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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Subquantum kinetics is a novel microphysics paradigm that incorporates concepts developed in the fields of system theory and nonequilibrium thermodynamics. One of its distinctive features is that it begins at the subquantum level for its point of departure. By comparison, conventional physics and most alternative physics theories begin with mathematically quantified observations of physical phenomena at the quantum and macrophysical level and attempt to deduce physical theories based on those observations. Since the conventional approach must take into account numerous experimental observations, the end result is a fragmented and often contradictory set of theories which must later be sewn together with mathematical acrobatics. Such "unified field theories" more closely resemble a patchwork quilt than a contiguous fabric.

    The fundamental recognition upon which Dr. Paul A. LaViolette bases his highly promising Theory of Subquantum Kinetics (SQK) is that general systems theory, which describes a common set of dynamic interactions found in biological and social systems of every level of complexity, might well be applicable to the world of subatomic particles and whatever substrate may lie beyond the quantum level.
    LaViolette's approach is to adopt a widely-studied set of three-variable dynamic equations describing an archetypal kinetic system known as Model G, an extension of the two-variable Brusselator, postulating that the same dynamics operate on the subquantum level to generate the physical world that we can observe, and to test his hypothesis by looking for conformity of the resulting physics with what is accepted to be true, and to predict the outcome of future observations and experiments.

    In LaViolette's SQK model, the universe is an open system at all levels, and our physical universe commonly exchanges energy across the "quantum barrier" under certain well-defined circumstances. This is a profoundly non-conservative model (i.e., energy is not conserved and the second law of thermodynamics does not apply) with major implications for everything from microphysics to cosmology.

    But what is the system beyond the quantum barrier (i.e., the system out of which particles, fields, forces, charge, gravitation, all arise to create the world described by physicists)? What is it that would have the dynamic processes defined by the Model G equations? LaViolette proposes the existence of a primordial transmuting ether composed of populations of subtle particles that he calls etherons exhibiting reaction and diffusion dynamics governed by the Model G equations. Concentrations of these etheron populations or substrates are identified with the potential fields of physics. Wave-like field gradients form observable quantum-level structures such as energy waves and subatomic particles with mass, charge, spin, and force field effects. From this simple basis, and some fine-tuning of the model's parameters, LaViolette proceeds to - apparently very successfully - crank out our familiar world.

    Because it begins with a single model as its point of departure for describing essentially all observable physical phenomena, SQK can be considered a unified theory.

    Can it truly be so? Can this approach work? In lesser hands, probably not. But with great competence and a sure knowledge of the philosophy, history, and the classical and current issues of physics, wonders unfold in succession.




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    The molecule DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a psychoactive chemical that causes intense visions and can induce its users to quickly enter a completely different "environment" that some have likened to an alien or parallel universe. The transition from our world to theirs occurs with no cessation of consciousness or quality of awareness. In this environment, beings often appear who interact with the person who is using DMT. The beings appear to inhabit this parallel realm. The DMT experience has the feel of reality in terms of detail and potential for exploration. The creatures encountered are often identified as being alienlike or elflike. Some of the creatures appear to be three-dimensional. Others appear to lack depth.

    Author Terence McKenna has used DMT and feels that, "Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien... What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe." The aliens seen while using DMT present themselves "with information that is not drawn from the personal history of the individual."



    DMT is also naturally produced in small quantities in the human brain, and it has been hypothesized that DMT is produced in the pineal gland in the brain. The pineal gland appears in the developing human fetus around 49 days after conception. Perhaps an embryo should not be considered human until DMT production commences. Note that "zygotic personhood" (the idea that a fertilized egg is a person) is a recent concept. For example, before 1869, the Catholic church believed that the embryo was not a person until it was 40 days old. Naturally occurring DMT may play a role in near-death experiences and alien-abduction experiences.
    Is it possible that the reality exposed to humans by injecting DMT is in some sense a valid reality, on par with our normal reality? Our minds, which evolved to help us run from lions on the African savannas, might not be engineered to see these other realities under normal circumstances.

    What is the guarantee that our minds are naturally designed to sense the "true reality"? Perhaps there is no guarantee. If this concept seems weird, consider a far-fetched example. Imagine a creature or phenomena that has been lurking among us since the dawn of evolution. If our ancient ancestors died every time they perceived the phenomena, evolution would favor creatures who did not perceive the creatures or phenomena. One might counter this argument by saying that our modern instruments, such as X-ray machines and cameras, should be able to make the creatures apparent to us, even if our unaided sensorium is not up to the task. Reasoning further, because our instruments have not made these realms apparent to us, the realms must not be real. However, perhaps our traditional instruments and theories are also not up to the task. Or perhaps our interpretation of the instruments' results is incomplete. Perhaps DMT is an instrument.

    As a metaphor, consider infrared goggles. A person leans on a tree. At night, we don't see the person. Put the goggles on, and a new reality results — a truer reality — and we see the man. Similarly, is it possible that our brain is a filter, and the use of DMT is like slipping on infrared goggles, allowing us to perceive a valid reality that is inches away and all around us?

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    video's:

    DMT revelations 1
    DMT revelations 2
    DMT revelations 3

    more on pineal gland:

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    Spaceship Earth is a world view term usually expressing concern over the use of limited resources available on Earth and the behavior of everyone on it to act as a harmonious crew working toward the greater good.

    "We can make all of humanity successful through science's world-engulfing industrial evolution provided that we are not so foolish as to continue to exhaust in a split second of astronomical history the orderly energy savings of billions of years' energy conservation aboard our Spaceship Earth. These energy savings have been put into our Spaceship's life-regeneration-guaranteeing bank account for use only in self-starter functions."





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    Puma Punku, truly startles the imagination. It seems to be the remains of a great wharf (for Lake Titicaca long ago lapped upon the shores of Tiahuanaco) and a massive, four-part, now collapsed building. One of the construction blocks from which the pier was fashioned weighs an estimated 440 tons (equal to nearly 600 full-size cars) and several other blocks laying about are between 100 and 150 tons. The quarry for these giant blocks was on the western shore of Titicaca, some ten miles away. There is no known technology in all the ancient world that could have transported stones of such massive weight and size. The Andean people of 500 AD, with their simple reed boats, could certainly not have moved them. Even today, with all the modern advances in engineering and mathematics, we could not fashion such a structure.

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    The world spins out-of-balance

    Long before organic grocery stores and hybrid cars, our ancestors led the kind of sustainable lifestyle that everyone from environmentalists to celebrities are now endorsing.
    As the world struggles with its ecological crisis, it's time to look back at how the previous generations lived if we want to save the planet for the next.

    The world in which we live spins wildly out-of-balance. From natural resources being near to exhaustion, industrial poisons indiscriminately dumped into waterways, chemical pesticides once used as weapons of war, now dumped by the gallons on our food sources and injected into our soils, while global warming gives rise to temperatures significant enough to cause catastrophic fires, hurricanes and the melt of the Polar Ice Cap. With warning signs like these, still most refuse to see the edge of collapse to which we all live perilously close.

    unsustainable civilization, collective consciousness and psychic revolution

    As it seems impossible to change our way of living on an international scale (Kopenhagen) I think it is up to individuals choosing to live their life another way. I'm talking about a more holistic way of living, respecting Earth as a balanced system of interconnected fauna and flora. The Human species has a place in this system as a technologically advanced, nature-involved, spiritual being, we see this explained in the video's regarding "Sustainability : Information / Matter / Energy" posted by Counterform.

    Societies today are built on money.

    This money, which man invented for mere convenience of barter, so that we did not have to bring all our goods to the market for a spot-exchange, has turned into the present economic structure, with stock markets, interest rates, investments and the competition in the international economy. Nobody knows now what is happening and why it's happening. It has got so complicated because the entire psyche of man has got involved with that, with money. And it's now the money which is driving man, and no longer man who is using the money. You can observe that: we publish what will get money, we do that work which will get us money. So the simple thing which we invented is now governing us. Wars between nations occur because we attach ourselves to a nation.

    Entropy

    All matter and energy in the universe are subject to the Laws of Thermodynamics. In the discipline of Ecological Economics, systems are delimited so that they are meaningful to our economy. What does thermodynamics have to do with the sustainability?

    The two essential forms of stored thermodynamic potential are "energy" (e.g., a barrel of oil) and "order" (e.g., clean drinking water and deep topsoil). "Entropy" is a measure of the
    unavailability of energy: the entropy of oil increases as it burns, and the entropy of a water table increases as it falls because more energy will be required to pump it to the surface.

    Entropy can also be thought of as a measure of disorder in a system: (e.g., polluted water that requires purification has higher entropy than the same water unpolluted, and the entropy of
    topsoil increases when it erodes or is polluted by salt from evaporating irrigation water.)

    Sustainable systems are "circular" (outputs become inputs)

    All linear physical systems must eventually end. Modern society is increasing entropy in all its sources (e.g., energy, soil, ground water,...). Thus, modern societies and economies are not circular - they can not be sustained.

    Consider the most important limiting variable: energy.

    There is no substitute for energy. Although the economy treats energy just like any other resource, it is not like any other resource. Energy is the precondition for all other resources and oil is the most important form of energy we use, making up about 38 percent of the world energy supply.

    No other energy source equals oil's intrinsic qualities of extractablility, transpotability, versatility and cost. These are the qualities that enabled oil to take over from coal as the
    front-line energy source in the industrialized world in the middle of this century, and they are as relevant today as they were then.

    40 years ago, geologist M. King Hubbert developed a method for projecting future oil production and predicted that oil production in the lower-48 states would peak about 1970. These predictions have proved to be remarkably accurate. Both total and peak yields have risen slightly compared to Hubbert's original estimate, but the timing of the peak and the general downward trend of production were correct.



    World Resources Institute published
    a report that stated:

    "Two important conclusions emerge from this discussion.
    First, if growth in world demand continues at a modest 2
    percent per year, production could begin declining as soon
    as the year 2000. Second, even enormous (and unlikely)
    increases in [estimated ultimately recoverable] oil buy the
    world little more than another decade (from 2007 to 2018).
    In short, unless growth in world oil demand is sharply lower
    than generally projected, world oil production will probably
    begin its long-term decline soon — and certainly within the
    next two decades."


    Money and oil are interconnected.

    Current societies and economies are too much dependent on oil.
    The issue is not one of "running out" so much as it is not having enough to keep our economy running. In this regard, the ramifications of Peak Oil for our civilization are similar to the ramifications of dehydration for the human body. The human body is 70 percent water. The body of a 200 pound man thus holds 140 pounds of water. Because water is so crucial to everything the human body does, the man doesn't need to lose all 140 pounds of water weight before collapsing due to dehydration. A loss of as little as 10-15 pounds of water may be enough to kill him.

    In a similar sense, an oil based economy such as ours doesn't need to deplete its entire reserve of oil before it begins to collapse. A shortfall between demand and supply as little as 10 to 15 percent is enough to wholly shatter an oil-dependent economy and reduce its citizenry to poverty.

    The effects of even a small drop in production can be devastating. Source For instance, during the 1970s oil shocks, shortfalls in production as small as 5% caused the price of oil to nearly quadruple. Source The same thing happened in California a few years ago with natural gas: a production drop of less than 5% caused prices to skyrocket by 400%. (source:lifeaftertheoilcrash)

    too late?

    Fortunately, those price shocks were only temporary. The coming oil shocks won't be so short lived. They represent the onset of "a new, permanent condition".
    It might then be too late for most people to develop a sustainable style of living, since it will be too late to gather the resources needed and produce the infrastructure that supports this type of living.

    The resources of our planet are precious and necessary to our survival as a human species. It must surely be possible to marry today's technology with a cultivated, sustainable lifestyle were we are aware of the consequences of our actions, and learn simple ways to tread more lightly on the earth.

    Why not shift to small sustainable communities while we still have time and access to the sources that make this lifestyle possible?

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    Imagine if one minute from now, every single person on Earth disappeared. All 6.6 billion of us. Human history just stopped. What would happen to the world without us? Aftermath: Population Zero, a documentary produced by Cream Productions features what scientists and others speculate the earth, animal life and plant life might be like if humanity suddenly disappeared. What will the effect be on the artifacts of civilization. The documentary is based on a book by Alan Weisman; The world without us. Weisman explains that a common house would begin to fall apart as water eventually leaks into the roof around the flashings, erodes the wood and rusts the nails, leading to sagging walls and eventual collapse. After 500 years all that would be left would be aluminum dishwasher parts, stainless steel cookware, and plastic handles. The longest-lasting evidence on Earth of a human presence would be radioactive materials, ceramics, bronze statues, and Mount Rushmore. In space, the Pioneer plaques, the Voyager Golden Record, and radio waves would outlast the Earth itself.

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