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Religious people have a brain so why don’t some use it?

 

Star Trek – All Our Yesterdays via http://tos.trekcore.com

The title of this article is meant to be tongue in cheek. Obviously some religious people are bright and apply intelligence to their faith and practice. But there is a sector that seems to blindly accept whatever a particular religion teaches.

I met one of these folks last night at church. S/he seemed like a nice person but after speaking with him/her for a while, I automatically tuned out while s/he rambled on with the usual Catholico-paranoido-hypocritico Beware! The world is sending you to hell! preaching.

Walking back to where I had parked, it felt like I had time traveled in a way. I’d just spoken to a medieval person. That is, someone with a medieval mindset. It reminded me of the Star Trek TOS episode “All Our Yesterdays” where Captain Kirk is sent to a planet resembling Earth’s Middle Ages. An unkempt woman hears Kirk speaking to his invisible crewmates through a portal and hisses that Kirk is a witch. Meanwhile, the fearful and rigid male authorities imprison him.

“Witch… Witch… you’re going to burn, WITCH!” – Star Trek – All Our Yesterdays via http://tos.trekcore.com

That scenario of the Middles Ages, however, is a simplification. Dorsey Armstrong, Ph.D. points out that Medieval people could be just as complex as us—despite not having access to computers, the internet and smartphones.

So what is going on with some religious people these days?

We all have pretty much the same sized brain. But apparently there’s a catch. Neuropsychology tells us that some brain regions are more specialized than others. So we develop a greater density of neural pathways in our strong areas, usually at the expense of other less developed areas. Everyone differs here. Some might be strong in abstract thinking, like Einstein. Others in artistic processing, like Picasso.

To be fair, the person I spoke with last night did make me think. Sometimes it’s good to get the Beware of Hell! sermon. It makes us look at ourselves and clean up any areas in need of improvement. If we’re sincere, that is. I know some Christians who are so distasteful or obsessive that I can’t associate with them.

But I digress.

The upshot of last night’s encounter was that I felt like I’m still on track with Earthpages. I imagine some religious persons will see the site as satanic and delving into the devil’s paranormal world. Especially with recent articles like Psi – Good, evil, real or fantasy?

To me, these people are like those stubborn, ignorant characters in Trek’s “All Our Yesterdays.” For some reason they have developed a bigotry-fear complex, and so far haven’t cultivated the knowledge and analytical skills to circumvent it.

I mean, what else would it be?

 Trinity reveal eight rare and fascinating ancient manuscripts online (irishcentral.com)

 Is this blasphemous? (quinersdiner.com)

 Does Religious Liberty Apply to All Religions? (washingtonmonthly.com)

 Our Calvinism Spared Us From Modernity: (brothersjuddblog.com)

 Civilization VI To Deepen Religion And Fix Various Annoyances In Its Next Big Update (wccftech.com)

 Bow down to the new robot religion (hotair.com)

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Time is on my side… or is it?

Today I focused on updating an old article at earthpages.ca about a Hindu school of philosophy called Samkhya. My update turned toward a partial exposition of my thoughts about how insight and intuition might somehow be integrated with emerging ideas in physics, especially those concerning the relativity of space and time.

One thing absent in the update is the old theological notion that God knows the past and future, and accordingly gives us insight through some kind of direct revelation (i.e. not from the past or future, per se, but from the mind of God). I think this is entirely possible. But today I just emphasized the possibility of intuitive connections through space-time. My entry was already getting complicated enough and I didn’t want to make it worse!

I’ve been blogging about this topic throughout earthpages for at least a decade. But most people, imo, are too constrained by their particular religious or secular world views to really give it much thought. To them, it’s just irrelevant theorizing. Fair enough. This is probably another one of those “we have to get there” issues that humanity won’t really care about for at least another century. But I’m interested now. So I write about it. After all, someone has to be first. But then again, if space-time is somewhat omnidirectional, would that person really be first?  🙂


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How Einstein’s general theory of relativity killed off common-sense physics

David Lyth, Lancaster University

Gravity ties our bodies to planet Earth but it does not define the limits of the soaring human mind. In November 1915 – exactly one century ago – this was proven to be true when Albert Einstein, in a series of lectures at the Prussian Academy of Sciences, presented a theory that would revolutionise how we view gravity – and physics itself.

For two centuries, Newton’s remarkably simple and elegant theory of universal gravitation had seemed to explain the matter well. But, as is increasingly true for physics, simple just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Einstein’s starting point for general relativity was his theory of special relativity, published in 1905. This explained how to formulate the laws of physics in the absence of gravity. At the centre of both theories is a description of space and time that is different from the one that common sense would suggest.

The theories explain how to interpret motion between different places that are moving at constant speeds relative to each other – rather than relative to some sort of absolute ether (as Newton had assumed). While the laws of physics are universal, it says, different viewers will see the timing of events differently depending on how fast they are travelling. An event that would seem to take 1000 years when viewed from Earth may seem to take just a second for someone in a spacecraft travelling at great speed.

At the centre of Einstein’s theories is the fact that the speed of light is independent of the motion of the observer who is measuring the speed. This is strange, because common sense suggests that if you sit in your car alongside a railroad track, a train passing by will seem to be moving much faster than if you followed it in the same direction. However, if you instead sit and watch a light beam go by, it would move equally fast regardless of whether you were following it or not – a clear indication that something is wrong with common sense.

Einstein’s special and general relativity.

The implication of this theory is that we need to give up the idea that there is a universal time, and accept that the time registered by a clock depends on its trajectory as it moves through the universe. This also means that time passes more slowly when you’re going fast, meaning a twin going to space will age more slowly than their sibling back on Earth. This “twin paradox” may seem like a mathematical quirk but it was actually experimentally verified in 1971 in an experiment taking atomic clocks on commercial flights.

Special relativity works only for inertial frames moving relative to one another if they are moving at constant speed – it cannot describe what happens if they are accelerating. Einstein wondered how to expand it to include such acceleration and allow for gravity, which causes acceleration and is, after all, everywhere.

He realised that the effect of gravity disappears if one doesn’t try to overcome it. He imagined people in an elevator whose cable had broken in free fall and worked out that since the objects would either float motionless or at constant speed, the people wouldn’t feel gravity. But nowadays we know this is true as we have seen it ourselves in people at the international space station. In both cases there are no forces counteracting the effect of gravity and the people experience no gravity.

Curved space-time.
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Einstein also realised that the effect of gravity is the same as the effect of acceleration; driving off at high speed pushes us backward, just as if gravity were pulling us. These two clues led Einstein to general relativity. Whereas Newton had seen gravity as a force propagated between bodies, Einstein described is as pseudo force experienced because the entire interwoven fabric of space and time bends around a massive object.

Einstein himself said his path was far from easy. He wrote that “in all my life I have not laboured nearly so hard, and I have become imbued with great respect for mathematics, the subtler part of which I had in my simple-mindedness regarded as pure luxury until now.”

The evidence

As soon as Einstein discovered general relativity, he realised that it explains the failure of Newton’s theory to account for the orbit of Mercury. The orbit is not quite circular which means that there is a point at which it is closest to the sun. Newton’s theory predicts that this point is fixed, but observation shows that it slowly rotates around the sun and Einstein found that general relativity correctly describes the rotation.

Einstein’s general relativity

“I was beside myself with joyous excitement,” he wrote a few months later. Since then, general relativity has passed many observational tests with flying colours.

You are using general relativity whenever you invoke the GPS system to find out your position on the Earth’s surface. That system emits radio signals from 24 satellites and the GPS receiver in your phone or car analyses three or more of these signals to figure out your position using general relativity. If you had used Newton’s theory, the GPS system would have given the wrong position.

But while general relativity works well to describe the physical world on large scales, quantum mechanics has emerged as the most successful theory for tiny particles such as those making up an atom. Just like the theories of relativity, quantum mechanics is counter intuitive. Whether it is possible to unite the two remains to be seen but it is unlikely to reintroduce common sense into physics.

The Conversation

David Lyth, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Lancaster University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


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Spirituality and Mysticism

Physics is the study of the physical universe, so we would not, offhand, expect it to give insight into the existence or nature of the nonphysical universe.  But we find that the highly abstract theory of quantum mechanics gives several versions of reality—Schrödinger’s cat both dead and alive, for example.  Thus the undoubtedly correct theory leaves us with a severe problem because it cannot explain why we are conscious of only a single version of reality.

One potential solution, the one adhered to by most physicists, is that physical reality consists of wave functions and particles rather than just wave functions.  But we have shown that there can be no particles, so this is not correct.  Another potential solution is that the wave function collapses down to just one possibility, but this also encounters severe problems.  The only solution left, the one that seems to me to be far and away the most probable way out of the dilemma, is that we each possess a soul which looks into the physical world and perceives just one of the possibilities.

Thus, rather than being antithetical to spiritual ideas, physics supports them, at the expense of the materialistic view of the world.  To say it in reverse, if scientists wish to argue that physics supports materialism, they have a great deal of work to do.  They must experimentally show that collapse of the wave function occurs (or, much less likely, that particles exist).  The ball is in the materialists’ court, and they must come up with a very good shot.

So, ignoring the caveats, quantum mechanics presents us with the most basic fact of all:

Each of us is a nonphysical soul that has a physical body.

Once one grants this, one’s life changes.

THE BRAIN

How does the nonphysical soul interact with the physical world?  By means of the physical brain.  The individual soul can perceive the quantum state of the individual physical brain and thereby indirectly perceive the state of the outer physical world.

Further, the brain has many quantum states, each corresponding to a thought.  By narrowing its attention to just one quantum state, the soul effectively makes the corresponding thought the thought we are aware of in the ordinary sense.  Or if the soul concentrates on just one of the states of the motor part of the brain, the associated bodily action becomes the action we and the external world are aware of.  Thus the brain is the means or tool by which the nonphysical soul interacts with the physical world.

Because this awareness process affects only the perception of the wave function and not the wave function itself, awareness of only one possibility does not interfere with the equations of physics.

THE NONPHYSICAL REALMS

The physical plane is not the only “place” the soul can be aware of.  There are many nonphysical realms—many ways of existing—that are very different from our world here, and the soul has the potential to be aware in any of them.

These nonphysical realms can be roughly divided into two planes, the jinn plane and the angelic plane.  The angelic plane contains those realms that are closest to the source, to God.  They are akin to light, or angelic music.  The jinn plane is constructed from thought-like forms.  It is the realm where paranormal phenomena take place, and is the source of creative inspiration and beauty.  With the proper training, these realms are accessible to us.  There are also nonphysical beings that dwell within these realms and that we can communicate with.

Our soul makes a journey that is infinitely longer than our physical lifetime.  It starts out in the angelic plane, evolves to the jinn plane, becomes associated with a body on the physical plane at physical birth, and goes back to the jinn and angelic planes at physical death.  That is, our awareness does not start at birth or cease at death.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

When the soul becomes associated with a physical body at birth, it has to become familiar with the body and learn how to use it.  So it has to concentrate all its awareness on the physical body, the physical plane.  In the process, the soul forgets how to be aware on the nonphysical planes.  When we become adults, our soul concentrates its awareness almost exclusively on the machinations of the brain.  This includes all the habits, prejudices, and mindsets encoded in the neurons of the brain.  The soul thinks it is the brain-body and that the physical plane, with all its problems, constitutes the whole of existence.

To break this exceedingly restrictive perspective, one must retrain the soul by doing spiritual practices.  The primary step, through observing your thoughts, watching the breath, or other concentration practices is to regain some control of the soul’s awareness.  These practices stop the soul from “mindlessly” concentrating on the uncreative, capricious, circumscribed thoughts generated by the physical brain.  Regaining control of your awareness is as difficult, and as rewarding, as any discipline you could ever undertake.  It is, in fact, at the base of all disciplines, from playing the violin to martial arts to true creativity in mathematics and the arts.

For many, simply stopping the excessive concentration of the soul on the goings-on of the brain is enough to carry you through the whole spiritual journey.  But some don’t like these concentration practices, or they need to supplement them.  In that case, one can use sound or visualization or sometimes compassion practices to begin to re-awaken one’s awareness on the nonphysical planes.

PERSONALITY AND SOCIETY

Control of our awareness, however, no matter what the rewards, does not take us to the end of the spiritual journey.  We also need to develop certain qualities—strength, insight, compassion, beauty, wisdom, the ability to accomplish, and friendship, among others.  These qualities, especially wisdom and friendship, constitute the essence of personality.  In a sense, we are obligated to develop these qualities to pay back our debt for being given the privilege of existing on the physical plane—the place of work—in the human form.

Finally, how does society fit into the spiritual journey?  Metaphorically, God created beings—centers of awareness, intelligence, and emotion—because she/he was lonely.  And so our interactions with one another contain the goal of existence, the reason existence was brought into being, the payoff.

It is not so much that we are all one—although that may be true in some sense—as that we enhance each others’ lives.  There is great, almost unfathomable potential here—it is shattering to even think about it.  But this potential is mostly unrealized.  To make it a reality, it will be necessary for men and women of good will and clear vision to work together to bring about a society where personality and friendship can fully blossom.

Casey Blood, PhD

From the early age of 7, Casey Blood was interested in spirituality, math and science. His parents encouraged him to become an astronaut…


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Time Travel Novels : Arguably The Most Fascinating Topic

Time dilation in transversal motion. The requi...

Time dilation in transversal motion. The requirement that the speed of light is constant in every inertial reference frame leads to the theory of relativity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Gary J. McCleary

Time travel is arguably the most fascinating topic in all of science fiction. If you are a fan of science fiction consider for a moment your favourite movies, books and episodes of television shows.

Which were the best episodes of Star Trek for example in all of its incarnations? Which episode would you consider to be the absolute best out of all the series? Think about your favourite movies and decide which is best out of straight adventure and exploration, fighting off monsters or the mind bending stories involving time travel.

There are two directions of possible travel, namely into the future or into the past. The truth is that travel into the future is not a problem and can be accomplished in a number of ways some of which are practical and others which are theoretically possible given future advances in technology.

We have…

Time dilation as proposed by Einstein as velocity approaches the speed of light. This has been verified even here on Earth by clocks travelling in high speed flight or in orbit and also by observing cosmic rays.

Suspended animation by freezing or even hibernation which the bears regularly do.

The normal aging process which takes our consciousness into the future at the steady rate of one second per second.

Now factor in things like black holes, wormholes, folded space, string theory etc and we have many possibilities to consider.

time travel using parallel universe.

time travel using parallel universe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now time travel into the past looks on the surface to be impossible because of the many paradoxes that it implies. However the laws of Physics are symmetrical and there is actually nothing in the laws that prohibits backward travel in time.

It is the exploring of the paradoxes that breathes life into the whole concept of time travel. The best known one is of course any variation on the so called ‘grandfather paradox’. This is where the time traveller goes back in time and murders his own grandfather before he gets around to fathering his father which means that the time traveller was never born which means that he never went back in time which means that he never killed his grandfather which means…well you get the picture.

In my Time Travel Novels I have explored many variations on this paradox and others. One explanation is that there are an infinite number of universes so every possibility is allowed for. Another is the theory that an event becomes its own cause so that whatever the time traveller does in the past it was meant to happen in the first place in order to set his existence in motion.

Think about any time travel story that you have ever seen or read and you will realise that they all involve a giant circle which appears to close on itself. The trick is in trying to pick where the break is in the circle.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/new-age-articles/time-travel-novels-arguably-the-most-fascinating-topic-7134323.html

About the Author

I had a good childhood as childhoods go. I didn’t like school very much and yet I went on to become a high school Maths teacher. After five years of that I returned to university to finish my own full-time study in Applied Mathematics IV. Around this time I began a part-time career as a lecturer in Engineering Studies at the University of Western Sydney.

The groundwork for the person that I am today was always there though because I have always had a love for anything to do with science fiction. After Life Novels


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Is Time Travel Possible?

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By Alice Frances

The greater part of us accept that we live in a three dimensional world, however this is not really true. We really live in a four dimensional world. Three measurements of space, and one of time. Consider it thus, in our level, three dimensional world we can advance, retreat, and go up or down, correct? To envision this, envision you are in a building and need to go to a room before the building, then to a room at the rear of the building, and afterwards up in the lift to a room at the highest point of the building.

In any case, keep in mind there is an alternate component in this, time. Time is entwined with the fabric of space and time, it is the fourth measurement. We consider time so inborn, so fundamental to our reality that it is difficult to be independent of it, and consider it as a measurement unto itself. Yet material science demonstrates that this is so. .

Considering time a measurement may not fall into place without any issues. A fourth measurement obliges a jump from rationale, our mind essentially can’t appreciate. The fourth measurement of time is so joined with the other three measurements of space that physicists now assemble the four measurements by one name, space-time.

Physicists now accept that space-time is a fabric that might be extended, pulled and even wrapped into bunches. It may even, insane as this sounds, be conceivable to manufacture a time machine.

To do this, we must figure out how to control the space-time fabric. Numerous researchers now accept that time travel conceivable as well as unavoidable. Anyway how?

There are now Time Traveler’s among us. Space travelers have time traveled into the future. Here’s the means by which this is achieved. The space station circles the Earth at more than 27,000 kilometers for every hour.

The astronauts have existed on them for more than 700 days. Amid this period, the space explorers voyaged a miniscule portion of a second into the future utilizing their essential strategy, speed. A space boat is a time machine on the grounds that the velocity it goes at is slowing time for the individuals aboard.

The pace of light is the ‘universe speed limit’. Nothing voyages quicker. Also in regular life, an individuals going at hyperspeed encounter time passing more gradually than the individual going at a typical rate of velocity. Researchers call this time dilution. In Geneva Switzerland is CERN the European Organization for Nuclear Research and home of the world’s biggest atom smasher.

Researchers from eighty five separate countries ponder the subatomic world to see how the universe functions at this space-age office, and they have been completing time travel tests for more than forty years. a valuable time travel molecule is the Muon. These are high-vitality particles delivered by astronomical beams which continually barrage the world’s air and live for around a millionth of a second.

Researchers use speed to make the subatomic particles live longer transforming them into time travelers, and demonstrating that time travel is in principle conceivable.

Be that as it may there’s a discover to utilizing pace to construct a time machine. Moving at speed a molecule picks up vitality, however this implies its mass expands and a subatomic molecule zooming around at near the velocity of light can weigh more than 7,000 times its ordinary weight on the grounds that the molecule essentially gets heavier.

Pocket watch, savonette-type. Italiano: Orolog...

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This implies it needs way more vitality to keep it moving. For us to go at the rate of light, we would require an interminable measure of energy resource, which we can’t at this stage produce.

Regardless of the possibility that we did have this vital asset, its impossible we would have the capacity to return, so a time machine may be a restricted to what’s to come. Notwithstanding, if later on, we experience better energy, that empower us to travel we can get around this problem.

At the same time there is an answer. Gravity. We frequently consider gravity a compelling force that keeps us on earth. Yet there is developing proof that gravity can result in space-time twists and that this likewise has an impact on how time passes. On the off chance that we can twist the fabric of space time, we can make easy routes, rather like shafts that can get us starting with one point then onto the next without the need for speed.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/is-time-travel-possible-7080310.html

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Alice Wickham is the founding editor of New London Writers Literary Agency, an

outlet for new and upcoming writers. Visit NLW to submit an article or a book proposal.


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The Mystery behind Subconscious Mind

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By sendcruz

Have you ever thought of the connection behind conscious and unconscious mind? Or the connection behind practical and divine world? If you have an interest in this greyish part of human mind then surely you have come across the terms of zodiac signs that are solely attached with astrology.

Many people believe that subconscious mind is the gift of God while the conscious mind which man deals with in practical world is nothing but a slave of the subconscious mind.

Then it can be derived that subconscious mind is more conscious than the conscious mind. Once Albert Einstein had said ‘The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.’

Intuition that arises from the unconscious mind is a sacred gift of divine. The intellect is a faithful servant. The intellect reflects as we see from the outer world.  In our waking world, the servant rides while the sacred gift (Subconscious Mind) patiently trod behind.

A picturesque analogy can be depicted between iceberg and human mind. The subconscious mind is the bottom part of the iceberg that remains below the water level. Yet subconscious mind is the maximum portion of total human psychology that is responsible for all the events.

Coming to the ocean part, it is the ultimate consciousness. Specialists often discuss about the consciousness field which covers a major part of the subconscious mind.

Basically the true nature of ice-berg is water. Again ocean, which comprises of water, is considered as God. So speaking frankly, human being is part of a divine soul.

The subconscious mind is superior to conscious mind.

In ancient times while considering the sun shine symbols, the total sky which is considered as round (360°) is divided into 12 segments based on constellation which has an angle of 30° each. These symbols are also called Sabian Symbols. These symbols are a set of 360 phrases of words. The different images of the zodiac signs corresponds to the different word phrases. The phrases might consist of 2 words to 21 words.

These symbols were born in San Diego in 1925 by Marc Edmund Jones. He was a famous American astrologer and spiritualist.

The name was termed as Sabian because Sabian people were an ancient race of alchemist, who lived in Harran, a city on the banks of Euphrates river in Mesopotamia. The city existed from the third millennium BC to thirteenth century AD. The Sabians were engaged into Talismanic magic. It is such a type of magic that is involved in coercing a deity’s power into a physical object.

The Sabian oracle opens the door between our inner feelings and intentions and the conscious mind.

In ancient times at Babylon, the moon-cult was the national religion. They are also known as Chaldeans. The word Chaldeans mean ‘Moon-worshippers’. As the religion removed elsewhere, the Sabian people practiced the tradition of Chaldean astrology.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/the-mystery-behind-subconscious-mind-7088817.html

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In this article author Shane Dawson discusses about the conscious and subconscious mind. Apart from that the article also describes about the Sabian Symbols.