Nothing on TV?: Sunday, June 9

Although I didn’t watch this on Sunday, I’ve been meaning to post it because it’s the awesomist.

The Quantum Activist

There is a revolution going on in science. A genuine paradigm shift. While mainstream science remains materialist, a substantial number of scientists are supporting and developing a paradigm based on the primacy of consciousness. Amit Goswami, Ph.D., a pioneer of this revolutionary new perspective within science, shares with us his vision of the unlimited potential of consciousness as the ground of all being, and how this revelation can actually help us to live better. The Quantum Activist tells the story of a man who challenges us to rethink our very notions of existence and reality, with a force and scope not felt since Einstein. This film bridges the gap between God and Science. The work of Goswami, with stunning precision and without straying from the rigors of quantum mechanics, reveals the overarching unity inherent in the worlds major religions and mystical traditions. Meet the man behind the message as Dr. Goswami tells how he moved away from the religious teachings of his childhood, to seek his path in nuclear and theoretical quantum physics, and how he has come full circle, through quantum insight, back to the very religious axioms offered as a youth. Written by  Ted Golder

Nothing on TV?: June 5, 2013

I am going to start a new feature on the blog! Everyday I am going to post the videos that my husband and I watch in the evenings. Instead of watching primetime TV (which I used to do all the time), we now fill our evenings with informative, weird, fun and out-there nonfiction videos, movies and documentaries. Of course, sometimes the Bruins, Sox or the Celtics take precedent, but that’s cool because, hey, we live in the best sports town in ‘Merica and sometimes you gotta watch the boys.

Here were last nights selections! Right now it will be a lot of permaculture selections, as I have to (and want to!) watch these for the permaculture course I am taking in August. These are both fine to watch around children, by the way.

The Cosmic Giggle (this was AWESOME)

The Cosmic Giggle is an experimental documentary film that explores the human energy field’s dynamic relationship with our environment. Naturally as human beings, we are connected to a vast network of fluid information inherent to the world around us. When we are children, we are open to this field through simple innocent observance, but because of our collective evolution towards a dominating and fixated worldview, this perception becomes veiled. This film reveals how this process takes place and provides keys for returning to a more primal and authentic experience of our reality.

Temperate Permaculture Strategies, Parts 1-8

Permaculture in cool climates with Bill Mollison (he’s one of the founders of the idea of permaculture)

What is happening and why it’s happening now

These short videos express EXACTLY how I feel and what I am trying to communicate in my blog. It’s religion, science, spirituality, humanity and love all wrapped up into what it means to be alive right now. If all is one and one is all, WE ARE  CREATORS AND WE SHAPE REALITY. It’s time we realized it. Enjoy!

Systems are the secret

My readers. I am not writing these posts so to show you I’m right or that these ideas are right because I say so. I don’t think I am right because I am me. Instead, I think I have gathered enough evidence to convince me of certain truths; truths that if they are not brought to light and dealt with are going to destroy us (and by us I mean humanity). I am presenting evidence of problems on our planet that I have found through a lot of time of research (most don’t need me to present evidence, these stories are on the news every day). I am trying to sound a warning bell. And then I am trying to show that there are possible solutions to these problems. Solutions that are not my ideas or anything in anyway that I think I have come up with. I have instead joined a global network of people that are trying to advance an idea, a train of thought, a logical procession that shows that if we keep doing X, we will be sorry. So let’s try Y instead. So the call is for solutions, always solutions, to keep us from ultimately killing ourselves much sooner than we have to. Maybe they sound like radical solutions. Well, how could there be something that could heal our world without being radical?

And, lucky for us, right now a radical new physics is being discovered that can change our world. It’s based on the idea of spin and systems. All systems spin (like the earth, atoms, galaxies, etc). We need to learn to use that spin and apply it to not only physical phenomenon but social phenomenon. Please watch at least the first of the two videos. I found these tonight as I was writing this post. Coinkedink? I think not. It’s only 10 min and it explains things I’ve been trying to piece together since I learned about fractals. This is absolutely amazing, revelatory information everyone should hear.

This new physics tells us that we need to be thinking of all parts of the whole of the planet to heal it. We must think about healing all problems with large, over arching solution. Because we are in multiple system failure.  People rob and steal and kill each other, we are in two wars, unemployment is steadily staying high, our government cannot or refuses to compromise on anything, a billion people in the world are starving, there are civil wars all over the world, genocide, natural disasters are on the rise, weather patterns are changing and messing with animal species, the ice caps are melting at an alarming rate, our jobs are being taken over by technology (post about this topic coming shortly)…shall I go on?  We are on a precipice that many have been trying to warn us about but we ignored them. (President Carter comes to mind with his solar panels on the White House that Reagan promptly removed.)

The solutions that have so far been offered to our problems are lacking in that they only address any one or two given aspects of our system. They address just climate change, for instance. Or they just address crime. Or they just address jobs. Or they just address starving people.

The solution I want to strive for offers a solution to all of those problems. It is the resource based economy (RBE).

Maybe you think an RBE is a great idea, but you don’t think it could ever happen. How could we ever get people to agree to give up money? I know when you say it like this it sounds impossible. But you have to think of it in terms of steps, or parts, or (!) a system.

The first step is just awareness. Letting people know (like I am trying to do) that there are groups out there trying to do this. We are obviously still in that phase. Once awareness takes off and people come to this idea on their own, the idea will spread like wildfire.

There is a lot of info about transition and possible ways to do it. One idea that I particularly like is the idea of setting up new cities and infrastructure and feeding money into those as a temporary boost to the current economy. Get everyone back to work updating our cities to be 100% environmentally friendly, redesigned transportation and delivery systems and make everything look, well, futuristic. Because our technology can provide that future right now. So we boost the economy over a 10-15 year span while we rebuild for Earth. We rebuild the cities to each have a main frame computer. That main frame is connected to every other main frame in every other city and our resources are monitored electronically. Our water is always flowing, our food is always delivered (or we can go and pick it if we’d like), we always have a place to live because there will be enough homes built for all people. Jacque Fresco, industrial designer and founder of The Venus Project, has laid out plans for how to do all of this. His work is amazing and inspiring.

Buckminster Fuller said it’s not about fighting the current system. We should be building a new system that makes the old one obsolete.

Fractal, shmactal, pterodactyl

So as I mentioned, when I was a kid I wondered all these crazy things like what was outside of the universe and what that meant. I just was talking to one of my bosses and she told me she used to wonder the same things when she was a kid and freak herself out as well. I was pleased to hear that and I wonder how many other kids had or are having those thoughts. There’s a scene in a Woody Allen movie (which one escapes me now) about him being concerned about the universe expanding when he was a little kid. His mother keeps yelling at him “What does that have to do with you!” Her countenance is hilarious and it reminds me that our society has deemed certain topics “appropriate.” Stay within appropriate subjects and no one will get hurt, right?

My need for more information on the nature of the cosmos was answered by the person of R. Let’s call him Arrr instead of R (looks more like a name and has a fun pirate sound). I was in college and my roommate’s boyfriend had this friend, Arrr, that would drop by frequently. He lived in the big city near my school. At first, his purpose was to provide certain…party favors to my circle of friends. He was the crazy haired dude that started sleeping in my roommate’s and my room. And we didn’t mind. He was really cool, fun, unorthodox and had really interesting things to say. I have to say I probably missed more classes because of his presence, but not enough to affect my scholarship so I deemed that acceptable.

Arrr spent so much time on campus with us that he started to think he might want to go back to school. He was 23 and hadn’t gone to college (I don’t think – he’ll correct me if I’m wrong on this point!). He was really interested in philosophy and I and my boyfriend at the time were in several philosophy courses and we would talk philosophy for hours. By the beginning of the next school year, he had enrolled in the college and had a dorm room of his own.

I think it was that first year he was enrolled that he showed me this film about fractals. I had never heard of these things and I was fascinated. A fractal is  “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,”[1] a property called self-similarity. Real life examples of this are things like a head of broccoli, a tree, or a coast line. If you look at floret of broccoli, doesn’t it look remarkably like a mini version of the whole head? And if you look at a branch of a tree with other smaller branches coming off it, doesn’t it look a lot like the whole tree? That is self-similarity.

Mandelbrot set fractal. Notice that each time you zoom in, you will continue getting self similar patterns

Fractals can be created with certain mathematical equations. When you feed a value into the equations, you get a point that you graph. Then you take that numerical result that you just graphed, and feed that value back into the same mathematical equation. Then you graph that resulting point. And so on and so forth until you get these unbelievable graphs that go on and on forever. No matter how far in you zoom on the graphed image, 2000 times, 1,000,000 times, you will keep seeing the same patterns repeat within themselves over and over again, infinitely. See the images to the right to get a visual of this.

I’ve marinated on fractals for 10 years until recently when I really started to think what they meant in terms of life. If you think about the basic building block of life, the atom, what does it’s structure look like? It has a nucleus in the middle surrounded by orbiting electrons. What does that remind you of? The solar system! Our planets revolved around the sun like electrons around a nucleus. Then think about the galaxy – all the stars and solar systems in our galaxy revolve around the center of the galaxy. See a repeating pattern?

Remember the scene at the end of Men in Black, where the cat is wearing a charm around it’s neck that when you zoom in it contains our entire universe that we are all living in? That’s where my mind kept going with fractals. I kept imagining that it could be possible that at our very atomic level, a whole other world was contained in there on a much smaller scale. Or that our universe was just an atom in another much larger reality. I couldn’t help but think these repeating self similar patterns were describing the very nature of reality and that we have a hard time seeing these patterns because they’re not at the same scale as our “normal” reality.

Now think about humans. We have a copy of everything needed to make us in our DNA. A mini version of the pattern that creates our body contained in each and every cell. Self similarity! Pretty weird, right?

Some of you might be thinking, what the hell does this have to do with anything? Well, if we are really all a part of some giant fractal type reality, that means that we are all a part of some large amazing whole, and that every part of that whole is contained within us, as well. I personally think that’s pretty powerful. It means everyone one of us and every one of our lives means something and is a part of something greater. Whatever you might call that, whether God, Allah, Oneness, the Great Being, etc, it makes you reconsider the value of yourself. You are, I am, we are precious. And the best part about this to me is that I’ve come to this conclusion through math. Math!

In a practical sense, if you understand that the very nature of reality is self similar repeating patterns within patterns, you start to look for patterns in everything around you. You can start pulling back and looking at situations from a different perspective, because you’ll always find a larger pattern. When you find that pattern you now have a better understanding on how to tackle the problem.

For instance, suppose you encounter a real asshole on the road. He cuts you off and you glare, yell back and wave your arms (well, I do these things). Before I would just think to myself, that guy is a real douche and he sucks and that was the end of it. But now, I try to think of why he might be doing that. What happened to that guy to make him such an asshole? What bigger pattern is going on in his life to cause his assholishness? These patterns don’t justify the behavior, but they can help to put things in perspective. When we see that there are patterns and reasons for things, maybe that helps us to shrug off the incident and not let it affect our day.

And speaking of that, I hope you all have an awesome day today. ‘Till next time!

P.S. Thank you, Arrr, for bringing this amazing phenomenon to me. For those of you that are curious, Arrr now teaches English and philosophy in Eastern Europe and DJs on the side. Not too shabs!