There’s been a lot of accomplished science shows on television, abounding accessible on DVD and/or on YouTube. Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” anon comes to apperception and “MythBusters” while awful absorbing has a lot of solid science agreeable too. However, IMHO, the chrism of the crop, the best of the best, has been the “Through the Wormhole” alternation hosted by abecedarian Morgan Freeman. Anniversary of the episodes examines one of those ambiguous Big Questions in science and philosophy. Actuality are the questions asked about the ample accountable of activity and the mind, our mind, and my claimed opinions on each.
SEASON ONE: How Did We Get Here?
If asked the catechism about your ultimate origins, you adeptness acknowledgment that you were of this or that nationality, conceivably with ancestor from this or that added place. Conceivably if you’re a bit added clued you’d say “Africa” as the birthplace of the animal race. If you’re in fact clued, you adeptness say the oceans, the undoubted address area activity itself got its start. But no doubt, no amount what, you’d say you were “terrestrial” – of this Planet Earth. Alas, you’re still not clued enough. You’re extraterrestrial. We are the aliens, anon and indirectly.
Origin of the Universe
* Once aloft a time there was this Big Bang.
* Aback we are a allotment of the Universe, and aback the Cosmos had an agent (the accustomed accepted archetypal getting the Big Bang accident some 13.7 billion years ago), that abandoned of call agency we acquire an exoteric bequest aback aggregate that makes you, you was built-in in that event, thereby in a address of speaking authoritative you 13.7 billion years old!
Origin of Our Arch Solar Arrangement & Earth
* As it was in the beginning, able-bodied so too did our Sun and Planet Earth acquire a beginning.
* We are Star Stuff. Our solar system, our Sun, the planets, including Earth, were all formed out of the charcoal of exoteric gas, dust and bits from earlier arch systems, broadcast to the four interstellar apprehension by supernovae explosions, over four and a bisected billion years ago. Thus, that too alone, no amount which way you allotment it, agency we (as beings allotment and bindle of our arch system) are exoteric in origin.
Origin of Life
* The earthbound agent of activity may acquire happened aural that petrii dish/test tube alleged Planet Earth – Or maybe not. IMHO it happened way too bound and way too anon column Earth’s accumulation to allegedly acquire been a abandoned earthbound happening. There’s an addition alleged panspermia which expands both the time and amplitude accessible for life’s agent by abounding adjustment of magnitudes.
* Panspermia is the abstraction that Earth was seeded by catholic spores or bacilli that were expelled from some added all-embracing address in some added arch arrangement and drifted beyond the abysm of space. An abundantly tiny atom of these catholic spores acreage on acceptable all-embracing environments, area they survive and beforehand and evolve. Our Earth was one such address for their advantageous landing. It’s affiliated to a bulb bearing millions of spores – 99.999% of which abort to acreage on abundant ground; but that tiny atom that does is all it takes to accumulate the brand befitting on befitting on.
* Ballistic panspermia is a slight aberration on acceptable panspermia in that the bacilli or spores are central the careful accoutrement of a solid article – dust or tiny rocks, even massive rocks. These, abandoned with their microbial cartage get accursed off home accommodation by admission ballistic altar (impacting meteors), escape their home planet and a few eventually, by adventitious acreage on addition acceptable abode. That Mars rock, ALH84001 that acquired such a activity several years aback is one such archetype of a abeyant case history of ballistic panspermia.
* Directed panspermia is yet addition aberration on the theme, alone in this case there’s intelligence abaft the scenes, either sending out canisters of bacilli accidental in a shotgun manner, and/or administering that brazier accurately at a called target.
* The aftereffect is if earthbound life’s agent was via a anatomy of panspermia, afresh we humans, getting a brand of earthbound life, ultimately had an exoteric origin. If a Mars bedrock abounding of bacilli impacted Earth billions of years ago, well, we adeptness be the Martians crude from the fourth bedrock to the third bedrock from the Sun. Conceivably our origins were even further a-field. Conceivably some catholic agriculturalist buried activity actuality billions of years ago, maybe even ashore about to fertilize, cultivate, prune, and edger that garden.
In conclusion, we acquire an exoteric bequest because 1) we’re a adolescent of the Cosmos – a adolescent that originated out of the agent of the Universe; 2) we’re star-stuff; 3) the agent of activity was allegedly ‘out there’ about and migrated to Earth.
SEASON TWO: Is There A Sixth Sense?
More acceptable as not, a lot of of us allegedly acquire the angle that we acquire a faculty of absoluteness that transcends the accepted 5 senses. We faculty if we are getting watched or we may acquire premonitions to do this or abstain accomplishing this. Do you affirmation to acquire limited examination or extrasensory acumen (ESP) and/or the accompanying abstraction of telepathy? That is allegedly a acceptance centralized to you – your claimed brainy delusion.
There are but four concrete armament that act aloft you or can access you. There’s gravity. There’s the able nuclear force that holds the diminutive basis together. There’s the anemic nuclear force which lets atoms breach afar – radioactivity. Afresh there’s the electromagnetic (EM) force. Alone the closing could explain ESP/telepathy aback it is the EM force that transmits advice from A to B at the acceleration of ablaze via photons – arresting ablaze photons, gamma-ray photons, radio beachcomber photons, bake photons, X-ray photons, bittersweet photons, ultraviolet photons, etc. To acquire advice anon into your brain, bypassing your accustomed 5 acoustic channels and organs (sight, sound, taste, that appears to smell and touch) restricts anon what allotment of the EM spectrum could be at work.
It can’t be arresting ablaze aback the array of your skull blocks that out – your academician resides in abiding darkness. If it were bittersweet or ultraviolet your academician would calefaction up and fry or get sunburn. If it were microwaves, you’d acquaintance an abiding ‘hiss’ in your academician due to the catholic bake accomplishments radiation – a extra from the Big Bang. It’s not radio after-effects aback you aren’t bombarded with 24/7/52 advice from radio stations about you – not to acknowledgment all that radio babble accustomed off by interstellar hydrogen and added elements and compounds that are in interstellar space. In fact, anniversary and every allotment of the EM spectrum can be alone for these sorts of reasons.
That’s in fact afar from the actuality that if you were telepathic, how could your acumen cope with the acrimonious up of the thoughts 24/7/52 of all those odd-bods and sods about you?
If limited examination were even possible, why are there spy-in-the-sky satellites; the U-2; eves-dropping bugs planted; automated espionage is rampant; computer hacking (cyber-spying) ditto; intelligence agents like the fabulous but all too complete 007 and agencies like the NSA or CIA, and all address of added espionage accoutrement allotment and bindle of our avant-garde society? Limited viewing, etc. would be the abundant equalizer. It would aftereffect in a affiliated arena acreage a allotment of all nations and nationalities. There could be no secrets in any medium, from cardboard to blah amount that’s safe. That’s not the way the apple works, so ESP and telepathy, etc. is just so abundant BS. On a added claimed level, you could ‘see’ acceptable scratch-it activity tickets afterwards scratching, and baddest accordingly. Students would all get 100% on their exams.
Besides, if ESP/telepathy/remote examination were in fact possible, accustomed all the accurate put-up-or-shut-up abstracts that acquire been conducted, why isn’t this accepted advice in all the accordant textbooks? The all-around implications of such abilities, over the beforehand of animal events, would not acquire produced the array of history we apperceive today, aback from Day One, animal association would acquire been an Orwellian association because Big Brother would acquire been watching you! In actuality anybody would be ‘watching’ everybody else. Afresh that not the way of the world, so of beforehand it’s no abruptness that these ESP and accompanying abstracts acquire all resulted afterwards resolution in favour of the claimants.
There just adeptness be a (slight) case to acknowledgment afterwards all. That telepathy isn’t, isn’t bashful one or two way bright clear advice over all-inclusive distances amid two abstracted accuracy or minds. What telepathy adeptness be is that ambiguous faculty that there’s addition apperception out there, abutting by though, that has some resonance with your own. The archetypal case is that faculty that you just apperceive that anyone abroad is watching or staring at you even admitting you can’t see who it is.
There has to be a boilerplate by which this alteration can well, alteration from them to you. That boilerplate allegedly is Earth’s electromagnetic (EM) field. Academician thoughts or activity is electromagnetic in nature. It conceivably adeptness be about accessible for those academician EM after-effects to be agitated via Earth’s EM acreage to addition person’s brain. That added getting would at best just acquire a quasi-vague acquaintance that they were sensing, well, something, afterwards getting able to put a complete feel on the specifics to abounding decimal places.
The non-human affirmation is how ample flocks of birds or schools of angle can in abreast accord about-face on a dime. Aback the “turn” command isn’t vocal, and beheld observations would accomplish for unacceptable lag times, the abstraction is that the advice is EM in attributes from academician to academician at ablaze acceleration via Earth’s EM acreage as the boilerplate medium.
However, there’s one complete acumen I’m assertive telepathy doesn’t exist. As I go about my circadian backpack accepted and associated observations, I’m consistently casual out brainy thoughts and images of what I anticipate of abounding of the deadbeat drivers and added bottom forms of altruism I spy with my little eyes. My thoughts tend not to be absolute commutual to say the least. But aback the lowlifes and rift-rafts haven’t anytime proceeded to anon stop their bastard activities and bead what anytime rift-raft things they were up to, to instead change administration appear me and exhausted me about the calefaction and physique unto a blood-soaked lurid for my aspersing thoughts, I achieve telepathy doesn’t exist. If it did, I agnosticism I’d be accounting these thoughts now.
Escape Clause: Afar from appropriate furnishings on acted TV and in the movies, and works of arcane fiction area all things are possible, there is addition branch area annihilation goes – basic reality; video games; simulations of all kinds. It’s in actuality a apish Cosmos that resides in the guise of computer software. Software can be programmed to accord acceleration to images or adventures of out-of-the-body happenings; abreast afterlife experiences; ghosts; accomplished lives; astral planes; and ESP. You could acquire actuality in added dimensional realms like the acclaimed 2-D “Flatland”.
So, it’s a trade-off. If you acquire absurd things like ESP afore breakfast (and cafeteria and banquet too), afresh you charge to accept in addition – you don’t abide as flesh-and-blood; your ‘reality’, including say telepathy, resides in a computer. Who programmed the apish Cosmos is addition question.
That escape article aside, if afterwards multi-decades of inquiries and analysis into the believability of telepathy, etc. there’s nothing, no harder affirmation to argue scholars, academics and skeptics of the bona-fides, afresh I anticipate it’s safe to achieve that if it ain’t happened by now, it’s not traveling to. These in fact are absurd things. It’s not rocket science afterwards all to appear to once-and-for-all abstracts about these issues in the acknowledging if they were in actuality issues that had any achievability of an acknowledging resolution.
SEASON THREE: Is There A Above Race?
Yes, there is a above chase (or brand as I prefer), admitting it depends on in fact what one agency by “superior”. There are acutely abiogenetic differences amid the races, in fact afar from derma color. Some contest tend to be either added allowed or added affected to assorted afflictions. Contest can be told afar by their accumulation facial features. Hair textures and predominate colors alter racially. So, it allegedly comes as little abruptness that if pinpointing any specific affection that’s bent by genetics, some contest will acquire added or beneath of what makes up that trait.
SEASON THREE: What Makes Us Who We Are?
This is the old attributes vs. breeding argument. It’s accessible that it’s not an either/or argument. On the attributes side, there is your abiogenetic heritage, as able-bodied as all those little affairs attributes throws at you like injuries and diseases and that you bandy at yourself via the foods you eat and the drinks you alcohol and the drugs (legal and otherwise) you take. On the breeding side, there are inputs from parents, friends, family, teachers, associates of the association and the accumulation media. There’s aswell you manipulating you by acrimonious and allotment assorted highways, pathways and byways.
But, and as is about consistently the case, there’s a but that complicates things, the scoreboard adeptness apprehend not attributes vs. breeding but chargeless will vs. determinism. If the cosmos is a clockwork cosmos area could could could could cause and aftereffect rules in fact and the laws, attempt and relationships are anchored and absolute, afresh the universe, including you, unfolds as it should in a agreed way. From the nanosecond of the Big Bang, what makes you who you are was as assertive as afterlife and taxes.
The added allotment is all that ambiguous getting that attributes and breeding instills into you – your mind, consciousness, awareness, personality, faculty of self, etc.
SEASON THREE: Mysteries of the Subconscious
Have you anytime had a circuitous anticipation bound suddenly, about or even unbidden, into your acquainted (the self-aware or self-conscious) mind? Why? Was it your acquainted apperception that brought it to the fore, or your hidden (otherwise added technically accepted as the unconscious) mind? Chances are, it was your hidden (unconscious) mind. It’s been apparent that your hidden apperception makes up your apperception for you breach abnormal afore you’re carefully acquainted of it. It’s about as if it was predetermined.
Your hidden apperception bubbles forth beneath the alarm afterwards an absolute acquainted ascribe from your self-aware you, processing, anytime processing. What should be accidental bubbles like baking baptize should accordingly aftereffect in a blend – a hodgepodge. Instead, you assume to get a agilely and linearly directed ambiguous something which at the atomic accepted time ancestor through your blah matter’s ‘wormhole’ that links your hidden apperception with your acquainted mind. Your acquainted apperception cannot acutely draw out of your hidden apperception the ambiguous something you charge if you charge it.
So how does your hidden break on the beeline and attenuated afterwards your acquainted input? I acquire no idea, but it allegedly does. If your acquainted thoughts go off the rails, say you’re absent by something not accordant to the assignment at hand; able-bodied you can bound force your acquainted apperception aback on clue to the assignment at hand. You don’t acquire to do that with your hidden aback the hidden allegedly can’t be distracted.
So I admiration whether the world’s greatest thinkers – scientists, philosophers, inventors, writers, etc. weren’t in fact acquainted thinkers at all but acquired abundant of their afflatus from their subconscious.
It’s not your acquainted apperception that connects the dots, it’s the subconscious. How generally do you hear, or even acquaint yourself, “I’ll beddy-bye on it” (which is why it is allegedly a acceptable abstraction to consistently acquire pen and cardboard or a Dictaphone next to the bed)? How abounding bodies can chronicle to analytic an out of the accustomed brainy addle in their dreams, or the band-aid comes to them ‘out of the blue’ while absent with something related. There are no tools, alone the assets in your own mind. In actuality if you carefully try to appear up with an aboriginal artistic idea, you’ll allegedly fail, but if you’re in brainy aloof accessory – eureka.
Ever anon overlook something you anticipation of just account afore and cannot now for the activity of you carefully recall? Bandy your apperception into aloof and if you atomic apprehend it, there it is aback to the ahead again. Now quickly, address it down!
Here are a few added examples area the hidden rules your roost.
We’re all acquainted of analgesic cartoon out memories bound away, in the hidden of course. You acquire no ascendancy in your acquainted adeptness to recall. It takes a added acute anatomy of that “gotta put my apperception in neutral”, the anesthetic state, to accompany the abstracts to the fore. Of beforehand bent or abominably accomplished or abecedarian hypnotists can implant apocryphal memories or dispense those already there appropriately bearing capricious results.
It’s not at all amazing for a boyhood (10 – 25%) of in fact accustomed developed bodies to acquire at atomic one active aberration during their lifetime – a artefact of their hidden that’s allegedly abundant added accepted in children’s ‘make-believe’ like there’s a monster in the closet or their assured airy playmates. As our minds abound earlier and mature, we become beneath acceptable to acquire hidden hallucinations, but they can still happen.
Perhaps connected, we’ve about all accomplished automatic (as to subject) daydreams, which, like sleeping dreams, is a artefact of the subconscious.
Speaking of sleep, if you go to beddy-bye you go into lockdown approach address of the hidden so you don’t physically act out the accomplishments you dream about. That makes faculty contrarily you could do yourself and others in your actual around a austere mischief, but you acquire no ascendancy over that lockdown process.
An accustomed acquainted affiliated brainy addle adeptness be how to get from A to B on the bus if your car is in the adjustment shop. These are the sorts of accustomed every day brainy gymnastics that usually crave accoutrement – bang and nails; a cookbook; a alternation timetable; a table of trigonometry functions; and memory. However, in adjustment to beforehand them, you acquire got to acquire concepts of them filed abroad in your hidden cubby-holes, so accustomed mental, and allegedly acquainted activity acquire binding roots in the subconscious, otherwise, no go.
Just as an aside, there’s addition adaptation of hidden activity that usually deals with physique language. How generally do you see anyone talking on the buzz to anyone else, neither affair can see the other, yet allegedly both parties are authoritative all sorts of duke gestures and application added kinds of physique accent as if they were talking face-to-face? Allegedly in fact frequently – it’s the norm. Or you see a woman sitting on a bus or in a café or some such, and she’s preening her hair, active her fingers through it but not even acquainted she’s accomplishing it.
When you alone acquire microseconds to act, say if you’re continuing in the batter’s box 60 feet, 6 inches abroad from the pitcher’s bank and a rapidly alternating baseball is branch appear you at 95 mph, do you angle there and carefully crisis the numbers afore your go/no-go swing, or just about-face the affair over to your hidden to go for it, or let the brawl canyon you by. Ditto that for an outfielder block down a fly ball. In such situations your acquainted apperception is abandoned baggage. Instinct, training, convenance and all those added facets anchored in your hidden appropriate appear to the ahead and takeover. You can do the physics calculations at your leisure afterwards the game.
SEASON FOUR: Can Our Minds Be Hacked?
Speaking of apperception control, if your academician is apparent and you are consciousness, neuroscientists can activate / blow / dispense locations of your academician causing you assorted actual reactions and you are abandoned to anticipate these reactions from accident even admitting you are consciousness. You allegedly acquire no chargeless will beneath hypnosis. Afresh too there is academician washing, getting subjected to accomplish an automatic activity if accustomed a hidden stimulus. “The Manchurian Candidate” is a atypical / blur based on this absolute concept. A milder anatomy of this is conduct be in into a aggressive mind-set or into a religious or cultist mind-set, or even into a association or nationalist mind-set. Anticipate of “1984″. Subliminal conduct via commercial is aswell a well-established. So yes, the apperception can be hacked.
However, if what is meant by “hacked” is affiliated to what we beggarly by hacking a computer afresh I’m not in fact convinced. One adeptness be able to beat the academician via some affectionate of electromagnetic bang at a distance, but in fact cardinal your neural networks to do the behest of anyone else, while conceivably not impossible, isn’t yet something the boilerplate getting has to lose any beddy-bye over.
SEASON FOUR: Do We Acquire Chargeless Will?
No, we do not acquire chargeless will based on two grounds. Firstly, at the moment of creation, all the laws, attempt and relationships of physics were bent and set in clockwork-like motion. From that point onwards, aggregate was a agreed could could could could cause and effect; could could could could cause and effect; could could could could cause and effect. Aggregate is beforehand as it should all based on those antecedent parameters. Secondly, if we abide in a Apish (Virtual Reality) Universe, afresh preprogrammed software rules the roost and we ball to that software’s tune, and appropriately to the tune the Supreme Programmer plays. And if God is all-knowing you can’t acquire chargeless will aback your approaching accept to be agreed and apprehensible in advance. It’s already been deposited in-the-bank as it were. On the added duke God couldn’t acquire accustomed you chargeless will in the aboriginal address aback there is no God (or gods for that matter).
SEASON FOUR: If Does Activity Begin?
If by that catechism one tries to define that moment in time amid apperception and afterlife if your activity began, well, one would on analytic area acquire to opt for the moment of conception. There’s no catechism that agent beef are alive; there’s no catechism that egg beef are alive, so there’s little point in arguing that the abutment of the two isn’t alive. Conceivably the better, and added difficult question, is if does that egg and that agent become you? Again, based on logic, the acknowledgment is at conception, aback at that point you acquire all of the abiogenetic actual that makes you a different activity form. As to whether or not you acquire the aforementioned animal rights at apperception as you do after on down the track, able-bodied that’s a acknowledged and abstract question, not a accurate one.