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


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. The mechanic who's fond of The Wedding Date starring Debra Messing.
  2. Unexpected modes of affection inspired by Amanda Tapping.
  3. Ranking of personal Sci Fi preferences.
  4. Wonder: Holding A Big Question Makes Space for the Answer
  5. The Giggle Level
  6. Bright Souls (Linda the ex-mormon in contrast with those who generically have the light in their heart).
  7. The old hippie paradox (how we deal with time perspectives)
  8. Teetering, how we manage to deal with contrasts that are difficult to balance...
  9. Eleanor Rigby (the forgotten person)
  10. The In-betweener
    1. Pigeon-holeing
    2. Bracketing
    3. Vision Quest
    4. Mixing Board (Temple Grandin)


  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 Perspectives
  4. Philosophy
  5. Science
  6. Scientific Skeptics (NOTE)


  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?

2018-12-22, Update: Retracted original text, which was just meant as a thought experiment.  To summarize the question: what would it mean if, rather than our Universe expanding with distant things moving away from us, we were receding from distant things?  That would kind of mean that  there was some kind shrinking involved, which would not be a practical way to look at thing.  Yes, position in the Universe is relative, and we have no way to identify a center of the Universe; which was what brought this question to mind.  But, what would shrinking mean to Planck's constant?  Would we have a way to detect this?  And, there are other problems.  Again, it's just meant as a thought experiment or puzzle to ponder.  I don't know if I'll bother to write much more on the topic.
2020-09-15, Update, EEK!!! This nutty so-called thought experiment was mentioned on Big Bang Theory episode by Sheldon when he was high on... coffee.

Intentional Spoonerisms (Ongoing)

I'm a fan of spoonerisms and create them intentionally.  Lately, I've been noting ones for which I can include both the spoonerism with its compliment in a single sentence, particularly if there's a humorous relationship.

  • Doing chores is like chewing doors.
  • If you're good a stacking crackers, you can make tall scenes out of saltines.
  • More food for mood.  For mood, more food.
  • If you trade in loose tea sold in jars, then where in India might you do your jar dealing? (Answer)
  • In your documents, correct use of the line feed might give you a fine lead.
  • When the baker said there was a lack of pies, I knew it was a pack of lies.  (well known)
  • If you want to save the whales, then wave the sails. (well known)


Nov. 8, 2019 Shadow
I've replaced the home page, though the old is retained, and I'm going deeper into shining light on the shadow, taking more risks..

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 truly in its infancy.  There is much that I want to share, yet it's just beginning.

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