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“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can’t, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re "made" of star stuff. We are a way that the cosmos can know itself. The journey for each of us begins here.”
- Carl Sagan, introduction to his 1980 public television series "Cosmos."

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein

The Gospel According to Mary - Chapter 4
...Will matter then be destroyed or not?
22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.
32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Dark Matter, Energy Puzzling Astronomers
June 19, 2003
"We owe our very existence to dark matter," said Paul Steinhardt, a physicist at Princeton University and a co-author of a review on dark matter appearing this week in the journal Science.

…dark matter caused particles to clump together. That set up the gravitation processes that led to the formation of stars and galaxies. Those stars, in turn, created the basic chemicals, such as carbon and iron, that were fundamental to the evolution of life.

You can think of ordinary matter as a froth on an ocean of dark matter. The dark matter clumps and the ordinary matter falls into it. That led to the formation of the stars and galaxies."

Without dark matter, "there would be virtually no structures in the universe," he said.

Robert P. Kirshner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said the presence of dark energy was proved only five years ago when astronomers studying very distant exploding stars discovered they were moving away at a constant acceleration. It was a stunning discovery that has since been proved by other observations.

"What this is pointing to is a deep mystery at the heart of physics," said Kirshner. "We don't understand gravity in the same way we understand other forces."

“The Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao;
that is what gives her radiance.

The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn’t cling to ideas.

The Tao is dark and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.

Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.”
- Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell

“An unflinching determination to take the whole evidence into account is the only method of preservation against the fluctuating extremes of fashionable opinion.”
- Alfred North Whitehead
 

    On this page I will focus on relating concepts conveyed often in the form of metaphor found in ancient texts with technologically advanced concepts that have recently been discovered or their fundamental principles described.  Many people (including myself in the past) have stated or thought that most if not all of the concepts found in the bible have no basis in scientific fact.  I contend now, that this was perceived to be true historically because the science that was alluded to was more advanced then we had yet achieved.  So many truths have remained hidden right in front of us because of our cognitive preferences, temporal bias and professional specialization.  The answers to questions regarding our past can be found in our future.  When you find the answers the circle will be complete.

    Let's project ourselves 100 years into our future.  Based on the past century of accelerating technological achievement and our current level of progress in areas such as; genetics, computing, and physics (including quantum physics) what sorts of technologies might we have at our disposal?  How would we apply these technologies and for what purposes?  Based on the current level of ethical development exemplified by the culture of the United States it's unlikely that humanity or at least the vast majority of it would survive even 20 more years.  Ethics and science must never be divided. 

    I'm going to cite a series of quotes from both scientists and skeptics and the bible that I believe either correspond with and validate each other.  Except for the section on the Unifying theory I am purposely choosing to refrain from spelling out my interpretation for two principle reasons.  First is that by requiring the reader to look for the similarities in them or to try to argue there cannot be a correlation, the reader will have to use more of their own cognitive capabilities (specifically the right frontal lobe where intuition is localized).  The second reason is a requirement of the scientific method.  How will I know that the conclusions I have drawn are correct unless others reach the same conclusions independently?  Here is an important clue, I recommend that when you encounter the word 'God' or a similar word, that you consider it an unknown variable like x  (God = x, x = unknown).  Note that I'm referring to the word God and not the individual entity called by many names, e.g. Allah, The Great Spirit, Ahura Mazda, Tirawa, etc.   Here are a few memes to put you in the proper frame of mind.

"One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernaturalism' is a null word."
- Robert Heinlein

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
- Arthur C. Clark

"Any sufficiently advanced ETI is indistinguishable from God."
- Michael Shermer

Shermer's Last Law, By Michael Shermer, January 2002
“God is typically described by Western religions as omniscient and omnipotent. Because we are far from possessing these traits, how can we possibly distinguish a God who has them absolutely from an ETI who merely has them copiously relative to us? We can't. But if God were only relatively more knowing and powerful than we are, then by definition the deity would be an ETI!”

“Ergo, the probability that an ETI only slightly more advanced than we are will make contact is virtually nil. If we ever do find an ETI, it will be as though a million-year-old Homo erectus were dropped into the 21st century, given a computer and cell phone and instructed to communicate with us. The ETI would be to us as we would be to this early hominid--godlike.”

Because of science and technology, our world has changed more in the past century than in the previous 100 centuries. It took 10,000 years to get from the dawn of civilization to the airplane but just 66 years to get from powered flight to a lunar landing.
...
Although science has not even remotely destroyed religion, Shermer's Last Law predicts that the relation between the two will be profoundly affected by contact with an ETI. To find out how, we must follow Clarke's Second Law: "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." Ad astra!

Index:
  References and allusions to the unifying theory
  Why belief, even 'faith' is essential to scientific progress
  Evolution - replicated and guided
  Cosmic Ancestry and mechanics
  Rescue and reaping a harvest
  Why do people believe in invisible gods
 


References and allusions to the unifying theory

    The first example comes from some 1600 year old papyrus texts found in Egypt in 1945.  The contents of the Gospel According to Mary are attributed to the teachings of Jesus Christ as conveyed by Mary Magdalene.  The Catholic Church for centuries taught that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.  On the contrary from the various Gnostic texts found in Nag Hammadi she was a woman of wealth how helped the early Christian movement financially.  She was also an apostle of Christ and was told things not taught to the other apostles.  This favored position with Christ caused animosity between her and some of the other apostles.  In the Gospel According to Phillip it is said Jesus often kissed her on the mouth.  These teachings similar to those considered Buddhist were purged during the early Christian movement in order to define 'orthodoxy'.  Note the discussion of matter.

The Gospel According to Mary
Chapter 4
...Will matter then be destroyed or not?
22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
...
30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.
32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
 

    I contend the initial question, "...Will matter then be destroyed or not?" refers to the galactic annual event which marks the 'birth' or creation of our solar system, Earth, and life on Earth.  The downside of this event is that it also results in massive upheavals and destruction as evidenced by the mass extinctions 220 and 440 million years ago on Earth.  I provide the explanation for this event which occurs in our system every galactic year in my research paper and beginning on the Introduction page.  The warning for this event has been retold cross culturally for millennia, "The Earth will shake, the seas will boil, and fire will rain from the sky."

    I contend the references to matter and nature in verses 22 and 23, "All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another" are referring to atomic and sub-atomic theory (string theory) as well as quantum theory and dark energy (quantum energy) which combined should result in a unifying theory, a theory of everything.

Astrophysics Challenged By Dark Energy Finding By Ray Villard Special to SPACE.com and Robin Lloyd Science Editor posted: 07:00 am ET 10 April 2001
“The trouble is that with this finding and others in the past three years, the universe is beginning to look like a complex witch's brew of dark energy, normal matter and dark matter (an invisible exotic form of matter). “

"This starts to look incredibly ugly and complicated," says Mario Livio of the Space Telescope Science Institute. "I even wonder if we are we asking right questions."

The Elegant Universe : Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory  By: Brian Greene
"There is an ill-concealed skeleton in the closet of physics: "As they are currently formulated, general relativity and quantum mechanics cannot both be right." Each is exceedingly accurate in its field: general relativity explains the behavior of the universe at large scales, while quantum mechanics describes the behavior of subatomic particles. Yet the theories collide horribly under extreme conditions such as black holes or times close to the big bang. Brian Greene, a specialist in quantum field theory, believes that the two pillars of physics can be reconciled in superstring theory, a theory of everything."

    I contend the statement, "Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature."  is probably referring to black holes, matter and consequently galaxy formation.  This would be a natural extension of Nucleosynthesis, the physics that explains how the chemical elements (of which we are made) are synthesized by stars. 

Black holes: mothers of the Universe?
"Black holes aren't exactly the celestial darlings of our universe. They're commonly thought of as giant space vacuums slowly and methodically sucking the universe dry. But these monsters of destruction may not be so monstrous after all. New research that identifies three new supermassive black holes - bringing the grand total so far to 20 - adds credence to the theory that massive black holes are also intricately related to the creation and evolution of galaxies. Maybe, without black holes, we wouldn't even be here."

    Note how similar the concepts attributed to the 'Savior' (an INTP) are with those articulated by Albert Einstein (an INTP) and Rudolf Steiner (probably also INTP).  When I've posted the following quote on public message boards others have pointed out that it appears Taoist and Buddhist.  (The Buddha I contend was also INTP)

"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.... The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical [mysterious]. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men...."

"The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe...."

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein

“MAN IS A LIMITED BEING. FIRST OF ALL, HE IS A BEING AMONG OTHER BEINGS. HIS EXISTENCE BELONGS TO SPACE AND TIME. THUS, ONLY A LIMITED PART OF THE TOTAL UNIVERSE THAT CAN BE GIVEN HIM AT ANY ONE TIME. THIS LIMITED PART, HOWEVER, IS LINKED UP WITH OTHER PARTS IN ALL DIRECTIONS BOTH IN TIME AND IN SPACE. If our existence were so linked up with the things that every occurrence in the world were at the same time also an occurrence in us, the distinction between ourselves and the things would not exist.”
- Rudolf Steiner, The Philosophy of Freedom, Chapter 5, 1895

    And now in 2003 scientific researchers have begun using language essentially identical to that found in the Gospel According to Mary.

Dark Matter, Energy Puzzling Astronomers
June 19, 2003
"We owe our very existence to dark matter," said Paul Steinhardt, a physicist at Princeton University and a co-author of a review on dark matter appearing this week in the journal Science.

…dark matter caused particles to clump together. That set up the gravitation processes that led to the formation of stars and galaxies. Those stars, in turn, created the basic chemicals, such as carbon and iron, that were fundamental to the evolution of life.

You can think of ordinary matter as a froth on an ocean of dark matter. The dark matter clumps and the ordinary matter falls into it. That led to the formation of the stars and galaxies."

Without dark matter, "there would be virtually no structures in the universe," he said.

Robert P. Kirshner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said the presence of dark energy was proved only five years ago when astronomers studying very distant exploding stars discovered they were moving away at a constant acceleration. It was a stunning discovery that has since been proved by other observations.

"What this is pointing to is a deep mystery at the heart of physics," said Kirshner. "We don't understand gravity in the same way we understand other forces."

 

    In case you're curious about versus 25-29 that I removed from the GAM citation above, I elaborate on this essentially moral/subjective claim in many other pages of this site, of those pages the KnowYourself is the most informative.  However to summarize, the Savior's claim that, "There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin" reflects the same conclusions I reached independently and conveyed to my brother.  These thoughts are also reflected in the teachings of both Zoroaster (another INTP and Buddha) and the Buddha Siddhartha Guatamma and very likely other individuals I haven't studied yet.  They are a result of applying objective reasoning to subjective concepts.

The Gospel According to Mary
Chapter 4
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?
26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.
27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.
28) Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.
29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.

The Basis of Zarathusta’s Teachings
"Zarathusthra seems to have become convinced that all events of the world are based on cause and effects. He has, therefore, based his teachings on three principles: good reflection, good word, and good deed. He was wise enough to recognize that all the motives of human beings are based on action and reaction. Because, the receiver of every good deed in this world will react accordingly with the good behavior. Therefore, in the realm of interaction, if human beings act favorably, they receive favorable reaction and vice versa. In this regard, if a person robs another one, he should not be surprised when some day he will be robbed as well."

“Zarathustra, never ordered his followers to perform certain activities, but he recommended them to try to know the creator of the earth and heaven and adopt good manner, on the basis of their wisdom. Therefore, Zarathustra was neither a prophet, nor we can call his spiritual path a “religion,” rather he was a thoughtful benevolent who recognized his God on the basis of his wisdom and never said he had been missioned to bring any message from God to human beings.” - Dr. Bahram Varza
 

- Anger -
Avoid rash action.
Be restrained in speech.
Giving up wrong deeds,
Exercise right action.

Avoid rash speech.
Be restrained in speech.
Giving up wrong speech,
Exercise right speech.

Avoid mental agitation.
Be restrained in mind.
Giving up wrong thoughts,
Think good thoughts.

Those who practice restraint
In body, word, and mind
Are surely in control of themselves.

- Twins -
Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a corrupt mind,
   suffering follows,
As the wheel follows the hoof of an ox pulling
   a cart.

Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a serene mind,
   happiness follows,
As surely as one's shadow.
The Dhammapada: The Path of Truth translated by Ananda Maitreya

“Even though the Dhammapada appeared a little later than some other writings attributed to the Buddha, there is no doubt that the 423 verses of the Dhammapada contain the authentic teachings of the Buddha. They express the insight of this special human being who suffered, practiced the Way, experienced transformation, and reached liberation.” - Thich Nhat Hanh 1998


Why belief, even 'faith' is essential to scientific progress

“Why is it so hard for non-believers AND believers alike to go beyond the book? It does say in Genisis that God created the beasts, the beasts could easily mean dinosaurs. Sure in Genisis it says that God created the earth in 7 days, but what 7 days is to God, could be 7 centuries for us, we do not know. We do not know what the eyes of God see. Perhaps it was in God's plan to have humans and everything else evolve, I think people like you forget the simple fact that God can see, hear and do everything He pleases. The Bible isn't flawed, I think your way of thinking is though. Keep an open mind why don't you? You can prove there is a God just as much as you can prove that there is an Earth. You just have to believe...”
- by: shaina69311 (18/F/Pennsylvania), Yahoo! BBS 07/06/03 07:02 pm

>>You just have to believe...<<
Can you justify that statement?
Why is it mandatory? By what rules?
- by: kinkytoo1 (53/M/Miami, FL), Yahoo! BBS 07/07/03 07:28 am

"In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind there are no limits."
- John C. Lilly, M.D, Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments, 2nd ed.

Belief
Belief as an English word has been used in various ways. In religious contexts it means "faith," whereas in philosophy, cognitive psychology, and most ordinary contexts, "belief" means something broader: something like "accept as true."

Scientific method
- Observe: Collect evidence and make measurements relating to the phenomenon you intend to study.
- Hypothesize: Invent a hypothesis explaining the phenomenon that you have observed.
- Predict: Use the hypothesis to predict the results of new observations or measurements. Often, advanced mathematical and statistical hypothesis testing techniques are used to design experiments that attempt to effectively test the plausibility of hypotheses.
- Verify: Perform experiments to test those predictions. Attempting to experimentally falsify hypotheses is thought by many to be a better choice of term here.
- Evaluate: If the experiments contradict your hypothesis, reject it and form another. If the results are compatible with predictions, make more predictions and test it further.
- Publish: Tell other people of your ideas and results, and encourage them to verify the claims themselves, in particular by inviting them to challenge your reasoning and check that your experimental results can be repeated. This process is known as peer review.

“Now, even though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies. Though religion may be that which determines the goal, it has, nevertheless, learned from science, in the broadest sense, what means will contribute to the attainment of the goals it has set up. But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
- Albert Einstein, Science and Religion II, Science, Philosophy and Religion, A Symposium, 1941

The God Hypothesis : Extraterrestrial Life and Its Implications for Science and Religion
by Joe Lewels, Jo Lewels Dr, (April 1997)
Roswell may well have captured the public imagination; but here is an interesting UFO book of a completely different color. Not only is it the only one written by a Mexican American author (with a doctorate in mass communications), but it addresses themes in ufology that are rarely aired in mainstream books and television documentaries. Lewels is a proponent of what he calls the God Hypothesis--that UFO entities are guardian spirits who have watched over and manipulated humanity since ancient times, perhaps as part of a divine plan. The serpent gods of the Sumerians, the Watchers of the Books of Enoch, the cloud pillar of Moses, and the angels of the New Testament represent interventions in the past. Modern UFO abductions are attempts by these beings to generate shifts in human consciousness toward a new spirituality, or evolutionary step.

Shermer's Last Law
Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God
By Michael Shermer
Scientific American, January 2002 issue
“…This observation stimulated me to think about the impact the discovery of an extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) would have on science and religion. To that end, I would like to immodestly propose Shermer's Last Law (I don't believe in naming laws after oneself, so as the good book says, the last shall be first and the first shall be last): "Any sufficiently advanced ETI is indistinguishable from God."

Ergo, the probability that an ETI only slightly more advanced than we are will make contact is virtually nil. If we ever do find an ETI, it will be as though a million-year-old Homo erectus were dropped into the 21st century, given a computer and cell phone and instructed to communicate with us. The ETI would be to us as we would be to this early hominid--godlike.

Because of science and technology, our world has changed more in the past century than in the previous 100 centuries. It took 10,000 years to get from the dawn of civilization to the airplane but just 66 years to get from powered flight to a lunar landing.

Moore's Law of computer power doubling every 18 months or so is now approaching a year. Ray Kurzweil, in his book The Age of Spiritual Machines, calculates that there have been 32 doublings since World War II and that the singularity point--the point at which total computational power will rise to levels so far beyond anything that we can imagine that it will appear nearly infinite and thus be indistinguishable from omniscience--may be upon us as early as 2050.

When that happens, the decade that follows will put the 100,000 years before it to shame. Extrapolate out about a million years (just a blink on an evolutionary timescale and therefore a realistic estimate of how far advanced ETIs will be), and we get a gut-wrenching, mind-warping feel for how godlike these creatures would seem. In Clarke's 1953 novel, called Childhood's End, humanity reaches something like a singularity and must then make the transition to a higher state of consciousness.

 


Evolution - replicated and guided

"It takes a much bigger leap of faith to believe in evolution, than it does creation."
- him4usa

"I have encountered a few "creationists" and because they were usually nice, intelligent people, I have been unable to decide whether they were really mad, or only pretending to be mad. If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created the whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading humankind?"
- Arthur C. Clarke, June 5, 1998, in the essay Presidents, Experts, and Asteroids, pp 1532-3

“There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error. Where science has been used in the past to erect a new dogmatism, that dogmatism has found itself incompatible with the progress of science; and in the end, the dogma has yielded, or science and freedom have perished together.”
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Revelation 3:5-6 :: King James Version (KJV)
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

    From my own research I’ve discovered that if you divide the geological time scale by our orbit of the Galaxy and accept ‘increasing’ inaccuracy for older dates, you will find major events occur at the beginning/end of galactic ‘years’. For example in millions of years,

bullet~4,800 / 220 = 21.8 (Origin of the Sun) *
bullet~4,600 / 220 = 20.9 (Origin of Earth and Moon) *
bullet~4,000 / 220 = 18.1 (Origin of Life) *
bullet~3,800 / 220 = 17.2 (Oldest known rocks) *
bullet~439 / 220 = 1.99 (Begin Silurian (First land plants) also marks the Ordovician-Silurian mass extinction) *
bullet~220.7 / 220 = 1.00 (Very rapid mass extinction marking the Permian Triassic boundary)
(* Dates taken from “The Book of LifeAn Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth”)

special relativity - Yahoo! Reference: American Heritage® Dictionary
NOUN: The physical theory of space and time developed by Albert Einstein, based on the postulates that all the laws of physics are equally valid in all frames of reference moving at a uniform velocity and that the speed of light from a uniformly moving source is always the same, regardless of how fast or slow the source or its observer is moving. The theory has as consequences the relativistic mass increase of rapidly moving objects, the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction, time dilatation, and the principle of mass-energy equivalence. Also called special theory of relativity.

Genesis 1 :: King James Version (KJV)
“And [Elohim] said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Theory suggests sun's gamma ray burst triggered ancient mass extinction
January 7, 2004
The second-largest extinction in the Earth's history, the killing of two-thirds of all species, may have been caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun after gamma rays destroyed the Earth's ozone layer.

Astronomers are proposing that a supernova exploded within 10,000 light years of the Earth, destroying the chemistry of the atmosphere and allowing the sun's ultraviolet rays to cook fragile, unprotected life forms.

All this happened some 440 million years ago and led to what is known as the Ordovician extinction, the second most severe of the planet's five great periods of extinction.

The Ordovician was the first of five great extinctions in history.

The Devonian, 360 million years ago, killed 60 percent of all species; the Permian-Triassic, 250 million years ago, killed 90 percent of all life; the late Triassic, 220 million years ago, killed half of all species; and the Cretacious-Tertiary event destroyed the dinosaurs and half of all other species about 65 million years ago.

 

“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and there's no place for it in the endeavor of science. We do not know beforehand where fundamental insights will arise from about our mysterious and lovely solar system. The history of our study of our solar system shows us clearly that accepted and conventional ideas are often wrong, and that fundamental insights can arise from the most unexpected sources.”
- Carl Sagan, Cosmos television series

Scientists Disagree over How, When Life Began on Earth
By David Tenenbaum, Astrobiology Magazine
14 October 2002
Does the first evidence of life date to 3.85 billion years ago (Ga), or 3.65 Ga? A 200-million-year discrepancy may seem trivial almost 4 billion years after the fact. And yet scientists continue to debate whether some of the oldest rocks ever found date to 3.85 Ga, or "just" 3.65 Ga.

Punctuated Equilibrium
“The "punctuated equilibrium" theory of Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould was proposed as a criticism of the traditional Darwinian theory of evolution. Eldredge and Gould observed that evolution tends to happen in fits and starts, sometimes moving very fast, sometimes moving very slowly or not at all. On the other hand, typical variations tend to be small. Therefore, Darwin saw evolution as a slow, continuous process, without sudden jumps. However, if you study the fossils of organisms found in subsequent geological layers, you will see long intervals in which nothing changed ("equilibrium"), "punctuated" by short, revolutionary transitions, in which species became extinct and replaced by wholly new forms. Instead of a slow, continuous progression, the evolution of life on Earth seems more like the life of a soldier: long periods of boredom interrupted by rare moments of terror.”
- F. Heylighen, Jul 22, 1999, Copyright© 1999 Principia Cybernetica, Punctuated Equilibrium

More evidence for mass extinction - Lava flow twice the size of Europe covered Siberia 250 million years ago
PHILIP BALL, 7 June 2002, Nature.com
“We knew it was big - but not this big. Geologists now suspect the massive eruption of lava in Siberia 250 million years ago [250 is disputed] was at least twice as large as they'd thought. This makes it even more likely to have caused the biggest extinction the world has ever seen.”

“The Permian period ended with the extinction of 85% of all ocean creatures and 70% of land ones - a toll three times greater than the extinction that killed off the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous, 65 million years ago.”

Inner Earth Spews Superplumes
Cosmiverse Staff Writer, April 19, 2002
"Generally, it is assumed that only about 10 percent of the heat that comes out at the surface of the Earth comes from the earth's core. This number may thus be underestimated, perhaps as much as by a factor of two," she wrote.

Meltdown: Satellites Show Accelerated Polar Ice Threat, SPACE.com, Robert Roy Britt, 17 January 2001

Satellites Show Alarming Retreat of GlaciersSPACE.com Staff, 29 May 2002

Global Warming: Oceans
Earth Crash Earth Spirit, updated as of 1/24/2002, , (citations from various publications)
“ (12/02/2001) Scientists suspect global warming is cause of "deeply worrying" 80-90% drop in Atlantic zooplankton; loss of bottom of marine food chain threatens to cause widespread starvation and death of all levels of marine life from fish to dolphins and whales, destroying entire ocean ecosystem already being devastated by overfishing.”

"This is deeply worrying," said marine biologist Dr Phil Williamson, of East Anglia University. "We don't know why zooplankton numbers have plummeted, though global warming looks the best candidate. What is certain is that removing the bottom link from the ocean food chain could have profound and unpleasant results."

“(11/19/2000) Scientists say global warming cause of alarming 70% drop in zooplankton off California coast since mid-1970s, warn impact on entire West Coast marine ecosystem could be catastrophic. More than 70 percent of the zooplankton - the tiny free-floating animals that are food for larger creatures - have disappeared from the Pacific Ocean along the coast of California since the mid-1970s, a phenomenon related to the overall rise in ocean temperature due to global warming, say scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Plankton are critical to the survival of all marine life from whales to sea birds, scientists warn, but warmer waters and changing ocean currents mean less plankton for marine animals, which may be why harbor seals, stellar sea lions and sea birds are disappearing.”

"What is going on in the ocean is large and unprecedented," said John McGowan, an oceanographer at Scripps. "These are huge events. This is a new kind of ecology."

World's weather hotter than ever
Friday April 26, 2002
“The world was warmer in the first three months of this year than at any time in the past 1,000 years, it was revealed yesterday, as scientists released reports predicting British weather would get rapidly warmer and more unstable.”

Global Warming - Does it Exist? If so, is it Man- or Sun-made
Stanford University, 1997, - Image from Friis-Christensen, E., and K. Lassen, "Length of the solar cycle: An indicator of solar activity closely associated with climate," Science, 254, 698-700, 1991
“Global warming -- the gradual increase in planet-wide temperatures -- seems to be accepted by many scientists and people now as fact. Generally, this warming is attributed to the increase of green-house gases in the Earth's upper atmosphere.”

“However, some solar scientists are considering whether the warming exists at all. And, if it does, might it be caused, wholely or in part, by a periodic but small increase in the Sun's energy output. An increase of just 0.2% in the solar output could have the same affect as doubling the carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere.”

NASA STUDY FINDS INCREASING SOLAR TREND THAT CAN CHANGE CLIMATE
top story - Goddard Space Flight Center
March 20, 2003 - (date of web publication)
Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study.

"This trend is important because, if sustained over many decades, it could cause significant climate change," said Richard Willson, a researcher affiliated with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University's Earth Institute, New York. He is the lead author of the study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.

"Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to have occurred over the past 100 years," he said.

Watching the Angry Sun - Solar physicists are enjoying their best-ever look at a Solar Maximum thanks to NOAA and NASA satellites
NASA Press Release, December 22, 2000
"This is a unique solar maximum in history," said Dr. George Withbroe, Science Director for NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Program. "The images and data are beyond the wildest expectations of the astronomers of a generation ago."

Stormy Space Weather Takes a Toll on Ozone
Goddard Space Flight Center, August 1, 2001
“A new study confirms a long-held theory that large solar storms rain electrically charged particles down on Earth's atmosphere and deplete the upper-level ozone for weeks to months thereafter.

“When protons like these bombard the upper atmosphere, they break up molecules of gases like nitrogen and water vapor, and once freed, those atoms react with ozone molecules and reduce the layer.”

"A lot of impacts on ozone are very subtle and happen over long periods of time," said Charles Jackman, a researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres and lead author of the study. "But when these solar proton events occur you can see immediately a change in the atmosphere, so you have a clear cause and effect."

Red Planet Warming, Images Show Mars' Ice Caps Are Melting Fast
 Amanda Onion, Dec. 7, 2001
"High-resolution images snapped by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor show that levels of frozen water and carbon dioxide at the Red Planet's poles have dwindled dramatically — by more than 10 feet — over a single Martian year (equivalent to 687 days or about two Earth years)."

"We weren't expecting to see something nearly this large," said Caplinger.

Global Warming on Pluto Puzzles Scientists
By Robert Roy Britt, Senior Science Writer
posted: 01:25 pm ET, 09 October 2002
"
In what is largely a reversal of an August announcement, astronomers today said Pluto is undergoing global warming in its thin atmosphere even as it moves farther from the Sun on its long, odd-shaped orbit."

Sun's rays to roast Earth as poles flip
Robin McKie, science editor,
The Observer
Sunday November 10, 2002
Earth's magnetic field - the force that protects us from deadly radiation bursts from outer space - is weakening dramatically.

Scientists have discovered that its strength has dropped precipitously over the past two centuries and could disappear over the next 1,000 years.

The effects could be catastrophic. Powerful radiation bursts, which normally never touch the atmosphere, would heat up its upper layers, triggering climatic disruption. Navigation and communication satellites, Earth's eyes and ears, would be destroyed and migrating animals left unable to navigate.

'Earth's magnetic field has disappeared many times before - as a prelude to our magnetic poles flipping over, when north becomes south and vice versa,' said Dr Alan Thomson of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh.

'Reversals happen every 250,000 years or so, and as there has not been one for almost a million years, we are due one soon.'

For more than 100 years, scientists have noted the strength of Earth's magnetic field has been declining, but have disagreed about interpretations. Some said its drop was a precursor to reversal, others argued it merely indicated some temporary variation in field strength has been occurring.

But now Gauthier Hulot of the Paris Geophysical Institute has discovered Earth's magnetic field seems to be disappearing most alarmingly near the poles, a clear sign that a flip may soon take place.


Cosmic Ancestry and mechanics

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Genesis 4
14   Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

Scientists Build Virus from Scratch
Thu Jul 11, 2:36 PM ET
"No, I would not say I created life in a test tube," Wimmer said in a telephone interview. "We created a chemical in a test tube that, when put into cells, begins to behave a little bit like something alive. Some people say viruses are chemicals and I belong to that group."

Genesis 2
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Asimov's Guide to the Bible : The Old and New Testaments/Two Volumes in One
“The Hebrew word, translated here as God, is ‘Elohim’ and that is a plural form which would ordinarily (if tradition were defied) be translated ‘god’s.”

The word "man" is a translation of the Hebrew word adam, which is a general expression rather akin to what we mean when we say "mankind."  (The Hebrew word for an individual man is ish.)

The word adam, used in reference to this first created man, came to be a proper name, Adam.  The King James version slips into this usage later in the chapter: ... "

Engineering ET: The Path to Alternate Life Forms
08 May 2001, By Robert Roy Britt, Senior Science Writer
In two separate research efforts, scientists have altered the very nature of nature by creating cells that break a cardinal rule of biology, incorporating an entirely new basic building block into their cellular structures. It is a first step on a path of neogenesis -- the creation of alternate life forms.

In several interviews, experts said the work will help scientists study our own terrestrial evolution and also investigate how life might have developed in unknown ways on other worlds.

Genesis 1
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

VIRUSES: IMPORTED GENETIC SOFTWARE
Viruses are not living things. When they are outside of their host cell, they are just very complex molecular particles that have no metabolism and no way to reproduce. In our computer metaphor, they're like software with no hardware, floppy disks or diskettes without a computer. Having no independent metabolism they can remain viable indefinitely, under the right circumstances. "Some of them can even be crystallized, like minerals. In this state they can survive for years unchanged — until they are wetted and placed into contact with their particular hosts"

Matthew 13
33   Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
34   All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35   That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36   Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37   He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38   The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

COSMIC ANCESTRY - Life comes from space because life comes from life.
“Cosmic Ancestry is a new theory of evolution and the origin of life on Earth. It holds that life on Earth was seeded from space, and that life's evolution to higher forms depends on genetic programs that come from space. It is a wholly scientific, testable theory for which evidence is accumulating.”

Are We All Aliens? The New Case for Panspermia
By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer posted: 09:00 am ET 30 October 2000
“In interviews with more than a half dozen respected scientists in diverse fields, it's clear that panspermia, or at least some aspects of the theory, is poised to jump to the forefront of study among scientists who seek to understand where and how life began. While the prevailing theory holds that life arose spontaneously out of a terrestrial, chemical soup, panspermia's defenders argue that such a miracle could happen almost anywhere.”

Life Molecules Tough Enough to Survive Comet Impact on Earth
"The theory that comets seeded life on Earth gained support Thursday, with a team of scientists experimentally proving that the raw materials for life hitchiking aboard a space rock could survive the trip to our planet."

Surviving Space: How Bugs Might Travel Between Planets
By Stephen Hart, Astrobiology Magazine
26 November 2002
It came from outer space. Life, that is.

This concept has drifted around the universe of space science since at least as long ago as 1864, when William Thomson Kelvin told the Royal Society of Edinburgh "The hypothesis that life originated on this earth through moss-grown fragments from the ruins of another world may seem wild and visionary; all I maintain is that it is not unscientific." He repeated the assertion in 1871 at the 41st Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, using the less colorful term "seed-bearing meteoritic stones."
...
Horneck’s results lend more support to the modern variant of Lord Kelvin’s moss-grown rock idea. When large objects impact a planet, there’s a sort of splash zone in a ring abound the impact. Large chunks of planet may shoot into space. Impacts this large were common late in the formation of the solar system. But even as recently as about 65 million years ago a meteor hit Mexico, ejecting so much material into the atmosphere that it’s suspected of causing the extinction of the dinosaurs.

"This concept, called also litho-panspermia, is based on the scenario that by an impact of a very large kilometer-sized meteor or comet, material is ejected from a planet and can reach escape velocity," Horneck explains. "There are certain areas at the rim of the impact crater, called the spallation zone, where by reflection of the shock wave the temperatures do not exceed 100 degrees Celsius" [212 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point of water].

That’s cool enough to allow spores to survive ejection, the first stage of interplanetary travel. The second stage Horneck addressed in her research. "There are some studies simulating the reentry process," Horneck says of the last stage of an interplanetary trip. "It seems, that spores can also survive this in the inner part of the meteorite. Entering the atmosphere goes very fast, and so only the outer layer is heated."

nanotechnology
/nan'-oh-tek-no"l*-jee/ A hypothetical fabrication technology in which objects are designed and built with the individual specification and placement of each separate atom. The first unequivocal nanofabrication experiments took place in 1990, for example with the deposition of individual xenon atoms on a nickel substrate to spell the logo of a certain very large computer company. …http://library.thinkquest.org/13373/work/func.htm


NanoMachine and NanoGears of Al Globus & Team, NASA Ames, OakRidge...
"
Smart materials would be made of nanomachines, typically microscopic-- with features any size, down to atomic dimensions. Such machines wouldhave more or less, the same components as macro, or familiar "normal" sized machines with recognizablegears, bearings, motors, levers and belts... (except for all the nanocomputers)."


Composition of T-Even Bacteriophage
“Before we can understand how they function, let's take a look at what they are made out of! Since there are many types of viruses we are going to work with the T-Even Bacteriophage because it has easily recognizable features.”

 


Rescue and reaping a harvest

"Ships of the Imperial Fleet of the Rodentia Alliance departed the homeworld today. A spokesman refused to confirm or deny that the ships were bound for the Terran system with the intent of mounting a rescue operation in order to liberate hundreds of our rodent cousins who are being paralyzed by their cruel, bipedal overlords."
- Alan0714  (obviously this person was joking around but I took advantage of his post to show him how close he was.)

"The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them."
Albert Einstein letter to Sigmund Freud, July 30, 1932

Commentary: UFOs and the National Security State  - by Joe Firmage
"Because of the developments of science, all countries on Earth will have to unite to survive and to make a common front against attack by people from other planets. The politics of the future will be cosmic, or interplanetary." – General Douglas Macarthur, October 8, 1955, New York Times

"I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they are not manufactured by any nation on Earth." – Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding, Commander-in-Chief, Royal Air Force Command, London Sunday Dispatch, July 11, 1954

UFOs and the National Security State - Richard M. Dolan
This is a thorough and monumental undertaking. I applaud your effort.” - Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut

Matthew 13
36   Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37   He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38   The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39   The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40   As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41   The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42   And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43   Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Revelation 14
14   And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15   And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Koyaanisqatsi (from the Hopi language), n.
1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance.
4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living

Apocalypse Now
The biggest book of the summer is about the end of the world. It's also a sign of our troubled times
By NANCY GIBBS, Time Magazine, Posted Sunday, June 23, 2002; 2:31 a.m. EST
"The word apocalypse," he observes, "comes from a Greek word that literally means 'lifting of the veil.' In an apocalyptic age, people feel that the veil of normal, secular reality is lifting, and we can see behind the scenes, see where God and the devil, good and evil are fighting to control the future." To the extent that more people in the U.S. and around the world believe history is accelerating, that ancient prophecies are being fulfilled in real time, "it changes the way people feel about their circumstances, and the way they act.

"I would go for years without anyone asking about the End Times," says Thomas Tewell, senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan—hardly a hothouse of apocalyptic fervor. "But since Sept. 11, hard-core, crusty, cynical New York lawyers and stockbrokers who are not moved by anything are saying, 'Is the world going to end?', 'Are all the events of the Bible coming true?' They want to get right with God. I've never seen anything like it in my 30 years in ministry."

Unleashing the Killer App
1.7 THE LAW OF DISRUPTION, OR SECOND-ORDER EFFECTS
This is not the world of the future but the one we already live in... It's already begun, and it will make feudalism look mild by comparison. We refer to these second-order effects, the combination of Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law, as the Law of Disruption. (See Figure 1.4) It can be simply stated as follows: Social, political, and economic systems change incrementally, but technology changes exponentially.

The systems that make up human civilization, including commercial systems, change over time, but they do so on an incremental basis. Law, for example, evolves to encompass the unique features of new technologies, but it does so at an agonizingly slow pace, as anyone who has studied railroad, banking, or telecommunications law can attest. Technology change instead follows the track of Metcalfe's curve. Once there is a critical mass of users, the rate of change-what you might think of as the disruption index-accelerates exponentially. It is in the growing chasm between the different rates of change that secondary effects occur.

Technology change initially affects technology, in other words, but once critical mass is reached, the disruption takes place in other, unrelated systems.

"American Legend is made flesh" No longer mythical White Buffalo a beacon to Plains tribes......
from the Houston Chronicle, Sept. 24, 1994
"The arrival of the white buffalo is like the second coming of Christ, says Floyd Hand, a Sioux medicine man from Pine Ridge, S.D., who was one of the first to make the pilgrimage. It "will bring about purity of mind, body and spirit, and unify all nations, black, red, yellow, and white."

White Buffalo Woman

She told people to "...always remember that the two-leggeds and all other peoples who stand upon this Earth are sacred and should be treated as such... I am leaving now, but I shall look back upon you in every age, and at the end I shall return." When she left, she turned into a buffalo that changed into four different colors -- red, black, yellow and white, which represent the races of humanity. White Buffalo Woman said that one day she would return to "mend the hoop" and establish brotherhood between all races. According to the Lakota keeper of the sacred pipe, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, "It was told the next time there is chaos and disparity, she would return again."

Miracle's Life and Color Changes in Pictures: 1994 through 1997....

Prophecy Rock Hopi Prophecy
On Prophecy Rock near Oraibi, a pictograph depicts the emergence of the present world (Fourth World) progressing into the future.

The Great Spirit is represented by the large human figure on the left. The bow in his hand represents the instructions he left the Hopi to lay down their weapons.

The present world is separated into two paths. The lower path is followed by the One-Hearted people, and leads into a Paradise on Earth. The upper path is that of the Two-Hearted people and leads to self-destruction. It is the path of technology without spirituality. Three world-shaking events (believed to be World Wars I and II, and a third event to come) are depicted by the two circles and half-circle. The last circle is an event known as the "mystery egg" or Day of Purification, the severity of which will depend on how many spiritual people are working toward peace when it occurs. The one-hearted people will try to lead the two-hearted people (shown as the headless people) back to the eternal path (lower path). If the two-hearted people persist in living in ignorance, it will lead to chaos and self-destruction (jagged path).

… This time is known as the Day of Purification, when it is said that common people the world over will become disillusioned with the world leaders, and band together to fight for world peace.

The Gospel of Thomas
3. Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."
70. Jesus said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you."

ko·an  n.
A puzzling, often paradoxical statement or story, used in Zen Buddhism as an aid to meditation and a means of gaining spiritual awakening.

spir·it  n.
1.b. Incorporeal consciousness.
5.a. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings:

Drake Equation
"What do we need to know about to discover life in space?"

Carl Sagan
He believed that the Drake Equation suggested that a large number of extraterrestrial civilizations would form, but that the lack of evidence of such civilizations suggests that technological civilizations tend to destroy themselves rather quickly. This stimulated his interest in identifying ways that humanity could destroy itself, with the hope of avoiding such destruction and eventually becoming a space-faring species.

The Drake Equation
The final factor in the equation involves the lifetime of intelligent civilizations and the lifetime of the Milky Way galaxy. The lifetime of the galaxy is believed to be about 10 billion years (1010 years), however estimating the lifetime of a communicating civilization is more difficult. The only example we have is our own civilization, which has achieved the ability for interstellar communication in only the last generation or two. But the real question is how long will we last as a civilization? This question is difficult to answer. If we are very pessimistic, we might put L at a few decades; if we are very optimistic, we might measure it on a geological timescale. We can imagine two extreme cases: a technical society that destroys itself soon after reaching the communicative phase (i.e. L<102 years) and a technical society that learns to live with itself soon after reaching the communicative phase; if the society gets past L=102 years, it is unlikely to destroy itself from then on and its lifetime can be measured on a stellar evolutionary scale (i.e. L>>108 years).

THE ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE ATLANTIC
Volume 1, Number 4 - November 1989
On the pessimistic side, one could argue that beings with technology akin to ours would destroy themselves before they could make contact with another planet. Our global tensions have escalated to the point where many people think that we will utilize the nuclear weapons that we have at our disposal and therefore destroy the very civilization many are trying to preserve. Because we may not be the only beings with the potential for self-destruction, the pessimists favor the value for L = 100.

Doomsday Clock set closer to Armageddon
Wednesday, 27 February, 2002, 19:06 GMT
The Doomsday Clock - a barometer of nuclear danger for the past 55 years - has been moved two minutes closer to the midnight hour symbolising nuclear conflict.

The directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - a magazine that has campaigned for nuclear disarmament since 1947 - pushed the hands forward by two minutes, to seven minutes to midnight.
 

Na-qoy-qatsi: (nah koy' kahtsee) N. From the Hopi Language. 1. A life of killing each other
2. War as a way of life. 3. (Interpreted) Civilized violence.

Leaked Pentagon report warns climate change may bring famine, war: report
Sun Feb 22, 2004
LONDON (AFP) - A secret report prepared by the Pentagon warns that climate change may lead to global catastrophe costing millions of lives and is a far greater threat than terrorism.

The report was ordered by an influential US Pentagon advisor but was covered up by "US defense chiefs" for four months, until it was "obtained" by the British weekly The Observer.

The leak promises to draw angry attention to US environmental and military policies, following Washington's rejection of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and President George W. Bush's skepticism about global warning -- a stance that has stunned scientists worldwide.

The Pentagon report, commissioned by Andrew Marshall, predicts that "abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies," The Observer reported.

The report, quoted in the paper, concluded: "Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.... Once again, warfare would define human life."

Matthew 24
3   And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5   For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6   And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8   All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9   Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10   And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11   And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12   And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14   And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15   When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16   Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17   Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18   Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

Revelation 7
4-8 (Headcounts are rolled off as John hears), "the number of them which were sealed".
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Scientists Report 'Teleported' Data
Mon Jun 17, 4:33 PM ET
By PETER O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian scientists said Monday they had successfully "teleported" a laser beam encoded with data, breaking it up and reconstructing an exact replica a yard away.

Lam said he believes the process, called "quantum teleportation" and which takes a nanosecond — one billionth of one second — will soon be used for teleporting matter.

"My prediction is if we are not doing it, it will probably be done by someone in the next three to five years, that is the teleportation of a single atom or a small group of atoms," he said.

Teleporting a living person would likely be virtually impossible, scientists said.

"In theory, there is nothing stopping, us but the complexity of the problem is so huge no one is thinking seriously about it at the moment," Lam said.

Revelation 9
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

How to Abhor the Void While Loving the Quantum Vacuum
"
Getting to another star in a human lifetime right now seems impossible, but intriguing physics offers us some fantastic possibilities to consider."

Universe Expansion is Accelerating, UK and Australian Researchers Say
Royal Astronomical Society, 20 March 2002
"Their results show that the universe is full of dark energy, completely consistent with the earlier supernovae results. ...It seems that Einstein did not make a blunder after all -- dark energy appears to exist and to dominate over more conventional types of matter," Efstathiou said. "An explanation of the dark energy may involve String Theory, extra dimensions or even what happened before the Big Bang. At present nobody knows. The ball is now firmly in the theorists court."
 


International Law Seen at Risk in U.S. Fight with Security Council
Fri Jul 5, 2:39 PM ET
"The real reason behind Washington's blackmail [in the Security Council] is the most troubling," according to Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), writing in the Financial Times this week. "An increasingly influential faction in the Bush administration believes that U.S. military and economic power is so dominant that the U.S. is no longer served by international law."

#TL12: HOW TO ACHIEVE EMOTIONAL CONTROL
By Mark Lindsay (The Triune Brain)
"In The Dragons of Eden, after describing the characteristic behaviors of the reptile brain which I’ve just listed above, Carl Sagan says, "This seems to me to characterize a great deal of modern human bureaucratic and political behavior." Bureaucratic behavior is "controlled at its core" by the reptilian brain, hence we observe coercion and physical violence, territorial and jurisdictional claims, political rituals such as the presidential motorcade, and the social hierarchies for which bureaucratic organizations are notorious."

Revelation 13
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

President George W. Bush answers a question during his press conference in Washington November 7, 2002."We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.”
- President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, September 20, 2001

Clamor Magazine - Heir to the Holocaust
Prescott Bush, 1.5 Million Dollars, and Auschwitz: How the Bush Family Wealth is linked to the Jewish Holocaust
By Toby Rogers, Clamor Magazine
“But while President Bush publicly embraced the community of holocaust survivors in Washington last spring, he and his family have been keeping a secret from them for over 50 years about Prescott Bush, the president's grandfather. According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush.”
(more at "From Hitler to the Carlyle Group".)
 


Why do people believe in invisible gods

"It's inevitable. There are people out there that believe in a magical life force that can't be seen, that's breathed by God into every living thing. Or something like that. The knowledge that we are just chemicals is hard to accept. We love being special."
- memebag

Universe Expansion is Accelerating, UK and Australian Researchers Say
Royal Astronomical Society, 20 March 2002
"Their results show that the universe is full of dark energy, completely consistent with the earlier supernovae results. ...It seems that Einstein did not make a blunder after all -- dark energy appears to exist and to dominate over more conventional types of matter," Efstathiou said. "An explanation of the dark energy may involve String Theory, extra dimensions or even what happened before the Big Bang. At present nobody knows. The ball is now firmly in the theorists court."

Emergent Mind, Theoretical Milestones
“The questions and articles posted below represent, in our opinion, some of the most
intriguing and dynamic areas of research at the moment.”

"Consciousness involves noncomputable ingredients"
Roger Penrose
from The Third Culture
URL: http://www.edge.org/documents/ThirdCulture/v-Ch.14.html

"Why Classical Mechanics Cannot Naturally Accommodate Consciousness but Quantum
Mechanics Can"
Henry P. Stapp, 1995
PSYCHE, 2(5), May 1995
URL: http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/v2/psyche-2-05-stapp.html

Our Conscious Mind Could Be An Electromagnetic Field
16-May-2002, Copyright © 1995-2002 UniSci. All rights reserved.
Professor Johnjoe McFadden from the School of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Surrey in the UK believes our conscious mind could be an electromagnetic field.

“The theory solves many previously intractable problems of consciousness and could have profound implications for our concepts of mind, free will, spirituality, the design of artificial intelligence, and even life and death,” he said.

 

“The Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao;
that is what gives her radiance.

The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn’t cling to ideas.

The Tao is dark and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.

Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.”
- Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
 

"It's inevitable. There are people out there that believe in a magical life force that can't be seen, that's breathed by God into every living thing. Or something like that. The knowledge that we are just chemicals is hard to accept. We love being special." - memebag
 

Why God Won't Go Away : Brain Science and the Biology of Belief
by Andrew Newberg M.D., Eugene G. D'Aquili Ph.D., Vince Rause, Andrew B. Newberg, Eugene D'Aquili
“Over the centuries, theories have abounded as to why human beings have a seemingly irrational attraction to God and religious experiences. In Why God Won't Go Away authors Andrew Newberg, M.D., Eugene D'Aquili, M.D., and Vince Rause offer a startlingly simple, yet scientifically plausible opinion: humans seek God because our brains are biologically programmed to do so. “

“Researchers Newberg and D'Aquili used high-tech imaging devices to peer into the brains of meditating Buddhists and Franciscan nuns. As the data and brain photographs flowed in, the researchers began to find solid evidence that the mystical experiences of the subjects "were not the result of some fabrication, or simple wishful thinking, but were associated instead with a series of observable neurological events," explains Newberg. "In other words, mystical experience is biologically, observably, and scientifically real.... Gradually, we shaped a hypothesis that suggests that spiritual experience, at its very root, is intimately interwoven with human biology." Lay readers should be warned that although the topic is fascinating, the writing is geared toward scientific documentation that defends the authors' hypothesis.“

Temperament
Excerpted from Please Understand Me II, by David Keirsey
Copyrighted 1998, all rights reserved
"Crossing paths with Isabel Myers got me in the habit of typewatching way back in 1956. Myers completed her book The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in 1958 and published it in 1962, though Educational Testing Service had been using her questionnaire, the MBTI, for some years doing personality research in numerous colleges and high schools around the country, and this is where I first encountered her work.  I soon found it convenient and useful to partition Myers's sixteen types into four groups, which she herself suggested..."  (The Four Temperaments: Guardian, Artisan, Rational, Idealist).

Genesis 4:20-26 :: King James Version (KJV)
4:020 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.  (Guardian)
4:021 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.  (Artisan)
4:022 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.  (Rational)
4:026 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.  (Idealist)

al·le·go·ry   n. pl. al·le·go·ries
1.a. The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.

Revelation 9
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

The Physiology of Jung’s Four Functions & Their Organization
By Katherine Benziger, Ph.D., © March 1998; September 1999
From the above overview we have learned that:

  1. Jung’s four Functions are rooted in four distinct areas of the cortex. Thinking is housed in the Left Frontal Lobe. Intuition is housed in the Right Frontal Lobe. Sensation is housed in the Left Posterior Convexity. Feeling is housed in the Right Posterior Convexity.
  2. Jung’s assertion that each of us has one Natural Lead Function is the result of a neuro-chemical - physiological fact that each person has one area which is 100 times more efficient than their remaining three areas.
  3. Jung’s assertion that each person has two natural auxiliaries can be understood to be the natural result of the brain’s structure. Factually speaking, neuronal bridges hardwire a person’s Natural Lead to their auxiliaries, making communication between their lead and auxiliaries easy, even though each actual auxiliary is relatively speaking highly inefficient.
  4. Jung’s assertion that once a person’s Natural Lead Function has been identified, one can confidently calculate the person’s greatest Natural Weakness, is the result of the simply fact that there are no diagonal bridges in the human brain.
  5. The difference between the Feeling Function and Emotions can be understood more clearly. The Feeling Function is a cortical capacity to recognize the presence or absence of harmony – between colors, tones, or human beings. By contrast, emotions are a limbic capacity to experience delight, anger, fear, grief.

Markku Jantunen's Definition of the 8 Functions
Ne is perceiving abstract patterns and connections in
response to stimuli (either in the external world or in the
mind. ) Ne generates new information starting from
something existing. Ne focuses on future possibilities.

Ni is the creation of mental imagery independent of outer
stimuli. Ni generates abstract structural images of a given
problem domain that a person can view from different
points of view at will. Ni focuses on the structure of things
from a timeless point of view.

Enlightenment” is a neurological phenomenon that occurs when an individual is able to simultaneously and accurately comprehend (or utilize) all four cognitive functions. There appears to be some form of cascade effect that causes an alignment of information in all four quadrants....

AN ANTIDOTE FOR FEELINGS OF DISCOURAGEMENT FROM SEPTEMBER 11

After years of preparatory work, on August 13, 2001, Motion Sciences Organization was launched. Along with our launch, we released a special online movie—ENGAGE—presenting the context and vision of our Mission. ENGAGE can be downloaded at: http://www.firmage.org

http://motionsciences.org/engage/vision.movie.html
(If the Motion Sciences site is not available you may download the low-res version of the video from here (right-click link and choose Save Target As... or just click the link if you already have the Quicktime player installed.)  The Apple Quicktime player is available here.)

Part of the magic of this online movie its beautiful, energetic soundtrack. We’re pleased to introduce a new version of this soundtrack by MSO’s Matt King, with lyrics by Abby Hasstedt. We encourage you to download the MP3 at:

http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/299/kings1ze.html

Send it to your friends with a link to MotionSciences.org!

    Additionally, on December 17th I received a couple of e-mails from my pals at www.motionsciences.org. The content of their e-mails include citations of recent scientific discoveries that mesh and support my own research and theories.

December 2001 message from Motion Sciences

UFOs and the National Security State

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