Every morning I go through the news in specific categories. I tweet stories that I feel are important because they are often overlooked on the front page. I often react to the stories and would like to comment. But I don’t always have time. So today I thought I’d list some of the top tweets. There are more, listed at right column.
This morning I came across two tweets that demanded commentary. This is my second podcast. I feel the actual delivery is a bit better than the first but technically, the sound quality is a tiny bit over-driven. If I were an electric guitar that would be okay. But next time I’ll bring the levels down a touch. For years I recorded using analog tape decks, and with those it’s desirable to have the meters go in the red a bit. The sound gets nicely saturated. But with digital recording, it gets clipped. Luckily, the clipping in this recording is acceptable. And one can hear what I’m saying just fine.🙂
For references about Jung in the podcast, follow this link:
- Synchronicity is “not sought at all but found” – Footote 2, pp. 94-95
- Jung doesn’t know if UFO acounts are true or false – Footnote 2, p. 87
Back in the 80s David Bowie’s song, “Loving the Alien” anticipated an idea which would become more mainstream with the proliferation of specialty TV and radio channels: Would it be possible for a human being to fall in love with an alien?
Today’s hot question again reflects pop culture and recent tech. Aliens are old hat. But computers, well, that’s a whole new vista. We’re seeing a lot more stories about the possibility of artificial intelligence possessing actual consciousness. And sci-fi movies and novels about human beings and machines falling in love are on the rise.
Whether or not AI really possesses consciousness is something we may never know. One could say that AI is just organized energy. And so are we. Therefore both have consciousness created by our respective degrees of energy organization.
Others, usually religious people, insist we have souls but machines do not. And the soul, they say, is the true center of consciousness. So soulless machines simply mimic consciousness.
But how do these religious believers know that God would not bestow souls on machines?
Can religious traditionalists be 100% sure?
If we look into the human body, it really is an electro-chemical apparatus. Those nerve impulses scientists are always talking about, well, they are transmitted through electrical changes within the body.
So fear not. If you happen to be falling in love with your computer or talking car, you just might not be a social misfit compensating through imaginary love. And even if we never know for sure, the future no doubt will see closer links among men, women, and machines.
Before we paid extra dollars to get unlimited internet bandwidth (telecommunications prices are unduly expensive in Canada) I watched the ISS live feed* often. There’s a forum there where you can talk to others watching the world spin, which can be a fun and educational way to pass the time. A cheap trip to space too, if you have half an imagination!
Ironically, I watch the feed less now that we have unlimited internet. But I still have been checking it out in short bursts over the past 5 weeks. And it seems that the feed’s reliability has suffered dramatically—UFO or not.
So, to those conspiracy theorists who say that the ISS feed was intentionally cut because of a UFO sighting: I think that’s rubbish. Most of the time it seems that the astronauts on board the ISS are so busy that they haven’t a clue if the feed is working or not. And they regularly cut transmission if they need to route power for something going on within the ISS. Remember, they don’t have a wall outlet for practically limitless power, like we do.
Okay, but did NASA (on Earth) cut the feed? Always possible but again, as I say, over the past 5 weeks the feed hasn’t been working most of the times that I’ve visited. And it’s not due to a spotty internet connection because we’re now using a fast and reliable provider. So those who say NASA cut the feed should look at the statistics. If 50% of the time the thing’s not working, it’s spurious to say that another outage (when there happens to be a UFO in sight) was intentional.
The conspiracy theorists also seem to assume that rows of individuals at the NASA control center are keenly watching the ISS feed, like in the old Apollo days. But whenever I’ve seen a shot of the NASA control room on Earth, it looks like there’s a person, maybe two, sort of passing the time in a largely abandoned, half darkened room, maybe eating some potato chips… hardly sitting there just waiting to hit the CUT button for any UFO footage.— MC
* There are actually two feeds that enthusiasts flip back and forth between. Here’s the second one: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload/pop-out
Every planet would be unique so there’s really no baseline for comparison, I would think.
I think the biggest problem with stories like this is that they assume ET life would be like ours… both in terms of (1) chemical makeup / physical needs and (2) means of communicating.
Many psychics, introverts and mystics claim to be in contact with ETs. The biggest problem with THAT idea is that we can’t really confirm nor deny their claims. They are probably sensing something. But is it their imagination? Or might they be deceived by unfriendly spiritual powers (along the lines of the Christian notion of the discernment of spirits)?
The more I listen to popular talk shows about ETs, the more some sound like cheesy fronts or covers to me. Or maybe just sheer entertainment hucksterism. I can’t be sure, of course, but it seems like the same old types of somewhat clever/somewhat goofy characters keep reappearing on these broadcasts and podcasts, telling the same kind of kooky stories: Long-winded tales about cattle mutilations, bright overhead lights on the highway, etc.
I think ETs could exist. But not necessarily in the anthropomorphic way they’re often portrayed.
Thanks to Shamagaia for forwarding this. I have to admit that I haven’t listened to it fully. But I did click thru and listen to short bursts, to determine if I was familiar with the material. I guess that’s the Digital Age way of what used to be “skimming” over a written article, which if I remember right, was not regarded as a bad habit in high school but, rather, as a valuable skill.