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EPIC Music: awe therapy

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

meThere are dark times in every life.

Times when the treadmill tunnel just seems to be getting longer. Time when you feel like another cog in the machine, wearing out in the grind.

For such times you need something to make sense out of the chaos. And one way order arises from chaos is music: the joyful noise sentience makes to thank the Multiverse for awareness.

My favorite for emotive uplift is Epic music. The visual equivalent of looking at an image of a galaxy. You cannot perceive the pattern without feeling something deep within you cry out to embrace that grandeur and to be part of something great and beautiful.

Words get in the way. The best Epic music has no words in a recognizable language. The rhythm and chord progression is a calculus of its own and we all know its unseen secrets, we all know the flavor of exhultation and exaltation that comes from stirring music. Certain musical patterns resonant with our limbic system for various reasons, evoking pleasure on a level fusing the left hemisphere’s craving for detail and the right hemisphere’s passion for harmonic synergy. Not just ordered sound. Rightly and happily ordered sound. Join its chorus!

With certain music, there need be no explanation. It lifts you up emotionally like a wave and carries you forward in singing along with it, with your soul. With certain music you remember the sadness and the triumph both, and marvel at the miracle of existence. When you feel down, try this music. Jump-start your own joyful noise.

– MRK

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A Tree Falls

Monday, May 20th, 2013

figure 1If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Well, yes Billy, it makes several ’sounds’. The realms of the wood are disturbed on several levels. There is the pressure disturbance wave caused by the falling of the tree, the acoustic spillover, and there is the change in the local electrostatic field, in the gravitational world, and so on. But if there is no one present to hear them, are they sounds?

Answer: whether or not there are sentient witnesses present, pressure-wave disturbances would radiate from the tree fall through the compliant forest.

You might think I am optimistic, that voices on the Internet will not be heard, that dystopia will follow. But I don’t see it. Some of you will hear me. When enough do, all will benefit.

The measurement concept in quantum mechanics, that something is not real unless it can be detected, comes up against the transfinities of the Many Worlds Theory and runs into difficulties. These apparently infinite quantities of alternate universes or altered histories were brushed away in QED (Quantum ElectroDynamics) by ‘renormalization’. If you put them back in, however, and add a few other effects to balance them, I believe that a full Feynman sum over histories formulation without renormalization will be productive for unified field theories.

– MRK

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Occupy the Future!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

This we give the World

This we give the World: Hypercubes

My friends, every new listener, every person who receives and shares this message is a blessing to Humanity. YOU give me hope for our species.

The Future is coming. We can all perish in it, or THRIVE in it. So much change is coming that it is literally world-changing. Not everyone will welcome this change. Technologies that the wealthy have invested in will become obsolete almost overnight, and the ones that realize this do not like it. But money, bigotry, old hatreds and fears will not hold back the Future. It WILL come. We are bringing it. YOU are bringing it.

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

Hands are reaching out across the scars of the past to make peace with old enemies. Scientists are daring to go beyond the limitations of accepted theories to create new wonders of technology. Citizens across the globe are rising up to cast out corrupt leaders and replace them with ones who listen to their people. I am not saying that all governments must fall. I am saying they must learn to listen and to serve ALL of their people, or they will be replaced.

Yes, I come from a country that is still paranoid. The attacks of a few have angered and scared and outraged the many. But not all Americans are blind enough to believe we should rule the world, or that those who dislike our policies are somehow crazy or evil. While I salute humans brave enough to risk their lives serving my country, I wish my country were using its resources to build, not to destroy. If we want dissent in other countries to bring more freedom, we should be doing a better job of allowing and listening to dissent here in America.

We are not going to build a better world for the Future with bricks of hate. We cannot glue the future together with the blood of enemies. We cannot reach the stars by climbing a mountain of skulls.

Occupy Hyperspace!

Occupy Hyperspace!

Old rivalries and angers are being kept alive because leaders fear that there are not enough resources for everyone. We are behaving like children fighting over a glass of water while it is raining outside. Our resources are NOT limited! Just a little ways out in space, the Asteroid Belt has all the metals and materials we will need for the next thousand years! There are planetoids and moons literally made of solid ice that we can mine for drinking water and hydrogen fuel. And the Sun will give us free solar energy for billions of years. All we have to do is reach out and collect it.

For years oil companies told us that solar energy was “a pipe dream.” But the latest quantum dot solar cells have incredibly high efficiency. Solar isn’t just for powering your calculator any more. A few miles from where I sit typing, homes are built, and are still being built, that are OFF THE GRID. They get all the electricity they need from solar panels. And this is being done with older solar cells! The newer designs will allow energy independence with fewer panels far from the Equator once they are mass-produced.

Medicine is exploding into greater understanding of human needs and the causes of aging. For example we now know that a lot of aging is exacerbated by the loss of functional mitochondria, the power generators of our cells. As we get older, our mitochondria tend to break down and their loss accelerates cellular degeneration. But now we can do something about that! Recent discoveries about a nutrient called PQQ show that it can actually help build new mitochondria. And we are learning more about essential molecules like CoQ10 that protect and energize out bodies. In the Future, we will all live longer — and we will not just survive longer, we will liver BETTER longer.

Join Together now!

Join Together now!

The Future is bright, my friends. I do not know if I will live to see a world at peace. I do not know if I will be around when we build new homes and factories in space. But I believe that it will happen. YOU will make it happen. And if I can be a small part of the effort to help you get there, then my life has not been wasted.

This We Give the World.
—MRK

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Walking The Course

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

walk1Walk with me. There’s no sidewalk in this community, as you can see from my images. The scene might be from any small town until you spot the palm trees. They would suggest either southern California or Florida. In this case, the lack of sidewalks leads to the correct answer: Florida.
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walk1For exercise, I walk around a golf course, always turning left. Sometimes, these turns are unannounced, as in this picture. That might be a problem if I was in a speeding vehicle. But since I am on foot there is no problem; I just follow the road.
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walk1Some of the  back roads are not exactly straight, but I don’t hold it against them. Any road that gets you there is better than no road. Parts of these streets have no houses on them, but the road soldiers on, for the benefit of school buses, the mail,  and trash collection. There must always be a way in and a way out.

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walk1Sometimes, a sign is given. The Way is pointed out to those who might otherwise find themselves visiting a forest. For me, all I have to remember is to follow the main path and turn left when there is no other choice, like here. No problemo.
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walk1Sometimes, direction is given more than needed, and unexpectedly. Here you see, on the back side of the golf course, that double yellow lines have suddenly come into existence. Perhaps out here in the savage West side of the golf course the traditions of our culture require more visible reminders.
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–MRK

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I Demand My Imaginary Rights As A Quasi-Citizen!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

snapshotI cannot believe that the Bill of Rights is only a pile of sand castles, to be swept away on a wave of paranoia.

We’ve been afraid before. We’ve been hurt before. Attacked without warning. We’ve been tempted to treat those sacred words as mere abstractions, as if they were the vague ramblings and daydreams of quaint naive  optimists from an obsolete era.

Are we going to allow the trend to continue this time? We’ve turned it back before. Maybe it’s never gotten this bad before. But we’ve remembered ourselves each time and tried to learn from our mistakes.

Do we truly believe that we can protect the Constitution OR the People, but not both? Shall we protect civilization by destroying its basis, the fundamental rules protecting our rights and freedoms? Shall we do away with freedom of Speech, because some people might actually complain? Shall we turn unified police and military forces on people who still believe that they can stand on the sidewalk and peacefully protest against how the rich have bought the government?

The NDAA was passed and Obama signed it. One part of it allows the government to use military personnel to arrest anyone in the United States. For the first time, they can order some Marines to kidnap you, then hold you in a military prison indefinitely. Since it is difficult for people to prove a negative, i.e., that they are NOT terrorists engaged in operations against the U.S., this creates a legal excuse to use the military to arrest protesters, malcontents, social critics, and political opponents.

What this means, fellow humans, is that in the United States, there is now, effectively, no longer and real freedom of speech (you can be arrested if they don’t like what you say, unlike a year ago),  freedom of assembly (you are a mob and will be dispersed by any means necessary), or right to due process (sorry, I am a marine, and I didn’t need a search warrant because I am not a policeman, I am a soldier).

Whether or not you know it or admit it, if you WERE a citizen you are now only a QUASI-citizen. There is still, after all, the Postal System and you will be allowed to vote…for one of the approved candidates.

I will not admit that my rights are gone. They were ALWAYS imaginary, from the first, but that did not stop us from building a great nation around them. I will not relinquish them. They are part of what we were, what I still am. Who is still with me?

I DEMAND MY IMAGINARY RIGHTS AS A QUASI-CITIZEN!

—MRK

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Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

galaxyIn Macbeth, Shakespeare’s protagonist offers a bleak appraisal of the human condition:

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

There are those who say, like Macbeth, that life is meaningless.

They will tell you that this struggle we all are embedded in is a tragic-comedy of Chance, a random drunkard’s walk of dancing atoms that form temporary patterns. They will tell you that even protons decay, that even the Universe was we know it will end in thinner and thinner emptiness as the ongoing expansion of Space dilutes it out to vast nothing.

At such scales human existence does seem insignificant. But is it meaningless? Victor Frankel concluded from his experiences in a concentration camp that our most basic need as humans is the need for life to have meaning. We can sacrifice anything, even our lives, if the act of sacrifice has some meaning, or serves some higher purpose. Conversely, the worst tragedy we can imagine is to bear needless, meaningless suffering. It is thus that Shakespeare’s lines for Macbeth strike a nerve; they articulate the fear we all have sometimes that all may indeed be meaningless.

But if I may be allowed a Clintonian digression, we might inquire as to the meaning of meaning. Is the “meaning of Life” something to be captured in words, and entombed in a book? What do we intend to convey when we assert that Life has some meaning?

An easy answer might be to re-frame the question in a religious context: what is the meaning of Life to God? To which we can only reply that if an omnipotent Being orders the universe, then it means whatever He has decided that it means.

But this easy answer is unsatisfying to those who question what they are told by religious leaders. Science has taught us that questioning assumptions can expand understanding, and thus we turn this questioning mind to the ultimate question of what Life means to us.

Some say that there is a God who supplies all meaning, that it is not a question we need to ponder. Others retort that there is no God to give meaning, that all is random chaos and there is no meaning in chaos.

But both of these answers attempt to evade our unavoidable responsibility to find our meaning for ourselves. We are not able to perceive the entire Universe in all its intricate beauty; but since we cannot see the large or small-scale structures of the cosmos perhaps we should take the hint that we should concentrate on the things we can see.

For meaning must have context. An angry voice with a raised fist in some situations might be seen as a bad thing, a disruptive and unwanted event. But joined by thousands of others in a political protest against tyranny, such an event becomes not only wanted, but hoped for.

Often we feel we can impose our meaning upon others and correct their understanding, their behavior. But ultimately, we cannot decide the meaning of life for them. The best we can do is communicate our understandings to them and allow them the same freedom. If we are part of their data input and vice versa, we will achieve a better concord than if we ignore their input and arrogantly decide that we know everything and that everyone should think the same way we do.

I cannot tell you the meaning of life for You. I can only decide what it means to Me. Meaning requires context, and every person’s context is unique….or we would all be the same person. Whether we are all one Mind, are all creations of some Being, or all merely accidental protein robots that have flowered into sentience, we all have (at least for now) separate lives and different contexts. We may never agree on the total meaning of Life.

But there are things we can agree on. When a starving human holds out a hand begging for food, we do not need to understand their language to know they need help. When a family stands in the wreckage of their home, no convoluted philosophy is required to determine how we should act. When a government ignores the needs of their citizens and favors the wealthy and fosters continual wars to keep arms factories humming and profits up, we do not need elegant theories of finance and economics to see that money is being used to hurt, not to heal.

Okay, maybe Tomorrow will creep on “…til the last syllable of recorded Time”. Maybe no Manual will arrive to explain what it all meant. And maybe I wouldn’t read it even if it did. Because our lives mean what we make them mean. Your life’s meaning will be determined by You, by how you live it. The meaning of my life will be the result of my decisions; it will be determined by how I live it.

Don’t let anyone else tell you what your life means.  Find and create your own meaning.

–MRK

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