The concept of hypostition is simple to bring about, one simply has to ask the question ‘what is the opposite of a hypersition?’. I am aware there are a couple of takes on this term available on line. These notes concern my interpretation -or grab for the vector.

Hyperstitions are incursions from fiction into reality. A hyperstitional entity may be deliberately created to blur the lines, e.g. the CCRU’s now famous D.C. Barker. Upon coming across this name, the unknowing will start trying to track down who on earth Barker was -to little or no avail. In a world rife with paranoia and conspiracy, the various hints of possible reality that one can come across regarding Barker only exacerbate the confusion -which is of course the point. Even when you do sort of know the actual nature of it, you can still end up wondering if there is some grain of actuality to these kinds of phenomena. As I have pointed out elsewhere, receding time plays a powerful role in increasing hyperstitional potential. Something, created at one point in time very clearly intended as a playful fictional device, can later look even more like it might have actually been real and passed off as a fictional device to hide the ‘terrible truth’.

For a hyperstition to qualify as one, it must blur the reality/fiction lines sufficiently such that it is capable of exerting force in reality (I’m using this term rather loosely in a rather non-philosophical sense of our everyday solidity). Classic examples are ‘Great Cthulhu’ and the activities of economic traders. Cthulhu is now sufficiently real that various occultists can and do try to invoke it, contact it, and who knows maybe even sacrifice to it. The economic example is more banal but no less powerful (indeed more so in a sense). It is simply the ability of a trader to create fictional economic information in order to manipulate the market. Rumors about the status of company’s health, erroneous hints at shadowy takeovers imminent etc. can all have a profound effect on the actual economic situation.

The term ‘fiction into fact’ is clearly too strong for a precise description of a hyperstition, but it gives an idea of the direction in which it acts. It moves from something that would be generally accepted as not true, towards a level of actually obtaining. This direction gives us the way in which we may attempt to unfold its opposite: the hypostition. A hypostition necessarily moves from fact towards fiction (or untruth). This seems kind of intuitively correct momentarily  e.g. as a concept to think about post-truth activities. However the picture is far muddier than this simplicity suggests, for in order to consider a hypostition we must consider what counts as something that is actually true in the first place.

I’m not going to be able to unravel the problem of truth here or at any other time for that matter. But like any philosopher I can make my suggestion to this issue in hand. I consider that the stuff of all kinds (what we call mental or physical) can be broken into post hoc vectors (where by vector I mean a region that has become a carrier for a concept). We must consider them as post hoc or transcendental vectors as they are discoverable as the condition for the applicability of the concept. A given vectors can take different concepts but cannot (unless maybe God) take all concepts. So a tree stump vector can take the concept tree stump and seat but it cannot take the concept mouse. In this way all vectors have differing abilities to house different concepts. I believe we can use the same notion in a non-physical realm also, different vector regions exist in the physical feeling, emotional and cognitive realms that we give concepts to. These maybe more inflexible at housing multiples, though of course the regions can be broken down in different ways across different cultures -colour being a classic example.

So if we can use a concept to describe a vector we can communicate it, if it doesn’t fit the vector in any meaningful way then communication will not be possible e.g. if every time I ask for the spanner you pass me a mouse, the garage will not function, despite your desire to use spanner concept on the vector usually called mouse no meaningful result will be possible -except possibly for a pet mouse called spanner. So this means If we try to use a concept that does not fit the vector it always will not work, right? Wrong. This is an unclear issue for two reasons. One is the problem of magick, which as an embedded possibility in our consciousness is not removable and magick is precisely the possibility that we can apply a concept to a vector that would not ordinarily take it and it will still exert some effect upon the vector. Two is that there are of course many phenomena where we do not have a concept that can be applied to a vector region with any kind of agreement. The human relation to climate change is a particularly relevant example. Even if consensus is growing on there being a relation, people are still quite capable of perceiving the climate change as not related to fossil fuels etc. There is no everyday acceptance of this as something unequivocally certain.

Wherever there is even slight ambiguity potential in the vector field, some humans will be agents for the cracks. Flat earth is a good example of this; the everyday reasonableness of the earth’s spherical nature can be challenged with recourse the first person ‘obvious’ data and some extensive paranoia about the scientific world. The ground of truth is itself already a battleground of hypostitional emergence. Science as a field involved in falsification is awash with agents attempting to hypostitionalise various established positions. To speak in such way suggests we must split the hypostition into at least two forms: i) the practice of showing to be untrue previously held claims in a scientific context ii) the active practice outside of science of something reasonably accepted being deliberately rendered as fictional or untrue.

We need to include (i) just because to exclude seems mistaken as it does in a sense fit the description/direction -we would need to untangle fiction and untrue in order to be able to refine the distinction. However the sense of hypostition that rings as most appropriate is of course (ii). (ii) means that an accepted claim that is perfectly embedded in (many people’s) everyday reality is deliberately and knowingly replaced by a version that has few criteria for its truth (the vector does not obviously fit the new concept) and yet can use the overlapping wriggle room of receding time/not yet occurred time, slight ambiguities/possible doubts and non-first person presence to state the plausibility of the alternative. Holocaust denial seems a good hypostition. The fading into history of the event coupled with what seem like outrageous claims (to sane people) about WW2 footage enable the hypostition. I italicised the word ‘possible’ in an almost Cartesian doubt type level. Hypostitions of this kind are genuinely asking for you to doubt historical footage and of course as we enter an age of increasingly capable computer graphics, such doubts can be made more cogent to believers of the hypostition.

Two further notes. Firstly just to increase the paranoic levels involved here, we also need to recognise that it is possible there are strictly no hypostitions, as the hypostition definition (ii) presupposed the vector invasion was knowingly untrue -the hypostitional agents sought to deliberately alter something they new to be true. It is possible that all perceived hypostitional incursions are in fact simply ‘honest’ attempts to reterritorialze ontological territory as these agents perceive it as true. In this sense then -whilst unlikely- it is possible that hypostition is only ever the paranoid projection of re-writing truth projected upon an enemy agent, when from the enemy agents point of view it is simply truth establishing. I find this last note unconvincing and yet it seems a necessary phenomenological footnote.

Secondly we can note that the difference between hypostition and hyperstition is possibly questionable. We must knowingly create an untruth and seek to apply it over a supposed truth, yet in doing so we have created a fictional entity and unleashed it -a hyperstition. By this logic the trading economical example could in fact be said to be hypostitional. The difference could be posed: 1)  Hyperstition: The creation of fictional entities whose physical vectors do not exist, yet are treated as if the vectors did obtain. As opposed to 2) Hypostition: The creation of fictional/untrue concepts for the purpose of replacing a set of concepts that currently occupy a vector or series of vectors.

As Wittgenstein pointed out ““Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.” so the word zone is itself a region (or zone) of this sprawling mass. The zones we are interested in here are those that are related to what are often termed ‘anomalous phenomena’, these we may refer to as ‘zonal phenomena’.

The zone appears where otherness begins to manifest. The zone has four primary modes of manifestation. These are the spatial, the temporal, the spatio-temporal and the mobile.

The spatial zones are thought to exist in particular places in which reside particular circumstances potentially uncaring for humans interest or otherwise in them. Humans notice such zones because anomaly seems to be common in or near them. Often identified as haunted, fairy inhabited or sites of UFO sightings, the phenomena, whatever they are, are local to a particular region.

Temporal zones do not occupy any particular place. These are regions of time in which our reality is exposed to zonal interference to a greater degree than other times. Twilight is a particularly obvious one, whilst some believe certain astronomical (or astrological) arrangements render existence closer to zonal influence, the full moon is a good example.

Spatio temporal zonal manifestation appears only at a specific place and time. The entrance to the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks was exactly such a phenomena. Magick is of course littered by instructions to do certain things at not only certain times but also at certain places. In this notion lies the spatio-temporal zone.

The mobile zone follows entities around. Certain objects/organisms generate zonal phenomena by their very presence. We should note however that the mobile zone has two manifestations. Whilst the former focuses on zonal fields that radiate from certain beings, the latter emanates from the conscious experience of a given NARP. In this instance the whole of their existence acquires a certain zonal hue and simply walking around in it is liable to result in zonal interference (synchronicity). This experience gives rise to the appearance of ‘levels of consciousness’ which may tune into the zone. The trance state of course is well known for occult associations and ability to facilitate zonal forces.

The agnostic disjunction of course is there lurking at the interpretation of every one of these zones. In the case of the strong physically experienced zones (entity manifestations, lights etc) the choice is often between believing the phenomena to actually zonal or believing them to be rationally understandable at some point in the future. In the case of more synchroncity like phenomena, the disjunction is between actual zonal interference and the already explained -confirmation bias, probability etc.

Cutting across these distinctions is the notion of the pneuminous and the umbratic. It is certainly true that the first three types of zone could be said to seem to be umbratic in nature. That is, there is something underneath the pneuminous (vector-conceptually mediated) appearance that is the actual cause of the phenomena. The umbratic postulates a restraining system of being that can be bent by the pneuminous under conditions not fully understood by ourselves but related to our desiring abilities of projection. Mostly though, the umbratic retains its power, this is why things generally hang together as we expect them to.

The notion of special places and times does strongly suggest such umbratic structures in play, however we cannot rule out the possibility that such the zonal power comes from deeply imbedded pneuminous accretive structures created by NARPs in certain places. As the ontology entails that the pneuma is free floating from the NARP, it is perfectly cogent for the pneuminous structures to exist independently in some spatial location. Hence sites of anomaly may just be sites where magickal rites have previously been made or something similar. A chicken and egg situation arises as we might ask as to why the original inhabitants chose the site; did they not do so because of its actual nature?  Such questions though degenerate into agnostic disjunction and we can go no futher. What we must be care to assert is that supposedly intrinsically zonal areas may themselves be NARP creations.

The inverse of course is true of any phenomena that appear purely pneuminous projections. Zonal objects may seem most likely to vectors with powerful accretions attached to them, yet it of course possible that they may be have some actual umbratic property that brings about anomaly around them -though admittedly this is only convincing for items like crystals where we might speculate some kind of umbratic force radiates from them; items like haunted/cursed/blessed cups or pens suggest only pneuminous accretive zonal forces in play.

Purely temporal zones can also be pneuminous. The example of twilight can be pneuminously rendered as a feedback. The vector that acquires the name twilight, does so on the between of dark and light, suggesting the concept of border and gap (the gap between the worlds). This vector region also possesses interesting light spectral effects (the blue hour) that can easily be interpreted as zonal. The pneuma’s ability to bend the umbratic means that the mass accretion attachment of this zonal appearance to the vector actually ends up creating zonal effects where originally there were not necessarily any -no umbratic influence. Of course the umbratic explanation might be true and the twilight might open an actual gap but this is not necessarily the case.

Mobile zones as emanating from NARPs most strongly suggest a mixture of both. The mobile zone as a state in which the NARP finds itself can be brought on by itself, with narcotics or consciousness altering work. Such zones often generate synchronicity like phenomena for the NARP and give a powerful sense of familiar reality being transformed into the zone. In this case the synchronicity effect projects the strong sense of pneuminous interference (as the conceptual power is so NARP contingent) whilst the alterations itself shows the aforementioned appearance of the level of reality being somehow changed -an umbratic suggestions.

No zonal manifestation appears as categorically umbratic or pneuminous but there are suggestions from within our experience that influence our interpretations of these phenomena.