Ancient megalithic stone structures litter the world. They are mostly thought of as tombs, temples, sacrificial altars, etc.
For some strange reason, current scientific explanations for their existence usually refers to some religious beliefs, as if the ancients had nothing better to do with their time but spend enormous amounts of effort just to worship some deity… Probably the sun. Well, there is a strong and obvious link to the sun – some are even named with that reference, for example, the Gate of the Sun.
There is also another theory to explain their existence, and that is that they were ancient observatories. It seems that the ancients were, for some strange reason, preoccupied with tracking equinoxes and solstices, as well as other celestial bodies like distant stars.
As we can see, precise tracking of these events, and movement of far-away stars was very important to them, and the question is why. Why would they spend so much time and energy moving gigantic blocks of granite and placing them with absolute precision just so they could sacrifice a goat on a specific day? I’m sure that could have been achieved with just a stick in the ground… In other words, the amount of effort just does not justify the reason. Something far more important would have to be needed for this.
One other thing to note in this discussion, is the controversy as to the age of these structures. Most of them are dated from 5 to 10 thousand years BC, as per the links referenced above. However, there is always some disagreement as to the dating and the methods used, as exampled by the water erosion of the Sphinx.
Considering all of the above information, let’s have a look at the theory that Earth flips on its axis every now and then. If that were to happen, it obviously would cause great cataclysms on the planet. Most likely, an extinction event. This, apparently, happens every 12 thousand years and we are also due for one soon.
So, the ancients’ preoccupation with solar events, shown in the precision and magnitude of the structures, can be explained with surviving one of these events and making sure that they would not get caught by surprise ever again.
Survival is enough of justification for the effort. I would argue that the effort is actually proportional to the purpose – an early warning system built to withstand local vandals as well as disasters; storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. Any deviation of the sun’s rays from the baseline on the important days would signify that the planet axis is tilting. And that would mean it’s time to head to the bunkers.
Of course, this is only speculation, however the age of these structures points to them being built after the last such event and this lends credibility to this hypothesis. And what if these structures are even older, let’s say 24, or even 36 thousand years? What would this mean for our civilization and history?
…and not just a consumer…
My son has been drawn to computers from a very young age. It was the games. PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo etc. When he was 2 I could tell that he will spend a lot of time in front of the screen. Upon seeing a computer game for the first time he was already trying to solve it by taking in the whole screen at once and finding alternative ways. Then came came Minecraft. It was a whole different world. But he wasn’t satisfied with just plain vanilla, he had to get the mods. In the early days mods were a bit of a hit-and-miss but I had to teach him how to install them, otherwise I would be doing it 10 times a day… He was still 5 or 6 at that time. As the computers became more powerful, so did the games. Consequently, screen time has also increased.
However, I could also see that apart from just playing, there was tinkering with stuff, and programming potential. As he was also drawn to Arduino and Kano, I started planting an idea in his mind to not just be a consumer of games, but also a creator. To imagine how he would feel when other kids would be playing his games, his creations. He was introduced to Scratch at primary school as well as BASIC.
It wasn’t until early high school that he surprised me with how much BASIC programming he could do. I was absolutely blown away when he showed me a fully functional game in a programming app LowResCoder on his iPad. He persisted with LowResCoder and BASIC for some time although he started learning Java Script and Python. Fast forward to the age of 16 and there is his first game in the Play Store called Bounce-A-Meteor created using Unity (C#). Anyone who has published an app knows how determined you have to be to overcome all the hiccups and obstacles in your way. He has come up with the original concept and designed the game himself. And, of course, coded it. Now he is a creator and can call himself an apps developer. I can’t even express how proud I am 🙂
Anyway, Bounce-A-Meteor is a simple but addictive game where Earth is being bombarded by meteors and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to defend the planet by bouncing the pesky meteors off giant trampolines that have been fitted to it. You do this by rotating Earth clockwise or anticlockwise by tapping the screen on the left or right respectively. Every 10 seconds a new meteor comes out and gravity also increases with time. To make matters more complicated, meteors can merge when they collide, however, if you think that makes things easier, you’re in for a surprise when the large meteor reaches a critical mass and explodes into many small ones! The game is free and supported by ads, although, he does not want to annoy players with them, so one ad only comes up every third game. Furthermore, the app does not track anything the users do, or collect any sort of information (apart, of course, from Google tracking number of installs and whatever else they track).
Anyway guys, check the game out for yourselves and have fun. Also, start coding 🙂
My son took to Minecraft like fish to water. He started playing not long after it was first released. He would have been maybe 5 years old. Very soon he, playing as Steve, was mining and crafting very elaborate structures, portals and other contraptions. He was also fighting Creepers, Zombies, Skeletons and wolves.
I came home from work one day and he was excitedly showing me his latest work in Minecraft. I sat there and watched this elaborate machine where you drop balls and they would move and drop to some designated containers that obviously meant something. After a few minutes of watching, I asked him what does it all mean, and he replied that it’s a binary adding machine and the containers designate powers of 2 and if the ball is in the container it means 1, otherwise 0. That left me scratching my head especially because the little guy hasn’t even mastered multiplication tables yet…
Fast forward to present, he’s about 15 now and has discovered programming. He still plays Minecraft and is creating much more elaborate things using Redstone and command blocks. For the uninitiated ones, command blocks execute commands. Assembling them together allows for running multiple commands in a pre-defined order. This is analogous to executing a program. These days, however, it is more fun to play on a server with friends.
I asked him if it were possible to use command blocks and redstone to give Steve (or create some other character) artificial intelligence so that he would replicate and form societies? My son rose to the challenge but said that it would be very difficult. I said, son, if you pull this off, you can rename Steve to Adam and call yourself god 🙂
All major religions claim that God is infinite but none of them tolerate each other. If God is really infinite then why would he/she be limited to only Jesus, Yahweh or Allah… And why male only? Infinite should encompass all that is, all that was, all that will be, all that can be imagined, and more.
In view of this, all these religions are contradicting their own teachings and therefore cannot be “true” (as they claim). Furthermore, they teach love but only for the faithful. God only loves the followers of such and such. Isn’t that hypocritical?
Can someone correct me if I’m wrong? Can someone tell me if there is a religion that is not based on dogmas and contradictions? One that does not incite fear and/or hate? One that does not divide humanity and is based on love? I’d like to know, but somehow I think this might be a pie in the sky…
…“Good night, Frog,” and gave him a little kiss on the top of his head.
In an instant, the frog vanished, and in his place was a handsome man.
“Who are you?” said the princess, stepping back. “What have you done with my frog?” For by now, the princess loved the little frog, warts and all.
“I am your frog,” said the man. “I am also a prince. I was enchanted by a wicked fairy and turned into a frog. Only the kiss of a beautiful princess could break the enchantment.”
“Why didn’t you tell me before?” said the princess.
“Because,” said the prince, “you had to do it of your own free will.”…
Didn’t we love fairy tales when we were kids? Stories like that have been told in folklore for centuries and finally put down to paper by brothers Grimm. Have you ever wondered about them? Is this a pure figment of imagination, or is there more to it?
Well, the belief in Karma is somewhat similar. It goes that you will reap what you saw and you can reincarnate in conditions according to how good or bad you’ve been in previous lifetime. I know, this is a gross simplification, but will do for the purpose of this article. If you’ve been particularly bad, you could devolve into an animal incarnation. Then you’ll have to take a step back and learn to love and be loved in order to come back to human level.
Could it be possible that whoever came up with the Frog Prince fable was familiar with the concept of Karma? In times when church exercised the ultimate power and all other beliefs were forbidden, the only way to propagate them would be as fables and fairy tales…
I have always wandered what it would be like to be like superman – fly through the air, be super strong, have x-ray vision and laser eyes…
But enough dreaming, let’s get back to reality. For me, the definition of superhuman would be to take the most intelligent and talented person on the planet, combine with a champion in every sports discipline and you’d have someone as close to be super human as possible. Now, theoretically possible but in practice not very likely to happen. Human lifespan is not enough to dedicate to more than one or two interests and master them to world-class level. Furthermore, it would also take someone with an immune system able to withstand the onslaught of all the nasty viruses and bacteria plaguing our society, as well as avoid all the modern lifestyle diseases. Oh, and let’s not forget the looks 🙂
Anyway, the sedentary lifestyle, terrible diet, stress, electronic equipment and other radiation all take toll on our bodies and diminish our health, lifespan, intelligence and energy. This puts us further and further away from the ideal. Again, it would be impossible to focus on every aspect of life and try to correct it. However, there is one thing you can do to have very tangible benefits.
By avoiding sugar (sucrose), or more specifically fructose, in the diet, you will gain better health, more energy and therefore sports performance, even more brains. Yes, you will be smarter for longer, or should I say, keep your wits till the old age. According to Dr Perlmutter and Dr Mercola, Alzheimers is directly linked to the blood sugar levels. Of course, not just sugar but all carbohydrates contribute to this, and especially grains. Sugar also causes some inflamation in the body which in turn destroys cells faster and speeds up aging.
So do yourself a favor and cut the sugar from your diet. Your body does not need it. You can go one step further and avoid the grains as well. Your body, and brain, will thank you for it for years to come.
If you wish to get some inspiration, you can read about my year-long adventure without sugar here.
Nothing is ever new. Nothing changes. Except the names. All the creativity is put into renaming something that already exists, repackaging it and selling it as something different. This applies especially to the new age movement. And it is so disappointing.
Just look at some examples. Alpha mind system, brain entrainment therapy, etc. They all are based on the sound frequencies.
Furthermore, The Quantum Mind, Quantum Jumping, The Secret, Law of Attraction, Advanced Law of Attraction (how advanced do you need to get?), Manifest Your Desires, etc. Again nothing new in any of them.
Let’s face it, people knew and understood these things for millenia. Probably better than these days. However, there’s always someone that will come up with a different name for old stuff and will try to make a fortune. Look, I’m not saying it’s always bad. No, sometimes it is what is needed for some people. Have you ever noticed how you can be told something and not understand it, or not take notice, but the same thing told by someone else will strike a chord?
Anyway, back to the topic. What about diet? Now someone has coined a term “paleolithic diet” for something that people did naturally. They knew instinctively what to put in their mouths. But guess what? If you write a book and call it “Eat naturally” you would not get anyone reading it. But when you call it “Paleolithic diet” (or other obscure term) it raises people’s curosity and they buy the book.
What about technology? Same thing applies. Agile methodolody is nothing but common sense repackaged and given fancy buzzword names. Apparently there are ancient drawings and symbols representing flying (and other ) machines. There are probably many more examples. And don’t let me start on religion…
The whole point of this article is to raise awareness. You do not need to spend money on something that sounds exotic because you probably already know it.