Feb 242014
 

Question by Sauron: Why can’t I determine what my consciousness is?
I know what sound is like. I know what colors are like. But every time I try to understand what consciousness is I cannot. What is self awareness really? How should I measure and observe it?

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Answer by Benjamin55
Consciousness is another word for self-awareness, and can only be measured in a relative way by comparing your state at different times, which is the same as observing it. The less you are drawn into your imagination, the more aware of yourself you will be.

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Sep 122013
 

Question by Me: Why it is that awareness can transcend the relative in meditation and consciousness can’t?
I understand that awareness absorbs the qualities of the absolute field of existence and returns them to the mediator but why cannot consciousness transcend and witness the experience?
Monk, thank you. I remember you now, when I was new in the Zen Mountain Monastery you had given a talk on transcendence and the laws of Karma. Could you consider giving me some guidance when the timing is right?
Philosophyangel, is it possible you got things mixed up a bit. Awareness and consciousness are inter dependent but are entirely different entities in their own right.
Lucid dreaming is a lesser degree of the dreaming sleep state. You could study Cosmic Consciousness, the fourth state of consciousness available to all. It remains awake in all three states of wakening, dreaming and deep sleep states of consciousness; all inclusive. Three higher states of consciousness are also possible.
The three guans of Nature can only give direction to consciousness not awareness. Thank you for answering.

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Answer by River Euphrates
If it could, it wouldn’t be consciousness.

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Jun 032012
 

Question by : Science- physics grade 11 … plz help with these 2 questions … cant solve them?
1) An ice skater pulls three small children, one behind the other, with masses 25 kg, 31kg, and 35kg. Assume that the ice is smooth enough to be considered frictionless

a) find the total force applied to the train of children if they reach a speed of 3.5 m/s in 15s
b) if the skater is holding onto the 25kg child, find the tension in the arms of the next child in line.

2)A 64 kg person is standing on a scale in an elevator. The elevetor is rising at a constant velocity but then begins to slow, with an accelration of 0.58m/s(squared). what is the reading on the scale while the elevator is accelerating?

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Answer by Martin A
a) The train has a total mass of 91 kg. For them to reach the speed of 3.5 m/s in 15 s, they must accelerate by about 0.233 m/s^2. Multiply this by the mass, and you have a force of about 21.2 N.

b)
The child’s arms are being used to accelerate the two children behind it. Together, their mass is 66 kg. In order to accelerate them by 0.233 m/s^2, the force on them must be about 15.4 N. This means the tension in the arms of the 25kg child must 15.4 N.

2)
Since the man is in a frame of reference accelerating downwards by 0.58 m/s^2, to account for that, you must add an upwards pseudo-force of 0.58 N/kg. Since the man has a mass of 64 kg, his weight must be 628 N (assuming g=9.81 m/s^2.) However, adding the upwards pseudo-force of 0.58 N/kg subtracts 37 N from his weight. Therefore, the force he applies on the scale is 591 N, and the scale will read 60.2 kg.

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Oct 192011
 

Question by B.: Why can’t people understand that Astronomy and astrology are two completely different things?
Astronomy is a REAL SCIENCE that studies outer space and celestial objects in outer space.

Astrology is made up trash for the sole purpose of cheating people out of their money by telling them things they wish to hear and then making them pay for the pretty words. There is no real science what so ever with astrology.

Why can’t the astrology people stay in their ENTERTAINMENT section under Horoscopes and quit giving wrong answers for the real Astronomy questions?

Why?

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Answer by gn
Well, I agree with you that it is an annoyance. But there are lots of things going on. First off, at the level of vocabulary, there are lots of people who don’t read multi-syllabic words the way other people read them, so kind-of-right looks like “what I’m looking for.” Try typing “astro” into google and watching what comes up in your drop-down bar. In other words, much of the issue is on the order of geography/geology or etymology/entomology. There are big differences but not everyone out there has the spelling and writing skills to be sensitive to that. Such sensitivity requires a first order commitment to sensitivity about language which is often lacking.

Second, astrology isn’t 100% trash in the sense in that alchemy wasn’t 100% trash. Certain basic chemical reactions came to be understood by alchemists, and astrology at a minimum provided the world with positional information.

Third, at least one of our greatest resources has more to do with an astrological perspective on the sky than a scientific one in the modern sense. I’m thinking of the Messier catalog. Messier’s catalog of non-comets was compiled because it was his business to ferret out real comets which were thought important because of they were considered omens. Messier didn’t know squat about globular clusters, novae and supernovae, and galaxies. And in fact much of astronomy was simply cataloging positions because the underlying physics of stars didn’t begin to become unraveled till the twentieth century.

Fourth, I would remind everyone here that the real professional astronomy we love and admire depends on taxpayer dollars. When people stumble into this forum and get berated and treated with hostility it doesn’t convince them that astrology is bad. Rather, it leaves them with the impression we are hostile jerks, and that is not a good way to build a basis for enthusiastic taxpayer support of expensive ground and space-based telescopes.

So I would council people to find some inner resources to be tolerant. Try to provide links to the horoscope section and help the people who don’t belong in this forum to move on. Courteously invite them back if they have questions about astronomy.

GN

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Oct 192011
 

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts we owe many of the great contributions to society—from Van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

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Aug 182011
 

Question by James O: How many of you can’t read this?
The Unthinkable Thought

“Jesus said, ‘It is to those who are worthy of my Mysteries that I tell my Mysteries.’”
The Gospel of Thomas

On the site where the Vatican now stands there once stood a Pagan temple. Here Pagan priests observed sacred ceremonies which early Christians found so disturbing that they tried to erase all evidence of them ever having been practised. What were these shocking Pagan rites? Gruesome sacrifices or obscene orgies perhaps. This is what we have been led to believe. But the truth is far stranger than this fiction.

Where today the gathered faithful revere their Lord Jesus Christ, the ancients worshipped another godman who, like Jesus, had been miraculously born on 25 December before three shepherds. In this ancient sanctuary Pagan congregations once glorified a Pagan redeemer who, like lesus, was said to have ascended to heaven and to have promised to come again at the end of time to judge the quick and the dead. On the same spot where the Pope celebrates the Catholic mass, Pagan priests also celebrated a symbolic meal of bread and wine in memory of their saviour who, just like Tesus, had declared:

“He who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made one with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation.”

When we began to uncover such extraordinary similarities between the story of Jesus and Pagan myth we were stunned. We had been brought up in a culture which portrays Paganism and Christianity as entirely antagonistic religious perspectives. How could such astonishing resemblances be explained? We were intrigued and began to search further. The more we looked, the more resemblances we found. To account for the wealth of evidence we were unearthing we felt compelled to completely review our understanding of the relationship between Paganism and Christianity, to question beliefs that we previously regarded as unquestionable and to imagine possibilities which at first seemed impossible. Some readers will find our conclusions shocking and others heretical, but for us they are merely the simplest and most obvious way of accounting for the evidence we have amassed.

We have become convinced that the story of Jesus is not the biography of an historical Messiah, but a myth based on perennial Pagan stories. Christianity was not a new and unique revelation but actually a Jewish adaptation of the ancient Pagan Mystery religion. This is what we have called ‘the Jesus Mysteries Thesis.’ It may sound farfetched at first, just as it did initially to us. There is, after all, a great deal of unsubstantiated nonsense written about the ‘real’ Jesus, so any revolutionary theory should be approached with a healthy dose of scepticism. But although this book makes extraordinary claims, it is not just entertaining fantasy or sensational speculation. It is firmly based upon the available historical sources and the latest scholarly research. Whilst we hope to have made it accessible to the general reader, we have also included copious notes giving sources, references and greater detail for those who wish to analyse our arguments more thoroughly.

Although still radical and challenging today, many of the ideas we explore are actually far from new. As long ago as the Renaissance, mystics and scholars saw the origins of christianity in the ancient Egyptian religion. Visionary scholars at the turn of the nineteenth century also made com-paxable conjectures to our own. In recent decades, modern academics have repeatedly pointed towards the possibilities we consider. Yet few have dared to boldly state the obvious conclusions which we have drawn. Why? Because to do so is taboo.

For 2,000 years the West has been dominated by the idea that Christianity is sacred and unique, whilst Paganism is primitive and the work of the Devil. To even consider that they could be parts of the same tradition has been simply unthinkable. Therefore, although the true origins of Christianity have been obvious all along, few have been able to see them, because to do so requires a radical break with the conditioning of our culture. Our contribution has been to dare to think the unthinkable and to present our conclusions in a popular book rather than some dry academic tome. This is certainly not the last word on this complex subject, but we hope it may be a significant call for a complete reappraisal of the origins of Christianity.

THE PAGAN MYSTERIES

In Greek tragedies the chorus reveals the fate of the protagonists before the play begins. Sometimes it is easier to understand the journey if one is already aware of the destination and the terrain to be covered. Before diving deeper into detail, therefore, we would like to retrace our process of discovery and so provide a brief overview of the book.

We had shared an obsession with world mysticism all our lives which recently had led us to explore spirituality in the ancient world. Popular understanding inevtitably lags a lon
The Unthinkable Thought

“Jesus said, ‘It is to those who are worthy of my Mysteries that I tell my Mysteries.’”
The Gospel of Thomas

On the site where the Vatican now stands there once stood a Pagan temple. Here Pagan priests observed sacred ceremonies which early Christians found so disturbing that they tried to erase all evidence of them ever having been practised. What were these shocking Pagan rites? Gruesome sacrifices or obscene orgies perhaps. This is what we have been led to believe. But the truth is far stranger than this fiction.

Where today the gathered faithful revere their Lord Jesus Christ, the ancients worshipped another godman who, like Jesus, had been miraculously born on 25 December before three shepherds. In this ancient sanctuary Pagan congregations once glorified a Pagan redeemer who, like lesus, was said to have ascended to heaven and to have promised to come again at the end of time to judge the quick and the dead. On the same spot where the Pope celebrates th
Although still radical and challenging today, many of the ideas we explore are actually far from new. As long ago as the Renaissance, mystics and scholars saw the origins of christianity in the ancient Egyptian religion. Visionary scholars at the turn of the nineteenth century also made com-paxable conjectures to our own. In recent decades, modern academics have repeatedly pointed towards the possibilities we consider. Yet few have dared to boldly state the obvious conclusions which we have drawn. Why? Because to do so is taboo.

For 2,000 years the West has been dominated by the idea that Christianity is sacred and unique, whilst Paganism is primitive and the work of the Devil. To even consider that they could be parts of the same tradition has been simply unthinkable. Therefore, although the true origins of Christianity have been obvious all along, few have been able to see them, because to do so requires a radical break with the conditioning of our culture. Our contribution has be
On the site where the Vatican now stands there once stood a Pagan temple. Here Pagan priests observed sacred ceremonies which early Christians found so disturbing that they tried to erase all evidence of them ever having been practised. What were these shocking Pagan rites? Gruesome sacrifices or obscene orgies perhaps. This is what we have been led to believe. But the truth is far stranger than this fiction.
The Unthinkable Thought

“Jesus said, ‘It is to those who are worthy of my Mysteries that I tell my Mysteries.’”
The Gospel of Thomas

On the site where the Vatican now stands there once stood a Pagan temple. Here Pagan priests observed sacred ceremonies which early Christians found so disturbing that they tried to erase all evidence of them ever having been practised. What were these shocking Pagan rites? Gruesome sacrifices or obscene orgies perhaps. This is what we have been led to believe. But the truth is far stranger than this fiction.

Where today the gathered faithful reve

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Answer by Random Amuse Me
not me

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May 042011
 

Question by allyouneedislove: Why is the world and life so strange and why can’t we know? My long Philosophy i’ve been wanting to share?
I’m not quite sure if yahoo answers is the right place to post this but it was the first thing that came to my mind
I guess I don’t have an exact “Question” to ask anyone in particular, but more of a theory and i’d like responses and your opinion. A lot of it may seem very weird to some people, or hard to understand. So don’t jump to absurd ignorant rational conclusions or opinions before reading it all. Be open minded. My philosophy is basically questioning why we have life.
I am 16 years old. Keep reading. Age is completely irrelevant to philosophy. Through out my short years, I’ve been more curious than most kids at any age. During middle school is when I developed an interest in theories and why the world exists. I was fascinated about the new ideas I had been introduced to. I was raised a catholic, so at a young age although I was fascinated I held onto my catholic faith.
Now it is my senior year of high school. Still, nevertheless fascinated on the mysteries of life – but now I have dropped my religion in a sense that I just want to find truth. By chance I ended up in a class called “Philosophy of knowledge” (by chance I mean in my high school you are able to choose your electives, and if that elective class is full the guidance counselors put you in a random class)
In this class I have learned about many, many old philosophers, religions, sense perception, language, mathematics etc. (Any one familiar with the International Baccalaureate program, philosophy of knowledge uses the same syllabus and book as I.B Theory of Knowledge)
This class made me take a huge leap in my quest to find truth.
Now, the confusing stuff… (I barely know where to start so excuse me if it seems very random)
It was hard to break free from my Catholic religion since all of my family is VERY strong catholics. I’m still at a confusing time in my life – I’ve always believed that god absolutely exists. Now, You could say I’m doing what Rene Descartes did. I’m trying to start over. I want to clear all of my past knowledge and only build up from what I can know. I want to believe in god and to erase the idea of god is nearly impossible and is going to be hard to do. It is absurd for ANYONE to believe that god truly exists (KEEP READING i know that statement will upset people) It isn’t absurd for people to have faith god exists, but NOBODY knows for sure if god does exists. Sure, someone may have said they have seen god, but whomever they tell is only reliant on what the other said- they have no fact upon themselves, for they didn’t encounter the experience.
Secondly
Time and space do not exist.
Dimethyltryptamine is the closet thing to “truth” we can reach and is where we can find the answers to life (possibly)
How can time not exist? Time is a human concept. If humans did not think – the idea of time would have never been born. Sure time makes sense . We can all agree there is a past present and future and flows sequentially. But, the idea of “Time” is only a concept. Seconds, Minutes, years, etc are all modified and invented by human beings. So in that reality, time doesn’t exists. Life just goes.
For the same reason as time, Space doesn’t exist. Space is too a human concept of how many inches, meters, yards, miles, volume, mass, in, on, outside of or upon an object. Space makes perfect sense too doesn’t it? Yes. But If humans didn’t consciously concept the idea of space, it wouldn’t exists. (Rational idea – But nobody would know.)
This brings me to dimensions.
YES DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS DO EXIST BEYOND OUR 3-D LIFESTYLE.
just because an area isn’t in a physical form does not mean the area does not exist. in that case, your dreams are another dimension.
Dimensions make more sense when I explain Dimethyltrytamine (DMT)
DMT is produced in the pineal gland in the human brain – It is also found in every living organism / plant, so yes. grass contains DMT. DMT is what causes you to dream at night. During REM sleep, DMT is released and therefore creates a dream. DMT is also released at death.
DMT can be extracted from plants and taken. This causes serious psychedelic effects.
DMT isn’t a drug to get high off of, it is a life changing experience one must be ready for.
DMT takes you into an entire other dimension. You can see colors that don’t exist- hear sounds that you’ve never heard, you can talk to “God”, you can find the answers to life. Time doesn’t exist during the trip, you see geometrical shapes, and you feel an overwhelming sense of compassion and love if you do not freak out.
Before I go to bed, right before I fall asleep. I can talk to “god” (no I’m not crazy.) Maybe it’s not god- but it answers. I’m barely awake, but I think of questions ie. why do I have life and a voice tells me “Because you do” Very broad. But all these ideas have
(got cut off after have)
But these ideas have been itching at me forever and now that i’m older and getting ready for college I can’t avoid them anymore. I can’t ignore it and even if I want to I can’t. I don’t know why. It’s like i have to pursue something but i don’t know what it is.
sorry for such a long “Question”
just had to get it out there to someone.

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Answer by Gender Bender
No

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Apr 242011
 

What happens if the York City school board can’t balance the budget — as required by law?
York, PA – There’s not a lot of information out there on what happens if a school district doesn’t present a balanced budget to the state, according to Kenn Medina, York City School District business manager.
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Optical Illusion Tricks Brain, Relieves Arthritis Pain
Scientists alter pain perception with visual tricks.
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‘Water for Elephants’ is slick, showy and entertaining
Like the circus that provides the setting for Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel “Water for Elephants,” the movie based on that 2006 book is big, slick and showy. ( Step right up for heartthrob Robert Pattinson ! Prepare to be amazed by Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz! See them interact with an actual elephant!) It is also undeniably effective entertainment.
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Cheering Conservative partisans shield Harper from awkward terrorism questions
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Partisan supporters of Prime Minister Stephen Harper — led by Conservative staffers — purposely drowned out media questions Saturday about a controversial endorsement from a man with links to the Air India bombing.
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Apr 142011
 

Question by Punkey monkey: I have a problem from science physics that I just can’t figure out…..?
Problem: a penny is dropped from the top of the MHS C-Building, which is 8m high?

How fast will the penny be moving when it hits the ground?

For some reason I already have the answer down and it is 6.25m/s^2 but I just don’t remember how I got it…If anyone out there could help me with this you are my savior!!!!! Thank you lots!!!! ^-^

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Answer by Olaquali
energy at the top = energy at the bottom (ignoring friction)

so at the top : mgh (mass x g x height)
at the bottom: 1/2 mv^2 (mass x v x v)/2

cancel out the m and solve for v…
v=squareroot (2gh)

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