The Design of Meaning is the focus of the Ontological Engineering study track. Once our true state of ontological anarchy is revealed, we can then look at the psychological processes we use to sustain our personal ontologies. The study of conscious and subconscious programs likely to be running in a human bio-computer (and their associated defense mechanisms) allows writers to then become ‘coders’ for the human experience. This track looks at the work of radical psychologies such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, propaganda techniques, and archetype engineering, and how they can be adapted to create more effective poetry.

OE1 Consequences of Ontological Anarchy (Marcus If)

OE2 Architecture of the Human Bio-Computer (Marcus If)
OE2-1     Condensed Experience Poems

OE3 Introduction to Communications Theory (Marcus If)
OE3-1     MeToo! Alchemy (Jonathan Montgomery)
OE3-2     You Talkin’ To Me!? (Clint Locks)

OE4 NLP & Poetry: Programming Complex Behavior (Marcus If)
OE4-1     Eriksonian Language Patterns
OE4-2     Logos: The Magick Word
OE4-3     Advanced Audience Control (Seth Walker)

OE5 Re/Construction of Archetypes

Course Descriptions:

OE1 Consequences of Ontological Anarchy   (Marcus If)
Any form of “order” which we have not imagined and produced directly and spontaneously in sheer “existential freedom” for our own celebratory purposes— is an illusion.” -Hakim Bey
In this opening lecture we will chat about Ontos “being, that which is” + Anarchos “without rulers” and why the Beyond Academia Free School exists. In order to examine the actual nature of Sovereignty we will go back 2700 years and beat Chronos at his own game, jump ahead to the big Now and discredit the Standard Model of Physics, get inside yr head and make you wonder what you take for granted. The philosophical ideas of the Temporary Autonomous Zone and Immediatism as proposed by Hakim Bey will highlight this discussion (with a bit of Discordian flavor). A collaborative writing prompt with an eye on pattern recognition will get your pens moving.

OE2 Architecture of the Human Bio-Computer   (Marcus If)
In order to design meaning, we must understand the system we are attempting to communicate with. The human Bio-Computer is much more complex than a series of if/then formulations, and moving content from one platform to another can be challenging. This workshop will examine some radical psychological concepts developed by John C. Lilly, Abraham Maslow, William James, and Stanislav Grof, notably the Condensed Experience System; its construction, filters, and defense mechanisms. As a writing exercise we will directly address some of the more pernicious programs in an effort to reveal their secrets.

OE3-1 MeToo Poetics: Your Self Mythology   (Jonathan Montgomery)
Accurately capturing your mundane experiences so others may relate is all well and good, but if you really want to take your MeTooing to the next level you’ve got to go mythological. In this class we’ll attempt to tap into archetypal symbols which are more universally MeTooable. What would it look like if you told your confessional stories as a Werewolf, an Angel, or a Messiah? We’ll talk a little bit about mythology and how it relates to us today, read some examples of modern authors who have mastered self-mythology, and then do some writing exercises in which you will mythologize your own personal experiences.

OE3-2 You Talkin’ To Me!?: Considering Audience 101   (Clint Locks)
This course focuses on primary audience & how to best persuade your target audience. We’ll analyze the tactics used by some authors, do a paired re-write of a poem to an alternate audience, & workshop one of our own. Please bring an original declarative poem or two.

OE4 NLP & Poetry: Programming Complex Behavior   (Marcus If)
Once we have an idea how the human Bio-Computer works, we can then begin to understand how to program it. Due to the COEX System defense mechanisms, communicating the content and intent of poetry takes some finesse. Beginning with Milton Erikson’s ideas of Story Interruption, Language Patterns, and the Multiple Embedded Metaphor, we will then examine how Neurolinguistic Programming occurs and how to direct it. Programming methods for self and social engineering, cognitive dissonance, communications theory, the Voice of the Bene Gesserit, and the various forms of telepathy will be discussed. Advanced writing prompts using double entendre and Eriksonian language patterns will be attempted.