, and tscale occur. Think of them as nodes of relative organization. The human species uses words, languages of various other signaling strategies within its milieu  to relate significant ideas, frames of reference, dynamic iterations of older forms, clues and riddles. Sometimes the language itself can lead to meaning. Information has a way of organizing itself like a virus, becoming shaped by the collective consciousness in order to be more easily transmitted. Communication is like a living thing in which we thrive. We are full of information, immersed in data transfer, and mine every conjunctive ideation for performance value. Our minds are becoming extrusive.

I can very easily imagine information moving through a socius of a people like a unifying narrative, traveling like the signifying tone of a bell rung at a temple. It’s that simple. A tone, or a series of tones, implying a representation of an idea. A dinner bell, a prayer bell, a warning bell. They all are some of the simplest forms of communication. No entity can communicate energy without an alignment of its substance or part of its substance, into a form which produces a resonant vibration that can be interpreted by another. By degrees of separation, these interpreted (conduits of wave form energy) forms may converge or diverge by degrees and class. Vocalizations, body languages, wrigglings that produce visible shapes or shake loose pheremone messages and so forth, they are different just as the variety of life and of matter is a series of graduations of difference dependent upon the continuum of possible forms of matter as a whole. Approaching the speed of light, these wave forms are able to assume superpositioning, simultaneous representation of seemingly arbitrary and even opposite frequencies. These approximations of immediate entanglement could be what we refer to as “particles” in the literal sense, particles of a whole.

So when I think of a cat thinking about what’s in the box, I’m not thinking about Schrodinger at all. I am thinking like a cat, wanting to become entangled with the contentment that the box promises, a fantasy stomach, a “kitty happy” dimension. By degrees, there is contentment in seeing the box, in entering the box, in finding its relative volume, in consuming what might be inside it, in sensing what remains of the previous forms being assimilated within, in the cat assuming a harmonious resonant frequency within the enclosure. Cat’s like catnip. Arrest them.

Same thing with weed. Marijuana opens up through its psychoactive properties, conduits, interplay of forms, chemical interactions which give rise to sensations of entanglement, of interpenetration of the self and the environment, a sense of belonging to and grooving with a larger continuity that, honestly is cosmic in scope. So, people seek it. If it provides contentment, the form will, of its own accord, assimilate into homogeneity other forms which create a range of changes (wave forms) which effectively transfer energy through the resonance of the two once-separated objects. If you’ve ever experienced marijuana, this experience happens, even in spite of stressors in the environment which are totally obtuse to this process. Unexpected hilarity ensues, or a profound deepening of empathy, a deepening even of sorrow, Emotions are intensified and becomes complex and nuanced in a different way. The interesting thing about marijuana is that people like it, and it doesn’t kill you. It creates a change in the body that people find pleasing and therapeutic. Given that this “harmony” is a phenomena that is prevalent in matter down to atomic structures of matter, it is really, really, really stupid to assume that making this physical manifestation of cosmic energy in some reasonable way preventable. In what way is it preventable and reasonable to alter natural forms of this harmonic resonance? On this level, it becomes absurd.

But let’s just say Prohibition, as an experiment, was meant to introduce a different histrionics, a different historicity to be contemplated, from a moral perspective, to be necessary to correct other behaviors which were considered bad. To create compliance through forced denial of destructive chemical interplay, which is all that prohibition could hope to assume to say it’s function is.

But people are seeking harmony, to be in accord with larger forms of pleasing ideas and progressions of change which sustain themselves as a species.From Wikipedia:

Historicity in philosophy is the underlying concept of history, or the intersection of teleology (the concept and study of progress and purpose), temporality (the concept of time), and historiography (semiotics and history of history). Varying conceptualizations of historicity emphasize linear progress or the repetition or modulation of past events.

Historicity is to human action what crystals are to rocks. So, by doing this over and over, authorities hoped to ingrain, within the minds of people, a new alignment of thought within the ideology of control, of an ability to limit human experience based upon a class of chemical reactions which:

  1. are not understood
  2. therefore not effectively delineated into proper classifications according to its proposed degrees of harm
  3. are naturally occurring at an elemental level down to rocks and elements.
  4. can be recombinations falling outside recognizable law based upon unrecognizable properties of aforementioned chemical reaction.

All of this is absolutely absurd. It doesn’t produce rational nor synergetic alignment of thought.

But what do the limitation of certain types of arbitrarily chosen types of chemical reactions  means to greedy people who want to control and destroy the weak, to suck up the power and energy out of the many into hegemonies of powerful corporate, feudal states of being? This:

  1. The destruction of science
  2. The imprisonment and torment of people
  3. The exclusion of services to increase the value of other services left available, and to aggrandize professions which deliver those services
  4. The gross waste of energy used to combat this emergent property of the universe which is constantly proceeding from forces which began billions of fucking years ago must be powered by the destruction of these forms of existence themselves.
  5. That the secret economy of this form of oppression, robbery, tyranny and ignorant hatred of existence at its perforative level is controllable.
  6. That is why oppressive forces reject science, reject common love, reject qualitative forms of justice, of economy, of religion, of heterogeneity, diversity withing the whole of humanity – because these phenomenon all support the transcendent truth that enlightened thought reveals: we all belong here, and this beingness is good and eternal.

I just don’t see this process as being helpful, this forced prohibition. It just creates a fiercer criminality. It creates an artificial dependence upon powerful pharmaceutical companies that subvert all process to get “drugs” to market. Like key be to lock. So, is taking any and all drugs good? Is it good to combine all drugs together into a superdrug and hope that is even more awesome. Can you take, say, unlimited amounts of a substance because it pleases one a little when one uses a little? Is it always appropriate to take any kind of drug irrespective of the nature of the individual. Should a heart-patient take amphetamines? Should a suicidal person drink booze? Should children indulge in drugs which limit developmental physics within the body? Should we drug our pets?

Let’s consider something painfully obvious. Naming something doesn’t teach one anything. Calling some things “drugs” and not calling other things drugs doesn’t teach one anything. Heroin is a drug, but so is tobacco. Aspirin is a drug, but so is alcohol. Are they the same thing? A drug: something that produces a change within the body, Is sugar a drug? Can someone become totally addicted to sugar? Can someone’s craving for any certain item become destructive? Is it limited to indigestible substances? People call experiences which create chemical changes within our own minds and/or/both body a drug. Adrenaline is a drug. Serotonin is a drug. Dopamine is a drug, endorphins are a drug, cognitive enhancing activities are a drug. If people are getting high off their own supply? Drug. Pheremones are drugs; fear, ecstacy, trust, laughter, all containing potential for deeper harmonic resonance within a person or a community.

What is psychoactive? Marijuana is always called a psychoactive substance. It’s often grouped with hallucinogenics, or caffeine. It’s associated with the term psychosis. Is this an accurate use of terminology? What does psychoactive mean? I think, when I hear that word, of an “active psyche”, a brain that’s alive, sensate, riven with interplay with ideas and so on. Here are some definitions I found on the internet:

  •    psychoactive: of or pertaining to a substance having a profound or significant effect on mental processes: a psychoactive drug.
  •    psychoactive: affecting the mind or behavior <psychoactive drugs>
  •    psychoactive:  (Psychology) capable of affecting mental activity: a psychoactive drug
  • psychoactive: affecting the mind or mood or other mental processes; “psychoactive drugs”
  • psychoactive: it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior.
  • psychoactive: Affecting the mind or mental processes. Used of a drug

Notice each definition is associating itself with the word “drug”, to limit the concepts of what could affect mood, or brain function or whatever. So we have a substance or something out yonder around a substance that affects the brain, affects the brain, affects brain function, temporarily affects brain function, and really affects brain function. But, I have read that bacteria in one’s guts affect mental processes. That to a degree, bacteria living symbiotically within our intestines have agendas that, in order to merely digest material, we have to accommodate to a degree. It’s at an unconscious level? I don’t know.  All of the things which affect brain function ALSO affect brain function. It’s ridiculous. Temperature affects brain function. Gravity affects brain function. Electromagnet energy fields affect brain function. Radiation affects brain function. Not getting enough sleep creates MAOIs and I start hallucinating. I don’t eat and I starve. I ride a rolelrcoaster and get jazzed off my adrenaline. And what is brain function but the concerted effort to make an organism, a host of chemical processes sheathed in greasy skin, do certain things.

Defining something as a thing that makes a change in some other thing, and then saying the word “drug” after it is called association. It is arbitrary. Replace the word “drug” with “hot dog” and you get a hilarious alternative universe. Replace it with the word “idea”, and you get…the idea. This is brainwashing. Brainswashing is a psychoactive idea that cozens one’s mind like a cattle crush. it gentles the organism being lead to slaughter. Science doesn’t go about naming things to replace the knowledge of a thing. Science asks “why”, not “whatchamacallit”.

You can’t say a cat in a box is the same thing as a a cat on a table without dropping the association: It’s just a cat doing its thing, on a table, or in a box. Its not box cat. It’s not table cat. It’s just cat. So, I propose that the word “drug” be redefined as ” a perjorative applied to a chemical reaction not limited to intracellular origin which creates a stigma or negative association in order to create a fear of governmental torture, death, and prejudice, and to create a longing for complacency and  personal irresponsibility, chauvinism, and self-annihilation.”

Or, as my cat says, “HISSSSSSSS”.

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