Science vanquishes religion, then assumes the throne freshly vacated by God

Since it is our own sentience or subjectivity that is engaged in pondering the evolutionary process, we must somehow locate our looking radically apart from an all-seeing god, a divinity that ponders the material world from a position wholly external to that world.  The scientific intellect which sometimes prides itself on having vanquished the belief in God from much of the rational populace, populace, regularly situates its gaze in the very place (or rather, the very same non-place) recently vacated by that God. For it affects the same external, all-seeing perspective,the same view from nowhere enjoyed by that divinity. . The most assertive new atheists unwittingly rely, in this sense, upon the very same monotheistic assumptions that they ostensibly oppose.

The hyper-rational objectivity behind a great deal of contemporary techno-science, could only have arisen in a civilization steeped in a dogmatic and other-worldly monotheism, for it is largely a continuation of the very same detached and derogatory relation to sensuous nature.

— David Abram

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It’s in dreaming that we are really at home

Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the tidal abyss. The light shines through it, and the dark enters it. Borne, flung, tugged from anywhere to anywhere, for in the deep sea there is no compass but nearer and farther, higher and lower, the jellyfish hangs and sways; pulses move slight and quick within it, as the vast diurnal pulses beat in the moon-driven sea. Hanging, swaying, pulsing, the most vulnerable and insubstantial creature, it has for its defense the violence and power of the whole ocean, to which it has entrusted its being, its going, and its will.

But here rise the stubborn continents. The shelves of gravel and the cliffs of rock break from water baldly into air, that dry, terrible outerspace of radiance and instability, where there is no support for life. And now, now the currents mislead and the waves betray, breaking their endless circle, to leap up in loud foam against rock and air, breaking…

What will the creature made all of seadrift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking?

— Ursula Leguin

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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.

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

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.”

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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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