One of the phenomena claimed to have been witnessed when Keely carried out demonstrations was that his machines would not work without him being present. He claimed each machine was tuned to his body so they would only work in his presence. Sounds like a conman doesn't it?
One report described a demonstration where Keely had just finished a test of one of his tuned devices and it worked without flaw. An assistant then tried to run the machine, copying every step Keely had just done and yet the machine failed to start or run. Keely placed his hand on the shoulder of the assistant and said try again. The man again tried to start the machine and this time it ran perfectly.
I've always thought matter is intelligent to various degrees depending on size, age and other factors. American Indians speak of Power Stones which are supposed to have remarkable abilities. Everyone has a power stone waiting for them somewhere in the world and if you find it, your life will change remarkably. Some very strange stories that include telekinesis, teleportation, punishment, healing, etc.. surround the Power Stone legends.
Additionally, there are the 'Noid's', a modern day invention based on dynamic electrical memories where incredibly fast changes, adaptations and mutations occur within the device. Years ago there was the Spirit Heart device which tuned itself to the user, like a Power Stone and from that point watched over its owner. Very weird stuff and there is a short report in an old KeelyNet page;
Courtesy of Bradley W. Scott - in email discussions, I mentioned the SkyHeart device, claimed to be a unique form of AI that mimics its owner once programmed. It is supposed to develop a 'heartbeat' in the form of a pulsing blue LED and has all kinds of bizarre anecdotes associated with the operation of the units. Despite the $3000 price of the SkyHeart, the idea of an electrostatic matrix used to dynamically map a persons biopatterns intrigues me. That is how Bradley and I got onto the subject. I will eventually transcribe the SkyHeart audio to text. These new interactive AI devices are called 'noids'. On checking out the Neutronics site, I am uncomfortable with them NOT posting the price of their hardware and imposing confidentiality agreements with purchases.
Another correlation is the Indian Manitou, where every object has its own spirit/intelligence. A few months ago I found a copy of a 20-30 year old scifi/terror movie called 'The Manitou' which describes this and depicts a struggle between old forces of earth, air, fire, water, trees, plants, etc...versus modern devices such as cars, computers, appliances, etc.. The shaman had to appeal to the spirit/intelligence/manitou of each of these devices to combine their forces in a war of power. Fascinating.
Here is the MacVicar comment I wanted to post;
"For how could the finite substance of creation be actuated otherwise than so as to embody and to body forth the will, that is, the activity of the being and attributes of the Creator, so far as the finite can embody and manifest the Infinite. The finite, considering that it lives and moves and has its being IN the Infinite, which IS Infinite Power, surely cannot but assimilate itself as far as possible to the Infinite, and manifest in itself His being and attributes.
The mere substance of creation, viewed as apart from the Creator, must be wholly amorphous, so to speak, and passive-wholly plastic and assimilitave. Hence the law and economy of the cosmos MUST BE ASSIMILATION both subjective and objective.
And on the Creation of Intelligent Matter - But why, it may be asked, are not the elements of the finite substance, which is essentially spiritual, after having been attenuated into the aetherial, not confluent into monads possessing mental powers again as fast as they are reduced to minima, so that an abode having been once provided in the realm of light for the world of spirits, the whole creation may consist of sentient beings only, and the sustained voice of the universe be universal enjoyment?
To this the answer is, that in virtue of the self-assimilative, and therefore self-conservative, power of the aetherial elements, synthesis or aggregation can only take place by juxtaposition and not by confluence, until the nebular speck resulting has attained a bigness and pressure TOWARDS its centre.
And when this bigness has been reached, and confluence in the centre takes place, the monad resulting is still too feeble to have recovered mental powers, and can only manifest such mechanical powers that, taken along with its generating atmosphere of aether, this new order of being, this new unity, constitutes the material element.
But though the immediate and direct birth of spirits out of aether or the matter of light in which the spirit-world dwells, be thus prevented by the genesis of matter instead, yet the restoration to the spirit-world of all the substance beyond, the overflow in aether, is not frustrated.
The synthetic action which gives to nature the material element, goes on in the matter generated until a SCAFFOLDING (in our planet the myo-cerebral apparatus) is erected by which such a large and powerful volume of unified organised aether is upheld for years, that there is given by confluence in its focus of action a monad, constituted by such quantity and energy of substance or force (which are the same) that psychical, ultimately as in man, spirit-power is restored; in fine, there is a spirit adequate even to mirror the attributes of the Infinite, while the mode of its birth and education secures its being in harmony with the material economy, as long as the organism is its home.
Thus the created substance, after a lapse to a certain extent into matter, that is, into the apathetic and the dead, is raised to life or spirit again, and becomes capable of new enjoyments, in aspiring towards the ever-blessed One, the author of all."