Part 1: Science Revealed
The apocalypse in science: discovery.
Biographies of scientists including Tesla and Einstein reveal how our most groundbreaking ideas result not from rational thinking and tapping on calculators, but from visions, dreams, feverish delirium and other non-rational revelations.
The controversies that blow up when such insights clash with received wisdom are often resolved in a manner most unscientific, and this is just one of the ways in which what is simplistically called ‘rationalism’ often obscures truth in a fundamentally complex world.
Part 2: Neuro-Apocalypse
Neuro-Apocalypse is about veils arising in the course of cognition, and revelations that cut them down.
In the beginning was the word, and an ear that heard, and a mind that discerned and recorded…
As the word develops in the mouths of newborns, frameworks of thought are established in language and culture. They influence how we perceive the world, and how we internally represent it.
Looking beyond the web of words, Nemu explores savant skills emerging in autism and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, the wit in the tics of Tourette’s and the super-strength of people in life-threatening situations. Synaesthesia and other extraordinary experiences are described in the Bible, alongside a stash of psychoactive agents and instructions on how to use them. What can the characters and techniques of this ancient legend reveal about managing our compulsions, aspirations and inspirations, the powers at work in our heads?
Part 3: Apocalypses Past, Present and Personal
Apocalypses also happen collectively, during intense periods of transformation.
In first century Jerusalem, and in seventeenth century Europe, a new order emerged at the end of an era, amidst tremendous uncertainty and upheavals – but the end of an aeon is not the end of the world.
New sciences and ideas rapidly develop, new scales are opened up, and the monkey bars are invaded by strange new monkeys. Shifting conceptions of the cosmos and our place in it inevitably spark social and political unrest, and the body count can be impressive.
What can history teach us about today’s expanding horizons?
Coming 2017 (Armageddon notwithstanding)