Death – Is this going to take long?

I often think about death, morbid for some, something fascinating to other. I think about the process, how long does it take, is it over instantly, or does the brain slowly fade with you feeling the sensations of all the parts of your body closing down, sending their last signals back as electrical impulses to your brain, as you gather your last thoughts and memories.

As all the cells in your body stop their instinctual replication, you begin to forget your own existence until nothing, all gone, energy converted into the atmosphere and environment around you. Some of these cells can take minutes hours, days, weeks years to stop replicating, does the activity still make contact with the brain, and do you feel this, we won’t know until it happens.

Happy thinking everyone 😉

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What is love?

It’s a hard question, one that has been asked a lot by philosophers and theologians for centuries, even millennia. The answer in my opinion is quite easy to answer in a logical way.

We are biologically programmed to reproduce, to do this we need a mate. Over the period of evolution we would have had many things happen between the sexes to allow this to happen, if you wanted your children to have good genes you needed to mate with a strong partner, a partner that was fit, healthy, strong and capable of protecting you.

Problem is, there are lots of other sex partners around that can steal your partner, and so there was a requirement for something else, something that would keep your perfect mate here. That was a chemical reaction on both sides, a chemical mixed with electrical impulses that stimulated both sexes to be attracted to each other, and also to stay attracted to each other, so was born the chemical and electrical reaction we now call love.

That’s it, that is my opinion on the subject. It also explains why some people fall ‘in love’ and then fall ‘out of love’ again, the chemical electrical bond was a false alarm, this wasn’t the one after all. Time to look around for another mate.

We don’t have to get into the argument about how marriage is a religious invention, and so irrelevant to the conversation, but humans do mate and stay for long periods of their life with the same mate, whether this is a cultural and communal thing I don’t know, but I think most humans find ‘the one’ and stay with them. I may be wrong, who know, no one knows, that’s the fun of thinking about things.

Who created god?

Humans need a reason for everything, its what makes us different from the other species on the planet, or does it, many animals are just as curious as us, just we have an over inflated ego that makes us believe we are the ultimate in evolutionary science. We are just another evolved animal on a planet of evolved animals, we are not even that old, not even a blip on the evolutionary scale yet, we may not even show up on the fossil record in billions of years time, like many species in the past that have been lost to climate changes, volcanic eruptions or other mass extinction events.

The thing we always forget though is that any theory, myth anything was originally thought up by us, and it’s based around our own biases, even this that I am writing now, everything we think is right, can be proven wrong, because we have control of the information and the data, and the bias we add to that information and data.

We invented gods, many of them, we invented theories of why this or that happened, why this is here, why that is here, but its all based on what we know at that time, not real proof, not facts, there are no facts, facts are something that is invented by people who believe one hundred percent in what they believe and woe betide anyone who tells them that they are wrong. They can’t be wrong, it would make them look like an idiot, and no one wants to look like an idiot, not even god.

Yet, there is no proof of intelligent designers, only proof of intelligent theorists, who create their own proof’s for their own intelligence. Science is the closest we come to making a change away from this mentality, but even that has bias, people who refuse everyone else’s theory to prove their own, look at the centuries of things that were thought impossible, that are now the everyday.

Innovative thinking comes from the freedom to think, and to look outside of constraints, not to stick to the bias of everyone else. Thinking for you, using other people’s ideas for a guide to what you think isn’t bad, but you should think of it as more of a guide, rather than a fact, because when someone else comes along with a new information, then you are going to have to defend your ideas against that new information, and that’s when the bias happens. You then become convinced that you are the one who knows and refuse to change with the evidence.

The freedom to change and try new thinking is the cornerstone of modern science, its what has allowed us to change so much in the last 30 years, compared to the time before. Not being dragged down into dogma, but to open ourselves to the new idea that we are just an insignificant part of something huge, that we have only discovered less than a percentage of so far.

Open your mind, question everything, experiment, overthink everything, and discover the world and universes that we live in. The multiverse is a wonderful thing, even if we don’t understand it yet. Not understanding something doesn’t make the idea of a god exist anymore than not knowing if a cat is dead or alive in a closed box right there in front of you. We are god, we made him, we created him, we are the intelligent designers of our own universes.

Jaws

I was listening to a podcast about the 1975 movie Jaws, yes, 1975, I was 7, so I didn’t see it, but a lot of people at the time in the playground and around, had, and a mini histeria developed about going into the water. Even the local swimming baths. It was that silly. Looking back, what the living feck were they on, its not as if we get the news here in the UK full of shark attacks everyday, apart from the political classes, they are sharks but of a different kind, hey kids.

Anyway I remember in the 80’s it was on the TV and we did not have a video recorder, but I did have a cassette recorder, so I recorded the audio, all of it. I listened to it a lot, the context of the movie changed for me, because I had no pictures to know what was happening, and Spielberg is the ultimate in visual storytelling. I think it enhanced the film for me.

Then I found the book. The book was a revelation, because it was nothing like the film at all. For a start the Richard Dreyfuss character has an affair with the sheriff’s wife! So when they are on the boat and its being chewed by the shark, the tension is more about that fact than the whole shark attacking we have to survive thing, more like, let the bastard die, he had an affair with my wife plot.

Thing is its not the first time Spielberg rewrote the whole story for a film, he did the same for Jurassic park too. The Richard Attenborough character dies in the book, and is a lot more evil. Also E.T. I always prefered the book, it was from E.T.’s perspective and was very interesting. So if you are able, try and read the books the films are based on. Sometimes the books are based on the film, but you will get that straight away, as they usually follow the film completely line for line.

Anyway, just thought it would make an interesting post, and discussion. Let me know your thoughts.

What am I up to

I’ve been studying, mostly studying how to study, something I need to do to continue with my degree, I passed my first module for last year, 76%, but I felt that I made it a lot harder for myself than I needed to, a lot more work, ie. written work, than was a requirement. I needed to learn the information, understand it and retain it in my head. So I’ve been refining and reflecting on what I did last year and coming up with a new strategy for this years study. I’m using the holidays to refine it and try things out that I hope will help make it easier, not in a I’m too lazy to work sort of way, but in a I can learn more and faster way, then I can increase the amount of stuff I learn rather than just get it done quickly. Lots more reflection each week and tweaking to make my learning beneficial.

Most of the new terms work will be maths stuff, algebra, complex numbers and the such. All looks daunting from my position now, but so did my last module back in July last year, so I assume it’s just me adding unnecessary stress to the situation.

I’ve been taking a course called “Succeed in Learning” at the Openlearn site, it has shown me that emotional conditions, distractions and other people’s opinions can have a massive impact on the way you learn. They suggest you keep a learning journal to discuss your emotional state and learning process with yourself so you can better understand how you learn. Everyone is different, everyone learns in different ways, and so I’m trying to find my optimum learning process.

Learning is for life, and is life, and you have to keep questioning things, yourself and the things you are trying to learn, taking time to reflect on what it was you hoped to get from your study for that day, week, month whatever. Learning is the process of gaining knowledge, not endless facts and memorising texts, but understanding what it is you are studying and being able to put it into your own words in a way that shows you yourself have understood the thing you have studied.

The maths I will be learning is not just about getting the correct answers it is just as much about how I got to those answers, and how I have understood the maths enough to explain the process I went through to get those answers. The maths is important, but the process is doubly important. You can solve equations, but there is little point in doing so if you have no idea why you are solving them and for what reason.

Ok, will go now. Talk again soon. Remember though, dreams can only come true if you act upon them, otherwise they are just thoughts in your head with very little substance.

An open mind

Why I prefer science to religion. (NOTE: I don’t worship science, or atheism, because they are just useful names for what an open minded person can be called by people who have no idea how you can think for yourself instead of using invented gods in your head)
 
Science can make mistakes, admit to them and change them. new discoveries change our minds on things. It was not until the 1970’s for instance that we found proof of continental drift. We can now prove this with GPS systems, as we can see that the land is moving each year, about an inch.
 
We only discovered geezers that could be the starting blocks of like on our planet, in 1979.
 
Science bases its ideas on the latest science, the latest things we know, and we are willing if the proof is provided and shown to be repeatable by other people or scientists we change our minds.
 
This is why religion is a problem, we have proven and discovered many things in the last 3000 years, such as the earth rotating and orbiting the sun, we know things, have invented things that the ancients 3000 or more years ago would have called impossible. In fact the Greeks didn’t even believe in decimal numbers! The number 0!
 
Things change, we discover new things, religion stays the same, and becomes more and more incorrect as time goes on, I’d rather be up to date and in the now.