Stephen Hawking Proposes: “There Are No Black Holes”

Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — would probably be dismissed as cranks. But when the call to redefine these cosmic crunchers comes from Stephen Hawking, it’s worth taking notice. In a paper posted online, the physicist, based at the University of Cambridge, UK, and one of the creators of modern black-hole theory, does away with the notion of an event horizon, the invisible boundary thought to shroud every black hole, beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape. Read more of this post

Nature is Illegal

Why are all the beneficial drugs illegal?

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The Universe According to Esoteric Philosophy

In previous posts, I have discussed the basis of esoteric philosophy. Esotericism generally deals with man’s true relationship to God, as well as the nature of reality and consciousness. Read more of this post

A Guest Post From Lou Catarino on 2012

This is a guest post from one of our loyal readers, Lou Catarino.

You can read Lou’s blog @ https://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/

Zazen & 2012

2012 is here.

Now what?

Do we really have only 11 more months to live?

Is this the apocalypse?

The end of times?

We really are self-centered as a species.

We think that everything is there for us. Countless species have disappeared since life begun but we think we are the only one that matters.

Are we really the only animals that  are self-aware ?

Have you seen a primate looking at the horizon at sunset for no apparent reason ?

images1 A Guest Post From Lou Catarino on 2012

The Mayan Calendar

Perhaps the Mayans were onto something.

We have been a species now for thousands of years.

They had the incredible ability to understand the stars and, maybe, the cosmos.

Where did they get the knowledge ? Why did their calendar end this year ? Or does it ? Did they just run out of rock like the cartoon says ?

It’s a big hoopla with lots of bells and whistles.

After all, December 21 2012 just means it is the end of a Mayan baktun:

“A baktun (properly b’ak’tun) is 20 katun cycles of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. It contains 144,000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years. The Classic period of Maya civilization occurred during the 8th and 9th baktuns of the current calendrical cycle. The current (13th) baktun will end, or be completed, on 13.0.0.0.0 (December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation). This also marks the beginning of the 14th baktun, as such a term is usually used among Mayanists.”

So let us celebrate the beginning of the new baktun from now on.

I welcome you 14th baktun!

Meanwhile, the big illusion will continue to dazzle us with its enticing array of smells, ideas, stories, people, sunrises, etc., and it tailors itself to each and everyone of us.

We are special indeed.

Which brings me to zazen and the new year.

We all know that discipline is required in any worthwhile pursuit.

If you are a procrastinator you do know that the first step is always the most difficult. We have to give the brain circuitry time to adapt itself to the new reality.

But it works.

Neuroplasticity has proven it.

 A Guest Post From Lou Catarino on 2012

Buddhist Monks

This has to be one of the most intense eras of the human race. The rate of speed that knowledge spreading is mind boggling. We are communicating at the speed of light, no?

No wonder the powers that be are scared. Or are they?

I want to believe that a new world will emerge from all of this yet I wonder about the eternal samsara and all. Are we just deluding ourselves about social justice and a new world order based on the wants of the 99 percenters ? Or will the present day feudal lords continue to maintain their iron grip over the world’s money supply ?

Create a dream.

Make people want it.

Make it accessible by issuing paper and call it money.

We are all therefore indebted.

I would like the coming year to reflect all the previous years of growth from my own life all all the masters since antiquity. We all know what to do.

This is my first step.

It is a series of efforts that I aim for every day.

And it changes , like a scented wind entering a village, continuously.

Water. Zazen. Sunshine. Diet. Community. Sacred herb. Exercise. Yoga…and  everything else that works.

-Lou

An Existential Examination of Snow

images3 An Existential Examination of Snow

An Existential Examination of Snow

Think of a snowflake.

By itself it exists as a collection of water molecules, frozen into a hexagonal shape. It was created by a collision of forces, a development of opposing pressure systems—a child of attempted circumvention with chaotic afterthought. They can only be created under specific circumstances, and none of them are the same.

With each passing day, the world is different.

No matter how similar anything could be to the past, no scenario can be identical. There are just too many changing variables, outside influences—progressions.

Think of how we change the contours of the world every day. Buildings are torn down, ribbons are cut and new projects are started. Days get longer and we open our windows, or they get shorter and we burn the midnight oil. Babies are born, and people die. One day it is sunny, and the next, it snows.

Human life moves in a cycle, and water behaves the same way– all of our elements in a constant state of change.

The creation of snow is a process that includes a set variables, all elements of weather that, when combined correctly, create the perfect catalyst. These variables vary in their quality or quantity depending on the circumstances of the world. Whether we like it or not, our actions influence these variables because we are a variable in itself. We are a part of this world, just as the weather is and our forces influence others.

And think of how we are conceived—two bodies developed under different outside influences, bearing similar biological variables, colliding together in such a way that life is made.

I wonder, if a child was conceived in the snow, how much the temperature and conditions of the environment would affect the conception.

There is a reason why we are a part of this Earth. It is often forgotten that even though we are a civilized people, we are still very much a part of nature.

And our eyes are not keen enough to see the snowflakes for what they truly are—individual. Instead we see them as a collective body, a mass of thousands, falling to the ground and joining together. As the masses grow they become something else, a force that cannot be ignored. Snow stops traffic.

And who are we to say we cannot do the same?

Touched by a Troop of Wild Mountain Gorillas

An amazing chance encounter with a troop of wild mountain gorillas near Bwindi National Park, Uganda.

Sexting: “Send Me a Pic!”

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit material from one person to another, usually via mobile phones.

Sexting came to fruition due to our ongoing change in technology and new media of social interaction. Not only are we the age of Facebook, Twitter, and dating websites, we are also a new dynamic of communication through pictures, texts, and online messengers.

 Sexting: Send Me a Pic!

The Sexting Era

The Sexting era really came into play around 2005. This might have been because our technological advancements allowed “smart phone” users to send pictures via email or texts.

Since we are now a world that lives and dies by convenience, we now find younger generations with a multitude of ways to communicate through technology.

I remember when I was in high school in the late 90′s, very few people even had a cellphone. You were ahead of the curve if you had a pager. Now almost every kid in America that can ride a bike, has an iPhone and/or an iPad.

But what type of function on a phone has now really pushed the envelope when it comes to Sexting?

You guessed it.

The camera.

Now almost every phone available has a camera that comes built into it. And what’s the point of owning a camera on your phone if you can’t send the pictures to another source?

This new world of Sexting has become very popular with teenagers and young adults. I believe sexting is most common with this age range because most teenagers and young adults fail to see the consequences of there actions when it comes to Sexting.

Photos and videos sent from one outlet to another can end up almost anywhere these days. Graphic pictures can also be photoshopped, airbrushed, and just completely falsified to make it look like almost anything these days.

So why do we risk so much for a cheap thrill?

Do we really need more excitement and entertainment for satisfaction and gratification?

Because we haven’t even discussed the outcome from Sexting that completely supersedes embarrassment.

Prosecution.

We live in a country with very strict anti-child pornography laws. Some teens who have texted pictures of themselves, or friends or partners to other teens, have been charged with distribution of child pornography. Also, those others who have received the photographs, have and can be charged with possession of child pornography.

That’s why they are called “privates”. Because photographs of people genitals are not meant to run through cyber space like Usain Bolt running the 100m.

In summary, you might want to think twice before pressing the send button on your phone after a racy photo shoot in your Mom’s bathroom with no towel after a shower. You never know who is gonna send it on or how it is gonna wind up on the wrong iPhone 4s.

Yes a picture is worth a thousand words. But a naked one is worth a thousand words and a possible vacation to your county jail.

And they don’t allow cellphones in there.

Mishnakrurti

e·go

noun /ˈēgō/
egos, plural

  1. A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance
  • - a boost to my ego

 

  1. The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity

 

A common misconception is that an ego is the product of an inflated sense of self (the attitude possessed by a person who feels they’re better than others) when actually, an ego IS the “self.”

We all have this ego; we all have our own interpretation of ourselves, and feel we are this “gear” in the machine that is the world.

Many of us hold on to this ego for dear life. We feel that if we don’t understand ourselves, then how could we possibly understand the world around us?

Whether it’s our values, our morals, our ethics- maybe it’s our stances on political issues, or our beliefs in regard to the after-life, whatever it is; the ego is this stagnant catalyst of beliefs, which we abide by daily(possibly sub-consciously), because we feel it is who we are.

When taking offense, we feel threatened; someone or something has violated our sense of what is right; our ego. This ego we have built (a figment of our imagination) has sensed a threat to its wellbeing, an outside belief has penetrated its way into our life in some way (through another person’s actions or statements) and we become afraid that the walls we have built may not be strong enough.

The ego, much like an animal, will do whatever it takes to survive; be it fight or run away. The ego is a living thing (in our minds) and challenges to those beliefs are kryptonite.

To fight is to do or say something to the person.

Being offended is a person’s reflex to an attack of their ego; we do it automatically, often without even knowing it. If being offended by another person’s actions (unless said actions cause you physical or material harm) causes you to alter your course/pattern, any actions taken are an erroneous pursuit.

To run away is to simply retreat back into your shell, judge, and look down upon the person; this is easily done when a person is surrounded by like-minded individuals during your day to day life.

It’s easy to fall back into yourself, let the ego win, and move on with your life convinced you are the more virtuous person. This is the lesser of the two evils, but not your only two choices.

The choice I choose to take is- Quickly reflect on the event that just took place, remember how things happened (the facts, minus the breach of morality), and store it in your brain’s data bank. Remember the events in the same way a hard drive would store data in memory.

Once the “data” is in your brain, move on with you day like the breach of morality never happened. Keep the events in your mind for if you ever have to recall them in a later decision. The smart choice is not to take immediate action fueled by emotion and pride; I implore you, the clearest decisions are not made in haste. To take action to defend the ego is a war to protect Atlantis (a war to protect a myth).

What many people are confused about when that other person’s actions are taking place, is it my body or well-being that is being attacked, or only my ego?

Having the sense to know the difference between the two comes from a lifetime of increasing self-awareness and strengthening perception; and to ever believe you have completed these tasks would be counterproductive in itself.

-Mark Price