Pentre Ifan

5,500 years ago, they lifted one stone up onto three others, so that we today would know that they could.

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This lesser-known older brother of Stonehenge is located near the Western tip of the Welsh peninsula.

The capstone is 16 feet long and weighs 16 tons.

 

How was Pentre Ifan built, and why?   We can only guess.

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Physics and the Unphysical

Russell Targ was a laser physicist before he got interested in paranormal experiments.  For 25 years, he headed a group at Stanford Research Institute that had a contract with the CIA to do intelligence work via psychic visualization.  The reliability of what their “remote viewers” reported was not comparable to someone who actually goes to the place and looks at what’s there, but in cases where it was impossible to do that, remote viewing provided important clues often enough to be useful.

In this video, he reports stunning success, including pinpointing the exact location of the car that kidnapped Patty Hearst.  In controlled statistical tests, several of their remote viewers achieved performance ruled out as chance at the probability level of 1 in a million.

Remote viewing is a natural human ability, a skill that anyone can learn to some extent.  It is not a spiritual path, but if you learn to quiet your mind and move your awareness into a timeless realm, you are likely to experience things that surprise you and give you another view of reality.

The most important thing you can do with remote viewing is to discover who you are.   My opinion is that who you really are is non-local awareness, independent of space and time.

Seeds of Revolution

The Yellow Vest Movement that began in France, is spreading. It appeared also in Belgium and it spread to Canada as well. The French arrested the leaders of the Yellow Vest Movement calling them an anti-government charging them for organizing an unauthorized protest, as authorities adopt a tougher approach to try to curb the demonstrations.

In France, the Yellow Vests have forced the Macron government to increase the minimum wage and take baby steps toward tax reform.  This week, they called on people to pull cash from the banks—an easier thing for them to do than commit to marching in the streets, and a collective action that could precipitate a financial crisis, and add to the movement’s leverage.

Not only has Canada joined the Yellow Vest Movement, but it’s still going strong every weekend, Christmas, New Years, the protests against rising socialism continue. Trudeau might have his work cut out for him before the next election in Canada in October 2019.

Article by Martin Armstrong

Survival of the Beautifulest

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Darwin explained the extravagant beauty of some birds, fish and insects as providing an advantage in attracting mates.  He called it sexual selection, and he was pretty clear that the process was different from acquisition of traits that had practical use in an objective sense.  Female preferences co-evolve with male coloration.

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It is hard to escape the conclusion that there is something wonderful here that transcends the quest for mating success.  Why is it that the peacock’s aesthetics or the butterfly’s taste for color should resonate so well with our human perceptions of what is beautiful?

This NYTimes Mag article flirts with the idea that beauty is not entirely explained by evolutionary science.

What we call beauty is not simply one thing or another, neither wholly purposeful nor entirely random, neither merely a property nor a feeling. Beauty is a dialogue between perceiver and perceived. Beauty is the world’s answer to the audacity of a flower. It is the way a bee spills across the lip of a yawning buttercup; it is the care with which a satin bowerbird selects a hibiscus bloom; it is the impulse to recreate water lilies with oil and canvas; it is the need to place roses on a grave.

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Can hot peppers make me happy?

Recently I’ve been experimenting with mood-modification through temperature extremes (like hot and cold bathing). The heat of a sauna, for instance, supposedly triggers a rush of pleasurable hormones — and so, apparently, does the heat of a chili pepper.

When your body senses pain somewhere like the tongue that message…is sent from the tongue to the brain through a network of neurons via neurotransmitters (chemical messages). One such message produced by capsaicinoids is substance P, which transmits pain signals. The brain responds by releasing another type of neurotransmitter known as endorphins, blocking the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals. Additionally, the neurotransmitter dopamine, responsible for a sense of reward and pleasure, is also released. — Leidamarie Tirado-Lee

Our body’s response to hot peppers is that our brain actually thinks something hot — literally hot, over 140 degrees — is touching us, so it activates our “hot-thing protocol,” which includes sweating, flushing, and even vomiting.

“Enjoying the pain and the pleasure at the same time is like surfing a wave, and you just don’t want it to break.”

Read more from Edith Zimmerman

Many universes?

“The universe” is, by definition, everything we can ever know anything about.  It’s hard enough to know about things (in our one universe) that are small and far away, at temperatures beyond what we can create in a laboratory.  It’s hard enough to know details of our evolutionary past, unable to do experiments, dependent on a spotty fossil record and conflicting studies of DNA similarity.  I’d say science has enough on its plate with trying to figure out this universe.  There’s no need to take on other universes, about which we can know nothing.

Last week, I wrote about the Anthropic Principle, which prompted mainstream astronomers to postulate the existence of zillions of other universes to avoid the alternative inference: that life is as primary as physics—that the purpose of our universe is to be a home for life.

There is another realm where physicists have postulated the existence of (even more unthinkably many) extra universes in order to save their 19th Century worldview.  That is in quantum mechanics.

QM is a set of equations for determining how the wave function changes over time.  Roughly speaking, if you know how the probability of a particle’s presence is spread out over space at any one time, you can use the QM equation to project that same knowledge into the future, to tell you, for example, what the probabilities will be for finding the particle at various points in space one second from now.  This is the mathematically-intricate but unmysterious part of QM.

The mysterious part is what happens when an observation is made.  All of a sudden, the wave function stops being what it used to be, and all probability becomes concentrated at a single point in space, where you saw the particle in your observation.  Then the equation picks up from there to start projecting a new future, based on your new knowledge.

The problem with this is: “What do you mean by an observation?”  If an observation is made by a physical system, then that physical system is governed by the same QM equations, and it shouldn’t be treated as an observation at all—just a more inclusive wave function that includes both systems.  Why should you need special rules for observations?  Aren’t Geiger counters and cloud chambers just physical systems subject to the rules of QM?  For that matter, aren’t human scientists just physical systems subject to the same rules as non-living systems?

The standard answer these days is to say that there are no observations, only different universes in which we might find ourselves, different universes in which the electron was here and it was there, different universes in which the photon spins to the right or the left, different universes in which the electron went through the left slit and in which it went through the right slit.  Every particle, every billionth of a billionth of a second, is splitting the universe into copy universes, each a tiny bit different from the other universes, each going its own way.  This is called the Many Worlds Interpretation of QM.  “Many” is the biggest understatement in science.

The reason the Many Worlds Interpretation has become popular is simply to avoid the alternative implication: that there is something outside of physics that is doing the observing.  In the MWI, all you need is a universal wave function—but a universal wave function for each universe, and there is a god-awful proliferation of universes.

In the minority view, there is just one universe, but it contains consciousness in addition to wave functions.  It is consciousness that collapses wave functions, and consciousness has an independent existence, separate from matter, able to influence matter (by making observations, collapsing the wave function).  Various versions of this view were promoted by such luminaries as von Neuman, Wigner, Bohm, and Schrödinger himself.

This story is another instance in which science is crying out for an interpretation congruent with ancient mystical ideas, but the science establishment recoils and invents a gazillion universes to avoid having to associate with mysticism.

 

What is it like to be dead?

Things that are not possible now, are then. Your mind is so clear. It’s so nice. My mind just took everything down and worked everything out for me the first time, without having to go through it more than once. After a while, everything I was experiencing got to where it meant something to me in some way…

When I wanted to see someone at a distance, it seemed like a part of me, like a tracer, would go to that person. And it seemed to me at the time that if something happened anywhere in the world, I could just be there.

— a near-death experience, as retold by Raymond Moody

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