Qabalah

the underlying philosophy and framework for several western systems

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    "Some mystical jewish accounts of creation also foreshadow DNA in an almost eerie manner.  In ancient days, Torah scrolls were written without punctuation or spaces between the letters (like DNA), and some later Jews argued that this artifact of the writing machine alluded to a cosmic Torah that preceded the one handed down at Sinai.  This original Torah was a living text of infinite potential woven from the letters of the tetragrammaton - YHVH, the four-lettered name of god.  This blueprint of creation was also described as a heap of scrambled letters, which one text calls "the concentrated, not yet unfolded Torah."  Once god arranged these letters into words, the Torah "unfolded into the manifold shapes of the created world.  Far more pleasant worlds than ours were possible, but Adam's poor behavior selected the words, and the world, we got.  Still Kabbalists looked forward to the messianic age, when god would perform a kind of cosmic genetic engineering, rearranging the letters to the Torah to spell out paradise. 
     - Erik Davis (Techgnosis)

     

          "The belief in the magical power of language is not unusual,  both in mystical and academic literature. The Kabbalists - Jewish mystics of Spain and  Palestine - believed that supernormal insight and power could be derived from properly combining the letters of the Divine Name.  For example, Abu Aharon, an early Kabbalist who emigrated from Baghdad to Italy, was said to perform miracles through the power of the Sacred Names."

         "What kind of power are we talking about here?"

         "Most Kabbalists were theorists who were interested only in pure meditation. But there were so-called 'practical Kabbalists' who tried to apply the power of the Kabbalah in everyday life."

         "In other words, sorcerers."

         "Yes. These practical Kabbalists used a so-called 'archangelic alphabet', derived from first-century Greek and Aramaic theurgic alphabets, which resembled cuneiform. The Kabbalists referred to the alphabet as 'eye-writing', because the letters were composed of lines and small circles, which resembled eyes."

         "Ones and zeroes."

         "Some Kabbalists divided up the letters of the alphabet according to where they were produced inside the mouth."

        "Okay. So as were would think of it, they were drawing a connection between the printed letter on the page and the neural connections that had to be invoked in order to pronounce it."

        "Yes. By analyzing the spelling of various words, they were able to draw what they thought were profound conclusions about their true, inner meaning and significance."

    - Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash)