The great divide between scientific and mystical views of reality lands on the question of our subjective awareness. It is harder to demonstrate objectively the transformative experiences that a seeker may undergo. Ultimately it comes down to how someone feels. This domain of feeling is so extraordinary and intricate in our subjectivity, and yet it has been often quite disregarded as the source of our capacity to orientate and connect with our environment.
Attempts to manufacture isolation in the laboratory are even more disturbing. In the 1950s, Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb paid graduate students at McGill University $20 a day to stay alone in tiny rooms. The volunteers’ hands were placed in cardboard tubes, their ears covered by thick U-shaped pillows to muffle any sounds, and opaque goggles were placed over their eyes. Soon enough their mental cognition deteriorated and they experienced extreme restlessness and vivid hallucinations. One student reported feeling that his body was in two places at once, and he was unable to decide which one was really him.
— Read on www.wired.com/story/weird-science-of-loneliness-brains/
Written mainly in Greek, newly unveiled Dead Sea Scrolls fragments contain parts of the book of the 12 minor prophets. Massive survey of Israel’s Judean Desert caves also discovered body of mummified child wrapped in a 6,000-year-old blanket
- Archaeologists found the child’s preserved skeleton naturally mummified in the dry cave.
- The “Cave of Horrors” takes its name from the 40 skeletons found during excavations in the 1960s.
- A CT scan revealed the child was 6 to 12 years old. The child is thought to have been a girl.
— Read on https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/6000-year-old-child-skeleton-found-in-israels-cave-of-horrors-along-with-ancient-dead-sea-scrolls-and-worlds-oldest-basket/articleshow/81619934.cms
But who else, besides myself, has experiences? Because you are so similar to me, I abduce that you do. The same logic applies to other people. Apart from the occasional solitary solipsist this is uncontroversial. But how widespread is consciousness in the cosmos at large? How far consciousness extends its dominion within the tree of life becomes more difficult to abduce as species become more alien to us.
— Read on thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/is-consciousness-everywhere/
One of the most sophisticated engineering feats to have survived from the ancient world, the 2,000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism was used by Greek astronomers to calculate the positions of the sun, moon and planets, as well as predict lunar and solar eclipses.
According to a study published March 3 in the journal JGR Planets, the lunar tail is made of millions of sodium atoms blasted out of the lunar soil and into space by meteor strikes and then pushed hundreds of thousands of miles downstream by solar radiation. For a few days a month, when the new moon sits between Earth and the sun, our planet’s gravity drags that sodium tail into a long beam that wraps around Earth’s atmosphere before blasting into space on the opposite side.
— Read on www.livescience.com/amp/moon-has-a-sodium-tail.html
More than 1,250 developers made at least $10,000 last year through virtual sales in their Roblox games, and the company is increasing payouts to them.
— Read on www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/03/09/roblox-ipo-how-game-developers-built-a-30-billion-platform.html
If you live in Vermont and heard an explosion just before dinnertime Sunday (March 7), there’s a good chance that was a shockwave from an incoming meteor exploding over the state.
— Read on www.livescience.com/amp/vermont-meteor-explodes.html
We cannot observe or see across the entirety of the Universe that has grown since the Big Bang because insufficient time has passed for light from the first fractions of a second to reach us. Some argue that we therefore cannot be sure whether the laws of physics could be broken in other cosmic regions – perhaps they are just local, accidental laws. And that leads us on to something even bigger than the Universe.
— Read on www.bbc.com/future/article/20210301-how-physics-could-prove-god-exists
Aztec skull tower: Archaeologists unearth new sections in Mexico City – BBC News
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-latin-america-55283313