While the political scene continues to percolate, and for the most part is not being covered by any reliable information source, I have been pushing my “new model” for understanding human life out onto the web.
A danger sign disguised as futurism – Russia 2045
The 2045 website was just recently launched. Here’s a link.
Though it purports to be a “brand new” approach to the future of humanity, spearheaded by innovative Russian academics, what do you know?: It’s a dot com website!
It looks pretty Russian. Except for the Ray Kurzweil and Dalai Lama endorsements. Who’s really behind it? Perhaps time will tell.
Their major project is to “reverse engineer the human brain.”
So close! Yet, so far.
I sent a little missive to the email address for this project. I warned them that this whole line of reasoning could turn out to be very unwise. They responded the next day with one sentence: “Please never write to us again.”
I hope my readers will understand the problem I’m looking at, assuming The Model has any validity whatsoever (see next section):
- If the brain is not actually what produces human consciousness, then reverse engineering it will just get you a much better robot.
- If human consciousness is immortal, then why don’t we just remember how to make better robots? It’s got to be in someone’s memory somewhere.
The people putting up the money for this project should be aware of these two points. So what is their honest reason for supporting this project? I invite your comments on the matter. (Comments are, however, reviewed by me before posting.)
A Lawyer and Psychologist wannabe researches past lives
Robert T. James is an interesting fellow. And he got more interesting when he agreed to apply his hypnotism training to someone who wanted to know if they had lived before. According to the regression, she had.
I found out about his little site some time ago, but had not had the time to take the plunge. Yesterday I bought a copy of his eBook for $6 and started reading through it.
In two separate studies, starting about 1994 (he didn’t publish until 10 years later) and involving roughly 150 separate people, he attempted (and for the most part managed) to cover some of the biggest questions posed by The Model:
- What are the chances that patients make these stories up?
- How can you tell the stories are real?
- If they are real, what really happens when someone dies?
- When someone picks up a new body?
- Between the time someone dies and when they pick up a new body?
- What gives past life knowledge therapeutic value?
- Can inspecting past lives be harmful?
- How much training does the therapist (or researcher) need?
- How far back can people be regressed?
- Have human beings ever lived as animals or as animal-like creatures?
He touches on ALL these topics in his book. And is never heavy-handed about it. He’s a skeptic without an agenda, except to contribute to the science of human psychology. And he has. Too bad no psychologists seem to have paid any attention to his book. (To be fair, there are a few academics who study this; Mack and Stevenson were the most prominent.)
Furthermore, his work validates The Model.
To review the basics:
- Human consciousness does not die with the body; it is continuous.
- The memories are there; just a bit hard for most to access.
- It is very common to hang over the body a bit after it dies.
- Beings generally try to pick out a baby based on their preferences.
- Beings demonstrate a tendency to find each other again.
- The between-lives experienced is cloaked.
- When asked about many “secrets” of life, patients under hypnosis respond that they are “not supposed to tell.” Someone out there is trying to keep it a secret!
- We do have experience as other life forms, usually before earth.
- Yes, there have been aliens who crashed their space ships here and died.
Get the idea?
Yes, the universe really is a wild and crazy place where many things are possible that someone wants you to think aren’t possible. And that’s my point about the first topic of this article.