Back in time…

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Time, as far as we know, moves only in one direction. But in 2018, researchers found events in some gamma-ray burst pulses that seemed to repeat themselves as though they were going backwards in time.

Recent research suggests a potential answer for what might be causing this time reversibility effect. If waves within the relativistic jets that produce gamma-ray bursts travel faster than light – at ‘superluminal’ speeds – one of the effects could be time reversibility. (1)

Going back in time.

To speak to our self.

And to warn Him.

That his kids will go astray.

That He should not create the cosmos.

You will never listen to you.

Because you know.

What is here now it was.

What will be has already been.

The past affects the future.

Only because the future had already affected the past.

The only thing that lies being both is Now.

The moment of birth.

The moment of death.

The moment of silence.

Standing still.

Can you hear yourself crying yesterday?

Can you feel yourself smiling tomorrow?

The cosmos should not exist.

And yet it does.

Only because you didn’t listen.

If only you never spoke…

Sign language. Spoken language limitations.

Sign languages are considered by linguists as full-fledged and grammatically very sophisticated languages. But they also have unique insights to offer on how meaning works in language in general.

Sign languages can help reveal hidden aspects of the logical structure of spoken language, but they also highlight its limitations because speech lacks the rich iconic resources that sign language uses on top of its sophisticated grammar.

For instance, the logical structure of the English sentence Sarkozy told Obama that he would be elected is conveyed more transparently in sign language. The English sentence is ambiguous, Schlenker explains, as he can refer to Sarkozy or to Obama. Linguists have postulated that this is because the sentence contains some unpronounced – but cognitively real – logical variables like x and y.

If the sentence is understood as Sarkozy (x) told Obama (y) that he (x) would be elected, with the same variable x on Sarkozy and on he, the pronoun refers to Sarkozy; if instead he carries the variable y, it refers to Obama. Remarkably, in sign language the variables x and y can be visibly realized by positions in space, e.g. by signing Sarkozy on the left and Obama on the right. (1)

See.

Now you know that it was about Sarkozy.

Listen.

Now you know what the other guy meant.

Feel.

Now you understand why the other one is even speaking to you.

Reach out with your senses.

It is all the same at the end.

Ideas may sometimes be conveyed better with images.

But blind people cannot see.

Ideas may sometimes be conveyed better with words.

But deaf people cannot hear.

At the end, you will need to reach out to understand what is said.

But not to the person talking to you.

But to the person inside you.

Listen carefully.

Do you listen anything?

See.

Listen.

Feel.

Why are you even listening?

Silent footsteps… Echoes of nothingness…

A team of scientists has uncovered the neural processes mice use to ignore their own footsteps, a discovery that offers new insights into how we learn to speak and play music.

“The ability to ignore one’s own footsteps requires the brain to store and recall memories and to make some pretty stellar computations”, explains David Schneider, an assistant professor at New York University’s Center for Neural Science and one of the paper’s lead authors. “These are the building blocks for other, more important sound-generating behaviors, like recognizing the sounds you make when learning how to speak or to play a musical instrument”.

The research was reported in the journal Nature. (1)

Once upon a time we did listen to God.

But then we stopped doing so.

Once upon a time we did listen to others.

But then we stopped doing so.

Once upon a time we did listen to our self.

But then we stopped doing so.

We used to pay attention to everything.

But then, we started listening.

And the world became silent…

Against politics.

So many people talking.

So many people shouting.

But the world was not created in noise.

Logos did not first appear with sound.

True philosophy can never be in favor of politics.

In a world where all speak their self, no one knows himself.

In a world full of thought, no one can understand the limitations of thought.

In a cosmos full of everything, no one can even consider that we all came from nothing.

The greatest Kings were always afraid of the crazy eremites of the desert…

Stand aside.

Seek silence.

And you will find wisdom…

Trained in music. Trained with the heart.

How your brain responds to music listening can reveal whether you have received musical training, according to new Nordic research conducted in Finland (University of Jyväskylä and AMI Center) and Denmark (Aarhus University).

By applying methods of computational music analysis and machine learning on brain imaging data collected during music listening, the researchers we able to predict with a significant accuracy whether the listeners were musicians or not. These results emphasize the striking impact of musical training on our neural responses to music to the extent of discriminating musicians’ brains from non-musicians’ brains despite other independent factors such as musical preference and familiarity.

The research also revealed that the brain areas that best predict musicianship exist predominantly in the frontal and temporal areas of the brain’s right hemisphere. These findings conform to previous work on how the brain processes certain acoustic characteristics of music as well as intonation in speech. The paper was published on January 15 in the journal Scientific Reports. (1)

Once upon a time music was the expression of our soul. Harmony was our way to reunite with the cosmos. We listened to the planets wandering through the dark skies. We slept with the company of joyful notes while we sat by the sea. We wept while we listened to the tragic music of Aeschylus. Our heart became captivated by the sounds filling the air and our spirit travelled to unknown and yet so familiar lands of being and existence simply by standing still.

Once upon a time we had music.

Once upon a time we had people who listened to the cosmos speaking.

Now we have people trained in music.

People who can understand every single note.

And yet, being deaf with their heart…

The world is still speaking. All you have to do is un-train yourself…

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