A Bright, Vibrant Blue Diamond
A Bright, Vibrant Blue Diamond
John Æonid, Reflections in a Personal Web Site
John Æonid, Reflections in a Personal Web Site

Note

These are my notes on things that I am planning to address. I've placed as a sub-page of my "Contact" page to make available the topics and ideas that are still being constructed and considered.  If your comment is about these things, then please feel free to reference these notes in any comment you wish to offer.

To Do

This is where I write notes about things that I plan to work on.

  1. Tabs: Articles, Posts, Commentary, Links.
  2. Split out "about" page. - Complete
  3. Investigate using Prezi content here (so, hopeful).
  4. Date the articles!!!
  5. Fix print formatting.
  6. Permalinks?

Categories

  1. Mathematics
  2. Science
  3. Free Will
  4. Mind-Body Problem
  5. Emotional Reasoning Skills

Content Notes

  1. Guides in the Land of Scars
  2. Excessive Control vs. Wu Wei — Life is the Marriage of Order and Chaos (overdue, old idea [mid 1990's], at least 2 drafts still not finalized)
  3. Mundane Connectedness, Beauty and Divinity of the Mundane
  4. Cultural Relativity (why emotional beliefs are tied to culture)
  5. Empty Your Cup
  6. Big Questions (Wonder, making clear space for big answers)
  7. Eyes of the Peacock (importance of neurological pattern recognition)
  8. The Faith Experiment
  9. The Burden of Blame (why forgiveness liberates you)
  10. The Dice (the power of wonder, old idea)
  11. The Decision Engine (the source of black and white thinking, and the problems thereof)
  12. The Other (already touched on: Mirrors of God, why primordial consciousness would want others)
  13. Social Doppler (from second year in High School)
  14. Why There Are No Time Travelers (draft needs further review, thought experiment, about political power vacuum and the power for cultural change to do evil)
  15. Spiritual Escapism (Robert Augustus Masters, PhD and others)
  16. We Dream Because…
  17. Asking The Teacher Within (mostly complete: Inner Voices)
  18. Fiction: The Robot Dog-walker (postponed, a story of grief)
  19. Chakra Studies as the Manner in which Emotions Arise in Different Parts of the Body.
  20. 2017-03-15: The Perceiver vs. the Voice of Self Interest

Types of Links

  1. Intuitives
  2. Emotional Reasoning Skills
  3. Spiritual Perspecitives
  4. Philosophy
  5. Science
  6. Scientific Sceptics (NOTE)

Commentary

  1. Iain McGilchrist, The Divided Brain — fascinating pictures drawn while a side of the brain is deactivated -- https://youtu.be/SbUHxC4wiWk
  2. Linguistic Relativity and the Color-naming Debate — …seeking research about the possibility that early development includes creation of neural pathways for fine distinction of colour in much the same way that linquistic accents are acquired
  3. Animal Thinking and Thinking Without Words
  4. Daphna Joel — Can my views on empathy, theory of mind, and connectedness be constructively informed by the concept of the multi-gendered or "intersex" brain to the point of showing that we can have strong levels of empathy across the entire gender spectrum and the fluidity thereof?  (Video: TEDxJaffa — Daphna Joel — Are brains male or female?)

The Fusiform Face Region

Super Consciousness

“Notice that the degrees of freedom of space, gravitational waves, have not been discovered yet.  They [are] just necessary for [the] internal consistency of the theory.  So, think about consciousness.  We think about it, usually, as something which is absolutely required for description of matter.  But, could it be that consciousness, just like space time, may have its own degrees of freedom—and can exist without matter?  And, could it be that consciousness, later, will be, well, elevated to the level of super consciousness, which will include matter as its part.  I don't know the answer, but as any questions of this nature, this is the one which, when asked, it should be studied.” 
Andrei LindeWhy Explore Cosmos and Consciousness?  10:08

The Theta Mind State

“A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brainwave state. A person who is driving on a freeway, and discovers that they can't recall the last five miles, is often in a theta state—induced by the process of freeway driving. The repetitious nature of that form of driving compared to a country road would differentiate a theta state and a beta state in order to perform the driving task safely.”
— Ned Herrmann – What is the function of the various brainwaves?
“Previously, we17 have shown that simulated driving in the absence of vehicle motion feedback imposes a relatively more perceptually-demanding task than driving with such feedback, as evidenced by event-related theta activity (an indicator of cognitive demand18).”
— Lin, Chuang, kerick, Mullen, Jung, Ko, Chen, King, and McDowel– Mind-Wandering Tends to Occur under Low Perceptual Demands during Driving

Contraction of the Universe?

2017-01-03: This is a very questionable thought experiment.  In fact, I expect that many a good Physicist will blow this away in no time.  Yet, with the strangeness and uncertainty around dark matter and dark energy, I feel that I have to pose this question.  And, I expect that many an answer to rule out this though experiment would, in some way. involve the speed of light.  Given these disclaimers, I first note that position in the Universe is essentially always relative.  In particular, we do not claim to know of something that we would call the center of the Universe.  This is odd, given the concept of the Big Bang, which most would commonly assume would result in some center of the Universe.  I am, of course, familiar with the argument of why there is no center, and I generally agree--at least as far as saying there is no way to identify a center within the observalble Universe.  Along with position, speed then is also always relative.  So, this thing that we call the expansion of the Universe, Red Shift and all, could we have this view of relative motion backward?  What is the difference between seeing the boundary of the Universe, or Cosmic Horizon, as moving away from us--versus seeing ourselves and the space we are in as contracting?  Light, and our understanding of it--particulary Red Shift, is the reason we believe the Universe is expanding.  But, how do we know the Universe, indcluding space itself, is not contracting--away from the boundaries?  I still expect this question is flawed, but I'm wondering what perspectives of how space works would be explained from this question?  To put it simply--or not, how do we know, with both Red Shift and all positions and velocities being relative, that the Universe is expanding rather than contracting?  Couldn't some bizarre version of contracting space also produce red shift?

News

May 14, 2017 Listing
I'm now generating a chronological list of postings here (in addition to the sitemap).

Jan. 14, 2017 WOT
I now participate in WOT.

Oct. 20, 2016 New Website!
This is truely in its infancy.  There is much that I want to share, yet it's just beginning.

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