I do feel better it seem it takes longer to recover though I am greatful the one before the last one was a year and half ago.
Now of I could get rid of weird dreams... Tonights was a pelican up chucking a live cat with physical side effects.. Did manage to write it down.
The only religion part of the discussion is my personal belief that the entirety universe is physically made up of God as I understand him.
I am left outside science and religion on this Allan, perhaps we have some of that in common. Sending complex biological organisms through interstellar space doesn't sound efficient if there are any alternatives. Going up the spectrum of biotech advancements at some unknown point a species might be able to choose not just the technological method but innovate the medium of transport itself.
Perhaps they would kindly drop me a mental note explaining why determinism is accurate, except when it is not, and how that could make any sense. Perhaps another medium is atemporal, but we are rooted here and now. What part of us could possibly lie outside the massive barriers of physics, I'm still looking for answers myself. What I see as plain and common as gravity leads me right here feeling dumb as a box of rocks.
Purpose is a frightening notion.. I don't resent that some have found answers so much as it seems people latch on answers for security, maybe I'll demand my dog to tell me what 6*7 is tomorrow. ;-) Hope your recovery is going well Allan, you are sounding better.
Yikes, belated welcome to the group Bill!
On 9/28/2012 10:27 PM, Allan H wrote:
Why can not our or for that matter any other alien body else where be
.nothing more than a vehicle for the soul?
On Sep 29, 2012 3:17 AM, "archytas" <email@example.com
It strikes me Bill that UFO stories and thinking about the future and
better places (heaven etc) can be part of science. We have no answers
to what we are doing here other than speculation. I tend to think the
economic world is religiously organised as a control fraud - this
aspect of religion bothers me a lot and the spiritual does not.
Reporting in UFOs (and such matters as spontaneous human combustion)
is so naff I can't get interested.
We would generally wonder why we don't know human and cosmic purpose
and consider this a disadvantage hard to imagine a benevolent creator
giving us. The Spartans, at least in myth, sent their male kids out
to cope in the wild. It would be good if mum and dad turned up in a
space-ship with an explanation.
On 28 Sep, 22:33, archytas <nwte...@gmail.com
> We live on a hill between two rivers Allan. The town here
> its such a dump now we don't go there. The weather in NW England is
> pretty bad generally, but this has been a very bad summer as opposed
> to standardly bad. I'm off to the dog track at Belle Vue on Saturday
> night - just for a daft night out. I expect a few 'alien runners'
> If there is intelligent life elsewhere I expect they won't be animal
> like us. Evolution is red in tooth and claw in part, but also about
> cooperation and Borg-like integration of species. Whilst I see mind
> as a lot to do with brain processing, evidence mounts that this is
> only part of the story - some ants that are enslaved now act in
> rebellion against there masters with no 'hope' of improving their own
> individual condition, presumably on behalf of the rest of their
> species. I expect aliens to be able to be able to do the Borg thing
> and make use of what is biologically and technically available to
> themselves and not be stuck with our lusts for reproduction. My
> is such assimilation would not be to dominate or produce 'drones'.
> On he speed of light we know it depends on the medium it is
> in, slowing to about bicycle speed in a Bose-Einstein condensate,
> almost stopping in such and emerging as a matter wave. If gravity
> exists we don't know how fast it travels or how fast space expands.
> The issue of quantum stuff like instantaneous knowing in wave
> systems in which the bits 'know' each other remains.
> Other species are nw only with us in assimilation or history and our
> fate may be little more. We are only special in made-up stories of
> god, origin and heroes we know are trash. One of my questions about
> robot heaven or advanced inter-galactic society is why anyone would
> risk human beings spoiling it!
> On 28 Sep, 13:28, rigsy03 <rigs...@yahoo.com
> > What about the Elysian Fields for fallen heroes and the blessed-
> > mentioned in the Odyssey and Aeneid? I worry about the
> > esp. those who are massacred and dumped in a pit or potter's grave
> > with no ceremony. But I do agree, we dabble in heaven and hell
> > our lifetimes. For instance, a bad marriage is compared to Hell-
> > true! :-) A sensory delight of the flesh or palate is compared to
> > Heaven. The afterlife was popular in early Christianity to give the
> > poor hope but later you could buy your way into heaven with
> > indulgences and the guilt remains, perhaps, with charities and
> > volunteerism. I have a more practical view but let's face it-
> > want easy answers, easy fixes/exits.
> > On Sep 28, 12:17 am, William L Houts <luka...@gmail.com
> > > I wonder if humans do dream of uncorrupted worlds, in
> > > think that would be universal, and it does seem to be borne
> > > Western mythologies, with some exceptions. For instance, the
> > > Olympus, but except for Heracles no one got to go there;
> > > went to Hades, which was gloomy and boring if you were lucky
> > > land there in general population, and terrifying if the gods
put you in
> > > Tartarus. And the Romans didn't seem to place faith in any
> > > afterlife at all, which is one of the main reasons
> > > like hotcakes. Eastern religions such as Buddhism had
various hells and
> > > heavens, but they were sort of besides the point: your karma
is / was
> > > supposed to boil down to nothing and liberate you from the
> > > Rebirth, which was supposed to put you in Nirvana, which was
> > > Heaven than it was a Nowhere. And Taoism doesn't have much to
> > > heavenly afterworlds; its whole point is to make this world
> > > and balanced and leaves heavens to the individual to figure out.
> > > But as to your question of whether humans long for
uncorrupted worlds, I
> > > think that besides the Abrahamic religions noone takes them very
> > > seriously. And I think they've got a point: I mean, if
> > > your present existence at all seriously, then just what is an
> > > supposed to be about? Are we supposed to be eating bonbons
all day and
> > > living in some version of American luxury? I'd like to
> > > Heaven --which for me looks like a kind of liberal college
> > > libraries and funky old cinema houses-- but all of that seems
> > > empty if there's no gravitas, no seriousness. Without
death, without a
> > > final marker which howls at us, Do what you must do NOW and
> > > that you've used your life well--without that, I think heaven
> > > become kind of slouchy and boring, or worse. Unless, of
> > > waiting for us on the other side is something superrational but
> > > beautiful, like being absorbed into the godhead, if such
> > > So in answer to your question, I think we do dream of
> > > but if we examine them too closely, they tend to be bustable soap
> > > bubbles. And maybe I lack imagination, but I wonder, how
could it be any
> > > other way? Frankly, I'd like to be told how. I sound
sensible about all
> > > of this if a little pessimistic, but in reality I'm a scared
> > > who is terrified of death and wants to solve the Big
> > > they're performing Last Rites on his sorry ass.
> > > --Bill
> > > On 9/27/2012 7:20 PM, rigsy03 wrote:
> > > > I wonder where you put the mythological and religious
> > > > from gods to guardian angels, etc.? Or the construct of Dante's
> > > > "Divine Comedy", for instance. Do humans long for
> > > > On Sep 27, 6:23 pm, William L Houts <luka...@gmail.com
> > > >> I'm with the pragmatists on the question of intelligent
> > > >> Many scientists who speculate on this sort of thing
> > > >> really aren't that many of them-- say that such species
> > > >> resemble anything so comforting as a humanoid physiology,
but I think
> > > >> they're partly mistaken. Surely there would be surprises
in the way
> > > >> nature cooks up life on other planets with radically different
> > > >> chemistries than our dear old Mama Earth. But I think
there's reason to
> > > >> suppose that many alien species would resemble us. After
> > > >> species we might imagine has to cope with gravity as it
> > > >> they're much more likely to evolve some form of locomotion
> > > >> involves two, four or six pedal extremities (as Fats
Waller calls them)
> > > >> rather than three or five: even-numbered legs are less
wobbly and more
> > > >> amenable to balanced movement which consumes fewer
calories. . Also,
> > > >> sense organs like eyes and ears are likely to be located
in or close to
> > > >> a head, as there is survival value in having sense organs
> > > >> to a brain, or whatever such species might use for brains.
> > > >> everyone in the cosmos requires energy to get going, so
> > > >> going to evolve photosynthesis and take their energy
directly from their
> > > >> sun or suns, or they're going to take their sunbeams
> > > >> consuming something lower in the food chain. I'm sure
there are lots of
> > > >> evolution pathways I'm leaving out, seeing as I'm a
curious poet rather
> > > >> than a serious scientist type of guy, but I think these
notions are, as
> > > >> Allan named other ideas of mine, sensible provisos.
> > > >> PS. I left out centipedes and millipedes with their
scores of legs, but
> > > >> I think y'all's get what I'm saying here.
> > > >> --Bill
> > > >> On 9/27/2012 3:57 PM, archytas wrote:
> > > >>> I haven't seen any UFOs and tend not to be much
interested in people
> > > >>> who claim to have - at least without Bill's sensible
> > > >>> speed of thought as a brain process is slower than
light-speed - but
> > > >>> then I'm basically a tropical fish realist. I'd have a
bet that no
> > > >>> one in this group would really have much of a definition
> > > >>> speed and the Ricel curvature tensor, Euler Langrangian
and the rest
> > > >>> of Einstein's field equations. I mean no offence and
don't do much of
> > > >>> this science myself.
> > > >>> If you point out to a physicist that the people from the
> > > >>> have invented the time machine are in extraordinarily
short supply in
> > > >>> our present he may come up with some mathematical guff on
the shape of
> > > >>> the universe that explains this or makes time travel only
> > > >>> the future. I have seen demons - plodding back to camp
after a week's
> > > >>> endurance exercise with no food for two days I was
> > > >>> the sentries were vampires but still asked them where the
> > > >>> My guess is that we travel through space as primitive
> > > >>> evolution built-in and waiting to unfold. We may thus
have come from
> > > >>> a much more advanced civilisation than ours bound by the
> > > >>> light, capable of the biological engineering but not
> > > >>> more advanced than our own. Calculations give 28 years
as the time to
> > > >>> reach the edge of the known universe - but this is the
time inside the
> > > >>> ship accelerating to near light speed fairly slowly.
Space is not
> > > >>> friction free and it's doubtful we or our instruments
could take the
> > > >>> radiation of light-speed flight.
> > > >>> I rather hope there are some nice, genuinely civilised
> > > >>> of coming here. In my speculation, intelligent life
tends to worry
> > > >>> about food chains led by apes as these have been
> > > >>> I'm into bees and ants rather than UFOs at the moment.
> > > >>> 'pharma' to combat fungal infections. Ants take slaves -
> > > >>> adults of another species and
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