When I was a kid, people use to talk about being able to see The Man In The Moon.  I always thought, myself, that it took a lot of imagination to visualize it.  But nowadays there’s a very different kind of man-in-the-moon that some people are talking about.  However, it has more to do with science than mythological figures. 

While I don’t pretend to be an expert on the moon, I do generally understand how celestial bodies are suppose to behave and the moon…well it misbehaves.  As one NASA scientist put it, “It seems easier to explain the non-existence of the moon than explain its existence.”  Another NASA scientist went so far as to say that the motion of the moon demonstrates that it is hollow!  It seems that the moon has to maintain an exact speed, course and altitude in order to hold its orbit, something that a natural satellite wouldn’t have to do.  This makes the moon unlike any known natural satellite in the universe!

Then of course, there’s the statistical oddity that the ratio of the distance from the earth to the sun to the distance from the earth to the moon is the same ratio as the sizes of the sun and moon compared to the earth.  This allows for a complete solar eclipse of the sun, which under any normal circumstances would otherwise be impossible.  I won’t bore you with the myriad of other moon anomalies like it rings like a bell or the depth of the craters are not consistent with the overall size of the crater or that the moon spins in an unusal fashion and as a result we see only one side of it.  The other side remains forever dark.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the moon is at least one billion years older than the earth, as evidenced by the moon rocks that the astronauts brought back from the moon.  Since the moon is older than our solar system, it obviously came here from other worlds (somehow) prior to the creation of the solar system.  Perhaps The Man In The Moon brought it here.  For if he hadn’t, life on earth as we know it would not even exist – so say the scientists.  How odd that a much smaller moon is responsible for life on a larger planet unless… unless the environment of the earth were specifically constructed to require such a moon.  In such a scenario, the moon might function as a gateway from the worlds beyond thus allowing life-forms (some would say holographic life-forms) to come to this three dimensional universe.

I’ll leave you with the trailer from the upcoming movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon which starts out with a recreation of an actual moon mission. Astronaut Neil Armstrong (and company) reach the moon and start their moonwalk, shooting live pictures for folks back home.  After they have turned their camera off, you can see that just beyond camera range is a gigantic crashed UFO.  It’s a Steven Spielberg film and as usual he knows more than the rest of us.  Without giving away the plot line, you could say that the astronauts have been sent there to find The Man In The Moon.  I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Seeing Is Believing


Some people say that seeing is believing.  Others say that they won’t believe it until they see it.  But just exactly how do we see?

The eye is an interesting part of the body. It would be even more interesting if we only knew how it works. What we do know is that the eye operates not too unlike a video camera.  The camera takes light in through its lens and converts the images into electronic impulses. The images are transmitted via satellite and cable to your TV set whereupon it’s converted to something that you “see”.

 Now compare that to your eye (a camera) which has its own version of a lens(a cornea) and also converts its images into electronic impulses which it transmits via cable (the optic nerve) to the brain.  The brain then converts the image to something that we “see,” as if we had a TV set inside of our head.

 Now here’s where the reception gets fuzzy.  Just exactly how do we see in 3D?  After all, the eyes (like a camera) are only seeing in 2D.  Furthermore, if we have a TV screen inside of our brain, how come the picture is so huge?  We can, of course, literally see for miles – and yet it’s all happening inside of our head!  What’s more, the brain is completely dark, so where does the light come from to form the images?

The answers to these dilemmas are mind-boggling, but consider this first.  What you see is perhaps simply the brain’s interpretation of the object being observed, and moreover there is no way to actually verify that the object being observed is even real.  Life could be no more than a computer, in this case your brain, observing objects which have been projected into a holographic environment that the brain resides in – in fact, maybe even created for itself.  A close parallel might be watching movies at an IMAX theater.

Our “vision” of reality is based solely on our physical senses which have very limited capabilities. For example, our sight and sound ranges do not begin to cover the complete sensory spectrum. But the coup de grace is that our sensory systems convert physical stimuli to electronic signals and the electronic signals are further interpreted by the brain.  What this all means is that life is a blur of holographic frequencies that are colorless, tasteless, and so on. Therefore, our reality is based on the software which operates our body’s systems.  That is, we don’t so much experience reality as we are told via the software what reality is like. 

Just because we all ‘agree’ that we are looking at, say, a tree, doesn’t mean that the tree exists, since we are all programmed to interpret neural stimuli similarly. Another way of looking at it is that we have all previously agreed on a consensus reality which results from our minds being infinitely interconnected on some unconscious level.  This gives new meaning to the expression that we are all one.

Science, particularly quantum physics, explains all of this by saying that physical matter is a by-product of the non-physical world.  That is, at the sub-atomic level, physical matter ceases to exist. Their experiments seem to confirm that objects have existence only if they are observed and that, in fact, the act of observation defines physical reality.  In this holographic reality, quantum physics states that time and space do not exist outside of the physical world of illusion and that past, present, and future all exist simultaneously.\

So if you think that your name is Doug or Bernice or Darrell, or whatever, where does this knowledge come from?  Who are you really?  Just remember that your experiences are determined by how your brain decodes, based on its programming, the information it receives.  Physical reality is no more than information and, after all, just who is feeding you the information?  Can you spell Matrix?






One thing that I’ve learned in life is that figures lie and liars figure.  Case in point – the stock market had a big rally today based on what the analysts are calling the “improving jobs picture.” 

The good news that they’re talking about is a decrease in new unemployment claims to 368,000 for the latest one week period.  At that rate, we could have almost two million more new claimaints on the unemployment rolls over the next twelve months. Now that is really something to cheer about!

At the same time though, the U.S. government announced that planned firings for the month of February increased by 20% over the same month a year ago.  How’s that for an improving jobs picture for you. Not only is that statistic moving in the wrong direction  but it’s likely to get worse in the future (since government at all levels is by far the single largest employer in the country).  Of course, that’s because nearly all of the state and federal bureaucracies are flat broke and in the process of shedding jobs.

President Barack Obama recently said that the U.S. must foster a business climate that encourages job creation.  I assume (rather naively perhaps) that that would include sound fiscal and monetary policies like balancing the budget.  Of course if we weren’t fighting two wars against terrorism(?) half the way around the world, maybe we would have a better chance of accomplishing that.  Funny, I haven’t heard any anti-war protests, though, from the far left since Obama was elected.

Instead of balancing the budget,  Obama has opted  instead for deficit spending by the trillions (which has all but destroyed the dollar) and bailouts for too-big-to-fail financial institutions.  I guess by now encouraging others to create a business-friendly environment which would lead to job creation Obama is finally admitting the obvious. After all, unemployment is still much higher than what Obama promised when he asked for the bailouts. But then, the bailouts were never about saving the economy anyway – only about saving Wall Street.

All of this discussion about unemployment rates belies a critical issue – how to calculate them. You see the government has changed their accounting rules for counting heads. Therefore, any comparison with Great Depression figures is simply invalid.  Broader current measures of unemployment come in  around 20%.  How’s that for a depression…I mean recession. The broader measure of unemployment includes people who have left the employment market for lack of finding a job as well as those who have taken part-time employment because no full time job was available. I wonder how those people are going to fare when gasoline hits $5 a gallon or when food prices double.  Will anyone ever tell them that they were lied to all along.  As I said, figures lie and liars figure.