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Self Awareness


On a very smallest/basic level, consciousness and self awareness are based in movement of electrons!! The freaky things they do is the machinery for consciousness!!So I was just thinking. Stars, our own sun, they are plasma. Gazzillions of freely flowing Electrons following the same laws of physics that are applicable in our own brain (at this point “Spiritualists” please exit the Post). Why should that not manifest itself in consciousness.

Or maybe ‘instances’ of awareness. The Sun is larger and is billions of years old. The mass (the electrons too) that makes up the sun has, you know, been twisting and turning inside of it. Arranging itself in all kinds of patterns. Maybe at one instant the arrangement of electrons, their flow, their energies and path was exactly the same as that of a person. At that instant the Sun would have thought its a rabbit or Osama bin laden or any other random self aware being.

Maybe even the sun is continuously self aware – has a personality and shit

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Of course this is all speculation and the odds of it happening …. well I cant really say what those odds are. I thought I’d share that thought with you all – Any thoughts?

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December 26, 2009 Posted by | Random | Leave a comment

Parenting is not easy.


What does a first time parent know about raising a child. NOTHING – you learn as you go which obviously is not very efficient.

When our parents were growing up the house hold used to be much larger. Almost always more than one family was under a roof and even if that wasnt the case for our generation, our parents atleast had lived in households where the young were being taken care of together by the larger family unit.

I am talking about the simple things – how to keep a child from breaking stuff for instance or eat things he picks up from under the carpet?? Do you yell at the child – slap em a few times – try to talk them?? How do you handle children who still cant talk yet?? etc etc

When I was growing up, when my grandmother was still alive, that was a great help to my mother. My younger cousins growing up didnt have that and they are kinda brats if you know what I mean.

I cant say its the parents fault. They got no help – they have to figure it out as they go and thats not easy. Throughout the ages the parents and the grandparents raised the young. The work force now it would seem is cut in half.

Educated and financially well off parents, great people on every account

– but raising children just doesn’t come with a manual.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Random | 1 Comment

Libido Exists


Too many women try to be the timid little creature men demand them to be – God forbid they ever realize that they have such a thing as libido that God gave them, they’ll magically become sluts!!

I’ll tell you a secret. The power of men – of this society that men control. You know why ‘getting rape’ is referred to so often as ‘izat lotana’ ( roughly translating as disgracing yourself )??

Its because men forbade woman from accepting libido – to the point that all sexual thoughts were considered immoral. But libido exists and you cant deny the sexual drive … so women instead fantasized about rape because then they would have lived up to the moral standards men demand of women.

That is why women are blamed when rape actually occurs. That is why women have been inferior in society for centuries. Men and women are not allowed to be equal – that control has been maintained through conditioning. So fucking brilliantly was this control established that one can hardly even tell what part of being a women is natural and what is the conditioning.

Because women continued to be the timid little creatures men demand them to be – they stayed inferior.

A common mis-conception I’d like to address.

Men arent naturally the bread winners. They are the bread owners. Lemme explain – in pre-historic societies, WOMEN gathered the bulk of the food. The most men did was fought with men of other communities – War!!

Agriculture came and then the women worked the field and the men owned the field ( and still fought men of other communities ).

Women were the actual bread winners for the most part of human history – the problem is that men had them subjected to their will. They appointed themselves leaders when there was no property and owners when that concept was introduced.

Men define what is acceptable and gullible women have for centuries upon centuries have gobbled up the crap we fed them to make sure they stayed subservient.

Come to think of it – if men were able to pull of that trick for so many centuries – maybe we are superior.

So anyway – men and women arent going to equal for quite some time to come.

Not untill the millenniums of conditioning can be undone.

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Random | Leave a comment

Online networking ‘harms health’ – BBC


People’s health could be harmed by social networking sites because they reduce levels of face-to-face contact, an expert claims.

Dr Aric Sigman says websites such as Facebook set out to enrich social lives, but end up keeping people apart.

Dr Sigman makes his warning in Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology.

A lack of “real” social networking, involving personal interaction, may have biological effects, he suggests.

He also says that evidence suggests that a lack of face-to-face networking could alter the way genes work, upset immune responses, hormone levels, the function of arteries, and influence mental performance.

This, he claims, could increase the risk of health problems as serious as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia.

‘Evolutionary mechanism’

Dr Sigman maintains that social networking sites have played a significant role in making people become more isolated.

“Social networking is the internet’s biggest growth area, particular among young children,” he said.

“Social networking sites should allow us to embellish our social lives, but what we find is very different. The tail is wagging the dog. These are not tools that enhance, they are tools that displace.”

Dr Sigman says that there is research that suggests the number of hours people spend interacting face-to-face has fallen dramatically since 1987, as the use of electronic media has increased.

And he claims that interacting “in person” has an affect on the body that is not seen when e-mails are written.

“When we are ‘really’ with people different things happen,” he said.

“It’s probably an evolutionary mechanism that recognises the benefits of us being together geographically.

“Much of it isn’t understood, but there does seem to be a difference between ‘real presence’ and the virtual variety.”

Dr Sigman also argues using electronic media undermines people’s social skills and their ability to read body language.

“One of the most pronounced changes in the daily habits of British citizens is a reduction in the number of minutes per day that they interact with another human being,” he said.

“In less than two decades, the number of people saying there is no-one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.”

Dr Sigman says he is “worried about where this is all leading”.

He added: “It’s not that I’m old fashioned in terms of new technology, but the purpose of any new technology should be to provide a tool that enhances our lives.”

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Random | 1 Comment

Democratic Chicken and the Economic Egg


Why Democracies Excel: NYT

“Economic development makes democracy possible” asserts the U.S. State Department’s Web site, subscribing to a highly influential argument: that poor countries must develop economically before they can democratize. But the historical data prove otherwise. Poor democracies have grown at least as fast as poor autocracies and have significantly outperformed the latter on most indicators of social well-being. They have also done much better at avoiding catastrophes. Dispelling the “development first, democracy later” argument is critical not only because it is wrong but also because it has led to atrocious policies-indeed, policies that have undermined international efforts to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the developing world.

Countries often remain poor precisely because they retain autocratic political structures believe that a development-first strategy perpetuates a deadly cycle of poverty, conflict, and oppression.

Development Indicators from 1960 to the present, reveal a simple truth: low-income democracies have, on average, grown just as rapidly as low-income autocracies over the past 40 years. Outside of eastern Asia (about which more will be said later), the median per capita growth rates of poor democracies have been 50 percent higher than those of autocracies.

Moreover, because 25 percent of the worst-performing authoritarian regimes, including Cuba, North Korea, and Somalia, have failed to document their performance, the growth shortfall for autocracies is even larger than the available data indicate.

People in low-income democracies live, on average, nine years longer than their counterparts in low-income autocracies, have a 40 percent greater chance of attending secondary school, and benefit from agricultural yields that are 25 percent higher. The latter figure is particularly relevant because some 70 percent of the people in poor countries live in the countryside. Higher levels of agricultural productivity mean more employment, capital, and food. Poor democracies also suffer 20 percent fewer infant deaths than poor autocracies. Development practitioners should pay particularly close attention to these figures because infant-mortality rates capture many features of social well-being, such as prenatal health care for women, nutrition, quality of drinking water, and girls’ education.

Since 1960, poor autocracies have experienced severe economic contractions (falls of 10 percent or more in annual GDP) twice as often as poor democracies. Seventy percent of autocracies have experienced at least one such episode since 1980, whereas only 5 of the 80 worst examples of economic contraction over the last 40 years have occurred in democracies. Consider Chile. Although often touted as a model of autocratic growth for its 13 years of economic expansion during Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year rule, Chile also suffered two acute economic crises during this time: a 12 percent decline in GDP per capita in the mid-1970s and a 17 percent contraction in the early 1980s. It took until the mid-1980s for Chile to sustain a per capita income level higher than that of 1973, the year Pinochet seized power.

Poor democracies have, on average, not run higher deficits over the past 30 years than poor autocracies. Similarly, both poor democracies and poor autocracies spend almost the same on education and health. Democracies have just used their resources more effectively. Not coincidentally, low-income democracies typically score between 15 to 25 percent stronger on indices of corruption and rule of law than do autocracies.

87 largest refugee crises over the past 20 years originated in autocracies, and 80 percent of all internally displaced persons in 2003 were living under authoritarian regimes, even though such systems represented only a third of all states.

Poor countries fall into conflict often-about one year in every five since 1980. But poor democratizers fight less frequently than do poor authoritarian nations. In sub-Saharan Africa, where most civil conflict has occurred recently, countries undergoing democratic reform have experienced armed conflict half as often as the norm in the region.

Poor democracies outperform authoritarian countries because their institutions enable power to be shared and because they encourage openness and adaptability.

Although exceptional cases exist, it is the preponderance of experience that should guide development policy. And the overall evidence is overwhelming: poor democracies have had a consistent development advantage over poor autocracies over the past 40 years.

All in all, then, democracies present an enormously powerful set of institutions that propel development. The more representative, transparent, and accountable those governmental processes, the more likely policies and practices will respond to the basic priorities of the general population.

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Random | Leave a comment

Reflections


While as of yet I havent been able to find the transcript of Musharraf’s lecture in Michigan – I have read in many news sources that he said something to the effect that use of force is no solution to terrorism. His exact quote I still dont have and that is why I reserve my anger.

Till I can read what he said in its context. I dont want to get worked up over nothing.

While I dont have a transcript I do have quotes. He was quoted as equating terrorism to a tree. Saying that fighting terrorism is like plucking trees off a tree only to have them grow back. Thats something he has been doing since the war on terror was first waged.

Also in the US, the outgoing president has called the Iraq war a mistake. David Milliband went a little further and called the entire war on terror a mistake.

Better late than never?? Maybe so but why does my blood boil thinking of all the dead who ended up paying the price for these “mistakes”. Whats worst is that the world didnt learn a thing from these mistakes!!

The US went to war in Vietnam over a lie. You’d think after the cost of that war the US would be more weary of lies told by their government. Clearly not, the Iraq war was started on a lie.

The people of Pakistan didnt learn anything either. Wasnt it a dictator when we started meddling for the first time in Afghanistan & placed the seeds of extremism in theirs and our soil. We let another dictator lead us again into Afghanistan in a war that soon spilled over into our borders.

We didnt learn. Gallup confirms that we didnt. After the disaster that was the Musharraf era, trust within the Pakistani people has fallen for all institutions with the exception of religious institutions. If I had to guess, I’d guess the people dont mean the religious institutions that brainwash the youngsters of our nations to blow up the people of our nation indiscriminate of age or sex.

But then which other religious institutions?? Did we accidently take the trust in God and placed it with religious institutions?? Well that would be odd. Any organized religious institution I can think of has been a force for destruction, barring few exceptions.

Maybe we did learn. Maybe the decreased trust in every other social and political institution ( like democracy and even the Army ) has pushed us into giving the religious institutions a chance. Imagine Maulana Diesel becoming the president of Pakistan – but wait – we dont like democracy. Hmm – make that ‘Supreme Leader’ of Pakistan. That’ll be the day …

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Random | Leave a comment