Brainstorming Ideas

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'The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.'
(David Bohm)

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Breaking Down The Bible.
Genesis 6. The Sons of God and Noah’s Ark

Animals boarding the Noah's Ark (Jacopo Bassano workshop)
Animals boarding the Noah's Ark (Jacopo Bassano workshop)
This is one of my favourite chapters of the Bible, and, from my point of view, one of the most enigmatic, too. If only someone had gone to the trouble of thinking about it carefully in the 2000 years that have passed since it was written.
Almost every line poses mind-boggling questions.

1. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

Who were the mothers of these daughters?

2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Brainstorming Ideas for a Thriller. Weird Crime Scene.

Crime scene
Crime scene
For some unaccountable reason most visitors to my blog prefer to make queries through e-mail rather than use the comment feature. Anyway, one of the recurring themes I’m asked to pitch a few ideas for is unusual or weird crime scene. Guess what, I haven’t had to rack my brains too long: fact is stranger than fiction.

The other day I came across one of the weirdest stories of crime scene investigation, either fictional or true, I’ve ever heard, read about or seen on TV. It could be made into a terrific thriller, I doubt I could have come up with anything that bizarrely grotesque.

The story kicks off when a worried father goes over to his son’s place after he hasn’t heard from him for days and finds his son, 45, dead on the entrance hall floor stark naked. Police ruled out robbery since there was no evidence of forced entry, picked locks, or signs of struggle, no suspicious fingerprints, and nothing was missing.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Breaking Down The Bible. Genesis 5
Generations of Adam

The fun thing about the Bible is that almost every chapter of it contains some kind of inconsistency or contradiction, and for 2000 years few believers have bothered to seriously question them. The book poses a myriad of questions, but answers very few, if any.

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

I still wonder what kind of likeness we are talking about here — physical or spiritual. Sounds like some crazy alien boffin created biological machines simply because he could, just like we are pointlessly playing around with robots.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Calculating the Approximate Date of the Apocalypse?

Apocalypse — Impact
The Apocalypse — Impact.
As the year 2012 draws on, a part of humanity brood over the Mayan calendar predictions that allegedly establish the year 2012 as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, which might refer to cataclysmic or transformative (if we’re lucky) events in the making. While I was wondering why this particular source of eschatological beliefs is such a hit among doomsday prophecies lovers since " Mainstream Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history", it occurred to me that our good old Bible — as valid a source of historical events and past predictions as the Mayan calendar or any other mythology for that matter — could provide a way of calculating at least an approximate date of the Apocalypse whatever the word implies.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Should We Fear Aliens?
Part III: Enlightenment.

‘Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.’ (H. Wells. The war of the worlds.)

Looks like I’m not Vox Clamantis In Deserto anymore. Well, there have been two of us supporting this contention: Stephen Hawking and me, although even his authority and expert opinion have apparently counted for little… until now.

It turns out that NASA luminaries finally came to senses and took notice of concerns I expressed in my articles ;) about the dangers of contact with aliens, although gung-ho techno geeks usually dismiss my ideas as a hindrance to progress. I'm glad my hard work has borne fruit at last and my articles managed to make NASA boffins see the light. (Note that they didn't even bother to credit me ;)) It’s not really rocket science to come to this conclusion and elaborate the report — all it takes is common sense and high school level literacy.

Friday, 12 August 2011

The Unsustainable World.
Nuclear Waste.

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." (A. Einstein)

Radiation hazard sign
Radiation hazard sign
Just as I suspected, nuclear fusion took place in at least two Fukushima reactors in the first few days after the earthquake. Tons of highly contaminated heavy water have been dumped into the ocean ever since, but surprisingly nobody seems to care. The entire zone has been rendered uninhabitable for thousands of years, and as heavy water spreads over an increasingly larger area marine life will probably gradually die out or mutate, consequently causing health problems in humans.

The latest news is that now they are reopening the previously sealed 1st reactor in order to try to cool it and thus prevent the explosion, meaning that nuclear fusion is actually under way.
‘Continuous exposure of cells to radiation can lead to all sorts of serious diseases, including, but not limited to, gene mutations, birth defects, cancer etc.
There are standards for the maximum amount of caesium-137 that nuclear facilities may release to the air, and maximum levels for caesium-137 in drinking water. EPA also sets
risk-based criteria for clean up of soil and groundwater at sites contaminated with caesium-137 that must be met before the site can be approved for public use.’
These "standards" are calculated and established at the levels that make it impossible to link people’s deaths caused by the toxins thirty years later to the contamination in question.

Monday, 28 March 2011

The Unsustainable World.
Fukushima, Japan: An Announced Disaster.

The truth most people prefer not to hear.

"The world began without man, and it will end without him." (Claude Lévi-Strauss Tristes Tropiques)

Fukushima plant
Fukushima nuclear power plant after the tsunami. (by Digital Globe)
There’s a whole host of reasons why this world has become unsustainable. Japanese nuclear disaster is a shining example of apocalyptic events that loom large over our future thanks to deep-rooted stupidity most modern human beings display. Let’s face it, we had it coming.

I’m at a loss to understand what kind of thinking process led Japanese luminaries to come up with the bright idea of constructing nuclear power plants in the most seismically active part of the planet. It was British and US companies who raised them, and they didn’t understand (or much more likely didn't give a damn about) the INSANITY of their decision, either. Why anyone in his right mind would slap the most destructive bomb on this planet to date right on the seashore that is at the highest risk to suffer from tsunamis and earthquakes flies in the face of common sense. Unless they (the boffins) aren’t, as I’ve always suspected, in their right mind.