Big Mysteries

You only live once, and there are a lot of puzzles lingering from ancient times, and a few modern ones that also need solving. So I spend a fair bit of my time trying to determine answers.

I genuinely feel that these are the best solutions to date (and AFAIK they are original ideas), but clearly I am biased, so make up your own mind.

Still pondering:

Care: A Force of Nature

I propose a new force, one that alongside gravity should be described as weak. It is called Care.

Care has a deep connection with Morphic Resonance. There’s just an extra-dimension as the name implies, plus some ideas about how it physically works.

I came across Care without reading Rupert Sheldrake. When I worked as a tram conductor I developed a serious concern for the welfare of passengers. Back then (1990s, Melbourne), many tram stops were in the middle of a road with no safety barriers. Stepping off a tram without looking could have serious consequences. Thankfully nobody was hurt on any of my shifts.

A decade later I realised that in my many inner-city journeys, whether by foot or car, I had never witnessed a single collision of any sort (all I did see one cyclist and one motorcyclist half fall of their bikes). I didn’t need to work out the odds to realise that I was exceptionally lucky. Since then I have spent substantially more time in the city, and still no collisions, not even a low-speed, low-impact minor accident. That I have witnessed.

I don’t think I am inclined towards hubris, But I do think that by projecting care I have made a difference.

Sheldrake’s morphic resonance “is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.

The system could well function from knowing every thought and action in the universe ever. In the interests of efficiency I believe Sheldrake has chosen systems as the trigger. I have chosen Care. Systems aren’t necessarily good systems. Care implies pride and success in your own work, and wishing well for others. These are necessarily positives worth sharing.

I call Care a weak force, like gravity – not because it has a relationship with distance, but because the effects are so subtle as to have escaped detection so far.

Care explains the following, and presumably much more:

  • Human scientists and animals having the same brilliant idea, at almost the same time, without contact.
  • Evil is not as widespread as it could be.
  • The idea of magic and witchcraft
  • Evolution: shared feedback of beneficial results
  • Prayer
  • Living longer if you have friends
  • Pets living longer due to being loved more

As to the physical mechanisms, did you know that DNA can vibrate? That means a signal is being sent into the universe.There are other mechanisms that apply. The real difficulty is the receiving end. Is it God? The Aether? The morphic field?

If so, how does it exist in the real, physical world?

Easier Than Seeds

Serious preppers know all about saving seeds, the ancient method of planting a new crop from the seeds of the last. Clearly if our ancestors did this 10,000 years ago, it shouldn’t be too hard to achieve. But if you can’t be bothered separating seeds and drying them before you can carefully plant them, there are some plants that are a bit easier to reproduce:

Scallions / Green Onions / Spring Onions

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Chop off the roots and use the rest in your cooking. Then place the roots in water, so that the roots are covered and the stalk isn’t. Leave them a week or two in sunlight and the stalks will grow back. This can work up to four times if you change the water regularly.

Leeks, bok choy, lemongrass, cabbage, lettuce and celery can also be regenerated like this. For even better results, when new sprouts appear, plant the base in soil so that only the sprouts are visible. Water well.

Potatoes

Place a potato or sweet potato in water – a jar will help it stay upright:

potato-regrow

When the stalks that have grown at the top are 4-5 inches in height, pull them off and place them in water on their own. The potato will grow more stalks…

The plucked stalks will grow roots. When the roots are an inch or two long they are ready for planting in soil.

Tip: Whenever you are using water, replace it regularly for increased nutrition and less chance of mould.

Ginger

When ginger root has started to bud, remove the chunk that includes the bud and plant it – with the bud above the ground. Water well and you have a new ginger plant.

Basil

Choose a stem that has 6 or more leaves and cut it off with a knife. Remove the leaves from the top and bottom of the stem, leaving just those in the middle.

This also works with lemon balm and mint. Experiment with other herbs.

Tip: With all plants, less leaves means the energy goes into growing stalks and roots.

Rosemary

Cut off the top couple of inches of the greenest/newest stalk. Place it in water and wait weeks or months (depends on how nutritious your water is…). Eventually roots will appear, and you can plant them in soil.

Garlic

Choose the biggest and healthiest bulb from your last crop, and wait for it to sprout (just laying about). Plant the largest cloves in soil, in Autumn. Wait 6-8 months to harvest. For optimal results, follow this guide:
http://themicrogardener.com/5-step-guide-to-growing-gorgeous-garlic/

Tip: Buy organic if you can (or of course grow your own). Commercial produce is sometimes sprayed with growth inhibitor to stop sprouting from occurring. Place and water and roots will appear in week or so. Plant in soil.

Brown Onions

Chop off the root end, and plant it in soil with the roots down. When a new onion starts to form, remove the original root end.

Alternatively, wait for an onion to sprout. Remove all of the outer layers of the onion, leaving just the sprout and inner-most part. Plant it.

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Yes, I know – with the exception of potatoes their isn’t much in the way of bulk food to be had. There’s no such thing as a free lunch! Learn to grow from seed.

Stonehenge Is a Cellular Diagram?

(I’m not disputing any purported alignments… this is additional)

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Just a thought… If a alien species, or local advanced race/species wanted to share what makes them so special, it could be in the form of DNA or a cellular diagram.

 

 

A Safe Spot in Nottingham

For many conceivable shit-hits-the-fan scenarios, hiding underground is a good plan to have. Basements, tunnels and underground car parks are great, but even better is a massive cave complex. I mentioned the Louisville Mega Cavern in my book, and here’s another huge man-made underground hideout, this time in Nottingham, England – 500 caves, up to 1,000 years old:

City of Caves

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The family attraction that is now the City Of Caves was made possible thanks to the soft Sherwood Sandstone beneath Nottingham that allowed hand-carved cellars to be excavated and used as store rooms, factories, pub cellars, dwellings and even air raid shelters.  Most of the caves remain in private hands, and some were destroyed over time by various city developments.

By February 1941 86 caves in Nottingham were available as public shelters.

I haven’t been there yet, but I presume gaining entry in an emergency won’t be too difficult for a survivalist who has planned ahead. Safety from a meteor storm, nuclear strike, solar storm, supernova or whatever else takes your fancy.

Ultimate Responses to Bible Bashers

I learned all the below via NewsWeek

First of all, know the following:

  • the Bible wasn’t written by God, just humans
  • it has been translated from Greek to Latin to English, and often transcribed by illiterate folk
  • some of the Bible was added in many centuries later without permission
  • if you quote the Old Testament, you are basically being Jewish

The [original Biblical] manuscripts were originally written in Koiné, or “common” Greek, and not all of the amateur copyists spoke the language or were even fully literate. Some copied the script without understanding the words. And Koiné was written in what is known as scriptio continua—meaning no spaces between words and no punctuation… Sentences can have different meaning depending on where the spaces are placed. For example, godisnowhere could be “God is now here” or “God is nowhere.”

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Take one of the most famous tales from the New Testament, which starts in John 7:53. A group of Pharisees and others bring a woman caught committing adultery to Jesus. Under Mosaic Law—the laws of Moses handed down in the Old Testament—she must be stoned to death. The Pharisees ask Jesus whether the woman should be released or killed, hoping to force him to choose between honoring Mosaic Law and his teachings of forgiveness. Jesus replies, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.’’ The group leaves, and Jesus tells the woman to sin no more.

Unfortunately, John didn’t write it. Scribes made it up sometime in the Middle Ages. It does not appear in any of the three other Gospels or in any of the early Greek versions of John. Even if the Gospel of John is an infallible telling of the history of Jesus’s ministry, the event simply never happened.

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The whole concept of speaking in tongues – also made up and inserted at a later date…

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Sunday is the day of rest because a Roman Emperor wanted it to be so. The true Biblical sabbath is Saturday, as the Jewish folk acknowledge.

Christmas is the birth of Christ because of the same Roman Emperor wanting to match it to local pagan traditions. The Bible says nothing about the date of the birth of Jesus.

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The Bible does, perhaps, define homosexuality as a sin:

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Alongside many other sins, like lying.  Now if you look at the Old Testament, it is pretty rough on gay folk:

Leviticus 20:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.

But as NewsWeek points out, if you want to use this Biblical passage, then you need to adhere to other aspects of that book, like being circumcised and eating kosher food – basically being Jewish. You can’t cherry pick condemnation of homosexuality and ignore the other decrees in the Old Testament.

In other words, Orthodox Jews who follow Mosaic Law can use Leviticus to condemn homosexuality without being hypocrites. But fundamentalist Christians must choose: They can either follow Mosaic Law by keeping kosher, being circumcised, never wearing clothes made of two types of thread and the like. Or they can accept that finding salvation in the Resurrection of Christ means that Leviticus is off the table.

The Bible actually condemns preaching:

Specifically, as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spoke of those who made large public displays of their own religiosity. In fact, performance prayer events closely mimic the depictions in early Christian texts of prayer services held by the Pharisees and Sadducees, two of the largest religious movements in Judea during Jesus’s life. And throughout the Gospels, Jesus condemns these groups using heated language, with part of his anger targeted at their public prayer.

Jesus is quoted as saying “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

“Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others.

Prayers should be a private thing:

Because God knows what someone needs without being asked, there is no reason for long, convoluted prayers. Therefore, Jesus says in both Matthew and Luke, people who wish to pray should only say the Lord’s Prayer.

Judgement of others is not allowed:

Jesus said, Don’t judge. He condemned those who pointed out the faults of others while ignoring their own. And he proclaimed, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

2 Corinthians 5:19, 21

We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.

For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.

SUMMARY

  • After loving God, loving your neighbor is the most important thing
  • All sins are equal, and all will be forgiven
  • Prayers are meant to be private – preaching is not acceptable

 

Communicate When Mobile Networks Go Down

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goTenna isn’t marketed as a survival product – it is more aimed at situations like rock concerts when the mobile towers are overloaded.

It is a blue-toothed device that sends text messages using radio frequencies. And it does so via your cell phone.

  • iOS or Android: including phones, tablets and iPods.
  • Range: 1-6 miles, and up to 50 miles in high-altitude, line-of-sight scenarios
  • Battery: rechargeable, last 24 hours. Charge lasts for 18 months when off.
  • Weight: 2 oz or 56.7 g
  • Price: $150 for two pre-order. RRP will be $300 for two.

Now, I already have some good quality walkie talkies that would do a similar job. But they aren’t ideal. Firstly, I struggle to understand what people are saying (perhaps that’s just me…). Secondly, all the channels are an annoyance. And thirdly, it can be difficult explaining to someone else how a walkie talkie works, and for them to remember the instructions when a future disaster occurs.

While I like to think everyone reading this has a rendezvous point for finding family members in a disaster, that isn’t a foolproof plan – so I strongly recommend investing in a pair of these.

Advantages over walkie talkies:

  • Text messages have a longer range
  • No need to remember how it operates – just open the app
  • Messages are encrypted
  • Smaller and more convenient (considering you have your phone with you already)
  • Comes with offline maps!

Not shipping internationally yet, but when I get my hands on a pair I’ll make a review, maybe even a video!

UFOs: 4D Objects Slicing Through Our 3D World

My first preference for solving the UFO mystery is via Graham Hancock, who pointed out that the ratio of shamans in primitive (?) societies is the same as the ratio of Americans who claim to have seen UFOs, roughly 1%. That suggests that 1% of people are prone to hallucinations, or are in touch with other dimensions, or spirit beings, or somewhere in-between.

My second preference is that a UFO is a 4D object passing through our 3D world. Imagine living in a 2D world (flatland). All you can see is what occurs on a flat surface, for example one side of a sheet of paper.

Throw a ball hard enough to crash through a sheet of paper, and watch it from the 2D world of the sheet itself. As the ball first enters the sheet, it appears as a single dot. As it passes through, the dot expands to be a circle. Midway through, that circle is at its largest, and then it subsides down to a dot, then  back to nothing. It has totally disappeared, and we cannot see where it went.

3d-sphere-2d-plane

 

Similarly, a 4D object passing through our world will magically appear out of nowhere. It will grow in 3 dimensions, then reduce, then be gone without a trace.

UFOs are typically reported to defy the laws of our world. Most interestingly they change direction without slowing down. In the above sphere illustration, flatlanders would see an object change size in a way that is alien to them… UFOs get bigger and smaller, AND change direction. The directional change is how a 4th-dimension movement appears in our world.

If 4th-dimensional beings were studying us, whenever they get too close they could appear as UFOs, just as a finger pointing at an insect floating in water might sometimes break the surface.

Something perhaps telling is the entry points. Do UFOs appear in the sky because most of our visible world is above us?  If they came from the north horizon, and left via the south horizon, they wouldn’t change size, but they would appear to grow in size as they approached us, and diminish as they left. But this is normal for us when we watch an aircraft fly by – our brains adjust this for us.

If UFOs entered our 3D world from random directions, then we should see that the vast majority are high above us, and they grow and shrink dramatically. The few that move from horizon to horizon would change shape less. This is perhaps testable by looking at all recorded accounts. The higher they are in the sky, the more they grow and shrink.

Of course they could send us a message if they wanted to. We could send a message to Flatland by passing a set of pipes through their world that appeared to them as something like braille on the horizon. So they could definitely create a 4D object that spelled a message in our 3D sky, if they chose to.

Or they could give us a 4D impossible object in 3D. I know they can, because we can make a 3D impossible object in 2D:

3D-impossible

 

What would it look like? Not a Klein bottle, because that is a 4D possible object:

 

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The impossible object could look like these – but for it to ever exist we will need a really good mathematician in our world, or intelligence in the 4D world (and it is quite likely there isn’t…)

impossible-4D

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Paracord Bracelet with the Works!

I have paracord bracelets, but they will be relegated to some box or draw once my order for the Wazoo Adventure Bracelet arrives. To give you an idea of the quality, the tinder doubles as a wound dressing with 3 antibiotics in it.

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Ideally you have much more in your go bag, and your go bag is always handy. But for when that isn’t possible or suitable, just wear a single bracelet, knowing that you have a lot of gear on hand.

 

2D, 3D and 4D – One Universe, Dark Matter Is Hidden in 4D

Required – Watch this first:

I am a fan of Occam’s Razor, probably best described as “other things being equal, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex ones”.

There are two big mysteries in physics – the very different world of quantum physics, and the mystery of where dark matter resides.

I am not a physicist – I didn’t even study any science at university. My level of understanding on these topics is the average reader of popular science books, or New Scientist readers. I get the basics, but beyond that is a struggle.

Now – to the Eureka Moment – Two Major Puzzles, One Elegant Solution.

The easiest solution is for Dark Matter. We can’t see it, so it seems reasonable that it exists in a different dimension. There’s no need to think about 9 dimensions, or 32 dimensions, or multiverses or string theory! We just need one extra dimension in our universe – the Fourth Dimension.

No, not time. A fourth spacial dimension. The answer can be explained in a simple sentence – dark matter resides in a fourth spatial dimension that we are unable to ever observe.

So… if we have physical properties existing in the fourth dimension, then it makes sense that they also exist in the second dimension.

We can’t observe the fourth dimension, and the second dimension can’t observe us. One of the key factors of quantum mechanics is observation.

We can see anything in the second dimension, but it will visually be 2-D. If the Great Wall of China was 2-D then we would be able to tell. It would be thousands of miles wide, tens of feet high, and have no depth. But what about atomic particles? They are so small can we even tell if they are 2-D or 3-D?

“Nobody has ever seen a particle” (2:45 in this TED talk)

Quantum  particles live in a second spatial dimension, and are operating under a different set of laws to ours.

I’m not qualified to describe those laws, but I feel it is enough to say such laws are most probably quite different to ours.

Evidence

Proving that we can’t see dark matter in the 4th dimension is impossible. The only thing on my side is that the longer we go without finding dark matter, the more likely I am correct.

Showing that quantum objects are in the 2nd dimension should be possible one day as technology progresses.

One possible spanner in the works is this news item:

A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving.
Largest ever quantum state object

[The current record seems to be for an object as large as a grain of sand]

I can only suggest that although this is a relatively big object, it is actually a collection of identical particles that are each 2-D. It is possible to create a 3-D object from numerous 2-D objects. It could well be that as long as the collected objects are all identical, quantum rules still apply.

In nature such objects – collections of identical particles – don’t exist?