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Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks '"why we aren't more compassionate more of the time?".

The sad thing is that our neurological system, our mirror neurons, are wired to desire to help - and yet we are often to self obsorbed to stop and help. Is charity purely an ego trip? What of speed dating? Do I talk about myself and give the other person full attention?.

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Mankind is constantly searching for a logical substantiation of their
existence. To this end, man has been studying the laws of nature for
many thousands of years.

What is the wisdom of kabbalah?

"The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches a practical method to attain the upper world and the source of our existence. By realizing our true purpose in life, one attains perfection, tranquility, unbounded enjoyment and the ability to transcend the limitations of time and space while still living in this world."

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I love looking at the archetypes and legends of history. I say legends of the past because, unlike the word myth, a legend is a guide on the side of a map that aids in interpretation. This approach to literature is nothing new. Allegoric interpretation was used by Greek philosophers to explain Homeric myths ,and Philo of Alexandria  interpreted the Hebrew bible allegorically. Following the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 C.E., many of the Biblical laws and stories were interpreted internally. Kabbalistic writers saw hidden spiritual truths rooted in the Torah. One such Kabbalistic approach is found in the marital life of Jacob, Rachel and Leah.

Jacob fell in love with Rachel, the beautiful younger daughter of Laban, who has Jacob work seven years before the marriage can occur. Rachel was his dream girl. In Hebrew literature the meaning of names is often important. Rachel means ‘ewe’ – a harmless, loveable, peace loving animal of sweet disposition. The Hebrew Alphabet is also used to write numbers; hence the name Rachel spells 238 which is also the numerical equivalent of one of the words for light. (Hebrew has 13 words for light, just as Inuit has 27 words for snow, and I believe Arabic has 80 words for camel). Rachel was the light of Jacobs’s life, the girl who would light up a room the moment she walked in it. She was the beautiful girl that any man would love to have on his arm.

Jacobs love for Rachel was so intense that the seven years of labour flew by and soon the blessed union was to occur. Bedecked in a garment that covered his bride’s face, which was to remain in place all night, in the be-darkened bed chamber, he awakens to find he’s slept with his sister in law! Now what could be worse than waking up with your sister in law (no mother in law jokes please). Dad had switched the girls, and whether due to the social conditions prevalent at the time, the sister, Leah, did not dare speak up we know not. There are some Rabbi's who claim that Jacobs bad dude of a brother, Esau, wanted here and Leah would do anything to avoid that bad match. Well, we do know that Laban was the ultimate con man – he tries to make out it was wrong for the younger Rachel to marry before her older sister. “You know you have met an authentic crook”, said Rabbi Jesse Jacobson, when you walk out feeling guilty’!

Jacob could have divorced Leah on the spot but instead agrees to work another seven years for Rachel as well (although he can marry her long before then). One can feel for Rachel shunted away from her future husband and betrayed by sister and Dad, and Leah would always know that Jacob loved the younger more beautiful sister more. Yet Rachel would die relatively young and Jacob would spend the majority of his life with Leah and traditionally his remains lay with her to this day, whereas Rachel was buried elsewhere.

To the Jewish interpreters everything was by divine providence so what is the point? Jewish interpretation sees the stories of Torah as revealing the qualities that reside within - a Rachel and a Leah in every bride. The characters in the story are qualities within all women.

Rachel was the young girl that inflated Jacobs ego. She was what Jacob saw projected of himself in her. Such illusions do not last however. After the wedding night, the illusions of courtship, give way to the reality, and hard working Leah of the relationship. Leah means exhausted, and her eyes are described as not having the luster that shone from Rachel’s eyes. She is the harried housewife, the worker. Whereas Rachel lifted the spirits of Jacob, Leah represented that part of Jacob that forced him to battle inner forces within. Jacob was later renamed Israel or ‘struggler, contender, wrestler with God’ and he would have to contend the jealousies between sister wives -the fertile Leah and barren beautiful Rachel.

In marriage we, and I speak as a male, are often drawn to the beautiful bride who soon will – no matter how perfect she truly is – force us to transcend our egoic infatuation over her obvious beauty. After all we know all women are beautiful! Yet we are soon forced to discover a Leah – the real woman who forces the man to go deep within himself beyond the Rachel element that suits our own personal ego and dreams to face reality and be forced to grow.

Of course principles are not limited by our sex. For in every man there is also the fantasy and reality that confronts the new bride.

The story of Rachel and Leah however has us ask whether we are ready to marry the other woman within your bride – or the other man within the husband. Am, I marrying the girl who lightens up the very space she enters, the girl who thrills my ego, or am I prepared to stay married to the woman exhausted after a hard day with the kids, who is perhaps too tired to put on the makeup.

Perhaps it is only when we are truly prepared to work through the exhausting realities of marriage are we emotionally mature enough to again reawaken within our beloved exhausted Leah the beautiful beloved Rachel that is waiting to be drawn back to a passionate life of joy.

Thus endeth the speculation ……

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Canada grows skeptics like we produce hockey protégés and beer commercials.

But James Randi has always been in a league of his own. And while the Canadian-born arch-disbeliever knows his detractors would just as soon he offer them peace by dying already, at 80 years old, he's now working up a second wind.

The world-renowned debunker — whose spent decades chasing down those who claim to have paranormal powers — is ready to challenge the world of psychics, mediums and fortunetellers all over again.

In 1964, the Toronto-bred conjurer put up $1,000 of his money to anyone who could prove a paranormal ability under controlled conditions. Others who figured it a safe bet, offered to donate more. For years now, the prize has reportedly stood at $1-million. While hundreds of people have tried, none have walked away any richer, as each have quietly failed even preliminary testing.

Growing tired of dangling the carrot — which psychics claim is not real or the scientific measures, which participants help choose, rigged to fail — Randi announced a few years ago the million-dollar offer would be withdrawn in 2010. Now, fearing the end of the challenge is just what his critics are counting the days to, the great inquisitor is set to do something they may not have seen coming.

"The psychics are celebrating the end of it, because they're embarrassed it's been hanging over their heads," he says from his Florida headquarters.

"I now favour extending the offer."

That's what he's told the board for The James Randi Educational Foundation (, which oversees the challenge.

For years, he's fought with and hounded most of North America's top all-seers, and anyone else who sides with the mystics. But the most famous psychics in the business have dodged taking the test, which is rarely done with Randi present, because they mistrust him so.

Many other claimants who have come forward have apparently had psychological problems.

"They claim to be able to float in the middle of the street or such," he dismisses.

To challenge only the most renowned professional psychics, Randi demands they have at least one mention in the media and they find an academic to vouch for them. Both says Randi — hailed and criticized for his venom and vigour when attacking the notion of supernatural powers — are easy enough to do.

Around 240 psychics have made it to the required preliminary testing — but no further.

During one testing earlier this month, professional UK medium, Patricia Putt, was put in a room with, one after another, ten female test subjects. Each had to wear a ski mask, large glasses, an over-sized graduation gown and a pair of white socks — all to hide hints of their lives. Some were asked to read a short.

Putt would then write down psychic impressions for each. Later, the women were presented with the readings, and asked to find the one that related to them.

All Putt needed to go for the million dollars, was for five or more to recognize their psychic-mirrored selves.

As in every other case before, including involving psychics from Toronto and Vancouver, Putt failed.

Psychology professor Chris French, of England's Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, helped test Putt, though Randi's challenges take place around the world.

French has respect for those who are willing to at least try to prove — double blind — they have a third-eye.

"There are skeptics who assume all psychic claimants are fraudsters," he says from his office at Goldsmiths, a college connected to the University of London.

"My experience says that's not the case. The vast majority who claim to (have powers) genuinely believe it."

In defense of her failing grade, a resolute Putt ( explains to me the test subjects were too bound-up, and not free to connect with her on a spirit level. She also thinks restrictions put on their ages and sex — all younger women — hampered her.

"The words of my family were, 'You are mad. You're never going to win,” she recalls of the list of protocols she agreed to.

"I can understand (Randi and French) are very suspicious, but the history (of psychics) goes back as long as man goes back.

"We're not a third rate...musical act."

Yes, she agreed to all the measures, but she was sure her abilities would jump every hurdle.

But the 64-year-old medium is glad she took the test, and applauds the foundation's work in trying to track powers which are as elusive as smoke.

Asked to now rate her faith in her abilities from one to ten, the psychic English grandmother allowed herself an "11."

And she plans to do something no other claimant has so far had the courage to do. Under the rules, she can be retested a year from now.

She says she will — despite objections from her family — make those arrangements.

Randi stands ready to receive her and her abilities, and vows to take on all those claiming gifts beyond those registered with science.

Because, he's now sure: "I'll have to die, to give them some bit of relief."

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Today, notable scientific, social and creative contributors investigating the boundaries of science and ways to improve the global situation are starting to notice Kabbalah.
As a pragmatic method for taking human consciousness into new dimensions, Kabbalah offers the means to understand and repair all problems directly at their cause. It has been passed down throughout history specifically to be revealed in our time, because only in our time has the need to actualize worldwide peace relations and transform human consciousness arisen.
Kabbalah Worldwide documents the collaborative work of Rav Michael Laitman, PhD with cutting-edge scientists and organizations, at the forefront of efforts to build a better future for humanity.

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Modern Laws of Global Life

Law of Motivation

Human beings are naturally motivated to seek lasting pleasure.

However, when their desires meet the pleasure, the desires are gradually extinguished.

The resulting emptiness motivates the individual to once seek again fulfillment, creating an endless cycle of fleeting pleasures.

Exhausted by this cycle, an individual is forced to seek an entirely new and different motivation for fulfillment.

This can only be found outside of the regular selfish fulfillment - it is the motivation to fulfill others.

When this motivation meets our global reality, the opportunities for pleasure are unlimited, extinguishing the emptiness of modern life.

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You can prevent the third-leading cause of death and the top cause of adult disability in the U.S.
By Sarah Baldauf
Posted May 12, 2009
Lifestyle counts, and in stroke prevention, the sum of one's efforts appears to be greater than singular prevention elements. A study in an August issue of the journal Circulation suggests that leading a low-risk lifestyle—including getting exercise, eating a healthful diet, and not smoking—reduces the risk of ischemic stroke, the most common from of stroke, in the general population by approximately 80 percent. It's essential to know what puts you at higher risk for stroke and to be able to immediately recognize the symptoms if you have a stroke, but much can be done to prevent such an event. Consider these elements of reducing your likelihood of having a stroke:

Quit smoking. Compared with nonsmokers, smokers on average have double the risk of ischemic stroke. And a study in an August issue of the journal Stroke found a dose-response in female subjects, meaning that the more cigarettes a woman smoked per day, the higher her odds of suffering a stroke. Two packs per day boosted risk of stroke to nine times that of nonsmokers. The same study found that when subjects quit smoking, their risk of stroke returned to normal within two years.

Get off the hormones, ladies. Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen, used to ease symptoms of menopause, have been found to significantly boost a woman's risk of stroke. And Tibolone, a synthetic HRT that mimics estrogen and the hormone progesterone, was found last year to increase the risk of stroke in women older than 60. Also, smokers who take birth control pills are at far greater risk of stroke, blood clots, and heart attack than women on the pill who don't smoke.

Eat your veggies. As if you need yet another reason to eat your vegetables, the American Heart Association recommends people at elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes stroke, should make sure they get several servings a day. One reason is to increase intake of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12, which have been associated with lower blood levels of homocysteine. Epidemiological studies suggest that high levels of this amino acid are associated with elevated rates of heart disease and stroke. Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 can also be found in fortified grains and cereals.

Take aspirin and a blood thinner, if your doctor recommends it. Low-dose aspirin is regularly prescribed to prevent a second heart attack, stroke, or "mini-stroke" and also is given to patients who are at high risk of having such a cardiovascular event. In those with abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, the blood thinner warfarin is often also prescribed to help prevent stroke. But some heart patients cannot safely take warfarin, which can cause dangerous bleeding and requires that the patient follow strict dietary limitations. A study published online in a March issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that the incidence of stroke in those who cannot take warfarin went down by a third (from 3.4 percent to 2.4 percent per year) when they took Plavix along with aspirin.

Keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Making lifestyle changes, including eating a diet low in sodium and saturated fats, getting regular exercise, limiting alcohol intake, and staying trim, can help you lower your stroke risk. So can taking medications your doctor may prescribe to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol. Chronically uncontrolled blood pressure promotes hardening of arteries and buildup of plaque, and a temporary spike in blood pressure can raise the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain. A study published in the May issue of Lancet Neurology analyzed existing research and concluded that taking statins to lower "bad," or LDL, cholesterol, if that level is initially too high, is associated with reduced rates of stroke.

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The U.S. military’s premiere research agency is already trying to use math to predict human behavior and neuroscience to replicate a primate’s brain. The next step: Lean on the study of energy and heat to create an entirely new theory for how intelligence actually works.

The idea behind Darpa’s latest venture, called “Physical Intelligence” (PI) is to prove, mathematically, that the human mind is nothing more than parts and energy. In other words, all brain activities — reasoning, emoting, processing sights and smells — derive from physical mechanisms at work, acting according to the principles of “thermodynamics in open systems.” Thermodynamics is founded on the conversion of energy into work and heat within a system (which could be anything from a test-tube solution to a planet). The processes can be summed up in formalized equations and laws, which are then used to describe how systems react to changes in their surroundings.

Now, the military wants a new equation: one that explains the human mind as a thermodynamic system. Once that’s done, they’re asking for “abiotic, self-organizing electronic and chemical systems” that display the PI principles. More than just computers that think, Darpa wants to re-envision how thought works — and then design computers whose thought processes are governed by the same laws as our own.

Sounds spooky, but what Darpa suggests has been kicking around as branch of philosophy, called physicalism, since the early 20th century. And researchers have already designed computers that can solve problems of complex physics. What is a little freaky is what DARPA’s new paradigm would mean for the distinction, or lack thereof, between humans and machines.

“If successful, the program would launch a revolution of understanding across many fields of human endeavor, demonstrate the first intelligence engineered from first principles, create new classes of electronic, computational, and chemical systems, and create tools to engineer intelligent systems that match the problem/environment in which they will exist.”

Even for Darpa, this is a wildly ambitious goal — one that may never be reached. But if the human mind is nothing more than the sum of its parts, Darpa’s new paradigm just might create computational intelligence that outdoes our own thermodynamic capabilities… making your brain the equivalent of last year’s model.

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How deep brain stimulation works for Parkinson's
Finding that nerve fibers are where changes may happen could enable less-invasive treatments

Alleviating Parkinsons through deep brain stimulation from Science News on Vimeo - Video file courtesy of Duke University Medical Center.

By Tina Hesman Saey April 11th, 2009; Vol.175 #8 (p. 11)

Getting a move on is difficult for people with Parkinson’s disease. Deep brain stimulation has helped restore movement for some patients, but no one was sure exactly how the technique worked.

Now two studies reveal the brain circuitry involved and suggest possible alternatives to the highly invasive surgery.

“Deep brain stimulation is basically a black box,” says Guoping Feng, a neurobiologist at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Scientists know that inserting an electrical probe deep into the brain and stimulating an area known as the subthalamic nucleus can help people with Parkinson’s disease overcome the disorder’s neurological block on movement.

But much controversy surrounds the mechanism by which the stimulation works. Some researchers think the technique stimulates neurons that initiate movement. Others say it blocks inhibitory neurons, allowing brain signals to resume. And yet another theory holds that it influences the flow of information along axons — fibers that connect neurons to each other.

A study published online March 19 in Science shows that deep brain stimulation exerts its effect on axons, specifically those that feed into the subthalamic nucleus, rather than on the neurons in the structure.

Stanford University researchers led by Karl Deisseroth used light-triggered molecules to turn on and off neurons in the deep brain structure in mice. The team employed the new molecular technique, developed to map neural circuits, to simulate the effect of deep brain stimulation. In a separate paper appearing in the March 19 Nature, Deisseroth and his colleagues show that these light-activated molecules can also be used to investigate biochemical processes in other cells in the body.

For the Science study, the team genetically engineered mice that have a condition that mimics Parkinson’s disease to produce light-responsive proteins only in certain cells in the brain. Then, the researchers inserted fiber optic threads into the mice’s brains. The team used a pulse of blue laser light to increase activity of the cells, or a burst of yellow laser light to quiet the cells. The scientists also used electrical probes to measure activity of the neurons.

When the researchers turned on the light in cells in the subthalamic nucleus nothing happened. But light stimulation of incoming axons improved the mice’s movements. Quieting activity of the axons made the movement disorder worse.

These axons are extensions of neurons located in the brain’s motor cortex, a region that controls movement. The cortex is the outer part of the brain and has six layers. Cells in layer V control the motor symptoms, the team reports. The finding suggests that less invasive procedures to stimulate parts of the brain closer to the surface might be an alternative to deep brain surgery.

“This is a big change in the way we look at the circuit,” says Romulo Fuentes, a neurophysiologist at Duke University.

Fuentes and his colleagues report in another study in the March 20 Science that a less invasive surgery might also relieve Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The researchers found that stimulating the spinal cord could restore movement to rats and mice with Parkinson’s–like problems. Deisseroth speculates that the neurons in layer V might form a bridge between the spinal cord and the deeper layers of the brain.

Spinal cord stimulation is already used in people to help alleviate chronic pain, so researchers may eventually be able to adapt the technique to treat Parkinson’s disease in people, Fuentes says.

“It’s good news for patients,” says Feng, who was not involved in either study. “Of course, it is not a cure.”

He says that the light-responsive techniques may help uncover the neural circuitry that leads to other psychiatric diseases, such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which are also sometimes treated with brain stimulation. And spinal cord stimulation or other minimally invasive therapies may offer psychiatric patients an alternative to deep brain surgery.

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by Sally Morem,
Process rules our universe. The Big Bang brings forth energy, matter, space and time. Quarks form subatomic particles, which in turn form atoms. Atoms bind themselves together into molecules. Molecules assemble themselves into crystals and living matter, which form complex relationships with one another.

French mathematician and astronomer Laplace believed that our jangling, booming, buzzing confusion of a universe was, at least in theory, fully comprehensible. If we could imagine a consciousness great enough to know the exact locations and velocities of all the objects existing in the universe at the present instant, as well as the exact nature of the basic forces of nature, then there could be, in principle, no secrets from that consciousness. It could calculate anything about the past or the future according to strict laws of cause and effect.

Laplace was profoundly wrong. In order to carry out those calculations, that consciousness would have to know the exact state of the entire universe at that instant. But, given the immense size of the universe and the inherent fuzziness of the subatomic realm implied by quantum physics, that is precisely what no one will ever be able to do.

A powerful intelligence could only specify approximations of approximations. But, in a universe where so many systems are poised on the edge of chaos, approximations just won't do. The error rate would multiply quickly as events follow events after the predictions were made. As a result, the universe would quickly veer off its predicted path. No matter how many errors were accounted for, new ones would pop up and stymie any accurate prognostication.

The universe does follow strict cause-effect rules. It is deterministic. But it is also inherently unpredictable.

Stuart Kauffman, a leading researcher in complexity theory, explained one aspect of the universe's self-organized criticality with a simple illustration: The central image here is of a sand pile on a table to which grains of sand are added at a slow, constant rate. Eventually, as the sand piles up, avalanches begin. What one finds are lots of small avalanches and few large ones.

Kauffman emphasized the central fact of this system by pointing out what happens at criticality. One additional grain of sand can tip the system in one of three directions: toward a small avalanche, a large avalanche, or no avalanche. Additionally, an observer can never tell before the instant the grain of sand is dropped which way the system will go. This is called bifurcation. A system can apparently "jump" in one of several directions without being constrained by a simple linear cause-effect relationship. Bifurcation is ubiquitous in systems that ride close to the edge of chaos.

How can we comprehend such bumpy, branching, flowing, milling, irregular systems? In comparison, the neatness of Euclidean geometry and Newtonian physics seems the essence of logic, and yet they're wholly unable to model these real life examples of complex systems teetering on the edge.

Belgian mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot asked the question a different way: Why is geometry often described as barren and dry? He concluded that ordinary geometry couldn't describe the shape of clouds, mountain ranges, a coastline, or a tree, the kinds of things humans find aesthetically pleasing. Thus, ordinary geometry left most humans cold. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth. Nor do lightning or river systems travel in straight lines.

Nature demonstrates not simply a higher degree of complexity, but an altogether different kind of complexity. The number of distinct scales of length and pattern is for all practical purposes infinite.

Mandelbrot furnished us with a much more robust model of nature, a branch of mathematics he named fractal geometry. "Fractal" from the Latin "fractus," meaning "broken."

One of Mandelbrot's mathematical forebears, Gaston Julia, defined many such irregular shapes during his work during World War I. They are now referred to as Julia sets. One of his contemporaries described these shapes as incredibly varied: "Some are of fatty clouds, others are of skinny, bushy brambles. Some look like the sparks which float in the air after fireworks have gone off. One has the shape of a rabbit. Lots of them have seahorse tails."

Check out some of these amazing shapes here:

Mandelbrot took an important step toward developing the logic underlying fractal geometry when he discovered that the same mathematical patterns could be detected in many time frames and scales in such strikingly different systems as the stock market, population growth and decline, weather fronts, and coastlines.

For example, when he studied coastlines closely, he realized that no one knew or could describe a means by which the true length of any coastline could be measured. Why? Because at each level of magnification, they retain the same complex assortment of bays and peninsulas. Which scale is best - miles, yards, feet, inches? A surveyor would be in a quandary. All measurements would be equally true, yet each would lead to a vastly different result.

Also, this scalar property of coastlines would make it particularly difficult to pinpoint the true nature of a specific portion of them without an outside reference. For instance, you can't tell if you're looking at a photo of the White Cliffs of Dover or an eroded outcropping of chalk a few feet high without, say, a human being standing next to it.

Mandelbrot's fractals consist of just these kinds of nested, repeating patterns. When you see a fractal built up from tinier and tinier triangles, its self-referential nature is quite unmistakable. The overall structure of triangles within triangles is repeated with some variations (or none at all) all the way to infinity.

We see fractal aspects of repetitive branchings and clumpings in a wide variety of natural objects and phenomena such as trees, lightning, and river watersheds. We see other aspects of fractal self-reference when water crystallizes in the winter sky, forming a growing tip, becoming unstable, and then sending branches out to form a snowflake.

Similar patterns can be seen in a clear glass of super-saturated sugar water. Add a string and watch sugar crystals grow. Window panes are painted with a forest of fractal frost on a cold winter's day. Create fractals on a stovetop. Boil water and vegetable oil in a saucepan. Let it cool. Note how oil puddles into fractal-like circles on the surface of the water. Sometimes they look like Julia sets as small archipelagoes of circles float next to larger circles.

When a chemist heats dyed viscous fluids that mix as poorly as oil and water, they begin to get wavy, tendrils form, which draw on themselves over and over again. Loops and marble-like whorls pinwheel, creating images of stunning beauty.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is the most spectacular example of non-mixing fluids at work. This vast oval near the equator is actually a giant hurricane bigger than the Earth. It has lasted for centuries, never moves with respect to the other bands of dense hydrogen and helium of the planet, and despite the jostling, retains its overall characteristic shape.

The Spot was a mystery for years after it was first imaged. What could that apparently enormous structure be? Wouldn't such a thing collapse in on itself? Using fluid equations, scientists modeled the Spot on computers and found that it was indeed a self-organizing system composed of chaotic atmospheric flow. If you look closely at movies constructed from successive photos taken by flyby missions past Jupiter, you will note its fractal nature. Eddies within eddies constantly break off and other eddies join it.

Scientists model many other aspects of nature by testing simple equations on computers and plotting the results on Cartesian graphs. One of the most famous examples of this is the building of a fractal fern. The equations are loaded and the basic fern structure takes shape on the monitor. Leaves are added as the stem grows. Note the tinier leaves growing on tinier stems within the larger structures, and then yet even tinier structures filling in as fern leaves grow their own little leaves. The fern becomes astonishingly lifelike in form surprisingly quickly.

Watch a fractal fern grow here:

This reminds me of a poem that I though was written by Ogden Nash, but which was actually penned by Augustus De Morgan. It's a refinement of an even earlier poem by Jonathan Swift:

Great fleas have little fleas

Upon their backs to bite 'em

And little fleas have lesser fleas

And so ad infinitum

Scalar self-referential systems were familiar to scientists and intellectuals for centuries. But as computer graphics became ubiquitous in the Seventies and Eighties, scientists have had much more success modeling them.

Some fractals are built up over time on the computer's Cartesian graph program in an apparently haphazard way. As the computer runs the equation, solutions are posted on the graph in the form of dots. As the dots grow in number, a pattern emerges. The dots cluster around one, two, or more areas of the graph, areas mathematicians call Strange Attractors. Out of very simple equations, complexity grows.

Here are some startlingly beautiful examples of Strange Attractors:

Consider the most striking form of fractal: the Mandelbrot Set. Mandelbrot generated a collection of points on a graph by taking a series of complex numbers, squaring each of them, adding the original number to each, and squaring them again and again. If the number remains finite after many such iterations, it remains in the Set and is plotted on the graph.

The resulting shape is composed of successful solutions to what is truly an extraordinarily simple equation. Paradoxically or not, it's the most complex and beautiful object in mathematics. When software displays the Set in false colors, a viewer can be excused for concluding that the Set is a Set of infinities.

Software displays segments of the Set along its rich, complex edges, under greater and greater degrees of magnification. As each tiny portion is magnified, more detail emerges. Mathematicians insist that the Set holds the entire set of Julia sets in infinitely many places in its infinite numbers of levels of organization. An eternity would not be long enough to explore the Set's many hidden splendors.

Watch as "...its disks grow spikes of prickly thorns, spirals and filaments curl outward and around, bearing bulbous molecules that hang infinitely variegated like grapes on God's personal vine."

This lovely description of the Mandelbrot Set is taken from James Gleick's book, "Chaos," which I commend to anyone interested in a more in-depth exploration of fractals and chaos theory. Explore the Set in detail at this site:

Fractals aren't limited to two dimensions. Fractal geometry explores the dimensions between the traditional geometric concepts of the zero-dimensional point, the one-dimensional line, the two-dimensional plane, and the three-dimensional solid.

The dimensionality of fractal shapes can be calculated: a 2.636-dimension sponge, for example, is quite possible. A fractal sponge is generated by dividing a cube into nine cubes and removing the middle one, then subdividing each cube further, and removing the middle one at each turn. The process continues to infinity.

Fractals also include the nearly dimensionless particles known as fractal dust. They are generated by taking a line, dividing it into thirds, removing the middle third, dividing each remaining segment into thirds, removing in turn their middle thirds, and so on, ad infinitum. What remains is a ghostly faint line of points, virtually there or not there.

And then there is the famous Koch Curve or "fractal snowflake." Take an equilateral triangle, divide each side so that they extend outward, creating a hexagon. Then, divide each side again, so that the form begins to look like a snowflake. Continue dividing the sides of the snowflake forever, creating a boundary that encompasses a finite area but is itself infinite in length. The iterative process of generating a Koch Curve will look very much like the "fractal movie" posted on this site:

Just as Koch Curves can pack infinite length into a comparatively small area, fractal-like biological systems can pack an enormous amount of area into relatively small volumes.

Consider the circulatory system with its miles of veins and arteries, or the nervous system with its enormous arrays of nerve cells in the body and brain. Acres of bronchial tissue layer themselves in the lungs. Muscles cells, too, show signs of fractal organization.

With the enormous numbers of fractal patterns found in nature and in the human body, it's apparent that this is one of the most efficient patterns in which matter may arrange itself.

But, fractal organization isn't limited to nature. Software based on fractal geometry can be used to model complex patterns and events in the human world as well.

Mandelbrot realized that when he discovered that the same equations he used to derive the scalar organization of changes in stock market prices could also be used to model weather patterns, he knew he had stumbled onto an important insight. Similar equations can be used to analyze election returns, traffic patterns, population densities and distribution patterns, migration patterns, rates of information production and distribution, and the patterns in which job specializations and sub-specializations fall.

The clumpiness of buildings in a modern city's downtown skyline strongly resembles fractal formations such as fractal sponges. So do the networks within networks within networks that build upon one another to form computer chips, computer motherboards, computer networks, and the Internet.

Perhaps all of evolution - physical, biological, and cultural - is in some sense a fractal. If so, fractal geometry would have much to say about the spontaneous order of the universe and how it expresses itself in countless ways in our lives.

Stuart Kauffman reminds us: "As the scale of our activities in space and time has increased, we are being driven to understand the limited scope of our understanding and even our potential understanding."

As we learn how truly complex apparently simple things really are and as we learn what "complexity" really means, we are beginning to learn to accept our own human limits. We will never achieve the consciousness described earlier that can see all things and know all things in the universe. And now we know why.

Puncturing mortal hubris is not the least of the good insights we've received by studying fractals. We are all part of the process of fractal formation, created by it, creating it. We participate. We don't command. Perhaps this is as good a definition of evolutionary processes as any.

In the beginning was the Word - the Law. Fractal. The rest follows and we participate.

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In a social system, an individuals success is motivated and measured by the society.
The individual is constantly working to fulfill the goals of society.
Being unaware of this dynamic, the individual attributes the accomplishments to oneself.
This egoistic perception isolates individuals from each other, making them unaware of how they affect the whole system.
At the global level, this creates crises in all realms of life, threatening the very survival of the whole.
These crises help form a new perception wherein the individual considers the success of society equal to his own.
This change in perception provides the correct motivation for all individuals, and the survival and prosperity of the whole.

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Did you ever dream you had special powers? Perhaps you knew you were mean't to be special but kepts chasing that unknown passion or skill that would, you hoped, make you great.

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-- New research suggests your sweet tooth may be hardwired into your brain.

Researchers at California Institute of Technology found that self-control and willpower to reject unhealthy foods is related to two specific areas of the brain.

Researchers looked at MRI brain scans of volunteers that were shown dozens of types of foods and asked to decide which they'd prefer to eat. There were significant differences in brain activity between those who had self-control in making food choices and those who did not.

Previous research found an area of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, or vmPFC, comes to life during all value-based decisions.

Researchers looked at MRI brain scans of volunteers that were shown dozens of types of foods and asked to decide which they'd prefer to eat. There were significant differences in brain activity between those who had self-control in making food choices and those who did not.

Previous research found an area of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, or vmPFC, comes to life during all value-based decisions.

The more vmPFC activity at the time of the decision, the more likely the person is to make that choice. If activity decreases, that person is more likely to reject it.

According to the study, those with no self-control seemed to only take the taste of the food into consideration.

"In the case of good self-controllers, however, another area of the brain, called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) becomes active and modulates the basic value signals so that the self-controllers can also incorporate health considerations into their decisions," said principal investigator Antonio Rangel.

The study found that the vmPFC is active during every decision and that the DLPFC is more active when a person is using self-control.

"This, ultimately, is one reason why self-controllers can make better choices," said Rangel.

The study is published in the May issue of Science.

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Escape eng from on Vimeo.

Originally, we were created as interconnected social beings and we cannot avoid this fact. Yet, the world we created is so uncomfortable, and it suppresses us so severely, that people are eager to run away from it.

However, when we run away from society, we begin to feel that we have no choice but to be in contact with it. So how can we find balance between these two poles? This situation in particular is what pushes a person to the next level of one’s existence. On that level we obtain knowledge on how to connect with others while keeping our individual uniqueness, and as such, the world becomes comfortable for us to live in.

This is what we need to learn: how to keep our ego and rise above it in order to connect with others. It doesn’t mean that the ego is suppressed in any way; we discover how to use our egoism correctly. Without losing inner freedom, a person rises above his/her ego and connects with everyone else. Together, they then make up one whole.

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Wasn’t it just amazing? For ten days, we were been able to experience the amazing work and guidance from some of the top experts in the field of EFT “Tapping” through the EFT Tapping World Summit…it’s a shame that is now has to end…but it doesn’t have to end for you.

Since you registered for the event, you still have a special opportunity to upgrade your registration to Gold or Platinum VIP status that allows you to OWN the EFT Tapping World Summit sessions. But you will only have this opportunity through Friday, May 8 at Midnight, Pacific (US) time...

Here's where you go to secure your upgrade:

Whether in digital format (Gold) or audio CDs and printed workbooks in a beautifully bound package shipped to your door (Platinum VIP), you can take these sessions home with you and repeat them over and over, gaining more and more life-changing releases as you go through each session and discover new details with each new listening.

Before you upgrade your package, imagine for just a moment how your life will look a year from now as you look back on this decision to take control with this simple and wildly effective tapping technique.

Just click on the link below to secure your upgrade now:


We’ve just learned that the team that brought you the event has negotiated an arrangement so that EVERYONE WHO UPGRADES will received not just one, but TWO extra 4-week teleseminars with two of the experts from the Summit. Dr. Carol Look will be doing a 4-week training and tapping teleseminar on Creating Abundance, and Lindsay Kinney will be providing another special 4-week session called “I’m Stuck” designed to help you get out from under whatever is holding you back, break through repeating patterns and take complete control of your life, health and emotions. How cool is that?

But remember, it’s only for those who choose to upgrade now to one of the Gold or Platinum packages. There are also tons of other bonuses that come along with your upgrade…

You can check it all out right here:

The experience of this historic EFT Tapping World Summit has been life-changing for so many people…whether they’re just been introduced to EFT Tapping or are seasoned “veteran tappers.”

Check out just a few of the hundreds of amazing stories being shared by some of the participants so far:

“I would like to share with you something very exciting. The day you [Margaret Lynch] were online, with the theme “debts” at the EFT World Summit I tapped along for hours, because my husband and I have really lots of debt. And yesterday we looked on our bank account and we couldn't believe our eyes…we were out of the red figures and we had money on our account, how could this be? We got payments we didn't even expect and I thought straight away: "That was because of the tapping with you, it must have unblocked the barrier and the flow is coming now. We repaid a big amount of our debts and the mountain has become so much smaller. I just had to share this with you, I'm so excited! Thank you so much to give your tools out so generously! Bless you!” ~Klara from Bavaria/Germany

“Just wanted to send a quick note to say THANK YOU!!! This has been an extraordinary event...time definitely well spent! I've only recently heard about EFT and have been curious to find out about it....guess the universe knew it too...and brought this right to me! :-) Thank you for all your hard work and efforts in getting this valuable information out to all. Keep up the great work!! God Bless!” ~Sunita Maru Kirpal, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“I have gotten SO much out of these talks...and the session I have done with myself have been profound...getting into the deepest layers of trapped emotions that I have ever gotten to on my own. What a remarkable journey!!!! Thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and for the marriage of Abraham principles and EFT. What a brilliant pair. Thank you...and thank you to all the presenters who are doing this brilliant work.” ~ Laurie Attridge - Cazenovia, NY

“I wanted to be one of the 40,000+ people whom I hope will contact you to tell you what a fabulous job you have done in putting this amazing event together! I am so grateful to be able to hear these amazing leaders in the EFT and related fields, thank you so much...Jessica is fabulous as the Hostess and her questions are insightful and divinely inspired, as to cover the most important areas of expertise of each of your guest speakers and it is wonderful to listen to these nightly sessions.” ~Robin, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“What an amazing program you have put together for this symposium. The information presented is so varied and brilliant. I'm almost on overwhelm. The speakers are exceptional. They have so much to offer. I'm learning a lot... and we're only half way through!” ~Anita Arsenault, Golden, BC Canada

“Thank you so much! I've just listened to the first evening's sessions and already I've had a major breakthrough in understanding about a big problem in my life. As I've been tapping, the root of the problem finally became clear. Carol Look's presentation has helped more than any other EFT instruction I've bought and listened to in the past. Perhaps because of my intention to finally understand and use this powerful energy work and because of her clear explanation of how to word things. Thank you! I will continue listening and tapping. I'm so glad I bought the platinum VIP pass because I want to be able to review this wonderful information and share it with my family. ~Catherine Clark - Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong

There are literally dozens of people every day sharing their personal experiences of the EFT Tapping World Summit…it’s amazing and heart-warming to see how the world has embraced the tapping experience…if you'd like to read more amazing stories...the organizers have created a page where dozens of people have shared their stories and comments:

To keep the EFT Tapping World Summit experience forever, just click on the link below to secure your upgrade now:

You will be part of something that has never taken place before and will likely never occur again with this combination of experts.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to hearing your story soon.

Yours in Successful Healing,
Brian Sullivan

P.S. – Remember, when you upgrade now, you will also receive an invitation to TWO 4-week teleseminars with Carol Look and Lindsay Kenny, in addition to all the other bonuses you receive as a Platinum VIP or Gold member. Be sure to reserve your package now:

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Our inborn egoistic state never allows us to be completely satisfied. Perceiving Reality describes what we should do with our ego in order to experience boundless, complete and ever-expanding satisfaction.

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Start your day up right with a positive dose of EFT. Brad Yates is the co-author of the Amazon best-seller "Freedom at Your Fingertips" and co-creator of "Money Beyond Belief" with Dr. Joe Vitale ("The Secret"). Free EFT instruction and more info are at:

Brads excellent material can be found HERE.

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A human being's desires can only be fulfilled according to their natural purpose.

An individual has physical desires and social desires.

Physical desires can be fulfilled by the individual. Their purpose is survival.

On the other hand, social desires can only be fulfilled through others. Their purpose is the survival of the society.

When an individual uses their social desires selfishly, it leads to a never-ending pursuit of more. On the global level, this creates social, economic and political imbalance.

One can choose to fulfill their social desires in two ways - for themselves or for the whole.

Obviously, choosing global benefit as the aim balances the global surplus, creating positive results at all levels.

But the sad thing is, we are all addicted to the surplus.
Can we change that? Should we?

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