The Psyclone project began with the thought that things were the way they were because knowledge was being hidden, information was being kept, from people. The optimistic and perhaps naive idea was that connecting people with the suppressed and censored information would stimulate a change.
It’s said that it’s better to light a candle than to complain about the darkness. Psyclone is a novel with a difference. It is both lighthouse and spotlight, written to reveal things that are being hidden from the reader about themselves and the world. Woven within the novel is a blueprint with the potential to transform our world, literally. Not only is the fast-paced story crammed with information, which takes you to new areas of science and reality, research sources and supporting material are provided in an extensive, interactive appendix.
Various components of the book form a workable blueprint consisting of scientifically tried and tested technology and techniques. There are those who have been perceptive enough to see the potential in this information, and proactive enough to embrace the knowledge and incorporate it into their lives, and in doing so have not only improved their lives, but have also joined with others around the world in pushing back the shadow and catalysing a quantum leap out of the swamp of outdated thought into the amazing futures that await us. Once sufficiently informed and with a little imagination and daring we, all of us, can find new ways of doing things that benefit us all and can change the world for the better, quicker than you might think.
A website seemed a natural extension and provided a place to put all the other data in that couldn’t be squeezed into Psyclone. It also allowed for more media-rich content, including streaming video content from radical digital media producers and independent investigators and journalists. The original header featured the hardcopy cover of Psyclone that showed sections of the Apartheid Wall built by the Israeli government. A visual request to spare a thought for those who have to live with the real thing, those Palestinians whose land has been confiscated and homes demolished to make way for it, those for whom the looming reinforced concrete is a daily ‘in-the-face’ reminder of the oppression of a belligerent military force occupying their land. The far horizon beyond the wall represented our belief that they will one day reclaim those far and free horizons.
The name of the site was taken in part from the title of a book by Dr John Lilly, The Centre of the Cyclone. Among other things, Dr Lilly’s achievements include pioneering the original neuroscientific work in electrical brain stimulation, frontiering work in interspecies communication research with dolphins and whales, inventing the isolation tank and doing significant research in the area of sensory deprivation. The book, considered a classic in scientific research, discloses Dr Lilly’s research and sheds new understanding on human consciousness. The site is intended to serve as a, in Lilly’s words, ‘rising, quiet, central, low-pressure place in which one can learn…’.
The current site header image is related to a scene in the novel, albeit more brightly lit above. For a selection of images related to scenes in the novel see Psyclone Image Gallery