Lately in trying to see things in terms of mass and surfaces, I’ve come across the work of the late Euan Uglow, one of the UK’s most remarkable post-war painters, who died of cancer on 30 August 2000.  Art is above all about simplification: the artist cannot record every fact about every object, and to do so would leave out the artist’s interpretive sense – the very thing which makes him different.

An object can never be observed in isolation from the observer: our very presence near an object affects the quality of light reflected from it; our innate tendency to magnify, omit, simplify, praise or obscure any element records our own personality along with the object we perceive.  Art therefore becomes a study of one’s own self.

The web is so immediate that within an hour I’d found a great book about his complete work, and had it in my hands the next day.  Uglow was renowned for measuring his pictures so carefully (and considering the measurements to be so important that he left them visible) that they became works of mathematical thought; he was also known for taking vast amounts of time to complete them.  He formed a bond with many of his models, who, becoming dedicated to his vision, persisted in sometimes agonising poses for uncounted hours, maintaning an identical pose in repeated sittings.

Have a look at The Wave, which he worked on from 1989 – 1997.  Eight years of work, summed up in a single image:

Euan Uglow The Wave

“Uglow told several people about the model, Emily Scott.  She posed for seven years, with a year off when she was ill.  Scott remembered that she listened to the radio on earphones and smoked during the breaks.”  ..Euan Uglow, The Complete Paintings, Yale University Press, p192

Though the quality varies, social media is a great source of information.  Using a reasonable mental filter the web turns from a junkshop into a goldmine. There are some highly intelligent, focused people writing on the web who really get under the surface of what we’re presented with, and the results, for anyone comfortably sedated by media steerage, are surprising.  Shocking even.  “Skeptics” have nothing on these writers!

For example reported this week that Merck is being taken to court by two former employees who say Merck faked the results on the MMR vaccine to get a 95% efficiency score, so they didn’t lose the lucrative US contract.  The PDF of the court documents is made available to read, but it gets worse: an almighty storm is also brewing over the hushing up of dangers to African-American kids of this same vaccine:

Today I can report that I now have in my possession CDC documents which prove beyond any doubt that the former head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, actively participated in willful scientific fraud in order to bury clinical evidence linking the MMR vaccine to a 340% increase in autism among African-American children.

NaturalNews also reports this week on the damage triclosan – an Agent Orange pesticide – does to the human body, and how the FDA-Colgate alliance managed to tap dance around it.  Because Colgate already has a raft of poisons in it (sodium fluoride, which is rat poison, and the fancy-foaming ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate, which damages skin membranes and is used as a skin irritant in animal testing, etc) the appearance of triclosan in a highly sensitive area of the body (under the tongue are membranes which diffuse chemicals straight to the bloodstream) needed some smoothing over, so they agreed with the FDA to fiddle the reports.  Job done, FDA!

colgateToothpaste is so dangerous that if children swallow even a small amount, parents are advised to rush them to the doctor, but feeding it straight to the bloodstream seems not to bother anyone.  After all, we do want whiter teeth, and the main ingredient for this is hydrated silica, which incidentally damages tooth enamel.  Is anyone really awake?  Why do they continue to spend money on this stuff?  Maybe because they’re watching the bright flashy graphics presented by corporations who want your money, and are not paying attention to the reality which is right in front of their noses… a kind of sleepwaking.  It’s a kind of reckless faith that the authorities wouldn’t allow poison in our cosmetics.  Just like they wouldn’t ruin their own atmosphere with 4400 nuclear bomb tests!  Of course not.  Drink your fluoride.  What’s on TV?

Speaking of sleepwalking, I saw this great graphic today on Twitter summing up the dangers of not getting enough sleep.  This week I’ve slept deeply for the first time in what seems like ages, and can feel the difference in mental energy.  More ideas, fewer mistakes – but what people don’t generally know is that deep sleep converts a learning process in the day into long-term retention, via a lengthy conversation between different parts of the brain.  Interrupt this process and the conversation is broken, and needs to start again from scratch.

So, while learning something new or studying for an exam, if you don’t sleep deeply that night, the information isn’t retained.  In fact studies showed students who were woken up after learning various physical motor tasks during the day actually performed worse the next day, whereas the group which was allowed to sleep continuously, started the next day on a higher level of performance.  This is how we get better at stuff, which is why I’m taking advantage of deep sleep by spending an hour a day trying to mix colours to match the chroma, hue and tone of anything I see using no more than 10 iterations.  Why?  Why not!

Anyway, here’s the graphic.. enjoy:

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7 Responses to Sleepwalking

  1. susan grace says:

    I am a big fan of sleep – I wish sleep were a big fan of me! I beg for sleep, I adore and worship at the altar of sleep; still, she, like a fickle lover, eludes me! the graphic might have qualified its statement about light… late exposure to *artificial* light such as the light that emanates from electronics can disturb our natural cycles. So it’s recommended for people, one hour before bed, to get off the computer, get off the Ipad, Iphone, etc, cover all artificial lights in your bedroom, and don’t keep cell phones in the bedroom (don’t use it as an alarm clock). the cell phone is always trying to shake hands with the cell tower so those emf’s will be circulating all around you. I do all of this and maybe it’s hormones, but I wake up alert every 1-2 hours, and I never get uninterrupted sleep through the night. I try staying up later, but that doesn’t seem to help. I seem to be surviving, and have very low blood pressure and general good health. But I don’t want to merely survive, I want to thrive! I’m beginning to tackle a possible issue at the root of all this – lack of cervical spine integrity and phase 2 spinal degeneration due to sitting at a computer job for 26 years. The cervical spine issues can lead to TMJ and headaches, both of which have been recent issues for me. For all the damn yoga I do, I still have my work cut out for me! Too much sitting is a modern nemesis and now is put on the same footing with smoking. The modern lifestyle, along with all the pushing of compromised products, is killing us! I read in one UK article once upon a time that stress is the modern black plague.

    If anyone has any ideas about sleep, I am all eager ears!

    Thanks Iain for your article and hope you are thriving!

  2. My son recommended an application called f.lux which I now use on the PC. It removes certain wavelengths from your monitor when the Sun goes down, so that your melatonin production isn’t affected by the input to the retinas.

    It won’t work on apple gear unless you jailbreak the unit. But you could try taking melatonin supplements in the evening. It can make you a little groggy in the morning but you just take them earlier in the evening until you hit the right note. I was given them in California as part of overall cancer therapy and I found they also helped me over the jetlag.

    The human body is an integrated system; children produce more melatonin than adults because the body needs more sleep in its growing phase, and perhaps because the brain is more likely to be in need of repair after intense emotional episodes. If you’re not sleeping, there is a reason for it: another thing to do is eat early in the evening, not late, because when the food is digested you get a metabolic kick which can wake you up only a few hours later.

    And lastly, try forgetting about alcohol – I’m not talking about cutting down one day a month or drinking only half a glass every other day – try not having any at all for a year and see what happens: you’ll probably find, like I did, that your sleep is gradually much deeper as the body rids itself of this artificial stimulant – which is actually a depressant! Night night

    • Susan grace says:

      All wonderful points. As an aspirant to self realization. I do not drink. So I am ahead in that department…I hope. I want to give the brain as much of a chance to flourish as I can. Some of my heroes including Pandit Gopi Krishna ,Gandhi and Einstein did not drink. And look at their phenomenal brains! The place of recovery , health and well-being that I want to reach cannot include alcohol. I have nothing against it for other people but for me coming from a particular heritage where it has been a thorny family- genetic issue , I choose a different path. I choose to face life and all its ups and downs with a clear sober brain. I do also wish to share a recommendation I got from an Auurvedic specialist. She said be very careful about melatonin as the brain can get very used to it. Just hearing that made me very cautious in going that route.
      As always Iain, you give much food for thought. Cheers!

  3. I want to second the point about letting go of alcohol. I cut down to an occasional glass of wine a couple of years ago at my cardiologist’s suggestion but after successful heart surgery last year I found that even that glass could trigger palpitations that evening. So I’ve stopped. I’ve found that it is very pleasant to finish eating dinner without my mind having gone foggy. But it’s the connection with heart rhythm that I think is too little known.

  4. I didn’t know about that – and I can well imagine such an experience being life changing. Most people live in a kind of bubble, where the money, food, health, is all there and forgotten. It’s only when something big comes unglued and starts flapping like crazy we realise a hell of a wind has been blowing against us! We make urgent adjustments for fear of crashing, and I don’t know about you but I find after those things get all smoothed out again it takes a while to get confidence back. But a life without any of those trials wouldn’t be of much use to anyone else. The main point of life seems to be to learn something new or something difficult, and pass that experience on somehow.

    Just watched Lewis Hamilton getting his race ruined by his teammate Nico Rosberg, which is the worst thing that can happen in a team. Hamilton has problem after problem this year but the result is he’s building up a massive amount of energy which I think will see him through to win the championship! And if it doesn’t, I guess I could go back and edit this comment to say exactly the reverse!

  5. Lergag Yuzem says:

    About the CDC coverup… probably not a coverup:

    • Well, from what I’ve read, and what the whistleblower said – about his guilt in the fraudulent data presented – as well as the way he said it, which was with extreme remorse, I’m convinced.

      It’s not the first time that a major pharmaceutical company has pulled the wool over people’s eyes. The actual boxes for the influenza vaccine admit to using mercury, already known as a highly toxic material to ingest, and even admits that the vaccine isn’t guaranteed safe in a number of other respects.

      And Merck has a very shady history: a document you can view here:

      .. produced after hundreds of FOI requests by a professor in St Louis, showed that the military – largely, it seems, guided by private industry like Monsanto and Merck, both named in the report – decided to spray zinc cadmium sulphide, with a radioactive additive, over more than 10,000 people (7,000 under 12) in a St Louis housing estate. The particulates were ground so fine that they travelled for 40 miles, meaning all of St Louis was exposed.

      The outbreak of cancers was what motivated the professor, A Dr Lisa Martino-Taylor, to conduct the research over many years. On page 109:

      The U.S. military made a deliberate decision to contract out much of their Research and Development work to private companies in the 1940s. Private companies thus, had unprecedented power over the direction and production of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs and use in warfare. External advisory committees headed by individuals from academia and/or industry that were central to this effort included the following:

      – The US Biological Warfare Committee (aka Merck Committee; headed by George W. Merck, president of Merck Corporation; 1940s).
      – Committee on Biological Warfare of the National Military Establishment Research and Development Board (aka Baldwin Committee; 1940s).
      – The Ad Hoc Committee on BW Testing (aka Scheele Committee; mid 1950s)
      – The Interagency Survey Committees on BW Testing (aka Price Committee; late 1950s).
      – Deseret Test Center Medical Advisory Committee (aka Davis Committee; 1962-1969)

      The report goes on to say something even more shocking:

      The Army considered the industry recommendations binding (U.S. House, 1994: 107), and as a result at least one American corporation (Merck) made the selection of which pathogens would be sprayed over which cities of unsuspecting civilians. Perhaps the Army had agreed to let their selections stand, due to conflicts of interest. The Merck Corporation for example, had contracts with Fort Detrick between 1955 and 1961- during the time that Detrick was fully in charge of biological research and development (U.S. House, 1994: 91). It is also certainly possible that Merck and Company held a contract with Fort Detrick or the Department of Defense prior to 1955.

      So the idea that comanies like Merck are somehow working with the best interests of the public at heart has to be discarded. They interweave with the military, and can be said to be even more keen to profit from toxins, cures, vaccines, threats, panic and so on. The experiments in St Louis were only one example of this mercenary attitude.

      I’m certain worse is to come, because if a class action suit is launched by families of autistic children in America, the results would probably wipe out half the vaccine industry: care for an autistic child to the age of 21 runs into the millions, and that’s apart from the emotional toll. It will be a defining moment in the way people look at BigPharma when all this unravels.

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