Look at the cosmos as a pool where the greatest depths are the most inclusive. Look at the cosmos as expanded dimensions of consciousness and existence. As we move closer to the surface, we pass through galactic and planetary consciousness, in and through genetic and molecular history, upwards to the collected human unconscious before touching our cultural shallow end where we splash with our thinking minds across the surface of this vast archaic profundity.
John Glenn’s pronouncement that evolution should be taught in schools overlooks some uncomfortable truths. While defending John Scopes for violating Tennessee’s Butler Act by teaching evolution, Clarence Darrow proclaimed: “we have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States.” Despite Darrow’s efforts, bigots and ignoramuses still struggle for ascendancy within America’s education system. Although these invectives were levied exclusively towards the defenders of Creationism, an important distinction delineates bigots and ignoramuses. Bigots champion an ignoble agenda – one that is biased and intolerant — while ignoramuses blindly undermine noble agendas.
Bigots are easy to recognize. They consist, in part, of the policy-makers in at least 16 states who have acted to impede the teaching of evolution and to, instead, promote Creationism or its variants, such as Intelligent Design, which argues that “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.”
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Alex Chiu has been immortal for a long time now. The inventor of the Immortality Rings and GorgeousPil has been kicking around the net for years. In Chiu’s world, buying his rings will ensure you live forever, unless you are murdered or have an accident, of course. I mean, to say otherwise would be ridiculous.
Mr. Chiu was kind enough to answer some of my questions about immortality, being gorgeous forever, forced population control, how Alicia Silverstone is still hot, and getting hassled by high school kids as well as the cops.
BW: Hey Alex, thanks for talking with me. Although you sell a few products, I imagine the one that sells the most is your Immortality Ring. Can you tell me a little bit about how it works? Does it actually make you immortal or does it just make you totally hot forever?
AC: Actually I only sell what I invented plus a book I wrote.… Read the rest
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI – yet another of the alphabet soup of US intelligence agencies) has released what they are calling “a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin.”
CNN‘s Peter Bergen gives us his take:
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In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed.
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an unprecedented number of documents from what U.S. officials have described as the treasure-trove picked up by the SEALs at bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011.
Evolver is the hub for all things consciousness and well-being related. They regularly host learning labs on life-changing ideas from the world’s leading thinkers and innovators. Starting June 2, they will be offering a fantastic 5 session course on near death experiences and universal consciousness with none other than Eben Alexander and Karen Newell.
Disinfonauts may recall the Eben Alexander controversy back in 2013 which we extensively covered. In case you need a refresher, Alexander is the neurosurgeon who had a near death experience and wrote the bestselling book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.
Alexander’s inspirational story has inspired millions. Now he shares his powerful insights so you can experience these profound truths for yourself.
Alexander will be joining the Evolver team to explore and expound upon these experiences, while sharing with you powerful meditation techniques and brain entrainment practices that can make experiences of universal consciousness part of your daily life. … Read the rest
Last week, the mainstream media was thrown a fresh chunk of talking points as Obama participated in a panel discussion at Georgetown University. The topic? Poverty. And, that being the topic, it was inevitable to bring up the most prominent US news source that salivates at the thought of increased misery and suffering for the poor: Fox News. From Obama’s remarks:
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But part of it has also been — there’s always been a strain in American politics where you’ve got the middle class, and the question has been, who are you mad at, if you’re struggling; if you’re working, but you don’t seem to be getting ahead. And over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.
Hopes and Fears explores hallucinating on web browser tabs and talks to philosopher Ned Block about optical illusions:
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You probably spent a week or two in high school learning about optics, occasionally finding relief from lectures in illusions projected onto the whiteboard. In my case, public school budgets meant that the projectors were routinely dim, out of focus, and off-color. The examples yielded an anemic crop of effects that lasted a few seconds. What little knowledge I acquired in class was muddled and superficial: cones and rods got “fatigued” and “adapted” in response stimuli, creating afterimages. Our retinas translated photons into electrical signals, which, after being “processed” in various parts of the brains, emerged miraculously as non-electrical visual experiences. Little did I know, it gets so much better.
YouTube and more generally, the internet paired with a computer screen, offer the chance to revisit these visual experiments and the scholarship behind them.
An early frontrunner in my microverse for album of the year, Swahili’s sophomore effort AMOVREX finds the band abandoning the shamanic trance stylings of their debut for a slick cosmic disco sheen. No really, if you played the albums back to back you probably wouldn’t even be aware you were listening to the same band. Normally going all dance party would have me calling bullshit on the originality front, but in this case it works on all levels, primarily due to the gargantuan leap in song-writing. Not to mention the fact that it’s trippy as all get out. I can’t say I’ve ever found myself high and grooving out to what seems like an updated version of The Love Boat theme, but the album’s closing track puts out that exact vibe. The biggest mystery in all this lies in how vocalist Van Pham somehow went from background distorted mumble-core to full on psychedelic diva poet in the course of one album.… Read the rest
Over in Oklahoma an oil tycoon is pressuring the University of Oklahoma to fire scientists who are studying the connection between fracking and earthquakes. Ron Placone and Jeff Waldorf from TYT Network discuss.
Faced with the growing crisis of declining bee populations, the White House on Tuesday released its strategy for improving pollinator health. Almost immediately, experts decried the plan, saying it “misses the mark” by refusing to acknowledge the overwhelming role that pesticides play in driving bee deaths.
Under the strategy (pdf) put forth by the Pollinator Health Task Force, which falls under the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal government aims to:
- Reduce honey bee colony losses to no more than 15% within 10 years, deemed “economically sustainable levels.”
- Increase the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million butterflies and protect its annual North American migration.