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As words would give little hint of the reality of color or sound to someone who did not experience these, so words can only give insight into the nature of reality. [the entity "Seth" channelled by the late author Jane Roberts]

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We are so often preoccupied by the daily doings in our life that we seldom take the time to explore other nuances of life. Isn't it funny? I mean, never before had so many people in the western world been able to do something else than just working. Our grandparents, and maybe also to some extent our parents, had to work way more for a living than we got to do - statistically anyway - and here we sit and "waste" our lives, trying to get the materialistic show together, at the most discussing "far out" subjects at the "Stammtisch" in the bar every now and then.

Ok, many of us may do a lot of stuff except working, but think about it - what do you really do? I know a lot of generation X'ers (the mid 60's-70's baby boomers) that are more than content with staring at stupid TV series/movies and/or intoxicating themselves with something illegal. Is that life? In a sense, sure it is, but there is so much more to it.

Life has so much to offer - experience it :-)


If we're interested to learn more about ourselves, one of the first questions we stumble on is what is consciousness? The nature of conciousness has been a burning interesting of mine throughout the last ten to twelve years. There exists of course many different views and opinions within the broad discipline of consciousness science, and, as the complete layman I am, I will only pick up some of these to be presented here - the views that personally interest me the most. As always, the site is continously expanded, so - please don't hesitate to visit this corner every now and then to pick up new information.

The basic, admittedly profound, questions I came up with are:

1. Is human consciousness bound to the physical human body, or, can it exist without it? This would include complete non-existence of the physical human body.

2. Is it capable of expanding beyond the physical body? Which is approximately the same question as:

3. Is it limited to the perception through/by our five senses and the post-processing by our brain?

4. Is our individual consciousness solemnly individual, as in a singular, isolated entity, or is it capable of forming ties with other "individual" consciousness's? And is it maybe influenced by and influences consciousness elsewhere, even if such an assumed process obviously would mainly go undetected by the waken ego?

5. Is our notion of individuality (the sense of ego) purely a result of the existence of - and experiences collected by - the physical body through its five senses, or is it more of a feature that should be attributed to a consciousness which might be independent of the very existence of the former? Which leads to profound question #6:

6. If the consciousness is not bound to the existence of the physical body, is it capable of forming and maintaining a sense of individuality (personality)? This question might very well turn out to be completely superflous, as it is likely being based upon the "angst of the physical individuum losing itself".

7. Is our proven knowledge, wisdom and stupidity merely a result of the information gathered by the physical body throughout its limited lifespan, or are they rather attributes of a long live and prosper consciousness?

If you're not the one who like to jump into books about channelling or other esoteric literature, you may care to read [e] The Rainbow and the Worm by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho. Mae-Wan is a molecular biologist in the Bioelectrodynamics Laboratory at the Open University, UK and she had the help of physicist colleagues in writing her book. She describes a theory of how portions of the brain can exhibit coherence, and how these portions may have non-locally quantum links, forming what she calls "nested heirarchies of consciousness" -- a cutting edge mainstream hypothesis.

You may also want to have a look at The Scientific and Medical Network [e], a UK-based educational charitable trust with the mission of "To deepen understanding in science, medicine and education by fostering both rational analysts and intuitive insights".


 

Many interesting things are happening in physics. We cross borders entering realms previously unknown to man. One of the latest interesting achievements deals with gravitational shielding, an effect which seemingly causes a loss of weight onto matter.

A team of russian scientists have managed to synthetically create the element 114 - the heaviest element on earth so far. There has been a lot of speculation around the (theoretically modelled) super heavy elements and it's been believed that they are more stable than their lighter counterparts, such as Plutonium. It now looks like the theories have partly been validated; Element 114 has a half-life of 30 seconds.

Magnetars, the heavy ones. Magnetars are stars with the greatest magnetic field known in the universe. A Magnetar is a dense ball of super-heavy matter about the size of a city, but weighing more than the Sun.

NASA and their Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program. The US space agency is looking for new methods to travel to the stars. The objectives are:
1. Propelling a vehicle without propellant mass
2. attaining the maximum transit speeds physically possible
3. creating new energy production methods to power such devices.

How shall we get the warp drive?
The idea of hyperfast space travel has become a hot scientific topic. One idea of how to get there was brought up by physicist Miguel Alcubierre.


 

Oh oh. This may sound too off for the critical mind. Of course, they're usually termed UFO, or Unidentified Flying Objects. I took the title of this section from a very well written, interesting book [e] authored by the late NASA engineer Paul Hill [e].

The acronym "UFO" is silly per se: If we are able to study a craft in motion, showing a flying pattern yet not achievable by any man made machines, it has already been identified, i.e. as not being terrestial. Paul Hill takes on a scientific approach towards UFO's, not trying to neglect the numerous accounts of sightings. Rather, he tries to explain how they may operate based upon the gathered data. This is the traditional role of science, not any religious discussions about "it can't be true since...", rather just studying the observables and to come up with pro's and con's for different explanations.


 

SETI@home
SETI@home
is a scientific experiment, ran by UC Berkeley, that uses the power of several hundred thousands of internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Have a look at the SETI@home page on this site.

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