Jun 212014

Question by Kemo: What is consciousness and what is reality? Is awareness the origin of perception, or the origin of existence?
Mystics like Jesus, Buddha, and Lao Tzu, as well as modern physics, seem to state that everything in existence is simply the motion of energy at different levels relative to each other, all being part of the whole. However, one pervading concept endures: the awareness of awareness, consciousness. Is this phenomenon the root of existence, or merely an effect of it? Why is everything in motion, if that is the case, instead of being at rest and therefore non-relational, or absolute (Nothingness)? Is reality the result of awareness, or is awareness the result of reality?

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Answer by Aria
Awareness cannot exist without reality or existence. They are certainly intertwined, as awareness manifests itself at the very moment the existence has been created.

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Dec 052013

Question by Lindsey H: What is the origin of consciousness?
What is your perspective on the origin of consciousness? Do you beleive that science can make reasonable considerations on what the origin of consciousness is?
Consciousness, as in the awareness of self.
Thanks everyone for such great answers. :)

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Answer by Nick S
it’s a question cosmogenists could bang heads together over for years…but you also would need to clearly define conscioiusness…

are animals conscious? are insects? are any living things other than humans conscious?

i truly find it hard to believe we would be the only ones…but that’s just speculation and my thought, given how enormous the universe is, and thus, how unlikely it is that there is only a single planet able to support life and its evolution into more complex beings, such as walk the earth today…

but as to the origin of consciousness, i have no idea how it would be possible to specify the origin…we have a good idea how the universe started, but until we figure out how life came into being (how organic compounds combined in such a way as to allow bacteria to move, consume, and reproduce, and later evolve, and what formed all the great number of different species that have ever lived on this earth), this question is just beyond the scope of modern science…

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Jun 022013

Question by Gorgoroth: what does ΑΠΟ ΠΑΝΤΟΣ ΚΑΚΟΔΑΙΜΟΝΟΣ mean and what is it’s origin?
i know that it is most popular among christian mystics and Thelemites (Thelema followers)
from what i have i understand it is written in Greek and it is may be translated as “go away all evil demons/spirits” or “stand behind me all evil demons/spirits”
i’ve heard that it may be used for exorcism
but yet i don’t know where it’s real origins and for what other purposes inside of religious rituals can it be used
so for the knowledgeable – any help over here?

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Answer by Be Blessed
It’s satanic. No, you cannot use it for exorcism.

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Mar 142013

Question by Lindsey H: What is the origin of consciousness?
What is your perspective on the origin of consciousness? Do you beleive that science can make reasonable considerations on what the origin of consciousness is?
Thank you, Corinthian, for your descriptive answer. The question that arises from that, though, is how God himself came to have consciousness. You quoted that “God is a self existing being”. If consciousness is a self-awareness – the ability to perceive the relationship between ourselves and our surroundings, then how could an entity have consciousness- awareness of itself- in the beginning – if it was the only thing that was in existance? For example- the concept of love could not be understood without also understanding the concept of hate. It is when one is put in relation to the other, that we become aware that both concepts exist. So with nothing in relation to itself, how could this entity be aware of it’s own existance?
I am not trying to disprove anyone’s beleifs, so I am apologizing in advance if it comes across that way. I do not know the answer to this either, so I am definitely not trying to say that I am right. It is just a topic that I have always been curious about- which is why I’m interested in other’s opinions on it. Thanks for your answers! :)
Sorry, Skeptical- I didn’t see your edit when I came back and added comments. But yes, I did go to the link that you provided- I wasn’t able to get access to it, but after researching the author, it sounds very interesting. I’ll check out the book. Thank you. :)

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Answer by B. Skeptical
The origin of consciousness was in the breakdown of the bicameral mind.


This is a topic of vast interest to me as a philosopher. I have not come across a theory which comes anywhere close to being able to explain this elusive riddle.

I would strongly suggest you get a copy of this book and read it thoroughly, it’s actually a nice book to read:

“The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the BIcameral Mind” by Julian Jaynes.

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Sep 022011

Question by Mega – Tr[]n: The Ancient Egyptians: The mysteries of their origin settled once & for all?
“In 1974 at the historic Cairo Symposium the highly renown and distinguished scholar Cheikh Anta Diop, and 20 other experts, silenced once and for all any challengers to the fact that the Egyptians were any thing other than natural Africans.

Using a mountain of linguistic, pictorial, geographical and genetic evidence, these scientists established that the linguistic similarities between the Egyptian language and that of the Wolof (Senegalese) marked the Egyptian tongue as an indigenous African language: analysis of pigmentation, blood groups and hair have shown conclusively that the Egyptians were related to other Nile Valley Africans more so than any other type outside of the African continent


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Answer by Klaatu Barada Nikto
Yeah — well since Egypt is part of Africa, what else would you expect?

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Jun 102011

Question by maikerukun: What is the origin of the superstition about not putting hats on beds?
What is the history of the superstition about not putting hats on beds?
And yes, I’ve seen “Drugstore Cowboy.”
It is a common superstition, as one would find out from going into any site about “superstitions” and the like, but I am trying to find out the origin of it, not whether or not it would be a good idea.

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Answer by open4one
I would think that putting a hat on a bed would be inviting someone to inadvertently sit on it. It would be embarrasing to have to wear a hat with someone else’s buttmarks.

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May 192011

Origin axing made Creagh think again and go back to the basics
NO ONE could accuse Ben Creagh of lacking self-awareness. The NSW interchange forward, whose off-field demeanour gives the impression of a gentle giant, yesterday reserved the scathing outbursts for himself, saying he deserved to be dumped from the third match of last year’s State of Origin series.
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Stroke survivors regain vision with new light therapy
In honor Stroke Awareness Month, light-based therapy developers NovaVision announce successful treatment of stroke victims using its Vision Restoration Therapy. Originally posted at Crave
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President Patil calls for awareness on global environment change
New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Emphasizing that with urbanization emerging as one of the most significant drivers of global environment change, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today said that those living in concrete dominated city environments cannot afford to remain apathetic or indifferent to the mounting degradation of our natural eco-systems.
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Feb 022011

Question by Knight of The Lord’s Table: Do you know the origin of the Cross? Has the early Catholic Church influenced modern Christianity?
Surprising as it may sound, the cross was in use as a religious symbol for thousands of years before Jesus Christ ever walked the earth. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia:

The sign of the cross, represented in its simplest form by a crossing of two lines at right angles, greatly antedates, in both East and the West, the introduction of Christianity. It goes back to a very remote period of human civilization (1908 edition, volume 4, p. 517).

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols authored by J.C. Cooper confirms the ancient origins of the cross. A universal symbol from the most remote times; it is the cosmic symbol par excellence. It is a world center and therefore a point of communication between heaven and earth and a cosmic axis, thus sharing the symbolism of the cosmic tree, mountain, pillar, ladder etc (p. 45).

Later, the Celtic cross came to symbolize the four roads to the corners of the earth.

Unger’s Bible Dictionary confirms the usage of the cross in ancient times as a pagan symbol. The authors write: That the cross was widely known in pre-Christian times as an emblem that was a well-known Heathen Sign. The vestments of the priest of Horus the Egyptian god of light are marked by a cross. At Thebes, in the tombs of the kings, royal cows are represented plowing, a calf playing in front. Each animal has a cross marked in several places on it. Rassam found buildings at Nineveh marked with the Maltese cross. Osiris, as well as Jupiter Ammon, had for a monogram a cross.

The form of the cross now used in Christianity actually had its origin in the letter “T.” This was the traditional symbol for Tammuz, the ancient god of the Chaldeans and Egyptians. Tammuz was the brother of Ishtar, the goddess of fertility who is now unwittingly worshiped by millions of professing Christians on the holiday that bears a form of her name—Easter. The symbol for Tammuz is what the mystery religions call the mystic “T.” It is an emblem of great antiquity, and it is sometimes called “the sign of life.”

The lower case “t”, or cross, was originally used as an amulet over the heart. Sometimes it was inscribed on the garments of pagan priests, and other ancient pagan religions used it as part of the dress of vestal virgins. This Pagan symbol … the Tau, the sign of the cross, the indisputable sign of Tammuz, the false Messiah … the mystic Tau of the Chaldeans (Babylonians) and Egyptians—the true original form of the letter T—the initial of the name of Tammus … (was) the Babylonian emblem of Tammuz.

Buddhists believe that the cross represents both the tree of life and spiritual nourishment.

The Hindus also incorporate the symbol of the cross in their faith. They call the cross the “rajas,” the expansion of being.

The linguistic evidence from the Bible suggests that Jesus was crucified not on a cross, but on an upright stake, or post. The original word that the King James translators rendered as “cross” is the Greek word “stauros.” Found 28 times in the New Testament, the word “cross” in every single case is the Greek word “stauros.” In Strong’s Dictionary of the Greek language, the word is defined as “an upright post or stake.”

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words: [Stauros] denotes an upright pole or stake. Both the noun and the verb stauroo, to fasten to a stake or pole, are originally to be distinguished from the ecclesiastical form of a two-beamed cross. The shape of the latter had its origin in ancient Chaldea (Babylon), and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name).

Has the “Universal Church” or Catholic Church duped Christians subtley?

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Answer by Christopher
Christ died on the cross.

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Aug 092010

Sponge Genome Can Shed Light on Origin of Animals
While household sponges are degraded to the dirty job of scrubbing grime off of kitchen counter tops, the recently sequenced genome of a marine sponge could increase the understanding of the origins of animals as well as cancer, according to a new study.
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In breakthrough, nerve connections are regenerated after spinal cord injury
Researchers for the first time have induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement after spinal cord injury, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments.
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Scientists Investigate Possible ‘Fear Drug’
Kerry Ressler’s research on the molecular biology of fear could lead to better methods for treating individuals suffering from anxiety disordersKerry Ressler wants to understand the molecular biology of fear."We’re studying how the biology of the brain is changed by the environment, and how these changes underlie memories and experiences," said Ressler, an associate professor in the …
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Breakthrough: Nerve connections regenerated after spinal cord injury
London, Aug 9 : In a breakthrough study, scientists have successfully achieved regeneration of nerve connections after a spinal cord injury.
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