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“Astronomy” a Collaborative Multimedia Project by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis
Text and Audio by Tullio DeSantis, Imagery by Pery Burge, 2012

Astronomy is the middle section of a three-part series (Cosmology, Astronomy, and Biology). This collaboration involves combining my text and sound (audio and music) with the creative imagery of Pery Burge, artist in residence in the Thermofluids lab in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter, in the UK. We will be creating some new music, sound, and image work again soon.We hope you like Astronomy. It is our place in space*(The full text is below)*Astronomy

Before the beginning, In the
beginning. After the beginning.
An inscrutable instant between nothing and something
A time before the existence of duration
A space before the age of space

A soundless bang…

A Bang that no one hears! A
soundless cataclysm in the most cavernous gaping void the most imaginative
among us can ever imagine..we name it “creation of the universe”

Singularity – phase transition –

Planck’s ineffable epoch, from
absolute zero to Planck’s time

One to the minus 43rd
power of a second…

Quantum gravity waves, that
uncanny instant of true space and real time

Microsecond epochs, many of them

Cosmos happens

Quadrillions of instantaneous

Spinning electromagnetic flux

Waving particles

Particulate waves

Supersymmetrical profundities of
Quantum probabalistic epoch after epoch

Quintillions of interaction events
A superheated intensification of an inestimable and durable future

Quarks hadrons leptons photons

Instants of neucleosynthesis

There comes to be a swirling
primeval system

Electron proton nuclear atomic

Elemental Hydrogen

Some – thing from no – thing

Proton electron – electron proton

Stark facts of energetic matter

The phenomenal proof of material

Most abundant Atomic H

Neutrons, protons, deuterium,

Hydrogen mists and cosmic fogbanks

Fill the void – the void filled
with substance

A hundred thousand matter years

Of gravity

Inexorable gyres

Mixing pure hot masses in cold
empty space

Plasma in gravitational collapse

The prime cause of all structure

Vast light years across

Many parsecs of Nebulae,

Wispy evanescent deep space things

Gigantic streaming entities
birthing atomic energy, starlight, heat

Matter and anti-matter

Whole uncharted interstellar regions

Of dark energy in filamentary

Quasars, pulsing with
electromagnetic waves, evolving stars, systems, and galaxies

All in a billion years

Clusters and superclusters

Deep funnels of form

Complex folds in the fabric of space

Dark matter bridging cosmos across
unfathomable arcs in time

Vortices of new creation

Whirlpool coalescences gathering
material from those first exploded stars, wild novae, and the terrible supernovae
– cosmic blast furnaces forging the elemental signatures of life in hydrogen,
oxygen, carbon, phosphorus, collecting and compressing all the products of
fission and stellar collapse…heavy elements, iron, gold, uranium.

These cycles recur in billions of

Sol, our Sun forming after 9
billion years

4 billion years later, cosmos
comes to life

And now 13.7 billion years later

The observer

Observes… itself, himself, herself

It is you and I

It is our eyes and our space

Our Large Hadron Collider

Embodied and externalized nerves
and brains

Our world-wide networked web of

Our outer space probes flung far
toward the void

The Big Bang still ringing

energy moving thinking singing

In our heads…

…the brilliant photon embers.

The big bang…

…of intelligent minds.
– by Tullio DeSantis 2012

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“Cosmology,” a Collaborative Multimedia Project by
Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis

Text and Audio by Tullio DeSantis, Imagery by Pery Burge, 2012


This is a project, in which I’m
collaborating with Pery Burge, who is working as artist in residence in the
Thermofluids lab in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter, in the UK. We have been sharing files over
the Net and building the project in bits and bytes.

This piece, entitled, Cosmology, is the initial piece
in a projected three-part project. When
they are all complete, the order will be: Cosmology, Astronomy, and Biology.
Biology was just published and we’re working on Astronomy now.

We hope you like Cosmology. It
is a celebration of existence.

(The full text is below)*CosmologyWithin an inexpressible

Through a timeless duration

An instability arises

A perturbation of time-space

spawning new potentialities

Time starts and space expands

Eons elapse

entanglements unify the infinitesimal aspects of virtual particles into
momentary states between existence and nonexistence, while precise cosmological
constants undergird the multitudinous dimensions of space-time

Atomic coalescence

Nuclear compaction

Electron capture

On every level at every scale

Processes of aggregation

Spinning orbits

Energetic quanta

Push and pull

All energies in motion flowing
from randomness

Creative chaos transformed by
strange attractors

gyres of cosmic radiation, and the gravitational equilibrium of whole solar
systems, incandescent plasma, mountainous boulders, frozen interplanetary
icebergs, pyroclastic explosions of molten magma, all spinning silently in
ponderously accelerating galactic superclusters.

This ancient procession of
information becoming energy becoming matter

What is merely virtual becoming
very real

This inexorable movement of
nothingness in its unstoppable flow toward existence

Occurs everywhere and all at once
it is called cosmos

Universe as it is unity itself

And multiverse, for there are many

Countless universes existing before
there is anyone there to count to even one

Numberless stars preceding even
the idea of number

The infinity that supercedes all
conceptions of infinity

Things are in constant states of
transformation. They’re patterns of energy
discrete states changing instantaneously into form from formlessness and
back again.

Eon after eon of material flux

Moving all things – all things in

Before, between, beyond.

The ground of all being –
persistent perpetual flow

All this, the substrate of future
experience, experienced by no one.

And yet, and yet…

It is.


– by Tullio DeSantis 2012

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“Biology,” a Collaborative Multimedia Project by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis
Text and Audio by Tullio DeSantis, Imagery by Pery Burge, 2012


This is a project, in which I’m collaborating with Pery Burge, who is working as artist in residence in the Thermofluids lab in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter, in the UK. We have been sharing files over the Net and building the project in bits and bytes.This piece, entitled, Biology, involved sending my text to Pery, Internet communications on composing the project, and sending her a recording of the text, to which she responded with sensational aesthetic imagery. We discussed a sound track, I recorded some things, and Pery used some of what I recorded, weaving the soundscape through the four-dimensional structure of the piece. We hope you like it. It is a story of life.(The full text is below)*Biology

From matter arising

Complexity emerging

Mega molecular concatenation

Protein synthesis

Replicated self-similarity

A bio-holographic self-image

Propagating through space-time

The bio-urge, an impulse toward

Free and undeterred action

Becoming sensation

Compelled by tropism

Soaking up light and heat

Energetic attraction of chemistry

Replicating its way

On the long long journey

Toward biology

From gravity emerging

And the attraction of like for

The cataclysmic explosions of
energetic connectivity

Forced together against the
repulsive tide of insensate crystallographic

Repetitiveness and fractal chaos

Inchoate densities of molten molecular

Complex proteins form

And then

And then

Four billions of years

Four thousand million years ago

A momentary coalescence

A circumstance of coincidence

The threshold of life

In that vast unknown space

Singular organisms

The earliest cells

Dividing dividing

Micro-cellular structure

Increasing complexification until
that primordial pond bloomed red green algal life

Continual spreading texture of

A living web of it from day one

Until it covers the whole wet
world in a Cambrian effervescence

Trilobites mollusks and finally

In a supersaturated oxygenated
ecological space

Those first vestigial finned
creatures and their early ventures

Stranded on land with the
inexorable slowness of genetic shift

Moving toward land and a new

The Silurian adventure pioneering
steps over the barren land

In quickening timeframes now
become the overwhelming Devonian lifescape

Tetrapods, vertebrates, insects,

Scurrying, walking, moving making
the world anew with each new birth

Becoming reptiles crawling over
leafy coniferous needles

Plants and animals respiring

Over the Pangean landform

The Permian monsters roamed

And tyrannized the entire Triassic

Into convulsive fight and flight

Over the great plains of the
middle Mesozoic

Roamed the Jurassic crocodiles

While ichthyosaurus slid silently
through wondrous waterworlds

And wild pterosaurs winged their
way through oxygen rich atmosphere

Then some hundred and fifty
million years before this moment cretaceous dinosaurs and flowering plants
arrive on the teeming planet

Whales horses, early primates the complexifications
multiply, elephants and grasses on which to graze moving the timeline toward 50
millions of years before today

Then five million years ago the
first hominids and three million years later Homo sapiens

And perhaps 10,000 years ago
civilized cultural human civilization networked intelligence to see and know
now how we have become what we are

This web of living tissue, of
which we are a part, is the life of the planet our hearts and minds at once within
a vast interconnected organism alive a life alive as one life form alive a life

by Tullio DeSantis 2012

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Mindwaves Update

This entry is in the process of being reconstructed from available links and archives.

My work with EEG biofeedback and brain/computer interface technology can be found at:


Here is a list of links to my recent articles on EEG
neurofeedback, brain-imaging research, and matters of mind and consciousness.

is the Mind?Thought
am a Live WaveThe
Mind of the UniverseArt
and Technology of the Mind

The Art and Science of Self-Awareness

Brainwaves, Part 1

Part 2: What is Neurofeedback?

Part 3: Brain Training

and My Brainwaves

is My Mind, Part 1

and Thoughts for a Better World *Image: Tullio DeSantis testing clinical EEG neurofeedback systems

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Mind Reflections 001 – Where is the Mind?


Perhaps the most interesting aspect of working with brain-computer interface technologies during the past several years has been researching the various theories of mind which inform contemporary neuroscience and cybernetics and how these theories relate to practical applications in information technology and clinical psychology.

There is a great impetus today, to see mental processes as being entirely physiological. That is, the mind is explained as being somehow produced or generated by the brain. In many ways, this has become the dominant paradigm. This is a reductionist approach, which can demonstrate that phenomena of mind have physical correlates. It supports the existing materialist bias, which informs chemical explanations and pharmaceutical approaches to psychological processes.
Often overlooked, of course, is the logical problem of attributing causation to correlation. In other words, the fact that neural correlates of conscious states can be demonstrated to exist does not prove that consciousness is generated by the status of neurons. It proves only that there is a correlation between these two observed phenomena.
This kind of problem almost completely informs the current thinking on artificial intelligence. It is commonly stated that human intelligence is something that can be reproduced by machines, given sufficient advances in hardware and software. The corollary of this idea is the notion that this can be accomplished by the creation of artificial neurons, since consciousness and therefore intelligence is a function of neurons. This analogy breaks down if the correlations are coincidental and not necessarily causative.
More interesting, I think, are other, less reductionist notions of consciousness, called “externalist” by some and “enactive” by others. The externalist position is exemplified by Andy Clark, Washington University, and David J. Chalmers, of University of Arizona, in their paper The Extended Mind. This refers to the idea that our consciousness is distributed among aspects our perceptual environment, and that it is more properly understood in ecological terms.

The enactive approach is delineated by Alva Noë, of Berkeley, in Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. In this significant work, Noë demonstrates that fundamental aspects of our consciousness exist in our action in the world and active perception, as much as they exist within our heads.

These notions of networked intelligence will ultimately, I believe, prove more viable than the simplistic and reductionist materialism that now dominates the fields of psychology, pharmacology, neuro-biology, and the cognitive sciences. More inclusive and comprehensive descriptions of consciousness indicate emergent properties, as well as observations that mind is a relational process, not localized in this or that particular structure.
In my work with EEG neurofeedback technology, I do experience the very clearly demonstrated fact that our instruments record data generated by the mind outside of the head! That is, our instruments are held in place, close to – but not within the head. And these instruments pick up the classic neural correlates of states of mind, such as waking consciousness, attention, and relaxation by receiving brain wave signals as they are transmitted outside of the brain. This very simple experimental evidence does indeed demonstrate that significant aspects of human consciousness – those that can be measured and by which specific states of mind can be deduced – exist in the environment at large and not simply or solely inside the brain.
The era of brain-computer interaction is here, today, in the laboratory and now in clinical and consumer technology. Each day brings us closer to the technological singularity, predicted by our most prescient philosophers and scientists. The essential insight is already in evidence in the evolution of contemporary technological innovation – intelligence is not device dependent. It is networked.
We are a living part of the network – and so is the rest of the world and the universe at large. Our machines work because they are and have always been a part of this vast interconnected network. Nothing functions on its own. The mind is…everywhere.

Image: Tullio DeSantis testing the MindReflector C-1 neurofeedback application, 2012

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