Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chpt 15, Pt 1


(Originally posted 2/17/17 on Read With The Gringa)

We begin “The Wonders of the Last Sea” from another book in the series “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Lucy is fascinated with what is going on deep below in the sea as they sail along.

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Epictetus 9


(Originally posted 2/15/17 on Read With The Gringa)

We continue reading an interpretation of the works of Epictetus in “The Art of Living” by Sharon Lebell.

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Are African Elephants Saving Themselves?


Although conservation groups have been trying to save the African elephants, could it be that now elephants are trying to save themselves? It seems that Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” is being witnessed by humanity in real-time as an amazing biological transformation is taking place among elephants. Reports from researchers at Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park indicate an alarming increase of elephants being born without tusks.

This Is No Accident

In 1930, out of all of the young bulls and cows born to mature elephants, only 1% arrived in the world without tusks. Here we are, less than a century later, and the number of tuskless elephant calves has risen exponentially. About 15% of female calves are born in the wild without tusks and about 9% of males arrive in the same condition. Evolution for any species is an extremely slow and gradual process that generally takes thousands of years. Scientists have never expected to see genetic mutation on this scale to occur so rapidly. It certainly can be no accident. Elephants have grown wise to the reason that they are slaughtered. They are responding biologically to protect their own future. This news is simply incredible.

Not An Isolated Incident

The elephants of Uganda are not the only ones exhibiting this amazing response to the threat to their survival. Elephants everywhere are giving birth to tuskless calves. North Luangwa National Park in Zambia reported an unusually high number of calves born without tusks. Kenya is not only reporting tuskless births but that, for elephants who retain their tusks, they simply do not grow to the same scale. Elephants are now either tuskless or sporting smaller than normal tusks as a means to survive the threat of ivory profiteer poachers. Researchers have compared these results with calves born to elephants living in relatively stress-free conditions. Elephants living without the threat of slaughter for their ivory generally experience a 2% rate of calves born without tusks. Threatened, wild elephants are sacrificing their tusks in order to survive. Here is video on the evolution of elephants:

 

What Tuskless Really Means

This may sound like wonderful news. Tuskless elephants would surely be elephants left alone in the wild to enjoy their natural lives, right? Actually, this may not the great news it would seem. There is actually a very high price to be paid by elephants who lose their tusks voluntarily as a survival mechanism. In essence, they become a crippled creature. Elephants have tusks for a reason. They are not just aesthetic. Elephants are not graced with tusks so trophy hunters have a prize. Tusks are needed to dig for water and food. They are used to root about trees and self-defense against predators. Tusks play an important role in attracting a mate. It is easy to say that a crippled elephant is still better than a dead elephant, but I don’t think an elephant would agree with you. At about the 1 minute mark in the next video, you see an elephant use its tusks to dig in the mud in order to reach water:

 

 

Saving Tusks & Elephants

How can a person help African elephants survive and thrive in a world where they are free to live as elephants should, un-threatened and with their tusks? There are numerous conservation initiatives designed for protection of the species. However, a novel approach to conserving the African elephant in the wild is to support a local artist. Historically, artists have been able to fulfill their potential through the generous patronage of others. King George III supported a small group of artists who established the Royal Academy in 1768. France’s Marie Antoinette may have very well have been the catalyst for the French Revolution with her patronage of the arts, as well as political activist groups. Many artists use their craft to draw attention to specific causes. By supporting a local artist who devotes their talent to the plight of Africa’s elephants, patrons can follow a great historical tradition as they endeavor to do their part to save these awe-inspiring and majestic creatures. Hang a painting and save an elephant! How awesome is that!

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Epictetus 8


(Originally posted 2/13/17 on Read With The Gringa)

We continue reading an interpretation of the works of Epictetus in “The Art of Living” by Sharon Lebell.

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Watership Down, Chpt 33’s Concl


(Originally posted 2/12/17 on Read With The Gringa)

We finish the chapter “The Great River” from “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. Hazel is relying on Blackberry to come up with a get-away plan from Efrafa when they get the does.

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Watership Down, Chpt 33, Pt 1


We begin “The Great River” from “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. Hazel is worried about crossing the river, but the rabbits must in order to find safety.

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The Universe Is All In Your Immortal Mind


(Originally posted 2/10/17 on Read With The Gringa)

One of the oldest questions man has asked that has yet to be definitively answered is what happens to humans after death. The desperation for immortality and hope that there is more than this life that we all struggle through has probably been the root of religious inspiration since the beginning of time. Can science solve this riddle? Can this ancient question finally be “laid to rest”? 


Quantum theory scientists and neurological experts believe they have the answer. And, if their reasoning is true, we can all consider it good news, I suppose, if you are open-minded and not a religious zealot. It’s all pretty complicated, as one might expect quantum physics and neuroscience to be. The gringa will do her best to walk us all through it one simplified step at a time. So, first of all, we need to understand the basic terminology related to the principles involved in this scientific theory:


Biocentrism: This principle posits that consciousness is just as much a part of nature as, say, a tree. It actually goes further to explain that reality as we humans know it is dependent upon consciousness and biology working together, but let’s stick to the simplistic version. Consciousness is an organic part of a living organism, as organic as an arm or fin or feather. Biocentrism is always at work shaping the universe around us even on a microscopic level. Here’s a video presentation from Robert Lanza, the amazing scientist who first published this breakthrough scientific theory (although the origins of this theory can be traced back to the deepest thinkers of every ancient civilization):

Quantum Theory Of Parallel Universes: Just about every science-fiction fan worth their salt understands, on an elementary level, the concept of parallel universes. But is this really possible? Is there science to support this idea that, although you are a librarian in Connecticut in this Universe, there is another Universe where you are on America’s Most Wanted for being a cunning bank robber? Well, scientific evidence is mounting to support multi-verse theory. And, actually, the evidence supporting a multiverse existence is really the lack of evidence. For instance:

  • We don’t know much about space-time relationship. If space-time is an infinite flat-line, universes could, in theory, be limitless, even repeating themselves after one ceases to exist. This idea is based on particle theory principles which posit that particles can be rearranged in different finite configurations, thus creating finite alternative universe possibilities that would eventually have to begin repeating themselves along an infinite timeline.
  • We don’t know if the laws of physics that apply to our Universe apply throughout the cosmos. Some areas of space continue to expand. Our place in the cosmos expanded with the Big Bang then stopped, becoming a well-defined “bubble” in space. That might mean that your bank-robber alter-ego might also be able to fly if the laws of physics are different in that other universe.
  • Quantum mechanics theory claims that, according to the laws of probability, every possible outcome must and does occur, throughout different parallel universes. This was actually proven through a physical, observable test, the double-slit experiment: 

Does this new theory about life after death then claim that the human consciousness flies off to inhabit our other universe alter-ego body with a new consciousness, like a creepy demonic-possession style reincarnation? No. Not at all. Each of our alternate selves living their own unique existences in alternate universes, will, perhaps, eventually lose their mortal, corporeal bodies as well. The consciousness, at least in our universe that is subject to our laws of physics, would leave the physical body and then create its own universe. The gringa knows what you are asking, “What the heck does that mean?”

Biocentrism asserts that it is actually consciousness that creates the universe. Although we are conditioned to believe that we are products of nature, it is actually the reverse that is true. Nature is the product of the power of our consciousness to create its existence. How does this work? Although it is simplistic to say, “mind over matter”, the principle is actually quite true. 

You see, matter as we know it is really just an illusion. We can all thank Einstein for this little conundrum. The basic result of Einstein’s famous theory of relativity is that absolute time and space simply do not exist. This can only logically lead to the conclusion that matter, as we know it, then, doesn’t really exist but is a fabrication, an illusion, created by our consciousness to coincide with what we personally interpret as the reality of the universe we are living in at a given moment in time. Wow. 

Let’s go a step further in hopes of understanding more. UCLA medical researchers have concluded that thought, mind, consciousness, whatever you want to call it, can manipulate neurons deep within the brain.

What is neurological activity? In a most basic sense, it is electricity traveling through a biological electrical circuit. So, one can then conclude that consciousness is, basically, electricity. Electrical systems operate according to frequencies. You know, when you see a label that says 60 hertz or something like that? That is the frequency, or carrier wave, the electrical signal travels on. What would you say, then, if the gringa told you that certain frequencies have been proven to disrupt and manipulate solid, physical matter?

 

 Yeah. The physical world around us, our universe, may be created by the frequencies of our thoughts, our consciousness. Our world’s limitations created by our own education limitations, creativity limitations, and natural law limitations. But, once our physical body expires and our consciousness is set free, it can exist in another universe with a completely different (or same) set of laws of physics and begin the process of creating a new life. So, although our physical body isn’t immortal, our consciousness is. And that is really the essence of who we are. Thus, we are all, actually, immortal.



SourcesBiocentrism News


Space.com


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