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Personhood: Corporate Training in a Nutshell

Continued overview of Corporate Personhood 

A proposed solution to the FUNDING question: the money for training, monitoring, and POLICING of corporate personhood by an independent body (not unlike Elliot Ness), will be a percentage of corporate profits – a clause to be included in the standard incorporation process – the actual percentage variable, so defense and prosecution expenses remain at all times equal (a true test of justice without monetary influence). 

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 Following is Ralph Nader’s perspective on ” a jolting update and call-to-action for urgent redirections away from the secretive, proprietary corporate science/technology that serves the narrow intersects of short-term commercialism at the expense of humans and broader global values”.

Piercing the Technology Bubble

Published on Saturday, October 25, 2014 by Common Dreams article by Ralph Nader

This weekend, October 25 and 26, I will be joining leading critics, from the United States and abroad, of corporate-controlled technologies, who are also proponents of appropriate technologies for the people (Vandana Shiva, Anuradha Mittal, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, Bill McKibben), convening at the historic Cooper Union Great Hall on “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth”.

The speakers are highly knowledgeable. Some of their prior warnings were ignored by policy makers. Unfortunately, many of these warnings were, in retrospect, understatements. The chief organizer of this gathering is Jerry Mander who heads the International Forum on Globalization (see for the entire list of programs).

In 1996, Mander and Edward Goldsmith brought together several prominent writers to contribute essays to the book titled The Case Against the Global Economy. These analysts made predictions about the damaging effects of relentlessly single-minded corporate power and their corporate-managed trade agreements like the WTO (World Trade Organization) under President Bill Clinton and the newly ratified NAFTA. Eighteen years ago, these chapters seemed provocative and extreme to knee-jerk “free traders.” Reading these essays now, with knowledge of the subsequent effects of these agreements on workers, education, culture, energy, environment, media, food supply, pharmaceuticals, land use, the patenting of life forms, developmental colonialism and democratic processes, makes the book prophetic. Eighteen years ago, many wrote off this book as an exaggeration, when in fact it underestimated the damage to people of various economic statuses from both developing and developed countries caused by unbridled corporatism.

William Greider’s chapter, titled “Citizen GE,” remains one of the most brilliant succinct overviews of a global company’s avaricious reach ever written.

The book moves into proposals for “relocalization” of economic systems, currencies, communities and agriculture. Mr. Mander views this weekend’s conference as a jolting update and call-to-action for urgent redirections away from the secretive, proprietary corporate science/technology that serves the narrow intersects of short-term commercialism at the expense of humans and broader global values.

The corporate giants intent on domination through governmental proxies, shared monopoly power and propaganda, are not what the philosopher/mathematician Alfred North Whitehead had in mind when he said that a great society is one in which “its men of business think greatly of their functions.” For the corporate bosses, no matter how evident the stunning unintended consequences of their dominion, still march to the imperatives of quarterly earnings, stock prices and executive bonuses.

With such narrowly based yardsticks to measure their success, it is no wonder that the global corporations today, such as energy, drugs, “defense,” banking, mining etc. – are power-concentrating machines driven to defeat, diminish or co-opt any forces advancing contrary civic, political or economic values.

One of the least noticed, uneven struggles is that between corporate science and academic science. Unlike academic science, corporate science is not peer-reviewed, except by the ruse of some well-compensated and corrupted academic scientists – a practice known to both the tobacco and drug industries. Corporate science is secretive (aka proprietary), politically-empowered and intensely media-promoted. It is intrinsically linked to protecting and promoting commercially profitable pursuits that are often hazardous or harmful to people and the environment.

An example is Monsanto Corporation, which encompasses a global drive to use patent monopolies and political influence to change the nature of nature. Monsanto’s unlabeled, genetically engineered crops are widely unregulated, as noted by Scientific American, which said: “Unfortunately, it is impossible to verify that genetically modified crops perform as advertised. That is because agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers” (July 20, 2009).

Thus, corporate science is largely immunized from proper public accountability. This leads to rapid engineering applications without the rigorous testing and peer-reviewing process required by its more moral counterpart, academic science. It is these rapid engineering deployments, as well as their misapplication and public propaganda that the Cooper Union convocation seeks to address. There is a precedent for this work. The polluting internal combustion engine was rarely challenged until the nineteen-sixties when a Caltech scientist connected its emissions to smog.

A major part of the Cooper Union conference on “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth” will relate to what Mr. Mander calls “Which Way Out? Ingredients of Change.” Interestingly, there is no panel or topic focusing on the fundamental reality that there is no ethical or legal framework within which these technologies must operate. Consider GMO seeds, nanotechnology, weaponized drones, synthetic biology, medical robotics, weapons systems, surveillance devices and more! Where is the regulatory law? Where is the civic discussion of what these “machines” and technology portend for our societal and moral values?

There will be numerous presentations that urge local self-reliance, community businesses, “Indigenous Values and the Rights of Nature,” “True Cost Accounting,” and “Steady State Economics.” But there are limits to the efforts of individuals who promote local self-reliance in the civic sector. Mundane obstacles, such as Congress, cannot be ignored. The governmental arm of giant corporatism and its influence on our indentured politicians stifles initiatives to displace commercialism and corporate power.

There is no substitute for the much-needed political mobilization of the people in every congressional district to expand proven local efforts and spark a national discussion and transformation of our presently inverted priorities and plutocratic dominations (see

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Personhood, the Law, Rites of Passage, Self-Discovery


On a larger World View…..

Buckminster Fuller helped pave the way toward innovation and sustainability through technology. His work also inspired and informed Nassim Haramein on his path to describing the geometry of the fabric of the vacuum.  The Buckminster Fuller InstituteScienceAlertThe Resonance ProjectPhys.orgThe Resonance Project – Traduction FrançaiseThriveThe Resonance Project – Página Oficial HispanaUnify

In spite of the spectacular advances 21st century sciences have made, we still support systems that starve – indirectly killing – 21,000 children daily. Totaling the real figures over half a century dwarfs the previous record held for mass killings. The old addage, ‘this is permanent human nature, forever’ (akin to the hermit and the iron horse he said would never move), no longer qualifies as 21st century science, wisdom, nor understanding.

  21,000 Kids Dying Daily

From UNICEF, the world’s premier children’s organization, part of the United Nations:

  • 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
  • 1 billion children are deprived of one or more services essential to survival and development
  • 148 million under 5s in developing regions are underweight for their age
  • 101 million children are not attending primary school, with more girls than boys missing out
  • 22 million infants are not protected from diseases by routine immunization
  • 7.6 million children worldwide died before their 5th birthday in 2010
  • 4 million newborns worldwide are dying in the first month of life
  • 2 million children under 15 are living with HIV
  • >500,000 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

Energy Evolution Program

What part of fundamental Human developmental criteria is deliberately missing in education and the sciences, which  unequivocally relate to advanced, yet suppressed, energy options and definitions, specifically the quantity C, in E=MC2  



Conscious evolution is not a new ideology or philosophy. It is simply a noticing of the fact that we are aware of evolution, and are affecting our own evolution by everything that we do. It is actually evolution become aware of itself as us. We are the face of evolution. Every one of us is evolution in person. The process of creation has put power in our hands that we used to attribute to our gods. We have created capacities that transcend our moral and spiritual teachings, especially in science and technology. We are literally at the frontier of becoming cocreators with the process of creation or devolution and possible extinction.

From the perspective of the Evolutionary Synthesis, quantum capacities can best be fulfilled without destructive unintended consequences, by the synthesis of higher consciousness, deepened compassion, with quantum technologies, guided by the Cosmic Code for universal life. They can best be understood as the early stages of the capacities of a new born universal species getting ready for universal life, dealing with its life-threatening emergencies on Earth, activating its emerging incremental capacities, and practicing its quantum capacities for a quantum jump toward the next stage of evolution.

We are integral participants in the story. We are called, each in unique ways, to participate in the process of creation. Our vocation, or life purpose, or ‘soul’s code’ is our unique aspect of the blueprint of the cosmic code. It is the creativity of evolution localized in each of us. Our purpose is not merely a personal vocation or profession. It is our part of the larger design of creation for more life, more consciousness, more freedom, and more intelligence. When we attune to our deep callings, they seem to be integral elements of the cosmic code, residing as each person’s desire to create.

 To quell and reverse the growing, cumulative negative effects upon the majority of life on earth


requires re-visitation, upgrades … with scientific validation … in addressing contemporary, outdated concepts of PERSONHOOD, Morality, and Self Discovery – mental, physical, spiritual. (advanced energy applications and definitions indeed support sustainable, evolutionary survival criteria – of which ‘morality’ has always been an obtrusive sidekick –  morality, even religion and metaphysics, in their most basic form, equate to sustainable scientific survival parameters on all evolutionary scales).






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Personhood and Neuroscience: Naturalizing or Nihilating?  Morality in contemporary education: Many of the most contentious issues in bioethics and morality arise in cases involving entities regarded as persons by some and non-persons by others. In such cases it is unclear whether to apply the principles of Beauchamp and Childress.

Stages of Human Development: A sixth criterion: moral responsibility….. Why do most writers not include moral responsibility in their list of criteria for personhood? ( There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture – Psychology Today July 7th, 2014 …  or  Dumbing Us Down  A highly praised bestseller for over a decade, “Dumbing Us Down” is a radical treatise on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine. This Special Collector’s Hardcover Edition celebrates 100,000 copies of the book in print, and the book’s on-going importance and popularity.  John Gatto was a teacher in New York City’s public schools for over 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award)
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New Fed report finds that only the rich are thriving   A new comprehensive report by the Federal Reserve finds that most Americans’ incomes have fallen since 2007, and the recovery hasn’t brought them back.   This post comes from Marilyn Lewis at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyThe verdict is in on the economic recovery, and it’s what you may have suspected: The only Americans who have really recovered are wealthy ones.

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Matters of Perspective – Towards Self Discovery

Prep to: Personhood, Morality, the Law, with eventual common sense, self discovery/self awareness of fail-safe evolutionary parameters in the Possible Human

There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture – Psychology Today July 7th, 2014

Simple tips to avoiding the dangerous dumbing down trap in Energy and Economics – Our lives and future generations depend on it:

  • Detecting, assimulating and merging points of view towards viewing points, seeing the trees and the forest, heads and tails (one coin) come highly recommended. (narrow views with ‘tiny bits’ of information will always prove a flat world.)
  • Matters of Perspective: Dust balls    Dr. Lloyd E. Cannon once reflected on this story: The child who was informed by his Sunday School teacher, “from dust ye came, and to dust ye shall return,” (no doubt referring to Wise King Solomon’s words: “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”)  At home the little boy happened to roll a ball under the bed, and came running to his mother, exclaiming excitedly, “Mommy, Mommy, come quick! There is somebody in the bedroom under the bed!:” Showing his mother the rolls of dust underneath the bed, the little boy said, “see, he is either coming or going.” That pile of dust signified to the little lad just one thing, from that “bit of knowledge” he had recently acquired, to him God was in the process of creating another man, or of taking one away.

More often than not, a “bit of knowledge” can become dangerously inadequate to survival and sustainability. It is a basic, though perhaps latent instinct, to grade up to the expanding role and potential energy plays in our lives:

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The Possible Human is governed by the same laws of Light, the quantity C, as energy, especially advanced energy concepts and systems.

Radius of Curvature of all Natural Law: 
The Quantity C: Possessing a Significance Far Greater than Attributed
Gravity – As Viewed Through the Radius (VC)
Space as Observed through the Curve of Radius Light
Matter and Mass – Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass
Beyond A Uni-Dimensional Perception of TIME
The Nonlinearity of Physical Law


Explorations into the further evolution of human nature

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Esalen cofounder Murphy has produced a massive tome that could become a bible of the New Age movement. His main thesis is that each of us harbors latent metanormal capacities rooted in biological evolution: ESP, clairvoyance, extraordinary movement abilities, uncanny somatic awareness and self-regulation, superabundant vitality and universal love, among others. Our genetic inheritance, he argues, predisposes us toward developing these powers, which can be mediated by Christian grace, the Tao or the workings of Buddha Mind, and also can be developed through specific practices. These include psychotherapy, fitness training, martial arts, meditation, biofeedback and prayer. Murphy’s claims for extraordinary human potential are annotated with references to 3000 sources, ranging from physiological studies of meditators to reports of near-death experiences. In closing he scans the impulse toward wholeness in ancient and modern cultures and warns of the mental imbalance that misuse of transformation discipline can cause. An exciting synthesis. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Murphy, a cofounder of the Esalen Institute, believes that all human beings possess the capacity for extraordinary development, and that at least part of this capacity can be intentionally developed through what he calls transformative practices. He uses much of the text to provide examples of metanormal functioning in literature, religion, science, and psychology from many cultures and historical eras. The sheer magnitude of examples lends weight to his theory of the possibility of mind-body unity as a universally available phenomenon. In a brief final section, he suggests ways that individuals may begin searching for their own wholeness. This book will definitely appeal to a wide audience. Notes, appendixes, and a bibliography not seen, so the book’s scholarly value cannot be assessed. Recommended for most libraries.
– Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Mysterious Powers of Body and Mind:
An Interview with Michael Murphy

London: What kind of potentials?

Murphy: There are physical potentials. For instance, a book called Biomarkers came out recently that rounded up all the evidence that strength-training in people aged 84-96 increases their strength 50 percent in 3 months and their health radically. There was also a big article in The American Psychologist in August 1994 entitled “Expert Performance” which reviewed dozens of studies about abilities that were thought to be genetically determined, such as perfect pitch or the ability to remember strings of numbers on a single hearing or various athletic skills. These studies have shown that everybody who is trained can learn perfect pitch, can learn to extend their short-term memory, and can extend their athletic abilities. It was a landmark study, one of those great historic roundups of the evidence. Those are just physical abilities. There are also emotional capacities, cognitive skills, and spiritual abilities. Every single human attribute gives rise to the extraordinary — among men and women, young and old, in all cultures.


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Abundance: Releasing our Fear of Scarcity to do Good

Editor’s note: Taking the idea of ‘Abundance’ further, we recognize ‘limitations and fear of scarcity’ derive directly from primitive and outdated concepts and applications of energy. Energy, in all its shapes and forms, including space and time…… all there is, Infinite. Our relationship to money, abundance, will then change automatically.



Changing our relationship to money is one of the keys to unlocking its potential to help us create the more sustainable future we know is possible. Money is a resource that many of us view as a necessity; it has become a measure of wealth, the ability to acquire resources, and an individual’s capacity to meet their needs. Though the value of money has become a pervasive part of our social and economic systems, Pachamama Alliance co-founder, Lynne Twist reminds us that we ultimately decide what value money has in our lives, for we are the entities that created money in the first place; it is not a natural resource or rule that we have no control over.

While money has very practical uses, there is a need to reevaluate our personal perceptions and connections to money, so that it may be so useful as to create as much good in the world as it can. Changing our relationship to money is one of the keys to unlocking the potential for it to help change our collective dream and create the more sustainable future we know is possible.

Scarcity System

Our current financial systems are driven by the idea of scarcity. Pachamama Alliance co-founder, Lynne Twist, and author of Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein, agree that an economic system based on scarcity perpetuates a social system of greed. ……more


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The Oil Boom is Here: The Fuel of Civilization

Firms to invest $2.12 bn in Ecuador oil fields


Firms from a range of countries will invest $2.12 billion to develop oil fields in Ecuador’s Amazon basin region, the government said Wednesday. Oil companies from China, France, the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador will work to boost output on 17 fields considered mature, where there are reserves of some 277 million barrels.

“We are talking about $2.12 billion in private investment in the best area for oil production in Ecuador. It’s great news,” said Vice President Jorge Glas.

The companies involved are Franco-US Schlumberger; Argentine Tecpetrol and YPF; Colombia’s Montecz and Edinpetrol; US firm Halliburton; China’s Sinopec; and Ecuador’s Sertecpet.

Humanities Consensus and Freedom of Choice so eloquently portrayed.

Murder For Profit With Legal-ease









  Pacific Garbage Patch -Ten million square miles






 Yes, BUT …. but profits are up!!!

New data is out on cancer-causing pollutants in the air around Los Angeles


(this one is somewhat controversial, in-between, though still resulting in DI)
ostrich all the way down


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Manifestation: Achieve A Higher Vibration In Just 10 Minutes

Hits all the good points, some we may like, some not – but none that we can deny.

A brilliant Abraham Hicks video about setting your vibrational frequency, so that you can allow miraculous things to manifest into your life experience.

‘About Abraham Hicks’:
Louise Hay calls them “some of the best teachers on the planet today.”
To Dr. Wayne Dyer they are “the great Masters of the Universe!”

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The “eye popping” cost of cancer drugs

$100,000.00 PER PILL

Lesley Stahl tells 60 Minutes Overtime about another “devastating” side effect of cancer: the bill

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Rx R&D Myths: The Case Against The Drug Industry’s R&D “Scare Card”

  • Drug Industry R&D costs are significantly reduced by taxpayer-funded research subsidies

  • Significant expenses in the Drug Industry are tax deductible

  • Drug industry’s effective tax rate is about 40 percent less than the average for all other industries

Questcor Finds Profits, at $28,000 a Vial  December 29, 2012

Questcor Finds Profit for Acthar Drug, at $28,000 a Vial –

   THE doctor was dumbfounded: a drug that used to cost $50 was now selling for $28,000 for a 5-milliliter vial.









Medicine, Pills, Still Exploding Exponentially

   April 2002

 Skyrocketing Health-Care Premiums
Health-Insurance Rates Are Rapidly Increasing, With No End in Sight – By Jackie Judd April 25, 2002 — Jon Ward was stunned when a health-insurance agent told him his company’s premiums were going up 48 percent this spring.

The drug industry claims its high profits are necessary in order to conduct expensive research and development. It spends more on research than any other industry. The federally funded National Institutes of Health may be the drug industry’s biggest benefactor. This government agency alone will spend more than $23 billion on research this year. And much of the research benefits the drug industry. “There’s no other industry in which you have so much public investment in the fundamental knowledge that enables … the development of the commercial industry itself,” said Dr. Bernadine Healy, who used to run the NIH. And how important is this publicly funded research to the industry? The NIH looked at the five top-selling drugs of 1995 in a report. It found that “NIH-funded research played a critical role” in discovering each one of those drugs. Similar to Existing Drugs A closer look reveals that much of the profits from prescription sales are not derived from breakthrough drugs, but rather from drugs that are similar to already popular medications. But, adding up all the drugs approved over the past six years, 80 percent of all those drugs were deemed by the FDA to be similar to what already exists. In other words, not a significant improvement.



Be ever mindful of your role. You have elected to be a servant of the people. The people own the house. They built it. But they can’t run it everyday nor can they protect it, and build roads leading up to it. The people can’t educate the children and regulate the economy because they are too busy working. So they hire servants to handle these duties and they pay those servants to protect, regulate, and handle the affairs of housekeeping.

But the house is still owned by the people. The servants don’t get to make demands. The people do. The servants don’t own the funds they receive for protecting, regulating, and delegating. The people do. It’s our house. We the powerful working stiffs of America own it.

We lead ourselves everyday, and if you want to speak to us, do it from your heart, without a Teleprompter or a spin doctor at your side. We are honest, hard working and straightforward. We are generous and kind to those in need. We don’t need to be coddled or lied to. We can smell insincerity and BS a mile away. We pay the freight and keep it moving across America everyday. Not because you are leading us. We are not following you or anyone else.

There is a spirit in all of us. A spirit that urges us upward to a greater connection to that which is just, moral and honest. We expect no less from those who have chosen to serve.

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Focus – Next Generation Propulsion within a larger Energy reality

Repost – Courtesy of Exploring Energy Evolution

Aisha Mustafa, space travel, warp speed, quantum propulsion, Casimir effect, satellites, space shuttles, dragon X, quantum physics, Casimir effect Aisha Mustafa,

Taking the fundamentals from a previous post The Geometry of Form, the Connectivity of Space, and the Properties of Spin , we will now look at some theoretical possibilities whose applications could be accelerated if their concepts are unified with these fundamentals. We will, of course, have to include the tangential and isolated topics replicated below, which indeed open exploratory doors but lack full comprehension towards practical engineering applications:….more


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7 Ways to Fine-Tune Your Brain

A nice basic overview from New Scientist of current scientific thought on the brain and function. Lends credence to the fathomless potential of evolutionary life described throughout the ancient teachings, and put forth in the documentary by Michael Murphy The Future of the Body  

Still true  “…extraordinary experiences (some are called miracles) – intense, overwhelming, indescribable are recorded at every time in history, and in every place on the globe and are widespread in American society today. No one with any familiarity with history or anthropology or psychology can deny they occur. They are a form of “altered states of consciousness” – to use the current approved phrase – something like intoxication or delirium or a hypnotic trance but different in their intensity, their joyfulness and their ‘lifting out’ dimension. In some cases, such experiences were triggered by drugs, in others by ritual dances, in others by disciplined meditation; but most such ‘ecstatic interludes’ about which we have accounts seem to be purely spontaneous – a man casually walking by a tennis court is suddenly caught up in a wave of peace and joy ‘as time stands still’.” Andrew Greeley, New York Times

Why it’s hard to control your thoughts

What are thoughts, and what exactly is thinking? Take a trip into the fantastic, ceaseless world our minds create

7 ways to fine-tune your brain
Boost your memory, learning, creativity, intelligence and more

The human mind is the most complex information processing system we know. It has all sorts of useful design features but also many glitches and weaknesses. The problem is, it doesn’t come with a user’s manual. You just have to plug and play.

But if anyone knows how to get the best out of our brains, it’s neuroscientists. So we asked some of the best to explain how the human brain performs many of its most useful functions and how to use them to the max.


How to hack your attention span

Boost your ability to stay focused and you can improve at almost anything. Here are the latest tips for bringing your brain’s two attention systems to heel
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Get your memory working

Working memory is your brain’s scratch pad and contributes to anything that needs effortful, focused thought. Here’s how to keep your mental pencils sharp
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Become a logical and rational being

Logic doesn’t come easily to humans, but it is possible to go beyond your gut reactions – if you practice
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Think like a child to learn faster

Learning a new skill can rewire your brain within hours. But to keep those circuits strong, you may need to think back to a time when you knew nothing
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Harness the power of knowledge

Knowledge goes beyond memory, forming a a rich and detailed understanding of your world. But you can know too much
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Creativity on demand

Great ideas sometimes come out of the blue, but we don’t always have time to wait around. Here are the latest tips to get your creativity flowing
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Can you increase your IQ?

Like it or not, most of our intelligence is genetic – but there’s one part of our brain power that we can count on improving with age
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Set your watch for genius

From razor-sharp focus to creative thinking, your brain is at its best at different hours of the day. Here’s how to plan your schedule for greatness
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Buggy Whips, Socialism, Capitalism, Communism = DATED, BECOMING USELESS

Peter Jocis shared Occupy Wall St.‘s photo.

Like buggy whips, socialism, capitalism, communism……have long been outdated. Systems that give rise to 98% of the world’s wealth to 2% of the population, are not supportive of life. A remarkable historical parallel to this latest stage of capitalism points to European feudalism, which generated those extremes of wealth and poverty exemplified by the palace at Versailles versus the abject slums of pre-revolutionary Paris.

A living economy, an economy FOR Life, is way past due.

The worldwide effects of the current economic model can now increasingly be felt reverberating throughout Earth’s life systems creating unbalances. Nature, Gaia, will maintain its homeostasis stability……… and neutralize the irritant.

Atmospheric homeostasis by and for the biosphere: the Gaia hypothesis

Abstract. During the time, 3.2 x 109 years, that life has been present on Earth, the physical and chemical conditions of most of the planetary surface have never varied from those most favourable for life. The geological record reads that liquid water was always present and that the pH was never far from neutral. During this same period, however, the Earth’s radiation environment underwent large changes. As the sun moved along the course set by the main sequence of stars its output will have increased at least 30% and possibly 100%. It may also have fluctuated in brightness over periods of a few million years. At the same time hydrogen was escaping to space from the Earth and so causing progressive changes in the chemical environment. This in turn through atmospheric compositional changes could have affected the Earth’s radiation balance. It may have been that these physical and chemical changes always by blind chance followed the path whose bounds are the conditions favouring the continued existence of life. This paper offers an alternative explanation that, early after life began it acquired control of the planetary environment and that this homeostasis by and for the biosphere has persisted ever since. Historic and contemporary evidence and arguments for this hypothesis will be presented.