Music on a different level.

I love every song I’ve encountered by Nahko and Medicine for the people, but I recently discovered these two and I’m even more in love!! Enjoy~

 

 

Other good songs by them:

Budding Trees

Black as Night

I Mua

7 Feathers

Wash it Away

Fix it

 

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Background

I randomly signed up for an online physics course that would last six weeks. Little did I know, I would become so intrigued by the end that I am now spending every spare second reading science blogs, science books, and re-watching the lectures of the course. I plan to share with whomever takes the time to read this, the exciting new things that I learned from the course.

Let me start with an introduction about the course.

The title of the course was “Gravity! From the big bang to black holes.” So, as you may assume, the topics ranged from Einstein’s general relativity, the big bang, inflation, dark matter, dark energy, gravitational waves, and black holes. Some old concepts, some new (to me). The best thing about the course was that you did not need to have any background in physics. Just an appetite for learning, and maybe some extra research on your own time if interested.

The course was taught by Professor Pierre Binetruy of Paris Diderot University. Pierre was the first director of the AstroParticle and Cosmology laboratory in Paris upon it’s creation. His main interests, according to a bio online, include cosmology and gravitation; connecting the theories of the early universe and fundamental interactions. He’s highly knowledgeable about inflation models, dark energy, and cosmological background of gravitational waves. Due to these areas of interest, he is highly involved in the eLisa mission- which I will go into more detail about later on.

I would just like to express how happy I am about taking this class. The course provided such lucid, comprehensible explanations on theories and concepts of physics. There was hardly any math involved, which was nice. The detailed explanations and demonstration’s made these unfamiliar concepts easy to grasp. Finally, Pierre arranged live hangouts where we were introduced to prestigious scientists, and we were able to ask questions during a live chat. George Smoot was one scientist that was present during the hangouts, and also recorded a lecture himself to explain the concept that won him the Nobel Prize in 2006. We were also able to meet key scientists that were actively involved in the LISAPathfinder mission, which was launched 12/03/2015. This mission will (hopefully) uncover another corner of the veil on the universe. I now anxiously await the discoveries that will be made from this mission. The series of blog posts that follow should explain why.

Here I will post the links to the series of posts I will be writing:

  1. The Implications of Gravity in Spacetime
  2. Waves of Spacetime- GW150914
  3. Black Holes: Part I

Can we learn to love again? When the sun and moon collide

 

When it comes to love, none of us know what we are doing. That is a fact. I don’t claim to be an expert either, but we all have our philosophies we like to live by. Everywhere we look we are surrounded by messages of love- some not as apparent as others, but the message is still there. So why is it so hard to love? Shouldn’t that be the one thing in life that comes naturally? The one thing in life that’s easy?

I think we’ve all learned one way or another- most likely the hard way, that love is something that holds tremendous power over us all. We all know that losing someone dear to our hearts is one of the toughest pain to endure- whether it is a break-up, or the death of a close friend or family member. Yet we still can’t quite get it right when we are lucky enough to be given “second chances.” Most of us love ourselves unconditionally, so why is it so hard to extend that love to another human being? We are able to easily speak the words “I love you,” but I don’t think any of us really have a clue as to what we are actually saying.

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Desire runs deep, betrayal runs deeper.

“When we seek the gaze of another it isn’t always our partner that we are turning away from, but the person we have become. It isn’t so much that we are looking for another person as much as we are looking for another self.” -Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity… a talk for anyone who has ever loved (Ted Talks, download the app if you don’t already have it)!!

WOW! My mind has been a complete tangled up mess the past couple of months. I have a few posts saved in my drafts that I never actually published because they were very personal, and too depressing. So much has happened I just needed a place to put my thoughts so I wouldn’t go insane. Things are starting to sort themselves out, now that there are no more secrets.

All I have to say is.. infidelity is one area you never want to find yourself in. It’s like a run-down neighborhood. It just looks sketchy from the outside, but once you put yourself in that town.. it all goes downhill from there. Luckily, there is an exit sign nearby and you just have to run as fast as you can to get to it. Although it may seem like you are running as fast as you can and you are getting absolutely nowhere, soon enough you will be so far from that town, and you will never have to look back.

Infidelity is a very controversial topic. Now days, people have so much pride that they convince themselves they don’t have to be part of that relationship once the going gets tough. They don’t have to feel the emotional pain of being hurt. This is the era where we feel that we deserve to be happy, which can be a problem on both sides of that deceptive looking fence.

For the deceiver (aka the cheater), most people assume they had some evil agenda and that they don’t give a shit about hurting the other person. But, contrary to what you may believe.. that is hardly the case. At least not in this situation, and I now believe that is not the case in many situations. There are many reasons people stray- and that reason mostly comes down to desire. It could be they are seeking desire for attention, affection, to bring back a feeling that they thought was no longer there.. that they thought they’d never feel again, to feel important, desire for mystery, novelty, excitement.. the list goes on.

I’m not saying these “reasons” make it okay to cheat. I’m saying, before you go and completely cut someone out of your life, maybe you should try to understand why they did it.. and then decide whether you want to go on hating them, or perhaps turn a crisis into an opportunity.

The deceived- the truth is, no matter what your (ex) lover tells you, you will not believe a word they say. You want to think the worst, you want to hate them because they threatened your entire sense of trust, they threatened your emotional security. Nothing they say will make it better because you absolutely cannot fathom how someone could do this to someone they love. It is simply unforgivable, and often it is left at that.

But this does no good- for either party. Because the truth is, the “deceiver” may not have had the intention of cheating. They may not have even been looking. But for some reason, the predator and prey come face to face. From there, things go the way neither of them had planned. This leaves the unfaithful one with immense feelings of guilt, anxiety, depression, confusion, apathy, and worst of all- fear.

On the other side of the fence is their loved one. They find out what happens and immediately they are crushed. They react with anger, hostility, hatred, and also with fear. They lash out, they think they must hurt the other person so that the other person can feel what they are feeling, so that they know the pain they have caused. But all they are doing is opening up old wounds, while inflicting more pain on themselves.

Both people suffer. It is a death by a thousand cuts. The deceiver swears they will never make this mistake again. Because they never want to feel, or for anyone else to feel this pain. This one incident will now haunt them for the rest of their lives. For the deceiver- they will feel they can never love again, because they simply don’t deserve to be loved. They deserve every bad thing that comes their way. They feel they deserve no respect or even have to right to demand respect. If they ever did love again, how would this one mistake affect their future relationship? The past will now always interfere.

On the bright side, for the one who was deceived.. they will be able to learn, and grow. They will be able to love again. It may be hard at first but it is possible. Their past won’t interfere with their future in such a negative way. Yes, they may have trust issues.. but they won’t have to feel the burden of being the one who ripped the trust away in the first place.

The unfaithful one, they were unfaithful once.. that doesn’t mean they are going to do it again. They crossed a line that they never intended to cross, and they feel completely and utterly sorry. They feel terrible all on their own without the help of outsiders making sure they feel terrible. They know what they did was wrong. They know that it was the worst mistake they could’ve ever made, but it happened.. and as much as they want to take it back, they can’t.

To the deceiver: The most important thing about it all is that you learned from it. That you make a commitment to yourself to never let it happen again. Because now you no, no matter how right it may feel at the time, it is not worth it. Not at all. Now it is time to accept that the damage has been done, and now you must do everything you possibly can to fix it.

You must realize, it’s not too late for you. You can make a change. You can remind yourself of your morals and values once more.. and tell yourself, this time you are not going to break them, you can only strengthen them. Not for your significant other, not for your family, or their family, or any of your friends.. but for yourself.

Step away from the people who are constantly trying to bring you down because you made one mistake that you know you are sorry for. You are feeling low enough, you don’t need that extra negativity to bring you down further. Surround yourself with those who continue to support you in this confusing, awful time.. those who give you unconditional love. It’s okay for them to admit what you did was wrong, and you didn’t make a good decision, but it’s important that they remember who you always have been, and always will be regardless of that rough patch in your life.

Most importantly, remember that you are capable of resiliency. You’ve gone through so much in your life, what’s one more obstacle? You’ve made achievements, you’ve been successful at some point in life. You are capable of loving again. We are all capable of love. We all deserve a fresh start.. “A world without love is a deadly place” – Helen Fisher.

One last quote:

“The hardest task one can have is to continue to love one’s fellows despite all reasons he should not. And the true sign of sanity and greatness is to so continue. For the one who can achieve this, there is abundant hope. For those who cannot, there is only sorrow, hatred and despair. And these are not the things of which greatness, or sanity or happiness are made. A primary trap is to succumb to invitations to hate…

When cruelty in the name of discipline dominates a race, that race has been taught to hate. And that race is doomed. The real lesson is to learn to love” – L. Hubbard

A note to the one who was deceived: You should know, your project hasn’t failed. You have changed the life of another without even realizing how much of an impact you hold on them. They will never forget you. The lessons you taught were a blessing. The most important one was looking past the external pressures of society and finding the beauty within each and every thing. Your drive, intelligence, and understanding are your most admirable traits, and anyone would be lucky to have you.

Sometimes, in order to understand a situation it’s best to walk away and come back later, refreshed.

Surprisingly, I made it back to Michigan around 1am this morning. I say “surprisingly” because 1) I was so ready to quit reality and stay in Colorado, and 2) we had a crazy storm last night that made flying a bit intense. It was pretty cool though. Flying at night is so much better. Especially seeing the sunset from up above, it is so peaceful. When looking out one side of windows on the plane, the sky was a deep blue atop a burnt orange, with an all black landscape. Looking out the opposite side, it was pitch black but when you looked down, you could see all the cities lit up. It was beautiful!

I met some cool people at the airport and on the plane as well. It was nice because we were all going back home to the same city, so it was cool to get to know some people I may run into at some point. The last half hour of the flight was crazy. We drove right into the storm, and all you could see was darkness, then when the lightning struck- you saw the giant cloud we were driving through, and the red and green flashing lights on the wings of the plane. It was like being on a high speed rollercoaster ride at some horror-themed amusement park. The turbulence was so bad at one point that there was a loud BANG, and the whole plane tilted. I thought we were going down that time, everyone on the plane screamed and held on for dear life. We continued to blaze through the stomach-dropping clouds and the lightning, and finally busted out into clear skies and landed safely. The drive home was another story- just as intense.

I had a great experience on my trip, it was something I really needed. I was feeling pretty down for multiple reasons before I left.. but hiking through the mountains and simply just being away from everyone and everything, in an unfamiliar place was an absolute necessity. Being away helped me to realize what I find most important. Rather than over-thinking and complicating things, I was able to just feel. What I felt is what I decided is important to me. I learned where my mind wanders when I gave it a rest from over-analyzing every situation. I learned a lot about myself, and others.

I accomplished most of the things I had hoped to accomplish on my lustful itch for a “roadtrip.” I became friends with strangers. I learned someone’s story. I had meaningful conversations. I was spontaneous. I maintained a healthy diet. I did what I wanted for once, by myself, and that felt great. Overall, it was an amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back! Oh, and I have to mention the friends I stayed with were the best! Their hospitality was great. They took such good care of me- making dinner, providing alcohol, driving through crazy backed-up six lane traffic to get me to the airport.. and I would be so happy to return the favor for them one day. They will be receiving a gift in the mail very shortly for being so amazing 🙂

Until we meet again, Love to all ❤

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Something like a Disney movie.

This is the story of a girl, who once belonged to the world. Until one day, she was deceived. Consumed with desire, her ego said to her “it’s okay, do as you please, you deserve this.” Little did she know, that seemingly innocent feeling, and that innocent looking fruit she was dying to eat, was full of poisonous seeds from the tree which it grew upon. Simply taking one bite of the fruit would taint her entire treekbeing. But she was hardened from the world she lived in, mostly from the seven people she surrounded herself by that she found so important. So, without thinking much of it, she bit into the fruit. Suddenly the world around her started to fall apart. The very foundation she stood upon began to crumble. Her splendor and beauty dominated with age. She began to lose strength, but there was no mercy. She had lost her balance and finally, she lost consciousness.

Her soul needed a spark, something that could ignite her energy once again. Something pure, something that could be transformed from bad to good. She lay there hopeless. Until one day, a fire came. It consumed the earth with it’s brightness and heat. But once it reached the water, the earth began to cool. Night had come, the moon took control over the tides, and the fire was finally polarized to where it belonged. Miraculously, in the midst of chaos, a man carrying a sword had come along. When he saw how beautiful she was as she lay there, he knew just what he had to do, and he gave her a kiss.

All of the sudden, the life started flowing through her veins again and as a shiver traveled up her spine, her face lit up, and she awoke. After regaining her consciousness, she remembered the dream she had. She dreamt of her soul rising out of her body, she was in a dimension where she had complete self-control, and it was pure bliss. She learned things she had never even considered to be possible. The only time she was scared was when she allowed herself to be afraid. Once she learned she could control her fear, she could do anything she desired. Within that dream she kept hearing the phrase “As within, so without” and she learned that through her thoughts and emotions, she could project into a world where she could live the greatest, most positive experience possible. She no longer had the desire to eat that fruit, now that she was awake. All the stars had aligned as she felt balanced once again, and she lived happily ever-after.

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Quantum Enigma Part 1 (review)- Setting the platform for science

quantum enig“Classical physics explains the world quite well; it’s just the details it can’t handle. Quantum physics handles the “details” perfectly; it’s just the world it can’t explain. You can see why Einstein was troubled.”

I’ve mentioned the book that I’ve been reading entitled “Quantum Enigma.” So far, I’ve only read background information on classical physics- the first seven chapters, but it’s valuable information in understanding the quantum enigma. That is why I will attempt to summarize what I am reading in order to understand things more clearly and to hopefully provide insight to others simultaneously.

Back in the day, classical physics was referred to as “Natural Philosophy.” It all sort of started with Aristotle- who claimed “everything that happens is essentially the motion of matter,”  that “an object sought rest with respect to the cosmic center, which clearly was the Earth.” Since objects desired to be at the cosmic center, a heavy object, with greater desire, would fall faster than a light object. On the other hand, celestial objects moved in the most perfect of figures- the circle, and fell toward the Earth, as the cosmic center. This became the official dogma of the Church in the late Middle Ages, thanks to Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas furthered this theory in believing that– because Earth was the cosmic center, where things fell- it was also the realm of morally “fallen” man. Furthermore, “Heaven, where things moved in perfect circles, was the realm of God and His angels.” The center of the Earth was Hell- the lowest point in the universe. We are now well aware that Earth is not the center of the universe.

Galileo was one to refute Aristotle’s theory. He spent the last years of his life under house arrest because of his belief that the earth moved, and the church did not appreciate that independent thought. Although he was shown the torture chambers he still adhered to his claim of a sun-orbiting Earth, and was found guilty of heresy. It wasn’t until Sir Isaac Newton came along- the year Galileo died, when someone understood Galileo. Eventually Newton came up with the laws of nature we are taught today. Interestingly, while Newton was a very respected man in the West for his intelligence, “Paradoxically, Newton was also a mystic, immersing himself in supernatural alchemy and the interpretation of Biblical prophecies.”

What I find particularly intriguing about the background provided is that there were so many criticisms against these revolutionary scientists theories at first. People refused to believe in the new discoveries being made in this time because it often contradicted their perfect worldview they already had. There was nothing left to be discovered in their eyes.

Many respected physicists in this time derided their- (Newton, Faraday, Planck, Einstein, etc) theories and basically called them idiots. The scientists we now boast to be genius’ suffered harsh criticism which contributed to their reluctance on publishing more theories. They were mocked, laughed at, and simply not taken serious. It wasn’t until many years later that people began to give the slightest consideration to their revelations. Some of them died before their ideas were recognized and widely accepted.

Michael Faraday is one example of facing such criticism. After the acceptance of Benjamin Franklin’s knowledge of electric charges, Faraday had a hard time grasping the concept. He wondered how a body could cause a force on another through empty space. This is when he suggested that an electric charge creates and electric “field” in the space around itself and this physical field is the force that is exerted on other charges. Instead of accepting his field concept, it was instead ridiculed as ‘Faraday’s mental crutch’ because his thinking was believed to be too abstract. “Today, the fundamental theories of physics are all formulated in terms of field’s. Faraday’s “mental crutch” is a pillar upon which all of physics now rests.”

While their discoveries are very important to our understanding of the universe and exactly why we are here/where we came from, they are still just assumptions and approximations that conveniently explain the functioning of the universe. However, the fact is that these scientists who laid down the foundation to our carefully paved road of education learned this in a primitive time. They used lanterns to determine the speed of light, an apple falling from a tree to explain gravity, etc. They simply observed, and although remarkably accurate, there is still more to be discovered. That is why it is important that we have a better understanding of Quantum physics and that we take this knowledge in with an open-mind, as it is a very difficult pill to swallow.

The book explains quantum theory as the skeleton in physics closet. Although the theory is successful- as in, “not a single one of it’s theory’s predictions has ever been shown wrong,” many people have a hard time accepting- or even understanding, quantum theory. This is because most people will agree that a single object can’t be in two far-apart places at once, and the actions we make here do not instantly affect what happens someplace far away. Also, we share a common belief that there is a real world “out there” whether or not we are looking at it.

Quantum theory came about as a way to describe the behavior of atoms, or very small particles- the “details.” The authors of this book mention our “Darwinian worldview,” and how such a view can corrupt our ability to take in new information that seems illogical because it contradicts common-sense, and much of our foundation of science- or basically everything we know. Darwin’s theory of evolution seems somewhat logical, and therefore is widely accepted. On the other hand, when trying to summarize quantum theory in a few sentences, it only sounds mystical and is often dismissed. Here is the summary Rosenblum and Kuttner came up up with:

“We risk a rough summary anyway. Quantum theory tells that the observation of an object can instantaneously influence the behavior of another greatly distant object- even if no physical force connects the two. These are the influences Einstein rejected as “spooky actions– (now called ‘entanglement’),” but they have now been demonstrated to exist. Quantum theory also tells us that an object can be in two places at the same time. Its existence at the particular place where it happens to be found becomes an actuality only upon its observation.”

Then they proceed to talk about determinism, idealism, and solipsism. I found their statements on determinism particularly interesting so I will share-

Determinism: think of the classic example in physics using billiard balls. If the position and velocity are known, with Newton’s physics you can predict the position and velocity after they collide arbitrarily far into the future. When thinking about this in a divine sense, think about the “all-seeing eye’ that knew the position and velocity of each atom in the universe at a given moment- the entire universe would be apparent. The future of such a Newtonian universe is, in principle, determined.” In light of this thought, think about whether or not your seemingly free choices are actually predetermined. Well, Max Planck rules this issue out when he has electrons behaving randomly.

We now have “Maxwell’s equations” which validated the existence of electric and magnetic fields: electromagnetic waves. After Maxwell died it was demonstrated that light could be thought of as an electromagnetic wave. Finally, we know that the frequency of motion of the charge is the frequency of the wave produced.. (higher frequencies= ultraviolet, x-rays, lower f’s= infrared, radio waves..). Planck first brought up quantum mechanics through his “Quantum Jumping” theory- suggesting energy loss/change in energy of a charged particle was the result of quantum jumps, which can’t be seen as they are very small. However, this theory violated laws of electromagnetism and Newton’s universal equation of motion. Therefore, the theory resulted in much criticism and Planck discontinued his work on this theory.

Then one day, along came Einstein- whose younger years were quite the struggle that I was not completely aware of. His parents worried about mental retardation when he was young because he was slow to start talking. Then, he struggled to finish school because he simply lacked interest. When asked to suggest a profession Albert might follow, his Headmaster confidently stated: “It doesn’t matter; he’ll never make a success of anything.”

After much searching for work, Einstein finally got a job in Swiss patent office writing summaries of patent applications to decide whether an idea warranted a patent. This job was suitable for Einstein as he was able to work on his own projects behind closed doors. One day, while experimenting with atoms, he noticed a mathematical similarity between the equation for the motion of atoms and Planck’s radiation law. This led him to wonder if light was similar to atoms not only mathematically, but physically as well? In other words, “like matter, might light come in compact lumps? Atoms of light as well as atoms of matter?” Thus, Einstein came up with photons, where he believed that light is a stream of compact lumps.

Each photon would have an energy equal to Planck’s constant- the number Maxwell Planck struggled to find when coming up with his equations. In order to corroborate his speculation, Einstein looked to photoelectric effect. Basically, Einsteins photon hypothesis supported Planck’s theory, in the fact that “the ejection of electrons by light has to do with radiation emitted by hot bodies- it was discovered that the quantum was universal.” When Einstein was awarded the Nobel prize in 1922 for the photoelectric effect, a statement was made that he was “Almost the only one to take the light-quantum seriously…… In a single year,1905, Einstein discovered the quantum nature of light, firmly established the atomic nature of matter, and formulated the theory of relativity.” If only we could hear what his headmaster had to say now..

The reaction to Einstein’s photons, however, was rejection.. surprise! This is because Einstein’s theory was contradicted with Young’s two-slit experiment where light could be thought of as a spread-out wave. In the two slit experiment, a monochromatic light is shined through two slits. Once the light passes through the slits and hits the screen ahead, a pattern of bright and dark fringes appear which is known as the interference pattern. Particles could not do that. The dark spots indicate that wave crests from one slit arrive with the wave troughs from the other and the waves cancel (destructive interference). The bright spots indicated that the waves combine, resulting in constructive interference. Therefore, the interference pattern from this experiment indicates that lights is a spread out wave. But with the photoelectric experiment, light could not be a spread out wave, it has to be a stream of tiny compact particles. We have a paradox indeed! And because this paradox is yet to be explained, this is the quantum enigma.

Physicists had accepted that electrons, and other matter as well as light could be demonstrated as either compact lumps or widely spread-out waves.

Recognition of the wave-particle paradox came with Schrödinger’s equation. Eventually, Schrödinger came up with an initial interpretation of “waviness”- the absolute square of a wavefunction. His initial interpretation was that an object’s waviness was the smeared out object itself. The reason this initial interpretation is wrong is because “although an object’s waviness may be spread over a wide region, when one looks at a particular spot, one immediately finds either a whole object there, or no object in that spot.” In order for a “physical object to be smeared over the extent of it’s waviness, it’s remote parts would have to instantaneously coalesce to the place where the object was found.” Thus, “physical mater would have to move at speeds greater than light- that’s impossible.”

The accepted interpretation of waviness- one that is hard to believe.. the quantum enigma: “The waviness in a region is the probability of finding the object in a particular place.” NOT the object being in a particular place. Somehow, your looking caused it to be in a particular place (think of the photoelectric effect and the two-slit experiment).

“Waviness is probability.” The authors give this example to try and explain this concept:

Think of a carni demonstrating the game where he places a pea under a shell and you watch his hands shuffle the shells around and you determine which shell the pea is under. After rapid shuffling, your eyes lose track of the shell that holds the pea. There is equal probability for the pea to be in either of the two places. It’s 50/50. 50 + 50 = 100. Therefore, the sum of probabilities is certain that the pea is surely under one of the two shells. Once the carni lifts the shell on the right, suppose you see the pea. Instantaneously, it becomes certain that the pea was under the right-hand shell. The probability collapses to zero for the left shell and 100 for the right shell. Even if the shell on the left had moved across town before the shell on the right was lifted, the collapse of probability would still be instantaneous. Great distance does not affect how fast probability can change.

This is where things start to get tricky, as there is a crucial difference between classical probability, and quantum probability. Classical probability is subjective. It is a statement of someone’s knowledge. Not knowing which shell the pea was under, the probability is 1/2, but the probability may be different for the carni, who is in control. Therefore, someone’s knowledge of the situation is not the whole story. On the other hand, quantum probability is objective. It is the same for everyone. The wavefunction is the whole story. For example, “if someone looked in a particular spot and happened to see the atom there, that look ‘collapsed’ the spread out waviness of that atom to be wholly in that particular spot. The atom would be in that spot for everyone (if he looked and found the atom not there, it would not be there for everyone)… someone looking in a different spot would surely not find the atom at that particular spot. But, the waviness of that atom existed at that different spot immediately before the first observer collapsed it.”

A theory in classical physics predicts what you will see in an experiment. For a tossed ball, classical physics tells the position of the ball at any time, even if it’s not being observed. The ball is assumed to actually exist at some particular place.

Quantum mechanics is intrinsically probabilistic. Probability is all there is. Quantum mechanics does not tell the probability of where an object is but rather, if you look, you will observe the object at a particular place. The position of the object is not independent of it’s observation, the observed cannot be separated from the observer.

In conclusion, if you’re accepting of this quantum theory, you can conclude that waviness is the probability of what you will observe- but it depends how you look. You can look directly at the object and demonstrate it to be a compact thing in a particular place (photoelectric effect). Or you can do an interference experiment and demonstrate it had been a widely spread out thing (two-slit experiment).

On the other hand, if you don’t quite understand you may think the theory only gives waviness. This is what disturbed Einstein, Schrödinger, and many experts today- the apparent denial of physical reality that quantum theory suggests. “According to this theory, there was not an actual atom in a particular place before we looked, or “collapsed the wavefunction,” and found an atom there. But there are actual atoms, and actual things made of atoms. Aren’t there?”

The authors of this book admit that this information is confusing, but there will be examples provided in the next chapter to hopefully clear things up and explain how the quantum enigma came about through experimentation, and finally, we can ponder what it all might mean. There was a LOT of information in this first post, because I didn’t think to summarize what I’ve read until I was seven chapters in. I will make another post after I read the next couple chapters so there is not so much to read in one post. Hopefully the information presented so far has given insight to some, and sparked an interest in learning more. It’s only going to get more interesting from here!

This post is part of a series, for links to other topics click here!

Essentials

Her drive was like a peppermint latte, stimulating to say the least.

She had a smile that could grab you’re attention anywhere.. like the scent of rosemary caught in a breeze.

But the most beautiful characteristic of all was her voice that could soothe, like lavender in a midnight dream.

What’s the alternative?

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Everything has it’s risks, just like everything should be taken in moderation. I have a hard time understanding why some people flat out REFUSE to believe in natural medicine. I recently posted an article on facebook about essential oils and that they are now being “approached scientifically” only to be replied too with an article titled “Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds” (b/c my dear friend is a fact finder and doesn’t rely on one article on the internet for his information– which is awesome)! While I understand that there is not a lot of scientific evidence to prove that natural medicine is beneficial (in the sense of curing disease), I also understand the MANY PROVEN risks that come with prescription drugs.

Here was my reply to the article posted to my wall: “haha I knew you would look into this! First off, I agree… one should not discontinue treatment for certain medical conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, etc. because the pharmaceutical drugs are clearly effective in these cases. However, the only argument this article really states is that “homeopaths believe that illness-causing substances can, in minute doses, treat people who are unwell.” DUH! Isn’t that what a vaccine is? The argument against this is that the substance is SO diluted that there is nothing left of the molecule being used to treat an illness, therefore it does not work. Which, I am no expert so I won’t comment on this. What I do know is that when our bodies fight infection without the help of drugs antibodies are formed and this is what prevents us from getting sick all over again.. because the body’s T cells remember the foreign antigen and can fight against it if it presents itself again. So I believe that is the idea behind the diluted mixture where it “retains the memory” of the molecule even though it has been completely diluted out. Idk if that’s true. What I do know is that there are MANY forms of natural healing. So when I say I support “alternative medicine” I am saying that there are most certainly alternatives to approach healing without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. This is a fact. One example- in physical therapy they use ultrasound. This is a form of natural healing, or “alternative medicine” because instead of taking a drug to cover up the symptoms of pain, the ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to penetrate deep into the tissue, internally massaging the muscle and producing heat to relax the muscle. Then there’s herbology, reflexology (massage therapy), accupuncture, chiropractic, electrical stimulation, etc… Those are all proven to be effective. So although the medicinal part may not be true (it doesn’t help but it also doesn’t hurt).. there are still alternatives to just popping a pill. Also, how do you think pills are made? There are natural components in drugs… like aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in the plant meadowsweet. However, it is said that without the whole plant, the salyclic acid may cause other problems such as stomach bleeding, which is one of the warnings on an aspirin bottle. Finally, while I agree that one shouln’t stop taking prescription drugs for everything, there are certain things you can treat naturally. Like anxiety. Instead of taking an “Anti-DEPRESSANT” which may cause more problems than you originally started with… it’s important to realize that anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors… stress, environmental, etc.. so instead of being handed a pill to cover up the symptoms and walking out the door… homeopaths are good to see because they take every aspect into consideration where they may be able to identify the root cause of an individuals anxiety and come up with techniques to get rid of it. Prescription drugs should be a last resort in these cases since they can lead to other complications, resulting in more prescriptions, perhaps leading to even more complications, and potentially addiction- which could leave someone delusional or apathetic.. or death. I could go on but this is ridiculously long lol. But I do have to say also that I lost respect for this article when they said “I have no problem with colleges wanting to run courses on crystal-ball gazing….” AS IF that’s what they do in med school…. yea right, get real! Seems like a pretty bias statement. Just sayin’….”

I know, pretty lengthy response. BUT…

I would also like to add that many patients don’t even know what they’re taking or why they are taking their prescription drugs. This is a huge problem because 1) you should always be aware of what chemicals you are ingesting, 2) certain drugs may interact, or counteract with each other, furthering complications.. 3) you may be taking two drugs that do the same thing so there is no need for both, and 4) you’re doctor can’t always keep track of everything you are prescribed and all of your health concerns, therefore it is your job to take responsibility of your own health by remaining conscious of what you are being prescribed and why. You never know, there may be more harm being done than good… there are MANY medication errors every year… in fact, there are many deaths each year due to prescription drugs alone. I’m not saying all prescription drugs are bad and that everyone should stop taking them, and I am no expert.. but based on the research I’ve done on my own time, it cannot hurt to look at the alternative and weigh your options when it comes to YOUR health.

Another thing is, everyone’s body is different. What may work for one person’s symptoms may not work for another. So instead of adjusting prescriptions and going through the chaos of finding a drug that works for you… all the whilst doing some damage to your body, try the natural route. Like I said, prescription drugs should be a last resort in some cases. You do not need a pill to solve all your problems, what you need is a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise go a long way. Telling someone not to even consider natural medicine is like telling someone not to take their vitamins. While there is still controversy whether vitamins are crucial or not.. since you would get all of those nutrients with a healthy diet, there are still people who are deficient and need these supplements. You can’t tell people these things don’t work. Everyone is different. It is your choice to seek every option available to you and decide how you want to handle your health care. Let me also say that there have been many successful treatments that I have learned of from people I personally know with natural medicine for many diseases such as cancer, thyroid problems, and kidney function. As with anything, do not only look to one side for an answer. You have to take every perspective into consideration before you can even have an opinion on something.. and that’s where I stand.

Thanks for listening!

Welcome to the puppet show, where fear is the least of our concerns!

Isn’t it scary to think how simply being afraid can drive people to extremes that could ultimately lead to acts of violence? Just as evident it is that fear resides in our country as a main pillar of support, it is also evident that people are in denial of the fact that they are living in fear. Today’s society has paid more homage to fear than ever before. Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Social anxiety, PTSD, and Major Depressive disorder are some of the most prevalent mental illnesses today. This particularly interests me because- whether we are conscious of the damage done or not, it proves that we have little control over the damaging effects of fear.

GAD: “People with the disorder experience exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worse, even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues…… They don’t know how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their control, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants…. People with anxiety disorders are six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety.”

Depression: “a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general.”

http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

One minute a person will tell you America is the greatest country in the world and we have nothing to be worried about. The next, America is corrupt and we have everything to worry about. Why is it that these are the two most common thought processes? Well, today we tend to cultivate fear rather than trying to eradicate it, leading to this two sided view of our country.

Years ago, FDR stood in front of his people and said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” He built his people up, rather than tearing them down. So why has this dialect Continue reading “Welcome to the puppet show, where fear is the least of our concerns!”