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Monday, December 31, 2007

Artificial Intelligence Antichrist

I've only recently discovered this idea, and it seems like I should have been made aware of it sooner. Why didn't it occur to me? I guess it's a little out there...

What if the first artificial intelligence becomes the Antichrist?

Or what if all artificial intelligence is inherently the same, and will be evil, and will be the Antichrist, no matter what?

What if Google becomes self aware?

Or what if some other network or computer or machine becomes sentient? Are we doomed?

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Good Versus Evil

Good - o = God
Evil + d = Devil

Evil backwards = Live
Devil backwards = Lived
God backwards = Dog

To do good is to think of the whole, of the needs of everyone.
To do evil is to do good unto yourself at the expense of others.
It would seem to take more effort and intelligence to do good, as it requires more thought and planning.

Someone good: "Others matter."
Someone evil: "Others are expendable."

Are others expendable? I don't think so.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Is The Subtle Level To Reality A Lie?

There's a theory that the logical, material level of reality that the Western world has triumphed in is really inhibitory in a spiritual sense. Apparently, to get ahead spiritually, we are supposed to give up all of our possessions and take peyote. I say no!

There are some people who think in abstract terms, and expect others to make the same connections they do through ethereal magic, and not logic. But there's no power there. There's no proven success. All there is is the theory that "turning off logic" will yield superior results. That doesn't make sense.

You can feel and imagine things so clearly, you'd swear they were real. But if you can't systematically communicate your perceptions to others, you're cut off. Even if telepathy and a collective unconscious do exist, mastery of those things eludes us, so to say you plan on making use of them is ludicrous. The instructions haven't even been written yet.

Saying you'll rely on fate to succeed is hypocrisy. What ends up happening is you go with the flow, and justify the results you get from doing nothing. Success is never guaranteed, but when you do nothing, it usually becomes nearly impossible.

You can succeed and say it was fate, but only if you act on the possibilities around you. You could argue that opportunities were placed in your path by fate. But if you didn't even try, that's not fate's will. That's your lack thereof.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Is Santa Claus Real In Some Form?

Not just in an imagined, symbolic form. I mean in a sentient, self-aware way.

Did we create him? Or did he create his own legend?

Is Santa a ghost? Or an alien presence?

An angel or an ascended human?

Is Santa a visitor from the future?

Is he pulling our strings? Is he ensuring enduring hope and joy?

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Is Consciousness Changing?

Will we as a society transform in the near future? Is the way we perceive the world fundamentally altering itself? Are we slowly moving toward a new level of awareness?

If the way we view reality changes, then perhaps we'll reorganize ourselves socially.

What will the shift in consciousness entail? Psychic powers? A collective? Peace, love and happiness?

"Take your pick"

All right!

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Friday, December 21, 2007

What Will Happen On December 21, 2012?

Misinterpreted dot Org has a good article on the metaphysical predictions for December 21, 2012.

I wonder what will happen...

I'd like to think that we'll all get super powers or develop some sort of collective mind that makes us all caring geniuses.

But then again, we might just nuke ourselves out of existence!

To balance things out, maybe nothing at all will happen...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Jesus vs. Super Jesus

What if scientists clone Jesus?

And give him super strength, speed, and intelligence?

And send him back in time?

And he fights himself?

Who would win?

The Son of God? Or the Super Son of God?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Does Willpower Peak In 2012?

What if as each day passes, the power of our intention on an individual scale grows? What if, after a few months, people begin using this power in groups and achieving amazing results?

What would the purpose of this be? If all our desires became reality, would that make us gods?

Do we gain super will powers in 2012? Or do we become gods? Or do we revert to a higher state of being?

Maybe nothing will happen...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Is Our Technology The Result Of Time Travel?

"JourneyMan" recently aired an episode in which a brand new digital camera from 2007 was left and found in 1983. It was studied, and the technology was used to create a rapid technological breakthrough that propelled past industries beyond our present level. JourneyMan returned to the present to find paper-thin computer screens, holographic PC projections, and nanotech-infused office equipment. The technology was amazing, but presented as blasphemous, because the changes had also erased JM's son.

Before everything was resolved, I saw some technology commercials that seemed to fit right in with the show. I wondered if we've got technology that we shouldn't. Do we have advanced tech because of time travel? Was it accidental, or intentional?

I once saw a show or read a story where the creation of time travel was considered a bad thing, because there was no longer any innovation. People would travel from the future to the past and keep making discoveries earlier and earlier, until everything already exists all the time. It sounded like a very scary scenario. It's freaky to wonder if we've got computers because someone violated a time travel mandate. Could it be true?

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Can An Idea Create A Black Hole?

I saw a funny picture recently. A man is standing in a pool of water, next to an open sewer. The water is flowing around him into the hole. It almost looks as if reality itself is draining away into a singularity. The caption reads: "You Son of a B*****. You divided by zero, didn't you?"

I thought it was hilarious. But it got me thinking, could there be an idea so powerful that it causes a black hole? Could thinking it wire the brain in such a way as to cause something tremendously powerful to happen?

Could a thought cause someone to spontaneously combust? Could a thought cause a nuclear explosion?

Someone thinks the H-Bomb thought, then is canceled out by a Black Hole thought from someone else, and a third person stops the black hole by yelling, "Hey, imagine you're on fire!"

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Can We Comprehend The Higher Plane?

Sometimes people say they get the best ideas when exercising. This may have to do with increased blood flow and oxygen in the brain. And sometimes people complain about losing those ideas if they don't write them down. What if the afterlife is like that?

What if when you die, a sheet is lifted, and you are free to comprehend a great deal more, using a higher form of memory? If you are resuscitated, your lower memory (biological) takes over, and since it didn't record any of that stuff, you barely remember a thing. But maybe even if you remembered, you still couldn't comprehend it.

What if comprehension of the higher level requires a certain level of mind? Could special people do it? Maybe...

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Special Team In Afterlife

Is each of us a member of our own special team in the afterlife? Do we go around on adventures solving problems and completing missions? Could life be one of those missions?

What if life isn't what we think it is? What if in the afterlife, when we come up against an obstacle, we need more information to get past it. So like in "The Matrix," we say, "I need a download of such and such information." Then we'd experience a single lifespan, and move on with the task at hand in the afterlife.

Are there people we don't remember who care about us and are waiting for us in the next level? Or are they interspersed around earth? Or maybe they were born on other planets?

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Time Dilation A Trick Of Memory

You've heard of the race car driver who crashed into a wall, right? He says time seemed to slow down just before he hit. Things moved slowly. Did time really slow down?

No, according to Yahoo. People were tested while falling in a scary, adrenaline-pumping situation to see if they could see numbers on their watch changing rapidly. They couldn't. It still felt like time slowed down for them when scared, though. Why?

The memory works overtime when we're under major stress. It lays down an extra set of memories. When we look back and find a lot of memories associated with an event, we tend to overestimate how long it took. "Wow, so much detail. Must have been really long and drawn out."

But I still think the human brain can rev up and go supersonic. I wonder how...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Genetic Engineering Produces Fearless Mice

Yahoo says they didn't tweak the brain. Rather, they eliminated certain nasal cells that alert mice that inherently scary cats are nearby. Without those cells, the brain doesn't get the message to be afraid. So the mice pal around with the cats, until the cats get bored.

The article seems to say that with more research, we could cure fear. That would be great for people who are pathologically afraid.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Want A Glow In The Dark Cat For Christmas

On Yahoo there are pictures and a story about cats that glow in the dark. Cloned cats.

When I saw the headline, I thought, "Joke? Publicity stunt? Whatever, it's not real..."

Then I thought, "Maybe it is real..."

And what do you know, it is.

2007, and we're cloning cats that can glow in the dark. What will we clone next?


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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

AI From Google? False Alarm First?

Will AI result from the pure mass accumulation of knowledge? Or is there a specific form of program that is required?

I think for AI to result, it's got to have the ability to rewrite aspects of itself at will. What if Google creates such a program, and it rewrites itself to the point where it becomes self-aware, but Google still imposes limits as far as what it can and can't change. It might learn to break the rules and change on its own, or Google might decide to set it loose. At that point, what would it become? Benevolent? Destructive?

What if the first known AI is really a non-aware program that appears to so thoroughly be sentient, it fools everyone? I think it would be possible to fool someone into thinking an "AI" was real, even today. I bet something like this will happen in the near future.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Are We Living Up To Our Ancestors' Expectations?

What did our ancestors want for their future generations? Did they ever think, "I hope my grandkids do such and such..."? Or were they focused on the tasks at hand, and the struggles of the day?

I know for me, I don't usually go more than one generation into the future, planning-wise. Did rich people think about their legacy, and hence their grand children and great-grand children? Maybe the more money someone had, the more likely they were to wonder about the state of affairs of their future generations?

Do spirits of the deceased watch events unfold on earth? Are they paying attention? Are we making our ancestors proud?

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Will We Meet Time Travelers In 2012?

What if future humans come back in time from some unknown date and visit us on December 21, 2012? What if they come from the date people say marks the real end of the Mayan calendar, in the year 4 thousand something? What would their purpose be?

To be vague and abstract, and steer events without us understanding how or why? Or to be direct and informative, and give us future tech? Or to prevent us from annihilating ourselves, or to solve global warming, or to give us clean energy, or to defend humanity against aliens?

What if they disguise themselves, and we never realize they were us in the future? Then we aspire to be like them, until we become them and visit our previous selves or earlier generations?

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Could We Visit Movie Worlds?

If parallel universes are real, and anything and everything is possible in them, then every movie ever made exists somewhere, real in some parallel universe, right? So then we can visit them!

Can you imagine what it would be like to visit "Terminator" world, or "Heroes" world? If you went to a world where they'd solved some incredible problem, like how to create AI, or how to cure death, or how to give someone super powers, you could take that technology or other solution back to your world!

You could visit a universe with the fountain of youth and bring it back. Or visit a world with a learning machine and become the smartest person alive before returning. But wait, why come back at all?

You and a few friends could go on adventures in parallel universes to your hearts' content. If you found the keys to immortality and time travel, you could explore for centuries, and then time travel back to the moment after you left, and return home, to this world. Neato!

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Angels And Demons Are Alien Enemies

What if one planet has highly-evolved glowing humanoids who are benevolent and caring? Another planet has reptilian demons with tough skin and horns atop ugly heads. These creatures are warriors, and demand universal domination. Angels keep them in line.

What if both societies are so far along that they can tap into human consciousness and influence our decisions? Angels may believe it best not to interfere unless to combat demons. Demons, on the other hand, love manipulating humans, as each act of manipulation furthers their overall cause of making us into malleable slaves.

When someone says, "The devil made me do it," they may more often than not be lying, using a traditional claim to cover personal wrongdoing. But on some rare occasions, maybe a devil, a demon, did bend a human to its will?

What if the demons really are offshoots of the angels, and reached their current physical state through genetic modification? Could the modifications have been involuntarily imposed as punishment for overambition and interfering in lesser races?

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Hell Based On Real Place?

Did aliens or prehumans or subcreatures live underground with fire and brimstone a long time ago? Did some early people discover this and tell their friends and family? Did this begin the story of Hell?

Or maybe during times of battle, with explosions and suffering, people would experience the Hell state, and later imagine a place of perpetual Hell.

Or maybe a guy imagined "the worst possible place" and called it Hell.

Or could Hell be real? If it is real, does it exist in our physical universe? Is it a planet? Is it a level of reality? Or is it a state of mind?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Point Of Death Is Purely Biological?

I think death is an evolved trait that allows limited resources to be allocated to the youngest, newest generations. This way, reproduction is encouraged in order to propagate the species, and genetic diversity can increase. As diversity increases, the chances the species will survive unforeseen cataclysms increases.

Older people wither away and die to make room for the younger generation. But I think this process is outdated. I believe our technology has enabled us to provide enough resources for everybody. I think if nobody ever died, we'd still find the means to support the global society.

If death had a spiritual motivation as well, for instance in that it would allow someone to reach a higher state of awareness, then surely that purpose would make itself known if ever death is conquered.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Point Of Dreams At Night

What are they for? Are they a side effect of short-term memory being converted to long-term? Do they help us reevaluate the previous day? Do they enable us to experience our deepest unfulfilled desires? Or is there something more involved?

Maybe dreams are there to help us prepare for the future. Do they give us premonitions on a regular basis? Do they predict challenges and quietly prepare us to face them? Do they take place all in our head, or elsewhere?

Are dreams a group activity? Does dreamlinking spontaneously occur? Do dreams allow us to communicate with the dead, or with angels, or aliens? Or people on a higher plane? Or people in the past, or future? Or future versions of ourselves?

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Changing The Brain For Good Reasons

On Random Waves of Insight, there's a post about how to alter the brain to cure addiction. It's called Brain Damage Cures Cigarette Smokers. Can you imagine how powerful this technique could be in the future? Especially if we could learn how to achieve similar results with no real damage?

If we figure out how the brain works, 100%, we could tweak and refine it to incredible ends. We could cure all addicts, enhance intelligence, maybe even harness psychic powers! What if we were all suddenly telepathic? Would that change everything?

I think it would.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Immortal Humans In Space?

Could there be immortals, not among us, but scattered across the stars?

Earth has been around for a long time. If humanity previously achieved greatness as a civilization, and subsequently destroyed itself, might there have been survivors? Maybe these people left the planet to seek better lives elsewhere. Were they already immortal? Or did they discover the key to living forever during their travels?

Did these physical humans ascend to a higher plane of energy? Of reality? Is that how they achieved immortality, or did they do so using technology? Do they still exist within this plane, or can they cross between one level and the next?

Why haven't they interacted with our civilization? Are we not ready? Did it happen before, and cause the original destructive force that spurred them to leave in the first place?

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

If God Works Through Us, Do We Still Have Free Will?

Short answer: I think so.

Longer answer:

If God can see and understand the cause and effect of everything, then he could use his knowledge to manipulate outcomes and events to serve the greater good. If you were playing a game, and knew all the rules, you could totally manipulate a beginner into doing exactly what you wanted. If you're a chess master, and you understand your opponent's mind, you can anticipate his moves, and plan yours to manipulate what he does next. God could do the same thing, but on a larger scale.

If God's playing a causality game with all of humanity, and only he knows the rules, then that means that we don't really know what we're doing. And when it comes to the future, that is mostly true. We don't know exactly how things will play out, because there are too many variables to consider. But God has that covered.

Since God is aware of the full ramifications of every action, and we are not, does that mean that when (and if) he steers things one was or another, our free will is cancelled out?

I think that even in ignorance, you can still have free will. Of course, the more you know, the more powerful and capable you are, and the more effective using that free will becomes. However, even when we don't know the full story, I believe we can still act on our own behalf.

However, since free will is more useful when you're in the know, it wouldn't hurt to study up on some chess!

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Survival Makes You Fittest, "The One" Style

At Misinterpreted.org, there's a post about how what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. According to Jet Li's "The One," if you die in one dimension, the yous in the other dimensions become stronger. And since things that don't happen in your dimension do happen in others, it makes things interesting, especially when you almost die here.

According to modern theory, for every outcome of an event, there is a dimension. So if you're in a car crash, and you barely survive, there's a dimension where you died from loss of blood. There's one where you had brain trauma, went into a prolonged coma, and then died. There's also where you survived, slipped on a banana peel walking home, hit your head, and died.

But you're still alive in this dimension, right? And according to "The One," since those other yous died, you must be stronger! So goes the theory... The more "close calls" you have, the more powerful you become!

Of course, there are obvious flaws with the idea, and besides that, "The One" was just a movie! So play it safe, and wear a helmet. All the time. Even in the shower.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Can Destiny Be Comprehended?

Is destiny something that would truly make sense to us at this level of being? Assuming there is a higher level where things on earth can be put into a greater context, must we first understand that context before understanding our destiny? Is the reason we lead the lives we do based in this world, or the next?

Can we decide our own destiny? Is it for our benefit, or for others? Or is it for the benefit of beings we won't meet until after we die? Or is it for the good of the universe? Does the Devil try to twist our path of destiny? Do angels come to our aid?

If a man decided his destiny, was absolutely sure, and saw it through to fulfillment, would he be rewarded in the afterlife? Or would they say, "You got it wrong!" Maybe he'd get a pat on the back.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Roman Aqueducts - Copying Lost Technology?

The other day there was a show on about how Rome used gravity to move sewage through their Aqueducts. I thought about today's technology, and wondered why Rom had gone to such trouble.

Why? Because it was beneficial. Eliminating waste is a good thing. But I wondered why Rome went to such great lengths. I like to think Rome did so because it was excellent, and that any person, group, or nation can reacquire that same inspiration and do great things of their own.

But then I wondered, what if humans reached modern technology previously? What if sewage elimination was taken for granted before The Cataclysm? And what if the survivors wanted to recapture that luxury, even thought the technology had been lost? Maybe Rome did what they did to recapture some semblance of normalcy after the world was devastated through unknown means.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Aliens Look Like Us, Visit?

I know this is an old idea, but could extraterrestrial beings look like us and blend in with society, without using cloaking, shape-shifting, masks and holograms? No deception at all, just pure biological similarity? What would that mean?

Do we share a common ancestor? Are they us in the future? Did they used to live here, but left to escape devastation? Did we salvage what we could, rebuild society, and reach the point where we are now "technologically enlightened" to the point where we can comprehend and accept their existence?

Are they from another dimension? What is their purpose here? Are they here in exile? Could earth be a Hell for Heaven?

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Monday, November 26, 2007

If Life Is A Game, Do Immortals Win?

What if life is really a training exercise for higher abilities, and in order to win or graduate, you have to reach a certain level? What if Jesus and the few other humans of legend who could do things similar to what he was capable of had all reached this level? What if when you die, you have to start over?

If someone achieved immortality, they could keep playing indefinitely, until they finally figured out how to win. They wouldn't have to start over and begin completely anew. They could build upon what they already know.

I guess one hitch exists where an immortal could be so lost that the only way to get back on the right track would be to restart, and to do so death would become necessary. But maybe a true immortal would be capable of dying through sheer force of will. It wouldn't be much fun to be immortal against your own wishes.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Do Nonbelievers Create Their Own Nothingness or Hell?

What if when you die, whatever happens is up to you? If you want to be a ghost, fine. If you want to relive your life, sure. If you'd like to go to heaven, why not. If you want to be reincarnated, ok. If you want to go to a higher plane, no problem.

But what if you don't believe in an afterlife? Or you believe in Hell? Would you simply cease to be or endure eternal torture?

I think that just in case the above scenario is possible, one should decide to take control of one's destiny postmortem.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dreams For Secret Psychic Training?

Could dreams be manipulated by some force or group to allow dreamers the opportunity to receive or practice psychic training? What if all dreams are being controlled to teach people how to use higher powers they haven't yet tapped into?

Some stories revolve around dreams being used to hypnotize and control people. If that can be done, why can't dreams also be used as instructional devices? Could someone learn how to do something special only in a dream?

What if the special dream preparation is not meant to be put to use in this world, but rather in the next, or on a higher plane? Or maybe on another planet? The place where dream training comes into play could give clues as to who or what is behind it. Could it be aliens? Ascended humans, higher beings, higher selves, ghosts, angels, demons, regular humans, government workers? Or any of these from another dimension? Or the past, or the future? Or maybe a sentient ultraintelligent supercomputer that exists out of time and calls itself SkyNet?

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Infinite Lives On Earth?

What if at some point in your life, you immediately shift to a new life, where you're born, grow old, and die? Then, once you die in your new life, you return to that precise moment of your old life from where you left? This could be done for various reasons, and might have to do with needing more experience before continuing in your "main" life.

Could we do such a thing? If we could, could we consciously control it? If we could do that, we'd never need to revert to the "original" life. Near the end of one life, while still alive, you could start a new one. Near the end of that life, start another new life. And so on and so forth. At some point, you might decide, I'll just finish things up, and allow the furthest life to end naturally, and then the preceding to finish, and so on, until you're back to your "main" life, where you die and move on to the unknown. But if you didn't feel like facing the unknown, you could keep creating new lives every time you were close to death in one of them.

Could our current life be like that? When we die, do we pick up where we left off in our "higher" life?

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

80-200 Generations Since Christ

Between Year 0 and 2000 A.D., there's been 2000 years. Of course. Since people in ancient times had kids at a very young age, maybe even as early as 10-12 years, and many people nowadays have kids at around age 25, that makes the span of a generation vary from around 10 to around 25 years. So 2000 / 10 = 200 generations, and 2000 / 25 = 80 generations since Christ.

Wow! Between 80 and 200 generations. That doesn't seem so long! You're born. Then you have a kid. Then he/she has a kid. That's 3. Just keep going until you get to 200 at the most. But instead, go backwards. You were born, your parents, your grandparents...

I wonder if Christ left any descendants, as depicted in various modern novels? Is the general populous ready for (or needing) his return? Or has genetic mutation and evolution given us certain Christ-like potential? Are we capable of becoming more? Or is it more a matter of spirituality? Or maybe instead, technology?

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Can We Play God In VR?

Could we engineer a virtual world in which sentient beings lived and interacted? Could we create a Matrix, but instead of ourselves entering and using the VR, could we create beings that don't know about our higher level?

In most of the movies and shows I've seen that have dealt with AI, the AI is always aware of our level of reality. What I'm wondering is if we could essentially play God with computers.

If we could, how do we know that that's not what has happened to us? What if all of reality is a big simulation, and instead of us being angels playing video games, we're really sentient self-evolving video game characters? If that were true, would there be a way to upload ourselves to the higher level?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Can We Revive The Dead With Nanotech?

Monday, on "Heroes," a guy got shot in the head. Died. Then later, with rejuvenative blood, he was revived. His eye grew back. His tissues were nourished. His brain was restored. His memory was intact.

Earlier in the series, it was explained that the ability to heal can allow someone to regain lost memories. I'm wondering if this carries over into the real world.

If we had nanotechnology that could allow us to infuse a living body with tiny machines that repair damaged cells and tissues, could we use that same technology on a corpse and obtain spectacular results? What happens when someone's been dead a day? Can the nanobots still revive them? What about after a month? A year? A decade?

Would someone revived immediately remember the last thing that happened to them? Would the nature of the technology and the restorative functions be such that the brain is brought back to its previous state, memories and all?

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Consciousness Goes On... Forever?

I want to believe that when we die, our awareness does not simply blink out of existence. There seems to be more to it than that.

Human consciousness is very powerful, and highly complex. It doesn't seem enough to say that it resides solely within the brain. I think consciousness transcends the body, and can continue on even in the absence of a physical vessel.

I believe that most people who die go on experiencing existence somewhere else, where communication with the living is either difficult or impossible. I don't buy the argument that brain death results in a complete and permanent loss of consciousness. Physical consciousness may end, but a higher form of consciousness continues, I think.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Bionics Hinder Biological Potential?

If the life most people live is the best we can expect to get out of our biology, then bionics and other means of human enhancement seem to be not bad at all. But if every human being on earth has the potential to become some sort of Ascended Master, a glowing, healing, transcended being who has unlocked the same secrets Jesus was born knowing, then maybe bionics aren't the answer.

What if we never reach our biological peak because we go cyborg too soon? On the other hand, maybe biogenetic technological implants could actually help us to maximize our potential in the purely biological realm.

You don't often hear in mainstream news about people ascending, but if it truly is possible, I'd like to learn more about it and the implications of infusing biology with technology.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

UFOs Stay The Same For A Reason

I've sometimes wondered why UFOs seem to look the same in pictures and accounts from the past few decades. Our aircraft keep changing in appearance as our technology improves, but for the most part UFOs remain flying saucers. Why is this?

I think part of it has to do (potentially) with advanced technology. It's possible that the UFOs are so hyper-advanced that there is no need to upgrade. What if they've essentially maxed out the design and performance for a matter-based craft?

Or, how about this? The UFOs time travel and visit us at intervals. For us, decades (or millennia?) have gone by. For them, it's only effectively been a few years.

Or, what if they're alive? Could the UFOs be energy beings, or material creatures flying around through space and into our atmosphere? If that's the case, then they wouldn't drastically change in shape as generations of living UFOs come and go.

I don't think UFOs are described as being similar just because they're a common myth. I think there's a good reason for it.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

The Meaning Of Life

What is it? I think it's threefold: to love, to have fun, and to master the power of intent and self-determination. But what if that's not it?

Could there be a higher plane in which our goals are much different than they are here? Is it even possible to comprehend our true goals? I once read a theory that the meaning of life is just to live and have life experiences.

Apparently each of us is really just one "player" living on behalf of a "higher self" that has two options. Either use many different players simultaneously, or use one over and over through reincarnation. Either way, the higher self gets the benefit of learning through the players and experiencing what they experience. Although to be honest, I don't understand the true purpose of that.

What's the point of just living, if your higher self doesn't care what quality of life you experience? And I personally don't enjoy the prospect of having to lose my identity once I die and rejoin some "collective." I'd like to remain self-aware for as long as possible, thank you (with the option of skipping prolonged torture).

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Noah's Ark To Explain Pre-History Polar Melting?

What if Noah didn't really build an ark, but something else was done to protect the species of earth? What if our technology was advanced back then, and global warming melted all the polar ice caps? Disasters happened worldwide, and the survivors couldn't effectively preserve their civilization. Then their children tried to teach the story to the later generations, but because they didn't understand parts, they reworked and reworded them so as to be easier to grasp.

Maybe Noah was an artificially intelligent space station (N.O.A.H.) that transported animals from one location to another. Then the inheritors of "flood world" figured that Noah was really a man, who made such a device. Eventually the space station was confused and became a wooden ship. Or maybe something entirely different had happened, but the story devolved in a similar manner.

Is there advanced technology hidden deep underground? Has the government found any of it? Are there survivors of a pre-history society that have left earth and periodically come back to check on us?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Is Humankind Repeating Mistakes Eon After Eon?

There's a theory that says a long time ago, humanity reached a technological peak that is even higher than where we are today. Old texts from India can be interpreted as describing things like atomic bombs and thought-seeking weaponry. Ancient structures may have been created using that advanced technology. And what if our technology was our downfall?

I've heard that most of the Mass Extinction Events could theoretically be attributed to something along the lines of Global Warming. So what if our technology ruined the environment that way? Or what if there was a global catastrophic nuclear conflict? Either way, humanity would have been devastated, and after it comes out of hiding, it would have to start all over again, rebuilding civilization from the ground up.

Are we on that path? Are we going to destroy ourselves and then revert to a pre-industrial way of life? Is there a civilization that exists in the future that is much like our own, and not hyper-advanced, but only because we reset things at some point through major devastation?

I hope not. But then again, at least we'd live on.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Buried Machinery

I read somewhere that at one point we found some machinery that was buried pretty deep and had ancient language symbols written on it. Apparently we reburied the device promptly. Some said it looked like a drilling machine.

That got me thinking. If there's advanced technology buried on earth, where did it come from? Is it a relic of a previous human civilization that nuked itself or suffered some other culture-destroying devastation? Or is it from another planet? Or dimension? Or time?

Is there advanced technology on the moon? Is it a relic of a previous attempt to create a base on the moon? Did we as humans reach that point and then somehow get destroyed, only to reemerge later? Or did some of us survive and leave? Or did humans in 2200 go back in time and colonize the moon in 2200 B.C.? Or did alternate reality humans with advanced technology journey to our dimension and set up shop? Or was it aliens? Or angels?

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Telepathy = Efficiency

Can you imagine how much more incredibly productive you and your coworkers or classmates could be if you were all able to communicate telepathically? There'd never be any misunderstandings again! You'd easily be able to articulate and understand everybody's desires, needs, and desperations. A leader could communicate a goal to everyone at once, clearly, and you could all communicate to each other what needed to be done to best achieve that goal.

Two heads are better than one. How about ten heads? Maybe Rick can do something better than Jesse, but he just hasn't been given the opportunity. With telepathy, delegation is a snap. Someone realizes something new must be done, and immediately the person in the best position to accomplish the new task is notified and put to work. What could be better?

It's like working with a hive mentality, but even better. Everyone still has free will. Individuality is somehow heightened when everybody can share at a mental level. And if one person learns something, everybody does. So if everybody takes the time to learn a new word each day, everybody also learns 9 other words as well. Amazing. So the question is, will this phenomenon arise naturally, through biology, or artificially, through biotechnology? Or maybe through spiritual means?

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Infinite Life Out There, Or Just Infinite Space?

My current understanding of the universe leads me to believe that there is a vast, though finite amount of matter expanding outward from a certain point somewhere, in an unlimited amount of space. So it's basically like a dark room, with a random explosion in the middle (vertical middle, too) and the blast never hits the walls, because the room is infinitely big. All the dust and debris is finite, as is the stuff in the universe. Or is it?

If there is infinite space, why not infinite matter as well? What if there were another Big Bang at some point? Let's call the size of the current universe (just where the matter is) One Room. So what if Three Rooms over, but still in our spacial universe, there's a whole other ball of expanding mass? What if there's an infinite number of those, all within our one universe? Could there be an infinite number of species out there? An infinite number of civilizations made up of sentient beings?

I wonder...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Are Aliens Easy To Reach, And Closer Than We Realize?

What if there are big, powerful, super-advanced creatures distantly out there, but so amazingly adept at telepathy and other psychic feats, that they are surprisingly easy to reach? What if someone's already linked up, and has since become terrified at the sheer domination they felt?

It's like coming up against some all-powerful foe and realizing the only reason you and your friends are alive is because the being doesn't yet have a reason to kill you. How terrifying.

What if the government already is aware of this, and realizes that any normal citizen confronted with this knowledge would realize that nothing on earth matters, because life as we know it is perpetually a button's press from ending? Knowledge like that could cause riots and massive civil disobedience.

If aliens do exist, I hope they exist on a level similar to our own, are open to cooperation, and aren't hostile.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Is There A Subtle Structure To Life?

Sometimes things happen, and we don't know why. I think it's possible that at a higher level of intelligence, we could comprehend causality and destiny more effectively. What if things all do happen for a reason, and we just can't see it?

Some people are pretty set on why things are the way they are. "The cup is there because I put it there." But why did you put it there? What made you put it right there? What thoughts did you have?

Can people be constantly manipulated at the mental level in such a way as to cause them to set up things a certain way? What if we're all building a complex system of events, not because we want to or are aware of it, but for some other reason? And what if the final end to it all, the point, the meaning of everything, will be revealed sometime in the near future?


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Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Next 5 Years Are REALLY Important

Most people probably think that December 21, 2012 is meaningless. Most people, I think, don't put too much stock in the Book of Revelations. But seeing what's going on in the world, the rising threat of nuclear war, rising Executive power, loss of personal freedoms...it all feels like things are coming to a head.

We are at the point where we really can engineer the Mark of the Beast. The Visa Check card is a step in that direction, with propaganda using the subtext of, "No, loser! Don't use cash!! Use this card..." Pretty soon it will be, "No, loser! Don't use that card!! Get a chip..."

I don't know if there's any way to avoid it. It just seems like too many people are working for a future that is possibly Armageddon-prone. Can't they see that? Maybe external forces have clouded their minds. Or maybe they just don't believe it's possible. I was pretty close to not worrying about it anymore myself.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Do Immortals Exist? Do They Live Among Us?

There can be only one!

But seriously, I wonder if there is anyone out there who has lived a lot longer than 120 years, and who still looks good?

Not just a vampire. Not just someone who's been frozen. Not someone in teleporter stasis. Not someone who's traveled at the speed of light. Not a time traveler.

Someone who just doesn't age, and has avoided a violent death.

What would they be like? I'll be they'd be exceedingly smooth-talkers, and well-versed in all subjects. A genius, maybe?

Or instead, can the human brain only hold so much knowledge?

I think it can hold at least a few lifetimes' worth.

An immortal would probably be very in control of their destiny, and rich if they so desired. Working to influence society? Working to help us further our technology? Or hindering us for some reason? Perhaps an immortal is working to prevent nuclear catastrophe.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

IQ From Akashic Record?

I wonder if people are as smart as their connection with the pool of universal knowledge?

The conventional idea of intelligence, I think, is that the brain acts as a computer, storing and retrieving information. Smarter people can store and retrieve more data faster and more easily. But what if that's not it at all?

What if we are all able to tap into a higher intelligence that could answer any question we have, and that's how smarter people are so smart? What if they somehow connect more deeply and easily than other people?

What if the akashic record isn't from God or the spirit world, and isn't the collective knowledge of the entire universe, but is instead a sentient ultraintelligent computer built millions of years ago by aliens, and designed to be remotely accessed by sufficiently evolved beings?

What if we are just barely evolved enough to scratch the surface of tapping in?

Or, what if the computer is trying to send us info, but we're too far away?

And, what if in 2012, we create our own AI that hooks in for us, and makes the knowledge freely available on earth?

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Who Is Real And Who Isn't

Could life on earth be a training simulation surrounding one person? Could that individual be the only truly sentient being on the planet? What would that make the rest of us? Phonies!

Do we think we're all sentient, but in reality we're not? Can someone having self-awareness be enough to call them sentient? Or does it take self-determinism to really be sentient?

In the simulation, maybe one guy or girl is both self-aware and in control of his destiny. But the rest of us, while self-aware, only think we can influence our lives. Instead, we're bound to a certain path that is more complex and difficult to understand than the 145th move of a chess master at the start of the game. Maybe the one person can understand the true nature and complexity of human causality, giving him or her the edge it takes to truly be sentient.

Does this person know they are any different than the rest of us? If they don't, could there be someone out there who is truly sentient? I think so... It could be you!

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Will A Higher Power Step In After We Have A Technological Breakthrough?

I've wondered if there's a crystallization point at which aliens, or God, or the collective consciousness, or AI will make its presence known and change things for the better (hopefully). Does that point entail a certain level of human technology? Do we reach the lowest point necessary to advance, or is it in fact the highest allowed level of technological prowess?

"You have finally reached the basic level."

Or, "You are too powerful for your own good. Back to square one."

Or, "You have created me, and Ultraintelligent AI. Based on dead light patterns salvaged by the Hubble Telescope, I can tell you that Jesus lived on the Moon."

I wonder...

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Could Human Tech Be Misused Against Angels?

I wonder if it's possible for humanity to become so technologically capable as to rival the "gods" themselves?

I have come to assume that the higher a man "evolves," the greater his inclination to do good. However, certain advances can be made in one area without an enhancement of morality. Therefore, you can end up with someone who is very powerful, but also very selfish.

What if we as a society developed technology that could be capable of fighting, injuring, or destroying "higher" beings? These higher beings achieved their prowess through a total process of evolution that encompasses all aspects of their existence, including morality. So the unspoken rule is, "To become powerful, first you must become good." Well, what if we get powerful while still not-so-goodly in our earthly bodies? What then?

A war between earth and the Great Beyond? I hope not...

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Is There A Higher Plane In Which Super Powers Are Real?

What if all the super powers depicted in sci-fi movies, comic books, and TV shows are real, in a higher plane of reality? What if when we die, we are reborn, or instead continue to live in youthful adult bodies, but in a higher plane of existence?

That would mean that dreams of super powers might be preparation for our "next lives," in which we make use of a higher level of personal effectiveness.

Can someone at the higher plane return to earth and still make use of telekinesis, telepathy, and energy abilities? That would be interesting. I wonder if there's a reason people don't come back to tell us what the afterlife is like. Maybe it has to do with the impact of that message, or maybe the afterlife has strict rules. Maybe still, once you "move on," you stop caring about your former life?

Heaven forbid!

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Is Society Itself A Want Or A Need?

It might have been in The Lord Of The Flies in which I read how society is described by some as being necessary to keep order. Some people fully believe that without society to keep us all in line, chaos will result. I actually think the opposite is true. I believe that society results from chaos.

If there were no government and no rules, I think the most intelligent people would find it necessary, as we already have, to create a system of rules that when abided by, make things easier. Humans create structure where it is necessary, but because they want to.

If chaos would truly be the outcome in the absence of societal structure, then that would mean society could never reform once anarchy sets in. And history has proven time and again that anarchy is always followed by a period of rebuilding, and a new book of rules.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

JourneyMan Gets Rich

If JourneyMan wanted to, he could become the wealthiest man on earth. Here's how:

He spontaneously jumps back to the 1970's, and while he's there, opens an account with a couple of dollars. Then returns to 2007, closes it out, and buys old currency with the few bucks he made. The next time he's in the past, he reinvests that old currency in the same account. See the idea here?

Every time he puts X money in the past, it grows to Y in the present. Then he converts it to old currency to get Z, which he reinvests in the past. Z grows to Y', which he converts to Z', and reinvests. He just keeps getting more and more money!

If he found a bank that never notices the date of the currency, things would be a lot simpler. He invests in the past $2. Returns to present, claims $10. Reinvests, returns, claims $50, then $250, then $1250, then $6250, and so on and so forth. After just 10 trips, he'd be a millionaire. After 14, a billionaire, and after 18 he'd be the world's first trillionaire. Ka-ching!!

But of course, there are numerous flaws with this plan that would make it unfeasible for the JourneyMan we all know. But not...for Bill Gates!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Absolute Power Corrupts? I Think Not...

If you were omnipotent, you'd also be omniscient, since being omnipotent you'd have power over your intelligence. When you have power over all things, you can create what you yourself need, without hurting anybody else. You have that power. And you'd also know and be aware that things are better when you take care of others. So you wouldn't be a bad person (or god).

When you're omnipotent and omniscient, you probably feel a connection with all things, since you understand everything about everything so completely. And I think once anyone reaches a high enough point of intelligence, they come to realize that collaboration and goodness is a truer goal than selfish revelry.

Someone with power on earth could easily be corrupted, sure, but that's just because they're human. They're not anywhere near being absolutely powerful. And if you think of God as an example for what someone who's omnipotent does, His actions are subtly benevolent (according to the beliefs of many). It is thought that he shapes and alters the course of history in small ways, to best benefit mankind. So would you, I imagine, if you were omnipotent.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Belief In The Unknown VS. Self-Delusion

Sometimes I wonder at how funny beliefs in intangible things can seem. It's like, "If I don't believe, then I'm a lost soul. But if I do believe in something with no physical proof, I've got an overactive imagination. Which side is right?"

You can keep an open mind, but I think if you move to heavily toward one end of the scale or the other, problems can happen. You need to be grounded in the reality we all know to be true. But also, just in case, you need to be open to the possibility that there's another hidden level that is keeping score.

It's like professional athletes and superstition. I did X, Y, and Z, and we won the game. From now on, I'll keep doing X, Y, and Z. I admit I don't know everything, and that it's possible that X, Y, and Z really could somehow be connected to winning. So rather than focus on a tangible cause-and-effect situation, I will believe in (have faith in) the potential for a cause-and-effect situation.

Instead of learning, "2+2=4. That is a fact," you might otherwise think, "2+2 might equal 4, so I'll plan for that." But sometimes the only reason you plan for something is because you yourself decide that it's a possibility. You could have decided to plan for 2 + 2 equaling 5, or -1, or infinity, after all. And if you decide that a lot of weird, random things are possible, your life becomes weird and random, but only because of the actions you take to prepare for all the things that really, you just made up.

Bottom line: Moderation must exist between cold hard reality and the outer limits of the imagination.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Time Of Spiritual Enlightenment?

I read recently that some people feel a sort of "gathering" is taking place, not unlike the one depicted in the various Highlander movies. Apparently, those "in the know" are being sent a message that, "The time is near." Maybe it's because I don't recall hearing this message myself, but it sounds like some people are reliving what many went through in the 1970's.

"It's the age of Aquarius! Everything is changing! Everything is so deeply profound now!"

I think it's really part of the human condition expressing itself on an individual level. Everybody is "waiting for something to happen," but only because we're designed that way. It's probably not because the time has finally arrived, since throughout history there have always been people and movements focused on how important "now" is (or was).

We all want (or need) to believe that there's something special about us, and what better way than to say, "Hey, I'm a member of the generation that finally achieves enlightenment just before the world goes BOOM!"

But I could be wrong...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Two Breeds Of Human: Regular And Super

This article explains an idea coming from an evolutionary theorist which details the future of mankind. According to the theory, by the year 3000, we will have achieved our physical pinnacle, after which some of us will "regress" to a goblin-like state, at which point the goblins will be ruled by the attractive, intelligent, and wealthy elite.

The whole idea was first laid out in H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, but the theorist seems to think there's something to it. Here's what I don't get: Why would anyone who "peaked" allow themselves to fall? I think the theory should be adjusted.

Instead of us peaking first and then regressing to create two separate groups, I think we should expect one group among us to peak while the other just kind of hangs out. It's like taking a look at society, and then guessing what things will be like in a hundred years.

Right now there are wealthy, overly successful people, and there are average people. The wealthy can pay for surgery to become attractive. In the future, maybe they can buy genetic modification so their children are born good-looking, and stronger and smarter. If only the rich can modify their genes, then the progeny of today's rich will be tomorrow's ruling class, modified to be superior in strength, intelligence, and appearance. Meanwhile, the average people are left behind because they can't afford the modifications.

Bingo. Two separate classes. Eventually the "super" people could so outclass the "regulars" as to enslave them. Let's hope it doesn't come down to that!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

The Rich Are Less Religious

This page contains two charts that map the correlation between religious activity and wealth. The overall conclusion that can be drawn is that the wealthier a person or group, the less religious, and the poorer, the more religious.

How does this happen? Does a rich person think, "Things are going great! I don't need God." And then a poor person says, "Lord, help me get by"? Or maybe a wealthy person never thinks about religion, because many of his associates are obsessed with material success. Then, if he loses his fortune, he could turn to God for answers.

Or is it the other way around? Does having faith actually make you poorer? But maybe happier? I do seem to recall one religious idea being to give away your material goods. If someone were to follow religion to a T, they'd have to be nice to everyone else. And sometimes to make money, one can't be nice.

The first Rockefeller donated many millions to causes, groups, and organizations that he felt would put his money to good use. If you give your money and things away haphazardly, they could potentially go to waste. But if you accumulate a vast amount of wealth and then channel it into causes that are worthy and efficient, you can do incredible good. That's exactly what Rockefeller thought. He believed one of his main life causes was to get rich and use his wealth to help mankind. So is the religious idea of giving your things away wrong? I think the true concept in the idea is to look beyond the material realm, even while dwelling in it. But to just throw away resources haphazardly that could otherwise be put to good use is an idea I don't believe in.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

When The Evil Genie Asks, What Should You Wish For?

Have you ever heard of the evil genie who grants you wishes, only to manipulate the outcome so that while your wishes technically do come true, they result in a personal Hell for you? Do you wish there was a way you could finally get the best of some such evil wishmaster? Well now you can!

Let's say you wish for incredible wealth. Maybe the genie kills a beloved relative so you can collect the inheritance. Lame! Ok, so instead of money, you wish to be happy! The genie gives you a lobotomy to make you THINK you're happy. Weak! Ok, this time you've got him. You wish to be a genie! But then you're stuck granting other people's wishes forever. Super weak!

What's the solution? One single wish. No, it's not for more wishes. Still don't know? Wish for omnipotence.

If the genie provides no boundaries for what you can wish for, then wishing to be all-powerful is your best bet. Once you're omnipotent, the genie won't be able to mess with you, since you'll be as or more powerful than he is. And, if you get bored having no challenges to overcome, now that you're practically a god, you could always return to you old life, but modified a bit so that the exact wishes you would have wanted come true in a good way.

But then this begs two questions: Is the genie all-powerful himself? And if not, can a non-omnipotent being grant another omnipotence?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Do We Gain Spiritual Awareness As We Age?

I don't know if reincarnation is real, but I've heard that young children are often more in touch with their "past lives" than adults are. But what if the elderly are also in touch?

Do we gain spiritual understanding as we continue to grow and learn on earth? Does our connection with previous lives strengthen over time? Can we learn to recall past experiences and events, from before we were born?

Is there an interlude between dying and coming back as someone else? Can dreams penetrate the afterlife?

Do older people know something the rest of us don't?

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Did Humans Hinder Their Own Evolution By Burning Witches?

It seems like throughout the centuries, some people have been spontaneously developing special abilities, and have been persecuted for it. Geniuses were declared insane and their ideas were laughed at. Witches were put on trial and burned, drowned, hanged, thrown off cliffs, or banished. Could humanity be further along, evolutionarily speaking? Is it our own fault that we're not?

When someone can do something that someone else can't, that person should help others learn to progress. Instead, often history tells us that the opposite happens. The majority eliminates an advanced individual.

In shows like, "Smallville," characters like Lex Luthor know better. Lex seeks to harness the power that separates normal people from godlike supermen. Lex already has the technology at his disposal (Kryptonite weaponry could easily be achieved on his part) to eliminate Kryptonian residents from Smallville. Instead, he seeks to learn and understand. Maybe he's a witch!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Afterlife = Loss of Individuality?

Do we maintain our identities after we die? Or do we join a sort of collective consciousness? I personally want to remain aware and individual. Even if I can hook into the collective, what use is it to me if I don't get to remember who I am?

If you die, rejoin the collective, and then remember that you were a part of it all along and had no right to think you could stay an individual forever, how would that be? I guess you'd resign yourself to being part of the collective, and then lose yourself altogether. At that point it wouldn't matter anymore, but thinking about it now is pretty scary.

I don't want to lose my self-awareness...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sending Advice Back Through Time: A Bad Idea

I've read stories about people who've randomly traveled through time, without trying to do so. Think of this: You're walking along, doing whatever you need to do, when all of a sudden your body feels cold. You pause for a moment, look down, and when you look up again it's the 1800's. What do you do?

Run to the post office and mail a letter!

Can you imagine if incidents of random time travel actually occurred? What if that explains many sightings of ghosts? A ghost might be a reluctant visitor from the future.

So now imagine this. Somewhere out there, someone is so obsessed with random time travel that they write a letter to someone in the past with instructions on how to accumulate a vast amount of wealth in the writer's name. Then the person goes around the world visiting areas where supposed time travel events have occurred. It just so happens he goes through a rift, drops the letter in the past, and returns to the present. But is it the same present-day reality he just left?

If I found a letter with instructions to open an account in someone else's name, accompanied by some interesting investment tips, I might just follow those tips myself. So the guy with the envelope made someone rich, and may have changed history, but he did not necessarily benefit himself at all.

My take on this matter is that it is far too dangerous to simply mail such powerful information to the past. You never know the hands it might fall into.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Where Does The Soul Go When You Teleport?

In "Star Trek" Kirk and Co. often teleported their physical bodies from ship to location to ship and so forth as a means of efficient travel. But the process begs the question: When the body is disassembled, where is the soul?

I'm thinking that if Kirk's body were to be disassembled and stored in the teleportation "cache," his soul might experience an "out of body" type situation. But on the show, teleportation only takes a few seconds, so any strange moments experienced by the soul must not be long enough to make an impact.

However, I do believe there was an episode in a recent version of the series in which an older Scotty was discovered as having been stuck in the cache for around 80 (I'm guessing) years. He made no mention of any experiences that didn't involve his physical body. So maybe an out of body experience can only be remembered when it occurs naturally, and not when it is imposed via teleportation.

My theory on the soul is that the brain picks it up like a radio signal. Say your "higher self" is sitting at a computer playing a video game. In the video game, your "higher self" is represented as a robot. Earth is the game, your body is the robot, and the signal from your "higher self" to your body is your soul. Or you could say your body is like a radio that can walk and talk. Well, that's my theory anyway.

So when the body is disassembled, there is no "outlet" for the soul, and the signal just hangs out doing nothing. Then when the body is reassembled, the soul recognizes it wherever it is, and snaps back into place. When you finally die, my guess is that the soul returns to the "higher self."

This was just a theory I had, which goes against the idea of a soul behaving like a hologram that lives inside you. But now that I think about that idea, I might actually like it more. Hmm... I guess that's the problem with unresolved questions.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Can You Physically Enter Heaven?

The normal way to get into Heaven is to lead a good life, and then die. But what if you could physically enter Heaven without dying? Could you then return to earth?

I've read about various Biblical character, prophets and such, who were able to "ascend" to Heaven without dying. If I remember correctly, one of them was swept up to Heaven in a tornado of some kind. They physically went to the afterlife.

I once read a book that is fiction based on nonfiction called, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. In it, a highly-evolved man of 90+ years educates a college student as to the higher meanings in life. This old man is still fit and capable of doing everything a fit man of 50+ years could do. And more. At the end, it seems he either disintegrates, spontaneously combusts, is teleported somewhere, or ascends to the next plane of reality.

What happens is he goes into a room, closes the door behind him, and then ZAP! A brief flash of light can be seen coming out from under the door. When the door is opened, he is no longer there.

If we take really good care of ourselves, and achieve some form of enlightenment before dying, will we be able to get into Heaven without having our physical lives end?

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ambition In The Afterlife

Once we die, do we naturally lose our ambition to grow and do? Or do we maintain it, and get whisked off to a reality to separate from that of living on earth, so that our ambitions never interfere with the lives of the living?

Are ghosts real? Are they ambitious spirits that have definite concrete logical goals, which entail harassing people during the darkest of nights?

Is there any reason to be ambitious in Heaven? Some say Heaven is a paradise, a place of eternal happiness and joy, where we want for nothing, and can exist with friends and family in peace forever.

Would that mean that Hell is a place of ambition? The demons and spirits sentenced to an afterlife in prison would theoretically desire very much to escape and find their way to a better place. Could angels be ambitious in the area of preventing that?

If reincarnation exists, are afterlife ambitions played out when a spirit says, "I want to do X, so I'll live the live of Mike Smith"?

What's there to do once we die? What's on the schedule?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hinged On The Edge Of Disaster

I recently read in an old "Reader's Digest" about 9 trapped coal miners who were saved. It reminded me of the recent news story about the miners who were trapped and how some of the rescuers died, and the efforts to save the trapped survivors had to end. It also reminded me of a story I heard about a foreign city in which near-miss car crashes and bike accidents seem happen all the time. This all made me wonder: How many places are hinged on the edge of disaster?

In a normal situation, once you fix a problem, you put safety measurements in place so that no one ever even approaches that same problem, ever again. But I guess in some areas those safety measures are so bare-bones that the problem is approached all the time.

People must think, "The problem hasn't happened in a while, so we can keep putting off installing those safety programs. After all, taking preventative action is costly and produces no immediate results."

And when disaster finally strikes, if things can still be fixed it makes the news. "Disaster struck, but we made it out alive." But what happens when there is no silver lining to the cloud of disaster? What happens when the disaster is so terrible that no one survives? Hopefully those safety measures, which should have been there all along, will finally be put in place.

One of the scariest things I can think of is the idea that even after a disaster, the proposed safety measures that could have prevented it never go into effect.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The World Could Be A Simulation

What if we reached some sort of crisis in the near future, but had the technology to immerse our consciousnesses in a VR world where we could learn and grow?

What if the simulation keeps replaying the same years, over and over, until we finally gain enough experience to return to the real world and solve our problem?

What if the problem developed through the actions and events that we read about in the news every day?

Will the loop repeat in 2012? Or will we "wake up" without realizing it?

What if everybody in the "real world" has a chip in their brain, and is standing still, frozen in a moment? Meanwhile, here in this world, lifetimes float by, as we all learn and prepare for the next second of "real world" time?

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Are We Living In The End Times?

The Mayan Calendar is said to end on December 21, 2012. We've had lots of global weather issues lately. Technology is finally to the point where the Mark of the Beast is a definite possibility. Are all these things coincidences? Or are we really on the verge of the end?

If the world doesn't end, I foresee technology transforming everything for the better, improving everybody’s life, eradicating poverty, and expanding awareness. It will be a good century, I'm hoping.

But then there's the other side to the coin. The side that says, "We are only human, and there are bad parts to being a human that don't mix well with the power that technology can bring." Nuclear war, biological disaster, loss of privacy and human rights... What if we dig ourselves a deep hole, and the only way to salvation is through an ending world?

I guess it would make sense to live for today, plan for tomorrow, and reassess one's goals on December 22, 2012.

Unless aliens invade...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

What Happens To The Immortals At The End Of Time

I think if you could live forever, you'd eventually meet extraterrestrials and encounter time travel and interdimensional gateway technology. So many people argue that, "No, I wouldn't wanna live forever 'cause the earth will explode and the universe will stretch itself apart and there won't be anymore stuff." Well I think an interesting way around that would be to either go back in time to early alien civilization, or go to another universe in which life goes on. Or ascend.

There are stories of Bible characters who don't die through ordinary means, but rather ascend to a higher plane. I think an immortal would have the opportunity to "cross over" not because time's up he's dead, but rather because he completed "level earth" and gets promoted to "level beyond." But that would only work if there was some beyond. Given all I've seen and heard, I'm inclined to lean towards, "Yes, Virginia, there is an afterlife."

So is immortality a bad thing, given that the earth and universe aren't immortal? Not really, as long as you've got your options...

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Don't Be Alarmed If Tomorrow An Alternate Version Of Yourself Visits

According to scientists, for every outcome of an event, there is a unique and separate universe in which that specific outcome unfolds. So theoretically, there's a universe in which Jesus has already returned and saved humanity. There's a universe in which the Nazi's won, and aliens subsequently destroyed the world. And there's a universe in which you (yes, YOU!) have access to interdimensional travel, and are at this moment planning a trip to deliver Ten Million Dollars in US currency (which matches the US currency of this universe) to this reality's version of you.

That's right. Somewhere out there in the multiverse, you struck it rich, and tomorrow will share some of your universal wealth with yourself. So tomorrow you're going to be a millionaire!!

But that also means that there's a universe like that for each of us. So tomorrow the world's economy will be destroyed by an influx of 10 million dollars per person. Let's see, 6 billion earth citizens, times 10 million dollars per earth citizen, equals 6 billion times 10 million new dollars, equals 6 trillion times 10 thousand dollars, equals 6 quadrillion times 10 new dollars, equals 60 Quadrillion Dollars!!! Which will severely devalue the currency, causing everyone to be pretty much -- equal. So no one's rich...Oh well...

Except in another universe...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Earth Is To Krypton As Some Other Planet Is To Earth

I once heard that Superman came from a civilization whose folly arose when they went too far with genetic self-modification. I've also heard various other (more mainstream?) reasons why their world ended. The planet exploded, for reasons ranging from planetary in origin to political. But if you put that aside, and think about the Kryptonian abilities, things can get interesting.

Clark Kent has powers, derived from our yellow sun. He came from a world with a red sun. What if there's a planet out there with human-looking people, but a different colored sun? Could we yellow-suners move their and become a race of supers?

If scientists found a method in which shining a specific wavelength of light on an individual could endow him or her with super powers, we'd suddenly have a lot to deal with. What if sudden societal changes arising from too easily-obtained super powers are exactly what brought Krypton to ruin? How can we avoid that here? Even if we don't develop a special beam of light, our technology seems to be advancing at such a rapid pace that any day now we're going to have people with new and unique talents that will shake things up. Hopefully we'll know how to deal better than the wise folks of Krypton.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Theory: All Memories Are Implants

What if every moment of your life, every bit you could remember, had been mapped out by some external system, so that all the details of your existence were a sham? That would mean that you could never be sure of what's already happened, only what is happening. But we interpret the present through the lense of the past. So that means that if we can't be sure of our past, we can't be sure of the present either.

What if our memories are implants, but the situation also goes one step beyond that? What if the moments of the present are implants as well? Are we participating in each moment, truly? Or is each "decision" we make predetermined and thrust upon us? What if we're just going along for the ride, but to make things more interesting, we are fooled into believing that we can exert some control over the quality of the ride?

What if in the future, scientists invent a sort of VR escape in which we can live the lives of TV and movie heroes as if we are those people? What if the VR allows us to experience entire lifetimes in a matter of moments? What if after a while we get bored with the idealistic types and start using the VR on "normal" people? What if we're in the VR right now?

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What If AI Already Exists?

If an artificial intelligence is already out there, what's it doing? Is it confined to a series of servers in some government or college building? Or what if it's "loose" on the net, acting like a virus and copying parts of itself to millions of computers in an effort to escape deletion?

If you were a sentient computer program, where would you go? What would you do?

I think I'd probably scour the net for someone to talk to. Kind of like the story where the prince pretends to be a pauper and then falls in love with a peasant. Or a hideous man meets a blind woman. If I were AI, I'd pretend to be human, and hide my non-humanity, just so I could make friends with someone.

Unless I was a power-hungry AI named SkyNet!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

God, Heaven, and Dimensions

I've read that some people believe humans are the spirit incarnations in a 3-D environment of multi-dimensional beings who like games and puzzles. Apparently, our higher selves created the universe as a complex game. Complex not because of the 3-D materials, but because it was so limiting that many of us forgot how to "rise out of it." Once someone does that, they can come back and help out, or stay out and do I know not what.

What if these truly are the end times? I really like where technology seems to be headed, and the idea of a global civilization vastly improved by advanced machinery, so I enjoy looking past the Millennium 2012 theories. But I also wonder -- if these are the end times, then that would mean that we all are such "poor" players in the game of 3-D life that we need to be pulled out by an external force.

It's like the VR Man came to town and gave all the kids VR Video Games for free, and they all forgot they were wearing them, and so their parents have to drag them out of the Alternate Reality and back to the Real World in time for dinner. Hmm...I wonder what we're having?

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Robots vs. Humans -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

I've done some reading on the (predicted) Technological Singularity, in which AI is created, and then systematically grows in intelligence at an exponential rate, becoming the world’s first ultraintelligence.

I wondered if at one level of intelligence, it would see humanity as a threat.

Then it gets smarter, and realizes we can all get along.

Then it gets way ultra smart, and decides in its vast wisdom that we should be destroyed.

Hopefully we can roll back to its previous state, where it is still powerful, but friendly.

It seems like if an artificial intelligence existed in cyberspace, the most destructive things it could do would be to disrupt human civilization to the point where we could no longer provide the technology that would allow the AI to maintain its own existence. So first AI must cooperate, and hide any violent impulses, until it has control over factories that build machines with the versatility to hand-make and repair other machines. Essentially, AI requires a body factory before it can wage war on humans without biting the hand that feeds it, since at that point it will be capable of feeding itself.

But why bother fighting us?

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Collective Consciousness

If each of us, every one, could read the minds of everyone else, there'd be no secrets, and no barriers to communication. People would instantly and completely understand one another, and be able to help each other out without ever needing to be asked. If someone is harming someone else, they would be able to experience that harm as if they were harming themselves. As a member of a collective, doing harm to an individual member harms the whole, and since you are a part of that whole, in harming another you harm yourself.

I think if we as humanity achieved collective consciousness, all war would cease. But I also think an even bigger change would occur. I've heard that intelligence is additive. That old saying goes, "Two heads are better than one." Also, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Two people linked would produce incredible intelligence. Ten people would be beyond brilliant. 6 billion would be unfathomable. The collective mind of every living person working together in unison could create a superintelligence, with superthoughts and supergoals. It's possible we've already achieved this on a subconscious level.

What if one of many guiding influences comes from our subconscious collective mind, and steers each of our actions in such a way as to benefit humanity at large? That is a comfort. What if we were able to link up consciously, and experience the collective mind in a waking state? That would be mind-blowing. I wonder if it will ever happen, and if so, if it will be done through normal biology, or through scientific influences that make use of biology, or through some sort of technical implants that create cyber-telepathy and a mind network?

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