Words Of Comfort…Compliments of PKD


I’ve been looking through some Philip K. Dick material and I thought I’d share this particular passage:

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. George Orwell made this clear in his novel 1984. But another way to control the minds of people is to control their perceptions. If you can get them to see the world as you do, they will think as you do. Comprehension follows perception. How do you get them to see the reality you see? After all, it is only one reality out of many. Images are a basic constituent: pictures. This is why the power of TV to influence young minds is so staggeringly vast. Words and pictures are synchronized. The possibility of total control of the view exists, especially the young viewer. TV viewing is a kind of sleep-learning. An EEG of a person watching TV shows that after about half an hour the brain decides that nothing is happening, and it goes into a hypnoidal twilight state, emitting alpha waves. This is because there is such little eye motion. In addition, much of the information is graphic and therefore passes into the right hemisphere of the brain, rather than being processed by the left, where the conscious personality is located. Recent experiments indicate that much of what we see on the TV screen is received on a subliminal basis. We only imagine that we consciously see what is there. The bulk of the messages elude out attention; literally, after a few hours of TV watching, we do not know what we have seen. Our memories are spurious, like our memories of dreams; the blank spaces are filled in retrospectively. And falsified. We have participated unknowingly in the creation of a spurious reality, and then we have obligingly fed it to ourselves. We have colluded in our own doom.

Perception versus Reality. Semiotics. Simulacra and Simulation. The Allegory of the Cave. Splinters in our mind.

Ah, good times. Proceed with your temporal hallucinations.

Excerpt taken from:
”“ PKD “How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later.” I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. New York: DoubleDay, 1985. 8.

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5 thoughts on “Words Of Comfort…Compliments of PKD

  1. read this and for some reason really wanted a joint. LOL..and yeah that was decades ago. still…does make ya wonder what all is really sinking in and what, if any impact all of it does have on our behavior. good entry!

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  3. You know, I’ve heard people talk about doing drugs while reading PKD, but I don’t think my tiny little psyche would be able to handle both drugs and PKD. My brain would leak out of my ears.

  4. I can sense posting this passage was part of your secret plan of world domination. Am I right? Love PKD.

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