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A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world’

  February 17  Washington Post

“I arrived there, and I immediately felt like a character in the book “1984” by George Orwell — a place where you have to write that white is black and black is white. Your first feeling, when you ended up there, was that you were in some kind of factory that turned lying, telling untruths, into an industrial assembly line. The volumes were colossal — there were huge numbers of people, 300 to 400, and they were all writing absolute untruths. It was like being in Orwell’s world.”

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Dr Fulton Johns, a dentist and scientist by training and study is a theorist in search of deeper cosmic meaning.

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NP:  In a 2017 article in The Journal of Astrophysics and Aerospace Technology you wrote about The Great Cosmic Sea of Reality the Dark Matter Fractal Field – A Conceptual Premise of the Structure and Functional Dynamics of Our Universe. What was the inspiration causing your interest in this subject matter?

Johns: I became aware one day about fifteen years ago that science had advanced at an amazing rate since my days of basic science study and decided to “retool” by using new technology to audit courses at numerous prestigious universities and reading many of the scientific papers and books by these researchers. In that journey, I was struck by a concept that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. That is what I present in The Great Cosmic Sea of Reality, the Dark Matter Fractal Field! 

Writing this book occurred over time and became more like an obsession following me around for years. I have been a perpetual student for as long as I can remember, following a desire to always understand more about this amazing creation we share. In particular, I have been focusing my studies on the physical sciences for the past eight years, especially in the sciences of particle and condensed matter physics.  The more I researched the theory the more questions it seemed to answer. I was astonished. So concepts that relate to this theory just seem to come to me in particular very early in the morning.  It is not unusual for some thought to come to me as I wake about halfway asleep and I either write down some notes on my Note 8 phone then go back to sleep or get up and start writing and research the topic for support as it relates to my theory.  So even now it is an ongoing project because I am in the “so what” stage I call it. I mean it like this ” so …ok …you think the world works like this then so what does that change.”  I have already written two scientific papers one of which was published in The Global Journal of Frontier Science Research (https://globaljournals.org/ GJSFR_Volume17/1-Possible- Origins-of-Virtual.pdf)

The other I have just completed and should be published this spring.  These are all good signs the theory has validity.  The paper you cited in your question was my original paper that was 28 pages long, which I was told I needed to shorten to get it published – it was too long for a scientific journal so I refused to do that and decided to add much more and write a book.

NP:  Perhaps the first thing we might tackle is how do you define fractal in layman’s terms? And how are we affected by fractals every day?

Johns: Think of fractals as a self-similar pattern that repeats itself at multiple scales of observation in a recursive nesting fashion, much like holding up a mirror and looking into another mirror behind you and the reflection receding into the distance. This fractal recursive theme is repeated in nature not only in forms and shapes in clouds, mountains, the human lung or circulatory system (morphology) but even in the sounds of a heartbeat, the seeming chaotic sounds of electromagnetic waves, and harmonics of those energy waves all of these have order in the seeming chaotic disorder at smaller scales.

Fractals are in fact ubiquitous anywhere you look and at many different scales. That is in fact why I believe there is a common unifying force or field at work directing this nested recursive pattern called fractals at all levels of our reality. Thereby, the name fractal field in the name of the cosmic dark matter fractal field theory.  Another good example of fractals is Matruska dolls “Russian nesting dolls one similar form residing inside another at different sizes or scales. The fractal is the ubiquitous signature of structure found throughout nature at all scales. The fractal was named and first described by Benoit Mandelbrot, and above all, to Mandelbrot, fractal meant self-similar. In fact, fractals represent symmetry across scale and because of this unique feature fractals represent a type of order in the midst of disorder, meaning in the midst of chaos. However, there is a very unique geometrical property of fractals. Complexity can be increased along with increasing the surface area within, to almost infinity, without increasing the outer dimensions of the original shape. Check this video and many others: ( https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xLgaoorsi9U)

NP: In your theory, as well as other scientific theorists in the field, suggest we experience an aspect of reality every day. If that’s the case, is our concept of reality open to question and what are the scales of reality?

Johns: That is a very important question and in my view that is the very question I was asking science but never really got a satisfactory answer. The question led me to write this book.  So it really isn’t a short answer because it took me years to figure it out and a 70-page book to answer it.

However, I can say what I have found that it isn’t!  Physicists have been saying that our reality is highly illusive and not what it seems as result of quantum weirdness related to what is known as particle duality as revealed by the most famous experiment of quantum physics which was not only counterintuitive but against common sense. Their conclusions from the “double slit” experiment, which is probably the most repeated experiment in science, I believe, are mistaken. The idea that the only time your reality is there in solid form is when an observer looks at it is just not true. Our reality is not merely a construct of our consciousness or only something that exists when we are looking at it.

My studies indicate the theory may have disquieting and specific explanations about the solid tangibility of our reality.  I can also say the theory supports a finding of our universal connected consciousness and how the memory of our mind may work as a part of that and how it links to influences that appear out of the direct sensory awareness of most people. To address the last part of your question …what are the scales of reality? This is a question that is critical for you to understand our reality and particularly the hidden influence of fractals. In this case a video can can explain it better.  (http://htwins.net/scale2/)

NP:  Our senses cannot detect the extremes of the microscopic or the cosmic scale of these patterns. What examples and implications of these extremes? How do you define dark matter and dark energy and how it affects us and on what levels?

Johns: Well most of us have limitations of our sensory perceptions which vary from individual to individual as each of is gifted in different ways, as we age and as well as influenced genetically, epigenetically and environmentally which also affects those perceptions at a higher level than previously thought.

I think you are also speaking of our human limitations perceiving different scales beyond our human capacity, that of course is what microscopes, telescopes, particle accelerators and all kind of advanced detectors are about as we probe the microscopic, subatomic and cosmic scales to try and understand the clues that give us a theory about how all of this reality works as one unit and that is called a unified theory which science has been looking to discover for centuries.

What makes the Cosmic Dark Matter Fractal Field so different is the mind-blowing awareness and implications it has for our understanding of things right in front of us and all around us at all scales. Dark matter and Dark energy is so named simply because we can’t see it or detect it except indirectly.

Fortunately, the only reason we even know it is there is because of the one way we think that it interacts with our world and that is the tremendous gravity influence it has on absolutely everything. We are only here asking these questions and contemplating reality because of that influence.

My theory literally predicts that Dark matter and Dark energy holds our reality together moment by moment as we sit comfortably on this rock we call Earth.  Earth travels in a never-ending corkscrew path at high velocities as one of many rotating planets orbiting its star, in one of innumerable solar systems moving around the galactic center, and as one of many hundreds of billions of self-similar galactic black hole centric galaxies in our universe.

All of this makes up only 4% of our known cosmos the other 96% is Dark matter and Dark energy another analogy that helps you understand the context and relationship we have with Dark matter/Dark energy. The best word picture for this concept is a Christmas tree. If you saw the Christmas tree at night from a distance and knew nothing about it, you would see a triangular pattern of lights suspended in the black of night. You would never see the very structure of the tree that gives it that shape. The lights represent baryonic matter of our universe (our world) and the tree the dark matter / dark energy that gives our cosmos its apparent form and structure at all scales.

NP:  Considering the depth of your research do you sense that energy contains an intelligence factor? If so what are the implications?

 Johns: It’s a scientific fact that energy literally equals information. Our information age I see as a primary demonstration. The implications of this fact within the framework of this theory is a perfect example of how a good theory keeps on giving answers and expanding as new questions are posed and answers offered. I do have a working model of this theory, which, I have inserted this very question in and that will be the subject of yet another scientific paper in the works along with all of the papers that are generated from this theory will be included in a second edition.

Implications? I can tell you that the information /energy connection is huge as what this theory (CDMFF) can tell us about a number of questions we might have about our cosmos. Here is a complex nutshell summary:  There is a process of ongoing cyclical creation and enhanced reformation in our cosmos. It begins at the Planck scale of the baryonic matter / cosmic dark matter fractal field interface (BM/CDMFF/I). And it’s directed by a formative causation through morphic resonance directed by the morphic fields that influence both. Working within the CDMFF, it produces our baryonic reality at the Planck scale (See http://planetfacts.org/planck- scale/). This cycle is then completed as this baryonic matter makes its way through the flow of space-time to the black hole space-time singularity at the Planck BM/CDMFF/I and at the core of galaxies and other rogue solo black holes dispersed throughout the universe. This is where both space-time and baryonic matter, with its information, is engulfed, preserved, and returned to its source in the CDMFF theory.

 NPWithin the scope of your theory is time and gravity affected and if so, how?

 Johns: Wow, once again you have ask a very difficult question that requires long answers but here is a summary of another scientific paper that I am currently researching. Because, you are entering the realm of Einstein’s General and Special Theory of Relativity so the real short answer to the question is… E=MC^2.  Just kidding, but not really the real eye opener to this question is concerning mass (M) in the famous equation above and energy (E) also in the equation.

What this new theory helped me see is that our reality reveals itself in what I call relativistic phase transitions.  The simple way to understand that statement is what each of us knows about water.  Water is a very simple molecule with very special qualities so lets talk about emergent properties first. The water molecule consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen both are gases you can’t see or feel, ingested individually they are necessary and support life. Yet when combined in the water molecule an emergent property occurs you can both see, feel and drink. Water is required for life. Another example is salt made of one sodium atom a solid and one chloride atom a gas. If you ingest either one of these by themselves they are toxic and will kill you, yet when combined in a sodium chloride molecule you get salt with an emergent property also essential for life. Water as a molecule is known to exist in three different phases based on pressure and temperature a solid as ice, a liquid as water and gas sometimes visible as steam or fog. The same molecule is always present in every phase just in a different phase or form but always water.

One of the not so well understood meanings of E=MC^2 is our reality exist in three different phases, from energy to mass and finally from mass to coherent domains CD (when I say CD you think invisible fields like the ones that form and direct schools of fish or flocks of birds flying in formations) as directed by morphic fields you cannot see or feel yet they are the unseen influence that gives all form and shape even function. But in each of these other forms it is always energy! The Dark Matter Fractal Field is definitely foundational to all of this.

Well next you ask about time (C^2) in the famous formula.  Now that is the most slippery subject and the best way to understand its implication in this theory is there is no change in our understanding of time provided, thus far, by this theory. But what is time really?  It seems to me that it is a human construct based on how many times one planet rotates on its virtual axis in relation to its orbit around its star.  That means only something to us as a measurement of events specific to us.  Therefore, it is not only relative to the speed you are traveling compared to another observer which slows time as in special relativity, or your proximity to a large massive object like earth or a black hole which also slows time as in general relativity but it is different on every planet in our solar system as well as all of the other planets in the cosmos.

 NP: At the turn of the century I met Stephen J Gould, Harvard paleontologist and evolutionary biologist and we discussed “punctuated equilibria” and the puzzle surrounding fossils and the intervals of single cell development to complex organisms in very short periods of time between longer intervals and the potential cause of it. I was wondering what are your thoughts on his observation and do you see patterns in that causation?

Johns:  This is also another exciting and far-reaching prediction of the Cosmic Dark Matter Fractal Field Theory. The phenomenon of punctuated equilibrium observation pointed out by the published work of paleontologist Niles Eldredge and Steven Jay Gould, as seen in Earth’s geologic record, could be explained by this theory. One year before this landmark paper was published, Eldridge had declared in a paper that gradual evolution was seldom encountered in the geologic record and suggested allopatric speciation might be an explanation for such biodiversity. However, if you broaden your view of the potential reach across space-time of shared morphic resonance of Morphic fields occurring throughout the cosmos by way of cosmic dark matter fractal fields, this evolution finding by Eldredge and Gould makes sense. These heretofore unrecognized species on Earth could have been formed by morphogenetic fields propagated by morphic resonant influence through formative causation of other successful species from the biospheres of other Earth-like planets. This phenomenon could account for the sudden appearance of an unknown species here on our planet, as seen in the geologic record of a rather common species on other planets with similar environments. Therefore, these new life forms, functional patterns or instincts, possibly even crystals, might be well-established morphic habits in other Earth-like biospheres producing formative causal influences through morphogenetic fields in self-similar planets with self-similar environmental conditions over the evolutionary history of our cosmos.  This could in fact occur rather quickly, at least in geologic time, if the morphic memory is repeated billions of times on other cosmic Earth twins, employing formative causal influences in self-similar worlds transmitted across the vast abyss of our cosmos.

NP:  There has been much discussion about a  “Theory of Everything” – your thoughts?

Johns: I believe that the Theory of Everything (TOE) is a synonym for the Grand Unified Field Theory used more often in the physics arena they both refer to a kind of “Holy Grail” of the scientific community in general, but it is all about finding a theory that unifies the structural and functional dynamics of the very large cosmic scale represented now by the Newtonian Law of Gravity Theory and the micro-subatomic or Planck scale represented by Quantum Mechanics Theory.  We know that everything in our reality no matter how large, is always made of something smaller there are limits on both large and small scales as to what we can measure and observe, however, this truth is a unifying fact.  So the best theory should build from the bottom up.  The theory that describes how this happens, how our reality is built and functions from the smallest scale known, the Planck scale, up to supper-massive black holes and explains how that structure and function of our reality works from the bottom common denominator the Planck scale up… that will be the TOE.  There is very good progress of this theory doing that!

 

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Credit: Jean Philippe-Cypres, photographer

I arrived at the rented beach house in the early evening as the sun began to slowly disappear beyond the trees on the other side of the earth and the Atlantic’s rolling waves were now accentuated with rising white caps and splashing the shore.

Upon unpacking my clothes, groceries and other stuff I briefly sat down in front the fireplace and pondered my life as a technologically oriented author who decided to forsake the future for a few days with a manual Smith Corona typewriter that I quietly brought with me. Intimacy arrives in different forms.

The patio door was open to a fragrant breeze from the ocean sweeping across the sands causing the typing paper to flutter while I was in the midst of pondering my words. The prefabricated though stylish dwelling began to creak and moan, then all grew quiet save a few seagulls skimming the surface of the waves near the shoreline calling out for fish.

And, I thought how fortunate I was typing on this effective manual tool near the beach with the idea that each word was nowhere else recorded or digitally stored. It was an intimacy between the author and his words that meant little to others except himself or at least I thought at the moment. Still, I now could write anything to my heart’s content and no one, except myself would be the wiser. How I envied those authors of ages ago who possessed the privilege of privacy with a manual typewriter though admittedly rewrites and making copies are indeed a chore from the viewpoint of the technological future.

So I continued to write my story with my back now turned to the patio door window as it grew dark but felt someone looking over my shoulder only to discover it was a seagull perched on the patio railing with an eye towards my work and a full moon was above the waters. So I adjusted my chair and small desk and I heard the seagull’s voice, as she or he may have felt slighted by my desire for private moments with my words.

By the time I finished I heard additional noise outside when there were now two sea gulls looking in on me and I began to question whether they were corporate drones until I went to the refrigerator and retrieved a small fish then threw it on the patio deck and watched the birds dive in to and divide up the gift though I never saw them eat it. I could have sworn I heard a buzzing sound but then changed my mind when it looked as if a dropping began to emerge from one the birds.

Bemused I shrugged and returned to the business of typing my short  story oblivious to the world around me and satisfied I’d done my best until I lay down for short spell only to awaken to the sound of the two seagulls waiting to see what I would do next with what looked like a smirk on their beaks or perhaps, I surmised, they accidentally flew into the door.

I looked over at what I was writing and on the page I’d been typing on contained the following seven words at the top, with their dramatic sounding irony; “Little did the seagulls and he know.”

The Prehistory of Sex by Timothy Taylor, Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture. (1996)

When I first purchased this work over two decades ago while working as a library director and reviewing any number of works in ancient history, archaeology and anthropology, I read this book  as a comparative study and gave myself time to digest it. Taylor was a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Bradford in the UK at the time and known for his expertise in prehistory.

Since then I have consulted this multiple essay like study and found it more remarkable than when I first read it. Whether one agrees with some of his findings I have since researched his insights, bibliography and acknowledgements. Taylor did his homework!

Briefly, sex  was more diverse in ancient cultures than once thought. The issues we deal with today were evident among the findings in ancient humans. My take, there’s nothing new under the sun. Human sexual relationships from heterosexuality to homosexuality and everything in between and beyond were in place among the most ancient of tribal cultures with the associated rituals. People enjoyed sex. it wasn’t only for procreation. There is also an appreciation for the evolution of nakedness, clothing and ritual. Taylor’s ideas were considered provocative.

Today we dress our sexuality up through our technologies. Of course one must remember during ancient times people didn’t think of themselves as “ancient.” The same with all other ages that we “label” and categorize from our so-called “post modern perspective.”  At the time the people considered themselves as “up to date” within their cultural context. They explored their sexuality and were more aware of it then previously conjectured.

The Prehistory of Sex is worth a second look. There’s been a number of cherry picked reviews of this work and taken out of context. That’s unfortunate. The author has offered some brilliant scholarly insights that become more significant and thought-provoking with age.

The Shadow of Lhasa: a tale of reincarnation

Copyright (c) 2014, Revised and Unabridged 2018. All Rights Reserved, Smashwords Edition.  Published in ebook formats at Smashwords.com and at Barnes & Noble as a NOOK Book. ISBN: 9781311408204  Price: $4.95

In a passionate affair with her doctor Sienna Tiefwald (a transgender therapist), Lhasa Cremieux seeks to discover whether her reincarnation is artificial or natural. Lhasa is a CEO of a small firm that specializes in artificial reincarnation by ingesting a lozenge that affects the DNA of an individual. Is her existence the result of her own experiments or something more profound? Her quest is birthed through a disturbing, recurring vision while living and working in the City of Chicago.  The search is textured with deceptive encounters and ultimately leads to the steps of a temple in Tibet where she experiences a disquieting revelation.

The Shadow of Lhasa explores and examines reincarnation both natural and artificial.  The heroine, Lhasa Cremieux, is the CEO of a company that provides artificial reincarnation to anyone who can pay for her services.  This intricately written story follows her in her sometimes precarious search for her own past and history as well as her current relationships.  She finds help along the way, especially from her transgender therapist, Dr. Sienna Tiefwald.

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The Shadow of Lhasa explores and examines reincarnation both natural and artificial.  The heroine, Lhasa Cremieux, is the CEO of a company that provides artificial reincarnation to anyone who can pay for her services.  This intricately written story follows her in her sometimes precarious search for her own past and history as well as her current relationships.  She finds help along the way, especially from her transgender therapist, Dr. Sienna Tiefwald.  Frank has no fear of touching on various social issues including sexual orientation, religious morals,  and government  intrusion.  His writing begs the reader to be a participant in his story rather than just a voyeur.  The colors and hues and other visuals from Lhasa’s travels from Chicago to Tibet as she looks for her true identify are stunning.
 
If you haven’t  thought about reincarnation, this book will likely encourage  you to study it further. I look forward to reading more works by this insightful and thoughtful wordsmith.
Gayle Lamar

“Erotic. Multilevel cosmic soup with philosophical soul. Osmosis for the human spirit. Envision this on screen. glimpse of the not too distant future.”

Deborah Marie, Smashwords

Context is the ambience

the vocabulary of a framework

a structure for understanding

with tolerance waiting in the wings

speculated and studied

privacy is public

and public is private

events become armored

when a dialogue arrives as a soliloquy

and dogma closes

the sanctuary door.

 

A passageway reveals once it’s opened

but verisimilitude bewilders

the seeker with an opinion

for the authentic may matter not

if it complicates the believer’s thoughts

and find itself at odds

with the actual;

In the orbit of philosophy and physics

existential is simply to exist

and perception is an optic

out of focus when eyelashes

encrusted

with the medicine of belief.

 

Wary of the threshold

the intuitive awaiting recognition

and knowing

anamnesis is not amnesia

for consciousness is awareness

and yet

is blind

when memory is selective.

 

 

From The Examiner

“The poets tell us, that after the giants were overthrown by the gods, the earth in revenge produced her last offspring which was Fame. And the fable is thus interpreted: that when tumults and seditions are quieted, rumours and false reports are plentifully spread through a nation. So that, by this account, lying is the last relief of a routed, earth-born, rebellious party in a state. But here the moderns have made great additions, applying this art to the gaining of power and preserving it, as well as revenging themselves after they have lost it; as the same instruments are made use of by animals to feed themselves when they are hungry, and to bite those that tread upon them…”

“But the same genealogy cannot always be admitted for political lying; I shall therefore desire to refine upon it…   There is one essential point wherein a political liar differs from others of the faculty, that he ought to have but a short memory, which is necessary, according to the various occasions he meets with every hour of differing from himself, and swearing to both sides of a contradiction, as he finds the persons disposed with whom he hath to deal…”

“Few lies carry the inventor’s mark, and the most prostitute enemy to truth may spread a thousand, without being known for the author: besides, as the vilest writer hath his readers, so the greatest liar hath his believers: and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it hath done its work, and there is no further occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead.”

As you guessed from my other column I like to drive. I’m an explorer of highways and roads with a notoriety mostly known to those living alongside them and serving as an artery drawn on a map showing a physical destination. Highway 96 is one those I’ve traveled. I traveled it because it exists. And I travel such highways and roads because I’m a romantic for an idyllic past while being conscious of a harsh manifest destiny threaded in the landscape.

Highway 96 originates in Wichita, Kansas and ends in Westcliffe, Colorado.  It conceptually follows the Arkansas River for a distance of about 500 miles.  It hasn’t been romanticized, like US 66 that goes from Chicago to Los Angeles, or heavily traveled like US 50 from Baltimore to Sacramento.  It’s just kind of out there in the Midwest – unknown, unloved, unused, unfranchised, unsanitized, unkept, unguarded, uncluttered, unhurried, unblemished, unadvertised, and unsung.

From Great Bend, Kansas (so named because of the bend in the Arkansas River) to Ordway, Colorado, Highway 96 cuts straight like a ribbon, but makes a gradual ascent across some of the most amazingly lonely farm land and wilderness that one could hope to see.

Going west, you first travel through a bit of the Kansas Flint Hills, where the early cattle drivers stopped to fatten their steers before taking them on to Kansas City for slaughter.  The landscape now is more dotted with oil wells than with cattle.  By the time you get to Ness City, about an hour later, the hills gradually flatten out and the oil fields are central.  The local motel/restaurant is called the Oil Rigger – one of the good eateries along the way and home to the early morning coffee drinkers.  Someone has put large metal silhouettes of Indians on horseback on a hilltop on the west end of town, gently introducing you to the plains to come.

Of course much of the plains are now irrigated and cultivated into wheat fields now and for the next hundred miles or so the road takes you through the golden waves of grain.  And after the wheat fields, there are feedlots, the modern-day more efficient Flint Hills where you can see next week’s hamburger on the hoof.

There are the occasional grain elevators and church steeples marking the few small towns along the way.  These are the small towns free from the invasion of McDonalds or Walmart. They are small towns that are home base to the family farmers who make their living working in the soil.  All have a farm implement dealer and a Ford dealer whose small lots are filled with large pick up trucks.  The small towns like Dighton that have local schools with playgrounds and football fields and drive-in restaurants that make cherry cokes and cones filled with sweet ice cream then dipped in chocolate. The small towns like Scott City where the gas is expensive but the service is friendly.  And where the cafes and bars serve real food and cold beer.  The small town of Marienthal whose Catholic Cemetery sits at the side of the road with all the small white crosses marking the graves and its large white crucifix on display.

Soon, the farmland gives way to a surreal grey and purple high plains wilderness as you approach the Colorado state line.  Throw caution to the wind and instead, enjoy it.  Open your windows, or better yet, stop the car and get out and feel its breath blowing through your hair and your clothes. Open your eyes and see the beauty of a part of this wonderful country in its natural state. Open your ears and hear nothing but the sound of the wind and the cry of a lone meadowlark. Open your imagination and see the plains Indians chasing the herds of buffalo as they thunder across the land. Open your heart to the agonizing pain and despair of the young pioneer woman who rode on a wagon through the last weeks of a pregnancy only to deliver a baby still-born.  A baby that she had to bury on the side of the trail in a grave.  A grave that she could never return to.  Open your conscience to the frustration of the farmer who worked his crops day and night for months, only to lose them to the drought.  One’s destiny is never certain.

Smell the honest and natural aromas of the dust and rain and wind and cut hay and wheat and skunk and cow shit. Watch the distant rainstorms gathering on the horizon and the dust devils jumping around in the fields.  Look for the prairie dogs trying to make their living without falling prey to the talons of the abundant hawks sitting on the telephone lines, just waiting for a bit of movement in the fields below.

Places like this touch my soul in a way I can’t truly express. There aren’t enough of them, enough less traveled roads, roads that have yet to be victimized, bastardized, or franchised, but are thankfully, unsung.

*A romantic traveler

Walter Semkiw, MD, MPH, IISIS Reincarnation Research President, Reincarnation Expert, Web Site Editor, Graphic Artist, Webmaster. Semkiw’s undergraduate years were spent at the University of Illinois, where he majored in biology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with University Honors.

After obtaining his medical degree at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he trained in psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Denver. Dr. Semkiw is a Board Certified Occupational Medicine physician who practices in San Francisco, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Occupational Medicine.

Born Again

Origin of the Soul and the Purpose of Reincarnation-E Book & Printed Versions

E-Mail: walter@reincarnationresearch.com

NP:   Belief in reincarnation is ancient and can be found within nomadic tribes thousands of years ago with the concept of cycles of birth and rebirth.  Has our understanding of reincarnation evolved over the centuries within different cultures and religions? Do you think primitive tribes and communities are more in touch with the natural cycles of birth and death without all the diversions of modern cultures?

Semkiw: It is possible that individuals in communities that are not part of the developed world have greater access to clairvoyant abilities, which allow access to past life memories. Still, such experiences are subjective, which do not promote universal understanding of the fundamentals of reincarnation.

The major breakthrough occurring at this time is that evidence of reincarnation is not considered a subjective phenomenon. Rather, the truth of reincarnation is now considered objective. The primary source of evidence involves the work of the late Ian Stevenson, MD of the University of Virginia. For a period of 40 years, Dr. Stevenson traveled around the world studying young children who had spontaneous past life memories that could be objectively validated. These children would give enough detailed information regarding their past life identities, parents and relatives, as well as the geographic location of their past life homes, that past life families could be located. When the child was reunited with the past life family, family members would validate the child’s past life memories. Dr. Stevenson compiled approximately 1200 of such validated reincarnation cases. To learn more about Dr. Stevenson’s work, go to: Reincarnation Research of Ian Stevenson.

Further, this wealth of reincarnation evidence allows us to also understand the mechanics of how reincarnation works. I have used this data to formulate Principles of Reincarnation, which include the observation that facial features can remain the same from one lifetime to another and that people reincarnate in soul groups and that talents and passions can persist from lifetime to lifetime. To learn more about these tenets, go to Evidence and principles of Reincarnation-Understanding Past Lives

NP:  In what way(s) do you think the study of reincarnation is valuable to the individual and society? What do you see as the downstream effects of reincarnation studies in terms of war and peace and culture/human affairs?

Semkiw: One of the most important Principles of Reincarnation is that souls can change religion, nationality and ethnic affiliation from one lifetime to another. Most wars are based on differences in these cultural markers of identity. When people realize they can be Muslim in one lifetime and Christian or Jewish in another, Shiite in one incarnation and Sunni in another, etc., then, they will realize they are universal souls, not limited to an identity based on one particular culture. In this way, conflict will be mitigated. This, indeed, is the mission of ReincarnationResearch.com, to help create greater peace based on evidence of reincarnation.

One of the most dramatic cases with change of religion and nationality involves the reincarnation case of Anne Frank | Barbro Karlen. Anne was persecuted as a Jew during the Holocaust, while Barbro was born into a Christian family in Sweden. If the Nazi’s knew that one could be born Jewish in one lifetime and Christian in another, the Holocaust could not have happened. To review Anne Frank reincarnation case. 

There are multiple Ian Stevenson reincarnation cases that show change in religion, nationality and ethnic affiliation. To review these cases, go to: https://reincarnationresearch.com/case-categories/?cat=change-of-religion-nationality-race

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 NP: In his speculative work Zen Physics, astronomer David Darling wrote, “No one has yet come near to circumscribing the bounds of physical reality, we cannot rule out the possibility that any specific collection of matter, however complex, will recur – and recur many times over – in the distant future” and the “same argument applies, with equal strength, to the past of an old universe, or collection of universes.”  To rephrase the German theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer’s thoughts, does reincarnation offer a comforting explanation of reality?  What does the future hold for the study of reincarnation?

Semkiw: In my opinion, evidence of reincarnation will totally transform society. Currently, with one-lifetime religions, people look at existence in the short-term. Further, these religions espouse beliefs that if one follows the rules of the religion, then one will be granted entrance into heaven. This type of system allows Islamic Jihadists to kill scores of people with impunity, with the false belief that Allah will reward them for murdering infidels. Similarly, Christian soldiers pray to God for assistance in preserving their lives in their efforts to kill their enemies. Do not the enemies have the same God?

Evidence of reincarnation will hopefully cause people to think in the long run, across multiple lifetimes. Actions conducted in this lifetime will have repercussions in the next. Ancient enemies will lay down the sword as people realize they can reincarnate as their own enemy. People will make environmental concerns a person issue, as they realize they will be returning to this planet soon.

The repercussions of past life actions will be experienced in proximity, as the average time between incarnations in Dr. Stevenson’s 1200 validated childhood past life memory cases is only about 1.5 years.

Evidence of reincarnation will continue to grow due to the Information Age. In the past, it was much harder to try to validate past lives. In the past, only the very wealthy or accomplished could have portraits done and as such, only few people could assess for physical resemblance across lifetimes. With the advent of photography, the ability to look for similar facial features across incarnations has risen exponentially. With the ability to do research over the Internet, the investigation of past lives has become much easier.

I think reincarnation is in the transition of being a belief system to becoming a science, one that will help Earth become a “divine” planet.

 

Allegations collide

nonlinear words drone against a plaster ceiling

amiss is an adjective

amid the theory & content of chaos,

everyone is suspect

while no one is

Inspector Clouseau queries,

is anyone hiding there in the dark?

 

Surveillance, the ubiquitous voyeur

cameras blink in flashes

the overhead prism of dangling colors,

choice appears as an orifice

legs spread on direction

toes curled with penetration,

reflection in the mirror of a multiple reality

an evolving design of its predecessor

as uniforms with faces of greed

salivate,

for living & dying are mere moments apart

debtor prisons lobbied for

unless one has a private jet.

 

The pews filled with the iniquitous

think on your sins is a cliché

and God is a word invented by men

inspired by natural & unnatural fears implanted

The albatross of the human spirit

wings flutter in the air to lighten the burden

as the human cells change every ninety days

seeking a rebirth and another chance.

 

Banks fill their coffers

the trades pass through their accounts

national & international finance beget

metaphors of obligation

as the cache of arms, drugs & transactions of paper

channeled into off shore accounts,

whomever manages the debt

controls,

the dogma of wealth ratified

simper is a coyly smiling verb

and ascendancy is a noun for domination.

Russians sorting raw hemp fibers in the Kurks region in the 1960s. Hemp has been used as building material for millennia in Europe and elsewhere, but it’s only just starting to get wider recognition as a green construction option. CreditOleg Sizov/TASS, via Getty Images

The Romans have been using it since the days of Julius Caesar, but not to get high. Both Washington and Jefferson grew it.

Now that several states have legalized the use of marijuana for some recreational and medical purposes, one of the biggest untapped markets for the cannabis plant itself — at least one variety — could be as a building tool.

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Antoinette M. Watkins writes under the pen name Johanna Sparrow. She’s been writing for over 20 years and has published a variety of works that include children’s books, novellas, and self-help books on the topics of relationships, personal growth, and conflict resolution.

 

 

 

To get in touch with Ms. Sparrow

websites: https://www.johannasparrow.com, https://www.johannatellsit.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/J.Sparrowselfhelpbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SparrowJohanna

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johanna-sparrow-9929b897/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohannaSparrow

 

NP:  Your birth name is elegant – Antoinette. What did you have in mind when you selected Johanna Sparrow as a pen name? Is there a relationship between our concept of self or the name we wish to project and the name we write under?

Sparrow: To be honest the name was given to me in a dream. Much depends on why the name is chosen in the first place. Yes, one’s name can be connected to unspeakable hurt; but for me the name allows for a deeper connection to a part of oneself that hasn’t been hurt or traumatized, while simultaneously understanding the nature of such balance.

NP: What were some of the experiences in your life that inspired you to help others?  How did you go about tackling the issues that confronted you? And, is writing about them helpful?

Sparrow: Some of the experiences in my life that inspired me to help others had much to do with how horrible I felt I was treated in my family. I vowed to help others who suffer hurt and pain in their everyday life.  I tackled tough issues in my life by not taking things out on others and by accepting that fact that I can only change myself. Writing can definitely be one form of self-help.

NP:  You write about HBCCR “Heart Bruised Conscious Connection Renewal.” How would you explain or describe it, and how the system works and affects our lives and relationships?

Sparrow: Our hearts and minds are greatly influenced by our experiences. Negative experiences can damage our psyche and leave us trapped in a cycle of pain, depression, self-loathing, and confusion. The ability to overcome those experiences depends on your level of spirituality more than anything else.

Knowing your purpose depends on how much you understand your part in the Universal Consciousness Connection (UCC) and the realization that you are an eternal soul having a human experience.

NP: When a person is suffering from an incurable disease, or finds her or his self in virtual isolation such as old age, or permanent unemployment with no money coming in, no family or close friends and when the seeming absurdity of the struggle resonates deep within why should that person stay? Is there any juncture in your mind in which suicide is an option?

Sparrow: I am not one to ever give up, so I would have to say, suicide should never be an option. Even when one feels as if they have nothing or no one in their life, you can say that you still have life…you’re breathing.  Moments in life where one sees no hope or nothing to live for or no one to love can only be felt if one is truly alive.  Being able to feel such emotion or hopelessness while living should make one question ending his or her life since they are passing through a form of death with their eyes open.

NP:  Within the scope of emerging technologies where the human and machine appear to overlap do you see issues evolving around what constitutes human and humane?

Sparrow: Yes, relationships are changing every day due to people not making intimate connections because of the distractions from emotionless gadgets. Issues are evolving around what we are and how we have begun to treat one another which is distant and unconcerned and that in small part is the focus of my writings and how we can interact with each other.

NP:  Your works cover a wide range of human issues and obstacles we face. Is there commonality you see in issues we face today and potentially tomorrow?

Sparrow: The need to intimately communicate with each other appears to increase proportionately to the amount of time we engage in various technologies rather than directly with other people. It would seem obvious that “texting your love” is fine on one level though it does not replace the face to face human connection. “Texting your love” is not the same as physical touch and looking in the other person’s eyes or holding their hands and embracing them as another human. The question is whether we are becoming more attached to technology than the human experience we once shared.

 

I’m a traveler. Always have been. Always will be. And I like to drive. Not cattle but a car. Highway 79 is an ambiguous, pleasant and thought-provoking drive through sun-baked soil and red neck country amid the wealthy situated along side hard-working farmers and the dispossessed where justice and fairness occasionally leaves a dry taste in one’s mouth.

You see this particular highway stretching from Shreveport, Louisiana to Austin, Texas is one of my very favorite drives. It’s a drive to be started in the early pre-dawn hours and taken alone. You should have an open sunroof, or a dropped convertible or at the very least open windows. The road meanders through places like Carthage, home of the Tex Ritter museum, Jefferson, tomato capital of the world, and Henderson. Henderson is a good place to stop for breakfast. By then, the sun has come up and the small towns are starting to awaken.

The only other vehicles on the road are pickup trucks. Not shiny new extended cab trucks whose loads are never heavier or more damaging than cotton balls, but honest hard-working farm trucks.  Pickup trucks with battered tail gates, pickup trucks with rusted wheel wells, pickup trucks loaded with tools, ropes, chains, and big orange water coolers, pickup trucks with 3 or 4 trailer hitches, pickup trucks driven by farmers wearing straw cowboy hats with sweat on the bands. They also wear faded jeans and dusty well-worn soft leather boots, and hand tooled leather belts tight under their bellies. Pick up trucks driven by raven haired young Hispanic beauties with several small children crawling around the cab with their bottles of “soda pop” and sticks of beef jerky in their tiny hands.

And more pickup trucks with loads of water melon or corn or nursery bedding plants, or even a cow or a pig in the back on their way to market or to the livestock auction barns. You can be pretty sure that you have eaten something at sometime that’s been carried around in these trucks. In Texas, pickup trucks have special license tags that read “Texas Truck” on them, and working farm trucks have even more special plates that say “Texas Farm Truck” on them. I understand they got a real break on registering these fine trucks.

It was on this drive I first heard Guy Clark sing his new song “Out in the Parking Lot” The chorus line of the song is “I love to see the neon dancing on the gravel, I love to hear the pickup trucks come unraveled.”  When I heard that, I played it over and over, thinking of my sweet son at home in his shiny new pick up truck with the dual exhaust system that will rattle you out of your bed in the morning, and in some ways wished he were with me on this journey.

When I got to Henderson, I looked for the local cafe with the most pickup trucks in the parking lot, knowing full well that was where the local “Think tank” would be drinking coffee and discussing world affairs. I was also certain that would be where the best breakfast would be served at the cheapest price with the largest servings. I was not disappointed when my platter of over easy eggs and home cooked potatoes and long crisp slices of bacon arrived.

Another wonderful thing about US Highway 79, a two-lane highway, is when you get behind one of these loaded down pick up trucks, they will always move over to the shoulder and smile and wave to let you by.  At least they did the last time I traveled the highway a few years ago. Not much has changed. And what fun it is when finally someone wants to pass you and you are the one to move over and smile and wave first!

I can’t think of a better way to start a new traveling adventure than to roll along a slice of friendly highway through the pine forests, to the produce farms to the cotton fields of East Texas to my family in Lockhart and where the history of the Chisholm Trail is a significant part of the local culture along with the hope for whatever the uncertain future may offer.

I’ve moved on now and have spent some time in Greece and Mexico among other places abroad and back home and know enough to smile, for my memory, though selective, still retains a fondness for Highway 79 and the possibilities ahead.

  • A romantic traveler.

The Atlantic

A Foreboding Similarity in Today’s Oceans and a 94-Million-Year-Old Catastrophe

The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time.

Algae blooms off the coast of New York and
New Jersey in August 2015 NASA / AP

The ocean is losing its oxygen. Last week, in a sweeping analysis in the journal Science, scientists put it starkly: Over the past 50 years, the volume of the ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, while oxygen-deprived swaths of the open seas have expanded by the size of the European Union. The culprits are familiar: global warming and pollution.

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Credit: Jean Philippe-Cypres, photographer

My thoughts started out rather simple enough. I’m driving north on an interstate headed for Canada and I turn on Sirius radio and hear the word “primitive” mentioned in one sentence. I waited. No discussion follows.

As I look at the highway ahead I recall the word primitive, etymologically, as being related to primary or original causes of a disease and later evolved anthropologically into origins, crude, simple and so forth. There’s been a multitude of studies written about it’s meaning and how it evokes different ideas to different people.

On reflection primitive at times possesses a deeply sensual mystique. From the 18th century through the 20th century the word stirred the thoughts and emotions of seekers being both repulsed and drawn to its nature and applicability.

Perhaps as Professor Marianna Torgovnick wrote over two decade ago in her work, Primitive Passions, Men, Women and the Quest for Ecstasy, the search for the primitive is more about us than the primitive. In her brilliant work she leaves few stones unturned so to speak. She probes all the meanings of the term with the idea that “Primitivism is the utopian desire to go back and recover irreducible features of the psyche, body, land, and community – to re-inhabit core experiences.” This is work I highly recommend for the seeker as she literally casts a wide net in uncovering passions characterized as primitive.

Taking a break at a coffee shop, I sip my coffee and involuntarily catch a high pitched conversation at the next table and exhorting an opinion at the expense of another, as one called the other “primitive.” They talked around each other without coming to terms of what their experiences with primitive might entail.

Their conversation reminded me of what Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing wrote in his Politics of Experience when he said something to the effect, “I see you and you see me. I experience you and you experience me. I see your behavior and you see my behavior. But, I do not and never have and never will see your experience of me. Just as you cannot “see” my experience of you…your experience of me is invisible to me and my experience of you is invisible to you.”

Whether one agrees or disagrees, from a relational perspective, it’s difficult to speak of primitive unless we all agree on the same definition or meaning. It’s complex at best.

After experiencing Africa, the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung wrote in his Memories, Dreams, Reflections, of “the sight of a child or primitive will arouse certain longings in adult, civilized persons – longing which relate to the unfilled desires and needs of those parts of the personality which have been blotted out of the total picture in favor of the adapted (socialized) persona.” He understood primitive to mean a certain archetype or perhaps primordial image.

I suppose experiencing the primitive also alludes to an inner fear in relation to the world in which we live…the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard suggested in his manuscript on Fear and Trembling, there is the quest for the human attempting to relate or at least regain a relation to himself and the world. His example of the ritual of sacrifice possesses a primitive quality.

Torgovnick quotes the philosopher Martin Buber from his work, Ecstatic Confessions, “We listen to our inmost selves – and do not know which sea we hear murmuring.”

Decades ago, when I ventured across a tiny portion of the Arabian Desert, I recall the Sufi poet, Mahmud Shabistari’s desert wandering – it was primitive and prescient and written in the thirteenth century…The Past Flies Away:

 The past flies away;

coming months and years do not exist:

Only the pinprick of this moment

belongs to us.

 

We decorate this speck of a moment-time-

by calling it a flowing river or a stream.

 

But often I find myself alone

in a desert wilderness,

straining to catch the faint echo of

unfamiliar sounds.

 

In his work on Shamans, Sorcerers and Saints, archaeologist Brian Hayden delves in to the prehistory of religion and the rituals, beliefs and thoughts of primitive man and “what it means to be human.”

As I get back into my car and head to the interstate, more questions dance in my mind. Within the origins of human conscience and consciousness we find the human seeds and roots of the sensual, erotic, spiritual and the intimate human and animal ties to their physical world that birthed them.

The interstate I drive on is a link – the road, the environment, the water, the earth, the air, the sky, my body and mind are all woven together. Perhaps to acknowledge the woven threads of our physical and mental world in all of its diversity and appreciate how we all affect each other – is the colorful and provocative tapestry of the primitive.

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