July 30, 2012
The next time someone uses "allotriophagy" in a conversation you'll be glad to have this tool at your finger tips.
Actually, this index is terrific. Don't be put off by the Website's name (the Maine Ghost Hunters Society). The glossary is thorough, intelligent, and comprehensive. The site credits another ghosty group ("Thanks to The Haunt Master's Club for the listing") but the version on Maine's page seems to be superior.
From MaineGhosts.org, here is the Paramornal Glossary --
After-death Communications (ADC): Also called Post-mortem Communication; literally communication from the deceased.
Induced After-death Communication (IADC): In Allan Botkin’s book, Induced ADC's for Grief Therapy (2005), he reveals his secret for hypnosis in which the patient experiences a deceased loved one again.
Agent: In poltergeist phenomena, parapsychologists use this term to indicate the supposed source, usually a young girl.
Allotriophagy: Once referring to vomiting up strange objects such as stickpins, toads, rings, etc. during an exorcism.
Altered States of Consciousness (ASC): Also Altered States of Awareness; a common condition where the mind becomes more relaxed and many parapsychologists believe this state of awareness makes receiving psychic impressions easier. An article on ASC from Wikipedia lists the stages in relation to trance mediumship -
Alpha: 12.39 - 9.9 Hz Start of Meditation
Low Alpha: 9.89 - 8.2 Hz Inspiration, Mental Mediumship, Clairvoyance, etc.
Alpha/Theta: 8.19 - 7.7 Hz Light Trance, Overshadowing
High Theta: 7.69 - 7.1 Hz Partial Loss of Awareness
Theta: 7 - 4.9 Hz Further Loss of Awareness
Low Theta 4.89 - 4.3 Hz: Deeper Trance
Theta/Delta 4.29 - 3.9 Hz: Out of Body Feeling
High Delta 3.89 - 3 Hz: Spirit Guides Controlling
Delta 2.9 - 1.5 Hz: Passive Body
Low Delta 1.49 - 0.5 Hz: Full Deep Trance
Panning 0.49 - 0.01 Hz: Where Have You Gone?
Anomalistic Psychology: In A Dictionary of Ghosts, Peter Haining writes that, with their interest in the paranormal, Leonard Zusne and Warren Jones coined this phrase in 1982 to describe an area of psychology that investigates seemingly paranormal phenomena.
Anomalistics: The study of unusual phenomena; replaced Fortean Phenomena.
July 28, 2012
In a time when spectacular views of Earth from space are the norm, this 4-minute video could be the best. Stirring and eloquent, it captures the soul of our planet.
This video features a series of time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station. Set to the song "Walking in the Air," by Howard Blake, the video takes viewers around the world, through auroras, and over dazzling lightning displays.
This video can also be seen on the NASA website: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=141042671
The sequences are as follows:
:01 -- Stars over southern United States
:08 -- US west coast to Canada
:21 -- Central Europe to the Middle East
:36 -- Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean
:54 -- Storms over Africa
1:08 -- Central United States
1:20 -- Midwest United States
1:33 -- United Kingdom to Baltic Sea
1:46 -- Moonset
1:55 -- Northern United States to Eastern Canada
2:12 -- Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean
2:32 -- Comet Lovejoy
2:53 -- Aurora Borealis over Hudson Bay
3:06 -- United Kingdom to Central Europe
We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly
I'm holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you
Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills
The forests and the streams
Children gaze open mouth
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes
We're surffing in the air
We're swimming in the frozen sky
We're drifting over icy
Mountain floating by
Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep
Arousing of a mighty monster from its sleep
We're walking in the air
We're floating in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly
July 23, 2012
"Physics may be getting closer to the day...when the way it views the universe classically reaches a dead end."
As physicists revel in the recent probable discovery of the Higgs boson, or "God particle," Deepak Chopra and colleagues explain why only mind-consciousness can be the ultimate building block of the universe.
By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University
The possible discovery of the Higgs boson would not have been splashed across every major media if the tag "God particle" weren't attached to it. Physicists hate the term, but they love the publicity. There are huge government grants at stake as well as the prestige of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
...It took many billions of colliding protons in the huge CERN accelerator, backed up by 100,000 computers around the world, to analyze the data before the discovery seemed real. Even then, most physicists are guarded about whether this new particle actually is a Higgs boson.
...But behind all the hoopla and uncertainty, the news flew around the world that a basic building block of the universe has been uncovered, bringing quantum physics closer to its triumphant goal of explaining creation -- hence the inflated and rather silly label of God particle. Yet from another perspective, nothing like an explanation of the universe is emerging at all. Physics may be getting closer to the day, in fact, when the way it views the universe classically reaches a dead end.
"...there is a growing community of theorists seriously thinking about a conscious universe."
...The Higgs boson is the last, missing link in the highly successful quantum theory of particles, called the Standard Model. It is also highly unstable, very elusive. To detect it, one has to observe many, many high energy collisions of protons and build up the statistics. In the LHC collider, particles are accelerated through a tunnel, brought together at speeds close to the speed of light, producing showers of particles, with high energies, capable to generate the Higgs particle. It exists for only a tiny fraction of a second before breaking up into many other particles and can be detected only indirectly by identifying the results of its immediate decay and analyzing them to show they were probably produced from a Higgs boson.
...Particle physicists are not the only ones excited by the prospect of finding the missing link in the theory: Cosmologists seem to agree that all the luminous matter in the universe makes up only 4 percent of whatever there is in the universe. All the hundreds of billions of galaxies composed of many billions of stars make up just 4 percent of everything! The rest of it may be in the form of dark matter and even more exotic (but unknown) dark energy. So if the "Higgs-like" particle discovered at CERN turns out to be more exotic form, it could help us understand at least dark energy.
These possible future developments could get us closer to what particle physicists call the Theory of Everything, a rather particle-centered view of the cosmos, because their theory of everything, as envisaged, says nothing and in fact cannot say anything about life, evolution and the phenomena of mind and awareness....But it would be a start.
"...why do the vast majority of physicists hold on to any kind of physicalist explanations? First, because the mathematics works. Second, because the alternative isn't taught in grad school. The alternative is to include consciousness in the mix."
With no lucrative grants but a lot of far-reaching thought, a band of cosmologists and other physicists sees that the materialist view of the universe doesn't hold water. It hasn't for quite a long time, because quantum theory demolished the solid, reassuring physical universe almost a century ago. Once it was discovered that matter is made up of invisible clouds of energy, once photons were found to behave like particles in one mode and energy waves in another, once the Uncertainty Principle turned actual existence into virtual existence, the blows to materialism became decisive. The great quantum pioneers noted definitively that all other fundamental particles have no fixed physical attributes at all. Instead, particles are pure potential existing in a quantum force field, and they collapse into being a particle you can see and measure only when observed by the scientist who is measuring them.
None of that is in dispute. In fact, more demolition work to the physicalist view of the universe has been done since then (physicalist seems to be the preferred replacement for materialist). We now know, again without dispute, that two particles can be entangled, which means that when one displays a certain value, its partner will instantaneously display a complementary value, even if the two are separated by billions of light years. This simultaneous linkage defies the speed of light. Another crack in the physicalist model is called reverse causation, in which an event can create effects on particles that appear to be going backward instead of forward in time -- thus the common-sense notion of cause and effect is undermined.
"This possibility is logical and by no means outlandish. It occurred to some quantum pioneers (although not Einstein) almost a century ago, because in some ways consciousness is inescapable."
With all this demolition work at hand, why do the vast majority of physicists hold on to any kind of physicalist explanations? First, because the mathematics works. Second, because the alternative isn't taught in grad school. The alternative is to include consciousness in the mix. If the observer makes the difference between a wave and a particle, and if the universe displays itself to us as matter (which is all particles), then perhaps the observer is needed to make the universe appear as we see it. This possibility is logical and by no means outlandish. It occurred to some quantum pioneers (although not Einstein) almost a century ago, because in some ways consciousness is inescapable.
...There are huge complexities and mysteries that we are skipping over, yet the existence of the universe isn't a technical question open only to specialists with advanced scientific degrees. "Why are we here?" is a universal question, and to answer it, you must ask "Why are we conscious? Where did mind come from?" After all, if the observer plays such a key role in turning waves into particles, you can't get very far if you don't know what the observer is actually doing.
In the alternative explanation, the entire universe is imbued with consciousness. Just as there are force fields, invisible but all-pervasive, a consciousness field can exist to uphold the activity we call "mind." The universe evolves, regulates itself, takes creative leaps, and exhibits exquisite mathematical rigor and beauty. The hallmarks of intelligence are there, waiting for the next paradigm shift. At the moment, the word "intelligence" brings up the red herring of intelligent design, which no one except religious fundamentalists wants to be associated with. "Consciousness" gives us a less-tainted word, and there is a growing community of theorists seriously thinking about a conscious universe.
If it exists, then you and I are embedded in the consciousness field. It is the source of our own consciousness. Which means that we are not alone. As one physicist said, "The universe knew that we were coming." An infinite consciousness that spans all of creation sounds like a new definition of God. If so, then we are part of God's mind, and that includes science. The whole argument leads to a wild conclusion by most people's standards: It is God who is discovering the God particle. Infinite consciousness has created individual consciousness to go out into creation and look around. As it does, individual consciousness -- meaning you and I -- has been given free will and choice. We don't have to see our link to the infinite consciousness field. We can take our time discovering who we are and where we come from. But the day seems very near when it will seem quite real and quite natural to say that the conscious universe saw us coming.
July 20, 2012
Looking for mental refreshment on demand? Calm.com is a free online service you can tap into whenever the mood strikes. Choose an environment, select the time -- two to ten minutes, and decide if you would like music and/or verbal guidance, or not. Very nice.
July 18, 2012
"The Internet is becoming a giant global computer...
...and every time you go on it, you upload a video, you do a Google search, you remix something, you're programming this big global computer that we all share. Humanity is building a machine, and this enables us to collaborate in new ways.
...this is not an information age, it's an age of networked intelligence. It's an age of vast promise, an age of collaboration, where the boundaries of our organizations are changing, of transparency, where sunlight is disinfecting civilization, an age of sharing and understanding the new power of the commons, and it's an age of empowerment and of freedom."
Don Tapscott can see the future coming ... and works to identify the new concepts we need to understand in a world transformed by the Internet.
July 16, 2012
“‘My goal for the next decade is to try to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it is to save the world in online games.’” -- Jane McGonigal
From TED Talks, TED.com, "Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life":
When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
From Jane's bio on TED :
Jane McGonigal asks: Why doesn't the real world work more like an online game? In the best-designed games, our human experience is optimized: We have important work to do, we're surrounded by potential collaborators, and we learn quickly and in a low-risk environment. In her work as a game designer and director of game R&D at the Institute for the Future, she creates games that use mobile and digital technologies to turn everyday spaces into playing fields, and everyday people into teammates. Her game-world insights can explain--and improve--the way we learn, work, solve problems, and lead our real lives.
Several years ago she suffered a serious concussion, and she created a multiplayer game to get through it, opening it up to anyone to play. In “Superbetter,” players set a goal (health or wellness) and invite others to play with them--and to keep them on track. While most games, and most videogames, have traditionally been about winning, we are now seeing increasing collaboration and games played together to solve problems.
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