Friday, June 10, 2011

Really Awake?

Conspiracy theorists unite!

Well, not really. More of the same: a video that's over an hour long, with people talking about how 'awake' they are:

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

Unfortunately,  what I see here are a bunch of people talking about how they're not stupid, and know what's going on (whether it's conspiracy theory, truth, or something else). Fight the New World Order or whatever....but what I'm seeing is just more division between us and them, awake and asleep, the good and the bad. I still argue that the number one mechanism at work in the world is the attempt to keep people isolated and afraid.

If fear and love really are only two emotions in the universe, the 'awake' seem to be functioning mostly on fear. The truth of the plot of one-world government, financial collapse, Nirbiru, or depopulation though Agenda 21, none of this really matters.  These are all externalities. The only thing that matters is your response to these things.

Take anthropogenic global warming. If you believe in it, you react with fear. If you don't believe in it, you react in fear of a conspiracy or agenda. In both cases, those who are in power get the desired response: fear and division.

If you're living in fear, and feel divided between us and them, then you can't focus on loving compassion, and bringing the right energy to this world.

Because in the end, the only thing that can save us is love....

Anyways, if you're interested, here's the video:

Oh yes, I almost forgot. One of the most famous of all statements in philosophy was made by Descartes:

I think, therefore I am.

What he meant by this was that the ONLY thing he could EVER KNOW to be unquestionably true, was NOT that he was awake, but that his consciousness exists. He knew it exists because it's there to question (i.e. think about) his own existence. "I think, therefore I am."

What I'm arguing is that I CAN'T BE SURE I'M AWAKE. In fact, I can NEVER KNOW if I'm awake. I can only know that I'm questioning.

Socrates said it a different way:

All I know is that I do not know.

So before I go around telling everyone I'm awake because I believe an alternate theory of something, I should spend a little more time thinking about what being awake really is.

And if you don't understand what I mean, think of it this way: if Keanu Reeves broke out of the matrix, how could he know he was in 'real life'? What if the matrix was just running in a second matrix? And what if that matrix was in a third matrix? How many matrixes (no, I'm not going to write matrices) are there? It can go on forever....So, you have to come to the conclusion that you'll NEVER know if you're in the matrix or not. But you CAN know that you're aware of that possibility, and that's all you can really know! 

Ultimately, you're left with the conclusion that everything is just really in your own mind, and that nothing external can really be identified as true, or real. When you understand this, you can start to focus, not on the things outside of you, but the things within you....

And this is the only hope of escape from the matrix: that no matter what conditions are imposed on you from external 'reality', you can remain true in your core understanding of the inherent 'falseness' of these external things, and instead focus on the internal.

And, if you can get that far, the only truly important 'internal' thing you can look towards is loving compassion. Learn to feel love and compassion (positive emotions) for all things external, regardless of their external effect on you, and you have found God.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Bodyworlds and Meat Bags

Yesterday was my birthday, so Danielle and I went to Bodyworlds & The Cycle of Life, which is showing in Taipei this summer. I've always wanted to go to Bodyworlds, so this was my chance!

It was pretty darn good, I must say, although sometimes you forget you're looking at actual people, and not just models. There was a bust of a man with all his skin and everything still intact, and that was pretty real. He was bisected down his center line so you could examine his brain, mouth and nasal cavity. Also, I'm not sure the exhibit did as good a job as it could have, at really presenting the concept of "Cycle of Life". Sure, we saw plastinated fetuses, and diseased body parts (if the 'healthy' and 'smoker' lung comparisons don't get you to quit smoking, nothing will), but I didn't get a strong sense of continuity, as much as an anatomy lesson.

Particularly, I would have liked more details on the specifics of the specimens (or plastinates, as they're called) like age, gender, and cause of death or other pathology. I'm not interested in "personal tragedies", but the specific pathology of the individual specimen. One plastinate, in particular, was extremely interesting. From what I could tell, this person had an artificial hip, knee joint, shoulder, a grafted jaw, and two steel reinforced bones. I would have really like to have known more details. Was this blunt trauma (a car accident) or part of a degenerative process?  Another platinate was claimed to have arthritis, but I had difficulty seeing the specifics.

Regardless, these are small complaints. Overall, the exhibit is excellent, and I would suggest it to anyone interested in the human body, biology, etc.

However, the exhibit really got me thinking about our physical body, and the nature of a spirit, or consciousness. I find it pretty hard to believe that these 'chunks of stuff' are all there is to being human. I just can't believe in the reductionist model that says everything a person ever is, can be fully encompassed and explained by the meat bags (as Bender puts it) I saw yesterday.

It also got me thinking a bit more about abortion. When you see actual fetuses (a.k.a. human beings) in various stages of development, you have to wonder about the ethics of deciding to terminate that life. Congressman Ron Paul is against abortion. He's also an OBGYN who has delivered over 4000 babies. When he speaks of watching a doctor pull a fetus out of a woman, and put it in a bucket to be disposed of...well, that speaks volumes to me.

NEways, as Osho so wonderfully points out, there's a difference between knowledge (i.e. having a moral stance based on imperative or some intellectual idea) and knowing (i.e. experiencing something in the reality of it). In this case, Ron Paul knows something which I suspect I'll never know, and I defer to him.

Monday, June 06, 2011

The Use of Depleted Uranium Ammo

Danielle and I watched a fantastic but disturbing documentary the other night. Beyond Treason is about Gulf-War syndrome, and the US Military's willingness to medically experiment on its own troops (with or without their knowledge or consent). Clinton's Executive Order 13139 gives the President the ability to force-vaccinate military personnel, without their consent. Hundreds of National Reserve pilots have already resigned (i.e. given up the chance to fly totally cool fighter jets) rather than be vaccinated.

Surprisingly, there are more US casualties from the Gulf War than from the Vietnam War. Like with so many other things, the change methodology used to measure causalities between the Vietnam and Gulf Wars has hidden this fact from the public.

But far more disturbing is the US Military's continued use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition which makes troops sick, causes all sorts of birth defects, and leaves a land contaminated with nuclear reside for all eternity.  So, the use of DU ammo will create environmental toxicity that cannot be cleaned up and will last forever.

Why would any army ever use such weapons, which slowly kill the people who use them and the people who live where the weapons are used? They render the land where they're used uninhabitable. This seems completely insane to me? What's the point?

Radiant Energy and Free Energy

My Bedini 3-pole monopole motor running off a 12V power supply and charging a battery. The top generator coil is also driving the bank of LEDs just for fun.

Here's a pretty good site with lots of info on the Bedini SSG. A number of people have replicated the motor, and achieved a Coefficient of Performance (COP) greater than one (more than 100% efficient):

One very good report, with multiple, repeated overunity results:

Now, the trick here is that we need to understand that of course, the system isn't more than 100% efficient. Just like a solar cell or wind generator, there is an external source of energy being put into the system.

With this system, the same phenomena applies. We use energy to get the wheel spinning and generating the pulsed DC voltage spikes (seen to be as high as 200 V on a small apparatus like mine). This is a replication of Tesla's gap discharge experiments. This involves a poorly understood form of electricity that Bedini calls Radiant Energy.

We achieve a COP>1 though capturing and utilizing the radiant energy spikes. Much more radiant energy can be captured in the battery and subsequently used to do work (run a fan or light, etc.) than the energy used to rotate the motor.

It turns out that we simply don't have a suitable theoretical model for the radiant energy obtained by this system. And because so much science has gotten ass-backwards, if there's no theory, then it's impossible and won't be investigated. Good lab results are ignored if they don't fit an existing framework.

This is precisely the situation that's occurred with Cold Fusion. The scientific community derided the work of Pons & Fleischmann, and they were forced to leave the US to continue their study. Turns out that there's something to cold fusion. Except you can't call it that now, and it's called Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR).

Of course, you can just read/watch the 60-minutes piece on cold fusion's new lease on life....

Nice to see that scientific evidence will prevail. Too bad it took 20 years, and made pariahs out of those who wanted to do the work....

Thinking about 'truth'.

This is a hard pill to swallow for a lot of people: what we call truth, hardly ever is. We have now come to put our total faith in science. Don't believe me, watch James Burke's Connections. The first episode The Trigger Effect, demonstrates this in some of the clearest terms I've ever experienced.

Point is, science provides us with facts, not truth. If you've done first-year stats in college, you know that nothing is ever proven in science, only that it's more probable. There's a big difference between the two.

I just really wish people would stop watching Survivor or Dancing with the Stars, and start paying attention to things that matter. I wish people understood the difference between opinion, fact, and truth. Then, if we could stop judging and comparing each other to one of these three metrics, and let go of our own egos...we could get down to the business of understanding and caring for each other.

This is one of the few truths that I know: that if we could just develop a bit of empathy and understanding for OTHERS, instead of trying to prove them wrong or impose our own values on them (our values of course, are the only TRUE values, right?).

Just moaning right now. Having another 'crazy pills' day...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Instant Vindication?

Interesting. The day after I change the philosophy of posting on my blog, things show up to help reflect why I'm making the change. The blog isn't about or for anyone except myself. It's an online diary, designed primarily for self reflection.

On that theme, I came across a wonderful TED Talks by Stefan Sagmiester called 7 rules for making more happiness. In it, he describes some of the things that he found about happiness, and I'll outline them here:

Happiness does not correlate with:
  • Gender
  • Geographic location
  • Income (above a certain subsistence level)
  • Race
  • Physical Appearance
  • Overall health (as long as problems are manageable) 
However, happiness does correlate with:
  • Personality and sociability 
  • Marital status
Specifically, Sagmeister points out that knowledge does not create happiness, but being in a community and engaged with others, does make a difference. People who are involved in charity and have a circle of good friends are happier than people who are more individualistic and detached.

For me, this is particularly interesting because I've spent so much of my life in the pursuit of knowledge, and I've reached the point where I understand that knowledge can actually be an impediment to happiness.  Not that ignorance is bliss, but that fixating on ideas or facts, and ignoring people and feelings, will lead to unhappiness.

Another interesting point in the talk is the element of self reflection, and the keeping of a diary or journal. This is precisely the purpose of what I'm doing here.  This is also about a greater sense of gratitude for thing people and things around me. I want to express this in a more tangible way, rather than the brief nod I've given things in the past.

If you're interested, here's the TED video.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A New Philosophy

I don't blog nearly enough, which is strange because I have so much to say, and I'm often saying it. Why I don't blog more often is a bit of a mystery.

So, I'm going to start using this as an online journal, or a diary. Since I don't keep a diary, but would like to start, I'll do it here.

First topic? I don't know. I guess we'll see.