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Open source 3D printed robot project

This article is perhaps a harbinger of where the 3D printing revolution is heading – the complete democratization of human ingenuity. Consider that the person that is the subject of the linked article is an artist and sculptor, and sort of stumbled into the phenomenon of 3D printing. His initial interest started with just making a prosthetic hand mockup but has since morphed to a functional robotic human upper torso (see video). By posting CAD files on an Internet site, others were intrigued, download the files to print their own parts and make their own variations of the robot. The artist/sculptor then went on to teach himself the rudiments of programming the electronics that drives the servos, as well as speech recognition libraries that enable the robot to respond to commands.

There is certainly a lot of low cost gear for embedded electronics but 3D printing is the coupling of a very important facet. In times past it would have been difficult to make or come by the parts that comprise much of this robot. And the idea that it is entirely feasible for a community of enthusiast to innovate together on such projects… But it all started from one individual that had to teach himself – driven by curiosity and fascination.

Video of the robot:

It Takes a Village to Build a Free, Open Source, 3D-Printed Robot:
http://therealityinstitute.net/2012/12/it-takes-a-village-to-build-a-free-open-source-3d-printed-robot/

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You Are Not Your Body – linked article by Jim Elvidge

Very nice posting by my friend Jim Elvidge, author of  The Universe Solved!

You Are Not Your Body

Highlights a number of the pertinent scientific sources that lend substantial evidence that consciousness exists external to the physicality of the brain/body.

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April Wind / April Joy


In the summer between junior and senior year in high school I got a job as an oil field worker for a few weeks; it was rather high pay, as unskilled work goes. While my friends were sinking the money they came by into fast cars, I was wanting to get some quality stereo gear – something of at least modest audiophile fidelity.

With that oil field money I was able to buy my first gear: Yamaha receiver, Sony direct drive turntable with a quality cartridge, and Bang & Olufsen speakers. These were 3-way book shelf speakers, and while not heavy on bass emphasis (but decent and tight), they were excellent starter speakers for the genre of music I was wanting this system for. I was into this new jazz guitarist artist, Pat Metheny.

My first album for this new system was the Pat Metheny Group white album. Listening to that album on this new system for the first time was one of the most astounding musical experiences I can recall. Sure, it was the combination of things that came together here that made it so special.

For jazz listening, its all about the nuance and detail of the music, and the dynamic range. No, my system was not audiophile high end, but for a kid still in high school, it wasn’t a bad start and it could certainly do justice for bringing Pat Metheny’s music to life for my listening pleasure.

With that intro here is April Wind / April Joy

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Audio Interview: Gnostic Themes in Blade Runner, Prometheus, and Alien

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Miguel Conner runs the Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio web site.

On Jan 26th, 2013 Miguel released an audio interview he did with me where we talk about the esoteric symbolism in my articles on Sir Ridley Scott’s films Blade Runner, Prometheus, and Alien.

[Update: this interview is now available on YouTube: Gnostic Themes in Blade Runner, Prometheus & Alien: Aeon Byte Gnostic]

The episode is available from iTunes. Go to Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio Show in iTunes.

For this show title click on View In iTunes to download using the iTunes client:
Roger Voss on Gnostic Themes in Blade Runner and Prometheus

The interview starts at 16:00 minutes into the podcast.

Just a heads-up: Miguel does these rather, shall we say, creative intros to podcast that are more than just simple bumper music. You can tell he’s really relishing being in the role of a societal heretic. Miguel will occasionally use provacative methaphors in his language for these intros that are a kind of “Howard Stern libertine” in flavor. If you don’t care for any Adult Explicit material, just jump forward to the interview. The interview is completely family friendly in language and use of metaphors.

Due to post-show request there is now also this: list of influences that relate to my articles

Miguel’s Show Teaser

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‘Erasing Death’ Explores The Science Of Resuscitation (audio interview and article link)

‘Erasing Death’ Explores The Science Of Resuscitation (audio interview and article link)

NPR interviews resuscitation scientist Dr. Sam Parnia

Pull quotes:

Dr. Sam Parnia: “And what I find most fascinating about the experiences are the cases where people have come back and described to their physicians, with astonishing detail, of what had been going on. And they described watching things, and described hearing conversations – and recalling them incredibly accurately.”

Dr. Sam Parnia: “The general trend of what they describe, aside from the sensation of being very peaceful, is seeing a bright light; sometimes a very warm, welcoming, loving being that they describe as being full of compassion, that guides them through their lives.They often describe having a review of their lives, everything that they had done from early childhood to that point. And interestingly, the way they describe their review is very much like they experience, sometimes, everything that they had done. So for instance, if they had hurt somebody’s feelings, even inadvertently, without purpose, they feel the pain that they had given somebody else. And therefore, they judge themselves, in effect, and their actions. And that’s why when they come back, many of them are motivated to lead their lives in a completely different way. I remember one person who said that, I particularly wanted to make sure that I don’t fail again; and I want to make sure that I at least end up with a C, when I get back there again.”

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3 TED Talks We Are Not Supposed To See (article link)

3 TED Talks We Are Not Supposed To See (article link)

Do you think TED Talks provide a forum for innovative thinkers, presenters that sometimes challenge status quo assumptions, those who have a genuine outside-the-box perspective?

You need to reconsider, then, what you’ve believed about TED Talks – it turns out they really behave much the same as the Church’s suppression of Galileo, in respect to censoring that which they deem unacceptable for the public to hear about.

(Yes, I know, 2nd time in less than a week that I’ve linked to another article. This one really got my goat as I’ve read much of Graham Hancock materials over the years and scientist Rupert Sheldrake. That these individuals are being censored is beyond the pale. Those that are content with science’s 19th century cul de sac carry the day – for now.)

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Do You Know Someone Who Is Hiding Their Spirituality? (article link)

Do You Know Someone Who Is Hiding Their Spirituality? (article link)

I usually don’t post a blog item just as a link to someone else’s article. Today am making an exception. This article hit me right between the eyes – hopefully my third eye is okay:

Pull quotes:

“Do you know someone who is hiding their spirituality? As the awakening continues to gain momentum, many people are finding themselves caught between following their hearts and what other people might think of them.”

“The media rarely ever encourages the exploration of spiritual or metaphysical topics and chooses to entertain us with ego-ladened reality shows or fear propaganda through regular programming, the news and feature length movies, all of which take us away from following our spiritual paths.”

“By opening up to our true selves, we begin to develop a new circle of spiritual friends who accept us for who we are. We’re able to talk to these people about ANYTHING without judgment or ridicule.”

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Biblical Canon – A Problem On Navigation

Biblical scriptures need to be carefully sifted – academia’s historical critical approach is crucial.

The Old Testament tells a threaded story, extrapolated in certain key areas from ancient Sumer/Akkad base stock, that to great extent is of an anthropomorphic being known as Yahweh and his interaction with the Hebrew tribal people. My two prior writings discuss this: I wish the world was flat like the old days (Cosmological Dualism and Delitzsch’s Dilemma) and Heiser vs. Sitchin

Douglas Elwell’s book, “Planet X – The Sign of the Son of Man” is a useful reference from the point of view of detailing specifically (down to passages found in Biblical verses) of how literature of Sumerian origin was incorporated into Old Testament writings. Text from such as the Enuma Elish will appear literally in the Bible but somewhat transliterated to remove proper names of lessor gods and then imposing Yahweh as chief god – just as the Babylonians similarly imposed Marduk as their chief god. The Hebrews differ from the Babylonian editorial approach in that they attempt to apply a monotheistic revision by scrubbing out the lessor deities.

[For the record, I don’t personally endorse the arch thesis that Elwell puts forth in his book, but his book is certainly worthwhile in respect to the manner I cite here.]

Moving on to the New Testament – for starters, only seven of the thirteen writings of Paul are these days attributed to him. The others are pseudo Pauline, i.e., impersonators. This was typical of the day for this is how one latched on to the coat tails of authority in order to have one’s writings paid attention to. The 2nd through 4th century compilers of the various New Testament canons were not very astute, in comparison to the methods employed in our modern era, in how authenticity was decided.

The New Testament canon that comes down to us doesn’t even begin to appear until the 4th century:

The first time any author from Christian antiquity lists our twenty-seven books and indicates that they are the only twenty-seven books of the canon comes in the year 367 CE. The author is Athanasius, the famous bishop of Alexandria, Egypt.[1]

Hence many items incorporated are either very late 1st century (Gospel of John) or of 2nd century (pseudo Pauline letters) perspectives. The further in time removed from the period in which Yeshua actually lived and died, the more problematic the value and trustworthiness of what is purported to be historical information. This is the general rule in any historical analysis – it is illogical to exempt the Bible from the same methods.

As to the gospels, Mark is the earliest gospel written and for that reason probably is the most useful for getting at actual historical nuggets about Yeshua. Matthew and Luke were written about 15 to 20 years later than Mark, they incorporate Mark and then do their own respective elaboration on it. German scholars in the 19th century also discovered that Matthew and Luke had another base text that they each incorporated – this became known as the Gospel of Q. Its text is made up of wisdom sayings of Yeshua and hence very much resembles The Gospel of Thomas. So the two earliest of writings (other than Paul’s seven) are Mark and the Gospel of Q. The Gospel of Thomas might be a fairly early writing too given that it is structurally similar to the Gospel of Q and has some verses that are very similar to that found in Q. Elaine Pagels also examines the possibility that the late 1st century writing (or early 2nd century) – the Gospel of John – may have had an agenda of slighting the followers of the Gospel of Thomas. (Among early Christianity, various groups had their preferred apostles. If Thomas was the spiritual twin of Yeshua, well a one-upmanship would be the apostle that Yeshua loved.) If that were the case then this too would point to the Gospel of Thomas possibly being a fairly early 1st century writing.

A problem with Matthew and Luke is they each introduce a nativity story of Yeshua’s birth and parentage that is not at all touched on in Mark, Gospel of Q, Paul’s seven authentic writings (or the Gospel of Thomas). None of the earliest materials thus deal in this subject area whatsoever. Then the details of the respective Matthew and Luke nativity accounts differ. There are many items of information in the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, that archeological evidence has eventually reinforced. However, the Census of Augustus Caesar or King Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents are two very significant events (in characteristic) that have not been backed up by archeology or other non-Biblical historical references.

Luke relates that there was a world-wide (that is, Roman empire-wide) decree for a census; from the Wikipedia on the Census of Quirinius:

In Christianity, the Gospel of Luke connects the birth of Jesus to a census of the entire Roman world in which individuals had to return to the birthplace of their ancestors. It describes how Jesus’ parents, Joseph and Mary, travel from their home in Nazareth, in Galilee, to Bethlehem, where Jesus is born. This explains how Jesus, a Galilean, could have been born in Bethlehem in Judea, the city of King David. There is no evidence of the Romans requiring people to return to their ancestral homes for a census and there is skepticism among scholars that such a custom existed or would have been practicable.

The key problem to be solved was to get Yeshua to be placed in Bethlehem for the event of his birth so as to fulfill prophecy pertaining to the Messiah. It imposes a mechanics for the taking of the census that would be exceedingly difficult to implement in practice and no account of any census conducted by Augustus relate any such imposition of having to return to the ancestral homes.

From Wikipedia entry on Matthew’s account of the Massacre of the Innocents:

The Massacre of the Innocents is the biblical narrative of infanticide and gendercide by Herod the Great, the Roman appointed King of the Jews. The historicity of the incident is “an open question that probably can never be definitively decided”, but according to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the village of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. In typical Matthean style it is understood as the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy.

The core slant of the Gospel of Matthew is to illustrate the life of Yeshua fulfilling Old Testament prophecies. So in both the Luke and Matthew nativity account there is an underlying agenda afoot in respect to insuring such a tie – yet the actual historical record has not accommodated.

Another component of these nativity accounts is the matter of divine parentage. There were many claims in the ancient Hellenistic world of personages being descended from divine parentage. Alexander the Great’s claim is perhaps the most well known to lay history readers. Based on accounts of Alexander’s time in Egypt, it would appear that at least from his own personal perspective he was entirely serious in making this claim. That the authors of Matthew and Luke gospels introduce their divine parentage accounts, where these appear for the first time at such a late point in the development of Christianity, that this practice of claiming divine parentage was centuries old in the Hellenistic world – and widely employed, it smacks a bit much of being a marketing ploy. In my mind it is that this manner of “crucial” information is completely absent from the much earlier Mark gospel that is the most telling.

We finally chronologically come to the Gospel of John, a writing that is very dissimilar to the prior gospels. It ups the ante by proclaiming that Yeshua and the most high God of all creation are one and the same. Before then the claims were that Yeshua was the Son of Man or Son of God (as employed in prior scripture, this phrase did not imply divine parentage) figure or the fulfillment of the Messiah prophecies – a human figure carrying out a godly (or spiritual) mission. The author of John’s gospel promotes Yeshua to full godhood, which introduced a metaphysics conundrum that continues to perplex to this day. John’s gospel also had some basic factual differences with prior materials. The Gospel of John author has Yeshua clearing the temple of money changers (and employing a whip to lash them with no less – the one act of violence by Yeshua that is noted in the canon literature) happening chronologically as the first significant event in Yeshua’s ministry. The other gospels place this event at the end of his ministry and strongly suggest that it was the straw that broke the camel’s back in respect to Yeshua’s enemies finally deciding to deal with him decisively. Even though early Christians recognized these fundamental deviations in the Gospel of John, its backers thought it was none-the-less a spiritually true (thus inspired) writing even if not factually true, and should therefore be included in canon. It should be noted also that the Gospel of John upped the ante in that it goes so far as to implicate that Judas was possessed by Satan – as such this gospel would specifically later figure into anti-Jewish pogroms.

Both proto-orthodox and Gnostic Christians alike had those that viewed the Gospel of John with affection. Yet by appearing so much later on the scene, having clear contradictions with earlier writings, and presenting totally new theistic concepts for the first time, it is definitely a gospel that has to be dealt with very carefully in respect to possible contribution of any historically reliable information. It’s theological presentations then become a matter of subjective opinion.

This was a very cursory overview. A next stop might be the various writings on this subject by academic, Bart Ehrman. He specifically writes in a manner to present the historical critical approach to the lay reader – vs., say, an audience of academic peers. Hence his books are easy to read yet informative as they are ultimately undergirded by rigorous seminary scholarship.

1) Ehrman, Bart D. (2009-02-20). Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them) (p. 220). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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Nice Pictures of Ancient Enigmas

Baalbeck megaliths corner shot

Baalbek Platform in Lebanon

Ruins of Stone Circles in South Africa

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Number 11 Synchronicity

(originally posted on: October 13, 2012 12:00)

I sync with special numbers on the order of about 30 times a day. (Estimate based on weeks of logs I kept back when was still rather shook up by this phenomena.)

When I happen to glance at any manner of digital display throughout the day, these special numbers predominantly show up. Usually it’s a clock of some kind, but could be an odometer, or work out equipment, etc., etc. I can’t force it – my mind will be on something else and will then just happen to glance at some digital display and the numbers will be there. Or when I first get into a car, or right as I arrive at a destination, or wake up in the morning and first glance at the time. My daily routine has been utterly synced with this phenomena for going on for over a year and a half. By now I’ve settled down and am no longer bothered by it.

The number 11 and multiples of 11 predominate: 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, and then a triple digit variation on these: 111, 222, 333, 444, 555. The 11, 33, and especially 44 are the most frequent. On displays that can show it, 77 and 777 are also prominent as are these particular combinations: 11:11, 9:11 and combination of 7 with 11, as in 7:11 or 11:07. The 444 number is also special for some reason and crops up a lot. (There’s a movie that even uses 4:44 in its title as there is a “folklore” that this is a numerological symbol of the end of the world or the end of time. For the record, I don’t personally ascribe to any manner of apocalyptic view.)

One other thing – syncs to these numbers can spike out the roof when I’m in, say, physical vicinity of someone that is in my Soul Group (people that I’ve had vivid dreams about which is later confirmed via a waking life synchronicity involving the respective person).

I one time contacted Mike Clelland of the Hidden Experience web site (and podcast) by email and related to him the paranormal phenomena that started happening back in Spring of 2009 – and, of course, the number 11 syncs (emailed him the logs to demonstrate). He then inquired about my year, month, and day of birth. He and I were born 1 year apart, same month, and only 4 days apart. Since he’s established his web site people have gravitated to it and that when contacting him, many tend to fall into a similar profile. There is a clumping of birth date that is clustered within a 3 to 4 year range and centered around a birth month. He too marks 2009 as a particularly noteworthy year in the onset of an awakening process. We also tended to line up on other profile matters. Mike’s web site is thus a sort of unofficial clearing house.

The hypnotherapist and prolific author Dolores Cannon says that in her work she has learned that there are waves of volunteers. Her profile of these individuals bears some similarity to the things in Mike’s working profile.

The one thing that this phenomena demonstrates, even if one is unsure of its precise meaning, is that the fabric of reality is not a random cake walk – it is not objective and separate from ourselves. The fabric of reality is (or can be) highly orchestrated. Which probably boils down to that everything unfolds to plans where we exert freedom of choice in pivotal situations that arise through life. And that reinforces the concept that this is a training ground virtual reality in which we strive to perfect ourselves spiritually.

To me personally (given this number 11 syncing started happening just a matter of about 18 months ago) this is the Higher Self signaling to wake up and get on with what I’m supposed to do. Since 2009 I’ve started writing articles on esoteric matters – starting with this article, Heiser vs. Sitchin. Before then, I wrote articles on subject matters pertaining to my profession. A switch of some sort flipped along the way and now the passion is about the esoteric matters. The two articles on the films Blade Runner and Prometheus I think encapsulate the entirety of what needs to be said. These articles in particular tend to really upset people but they very much are intended to assist in the waking up transition to the true nature of reality and certain things about who we are. They ultimately point people to what is vitally important – the engagement of personal gnosis.

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