Truth: A Strange Substance

I remember Gopi Krishna once saying that truth is a strange substance, that it grows stronger in adversity and enlarges itself in the face of opposition.  With this in mind I have confidence that the hijackings which took place on 9/11 – by that I mean, the hijacking of civil rights, the hijacking of trillions of US tax dollars, the  hijacking of foreign governments, the hijacking of foreign energy reserves, and the hijacking of religion as a patsy – by a colossal war machine which needs new armed conflicts like a shark travelling through water to stay alive, will fail to have a permanent effect on the human race.

The stated desire for the American world order is indeed to gain control of cyber space, control of the air, control of energy reserves, and even control of outer space.  Kissinger once said that just because a country was starving was a poor reason to send food aid.  He has come to symbolise the old mentality, as he is viewed with mounting distaste even by the American media, who now realise his views no longer carry authority and are actually unpalatable even to the mainstream viewer.  In the end, the one thing which no authority can completely gain control of is the fast rising consciousness of the mass mind.

The mass mind, and every generation alive today, now has access to tools which 60 years ago nobody could even dream about.  When hundreds of thousands of completely innocent civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were cremated in nuclear ovens, the publishing of photos of the victims was forbidden for 12 years, for fear that public opinion would turn against America.  The world’s media tamely kept silent, publishing instead pictures of ruined buildings.  I have included some of these photos in The Scient-Autist At Work: In the Slaughterhouse, and even now, 67 years later, people write that they have never seen them before.  Why?

When hellish weapons are used these days – or even when localised acts of police or military brutality take place –  even a single mobile phone can records the damage, and within moments the footage is on the internet for millions to see.  This is partly why atrocities carried out in the modern age hit the modern mind with much more force.  Not only has there been a moral elevation, due to the gradual trend of evolution, producing an ever larger segnment of the race unwilling to permit mass devastation of foreign countries, but there has been an increase in perceptive ability too: people today are much more aware that media spins and glib, smiling crooks dressed in sharp suits, are to divert funds away from the common man and into the pockets of the elite.

As a reaction to the horrors of global inequality and the sheer pointlessness, beyond a certain point, of material possessions, there is even a movement is gaining strength in which people are abandoning the race for possessions, choosing instead a life devoted to inner development and altruism.  This itself is the core of spirituality, and religion is the evidence of its development in many forms, through the mass mind in all of history.  Even among the militant atheists, the tendency has had its effect, and instead of beating up religion, many meetings are now devoted to a more humane and equal social order, based on reason rather than priviledge.

This heightened sense of awareness and justice can be seen among the rank and file shareholders of major corporations, who no longer consider their own needs as subservient to the mania of the directors:

Aviva has been dragged into the firing line after dishing out pay packages worth up to £5.2million to its chief executive Andrew Moss and £4.2million for his Australian right-hand man Trevor Matthews, who only joined the firm in December. This included a ‘controversial’ £2.5million ‘golden hello’ payment.

Almost 60 per cent of votes failed to back the insurer’s remuneration report, which sanctioned the payments. Some 54 per cent – which came from private shareholders and giant pension funds – actively protested against the insurer’s multi-million pound bonuses. Aviva, which has 14million customers in the UK after swallowing up Norwich Union, joined the ranks of state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland and oil giant Shell which both faced rebellions at the height of the financial crisis in 2009.

Lord Oakeshott, the Liberal Democrat peer who has campaigned against excessive pay in the City, said the move showed the need for government reforms which will give shareholders formal power to stop excessive pay deals. Currently, companies can ignore shareholders’ pleas for restraint.

But Lord Oakeshott added: ‘A tsunami of shareholder anger is now hitting overpaid and underperforming big businesses. Although Barclays boss Bob Diamond is “Mr Greedy” personified, the revolt is rightly going wider.’

(..James Salmon, MailOnline)

Because of these three factors: a more global awareness, an increasing number with heightened morality, and increased technology – itself a necessary companion to the other two – it has become harder and harder to flatten dissent, since once crushed in one area, it soon springs up in a dozen more.  This is the reason why increased armaments and military actions are required, along with the cancelling of civil liberties, under the handy banner “the war on terror”.

In fact the war is not on terror – which it could never be, since war itself is pure terror –  but on resistance, as a glance over the last ten years will amply show.  This war on resistance will need to be upgraded sharply if it is to deal with the widespread use of modern technology and the growing conscience to use it to spread feelings of outrage.  Recently a documentary on Joseph Kony went from a handful of views on YouTube to 112 million within a single week.  My children and their friends were swept up in this trend, and spoke at length about what they had seen.  This could never have occurred at any time in the past, because the most sensitive and morally alert brains, those of the children, were always several steps removed from even the sanitised view of the world presented to the adults.  This represents a change with massive potential, as a rising generation now sees the world for what it is, and not for what it pretends to be.

Often we sense the birth of an idea or sentiment from our own awareness, and are surprised when we find that many others are behaving and thinking in the same way, independent of any contact with us.  Because of the idea that minds are separate, we dismiss it as coincidence – our single answer to all the complexities of mind – but in fact it shows a greater movement of new concepts throughout a large number of minds more or less simultaneously.  The most sensitive are the first to sense it and act upon it, appearing as a curiosity to others who are otherwise engaged mentally or who have reasoned away their own impressions.

In the days of the Colisseum, a visiting monk, appalled at the bloody carnage, leapt into the ring to attempt to stop it.  The furious crowd stoned him to death.  But less than fifty lyears later, popular sentiment had caught up with his advanced sensitivity, and the mass which had demanded their bloodlust be satisfied now recognised the inhumanity of the spectacle.  The only way to account for this is a gradual development of the mass mind, which in evolutionary terms, has become extremely rapid today.

Only yesterday a commenter on the Independent mentioned with fury the billion people starving on the planet, and received jibes from those who regarded his “perma anger” as amusing.  In the days of witch burning or public torture, crowds who felt no pang of conscience at the pointless horror also looked on with amusement at those who were sickened by it.  We give thanks today for the centuries which stand between us and medieval times; it is safe to say our descendants will be grateful for the gulf of years between them and us.

The heartening aspect of all this is that no matter the outrages perpetrated in the name of aggression, mass consciousness will have the last word.  The more people care, the more they are willing to recognise internal dissent within their own selves, and stand up for what they feel inside to be true, the faster the movement will spread, and the less power the aggressors will have, and the less damage overall they will cause to the human race.

The same patterns of dissent appeared in the past, when ruling nations became so corrupted that aggression began to outweigh altruism.  In fact a visiting monk, horrified at the carnage, once leapt into the Colisseum to protest the slaughter, and was stoned to death by the crowds for so doing.  But fifty years later, the Colisseum’s bloody sports were brought to an end by the same popular opinion which condemned the well-meaning and morally alert Christian to death in the heat of their bloodlust.

The brain always has the last word: at a certain point, societies ruled by despots refused to tolerate their growing sense of injustice, simply because their consciousness enlarged to where the needlessly subservient nature of their own position dawned on them, and they felt as strongly about ruling their own lives as they had previously felt about the need for external authority.

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An excellent film by the German company NuoViso sums up the events leading up to 9/11 and the aftermath; it is the most lucid and coherently presented summary I have ever seen of the attempt to hijack the planet based on a fictional aggression, and which I hope will one day garner as many viewers as the documentary based on the Kony outrages:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWcg4BqO96k&feature=player_embedded#!

The eagerness to co-opt science and, of course, morally bankrupt scientists in order to accelerate global aggression is summed up in the following extract from a 1999 document prepared by a director of US defence policy, rather misleadingly called Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century.

The appalling mindset of those in charge of American foreign policy prior to 9/11 is shown by their view that every possible theatre of war should be considered viable, and no expedient overlooked, including even racial genocide – enthusiastically presented as a useful political tool:

Although it may take several decades for the process of transformation to unfold, in time, the art of warfare on air, land, and sea will be vastly different than it is today, and “combat” likely will take place in new dimensions: in space, “cyber-space,” and perhaps the world of microbes.

Air warfare may no longer be fought by pilots manning tactical fighter aircraft sweeping the skies of opposing fighters, but a regime dominated by long-range, stealthy unmanned craft. On land, the clash of massive, combined-arms armored forces may be replaced by the dashes of much lighter, stealthier and information-intensive forces, augmented by fleets of robots, some small enough to fit in soldiers’ pockets.

Control of the sea could be largely determined not by fleets of surface combatants and aircraft carriers, but from land- and space-based systems, forcing navies to maneuver and fight underwater. Space itself will become a theater of war, as nations gain access to space capabilities and come to rely on them; further, the distinction between military and commercial space systems – combatants and noncombatants – will become blurred.

Information systems will become an important focus of attack, particularly for U.S. enemies seeking to short-circuit sophisticated American forces.

And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.

..Thomas Donnelly, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, 1999.

From 1995 to 1999, Donnelly was policy group director and a professional staff member for the House Committee on Armed Services. Mr. Donnelly also served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.  He is a former editor of Armed Forces JournalArmy Times, and Defense News.

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18 Responses to Truth: A Strange Substance

  1. donsalmon says:

    (from “Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness”,

    Chapter 15: COLLECTIVE KARMA:
    THE CONFLICT BETWEEN SOUL AND EGO IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA

    “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.” **
    Abraham Lincoln

    _____

    “It is striking – and no coincidence – that America now faces the prospect of military action in many of the same lands where generations of colonial British soldiers went on campaigns… where, by the 19th century, ancient imperial authority… was crumbling, and Western armies had to quell the resulting disorder… Afghanistan and other troubled lands today cry out for the sort of enlightened foreign administration once provided by self-confident Englishmen in jodhpurs and pith helmets.”
    Max Boot, The Case for American Empire, 2001

    ____

    “Arrogant, full of self-esteem and the drunkenness of their pride, these misguided souls delude themselves, persist in false and obstinate aims and pursue the fixed impure resolution of their longings. They imagine that desire and enjoyment are… the aim of life… [and] are the prey of a devouring, a measurelessly unceasing… anxiety till the moment of their death. Bound by a hundred bonds, devoured by wrath and lust, unweariedly occupied in amassing unjust gains… they think, ‘To-day I have gained this object of desire, tomorrow I shall have that other; today I have so much wealth, more I will get tomorrow. I have killed this my enemy, the rest too I will kill. I am a lord and king of men, I am perfect, accomplished, strong, happy, fortunate, a privileged enjoyer of the world; I am wealthy, I am of high birth; who is there like unto me? I will sacrifice, I will give [alms], I will enjoy.'”
    The Bhagavad Gita, circa 400 BCE – 400 CE

    ____

    **(note: Lincoln is supposed to have made the above comment during the American Civil War, when a visitor to the white house expressed the hope that “God is on our side”)

  2. donsalmon says:

    And if you think the passage from the ancient text, the Bhagavad Gita does not represent the mentality described in the above blog post, or does not capture the mentality of the Wall Street traders, you should look at this article. I did temp work on Wall Street for a year, working for Goldman Sachs, Citibank and many other well-known culprits (just word processing). This was 20 years ago, but even then, it was quite frightening to see the level of unmitigated greed and utter blindness. I found one high level executive at a Dutch bank who was able to admit that the trading they did in agricultural futures was devastating the lives of thousands of farm families in the Midwest. He actually seemed to (almost) have a conscience. While he admitted the problem, he somewhat sheepishly excused himself by saying it just wasn’t part of his job to consider the consequences of his actions.

    http://www.alternet.org/occupywallst/155236/why_i_had_to_get_out%3A_confessions_of_a_wall_street_insider/ (this is at alternet.org – if the link doesn’t take you there, search for “Why I had to get out: Confessions of a Wall Street trader”)

  3. Stunning stuff – the resignation letter of a NY trader made the headlines here a short time ago; the traders had insulted their clients and seen them as sheep fit only for shearing. In the same vein, I had an early correspondent on the blog here who’d spent his career at Raytheon weapons, one of the architects of 9/11, and one of the main beneficiaries, apart from Halliburton, the Pentagon and OPEC, and he wrote that it was not his business to do anything but provide tools for the “war fighter”.

    A growing sense of awareness starts to take in not just our responsibilities but the context in which they are assigned, and the wider global stage on which our collective actions rebound. I resisted buying an iPhone because I heard about dreadful conditions in FoxConn over in China, but now my 4 year old Nokia has collapsed and I’m sorely tempted, being without any mobile device at all.

    When I think about how the workers are abused, I feel guilty considering an iphone, even though it’s been offered to me almost free as part of a new contract, but having done so much painting work I find I need a device which can store images and recall them quickly, allowing an easy zoom etc. Where does one draw the line, in accountability? I tried to divest myself of as much superfluous property as possible – I told an insurer I had made my house burglarproof, by giving away my stuff – but some essentials are hard to part with. We must at least raise our voice, a straightforward duty, and it dismays me to see those with a global presence summon the urgent attention of a planet only to regurgitate trivia, parade their expertise, or stoke up meaningless petty vendettas.

    In Emerson’s day, there were those who refused sugar because they objected to the slave plantations, in the expectation that manufacturers would be obliged to certify their product clear of such abuses. It began as a small protest but gathered momentum as abuses became more widely known, polarising people into two camps. One of Emerson’s friends died defending black slaves from an armed mob, and while Emerson honestly admitted himself unequal to such a sacrifice, of his friend he said, “he gave his life for a cause, at a time when it was nobler to die than to live”. As he later wrote in an essay, “I shall not place my foot on so extravagant a mark that it compell me to suicide.. whose life is completely without taint? Not mine, nor thine..”

    It is not a simple matter, and as a leading nation, I suppose we are all caught up in conflicting forces of adhesion and resistance. Many thanks for your comments

  4. donsalmon says:

    hey folks – forgive me as this is a bit off topic. I just put this together for a skeptic (open minded one, actually) over at the Amazon comments page for Chris Carter’s “Science and the Near Death Experience (it’s part of an ongoing conversation there to skeptic Gerri Worlee’s savage attack on Carter’s book, a conversation that’s been going on for several years and may actually be setting a record for the Amazon comments section!). This may be too long-winded and obscure, and it needs lots of editing, but still, I think some here might find it interesting.

    Hi (“X”):

    If I may, I’d like to offer a suggestion to (“X”) as to why, despite having a valid experience which is inexplicable from a materialistic view, you remain skeptical. I think it is because it is so difficult to realize the extent to which all of us have had our thinking distorted by living in a culture (world-wide now, not just the West) which is pervaded by bizarre, contradictory and in fact impossible materialist beliefs.

    ********

    Here’s a little exploration of this I recently put together:

    QUESTION: What is it that exists beyond our individual experience? Does the world consist of purely physical “stuff” (mass/energy/dark matter???) independent of all awareness of any kind? Or does the world apart from our individual experience more closely resemble our experience (which, if we examine it closely, consists of an unbroken, yet highly differentiated field of awareness)? It seems to me that the burden of proof for the bizarre thesis – that the world, as described by materialists and skeptics, is one which is dead, utterly devoid of intelligence or consciousness and utterly different from the one we experience – lies with the skeptics. Based on the principle of Occam’s Razor, the truth is one with the fewest additional assumptions. If the skeptics want to speculate about a world which is utterly different from our experience, the burden of proof is on them to explain why they need the utterly unprovable assumption that there is somewhere, somehow, in some utterly inexplicable way, something that exists utterly apart from awareness. Whatever it is, it must be invisible, inaudible, intangible, odorless and tasteless, However we describe it, we can only use our human concepts, and can never have any proof such a thing exists and have no idea what it could possibly be apart from our human way of knowing.

    Here is an exploration of this question (“what is it that exists beyond our individual experience?”) which adheres closely to the principle of Occam’s Razor.

    Shaving Materialism With Occam’s Razor:

    1. Without arguing, we simply agree to dispense with solipsism – we agree that something exists beyond our individual field of experience.
    a. Our aim is to infer what that might be according to the principle of Occam’s razor; that is, we seek to describe what might lie outside of our experience making use of the fewest additional assumptions about whatever exists.

    2. Next, consider the experience of a false awakening. One is dreaming, wakes up in bed, gets out of bed, and starts the activities of the day, only to find the scene dissolving and oneself back in bed. This often occurs 3 , 4 or 5 times in a row, but can occur dozens of times. At any point, one can examine one’s experience, and no matter how carefully one examines the various sensory, emotional and mental phenomena that are occurring, it eventually becomes clear that there is virtually no way to determing whether one is awake or dreaming.
    b. Some who object to this say, “If you’re questioning whether you’re awake or dreaming, you must be dreaming, because nobody asks this question when they’re awake.
    c. This is incorrect. When one has a series of false awakenings, upon final “awakening” (which is only realized some time after awakening) one continues to observe there is no way to distinguish waking and dreaming, and thus continues to ask the question.

    3. So now we return to our original project, to describe the nature of our experience, but we do it imagining we are in a lucid dream. Why? Because when we try to describe waking experience, even though we are trying to do so with limited assumptions, our subconscious assumption of independently existing external world, of being in a world of objects separate from awareness, virtually infuses all our thinking. The dream state is a purer state, less subject to extra assumptions.

    4. Now that we find ourselves in a lucid dream, how might we describe our experience? We are in a “world” which is permeated by awareness – awareness could be said to be “all-pervading.” There are obviously no “physical” objects because this is a dream. So the various sensory “forms” we perceive are not “things” that exist independent of awareness – they could perhaps more correctly be described as differentiations within the essentially unbroken field of awareness. “Objects” are not independent of awareness in this field; what we call “objects” are simply mental boundaries we draw on an inseparably connected field of awareness.

    5. Since we’ve already determined that it is not possible to distinguish waking from lucd dreaming, we can say that our individual experience in the waking state is also an unbroken, unified yet differentiated field of awareness.

    6. Adhering the principle of Occam’s razor, the description of whatever lies outside of our individual experience that makes the least assumptions is that it is a unified yet differentiated field of awareness.
    a. This means that, if we make our assumption about what lies outside our individual experience adhering to principle of occam’s razor, the assumption of “objects” or virtually anything existing independent of a field of awareness is an extra – and possibly, unnecessary assumption.
    b. If we look at the data of 4 centuries of scientific endeavor, we can see that there is not a single finding that requires the assumption of objects existing entirely independent of any kind of awareness.
    c. Thus, It is up to the physicalist to provide a justification for this assumption, to present a reason why something purely “physical” existing independent of any awareness whatsoever (existing outside this unified field of awareness) is not an uncalled-for act of faith.

    7. This is by no means meant as a proof that there are no physical objects independent of awareness. It simply supports the aim of understanding what exists outside our individual experience making use of the fewest assumptions.

    8. On the other hand, by making use of Occam’s razor and assuming that what lies outside our individual experience is of essentially the same nature as our individual experience (a unified yet differentiated field of unbroken awareness), we may have the tools to solve many of the mysteries of the universe whicih so far have been untouched by science:
    a. The existence of qualia
    b. The emergence of relatively stable patterns or “laws of nature”
    c. The emergence of consciousness in the universe.
    d. The positive findings of parapsychology and near death experience research.

    9. We may also discover that aspects of the world which we had believed to have complete scientific explanation – such as mutations leading to the emergence of new species – may need to be rethought. For example, if psi phenomena are compatible with a view of the universe as a unified yet differentiated field of awareness, natural selection and randomness may not be the only factors in evolution; consciousness may play a role.

    10. More than a half century ago, the neuroscientist Donald Hebb stated that if parapsychology is true, then there is something “horribly” and “terribly” wrong with physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience. But it may only be horrible and terrible if we assume that outside our individual experience there is a world of mindless physical “things” (or non-things). If we follow the guidance of Occam’s razor, and we assume that, just as in our own experience, so in the world at large, awareness is one and therefore “information” from anywhere in the field of awareness is available at any individual point of awareness, then a world in which conscious intelligence informs and guides evolution is perfectly understandable and does not require a complete abandonment of all the valuable insights and discoveries that science has made.

  5. donsalmon says:

    and if anybody is interested, I’ve posted a series of excerpts from our book, “Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing Through the Eyes of Infinity”, over at http://www.integralworld.net. Click on “news” and scroll down to find the articles, which all begin with “Trimming Ken Wilber’s Evolutionary View With Ockham’s Razor”. These excerpts all point to another way of looking at evolution which allows for the influence of consciousness in the entire process.

  6. Good to read all this – when people say “there is no intelligence in the Universe and it’s a hopeless search” you can be sure they haven’t looked in the one place they were most likely to find it – their own consciousness. An atheist said to me the other day, “I do not believe in God because I refuse to accept that an old man on a hill created the Universe.” A wise conclusion indeed.

    Any inquiry into the nature and existence of God, which might take a hundred thousand years to reach a firm conclusion, would have to start there. But if someone starts out denying their own experience and intuition, their own psychic nature, their inner senses – the very qualities of consciousness itself, the only tools up to the task – how can they expect to find anything stronger?

    For them, the task is exactly as they define it – completely hopeless, so they keep searching for that giant sandal, in full confidence that coming up empty handed validates their childish view of the world, and their highly literate scorn of spirituality!

    • donsalmon says:

      and also, Iain, or anybody else here – if you all have any skeptic friends who like to criticize these things, I’d love to hear about any challenges to what I wrote. I feel like the logic is rock solid but I’m sure there are things I’m missing. Tell them to write me if they think they can pick it apart (donsalmon7@gmail.com). Thanks much!

  7. donsalmon says:

    An atheist was late for a business meeting and in a panic as he looked for a parking spot. Turning his face to the sky, he said, “Lord help me. If you give me a parking spot, I will go to church every Sunday…!” Just then, out of nowhere, a parking spot appeared in front of him. The atheist looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one.”

  8. Ha, that’s excellent! But just wait till you hear about this – the other day I read about an American woman walking in Hawaii with her ten year old son on a very windy day, when a colossal tidal wave swept in and carried him off into the distance before she had time to react. She was understandably distraught and fell to her knees, praying to almighty God for help; she pledged eternal belief and humility, if only her son could be saved from the cold embrace of death.

    At that very moment another huge wave appeared out of nowhere and carried the young lad right back next to her on the beach, where he landed, surprised but unharmed. The woman took one joyous look at her son and then shouted in fury to the heavens – “I believe he had a HAT?!!”

    You might like to see the latest critic who was very polite and had a lot to say, but remains thoroughly unconvinced by my maths. If you read the most recent comments on “In Praise of Proteins” you’ll see my thoroughly pointless struggle

  9. donsalmon says:

    Thought y’all might be interested in this. I just received notice of this from the Franklin Merrill-Wolff newsletter:

    Evolution Fact & Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory and The Origin of Matrimony by Lawrence L. Horstman are both now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Lawrence+L.+Horstman&x=19&y=19

    Evolution Fact & Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory

    The theory of evolution is said to be the cornerstone of modern biology. Unfortunately, like the rest of our infrastructure, this cornerstone is crumbling badly, and has been for some time. This situation has been concealed by stressing the factual aspects of the theory, but those facts are quite apart from the theory of how and why evolution happened as it did. A number of books in recent years have sought to expose some of the weaknesses in the theory but they have been brushed aside, usually for fairly good reasons, such as the fact that most of the doubters have sought to defend an almost equally dubious theory, that God did it all in seven days. The present book exposes a large number of serious flaws in the theory, many of which have been overlooked or ignored by others, and proposes instead a completely different explanation, the psychogenic hypothesis. This hypothesis holds that all living beings have minds, and that mentality is the real driver of all evolution. The foundation of this hypothesis was laid out in Book I of this series, The Lotka Hypothesis. This Book II shows how those concepts can be applied to a real-world problem, namely, to solving the mystery of biological evolution. The author believes that this book leaves no doubt about the truth and reality of the psychogenic hypothesis of evolution. It remains to be seen if the jury of readers will agree.

    Horstman has spent most of his adult life in biological research, first at Cornell University studying mitochondria in E. Racker’s lab in the 1970s, and for the last 20 years at the University of Miami studying hematology in Y.S. Ahn’s lab. Horstman has written or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in these fields.

  10. perhaps this idea is entering the mass consciousness – I made the point in a thread on In Praise of Proteins that intelligence is common to all living things, without any exception at all. If a theory of evolution is based on this, it starts to make sense. Even plants, insects, microbes, bacteria.. they all have intelligence. They are all equipped with surprising tools, even the viruses, whcih have extraordinary packaging motors which generate huge forces, and even have gearing to avoid snapping the DNA strands under tension. Intelligence and minds – the only worthwhile theories behind life!

  11. susan grace says:

    Here’s some Americans working for positive change in contrast to those around the world in different countries who dream up nefarious tools of war and destruction:
    The Nuclear threat Initiative http://www.nti.org/ headed by Americans George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State; William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator, who are traveling worldwide with the objective to eliminate the danger of nuclear weapons. A former Pakistani defense minister said to them that he genuinely fears that Pakistan and India are headed for nuclear war. In Gopi Krishna’s archived writings are similar statements and prognostications. So lest we think that Americans in positions of leadership have no human compassion or feeling, Shultz, Perry and Nunn are endeavoring to make a difference. These three men are former Cold War Warriors who have now turned their talent and intellect into solving problems and creating a more safe world. This lends hope that even the most materialistic amongst us can grow a heart as the Grinch did. Perry recalls a time where calls would come in the middle of the night saying that computers showed 200 missiles on the way from the Soviet Union. We avoided calamity, but how long can calamity be stalled? Surely these three prestigious men believe we are not out of the woods, and they have embarked on a mission to make a difference.
    Gopi Krishna was quite astute when he wrote
    “The present-day world is a strange compound of opposites, a fantastic blend of anomalies and contrarieties. We establish democratic institutions to raise autocrats to power, and profess faith in God to ignore Him in our actions and elude Him in our thoughts. We profess concern for human beings and yet devise methods for their total destruction at the same time. And we proclaim love for our nation while bleeding our weaker brethren white for gain.” Maybe nothing has changed from earlier dark age periods, but Krishna’s quote sure seems to sum up the 21st century.
    On another front, I read the thread of comments on “In Praise of Proteins” and wow, how does one ever reach to the heart and mind of anyone so closed to hearing something outside their belief system…whether or not it’s a religious fundamentalist or a scientist fundamentalist – each has a barrier in their brains that is difficult to surmount. All I know is that I know of a certain blogger whose comments are full of humour, anecdotes, facts and passion and who asks penetrating questions! Then there’s a blogger who is all cold steel with little humanity revealed, so certain that randomness and chance are the end all-be all explanation to this great mystery we call life, intelligence and consciousness. And to think that there are people who totally dismiss the thought of a Higher Power behind the universe all because they don’t believe a man in the sky with sandals created life. Now that’s original thinking!
    The problem with some very smart people is they lack humility. I’d rather be a toiler of the earth with a simple faith than the smartest man or woman who might have fame, wealth and a stack of awards but who lacks empathy and humility. Both Buddha and St. Francis gave up all external fame and fortune for the greater prize of higher consciousness. Gopi Krishna, an anonymous and simple Indian civil servant – graced with higher consciousness. Gerald Massey, English poet and Egyptologist and chronicler of humankind’s first religions and mythologies, born dirt poor, struggled financially all his life – graced with higher consciousness. Never once did they bow to their own altar of exceptional intellect, and each one understood that though unseen and unvalidated by any scientific instrument, that when a certain chamber in the brain opened, the individual was connected to a intelligent source of Life so massive, so incredible, so indescribable as to render each one mute, but not so mute that they did not come back and bequeath some new knowledge to humanity and help to point the way to each of us to find inside our own glorious and divine origins. As always, keep up the good work Iain…and Don!

  12. Sunni Ship says:

    Thank you for helping to spread love and wisdom to the human race. It saddens me to see very few comments or “likes” to such well-researched and tremendously important articles, when other blogs – with ridiculously trivial nonsense get hundreds of responses. Perhaps the human race just wants to experience the dark side because they know that the Universe is Good and they want to experience enough evil to better understand “goodness”. The mind boggles! Is the human race worth it in the end?

    • Many thanks! Well, the cause is very straightforward – people resist thinking! They like stimulation and novelty because both cause reactions unrelated to thinking and analysis. The mind gravitates to dogma for precisely this reason: the intellect requires too much energy to re-think the world every day. So they sign up for a uniform, to save the trouble of having to choose clothes, or to risk wearing the wrong thing. The uniform wasn’t designed for them, but they don’t care: now they avoid the uneasy fears of being wrong, of raising your hand and being laughed at.

      Children never think this way! They are not afraid to be wrong; they even enjoy the process. And this is the key to creative people as well. They don’t mind being wrong, in fact, being wrong means they have tried something new. It has enlarged them in some way. They discover what the experts already long knew – but all the better for them, as it is now a part of their mind, rather than one more fact among many which they have never bothered to prove for themselves with experiment.

      Those who live from within have a different approach than the uniformed, militarised class. They let every moment be the judge; they listen to their intuition, becoming more sensitive to its warnings and ideas. They don’t stand up and recite speeches from paper like a tape recorder; they can create a new speech every hour if called upon; Nature never repeats herself even in snowflakes or fingerprints, and they reason, why should we? Thoreau designed a superior pencil through his own requirements, and his friends all declared he had now paved the way to the riches of a manufacturing career. He simply replied, “why should I do again what I have already done once?”

      And people find this troubling to see: just when they were ready to adopt the uniform from this leader, they find the uniform has changed, and they have no tools of their own to analyse its worth. That’s why when creative people die, there is a sense of relief that now they can never contradict what they have said before, and their life can be neatly packaged and understood. The t-shirts and collection CDs and all-knowing books start to get printed. The intellectuals start to mark out their territory as experts on the deceased’s career: something they would never have dared to while the genius was alive. It is a form of scavenging, like vultures and hyenas picking greedily at the carcass.

      The intuitives tend to be in the right place at the right time with the right idea for that moment, and people wonder how they managed to engineer all these lucky situations. But they didn’t bother with the tedious marketing and endless, intrusive badgering of others to comply – they let themselves be guided by their own self, a tireless source of ideas and energy. And if anyone thinks this is an easy avoidance of responsibility, let them try it for a single day.

      • Sunni Ship says:

        Thanks for such a beautiful explanation Iain. Perhaps that’s why Jesus says we should be like children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Allah tells us that He didn’t create us just for fun. We have to worship him. I believe that humans are essentially good but they are being seduced by Satan to forget their true nature and purpose. Blog posts such as ours are heavily censored because humanity is being kept in a state of ignorance by the powers that be. Your post “When religion becomes the patsy” is one of the best articles I have read on the internet but look how little feedback its got thus far. But then you go to a trivial blog – lets say about decorating with toilet paper, and it gets hundreds of hits! There is definitely something fishy going on. Well if we manage to educate no-one but the censors then at least we can be thankful for that.
        Here are two recent posts that help to explain the silence regarding 9/11 – please feel free to comment. Thanks again:

        http://sunniship.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/the-quran-predicts-911/

        http://ummahphantom.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/the-911-silence/

      • And let’s be honest: life is not a commercial decision.

        If it had been up to the accountants and lawyers, the universe would never have been built – I mean, imagine one of the last committee meetings:

        “Kleinberg!! This is ludicrous – we can’t afford stars AND oceans. Someone upstairs has to finally decide. Come on people, we’re out of time and this isn’t rocket science. What are your ideas?”

        “Well, there’s no point whatever in flowers. Why not forget the whole bee thing – it’s way too complex at the eleventh hour.”

        “Those black holes are a lawsuit just waiting to happen. I’ve looked into them and can’t see a single dime – shut ’em all down, like yesterday.”

        “Anyone seen the costings from the butterflies division? What the Hell are they playing at – we’re not Andy f**king Warhol! Yeah, I saw the sketches! Fancy eyes, lights – maybe you want one to look like Elvis?! We could make them transparent, they said. Transparent my ass! Yeah, that’s gonna look great value on my report! Well, read my lips, you overpaid playboys – make ’em all one colour or find a job elsewhere! Wait – before you go – tell em, black! Black, black, black, and I don’t wanna hear another word! Black! Like my ledger ink used to be!”

        “Sir, with respect, having every snowflake made different is sheer lunacy. It’ll bring the whole company down – we suggest we go with rain until after the quarterly review. End of.”

        “We can’t get the eyeball working properly. It keeps overheating and shutting down. Hamilton down in media wanted to put a heat sink behind it..”

        “Where do we get these people? And who asked him exactly? Stick to PR releases, Einstein! Henderson in finance says forget them altogether – just give the damn creatures more padding around the head and make ’em move slower. MUCH slower.”

        “Well, hate to tell you this sir but the DNA divsion says what you’re asking the impossible – they say you can’t get 2m of the crap (sorry sir, that was their words last night) in a single cell unless the cell is a teacup. And even then the sodding ATP motor falls to pieces. Schumacher’s in Genome 7G has been up now three days straight and we think he’s gonna quit.”

        “Know what? I heard enough – email everyone: scrap the animals – we’ve almost finished the sand, right? Please tell me we finished the sand! Release the sand and a little rain. We might still break even by Christmas. What’re you sitting staring at me for? You heard me! Go break the news!”

        There you have it. Look around, and be thankful while so much of it’s all still in one piece!

      • Sunni Ship says:

        Accountants would just bore everyone to death and the lawyers would then eat the accountants, and sue their own ass!

      • Truly, you have seen the future

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