If A Tree Falls

08/28/2019

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound? This is one of the riddles of modern science.

The answer is that it depends on what you mean by “sound.” Philosophers argue that sound is a quality which exists only in our minds. Sir John Eccles, a neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize winner, put it this way:”I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound – nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent.” What Eccles is saying is that the world is contained within the mind and not the other way around.

More confused?  Welcome to the world of quantum physics.  In quantum physics, quantum particles exist in all possible states simultaneously. They have distinct properties only after they are measured/observed (by human consciousness). So, science can never know where an electron (the basic building block of reality) is until they measure it because the electron, itself, is everywhere at once.

Human consciousness is the key. In that regard, physicist Bernard d’Espagnat said that, “The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.” We live in a world that is affected and changed by our very existence. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

The native peoples of ancient times were much more in touch with nature (the universe) than we are today. For example, the Australian aboriginals have a saying which goes like this: “We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” Notice the first thing that they say about our purpose in life.  It’s to observe.

One could make the argument then, based on quantum physics, that we are observers (of the universe).  In actuality, we are an integral part of a conscious universe, a universe that is alive and evolving, a universe that is an all-pervasive sea of quantum energy which is constantly creating reality. Thank you to Bernaud d’Espagnat, John Wheeler and the Australian aboriginals for illuminating this matter for us.

 

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Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.” –  Arno Penzias, physicist and Nobel laureate

 

 

 

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I’ve seen a number of people on both sides of the political aisle comment about a negative change in American cultural values.  Since both sides can’t be right about the cause, perhaps we’re talking about a difference in definitions. So, here’s my definition of American cultural values.

 

American cultural values

Traditional American cultural values refers to values that the country was founded on, cultural values that the founding fathers incorporated into things like the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

 

Freedom in America

We owe our very freedom to certain inalienable rights and the laws which are embedded in the country’s founding documents. What distinguishes America from other free countries is that it’s a “republic” as opposed to a “democracy.” Because we are a republic, we’re a nation of laws as set out in the Constitution.  Furthermore, citizens have rights, (e.g. as set out in the Bill of Rights) that were not given to them by the State. These are rights are inalienable (i.e. they can not be taken away by the State).

 

Core values

The details of what those cultural values are varies from person to person. The definition that I like the best comes from Vintage American Ways.com. Here’s what they said:

“Historically, the United States has been viewed as ‘the land of opportunity,’ a place where immigrants could have individual freedom, an equal chance for success, and the ability to have a better standard of living.”

Based on this concept, they identified three core values as follows:

  • Individual freedom
  • Equality of opportunity
  • The American Dream

 

Epilogue

The Declaration of Independence begins this way, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….” That’s what the founding fathers intended when they first created the American Republic, a country where people could be free and pursue their dreams.  It’s what makes America great and what is the driving force behind immigrants who still flock to our shores.

 

“We all share a common set of values that make us American… We are defined by the rights we have. . . Our rights are our history, why the first European settlers came here and why millions more have come here since.”  – John Zogby

 

 

 

 

 

Dark matter (and dark energy) is missing.  At least, scientists haven’t been able to find it yet.  It’s the elephant in the room (space), but we don’t even know where the room is, or even if it is a room for that matter.

Dark matter supposedly makes up some 90% of creation.  We, on the other hand, exist in the other 10% (the known physical universe). From that perspective, you could say that we are the tail wagging the dog.  Of course when I say that 90% of creation is missing, it’s probably much worse than that.  The 90% figure is calculated by scientists based on known matter in this universe.  However, we don’t know how big the universe is and on top of that there are no doubt other universes and other dimensions.  It’s very probable, therefore, that we exist in an extremely miniscule part of creation.

I know.  You’re probably asking what does any of this have to do with Jesus.  Well, according to the Bible, there were times when Jesus could not even be recognized by his closest associates, the disciples and Mary Magdalene. Further, Jesus apparently had the ability to disappear through walls.  It’s fair to say, then, that whoever, or whatever, Jesus was defies all logic.  He’s beyond our ability to comprehend, just like the universe.  To wit, an understanding of the real Jesus is “missing,” just like dark matter.

The Bible says that Joseph was the father of Jesus. However, Joseph is not even mentioned in the Gospel of Mark, which is the oldest of the gospels. In Mark 6:3, Jesus is referred to simply as the “son of Mary.” Besides, why would a 12 year-old marry an old man?

I’ll tell you why, although you might not like it. The Gospel of Matthew (1:18) says that, “His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” So, Jesus was an illegitimate child. The Talmud says as much (see also John 8:39).  Further, Matthew 1:25 says that Joseph “…did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.” In any event, then, Joseph was not the biological father.

Therefore, we don’t know who the real father of Jesus was.  However, I can tell you this about the ”virgin birth.”  It was accomplished by artificial insemination. Just ask the “angel” Gabriel. Gabriel was no angel yet he somehow predicted that Mary would give birth to Jesus.

What’s missing from the story of Jesus is just about his entire life; for example, his biological father, the “missing years” from Jesus’ life which were approximately from age 12 to age 29, his marriage to Mary Magdalene (although their marriage ceremony is in the Bible disguised as the Wedding at Cana), his children, in effect the Holy Grail, and most importantly his body after the crucifixion. Much of his life is like dark matter. It’s simply missing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The IQ Gene

06/19/2019

As a companion to my last article entitled Blue-Eyed Gods, this post concerns the genetics of the human species. Researchers have said that man is not as smart as prior generations and that this has been a continuous trend (downwards). Why?

Well, to make the picture complete, scientists also say that man has gotten physically smaller with a smaller brain size and, as a result, not as smart. There’s really only two possibilities to explain this phenomenon.  Either, man’s genes have mutated or they have been watered down.  By watered down, I mean that in the past there could have been an infusion of genes that contributed to some people becoming taller and smarter (at least in the short term).  However, that infusion might have been a one-time event and limited in scope (raw numbers).  Over time, what you might call smarter man would have inter-married with the older and not so smart man.  Since smarter man was fewer in numbers, smarter man would have gradually begun to disappear.

This trend would, of course, continue until man returns (almost) to his physical state before the infusion of genes.  In other words, we would continue to get smaller and dumber over time.  Welcome to the world of the blue-eyed gods.

Blue-Eyed Gods

06/17/2019

 

A little over three years ago I posted an article entitled “Does God Have Blue Eyes?” It has been one of my top read posts of all-time. The premise of the article is that we didn’t all evolve from Adam and Eve and we all didn’t come “out of Africa,” so to speak. Genetics pretty much tells the story.

Researchers/geneticists have demonstrated that people with white skin, blue eyes and blond hair first made their first appearance on this planet only 10,000 years ago, a real johnny-come-lately in evolutionary terms.  All three traits appeared suddenly and simultaneously in one area (near the Black Sea).  All three traits are “recessive” genetic traits meaning that they could not come from people with darker skin, hair or eye color. They had to have had a unique gene pool separate and apart from the other races on the planet.  Thus the question, does God have blue eyes.

While they first arose in the area around the Black Sea (the Caucasus Mountains), Caucasians have migrated all over the world. Some went east to Iran (Persians) and India (Aryans) and some even further to China, as the discovery of the Tarim mummies can attest to.  Some went south into the Middle East and then west into Africa (Berbers and Tuaregs).

Some also became pharaohs in Egypt as their mummies attest to.  Egyptologists have said that King Tut is Caucasian and is related to most of the men in England (and therefore most Europeans) and geneticists have said that they all have a common ancestor from 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea area. Of course, what they conveniently forget to mention is that King Tut had an elongated skull.  Queen Nefertiti, for example, is always pictured with a headdress which obscures her elongated skull.

As for the rest of the blue-eyed peoples, they migrated throughout Europe (Scandinavians, Germans, Anglo-Saxons, Irish, Scots, etc.) and eventually on to America where half the people in the country had blue eyes as of the turn of the twentieth century. Some, of course, stayed in the area around the Black Sea (e.g. Russians) which today boasts a very large blond, blue-eyed population despite having recessive genes (because blue-eyed people are constantly inter-marrying).

Aside: Further, all these people spoke some version of an Indo-European language which is one related family of languages.

Of course, the Mayans, the Incans, the Aztecs and the Sumerians knew about blue-eyed gods hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. The truth is a funny thing.  That is, it can be repressed for centuries, but eventually it has to surface. Welcome to the world of the blue-eyed gods.

 

Epilogue

Some of the the aboriginals of Australia have blue eyes and blond hair.  How did that happen without blue-eyed gods?

 

Dumb and Dumber

04/12/2019

 

So, the latest report card is out for the world’s IQ. The human race is getting dumber, with an average IQ of just 82. No surprise, Asian countries took the top three spots after which the top half was mostly from developed countries and the bottom half from third-world countries. Here’s the real shocker, though.  Some experts are predicting that world IQ will go down in the future. How dumb can we get?

The backdrop to man’s intelligence is this.  The human race was smarter back in Victorian times and they were significantly smarter during the Greek Civilization (e.g. Archimedes, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and Socrates). Two thousand years before the Greeks, the Sumerians were even smarter yet (by far). The all-pervading question, then, is this: How could we possibly be getting dumber, especially when environmental conditions have improved. The answer might surprise you.

A genetic study by the Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, has found that man mated with an unknown species. Homo sapiens, then, did not evolve directly from “First Man.” There was a detour that vastly reshaped his evolution. We mixed with a vastly superior race.  We got dramatically smarter, at least some of us did.

Genetics is a funny thing, though. Two of the most important elements in evolution has to do with relative numbers of people with a certain genetic trait and whether that trait is dominant or recessive. So, if a fairly large number of people in one region of the world received a recessive gene what would happen? In that region, the gene would flourish unless there was a mixing with people with a dominant gene trait.  Over time, however, it would be most likely that the dominant gene trait would survive and the recessive gene trait would not.

So, during the time of the Sumerian Civilization, the Sumerians were a lot smarter than people throughout the world. They were geniuses by comparison.  However, the Sumerian Civilization, relatively speaking, was small in numbers.  Their recessive genes got “diluted” as they mixed with people from other civilizations. They passed their genes on to the Greeks, who were not as bright as the Sumerians.  The Greeks, in turn, passed their genes on to the Romans and then to the Europeans and eventually on to America.  While Americans are frequently of Sumerian heritage, we hardly resemble them, and certainly are not as smart as them…and we’re getting dumber.

All along the way, the gene for intelligence has been overwhelmed by a mixing with large numbers of people who had genes that produced a lower IQ. Eventually, man’s IQ will stabilize, but not before his IQ drops back to almost the level it was at before the Sumerian Civilization (and the great spike in man’s intelligence).

 

“With stunning abruptness… there appears in this little Sumerian mud garden… the whole cultural syndrome that has since constituted the germinal unit of all the high civilizations of the world.”  – Joseph Campbell 

 

 

The Magic Moon

03/03/2019

 

Of all the things that you’ve believed about the moon or urban legends about the moon, I bet you never heard that the moon could just get up and change its position in the sky. Presto. Just like that.

Well, something very close to that has been very quietly announced by a group of Russian scientists. It appears that they caught NASA completely off guard.  You see, they told the truth about something that science has lied about for hundreds of years.

Science has always said that the moon is a long ways away, way out in outer space. Turns out that they were mistaken.  The “consensus” got it wrong again.  Supposedly, an enterprising Russian scientist stumbled across old work done by the SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory).  Twenty years old, just sitting around collecting dust.  I said supposedly.  Turns out that the moon is not in outer space at all. The moon is actually within earth’s atmosphere!

The most unbelievable part of this story is that the media is totally ignoring it. A landmark discovery like this should be front page news and should be on the cover of Time Magazine.  Of course, it’s not. Here’s why.

Science and NASA have always fumbled over themselves trying to explain rather mundane stuff about the moon. For example, they have said that the Van Allen Belt is a major impediment to space travel. In that regard, NASA has stated publicly that they conquered the Van Allen Belt problem on their trips to the moon (see link –https://www.popsci.com/blog-network/vintage-space/apollo-rocketed-through-van-allen-belts#page-2).

However, now, it turns out that the moon is within earth’s atmosphere and so the Van Allen Belt could had never been a problem at all.  So, they obviously lied. The upshot of this disclosure is that it makes the Van Allen Belt controversy go away.  Just poof! This poof moment concerns the moon so I refer to it as moon magic.

The other problem that this disclosure solves is the admission that a NASA astronaut recently made that man has never been outside of earth’s orbit (see link –  http://americanmoon.org/NASA/index.htm). This is at odds with the history of man having supposedly gone to the moon on many occasions.  Well, this disclosure solves that problem because the moon is now considered to be within earth’s atmosphere. The moon just magically moved inside of earth’s atmosphere.  Holy science, Batman! It’s moon magic.

So, when you tell enough lies, at some point you will trip yourself up which then forces you to tell the truth.  Well, a little piece of the truth at least. Obviously, there will eventually have to be more disclosures because once there is a public discussion about this current disclosure it will only take us further down the rabbit hole – straight to NASA In Wonderland and the Magic Moon.

 

Epilogue

Dr. Robin Brett, a NASA scientist told the truth about the moon saying, “It seems much easier to explain the nonexistence of the moon than its existence.” That’s because the moon is actually a hologram. Want to prove it? Well, it’s impossible for a full moon to be fully illuminated when it is in the eastern sky.  Check it out sometime.  The moon is artificially lit. Artificial you understand. A hologram without a doubt.

Moon magic is simply a way to describe the fact that the moon is not real, at least not in the way that we have been led to believe. So, with a little bit of moon magic, it’s easy to reposition the moon from outer space to within the earth’s atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never going to happen. However, liberal political commentator H. A. Goodman, writing in the Federalist, thinks that Bernie Sanders’ supporters might want to consider voting for Trump, especially if Sanders is once again denied the Democratic party nomination.

Goodman, who supported Sanders’ candidacy in 2016, thinks that there are many similarities between many of the policies Bernie Sanders espoused and actions that Trump has taken during his presidency.  It’s a real hoot.  A liberal endorsing Trump for president.

 

Here’s the link:

https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/28/bernie-sanders-supporters-vote-trump-2020/

So it snowed here in Los Angeles on Thursday.  First time in almost 60 years. Yeah, the surfers rode the waves in Malibu with the powder coming down all around them.  What a Hang Ten! Snow on the beaches of Hawaii too, by the way.

It’s been a winter for the ages.  Before Christmas, the Washington Post reported that Thanksgiving 2018 will be remembered for a record-shattering cold snap across the Northeast.  Then Omaha, Nebraska cancelled their New Year’s festival because of record cold.  Since then, as many as 340 cold weather records were broken or tied just in the Midwest alone.  For example, Mount Carroll, Illinois dropped to minus 38 degrees and Cotton, Minnesota cratered at minus 56 degrees. Oh yeah, then there’s Seattle which is having its snowiest February in 70 years, with more on the way. Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for president the other day during a raging snowstorm, blaming it on global warming because the politicians think that you’re just stupid enough to believe that this is all due to global warming.

Around the world, much has been made about the loss of ice at the North Pole.  Conveniently, however, they forget to tell us that ice accumulation is increasing in Greenland and at the South Pole. Overall, an increase in ice world-wide. If we had global warming, it’s not suppose to be this way.  Ice should be melting and sea levels should be rising, but that’s just not the case.  The opposite is actually happening…because we’re headed to another ice age.  This cycle is what recurs over and over again. It gets hotter and then it gets colder and then it gets hotter again. It’s a scientific fact.

The sun is currently at a Grand Solar Minimum.  I dare any scientist to deny that.  Well, perhaps, I don’t have to as even NASA agrees with that.  You need to understand that sunspot activity drives climate change on Earth…and sunspot activity has not been lower in the last 100 years.  However, we are also about to be subjected to the planet flipping its magnetic poles.  This double whammy has resulted in an unprecedented loss of crops due to cold weather across the globe from Europe (especially Italy and Spain) to Canada whose grain crop has been completely buried under snow. Animals are being affected too as witnessed by the death of hundreds of thousands of cattle in Australia due to drought and flooding conditions and dolphins which are freezing to death in the waters off of Japan.

Buckle up, you’re getting just a taste of what the weather will be like over the next 15-20 years. Global warming will just have to wait its turn.

 

 

 

You hear a lot these days about the End Times or about the precarious condition of the survival of the human species on planet Earth. Well, they are both right, but they are also both wrong.  Here’s why.

The chances of intelligent life forming in the universe is beyond comprehension.  Scientists actually have done a calculation of the chances that a single protein could form by chance.  It’s astronomical. Beyond that, the chances of highly intelligent life forming – well, forget it, it ain’t happening (randomly at least).  Further, the universe requires an incredible balance of conditions to allow for life to arise. As Stephen Hawking has said, “The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron. … The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life.”

 It was cosmologist Max Tegmark who stated that everything in the universe, including humans, is part of a mathematical structure and physicist James Gates Jr. first pointed out that scientific theories which describe the fundamental nature of the universe contain embedded computer codes.  That’s right, as in 1s and 0s. So, Tegmark, Gates and Hawking agree that the universe has been fine-tuned. Gates goes one step further and says that it was programmed…and then there’s simulation theory which is one step beyond all of them.

One has to look no further than ice core and tree ring samples to realize that the earth goes through definitive cycles of weather and evolution.  Cycles, up and down, over and over again.  It confirms what the ancient texts of the Maya and the Hindus have said about what I would refer to as The Circle of Life. That is, civilizations have come and gone on this planet over the eons.

In what I would call modern history, we have lost the Denisovans, we have lost the Neanderthals and we have lost Cro-Magnon Man.  So, when we do we lose homo sapiens, then? Consider that almost all life from 15,000 years ago has been wiped out.  Evolutionary speaking, we are working with a clean slate.  However, an eruption of one super-volcano could ruin our whole day. The cycles of a planet are such that planetary changes will inevitably upset the precarious perch on which the human species exists.  Ultimately, of course, our sun will go super nova and that will be that.

All of this certainty amongst the chaos of nature and the repeated cycles of evolutionary change indicate the universe is programmed. Who did it and why, of course, is the great mystery that will probably be forever beyond our ability to grasp.  However, there are some things that we take away that may have application in our daily lives.  Here’s a few that come immediately to mind:

  • Both evolutionary theory and religious dogma are wrong about the origins of life.
  • This is not the End of Times, though our time as a species is limited as all cycles eventually end.
  • Current phenomenon that some people are obsessed with are serious but do not signal the end of the species. For example, global warming periods will always lead to global cooling periods and then global cooling will lead back to global warming, and so on. These are natural cycles that man has very little to do with.
  • The next serious world-wide weather condition will actually be a mini ice-age (by the 2030s). The River Thames in London will freeze over again as it has done numerous times before (anywhere from the 15th to the 19th century).  Eventually, there will be another full-blown ice age no matter what we do.

While minor disasters could, and probably will, strike our planet from time to time, extinction of the human species is still a ways off. Like it or not, believe it or not, it’s been programmed that way.

 

“If inflation is the dynamite behind the Big Bang, we’re still looking for the match”  – Dr. Michael Turner, cosmologist

            P.S. Never mind that, in any event, we’ll never find the matchmaker.