Archive for October, 2010
A clip from A Better World, Mitchell J. Rabin interviews Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.
Author Rupert Sheldrake shares his research on dogs who know when their owners are coming home and other examples of pet telepathy (about 10 minutes long, but the full version is over 40 minutes).
BiographyRupert Sheldrake, PhD is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. At Clare College he was also Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants.
From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he was Principal Plant Physiologist. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life. He is currently the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an Academic Director and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He lives in London with his wife and two sons.
He has appeared in many TV programs in Britain and overseas, and was one of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson and Stephen Toulmin) in a TV series called A Glorious Accident, shown on PBS channels throughout the US. He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programmes. He has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, The Times Literary Supplement and the Toronto Globe and Mail, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist, Resurgence, the Ecologist and the Spectator.
EducationA former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. At Clare College he was also Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he was Principal Plant Physiologist. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life. He is currently the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an Academic Director and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut
from the work of Djwhal Khul and Alice Bailey
I am the Monad, I am the Soul
I am the Light Divine
I am Love, I am Will
I am Fixed Design
I am a messenger of Light. I am a pilgrim on the way of love.
I do not walk alone, but know myself as one with all great souls,
& one with them in service.
Their strength is mine. This strength I claim.
My strength is theirs and this I freely give.
A soul, I walk on earth. I represent the one.
I am a point of light within a greater light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial fire, focused within the fiery will of God.
And thus I stand. I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.
And thus I stand. And standing thus, revolve
And tread this way the ways of men, and know the ways of God.
And thus I stand
The sons of men are one & I am one with them.
I seek to love not hate. I seek to serve, not exact due service.
I seek to heal, not hurt.
Let pain bring just reward of light & love.
Let the soul control the outer form & life & all events
& bring to light the love which underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight, let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate & outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all men love.
Let Light and Love and Power Restore the Plan on Earth.
I am one with my group of brothers, & all that I have is theirs.
May the love which is in my soul pour forth to them.
May the strength which is in me lift and aid them.
May the thoughts which my soul creates reach & encourage them.
Original music From Daniel Kolbialka :
From The CD Fragrance of a Dream:
Kind courtesy of LiSem Enterprises and
Daniel Kolbialka at http://www.myspace.com/danielkobialka
Please visit :WWW.musicalinspirations.com/
Direction of Intention
Imagine that intention is the car you drive;
imperative for movement, the essence of your desires.
The key to the power of energetic deliverance lies within intention.
One aspect of intention is specific direction — clear & concise.
It is there you where you determine the road your energy will follow.
Intention is provided to avoid the energy being lost, misguided or usurped in the Universe.
For example, when we hold the intention of unconditional love within our hearts,
we open ourselves to the Universe & Spirit…
…to allow an expansion & an extension of our truest selves.
Unconditional love emerges unimpeded, brilliant.
It is in this place where we face the reality of sending our love to another
– be that a person, groups of people, things, or places;
we intuitively recognize we draw upon our heart & soul…
…through our unlimited divine potential.
Respect for freewill to remain for the intended recipient…
…is essential for pure deliverance of our intention.
Consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. How do the elemental feelings and sensations making up conscious experience, the redness of red and painfulness of pain, arise from the concerted actions of nerve cells and their associated synaptic and molecular processes? Can such feelings be explained by modern science, or is some quite different kind of explanation needed? And how can this seemingly intractable problem be approached experimentally?
Designed as an introduction to the field and drawing upon anatomical, physiological, clinical and psychological observations, this book seeks answers to these questions within a neurobiological framework; that is, how do the operations of the conscious mind emerge out of the specific interactions of myriads of neurons.
“Christof Koch has written a superb introduction to the modern exploration of the biology of consciousness, based on his collaborative work with Francis Crick. The Quest for Consciousness is an extraordinarily well-written book that outlines in clear terms the key issues that the biology of the mind will be confronting in the next several decades. The book is a must for both the general reader as well as for scientists in the field.”
— Eric Kandel, Author of Principles of Neural Science and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
Christof Koch on the Science of Consciousness
Host Harry Kreisler welcomes neurobiologist Christof Koch for a discussion of what biology can tell us about consciousness. He discusses the framework for defining the problem which he developed with Nobel Laureate Francis Crick. He reflects on the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the brain and how technology is impacting the transformation of our neuronal correlates of consciousness. He also discusses the implications of his research for our understanding of man’s place in the universe.
“You are here to serve others, to be a light for them, to participate in their lessons and to help heal humanity. You are also here to serve yourself, to heal your karma, to enable your soul’s growth and reconnect to the Source. Your challenge is to find a balance between serving others and yourself so that you can accomplish the tasks that you established for yourself in this lifetime and even go beyond that. How you view your role in serving others is an important part of this process.”
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In this University of Washington program, award-winning writer, director, and producer David Lynch discusses his films and his 30-year relationship with Transcendental Meditation, and its role in his creative process. He is joined by physicist John Hagelin, who was featured in the documentary ‘What The Bleep Do We Know?’ and neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. The program is sponsored in joint partnership by the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Washington Alumni Association.
Doomsday believers, you might be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
The much-hyped “prediction” that, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, may be based on a miscalculation. According to recent research, the mythological date of the “end of days” may be off by 50 to 100 years. To convert the ancient Mayan calendar to the Gregorian (or modern) calendar, scholars use a numerical value (called the GMT). But Gerardo Aldana, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says the data supporting the widely-adopted conversion factor may be invalid.
In a chapter in the book “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World,” Aldana casts doubt on the accuracy of the Mayan calendar correlation, saying that the 2012 prophecy as well as other historical dates may be off.
“One of the principal complications is that there are really so few scholars who know the astronomy, the epigraphy and the archeology,” Aldana said in a UCSB press release. “Because there are so few people who are working on that, you get people who don’t see the full scope of the problem. And because they don’t see the full scope, they buy things they otherwise wouldn’t. It’s a fun problem.”
Researcher Questions Accuracy of Mayan Calendar’s 2012 Prophecy and Other Dates The GMT constant, named for early Mayan scholars Joseph Goodman, Juan Martinez-Hernandez and J. Eric S. Thompson, is partly based on astronomical events. Those early Mayanists relied heavily on dates found in colonial documents written in Mayan languages and recorded in the Latin alphabet, the release said.
A later scholar, American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, further supported the GMT constant. But, through his research reconstructing Mayan astronomical practices and reviewing data in the archeological record, the release said Aldana found weaknesses in Lounsbury’s work that cause the argument behind the GMT constant to fall “like a stack of cards.”
“This may not seem to be much, but what it does is destabilize the entire argument,” he said. “A few scholars have stood up and said, ‘No, the GMT is wrong,'” Aldana said. “But in my opinion, what they’ve done is try to provide alternatives without looking at why the GMT is wrong in the first place.”
Despite research undercutting the 2012 apocalypse hype, films, websites and books will likely continue to drive “end of days” mania to a fever pitch. A crop of iPhone applications count down to (or capitalize on) the 2012 apocalypse, several websites
ABC News’ Susan Donaldson James contributed to this article.
In 2012, Our Planet Will Become A WAR ZONE Will You Survive, Or Are You And Your Family Already Doomed?
By the time you finish reading this, you’ll know:
Which nightmarish predictions are complete jokes, and which ones are 100% correct And exactly why world leaders and mass media have been covering these facts up for years.
The truth about whats ACTUALLY going to happen in 2012, and why billions of people need to prepare for the impending disasters, or prepare to die.
How you can guarantee your survival, and the survival of your loved ones. Because survival IS possible, and you can protect your most valuable treasure when the calamity begins the people you love.
Ken talks about the Three Faces of God that we can relate to, and how important this moment is in the Integral wave of development… truly inspirational.
An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
It is so easy, in our modern world, to feel disconnected from the physical earth. Despite dire warnings and escalating concern over the state of our planet, many people feel out of touch with the natural world. Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai has spent decades working with the Green Belt Movement to help women in rural Kenya plant–and sustain–millions of trees.
With their hands in the dirt, these women often find themselves empowered and “at home” in a way they never did before. Maathai wants to impart that feeling to everyone, and believes that the key lies in traditional spiritual values: love for the environment, self-betterment, gratitude and respect, and a commitment to service. While educated in the Christian tradition, Maathai draws inspiration from many faiths, celebrating the Jewish mandate tikkun olam (“repair the world”) and renewing the Japanese term mottainai (“don’t waste”). Through rededication to these values, she believes, we might finally bring about healing for ourselves and the earth.
Wangari Maathai was elected to Kenya’s parliament in 2002 and in 2003 was appointed Assistant Minister for Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife. She is also the author of a memoir, Unbowed, and speaks to organizations around the world. She lives in Nairobi.
1. Why did you decide to write a memoir at this point in your life? Was it something you knew all along you would do at some point in your life?
Writing my memoirs was a response to the many questions I continue to be asked about sharing my life, work and experiences, especially after the prize. Although I had thought about writing it before, I kept postponing it. At first I worked on a book that focused on the work and experience of GBM entitled The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience. Through the questions people asked me, I realized they were interested in knowing why and how I started the movement, what inspired me, what my background was and what sustained my interest. The Nobel Peace Prize allowed me to reflect even more on these questions.
2. What were some of the challenges in the writing process? It must not be an easy task to remember and retell (so clearly) all those events that took place in your life and your country’s history.
Time was the biggest challenge in the process. I worked on this project even as I continued all my other activities in addition to responding to the new interest in our work generated by the Nobel Peace Prize. A lot of travel was necessitated and all of a sudden my workload significantly increased. I however felt it was the right time to work on the project. It is not easy to forget events that shape your personality, psyche and values. These memories are constantly being tapped in the course of your life to define who we are. The writing process was also facilitated by the help I received help from many sources—family, friends, supporters—just as I have throughout my life.
3. This book is so much more than a story of your life, which memoirs usually are. In fact, it is through your story that we learn a great deal about your country and Africa in general. Therein, in my opinion, lies its strength. Was this your intention?
Not really. But it would have been difficult to convey the experiences of my life without unraveling the historical and political context within which my life was unfolding. These realities shaped and created who I became. I hope when people read my book they will identify their own experiences in my life’s journey and will be encouraged to embrace and make the best of theirs. I also hope it will help in their understanding of Africans experiences. Many Africans grew up in the colonial and post-colonial period and this book may help others understand how that experience shaped who we are today.
4. You devote a chapter to your experience living and studying in the United States in the late 1960s and explain how it transformed you as a person. What were some of the things about America and its people that inspired you to care about the world as much as you do? Also, do you feel any different today in light of America’s often-criticized foreign policy?
America represents many things to different people. For me, its diversity, economic influence, expansiveness, beauty, endurance and its ability to nurture and neglect at the same time are some of the characteristics of the United States that made a permanent impact on my mind. So were events such as the civil rights movement, the Kennedy presidency and the American college experience.
I remember my time in America and the people I met with great affection. I feel I carried its energy and confidence back with me to Kenya, and that helped me in my efforts to make changes in my own country. America still has that energy and drive, and has the capacity, especially because of the commitment of its people, to promote greater peace and harmony in the world.
5. You say at one point that poverty in Africa and other parts of the world is not only the result of bad governance but also an outcome of the global economic system. What more can be done to correct this, and not only by those with power and influence but also by the average person who simply wants to make a difference? As you say, “it is one thing to understand the issues. It is quite another to do something about them.”
The leadership in Africa can do a lot and indeed there has been some progress. Globally, politics notwithstanding, Africa can do with more genuine friends both at the bilateral level and within global institutions such as WTO and Bretton Woods Institutions among others. With greater understanding, individual citizens can do a lot to push their governments to be more responsible and accountable beyond their borders. Those of us with influence (for example, academic, political, celebrities, etc.) can do a lot to influence policy both locally at the global level.
6. The Green Belt Movement, which you founded in 1977, is going strong after so many years. Can you briefly discuss its mission and future goals?
The mission of The Green Belt Movement is to create a value-driven society of people who consciously work for continued improvement of their livelihoods and a greener, cleaner Kenya. Looking forward, the GBM is working to facilitate the sharing of the GBM experience with the rest of the world.
As an African grass roots organization that has demonstrated the success of its holistic approach to the interrelated problems of environmental degradation, poverty and women’s rights, and governance, we have established Green Belt Movement International to ensure that the work of the GBM in Kenya expands and is sustained, facilitate the sharing of the work with other parts of Africa and beyond, to institutionalize the work and experiences of GBM so future generations can continue to learn and be empowered by this example and to continue to support important global campaigns and struggles that represent the linkage between the environment, democracy and peace, such as the Congo Forest Basin Ecosystem and the African Union’s ECOSOCC.
7. You spend a great deal of time in your book discussing the importance of education, which is a “ticket out” of poverty in many parts of the world. But you also say that education, “if it means anything, should not take people away from the land.” Is this still happening? Aren’t educated people much more environmentally aware today than in the not-so-distant past, or is there still much more to be done. What are your thoughts on this?
At least in Africa where people’s livelihoods were dependent on primary natural resources like (land, soil, water, forests) and where, due to lack of advanced technology, labor was intensive, education was perceived to be a gateway to light work which led to a better quality of life. Running away from the rural landscapes became a goal for the educated and the governing elite. That is what I mean by saying education should not alienate us from the primary natural resources. When we do get alienated, not only do we destroy those resources and thereby undermine our quality of life, but we also become insensitive to their destruction. Therefore, education is important but it must be an education that ensures we are not alienated from the resources upon which our survival depends.
8. What achievement are you most proud of and why?
Winning Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 is probably at the top of that list. Congratulations on that.
My most important achievement is having been fortunate enough not to have lost my focus despite the many distractions along the way. I also most proud of my three children and the extended family, which never failed to encourage me.
9. What’s next in store for you?
Being a Peace Laureate means that I am now a permanent ambassador for peace wherever I go. It’s a wonderful responsibility. It entails sharing my work, inspiration, my thoughts on peace, democracy and sustainable management of resources. I have already been requested by several African Heads of States to serve as goodwill ambassador for the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem.
The African Union has also asked me to assist in mobilizing civil society in Africa towards the formation of a common forum to promote unity and better management of African affairs. In Kenya, I enjoy representing grassroots people in parliament. It helps me not to lose sight of the real issues that affect a majority of the African people and indeed much of the developing world. It would be otherwise easier to escape into an ivory tower. So, I have a lot to do! in addition to serving my country these new responsibilities will keep me busy for many years to come.
One on One – Wangari Maathai – 19 Jan 2008 – Part 1
As the Green Belt Movement in Africa grew, she became known as the Tree Mother.
One on One – Wangari Maathai – 19 Jan 2008 – Part 2