Inequality for All

We’re in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression, and we can’t seem to get out of it. Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation’s income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn’t have the purchasing power to keep the economy going.I’ve spent most of my working life concerned about what’s happening to American workers – their jobs, their wages, their hopes and fears. My father sold clothing to the wives of factory workers in the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I watched as the factories began to ...

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Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness

A book titled "Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe" has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.

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The 10 Dogmas of Science

The science delusion is the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to be filled in. This is a persistent delusion within science. Many times in the history of science people have thought that our understanding of nature is almost complete.Today, there are many people who think that science already understands the nature of minds, the nature of evolution, the nature of reality. But what I show in this book is that conventional science is based on a series of dogmas. There are ten dogmas that underlie science. These dogmas are not normally questioned. ...

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Top 25 Science Stories of 2013

[post_intro]From Science News: Last year it was easy to choose a story to lead our annual Top 25 list. The discovery of the Higgs boson was a watershed moment, ending a decades-long quest by thousands of physicists to fully describe the subatomic realm.[/post_intro]This year, nothing so momentous came to pass. But science isn’t just about dramatic announcements and tremendous technical feats. Anyone who reads Science News regularly appreciates that great new insights often arise from countless little bits and pieces of new knowledge. This year, careful readers may ...

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Electric Universe 2013: The Tipping Point

This is Part 1 of a talk by Sheldrake at the conference Electric Universe 2013: The Tipping Point, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Many scientists like to think that science already understands the ways of the natural world. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science seemed to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine and psychology.

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The 20 Things I Learned in 2013

That sleep helps clean our brain. Or in the words of the journal Science, "Observations showed that when mice sleep, channels between neurons in their brains expand, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flush out detritus, such as proteins that in human beings are associated with Alzheimer's disease." (Source)How truly symbiotic animals we are. "Researchers have found that the trillions of bacteria living inside the human body play vital roles in determining how the body responds to challenges as different as malnutrition and cancer—a realization that Science's editors ...

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To Be Loved or Feared?

Niccolo Machiavelli
[post_intro]In early sixteenth century, Machiavelli asks, "Of cruelty and mercy, and whether it is better to be loved than to be feared or the contrary?"[/post_intro]Here is his answer, from The Prince:Turning to the other qualities mentioned above, let me say that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel; nevertheless, he must take care not to use such mercy badly. Cesare Borgia was considered cruel; nonetheless, this cruelty of his brought order to the Romagna, united it, and restored it to peace and loyalty. If we examine this carefully, ...

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Blackfish Tonight

Sea World in San Diego amazed me. I was completely mesmerized by the Killer Whales and watched them swim around the pool for most of the day. Tonight, I watched the documentary Blackfish.Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by ...

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The Science of Interconnectedness

Sheldrake proposes that “memory” is inherent in cells, and that life exhibits “evolutionary habits,” a quality that Darwin also noted. “Cells come from other cells and inherit fields of organization” and that morphogenesis innately depends on organizing those fields, which he refers to as morphic fields. For instance, since the genetic basis of cell reproduction is so similar, it is the morphogenetic field of a specific organism that causes the development of a specific shape — a pink flower with five petals as opposed to an Orca Killer Whale or a Colorado ...

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Nelson Mandela: 1918 – 2013

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela From CNN: Word of Nelson Mandela's death spread quickly across the United States, bringing with it a mix of reverence and grief for a man who was born in South Africa but in the end belonged to the world. President Barack Obama ordered American flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff until Monday in tribute to Mandela, a rare honor for a foreign leader.Memorials to the former South African president popped up from Los Angeles to Chicago, where flowers and candles were ...

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The Coca-Cola Co. Does Not need Atlanta

After Martin Luther King Jr. won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, plans for an interracial celebration in still-segregated Atlanta were not initially well supported by the city's business elite until J. Paul Austin intervened. In his memoir, activist and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young wrote:J. Paul Austin, the chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, and Mayor Ivan Allen summoned key Atlanta business leaders to the Commerce Club's eighteenth floor dining room, where Austin told them flatly, "It is embarrassing for Coca-Cola to be located in a city that refuses to honor its Nobel ...

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Here We Shall Drag Them

The Harpies' first appearance in Greek literature is incongruously charming. For Hesiod, they are goddesses of the scudding storm clouds, "lovely-haired," keeping pace "on their swift wings with the blasts of the winds and the birds." Later the nastier implications of their name "Snatchers" take over. The classical Harpies are monsters, birds with women's faces, with filthy tempers and filthier habits, shrieking voices and rapacious claws that snatch and carry off anything or anyone.As "hounds of Zeus," they were sent to torment the blind prophet, King Phineus, who had ...

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Democratize Science!

Let the public decide on the fate of 1% of our science budget.In the 19th century, Charles Darwin was just one of the many independent researchers who, not reliant on grants or constrained by the conservative pressures of anonymous peer review, did stunningly original work. That kind of freedom and independence has become almost non-existent. These days, the kinds of research that can happen are determined by science funding committees, not by the human imagination.What is more, the power in those committees is increasingly concentrated in the hands of politically ...

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A Book for Burning?

[post_intro]John Maddox says of Rupert Sheldrake's work, "I was so offended by it that I said and I said that while it's wrong that book should be burned. In practice, if book burning were allowed this book would be a candidate. I think it's dangerous that people should be allowed by our liberal societies to put that kind of nonsense into currency.[/post_intro]It's unnecessary to to introduce magic into the explanation from physical and biological phenomena, when in fact, there's every likelihood that the continuation of research as it's now practiced will indeed fill ...

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