Archive for May, 2010

Man made life – for humanity or profit?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

News of man-made life! The work of creating synthetic DNA is progressing. Messrs. Smith and Ventner et. al. have made a bacteria with synthetic DNA only. The new cells can reproduce.

This is probably the beginning of a paradigm of creating life out of matter and information – many similar projects seems to be on the way as the techniques become practical and understanding deepens.

The theory of creating new life is slowly  - 15 years in the making – becoming a reality and many areas of progress can be envisioned: man-made energy, drugs, plant, animals …..

The ethics are awesome: the positives must be the goal, the negatives must be avoided. Open attitudes are required – new avenues of progress are opened up.

This is both exciting and frightening.

Enhancing or controlling your perception

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

For many years the notion of expanding our consciousness, adding experiences or even controlling brain response has been discussed and tested. Nature has given you a mind that works in a certain way – we don’t know so much about that really – but many wish to have deeper experiences or explore the unknown.

Hallucinogenic, intoxicating, alert-sharpening effects are sought to let us see light, lead to sensations or even ecstacy, make us easy or quiet, lead to relaxation or go into a haze, or sharpen our senses or lead to better abilities.

This seems to be done on an individual basis, there is no sharing possible, except that many doing the same thing may experience the same. But men being different it may be that we all would experience different things!

It seems the desired results can be higher mental concentration, being more clever, more intelligent, feel raptures or excitement, loosen up, creation of mental or kaleidoscopic images, intense colors …..

There has been speculation that there may be a world that we can not ordinarily see – that we can achieve a deeper understanding of our existence. We therefore ask if changes can become lasting or even permanent: intellectually, physically, mental ease, concentration, higher creativity, better communication…..

Many people have sought a personal paradise where you can have an optimal life far away from daily trivialities and concerns, which may be a form of escapism.

The grand question is if these matters can be systematized or utilized as part of your normal life – that you can change the state of your mental condition at will? Can you turn it on or off, change your soul so to say? It can be taken further and maybe we can regulate what we see – intensify or change the colors –  what we do or eat, enable a high state of thinking, change our feelings or morals to suit the environment. A controlled dream state could be conceived which is state of wishful thinking where your dreams are fulfilled, where all is bright and shiny.

The question of the other side – before and after life – can also be a dimension – a reality – that can be entertained. The question of hell is also there – the torment, pain, fire – that we have been told about, but never wish to experience.

The ultimate is to maintain an optimal consciousness whereby we can reach the the level of consciousness that we wish, so that we can have a better understanding of ourselves and people we communicate with. Ultimately we could change our personality or reach layers of personality that we have not yet seen. Today we mostly communicate by language – the higher levels of communication of the unsaid are not available yet.

So how do we move forward now? Not easy to tell, but experimenting with substances, meditating, training, dieting, choosing environments etc. can all be part of it. Start by giving your perception a thought now and then?

Careful – although that is not for everybody if progress shall be made.

Back to basic environmental work

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Reports of salmon stocks in Norwegian rivers coming back to the old normal is encouraging for environmentalists: success!

A programme of adding  limestone to river environments have been going since the 1980s and results are good: the salmon and trout are back. This is also a sign that basic environmental work is progressing. The super-attention given to climate change has been detrimental to other issues that must be taken care of. Now things are being normalized as the work on climate change is entering a “normal” phase.

Liming is done to reduce the acidity of the river environment that depletes the fish.

The acidity is due to sulphuric and nitrogenic emissions from traffic and industry using fossil fuels. These substances often move hundreds of kilometres by wind before falling down, often as acid rain, and creating acidic environments.

The solution is twofold: reduce emissions through international cooperation and work locally to restore acidic environments. Keep up the good work – reduce emissions everywhere and keep liming.

More of this please!

Deep energy

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The Earth’s heat is there to be made a useful ally.

We use heat pumps where we go maybe 200 meters down to find temperature differences of a few degrees, and save energy.

But the deeper you get the hotter it becomes. The thermal gradient varies over the Earth, and in some places you have temperatures of several hundred degrees a few kilometers down.

Oil technology drilling techniques now makes it possible  to drill deep down – say 5-10 km. Several wells can be drilled in the same area, and the drilling techniques are advanced so that well systems can be made from interconnected wells. Even lateral precise drilling is possible.

There are technical challenges – surely – but these can be handled in due course.

Stable, kind, sustainable, even invisible energy anybody? Why not? The heat is on – always has been.

The schools of the future – it’ll be part of your life!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Schools of the future will be great – and education will be a life-lasting part of your life. Imagine: you will never finish school and you will love it.

Established societies everywhere make curriculi that they want children to learn in schools. Children are taught basic skills and given a lot of knowledge in many areas. This is supposed to last for a lifetime. At universities you are taught more open techniques so that you can find out for yourself, specialize, do independent thinking, be a creative force if you want to and have the abilities. But increasingly we realize that knowledge of all kinds is constantly evolving, finding new forms and surprises.

Educational systems are constantly developing and new directions are sought all the time. The places where teaching takes place, the equipment, teachers qualifications, the length of education, the skills …..

New elements are now being pondered and also used: new open designs for locations, networking, communication skills, search techniques, project work, business ventures as part of  schools, participative thinking, more  languages to be taught, part time teachers from the professions, more weight on the creative side of arts and performances, seamless progression from schools to more advanced learning and then into a career or job.

And then you will have the possibility to do more: to refresh knowledge, to change your path, to find  business partners through education projects, to do specific subjects that you need for your next business venture or performing career, to do a general refreshment course, to learn more languages or whatever you need.

We will see adult education and human resource management on a societal level. New approaches may be needed, and we need to build understanding of good processes – some transformative thinking could be useful.

The approach should be practical – you learn as you do, you turn knowing into doing. The approach must be widened as education is about the future, about sustainability.

Learning will part of your life from you are little and to the end of your life – if you want to – and it will improve your life. The thinking is evolving, so are the institutions, the teachers, society, the business world.

It is all yours!