5 Weeks to the End Of The World

This is just a small reminder that the world is expected (by some folks) to come to a crashing end on 21 December 2012. Turns out that’s a Friday. So be sure to take that ‘long weekend’ the week before, not the week of, ok?

This Friday (it is still Friday in some parts of the world, like Hawaii, as I type this) is the 5 week marker. So “one more month to go”, plus a couple of odd days extra notice to allow time for folks to get around to reading this posting.

I know, after the Y2K monster “Collapse of Life As We Know It” dud, a little thing like the Maya End Of Days is hardly worth noticing. So why bring it up? Frankly, I’m celebrating. As “The History Channel” seems to have abandoned history to become “the crazy Alien Theory and DOOM!! channel, and was just running a show asking that most important of historical questions: “Will Ancient Space Aliens return on December 21, 2012?”, I’m celebrating the fact that soon all that crap will be over. (Though that likely won’t stop them from doing re-runs of it forever… but at least then it WILL be history….)

So don’t forget to “mark your calendar” (Mayan or otherwise) and “party like it’s the End Of Days” on Dec 15-16th (as thats the last weekend you get). Heck, even think about playing hooky the week of 17-21. Never know when you will get another chance. Might also want to brush the dust off your Alien Encounter Guidebook too, just in case…

You know, for being hyped so much, and so long, there’s remarkably little concern showing up in the global press. Almost enough to make a fella wonder if folks just aren’t taking it as seriously as the History Channel… But, no worries. I’ll be making a sporadic posting or comment each week as The End Is Neigh, just so we all don’t forget to notice when it happens. Whatever “it” turns out to be.

Me? I think it will just be the start of a lot of rains in South and Central America. That’s what The Dresden Codex says on it. (It doesn’t really say ‘end of the world’, just ‘end of this cycle of the long calendar. Oh, and expect a lot of rains from the sky.’)

T Minus 5 Weeks and counting, even if a bit sporadic and half heartedly…

For more information, see: http://www.mayacalendar.com/

http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-mayan.html

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/dresden/dresdencodex.htm

http://www.crystalinks.com/dresdencodex.html (This one has a nice picture of the last page showing ‘the world being destroyed by water’ pouring from jars in the sky and the sky serpent).

Dresen Codex last page with water destruction symbolism

Dresen Codex last page with water destruction symbolism

So you might want to plan that last week as a vacation trip to the desert…

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33 Responses to 5 Weeks to the End Of The World

  1. BobN says:

    This can’t be true, I have meetings scheduled and have prepaid for some events. If the world ends, I’m going to see my lawyer and get my money back.
    This seems like something the government should regulate!

  2. All previous forecasts of the end of the world seem to have been wrong. There was some talk of the Mayan forecast being tied to the cycles of the Sun, so it might have some validity as regards a change in climate and going once more into a cold phase. If so, we’ll need to burn more oil and try to double the CO2 in the atmosphere and try to get a bit more of the incoming heat retained, even though the effect is pretty weak at best. I really don’t see much chance of any major change happening over one day, though.

    I must check the popcorn supply….

  3. Dnk8n says:

    There’s a different theory…

    According to some, technology is going to advance at a hell of a rate reaching ‘infinity’ on 21 December 2012. At this point humanity is going to shift into a new era where most will not be able to deal with the changes and will be ‘less evolved’ than the others.

    http://levity.com/eschaton/sheliak/

    Nano-technology is a big contender for what is going to spark this shift. People are going to be able to acquire new abilities through this technology and become genetically dominant.

    I DO NOT believe any of this… just find it incredible that some people do!

  4. Keith AB says:

    All of us will each get to “the end of the world” at our own moment. If we do it all collectively it’s the end of us, individually it is just nature and humankind continues.

    I am very interested in what happens next but I am not egocentric as to assume I can do much about it. Laissez les bon temps roulez.

  5. eqibno says:

    Nice post.
    Perhaps the end of a world, if not the world. Either way, the next day most of us will awake and wonder what the fuss was all about. Some may find it to their advantage, others not so much. Like the tails of the normal distribution.
    If time is cyclical, as the Maya expected, then the big hand has completed yet another turn around the clock-face and we are on to the next day. Will it dawn brightly or bring rain? They said rain but the crops need rain and everyone benefits from a snow-day (considering my climate has yet to warm sufficiently to eliminate the several feet of snow expected at that time of year) so make the most of it.
    You never know when you will need that change of pace to pick up the slack and get on with the job at hand.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    The poet Heine, when faced with a prediction about the end of the World, expressed the hope that he would be in England then, because there every important project seemed to be delayed for a long time.

  7. Graeme No.3 – possibly better to go to India, where the clocks run on IST (Indian Stretchable Time).

  8. adolfogiurfa says:

    It´s APOCALYPSE, the illumination/revelation from above: Information to be delivered from the center of the galaxy, destined to those can perceive it, who have prepared themselves as to tune those higher pitch vibrations. The resultant discoveries, findings, etc. will change the world completely and not as expected for those in power. It´s over kids!, Pack your sh**s folks…you are leaving!

  9. adolfogiurfa says:

    For those who ignore it: Big changes began since the beginning of the 20th century, starting with the Bolshevik revolution, then the WWI, WWII , the fall of the Berlin´s wall, and now the failed “Arab spring”, the failing EU,etc…

  10. Zeke says:

    Caption for the last page of the Codex:
    “”The last page of the Dresden Codex shows the destruction of the world via water. Waves gush from the mouth of a celestial dragon. More flood waters pour from sun and moon symbols on the underside of the monster’s body. An aged goddess also pours flood water onto the Earth. At the bottom of the picture crouches a ruler of the underworld. Above the picture, about half of the 15 glyphs have been destroyed, but a few of the remaining ones consistently refer to “Black Earth” or “Black on High”.” crystalinks

    This is highly symbolic. I will provide a parallel and more ancient text.

  11. Zeke says:

    “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars…

    Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

    15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring…”

    The water being spewed out has a spiritual meaning. It is a correspondence.

  12. Zeke says:

    The image of the serpent spewing water, or encircling the world in some way, can be found in many cultures.
    I love fountains:
    Asia:

    http://thailandforvisitors.com/south/songkhla/songkhla-town/naga-fountain.php

    Thor:

    http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2010/08/30/dinosaur-fountain-sculptures/

    But I wonder how many traditions there are which use it as a future or prophetic event?

  13. John Robertson says:

    Stock up on dehydrated water? Saw a cartoon of 2 mayans working on the calendar stone, said it all, Ran out of stone, somebody is going to freak out.
    Personally I prefer the hindu/buddhist thought that the world end each sundown and begins anew with dawn .

  14. Thanks for this story. I will study it in the morning.

    There is great unease in the world today. Generally the cause is not so clearly identified.

    I believe we are now living under a one-world totalitarian government – the United Nations formed on 24 Oct 1945 as a fear-induced response to the powerful force of creation and destruction that vaporized Hiroshima on 6 Aug 1945, Nagasaki on 9 Aug 1945, and appeared brighter than the rising Sun off the NE coast of Korea on the morning of 12 Aug 1945.

    Official responses to clear evidence of fraudulent global temperature data in Nov 2009 confirmed the handiwork of a tyrannical one-world government.

  15. Jeff Alberts says:

    Oliver K. Manuel says:
    18 November 2012 at 5:18 am

    You know, seems like every one of your posts has this or some variation of it. I don’t think your elevator goes all the way to the top.

  16. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Zeke: More flood waters pour from sun and moon symbols on the underside of the monster’s body
    Water usually comes from the Sun under the form of Protons (Hydrogen nucleii) which, on reacting with ozone, make up new water. …just in case: there are some big sources of protons out there. BTW: “Aquarius, aquarius….” is depicted as:

  17. Zeke says:

    @Adolfo says: “Water usually comes from the Sun under the form of Protons (Hydrogen nucleii) which, on reacting with ozone, make up new water.”

    I agree, this is a possible source of so-called juvenile water for the earth. Also, hydroxyl (OH) found in comet tails may be evidence instead of hydrogen protons from the solar wind combining with the elements being sputtered of from the comet surface.

    Ice flows out from the Antarctic contintent, and yet there is no precipitation.

    This is not included in any models or theories of the hydrologic cycles or tables. They are all based on faulty Grace Satellite data and all of the water models predict shortage and droughts. EVERY TIME. No one should allow themselves to be pushed into sustainability plantations by scientists and politicians because it is not fully understood how much water there is, nor where it comes from. Water may be another part of the relationship of the earth to space conditions.

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jeff Alberts:

    Please avoid insults ‘to the person’.

    Yes, Oliver has a “hobby horse” and likes to ride it. (That is the term I use for topics that a person is fixated upon, occasionally to the exclusion of most, or even all, else.) Many folks have them to one degree or another. For example, the majority of the Warmista folks are fixated on Global Warming. Adolfo on land ownership and an electric / water / sky connection.

    Me? I tend to ‘scattered and distracted’ with too many ‘irons in the fire’ at any one time. That’s my failure. There are 10,000 things that interest me, and I can maybe ‘service’ 100 of them to any reasonable degree ( a dozen or two ‘well’…). So I’m about as far form a “Hobby Horse” person as you could get. Yet even I have “themes”. Things that could be a Hobby Horse if I was a bit more concentrated.

    I keep returning to themes of liberty vs The Collective (in all it’s various reincarnations and renamings). I keep returning to Earthquakes and money issues. I find subatomic physics and how it interacts with macro and even cosmic events fascinating. Not to mention the ongoing puzzling over orbital interactions with the sun. So does my “elevator not go all the way to the top” and in a scattered distracted way at that, too?

    Yes, Oliver is repetitive. I’ve noticed similar postings at other sites. He rides his Hobby Horse modestly widely. Yes, despite some encouragement to ‘branch out’ and be a bit less fixated, he tends to being fixated. Some sites have branded what he does “Spamming” and he is in their Spam Queue Filter.

    So why not me, here?

    Because I’ve looked into ‘his stuff’. I think he is right.

    That deserves a bit more flexibility in treatment.

    Right on everything? No, nobody is right on everything. Some of it likely a ‘speculation too far’. But some core bits are just, well, just right.

    Take, for example, the idea that the Sun is a Nova Remnant. Basically rejected roundly by ‘mainstream physics’. Well, it always bothered me that we’re all of about 5 Billion years old, yet they could not point to the source S.N. remnant nearby. Where is our debris field? Where are the other nearby artifacts? WHY would ‘debris’ sent out in all directions congregate here instead of dissipating in a cube root or square root function? Those things bothered me. Planetary formation. WHY would the elements sort out as they do? It makes no sense if we formed from THE SAME cloud. There’s more. Isotope ratios are well covered in Olivers stuff. You ought to read it.

    But the one that drove it home to me was a link ( I posted it in a comment and now wish I’d saved it more easily found…) that showed that the age of the “debris” from which our solar system formed was the same as, or slightly YOUNGER than our solar system. That leaves zero travel time from the super nova to here. Period. Full stop. Let that sink in. HOW can you have a super nova event, blast debris out a light year or so, have it all travel a few light years to here, condense and collect, all in zero time?

    The only explanation that fits all these ‘known facts’ is that the Nova happened HERE. (That we sit in a space a bit devoid of interstellar dust might also imply something blew it out a while ago… or that we’re just passing through patchy bits).

    So IF the Nova happened here, everything changes.

    I think that matters enough to accept a bit of Hobby Horse Riding, don’t you?

    That means the sun MUST be a nova remnant. Now I don’t know if the rest of the theory holds up at that point. I don’t know what a neutron star or iron star looks like ‘up close’. I do know that the whole ‘main sequence star’ theory ‘has issues’ in that some stars have jumped from one place on the ‘sequence’ to another (or off of it all together) and not done the nice ‘evolution’ we say must happen. I do know that it’s a theory fitted to data from a pittance of observational time (we live hundred year scale, stars live billion year scale) so essentially a nice ‘structured guess’ at best. I also know there is room in that cosmology for a ‘nova remnant’ to fit the physics Oliver postulates.

    As this could entirely change the way our sun is expected to operate and how long it might last, that kind of matters. A Lot.

    I think that matters enough to accept a bit of Hobby Horse Riding, don’t you?

    OK, the stuff about Nuclear Paranoid Governments gets speculative and bit thick, I grant you that. No way to ever know unless you are ‘inside the tent’, and we are not. Yet it is quite clear that after JFK and The Bay Of Pigs, “something changed”. There was a whole lot of ‘huddle and coordinate’ at several levels of international power. I think it was not nearly as orderly as Oliver seems to indicate, but it’s pretty darned clear we got a boat load of ‘arms control treaties’ and interlocking of economies. We also got a bunch of ‘folks in high places’ having annual get togethers where talking points are set and agenda agreed THEN they show up in various major governments around the world. That just reeks of “coordination” and “do what’s right for the people, don’t let them decide for themselves”. A Chomskyesque “manufacturing consent”. So I don’t see anything that argues AGAINST the notion of a global agreement to ‘control more’ so folks don’t go popping off nukes. The international political changes and rise of UN power and treaties since 1945 sure fit the pattern.

    So, it is a ‘paranoid fantasy’ or ‘facts on the ground’? I think the reality is in the middle somewhere. More coordination of Power Centers. Less ‘will of the people’. More ‘manufactured consent’, and a LOT less tolerance of any OTHER power center getting nukes. But only poor central control, and that via internal bickering at places like the UN and Bildebergers.

    So maybe that’s worth a bit of Hobby Horse time too…

    Would I be happier if Oliver occasionally had some OTHER things he shared? Damn straight. Then again, I’m a defocused scattered sort who craves novelty and diversity. So my opinion is less than optimal for getting the world to think about One Big Issue. I’ve even suggest to him to do so.

    But let me assure you, his “elevator” goes all the way to the top. More so than mine does. (He has a Ph.D., I wasn’t that focused on one thing.) Yes, it does stop at the 13th floor every time it passes, but there’s something hidden on that floor that it would be very good if we took some time to explore. Even if it means we have to take the dingy maintenance elevator at the back with the ‘special’ key…

    (The ‘metaphor’ here is from the fact that in many high rises, there is NO 13th floor. Some have one, but it is used only for power and mechanicals, so only reached via a ‘special’ elevator. So is the 13th floor a ‘fantasy that doesn’t exist’, or a “hidden place with the real workings”? Or perhaps even a bald face lie by the powers that be who have just numbered it 14 and told us not to worry… )

  19. @Jeff Alberts and E. M. Smith

    Thanks for your comments. Yes, I am indeed skill-limited, but highly focused.

    I was born in 1936, in the seventh grade my official IQ was ~102-104. I did not finish high school but was allowed to enter college in 1956 because they thought I was

    _ a.) Good in math
    _ b.) Had a verbal IQ of ~0-50
    _ c.) Later testing confirmed an even lower IQ in space perception
    _ d.) In college (1956-59) my verbal IQ grew rapidly; They said I was a late bloomer

    In 1964 I became a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Rolla, formerly Missouri School of Mines. I am not bothered by personal insults. I have received and ignored many along the journey of life. Returning to topic,

    1. The fundamental flaw in the very foundation of AGW dogma may finally face public scrutiny at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012, in Room 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 at a public hearing on:

    “National Priorities for Solar and Space Physics Research and Applications for Space Weather Prediction” before the US House of Representatives

    http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-space-and-aeronautics-national-priorities-solar-and-space-physics-research-and

    2. A new paper on Earth’s heat source – the Sun was finally published yesterday by one of my former graduate students, Golden Hwaung [1], after decades of stonewalling by Big Brother’s Gatekeepers of Knowledge [2].

    Here’s the rest of the story: http://omanuel.wordpress.com/about/#comment-1809

    This tyranny will fall,
    - Oliver K. Manuel
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    [1] Golden Hwaung, “Do we know our Sun and its origin?” UNAIS 1 (18 Nov 2012) http://un-a-i-s.ch/unais_review/do-we-know-our-sun-and-its-origin

    [2] George Owrell (Eric Arthur Blair), Nineteen Eighty-Four (“1984″) (Secker and Warburg, London, 8 June 1949)

  20. philjourdan says:

    What a PITA! I have 4 weeks left of Eye Drops, and you are telling me I either have to waste money on a new 3 month prescription, or go without for a week! Decisions, decisions.

  21. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Oliver; Thank you for the link to the Hwaung abstract. Good clean read, clean logic.
    The concept that the core would expand as the ferrous alloys differentiated into layers is new to me. Something new to ponder.
    It appears to me that all the major solar system bodies have a ferrous (Iron) core and radiate more energy then they receive from the sun, specially the gas giants. Gravity must contribute to this thru creation and decay of Neutrons in the ferrous core of the sun as well as the cores of the planets. pg

  22. omanuel says:

    @p.g.sharrow Thank you for your comments. Gravity may create neutrons as the end product of the collapse of the universe. The universe is now expanding, driven by neutron repulsion in the cores of heavy nuclei (Th, U, Pu, etc), some planets (Jupiter, Saturn), ordinary stars (Sun, etc.) and galaxies (Milky Way). When these have evaporated away, our infinite universe may reverse itself. In another ~20 Gyr, perhaps you and I will have this same conversation again after rebirth?

  23. Like Jeff I noticed Oliver’s hobby horse, but I also looked at what Oliver has done in his life. Pretty impressive. Although I tend to not believe worldwide conspiracy as a cause of anything (a mixture of stupidity and self-interest seem to fit the bill better) Oliver’s basic premises have a good chance of being right. If so, then being reminded of it is maybe a good thing. At the moment I’m working hard on other things, so I haven’t spent the time exploring all Oliver’s ideas, but I will. Taking a fresh look at the basics of how stars really work and underlying processes may lead to useful technologies.

  24. omanuel says:

    Thank you, Simon Derricutt, for your tolerance.

    I ride the hobby horse for these reasons:
    _ A.) Society is deeply distressed and needs assurance it will be okay
    _ B.) Experimental measurements falsify two post-1945 dogmas
    _ _1.) Cores of stars are filled with neutrons, not hydrogen [1]
    _ _2.) Neutron-neutron interactions are repulsive, not attractive [2]
    _ C.) My research mentor saw destruction/creation in the ashes of Hiroshima [3].

    “One day in August 1945 while standing in the ruins of Hiroshima, I became overwhelmed by the power of nuclear energy.”

    “The sight before my eyes was just like the end of the world, but I also felt that the beginning of the world may have been just like this.” – P. K. Kuroda [3]

    The force of creation and destruction is in total control and will not be defeated by today’s would-be world tyrants. That force is also known as God, Reality, Spirit of the Universe, etc.

    [1</b]] Fred Hoyle, “The chemical composition of the stars,” Monthly Notices Royal Astronomical Society 106, 255-59 (1946); “The synthesis of the elements from hydrogen,” ibid., 343-83 (1946)

    [2</b]] Hideki Yukawa, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (1946); Introduction to the Theory of Elementary Particles (1948) http://www.nndb.com/people/759/000099462

    [3</b] P. K. Kuroda, The Origin of the Chemical Elements and the Oklo Phenomenon (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1982) p. 2:

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    Buy them on credit card 2 weeks before the End Of The World. That way, you have them. If the world DOES end, you never have to pay the bill ;-)

    @Oliver:

    The spouse does “Special Ed” including GATE (“Gifted And Talented Education”). From your CV and the statement about verbal IQ “developing” later, I suspect your are what is called “On the spectrum”. That’s the buzz phrase they use for Autistic – Aspergers and related. (Some include ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder too, which is odd, since one is over active and the other is underactive and over focused… it’s a field ‘in transition’ in some ways ;-)

    In older times it was called being a Savant if gifted.

    Often there is exceptional skill in one area (sometimes at the cost of others). Often later in life the ‘others’ are developed. The story of the life development of one such lady is a great example case. Temple Grandin

    http://www.infobarrel.com/Temple_Grandin-Knows_the_Mind_of_Autism_and_Cows

    There’s a spectacular movie out about her (and I think it’s on YouTube in bits).

    As a child, she was classed as mentally deficient and her mother was told she ought not go to school, that nothing could be done, and that she would forever be a mindless burden of low IQ.

    You use her work product any time you use an animal product. She eventually got a Ph.D. and revolutionized how slaughter houses operate.

    All because she understood cows. ( If you will, was fixated on them).

    At first, she could not even talk. ZERO verbal skill / I.Q. Eventually, with a lot of TLC, she learned not only to talk, but to write and give presentations.

    http://www.hbo.com/movies/temple-grandin/index.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin_(film)

    It was only a few years back that my spouse informed me she thought I was ‘on the spectrum’ (though only just a little) and in watching that movie, I understood much more about my early life (and some emotionally traumatic aspects of it).

    Why I would clearly see things that others just didn’t see. Why they didn’t want to listen even if they could see. (with effort…)

    Temple is basically ridiculed for her assertions about cows, and their psychology. Has her thesis roundly attacked. Has incredible hardships dealing with the ‘cow puncher’ men who resented women telling THEM about cows anyway, but especially this woman with ‘issues’.

    Then eventually got a couple of folks to listen. And changed the world of slaughterhouse design forever, globally. In the process, changing what was thought about folks ‘on the spectrum’ generally, and those at the extreme Autistic end in particular.

    My spouse now “saves” a couple of kids a year. Some 20+ years ago I thought “special education” was a waste of money as ‘they were too stupid to learn so why waste the money?’ One of ‘her kids’ made it to the final round on the Jeopardy TV show… The BIG final round… I doubt most of us could do that. Several (many?) have gone on to college. It’s all a matter of finding what they have, reaching them, and showing them how to use what they’ve got. Some have visual processing issues. Some are just missing whole functionalities ( those are the hardest ones). Some are emotionally disabled. And most are ‘on the spectrum’. Having listened to the stories of ‘her kids’ over the years, I’ve had time to see that while many do end up ‘unproductive’, they are more than offset by the ‘couple a year’ who ‘make it’.

    So I’d encourage you to find a copy of that HBO movie about Temple and see if there’s anything familiar in it.

    For me, it was something of comfort to realize that my tendency to ‘fixate then scatter’ was as much ‘feature’ as ‘a problem’. That I wasn’t “broken”, just had my own way of being. And to realize that there were a lot of folks “like me” dealing with all the other folks who were not like us. AND that it was as much a benefit as a bother.

    FWIW, I’ve had a fun time talking with some folks in MENSA. As you might guess, there are a lot of folks ‘on the spectrum’ in MENSA. It can be very comforting to be around folks that get the obscure jokes, that can accept a ‘dump of 10 minutes’ on an obscure topic and don’t get all squirmy when you want ‘completion’ instead of a 1/2 broken but very short answer… Spending 10 minutes on “how does pottery glaze work?” or “Can photons orbit each other” ;-)

    (I very much qualify, but have not turned in the formal membership request… yet… I don’t know why. I feel like I ‘belong’ with those folks. But something holds me back. I think perhaps a lifelong habit of ‘hiding’ – due to being beat-up for ‘being smart’… by those who were not so… but they are fun folks and ‘they get it’…)

    So if not a Mensa member, you might want to visit one of their events or groups and see how you feel with them. You just might find some kindred spirits…

    OK, enough of that…

    For the future:

    I’m thinking of putting up a thread about Neutron Stars (the ‘classical’ kind that are accepted by mainstream physics and cosmology) but likely a ways in the future. At that time, I’d be VERY interested in how ‘correct’ that main line vision of them might be, how your vision of our sun is divergent from that, and what observation of real neutron stars might exist… ( It nags at me some times that I don’t know enough about them… )

  26. When I was younger, if someone asked me how something worked I’d go into detail. One of my friends said “Don’t ask Simon how it works – he’ll tell you”. Now I’m a lot more careful to try to understand to what depth a person wants to know, and maybe a sentence will cover that rather than 15 minutes…. So yes, I’m also on that spectrum and it took me a long time to understand and accept the differences. With a nephew (acquired by marriage) somewhat further along than me I finally got some insight into things.

    Another book I’d suggest as giving insight is a story by Elizabeth Moon “The Speed of Dark” which not only gives a positive slant to Aspie-ism but also gives various coping-mechanisms. Well-researched. Having a few “on the spectrum” in an engineering team is a major advantage, as I see things. Being able to see where the data doesn’t fit reality, as Oliver has done, leads to better understanding (if people listen).

  27. omanuel says:

    @E.M.Smith and Simon Derricutt

    Thank you for the information and your kindness. Both are deeply appreciated. I have wondered about some of those questions myself, but I was never interested in joining any group that inflated the ego. (I knew that self-centeredness was a curse; not something to be encouraged.) At least one or two of my former graduate students were in MENSA.

    If stubbornness is one of the traits they identify with Autistic – Aspergers and related, then I could be the President of MENSA. If addictive personality is another common trait, I might qualify for two offices!

    My mother, Fay Irene Graham Manuel, and my research mentor, Professor (Paul) Kazuo Kuroda, were perhaps “on the spectrum”. I hardly knew her, but after my mother’s death one of her best friends described her this way: “She loved numbers.” Dr. Kazuo Kuroda was considered a genius in Japan, and was at one time the youngest faculty member at the Imperial University of Tokyo.

    In hindsight, I suspect Dr. Kuroda selected me to be his graduate student in 1960 to carry his 1945 discovery about the powerful force of creation and destruction past the gatekeepers of knowledge established by the winners of World War II.

    I was like a carrier pigeon. Kuroda assigned me the task of figuring out the “Origin of the Solar System and Its Elements” – without telling me the answer that he suspected from the time of his visit to Hiroshima, “One day in August 1945 while standing in the ruins of Hiroshima . . .”

    Today I am convinced that the powerful force of creation and destruction also endowed mankind with all of his/her talents and unalienable rights. That is why I know the present effort to domesticate and rule mankind will fail.

  28. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; interesting you bring up photon pairs in orbit. Superconductivity is speculated to involve pairs traveling in a push – pull manner through the conducting medium. pg

  29. Power Grab says:

    Re the Dresden Codex: I just looked it up on Wikipedia. There was mention of the base-20 numeric system. They said that zero is a shell, one is a dot, and five is a bar. I heard once that some written languages are like drawings of hand positions. I got to thinking about how you would use hand positions to represent those numbers. I figure a fist could be represented as a shell, especially if seen from the front, with the folded fingers on top. That’s zero. No fingers extended out. Then, number 1, 2, 3, and 4 could be presented as the extended fingers. Once you extend all fingers and the thumb, then a hand in “karate-chop” position would serve; that would be the bar for 5. Once you use up both hands and both feet this way, you end up with 20.

    How about that?

  30. Power Grab says:

    Re Temple Grandin: I missed my chance to hear her in person. :-( I have read some things about her. One thing that seemed especially interesting was that she had a sort of “squeeze chute” built for her room. If she is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, she gets into the squeeze chute and uses it to calm herself. I think that is similar to how some folks “on the spectrum” might hug themselves to calm themselves if they get stressed out.

    Re autism: I remember reading about autism in the 1960s. The first article I read about it was very intriguing. They mentioned how many kids with autism like to sway. (“Hmmm,” I thought…”I like to sway sometimes…”) They also mentioned that it was a relatively new malady and was cropping up more in California. “(Hmmm,” I thought…”Why would that be? Don’t they eat lots of fresh food out there? And play in the sun a lot? Isn’t vegetarianism common out there? Maybe it’s more common amongst the more well-off, with their indoor jobs and being able to pay for just about everything their heart desires?”) Nowadays, there are many who associate autism with a deficiency of vitamin D. (“Hmmm,” I thought…maybe it’s the over-use of sunscreen? Maybe the lack of cholesterol in their diet, from which vitamin D is made?”) I have read stories of parents of autistic kids who say they get better in the summer, when they are allowed to play out in the sun frequently. Then they relapse when they return to school and staying indoors most of the time.

    Re the one-world government since WWII: Hmmm…I think there is something to that. Although, I also wonder about its beginning even earlier, say around WWI. I remember thinking that both of those wars seemed like rich-men’s games. It almost seemed like hidden, powerful people were pitting two different philosophies against each other, to see which could win. You know, like “whoever dies with the most toys wins”. I hear George Soros has 4 sons. If they inherit all his stuff, will we end up with 4 major powers being pitted against each other?

  31. Zeke says:

    EMSmith says: “I’m thinking of starting a thread on neutron stars…”

    Dr. Don Scott discusses neutron stars as an oscillating binary pair instead of a rapidly rotating single star made of “neutronium.” Begin 27:27 min mark, 3 minutes:

    This electrical binary model also explains the discovery of gamma rays coming from the Crab Nebula:
    “The results are surprising: in contrast to expectations, the pulses are visible at energies of 100GeV and beyond, casting doubt on our current models for how pulsars work.”

    http://arstechnica.com/science/2011/10/crab-nebulas-neutron-star-is-pulsing-with-gamma-rays/

    Also, keep in mind that other known binary pairs are copious sources of gamma rays in the sky.

    http://www.space.com/13838-nasa-gamma-ray-targets-blazars-fermi.html

  32. omanuel says:

    We know very little about neutron stars. But we have reliable quantitative information on energy stored in the nucleus of atoms from these interactions:

    1. Attractive neutron-proton interactions
    2. Repulsive neutron-neutron interactions
    3. Repulsive proton-proton interactions, plus
    4. Repulsive interactions between + charges

    Here are the data: http://www.omatumr.com/Data/2000Data.htm

    Here’s the interpretation: http://www.omatumr.com/abstracts/jfeinterbetnuc.pdf

    Many advocates of the Electric Universe, including Don Scott, seem reluctant to consider anything but electrical energy.

  33. Mark Miller says:

    This is so perfect. :D I’ve been a fan of South Park on Comedy Central for years. Last year they made a parody of the History Channel re. “alien influence on Thanksgiving.” No, really! :D If you’re not familiar with South Park, there’s adult humor in it. So just be prepared for that. Otherwise, enjoy!

    http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s15e13-a-history-channel-thanksgiving

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