Brief—single 11-page entry. Undated (1977?)
Toying with gnostic ideas—refers to an intuition/revelation (related to nitrous oxide) of our universe as a “lopped off vine” set to grow in a godless cosmos. Boils down his epistemological puzzle to the base question of theodicy, i.e. “why is there evil?” He is struggling against the gnostic answer, i.e. that the god of this cosmos is evil. The demiurge might be sick, or up to an unfathomable but good purpose, but not evil. Balking as the basis for seeing true nature of reality—rehashing old territory, albeit clearly and concisely.
Quite a bit on the “three elements” he sees in gnostic cosmology—humanity and God, separated by the world.
p. 5 – good description of the ham sandwich model (and possibly the first one, given the way he describes it).
p. 6 “The Gnostics even believed that for salvific purposes, Sophia slipped messages into “the inferior bulk” of human information.” Pot Healer had it mixed up, but Ubik had it right on.
Focus of p. 6-7 is on the information flow of 3-74 – was information coming up? Through? From above? From behind?
A few references to the OCCP = ?? Contextually, it seems to mean Soviet scientists (Kozyrev et al.). It’s possibly a (repeated) typo for CCCP, i.e. USSR.
Nice section on Ubik on p. 7—“one must extrapolate from Runciter to whatever Runciter represents.”
Also on p. 7 –“… until I recently studied the E of Philo article on Gnosticism so thoroughly …” which explains a lot. Also “… if one knows very much about Gnosticism (which I didn’t until a few days ago) …”
Brings in Stigmata (and transubstantiation), Maze as well.
p. 8-9 are in Sutin, and with good reason.
Selections: p. 1-6, from the beginning of para. 2 to “… Runciter’s messages manifesting themselves in Ubik”. Main reasons: the “lopped-off vine” vision/idea, which I haven’t seen elsewhere, on p. 2; the well-described ham sandwich model on p. 5. If we have those elsewhere, then there’s not terribly much reason to include this section.
p. 8-9 (from “One fascinating aspect…” to the end of p 9)