Sacred mountain. Unholy science.

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Hawaii now and then… [Source]

A mountain which used to be sacred, is for many years now a place for science.

Following a protracted legal battle and years long protests that left a state deeply  divided, the Hawaii Supreme Court in November 2018 cleared the final legal hurdle for a $1.4 billion telescope project to resume construction atop the Big Island’s Mauna Kea, a mountain considered sacred by many Native Hawaiians. In a 4-1 ruling on Tuesday, the court upheld a 2017 decision by the state’s Board of Land and Natural Resources to grant a construction permit on Mauna Kea for the Thirty-Meter Telescope, better known as TMT.

The court said it had carefully considered the arguments put forth by the project’s opponents who’ve described the telescope’s construction as an attack on indigenous culture and a desecration of sacred land. But, per the ruling, it had ultimately determined that “astronomy and Native Hawaiian uses on Mauna Kea have co-existed for many years and the TMT Project will not curtail or restrict Native Hawaiian uses”.

The ruling also noted the telescope’s potential to “answer some of the most fundamental questions regarding our universe” – a benefit that won’t just be enjoyed by Native Hawaiians but all of humankind.

“We are not anti-science or astronomy,” Lanakila Manguil, an activist who’s been protesting against the TMT project for years, told HuffPost in 2017. “It’s about construction, development and industrial-sized work happening in conservation lands and particularly very sacred lands to our people.” The mountain, which measures about 32,000 feet from seafloor to summit, is home to burial sites and is where Native Hawaiians have been known to bury their umbilical cords as a way of connecting to the sacred land. (1)

In the old days we used to have sacred lands.

In the old days we used to walk on the land.

In the old days we used to dream of the stars.

Only because we believed we were part of them.

Now we want to look at them closely.

To observe and analyze them.

Now we do not have anything sacred.

Now we do not even believe in ourselves.

And we long so much to get out of that land.

And reach the stars.

Only because we believe we do not belong with them in the first place…

Are we getting less violent? No. (And we cannot)

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Scientists battle over whether violence has declined over time.

Contrary to a popular idea among researchers, modern states haven’t dulled people’s long-standing taste for killing each other in battle, a controversial study concludes. But living in a heavily populated society may up one’s odds of surviving a war, two anthropologists proposed.

As a population grows, larger numbers of combatants die in wars, but those slain represent a smaller average percentage of the total population, say Dean Falk of Florida State University in Tallahassee and Charles Hildebolt of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. That pattern holds for both small-scale and state societies, the researchers reported in Current Anthropology on October of the previous year.

Increasing absolute numbers of war dead in human societies have resulted from the invention of ever-more-lethal weapons, from stone axes to airborne bombers, the researchers suspect. But Falk and Hildebolt show that states, which centralize political power in a bureaucratic government, are less likely to lose large portions of their populations to war than are small-scale societies, such as hunter-gatherers. That’s a consequence of large populations acting as a buffer against war casualties among noncombatants, not a lesser appetite for violence, the researchers contend. (1)

We believe we are progressing, but there is no data to attest to that. We like to believe we are getting better, but we have only ourselves to testify to that.

People always killed people.

Evil is part of the cosmos from the very beginning.

We cannot discard it from the world.

Only the Maker of that world can.

All we can do is endure.

And give bread to that little sparrow…

Modern “civilization”. Sun. Power…

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Our planet, the world and we the living beings-all almost had come to an end two years ago but our Earth turned out to be fortunate enough to escape a strong and fierce solar storm.

“Luckily for us, it missed our home planet. If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces”, said Daniel Baker, researchers at Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics of the University of Colorado.

“If the storm had erupted a week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire”, Baker said.

The scientists all over the world said the Earth had a narrow escape in 2012 as the solar flare was very massive and dangerous but we were fortunate to miss it by nine days. Yes, the scientists said, had the solar storm arrived nine days earlier it would have wiped out power grids, radio communications and Global Positioning Station (GPS) systems and other modern infrastructures on Earth. (1)

Modern civilization.
It just shuts down when you pull the power cord…

If that happened on the “Dark Ages” there would be no problem at all.
Because people back then knew how to light a fire on their own…

Beware of your assumptions. You are not so advanced as you thought.

Particle physics research, new particles, fifth force…

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In a “breakthrough” for the field of particle physics, Professor of Physics Larry Hunter and colleagues at Amherst College and The University of Texas at Austin have established new limits on what scientists call “long-range spin-spin interactions” between atomic particles. Their observation would constitute the discovery of a “fifth force of nature” (in addition to the four known fundamental forces) and would suggest the existence of new particles as well (beyond the ones known in the Standard Model). [1]

I don’t know about you, but I believe progress in science is finding more elegant and simple theories to explain things. A theory which produces “new” particles” or forces is certainly not in that direction…

Philosophy in universities: Τhe plight of modern civilization…

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No. He did not have a “philosophy degree”…

Universities today teach students how to think.

Or at least they are supposed to do so.

Actually most of them just teach memorizing.

But even if someone decides to go study philosophy to a university which really teaches the proper way of thinking… BUT what is that “proper” way?

Philosophy is about thinking on your own.

No. He did not “study philosophy”…

Universities are mainly oriented to teaching rules. And specific theories. But theories are here to be changed, rules are here to be broken. If philosophers follow one rule, that is that there are no rules. Philosophy studies things from a clean slate, no axioms or “proper” methods attached.

No one can teach that. You have to learn it your self.

Even from the very fact that people who try to study philosophy go there in order to “learn” (what? the “rules”?), they are not philosophers for me.

Philosophy historians at most.

Modern civilization is so low that tries to put into a box the very source of human knowledge. The only thing that has to remain OUT of the box.

Think freely. Try NOT to learn the rules!!! _

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