Friday, March 27, 2009

The solar storm is coming

There is no Reality, only perception

The apparent calm in the solar surface, the absence of the spots reflecting magnetic activity, could be a mirage. New Scientist published an account of a study funded by NASA which shows the possibility of a technological catastrophe on Earth caused by increased solar activity is expected to be fired in 2012. 

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"We are moving increasingly to the edge of a disaster," said Daniel Barker in charge of the study, conducted by the NAP. New Scientist carries this tone to imagine a likely scenario:

It is midnight on September 22 2012 and the skies of Manhattan are filled with a curtain of light flashing multicolor. Neuyorkinos Few have seen the dawn of a visual spectacle in these latitudes, but their fascination is short. After a few seconds, the flashing lights and electrical pale, then become unusually bright until all the lights turn off in 90 seconds the entire East Coast of the United States remains without electricity. 

One year later: Millions of Americans are dead and the country's infrastructure is shattered. The World Bank United States declares a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and China are also suffering to recover from the event: a vehement storm started A150 million kilometers on the surface of the sun.

Although it seems an apocalyptic vision of science fiction are charged to remember that scientists are usually quite conservative and the tone of sci-fi because the road is only useful in the transition step from imagination to reality, the metaphor in which can not hide what they think the scandal unleashed college.

It may sound unlikely, but perhaps the greatest threat to civilization is a ball of plasma wave (coronal mass ejection) 1. The fire from heaven. If these balls of plasma entering the atmosphere could quickly affect the configuration of the magnetic field of the earth, which in turn induces currents in the electrical wiring of the quadrant, which was not built to handle this type of direct electric current . The result is that the increased flow creates magnetic fields that saturate the magnetic center of power transformers and melt copper cables. This, in a smaller scale, is what happened in Quebec in March 1989, when six million people were left without electricity for 9 hours.

The only precedent that comes close is what happened in 1859, called the Carrington event, which occurred 9 days of severe space weather, auroras were seen even in equatorial latitudes, the event was described as "the first time in which found that the man was not alone in the universe "and as" the birth of modern astronomy. " Back then it was only a espertáculo transceleste unmatched, a mystical experience or a line of inquiry.

"But today the interdependence of the planet's electrical system and basic services like water, supermarkets and supply systems of products, the financial markets or transport just say some, the consequences can be lethal." By a sort of investment, which some would call homeostasis or planetary karma, the most affected would be the most developed countries with greater technological dependence.

(It is surprising to see mainstream scientists speak in terms that look dejos catastrophic cosmic and fears, a look at the timeline posed New Scientist: water scarcity, the debacle of the gas, the chaos and eventual destruction transport, falls in hospitals, nuclear plants, etc.. A 2 billion cost of millions. Up to ten years to recover and have to practically rebuild the world. Just when I dreamed of going out of the economic crisis a While imaginative exercise, note that this "flight" into a dystopia from the axis of that same establishment in power and conservatism of the world order (and holding classified information). Although it is not clear without the paranoia, but to contrary.)

And although it could be preventing much of the disaster is unlikely to adopt a prevention scheme in advance "The world will most likely yawn to the prospectus of a devastating storm solar ... until it happens."

At this moment the sun is "the most calm that has been in 100 years," according to Mike Hapgod, director of meteorological equipment to European Space Agency, "but we could go to the other end." It is expected that the next solar maximum occurs in 2012. Date where millenarian visions of the end of the world as we know it "at the end of the hypostasis Mayan calendar, 13 baktun.

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Science Proves Parallel Universe with satelite

Science Proves Parallel Universe

Wmap satelite proves there is more than one universe.
The Matrix might not be science fiction, albeit not exactly the way the movie depicts. Not computers running the show but what we 'perceive' is not what "reality" really is like

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I wish I'd have taken the blue pill...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dark Matter- there's more here than objectivity would propose

Ultra Compact Dwarf Galaxies once crowded with stars

I'm including this post to further support my thesis that there is more to *reality* than Objective Reason would purport. Empirical Proof, while necessary in a court of law (think Salem Witch Hunt and 'being vexed')  (insert the term for what they called evidence, mystical evidence), empirical methodology is intrinsically flawed:

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Astronomers think they've found a way to explain why Ultra Compact Dwarf Galaxies, oddball creations from the early universe, contain so much more mass than their luminosity would explain.

Pavel Kroupa, an astronomer at the University of Bonn in Germany, led a research team that's proposing the unexplained density may actually be a relic of stars that were once packed together a million times more closely than in the solar neighbourhood. The new paper appears in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

UCDs were discovered in 1999. At about 60 light years across, they are less than 1/1000th the diameter of the Milky Way — but much more dense. Astronomers have proposed they formed billions of years ago from collisions between normal galaxies. Until now, exotic dark matter has been suggested to explain the ‘missing mass.'

The authors of the new study think that at one time, each UCD had an incredibly high density of stars, with perhaps 1 million in each cubic light year of space, compared with the 1 that we see in the region of space around the Sun. These stars would have been close enough to merge from time to time, creating many much more massive stars in their place. The more massive stars would consume hydrogen rapidly, before ending their lives in violent supernova explosions, leaving either superdense neutron stars or black holes as their remains. 

In today’s UCDs, the authors think, the previously unexplained mass comprises these dark remnants, largely invisible to Earth-based telescopes.

“Billions of years ago, UCDs must have been extraordinary," study co-author Joerg Dabringhausen, also of the University of Bonn, said in a press release. "To have such a vast number of stars packed closely together is quite unlike anything we see today. An observer on a (hypothetical) planet inside a UCD would have seen a night sky as bright as day on Earth.”


Monday, March 16, 2009

Albert Einstien

Bob Dylan came up with one way to remember Albert Einstein: “Now you would not think to look at him/But he was famous long ago/For playing the electric violin/On Desolation Row.”

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This is the pure distillate of celebrity. Dylan’s folk-rock vision of “Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood” is one in which the original man has disappeared into a symbolic fog where more or less any meaning may be found. Nowadays, such content-less fame has become common, though there aren’t many out there who match Einstein for resonance. But when he first exploded into public view, there were no precedents. No scientist before or since has so completely transcended the role of expert to become a universal emblem of reason.

It is possible to fix almost to the day the moment when Einstein became an icon. On November 6, 1919, he was still a private person. But that night, the Royal Society held a special meeting in London to announce the results of observations that seemed to confirm Einstein’s theory of gravity, the general theory of relativity. As The Times of London reported in a headline the next day, the society concluded that the work amounted to a “Revolution in Science—New Theory of the Universe—Newton’s Ideas Overthrown.” Three days later, The New York Times picked the story up, blaring that there were “Lights All Askew in the Heavens…[the] stars [were] not where they seemed or were calculated to be.” From there the word spread around the globe until, by the turn of the year, Albert Einstein had crossed the point of no return: He was and has remained public property. But that raises questions: Why him, why then, why still?

Partly it was just that Einstein happened to photograph well. He had always been appealing, even seductive, in the photos from his younger days. By 1919 he had become someone whom the camera loved. Einstein joked about it, describing himself for his young cousin, Elizabeth Ney, as a fellow with a “pale face, long hair, and a tiny start of a paunch. In addition an awkward gait, and a cigar in the mouth....But crooked legs and warts he does not have and so is quite handsome....”

Photographers caught that wit as well as the gravitas. It helped that he was astonishingly willing to play along. No one made him ride that bicycle or stick out his tongue straight into the barrel of an oncoming lens. Whatever weariness he felt at the crush of the public gaze, he was almost always willing to pause for the shot. There is a story that he was once asked—by perhaps the only person on earth who did not recognize him—what he did for a living. He replied that he was a photographer’s model.
He was just as open to sharing his ideas. Einstein took seriously questions about his science, up to the point of writing one of the best introductions to relativity for the lay reader. (Called Relativity, it’s still in print.) He handled the ridiculous questions, too, with humor and enormous stamina. He told his interrogators what he thought of Prohibition (against, though he didn’t drink), the death penalty (against, at least some of the time), and abortion (for, up to a certain point in the pregnancy). No scientist before Einstein had been so willing to stand before his public.
None of this would have turned him into a universal figure, however, without the means to carry his words and image to a global audience. By 1919, undersea cables could transmit Einstein’s doings, no matter how trivial, around the world. In 1927, The New York Times judged newsworthy the fact that Einstein had lost his luggage on the train from Paris to Berlin. By 1930 radio broadcasts could carry his voice to millions of strangers. Above all, the immediate postwar period was when film inherited the earth. Newsreels showed what Einstein looked like, how he moved, the angle of his grin. It is no coincidence that he achieved fame greater than that of any previous discoverer at just the time that the first true Hollywood stars (Charlie Chaplin, for example, or Mary Pickford) became legends.

Even so, why such lasting appeal? The answer lies with the historical events preceding his first contact with the public. Einstein completed the general theory of relativity in November 1915 in Berlin, the capital of a nation absorbed in the most destructive war Europe had ever known. How dreadful was that conflict? Here is a telling anecdote: The painter George Grosz, an acquaintance of Einstein’s, was recovering from wounds in Berlin. Told he had to go back to his unit, he tried to drown himself in a latrine: Better dead in a pool of feces than back to the trenches. Worse still, science itself was implicated in the disaster. After Einstein’s friend Fritz Haber pioneered the use of chlorine gas as a weapon, Einstein lamented that “our whole, highly praised technological progress, and civilization in general, can be likened to an ax in the hand of a pathological criminal.”

And then in 1919 came news of Albert Einstein’s wondrous ideas—ideas that were strange, difficult, true, and completely innocent of the disas trous war just past. He had found this truth with only the power of his mind. His theory was woven from numinous words of wisdom: warped space, the fourth dimension, bending time. Here was an alternative to the memory of the killing grounds of the western front.

Fast-forward to Dylan’s electric violinist, and then again to image after image poured into the media stream to this day. A few other scientists—Stephen Hawking, for one—have a similar aura. But Hawking and the others must fight through the relentless noise of the modern publicity machine. Even more, Hawking’s story is personal, the battle of one man against a terrible illness.

Einstein always represented something more—an aspiration that extended far beyond himself. At the core of the Einstein phenomenon lies his connection to a time when the whole idea of human reason seemed a grim joke in the wake of the so-called Great War. The hold he still has on popular imagination derives from that moment when Albert Einstein—the patron saint of reason, all-knowing, unknowable—smoothed balm on the terrible wounds of the 20th century.

Time is an illusion- 20 things you didn't know

Physics & Math / Cosmology
20 Things You Didn't Know About... Time

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  1. “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so,” joked Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Scientists aren’t laughing, though. Some speculative new physics theories suggest that time emerges from a more fundamental—and timeless—reality.
  2. Try explaining that when you get to work late. The average U.S. city commuter loses 38 hours a year to traffic delays.
  3. Wonder why you have to set your clock ahead in March? Daylight Saving Time began as a joke by Benjamin Franklin, who proposed waking people earlier on bright summer mornings so they might work more during the day and thus save candles. It was introduced in the U.K. in 1917 and then spread
  4. Green days. The Department of Energy estimates that electricity demand drops by 0.5 percent during Daylight Saving Time, saving the equivalent of nearly 3 million barrels of oil.
  5. By observing how quickly bank tellers made change, pedestrians walked, and postal clerks spoke, psychologists determined that the three fastest-paced U.S. cities are Boston, Buffalo, and New York.
  6. The three slowest? Shreveport, Sacramento, and L.A.
  7. One second used to be defined as 1/86,400 the length of a day. However, Earth’s rotation isn’t perfectly reliable. Tidal friction from the sun and moon slows our planet and increases the length of a day by 3 milli seconds per century.
  8. This means that in the time of the dinosaurs, the day was just 23 hours long.
  9. Weather also changes the day. During El Niño events, strong winds can slow Earth’s rotation by a fraction of a milli second every 24 hours.
  10. Modern technology can do better. In 1972 a network of atomic clocks in more than 50 countries was made the final authority on time, so accurate that it takes 31.7 million years to lose about one second.
  11. To keep this time in sync with Earth’s slowing rotation, a “leap second” must be added every few years, most recently this past New Year’s Eve.
  12. The world’s most accurate clock, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado, measures vibrations of a single atom of mercury. In a billion years it will not lose one second.
  13. Until the 1800s, every village lived in its own little time zone, with clocks synchronized to the local solar noon.
  14. This caused havoc with the advent of trains and timetables. For a while watches were made that could tell both local time and “railway time.”
  15. On November 18, 1883, American railway companies forced the national adoption of standardized time zones.
  16. Thinking about how railway time required clocks in different places to be synchronized may have inspired Einstein to develop his theory of relativity, which unifies space and time.
  17. Einstein showed that gravity makes time run more slowly. Thus airplane passengers, flying where Earth’s pull is weaker, age a few extra nano seconds each flight.
  18. According to quantum theory, the shortest moment of time that can exist is known as Planck time, or 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 second.
  19. Time has not been around forever. Most scientists believe it was created along with the rest of the universe in the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago.

    There may be an end of time.

    Three Spanish scientists posit that the observed acceleration of the expanding cosmos is an illusion caused by the slowing of time. According to their math, time may eventually stop, at which point everything will come to a standstill.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Syncretist was a term of disparagement

syn·cre·tism (sngkr-tzm, sn-)
1. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
2. Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.

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Syncretist was a term of disparagement used by theologians to describe those who cherry-pick the religions and theological beliefs. Personally, I got really sick of growing up with Catholic dogma and started to look around at other ways of making sense of the world - hence I put my worldview together according to what interests me and what appears to be workable and useful and sometimes inspiring and energising, and not harmful. Hope that makes sense. Your description sounds good also - I like it

Syncretism consists of the attempt to reconcile disparate or contrary beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought.

I guess this makes me a Syncretist!! 

I'm both new age (depak chopra follower) AND Christian (John Bradshaw student)

The term may refer to attempts to merge and analogize several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, and thus assert an underlying unity allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.

Syncretism also occurs commonly in literature, music, the representational arts and other expressions of culture. (Compare the concept of eclecticism.) Syncretism may occur in architecture as well. There also exist syncretic politics, although in political classification the term has a somewhat different meaning.

Heterogeneous is an adjective used to describe an object or system consisting of multiple items having a large number of structural variations. It is the opposite of homogeneous, which means that an object or system consists of multiple identical items. Matters of a quantum can exist in homogenous or in heterogeneous or in combined distributions. The term is often used in a scientific (such as a kind of catalyst), mathematical, sociological or statistical context.