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Comment: Re:Stop the madness!!! (Score 1) 48

by Cragen (#47774267) Attached to: Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act
Better yet. Some guy calling himself a "scientist", in the WaPo Comments here to a similar article with this conclusion: " the perfect alignment of variables that must all fall into place for this explanation to work is virtually impossible on the regular basis required to satisfy the frequency of the event. There is a different reason; they don not know what it is."

When I was young, many years ago, I thought ignorance could be overcome by education. Now, some 60+ years later, I begin to think that is not the case. /sigh

Comment: Re:This is what happens (Score 1) 247

by Cragen (#47765473) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

This is what happens when physicists come up with ideas when they're high....

A guy named Richard Alpert (a Harvard Psychologist) teamed up with a guy named Timothy Leary (another Harvard Psychologist) to do experiments with LSD to do just that. He later changed his name to Ram Dass. In his book, "Be Here Now", he wrote that (short version) he couldn't figure out how to STAY high so he went to India hoping to find that answer.

Comment: Your life is SO AWFUL. (Score 3, Interesting) 158

by Cragen (#47759073) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Takes some seriously Orwellian doublethink to pretend copyright enforcement isn't censorship.

If copyright issues are your biggest complaint, you have a pretty good life. I am betting you have electricity, running water, and toilets, things much of the "free world" doesn't have, much less relative freedom of speech. You simply have no idea what life is like outside your environment. Please do travel outside your local country. Hopefully, it will be an eye-opener (and heart-opener) for you.

Comment: Re:INL working on these issues. (Score 1) 117

by Cragen (#47750067) Attached to: Securing the US Electrical Grid
Wish you were correct. I live in the western part of Fairfax County, Virginia. We lose power for 1-4 hours about every 6 months and for over 24 hours about once every 2 - 3 years. (During one outage, very early in the morning, I decided to go to the local donut shop for coffee and donuts. As I was leaving my neighborhood, I realized that the outage was only about 3 blocks square with my house near the "epicenter". It could be ME that's causing all these power problems. :P)

Comment: Meditation (Score 1) 552

by Cragen (#47077335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?
Assume she can hear. Have a qualified teacher* teach about listening to the breath, then to the mind. Good for all, espcially for those in "captive" situations, which, if one really investigates, is every single one of us. Good luck.

(*Or just do this: (Tell her this>:)

1. Just count breaths from 1 to 10. Repeat.

2. When a thought or emotion takes one away (as it will, even for practiced meditators), gently bring one's attention back to the breath.

3. When that gets boring, watch the mind. Try to watch the thoughts and emotions arise. When #2 happens, gently bring your attention/awareness back to the mind.

4. Eventually, one will wonder who is having the thought. That is a good time to try to find out who the "I" is. Focus the attention on the "I" feeling. If more curious, or more info wanted, google meditation and find the type of practice or teacher that appeals to you. )

Or show her the movie (on a tablet maybe) the movie "Spirtual Revolution". Pretty cool.

Comment: Re:And the question of the day is... (Score 1) 327

People don't get paid to leave stuff alone. It seems that 90% - 95% of the changes belong in "changes get me paid" category. After 30 years of doing this, I am nearly completed underwhelmed by all the stuff changing. Doesn't really seem like much in the way of real benefit either to the customer or the business. Rather like the movies, tv, & books, where original and good are very rare.

Comment: Re:One word: FUD (Score 1) 271

Agreed. Has it 10 years already? This article (and attendant requests for funding) seems to come out around every 10 years. This is, at least, the third time I have seen the EMP "bogey-man" series of articles. And I have worked with the US Army, who do take EMP (and HEMP) threats very seriously. And are already funded accordingly.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 2) 612

Well, a "studied examination of the underlying spiritual lessons from all human religions", in this case, can lead to a valid perspective. I do think that the proof of that statement can be found (more easier by us lesser folk) by practical, serious meditation on the nature of one's self (body and mind). For anyone who thinks he is a Person, just how much control over your body or mind do you really have? In math, one failure in the proof invalidates the whole thing. As always, it is always the "unhappy" who search for a better life or way of life (I think) so the phrase might ring a bit unreal to those who are not searching for mental relief, but I have found the phrase to accurately portray our reality. Indeed, either "We" or "You" would be appropriate. Rather like glasses of water, only the containers differ in nature, and that is probably a delusion, too.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.

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