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Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:43:00 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: UFOs and the Mind: "the moment of enchantment"

> On Saturday, March 29, 2014 2:43:20 PM UTC-5, William T******** wrote:
>> We could say the "odd" or "not normal" experiences approach one end of a
>> continuum in consciousness, where the other end would be something like
>> "usual" or "normal". So, is "the moment of enchantment" merely a more extreme
>> deviation from what is considered normal, or is it in a class by itself,
>> having properties not shared by other experiences?

From: Mark OC Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:20 PM
> Interesting thoughts, William. There could be multiple states of consciousness
> along the same continuum, but how do we shift between them? Is there a
> definite demarcation, or it is gradual and unnoticeable?


Hi,
Am inclined (logically) to agree with William's `continuum' hypothesis, and, to answer Mark's question, would suggest the demarcation point is that level of strangeness making a lasting impression on the minds / characters of witnesses.

I.e. the documentation (esp. the gov't stuff) seems to make it pretty clear:  a specific degree of close contact with `high strangeness' seems to permanently affect the human brain and even personality.

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:05:15 -0000
Subject: FWD - New Moon deals "43% bigger" than Full Moon


Well,
this is yet another confirmation of human (+ animal) differing reactions at Full and New moon. Earlier data make me think most people are cheerier at Full, more down at New; which agrees with this item: depressed folk _want_ _things_ more) - Ray
[earlier forecasts here]


http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303369904579423132072969654
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - JOURNAL REPORTS: By DEBORAH GAGE - Updated March 23, 2014 4:36 p.m. ET

Big Data Uncovers Some Weird Correlations
There's a Link Between Sales and Phases of the Moon, Among Other Things
Are sales deals affected by the cycles of the moon?
...
But finding surprising correlations has never been easier, thanks to the flood of data that's now available.
The Sales Advantage
David Elkington, the chief executive of InsideSales.com Inc., for instance, wondered whether the cycles of the moon affect sales.

By combining lunar data with InsideSales data, his company found that deals closed during a new moon are, on average, 43% bigger than when the moon is full.

Mr. Elkington isn't sure why - he speculates that human emotions align with the seasons, and with the solar and lunar calendars - and he says the strength of the moon's influence on sales may vary depending on what other factors are involved.
(more at page ...)
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Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:33:22 -0000
Subject: Re: MUFON ALERT

From: Lance *****
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:04 AM
> As you see above, some folks think that every ridiculous claim must be treated
> as data and not judged. That UFO "research" is still precisely where it was in
> 1947 should surprise no one. Note actual defenders of psychic UFO big feet
> above with almost no one bothering to speak up against such nonsense.


Lance, you're wrong on both counts.
i) Here's what rational folk are saying: any valid survey of the phenomenon _must_ feature typical percentages of hoaxes, gov't and corporate deceptions and misinformation plus another typical percentage (medical) of products of disturbed minds.  The residue are `events' which may or may not be `unidentified flying objects' and/or allied observations.  If a biased (or ignorant) person prematurely excludes any reports before statistical analysis then that survey is not valid.

ii) Things have changed drastically since 1947:  we now know that Govt's (primarily USA & UK) take UFOs seriously enough to dedicate large groups of agents (and lots of cash) to secret investigations of them, and also to creating much noise and misinformation (mostly debunking misinformation) around the subject [see Richard Dolan's presentation of bona-fide Gov't documents].

Above all we now know there are large objects navigating to and fro Earth's atmosphere [see NASA footages from Martyn Stubbs], and that these objects have speeds and manoeuvrability way beyond our own capabilities.  Also, that their reaction timings strongly imply sentience for the entire objects as entities - i.e. not merely for any discrete pilots or other occupants.

Of course any biased (or ignorant) person could simply deny the facts listed above.

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:59:20 -0300
Subject: FWD - "new hunt for E.T.


Well, this bit seems truthful - "More advanced life may be more challenging to detect as the likelihood is, they would be far more advanced than us and who knows what they would look like (we would be the equivalent of amoebas to them!)." - as, statistically most life in the galaxy (or universe) is way in advance of us - maybe billions of years ahead.

Mind you, I always distrust anyone using phrases like "our great nation" - that's always flim-flam.
Ray


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/10700476/Britain-joins-new-hunt-for-E.T..html
The Telegraph - By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent - 6:55AM GMT 16 Mar 2014
Britain joins new hunt for E.T.
Scientists embark on 'truly awe-inspiring' six-year mission to boldly look for extra-terrestrial life

Britain has signed up to a space mission to hunt for extra terrestrial life on planets outside the Solar System.
The European Space Agency's Plato project will see a huge observatory launched into space to seek out Earth-like planets in habitable zones which could sustain life.
The mission was described as `truly awe-inspiring' by science minister David Willetts who this week pledged £25 million to the project.
"Space-based observatories have shown that rocky planets very much like Earth are almost certainly common in the Galaxy," said Mr Willetts. "Plato is a mission to find and understand these planets and in particular to assess their potential for hosting extra terrestrial life."

"If, or rather when, mankind travels beyond our solar system to new, habitable worlds, the first planet visited may well have been discovered by this." Plato - an acronym derived from 'Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars' - will be launched from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2024.

It will consist of an array of 34 individual telescopes mounted on a space probe and will be positioned at a `Lagrangian Point'- where the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Earth cancel each other out so it can stay at a fixed position in space.

During its six year mission, the telescope will scan half the sky, observing one million stars.

Its aim is to find Earth-sized planets and super-Earths in `Goldilocks Zones' - neither too hot nor too cold - where liquid water could exist.
It is looking for tiny, regular dips in brightness of the stars as their planets move in front of them, temporarily blocking out a small fraction of the starlight.

Then by measuring the atmosphere, mass, radius, age, and seismic activity of the planets scientists will be able to determine if they could support life.
Prof Don Pollacco, the project's science coordinator from the University of Warwick, believes the mission could find the first alien civilisation by spotting signs of pollution in the atmosphere.

"Plato will allow the first systematic survey of nearby planets for indications from advanced life forms," he said.

"There are certain things you would not expect to occur naturally, and pollution is the obvious one. You would have to interpret that as a sign of some kind of civilisation.
"Plato will be a game-changer, allowing many Earth-like planets to be detected and confirmed and their atmospheres examined for signs of life.
"A few years ago this would have been science fiction and now it's coming to pass as science fact."

He added: "Do I think life is waiting to be discovered? Probably, but a more pertinent question is would we recognise it? If we're talking about primitive life, like you might find on the beach, then yes we probably would."

"For example, we could envisage a number of bio-markers that might be indicative of this, such as ozone."

"More advanced life may be more challenging to detect as the likelihood is, they would be far more advanced than us and who knows what they would look like (we would be the equivalent of amoebas to them!)."

Astronomers have so far found more than 1,000 planets beyond our Solar System, but none has yet been shown to be truly Earth-like in terms of its size and distance from a Sun.
Mission leader Dr Heike Rauer, of German space agency DLR, said: "Plato firmly will establish whether systems like our own Solar System, and planets like our own Earth are common in the Galaxy."

PLATO will be the first observatory to use an array of telescopes rather than a single lens or mirror. The key British hardware contribution will be the camera system that sits behind the telescope suite.

Just under a metre square and having 2.5 billion pixels, the system will be the biggest ever flown in space and will be built by e2v, based in Chelmsford, Essex
The British arm of Airbus is also expected to lead the construction of the space probe. The project is expected to cost around £800 million.
Mr Willetts added. "Plato offers huge potential. The potential for a cutting edge mission to find a rocky planet with signs of life, using UK sensors, read by UK electronics, using UK software, on a mission led by a UK scientist.

"This is a new era for British space. And I feel sure that it will awaken the excitement of science across our great nation."
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Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:50:54 -0000
Subject: Re: RE: FWD - [video] "Aliens and Man: could it be true?


Ha!  Right - although this is all very speculative, it's been bubbling away in the back of my mind for some ten or twenty years (as seen by my amateurish web-pages of those days):

See `The Age of Leo'

The first sign of an alignment of human legends (and worship) with the Zodiac is the probable original "Leo" head of the sphinxes in Egypt and the Mid-East, and all the (mounting) clues which say that was about 13,000 years ago - an `age' of over 2,000 years of devastation and ruin;

then we have Cancer, and all or most clues are lost because that was a "Pluvial" age of over 2,000 years of never-ending rain and sea-level rises (over 200 feet minimum), unless we assign the sea-being Oannes of earliest Mesopotamian legend to that era - which would be fitting;

then we have Gemini and clues are preserved in the `sacred twins' carved and painted by the Goddess folk of Anatolia and further south;

then Taurus looms large, in the bull-worship of the Minoans, Anatolians and spilling over into early Egypt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_(god)) - plus `votive horns' and bulls heads on temple walls in the Aegean and further East and South;

then Aries, maybe accounting for the mysterious `rams horns' of Moses and other legendary leaders around the world of those times, i.e. Khnum a very early god of Egypt , also depicted with `rams horns' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khnum) - over 4,000 years ago;

then Pisces with the double or single fish emblem, which was a sacred sign to Xtians, but also to pre-Xtian folk - as vesica pisces (vessel of the fish), from before 2,400 yrs ago.
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A simplistic interpretation (made by quite a few folk) is that ancient humans assigned the nearest animal-likenesses, either to the era (like `ruin+death' was always a "lion"), or to various alien `visitors' to Earth - most of which were said to have `educated humans' or `imparted great knowledge, some now forgotten'.

Now I'm not an automatic believer in that concept, especially not of all Von Daniken's stuff, yet there are some interesting correlations with the "impossible" archeology (building and engineering) listed by Jerry Kroth

Ray

> Seems a balanced presentation from this professor (psychology); and he checks the well-known stuff in an interesting way - Ray
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUw3FZGKM-M
> Aliens and Man: could it be true?

> Dr. Jerry Kroth examines whether there is any substantive evidence that aliens or extraterrestrials have ever interacted with mankind. Evidence from archeology, mythology, UFOs, crop circles, and even biology is weighed pro and con. This is a short overview of professor Kroth's latest book, Aliens and Man: a synopsis of facts and beliefs published by Algora (NY) 2011.  The evidence is presented in a balanced way so the viewer can make up his or her own mind on this important subject.





Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:53:46 -0000
Subject: Re: Anachronistic science from `visitors'

From: Ray Dickenson
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2014 3:17 PM
> and although Einstein had fought against the growing evidence of non-local quantum effects, by 1954 he despondently agreed that matter _was_ probably `ephemeral', i.e. not constant in structure but continually being `refreshed':
> "I consider it quite possible that physics cannot be based on the field concept, i.e., on continuous structures. In that case, nothing remains of my entire castle in the air, gravitation theory included, [and of] the rest of modern physics." - Albert Einstein 1954

> Yet, illogically enough, mainstream science clings onto `Relativity', despite the fact that, as Einstein saw, it's not consistent with reality.


Didn't come straight out with this for obvious reasons:  main audience lacked the background so shock / rejection inevitable.
However, we've dipped our toes in the water (see thread below) and not much pain so here goes:

We suspect, from quantum physics (as Einstein finally realized), that all ordinary matter in the universe is "refreshed" (clenched and re-clenched) many times per second.  And, although mainstream scientists don't openly admit it, that means a basic, primal force does the "clenching", and that force must be huge - probably unity (1) - as compared with our known constants (which range from 1/100 down to billionths of that for gravity).

Here's the scary bit - a civilization which can measure that force (we can't even do that except by crude indirect inertial effects), and control it will be able to do `magic' in the eyes of ordinary mortals:  materialization and dematerialization, shape-changing, f.t.l space-travel, and maybe even apparent time-travel.
Sounds familiar?

Now, elite science, as opposed to mainstream, has been aware of this since the 1950's (at least, see Einstein).  So do we think they've been working hard to discover those secrets?  Or not?

Remember Lee Smolin bemoaning the lack of progress in physics in the last four or five decades?  What if the progress was secret?

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:17:02 -0000
Subject: Re: Anachronistic science from `visitors'


From: Eleanor ******
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2014 9:50 PM

From: "Ray Dickenson"
>> However, scientist Vallée was quick to notice a peculiar remark made by the tallest `sylph' concerning the nature of the universe:  that all matter is continually recreated "from second to second".  Now that is a totally non-intuitive idea, so much so that, although it is a basic consequence of quantum physics, it is not `believed in' even by most modern scientists - and the rest of the world has never heard or thought of it.

> Hmm. Kind of like a computer which needs its RAM constantly refreshed.


Right Eleanor , and although Einstein had fought against the growing evidence of non-local quantum effects, by 1954 he despondently agreed that matter _was_ probably `ephemeral', i.e. not constant in structure but continually being `refreshed':
"I consider it quite possible that physics cannot be based on the field concept, i.e., on continuous structures. In that case, nothing remains of my entire castle in the air, gravitation theory included, [and of] the rest of modern physics." - Albert Einstein 1954

Yet, illogically enough, mainstream science clings onto `Relativity', despite the fact that, as Einstein [finally] saw, it's not consistent with reality.

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:13:09 -0000
Subject: Anachronistic science from `visitors'


Re - Jacques Vallée's reference to the `SYLPHS OF CARDAN':
It would be interesting to know if there are other examples of `advanced scientific ideas' being given by ETs or `visitors' of any kind.

Reason - As others have explained, if you wanted to discuss modern science with a medieval peasant (or a Neanderthal) you'd have to make `absurd' simplifications, because the peasant (and definitely the Neanderthal) simply wouldn't have the vocabulary - or thought patterns - to grasp a `realistic' explanation.

Five hundred years ago a group of `sylphs' (other-worldly looking beings) appeared to Facius Cardan, `a learned jurist and mathematician of Milan, Italy'.  They discoursed with him for three hours on scientific and social matters.

However, scientist Vallée was quick to notice a peculiar remark made by the tallest `sylph' concerning the nature of the universe: that all matter is continually recreated "from second to second".  Now that is a totally non-intuitive idea, so much so that, although it is a basic consequence of quantum physics, it is not `believed in' even by most modern scientists - and the rest of the world has never heard or thought of it.

Here's Vallee's comment (in Magonia IIRC):

"(2) that astonishing little remark made by a sylph to Facius Cardan, which antedates quantum theory by four centuries:  `He added that God created [the universe] from moment to moment, so that should He desist for an instant the world would perish.' "

Have other `visitors' made apparently absurd statements that might point to advanced science?

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:54:27 -0000
Subject: FWD - Person standing atop train halts Metra traffic on North Side


Reminds of a sci-fi futurist story from way back where all commuter trains running into US cities face a barrage of missiles (rocks, bullets and bigger) from the surrounding shanty-towns' folk - after the breakdown of "society".
Ray


http://tinyurl.com/nmjp2yg
Person standing atop train halts Metra traffic on North Side - February 24, 2014 - Staff report
Metra service on the Union Pacific North line was halted this morning because of a person who was standing atop an inbound train in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood.
Passengers on the Metra Union Pacific North line train heading out of the city witnessed a person jumping from the top of the outbound train to the inbound train that was headed to downtown Chicago.
Trains were stopped at the Rogers Park stop during the incident since approximately 7:45 a.m. They were on the move again by about 8:20 a.m., running about 15-30 minutes late, according to the Metra website.
(more ...)





Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:40:20 -0000
Subject: FWD - Dreams / Recall / Reality? / Einstein?


Just now happened to read this:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140217085915.htm
"Why does the brain remember dreams?"


- and a few minutes later was scanning this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG9FO7JGWq4
"Holographic Universe ( Part 2 0f 5 ) its all illusion"

(the dreams references are a minute or so in)

and a few seconds later in same video heard a mention of "continuous creation" of perceived matter (in the universe) - which immediately reminded me of Jacques Vallée's reference to the `SYLPHS OF CARDAN'.

Jacques, being a scientist, was intrigued by the "boss sylph" intimation that the universe was only kept in existence by "continuous creation" from second to second - and am myself intrigued by that concept and its potential consequences for physics theory.  Think Einstein had a premonition way back in 1954 - i.e.

"I consider it quite possible that physics cannot be based on the field concept, i.e., on continuous structures.  In that case, nothing remains of my entire castle in the air, gravitation theory included, [and of] the rest of modern physics." [full reference]

Ray




Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:46:41 -0000
Subject: Re: Strange Snake-Shaped Radar Anomaly In West Australia


Hello All.  There's some confusion about radar traces.

First, radars are _not_ set up to show everything reflecting the beam:
that would result in a very messy screen due to thermal shifts, birds, low cloud, wind-blown stuff and anything too low or too high, too fast or too slow for consideration by the operators;
(i.e. airport radars only need to see metallic civil aircraft flying at speeds and heights expected, while military radars need to see a little more).

So Eleanor's point is valid - if aircraft _want_ to see cloud they have to use a special radar set to show that specific type of reflection, which is excluded by `normal' radar screens.

Nb. I've used one myself; the pilot of a C130, low on fuel and circling over the Indian Ocean on a stormy night, couldn't see an island airfield's lights below and asked me to use the cloud radar (a set-up behind the co-pilot's seat) to direct him through the thunderheads surrounding us.  So I was calling `Go Left' or `Go Right' for ten minutes or so until we found a break and saw the lights - relief all round.

To recap:  all unwanted signals are excluded by filters set to ignore or screen-out things flying with the `wrong' characteristics.  Which is probably why many anomalous visual sightings are not `seen' by local radars.

And that's why radars, as used by airports and the military, can't be relied on for confirmation _or_ refutation of visual sightings, especially if the flight characteristics are anomalous, or the craft-structure is in doubt.

Cheers
Ray D


From: Eleanor *****
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:37 PM
> Ok - I thought clouds had to be rather bulky to show up.
> Eleanor

> From: "Geoff **********"
> Date sent: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:17:31 +1300
>> When contrails contain precipitation or ice crystals, they can give radar returns.
>> Geoff.





-----Original Message-----
From: Dave H****
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 4:41 PM


Intriguing UFO encounter - is the guy for real? He seems sincere but so do actors....
Might not be too difficult to find him if one looked hard enough in that area seeing as we have his photo.....
Why if you are willing to be on a video, would you shy away from giving your name?
And why when they went back to the landing site did they not take pictures and samples?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlkV0t8tABQ

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From: Ray Dickenson
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:11 AM

First, it's not necessarily a "UFO encounter" although it seems slightly `alien' at least, and he rings true enough to me:  definitely someone who's worked with his hands much of his life, with body language which is honest and non-posing.

Secondly, think he's a sensible bloke and therefore knows that giving a name (address / location is virtually implicit) would be an invitation for umpteen time-wasting idiots to try to contact / hassle / slur / send abuse / maybe worse; and `authorities` might be just as troublesome.  So why would he?

Thirdly he (and probably his friends) seem to be pragmatic, practical people and are therefore content with evidence provided by eyes and hands, and besides, they don't have any reason to gain kudos for "investigation".

Also, in this case "samples and photographs" would probably be meaningless.

Cheers
Ray D


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-----Original Message-----
From: Dave H****
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:51 PM


Ray D wrote:
Also, in this case "samples and photographs" would probably be meaningless.

Why Ray?  Photos or film of this pure soil `landing' area would surely be evidential - if experts decided they weren't faked - and certainly samples would be useful especially if they had unusual characteristics.

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Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 02:19:27 -0000
Subject: Re: UFO encounter with entities, claim


Any rational person would agree with you Dave, and any rational person would take the results of such samples / photos seriously and put them on the record officially.

Unfortunately the UK / USA authorities do not act rationally in UFO matters and neither do the MSM, creating misinformation and downright lies to confuse / conflate public perceptions and opinion.

Even `ufology' is fairly susceptible to having its group memories tweaked and fooled by the sustained barrage of noise and misinfo generated by (sometimes professional) internal and external trolls, many encouraged and even bankrolled (ultimately) by agencies allied to Gov't and media.

You just have to look at the record.  There have been many `trace-sample' cases, some of which were very likely `non-terrestrial' in origin.  Do you recall even one which it is universally agreed has `proven' an unexplainable origin?  Or where the `samples' or `photos/films' haven't mysteriously vanished?  Often into the custody of the USAF or FBI or CIA?

That's why I think samples and photos/films are more or less meaningless (except maybe as personal momentos for the participants).

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:21:00 -0000
Subject: Re: Re: Pilots wary of UFO hunters with laser pointers


Hello Terry and Alejandro,
To add to your warnings:
A while ago posted a conclusion - drawn from world-wide sightings review and hence fairly impartial - that `UFOs' can react strongly to intentional irradiation (by flashlights etc.), which raised questions about how the UFO could discriminate among light sources and `intentions' (especially in cityscapes with many other lights).

Furthermore, that their reactions seem to be either `benign' or `aggressive' depending on the geographical area:

i.e. in Europe and northern America the reaction is often an instant movement toward the light, but seemingly actuated by curiosity;  whereas in South America the reaction is often the firing of a beam of radiation towards the light - sometimes with fatal results.

There are many possible explanations for the difference - but would-be signallers shouldn't count on that division being maintained.

Cheers
Ray D


From: Terry G**** Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:11 PM
> Not only is it a bad idea, it's a felony.

> On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:49:11 AM UTC-6, Alejandro R**** wrote:
>> I have always thought it a bad idea to flash a laser at something you can not identify.

>> Pilots wary of UFO hunters with laser pointers
>> This week the former president of a pilots' association in Australia warned UFO hunters of the dangers of using laser pointers when looking for UFOs.
>> http://www.openminds.tv/pilots-wary-ufo-hunters-laser-pointers/25725





Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:52:44 -0000
Subject: FWD - "Ultrasound may improve sensory perception, according to a new study in humans


Not mentioned - although hinted in final paragraph - is the fact that ultrasound has been and is being used by mil-sec as a weapon to confuse / mislead / control people.  Facts indicate it's been tested (on the unsuspecting public) in USA and later in UK for over ten years, producing auditory illusions (noises, voices in the head etc) at medium range in public places.  Maybe they've `progressed' to beaming "messages" into people's homes?
Ray


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/ultrasound-boost-brain-performance_n_4585635.html
HuffPost - LiveScience - By Stephanie Pappas - Posted: 01/13/2014 8:10 am EST
Ultrasound may improve sensory perception, according to a new study in humans.

By directing ultrasound to a specific brain area, researchers were able to improve people's ability to discriminate between sensory inputs. Ultrasound is sound far above the upper limit of what humans can hear. It's useful in medical imaging. Doctors and technicians send bursts of ultrasound through tissue and record the echoes, creating a picture of what's inside - whether it's an injured knee or a fetus in utero.

Ultrasound also has potential for mapping the connectivity of the brain. Neuroscientists are particularly interested in understanding how brain areas chat with one another; in fact, a new federal project, the BRAIN Initiative, has the goal of mapping the healthy human brain. [Inside the Brain: A Photo Journey Through Time]

Ultrasound is one of several noninvasive methods that stimulate the brain. Another is transcranial magnetic stimulation, which stimulates the brain with magnets. A third is transcranial direct current stimulation, which uses electrodes to deliver a weak electrical current to the brain through the scalp.

The new study suggests that ultrasound may be the best of the bunch.

"We can use ultrasound to target an area of the brain as small as the size of an M&M," study researcher William Tyler, a neuroscientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, said in a statement. "This finding represents a new way of noninvasively modulating human brain activity with a better spatial resolution than anything currently available."

Surprising improvement
Tyler and his colleagues focused on sensory perception from the hand. They first placed an electrode on the wrist, over the nerve that carries impulses from the hand to the brain. Using a small electrical current, they stimulated that nerve while focusing ultrasound on the brain region that processes the nerve's signals.

The researchers recorded the participants' brain responses with electroencephalography (EEG), electrodes on the scalp that measure the electrical activity of the brain. The ultrasound weakened the brain waves that encode the tactile stimulation, they found.

But the next set of experiments revealed something truly strange.

The researchers conducted two tests of sensory perception. In the first, participants feel two pins against their skin and must distinguish whether they are being touched at one or two points. The closer the pins are to each other, the harder the task. In the second, researchers blow a series of air puffs against the participants' skin, and they must determine how many individual puffs they feel. The faster the puffs, the harder they are to discriminate.

Instead of these weak brain signals translating to poorer sensory perception, people's performance actually improved on both tests.

"Our observations surprised us," Tyler said. "Even though the brain waves associated with the tactile stimulation had weakened, people actually got better at detecting differences in sensations."

Tweaking the brain
What might explain this seeming paradox? The answer might have to do with how neurons function. When brain cells communicate, they can urge their neighbors to become active (excitation) or tell everyone to quiet down (inhibition). The ultrasound may have affected the brain region's balance of excitation and inhibition, Tyler said.

As a result, the excitation impulses may not have spread so far, essentially giving the brain a better triangulation of where the sensory inputs were coming from.

The boost in sensory perception vanished when researchers moved the ultrasound's focus just a half inch (1 centimeter). That means the method is a fine-grained way to "tweak" brain circuits, both to map their activity and potentially to treat brain disorders.

"In neuroscience, it's easy to disrupt things," said Tyler. "We can distract you, make you feel numb, trick you with optical illusions. It's easy to make things worse, but it's hard to make them better. These findings make us believe we're on the right path."
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Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:10:47 -0000
Subject: Re: The List Fades To Black

> From: Wendy Christensen
> Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:18:59 -0500
> Subject: Re: The List Fades To Black

> I think the greatly reduced UFO UpDates List traffic in recent
> times is indicative not of other outlets on the internet, but of
> a major existential crisis in ufology.
<snip>


Hi Wendy
The effect you're describing is due to two phenomena:

i) my post-war generation - although we didn't realise it - were on the crest of a socio-economic wave  [for details of those waves see "The Great Wave - Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History" by David Hackett Fischer; ]

i.e. we in the west had a chance of a good basic education, plenty of job opportunities and reasonable amounts of leisure time.  That resulted in a generation where most/many were financially and intellectually better placed than our parents.  Enquiry and resulting discovery was the order of the day.

Now, in a trough of oppression & greed, the present younger generation gets a dumbed-down prescriptive education where curiosity is harshly discouraged, no spare time and little inclination to risk being branded as ` weird' or `unstable'  (the penalty inflicted by mass-media since the 1950's).

ii) that mass-media, including Hollywood, the Press and _all_ mainstream TV / Radio (& BBC) have been increasingly orchestrated, under Gov't/Corporate strictures, to promote that which Gov't/Corps want you to believe and to discourage or suppress completely that which Gov't/Corps don't want you to know  (small but grotesque commercial example is at www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83754317/ - `Conan Shows Us That Main Stream Media Is Scripted').

As an information analyst (my job title for a while) I know to expect two possible reactions when putting `sensitive' questions to the PTB:
a) violent and vitriolic attacks - if the PTB just want to discourage other people;
b) absolute silence - if the PTB are really scared of _any_ discussion and instead are relying on their mass-media blanket-suppression.

Interestingly, while the mass-media are still classing [ordinary] sighters and sightings as `weird' (see www.ufocasebook.com/ for dailies and www.mufon.com/ for digests),
they are absolutely silent (as are NASA and the Air Force) when confronted with NASA's own film evidence of extra-ordinary sightings in near-space (search for "The Secret NASA Transmissions" in Google or Youtube).

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:18:19 -0000
Subject: Problems with `Immortality' (maybe seasonal?)


Hello List

A radio snippet, recollections of earlier sci-fi reading and recent discussions provoked thoughts of the possible kinds of `singularity'; see `The Singularity Is Near' by Ray Kurzweil -

Just heard part of a radio interview with a famous writer / broadcaster nearing the end of his life, where he said that, although an athiest, he has latterly become interested in the frontiers of science (although he seems limited to accepting mainstream pontifications about make-believe "black holes" etc.).
Maybe that's an alternative form of religion?

Pondering that `religion' possibility brought Kurzweil's `Singularity' to mind, since it reflects the hidden agenda of all religious motivations: the desire for some form of immortality.

And thinking of the central problem of `singularities' (which we have discussed at length - see www.ufoupdateslist.com/2013/nov/m03-001.shtml and www.ufoupdateslist.com/2013/nov/m16-001.shtml), the question remains:  "How can an organic mind successfully transfer to a `higher' form, either embodied in silicon or maybe more ethereal?

And that reminded of a sci-fi story years ago where the hero (a primitive like us) is being led by his girl-friend (a more `advanced' type) to a mountain cave where even more advanced elders of her people are preparing to `transcend' into higher beings - apparently (IIRC) some type of energy entities.

Now there's a long-standing modern mythology of beings growing more cerebral as civilization advances - hence the large-headed future humans with spindly bodies and limbs (like the `Grays' of course).  Could the quantum-field mind of such a being grow strong enough to disconnect from the body completely?  To exist as a pattern in the quantum field only?

And that raised (again - we've discussed it before) the question of timing: when would it be safe to make such a transition?  Several dangers present themselves - a) one could be doomed to exist in an obsolescent form (silicon or otherwise) by making the choice too early - or b) one could lose all physical sensations and feedbacks at a time when the mind still depended on them for its grounding in reality (not to mention its pleasures and entertainment).

And that brought a humorous possibility to mind: maybe the most oft-reported paranormal events, persisting through the ages, are actually instances of such beings who `transcended' too early and now pester primitives like us merely to recapture their lost physical feedbacks and pleasures?
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poltergeist,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incubus,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succubus

Cheers
Ray D

PS. the `Xmas Ghost' is maybe seasonal, and apparently Dickens was also (secretly) dedicated to [similar] physical pleasures





Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2013 02:06:55 -0000
Subject: FWD - From Confucius to Fort's "Aliens"


Part way into `The Causes of War' by Geoffrey Blainey
- it's a great read for those who like lots of detailed evidence presented logically.  He uses masses of data to compare all (and maybe dispel some) of the many suggested reasons for war (and for peace - which are usually ignored).

An early little aside, although he might return to that area, was the mention that fairly recently it was thought that if two nations shared a language, or were equally wealthy, or had a common religion - they would likely remain at peace with each other.  One by one Blainey crosses off those suggestions - except for the `religion' of Confucianism.
-
Later tonight was idly re-watching parts of an `ancient aliens' vid: mostly stuff we all know about.
Ancient Aliens ~ S01EP02 ~ The Visitors

It's commercial so a bit dumbed-down, but when it got to Akenaten it reminded of the fact that his might have been the first attempt to found a `monotheist' religion, i.e. worshipping a single supernatural being (superior to humans).

Previously most folks, including the Egyptians, worshipped a pantheon or collection of gods, and most of these supernaturals (except for those of the "ancient Greeks" - newbies who'd just emerged from a Dark Age) were depicted as humanoids with animal heads - as with the Sumerians' / Bablylonians' "Oannes the scaly Amphibian".

(I'd long ago collected a pageful of `longheaded skulls' from around the world, some dating from prehistoric times; which had tempted me to speculate of humans imitating alien-rulers - a la Jack Vance.)

That made me also remember something from Sagan's `Cosmos':

QUOTE
Around two and a half thousand years ago something strange happened.  All over the world people began thinking.
Carl Sagan noticed that, all at once -
- the Ionians in the Aegean started measuring, calculating and theorizing correctly;
- the Egyptian pharaoh Necho caused Africa to be circumnavigated;
- Zoroaster, in Persia, founded his school of science, morality and philosophy;
- Confucius and Lao-tsu taught in China;
- Jewish prophets spoke from Egypt to Babylon in mid-East;
- and Gautama Buddha reappraised reality in India.

Sagan mused - "It is hard to think these activities altogether unrelated"
(p. 206 - "Cosmos")
ENDQUOTE
-
These various bits of info buzzing around suddenly made me realize (or suspect) the reasons that Charles Fort once wrote:

"I think we're property . . . That once upon a time this Earth was No-Mans Land, that other worlds explored and colonized here, and fought amongst themselves for possession, but now it's owned by something, all others warned off." - Charles Hoy Fort, collector of `damned data'

Ray



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