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    Hi:

    My time is limited this morning, and I have wanted to write for some time on the hazards of reading reviews. A year ago, I read the reviews on Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink’s latest book, and hesitated to buy it. What a fool. It is a goldmine for somebody like me, and when I update my big essay this year, that book will be well represented. It is cutting-edge stuff. Ward and Kirschvink are towering figures in their own right, and some of the reviews I read were from specialists who did not seem to see the bigger picture, or bewailed that Kirschvink seemed too interested in the Snowball Earth episode, when Kirschvink actually coined the term. Ward and Kirschvink are polymaths, and are going to come up with polymath kinds of views, which specialists ignore at their peril.

    For books like that one, I read with notepaper in hand, making notes where important ideas are for my work. But in the end, when I wrote my big essay, I generally ended up rereading entire books in which I made those copious notes, and it was time well spent, as the information “seated” better. Nick Lane’s latest and the Ward/Kirschvink book are going to be the core of that essay update, and I keep studying Lane’s book, putting it down, and coming back to it, trying to wrap my head around it. I have been recently rereading the Ward/Kirschvink book, to have it sink in more, and while reading it, I realized that it is going to be easy to find the parts that I want to put in, and where I want to put them in, because that book is organized like mine is, on a timeline. That sure makes it easier!

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    Hi:

    I have some time this evening. I would like to address a subject that continually rears its head. The bulls-eye of what I am doing is understanding abundance and realizing that nobody is going make FE happen for us. More than 99% of humanity reacts to the idea of FE with denial and fear. For the relative few that get beyond that, it is virtually a constant that beginners think of all the easy ways to FE that nobody ever thought of before! That is their egos talking, and I have yet to see one of those “bright ideas” that wasn’t a variation of all the failed approaches. It is this movement or that movement, that is ready-made to go after FE, some New Age guru with his flock/harem that he can direct at the issue, some billionaire who is going to cut the big check and we all get The Muppet Movie ending, the “progressives,” the conspiracists (actually they never get anything done), the clever infomercial that will wake everybody up, the Hollywood movie, the presidential candidate that just needs to be informed, the high-tech mogul/philanthropist, the FE inventor who really is the Messiah, and so on, ad naseum. I truly am bombarded with that stuff, and I get to work on my patience issues each time.

    Those are all variations of seeking the easy way out. We don’t have to do the hard work of waking up and achieving true sentience, somebody is going to do it for us. They are just waiting to!

    I offer a way that will work. I know it will, if enough people with the right stuff do the work. But those people are very few and far between. We will see what kind of dent that I can make in the rest of my life’s “spare” time.

    I am only asking for people to let go of their in-group conceits, become scientifically literate, if they aren’t already, and develop the comprehensive perspective that will be needed for the effort to keep its eye on the ball. If we make it to the Fifth Epoch and become a Type 1 civilization, people may marvel at how little was really required of humanity to make it happen.

    During the Third Epoch, although writing was invented during it, most people were illiterate peasants. Two centuries before the Industrial Revolution began in England, only 10% of the men and 1% of the women were literate. When I was growing up in Ventura, our next-door neighbors’ mother grew up in the agrarian South in the early 20th century, and she was illiterate. It was an embarrassing affliction that nobody talked about, and it was like the woman was mentally disabled.

    In the Fourth Epoch, reading and writing is something that nearly 100% of children learn, but about 95% of the population is scientifically illiterate, which is a similar proportion of illiteracy in the Third Epoch. In the Fifth, scientific literacy is something that all children will learn, just like Fourth Epoch children learn reading, writing, and arithmetic today.

    If I could time-travel to the Fifth Epoch to recruit choristers, I could easily fill up the slots with children. But on Earth today, it is not so easy.

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    Wade
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    Wade, I'm confused by what you mean when you talk about scientific literacy. Does that mean being well versed in a wide variety of sciences and then being able to apply such learnings when reading, writing, thinking, communicating, problem solving etc or is there more to it than that? I am scientifically illiterate. I don't know the first thing about the scientific method or the concepts taught in the many scientific fields. When I think about becoming scientifically literate, the first thing I think of is reading a bunch of science books and trying to understand and integrate the material within them. Is that at all close to what you are trying to say? I have an aptitude for mathematics, it is something that I have always excelled in and can grasp, and I wonder if that is at all transferable or a good skill to have in the quest for becoming scientifically literate. From what I remember during my high school days, a lot of what was taught in science class was more centred around understanding concepts rather than number crunching or solving equations, so maybe maths and science don't have all that much in common, or maybe it was just the way that I was taught them/learnt them.

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    Hi Vasili:

    Scientific literacy means being familiar with the processes and findings of today’s science. Scientific literacy is needed to gain a comprehensive perspective, but a person does not need to be a professional scientist to attain it. I’m not. I purposely designed my big essay so that people do not need to be professional scientists to understand it. If they aren’t scientists, it may be a heavy lift for them, but not really all that hard, if they take the time to do the work. I am going to guess and say that an IQ of 110 is likely plenty to understand the gist of that essay, in something resembling a comprehensive way, if a person does the work, and I am here to help.

    We live in a kind of golden age of popularized science right now. I don’t mean the materialistic chicanery of Carl Sagan and the “skeptics,” but that recent book by Ward and Kirschvink is what I am referring to, as polymath scientists write to the lay public (and other scientists) about their cutting-edge work. This has partly come about by the welcome trend of scientists crossing disciplinary lines and escaping from the overspecialization that plagued establishment science. My references for my big essay abound with those works that laypeople can read and understand. One of humanity’s greatest scientific popularizers went out of his way, unasked, and specifically lauded my effort after spending all day reading it (and he is not the only one like that), so I think that I achieved my goal of making something both informative and relatively easy to understand. I also cite a hundred scientific papers or so in that essay, and my readers need to become at least familiar with scientific papers and how to read them. When I was still a science student in college, one of the first things that we did was read papers in Science and Nature, and both publications are designed to be read by a general science readership. They really aren’t that difficult to digest.

    I write plenty on the virtues, limitations, and failings of today’s mainstream science. If you read much of my writings at Avalon, for instance, I regularly make the distinction between math and science. I crunch numbers for a living, and there is nothing like that to make you appreciate their limitations. Einstein was particularly wary of math and tried to work without it whenever he could. Math has its uses, let there be no doubt about it, but in the early days of science, it got distorted into over-relying on math.

    Scientific literacy is like literacy. Being literate means that you can read and understand. Being scientifically literate means being able to read and understand scientific literature, but it also means reading it. Being able to and doing it are two different things.

    I don’t expect people to have a two thousand book library in their homes like I do, or to stay up on all the subjects that my essay covers, but they need to get familiar with them. That takes work. Maybe I have been too close to it and have been doing it too long, but people have called my work an “avalanche” of information. I don’t quite see it that way, but if people eat one bite at a time, they can digest it, and when they do, a big picture can begin to emerge.

    Deciding that those in my effort need some scientific literacy was not something that I just decided one day, out of the blue. It was because the scientifically illiterate really could not understand the rudiments of ideas that are vital for understanding how the world works. I don’t take it easy on economists in my work, for good reason. They are responsible for the nonsensical information that parades as economic theory today, and I can’t tell you how many times I have heard stuff like, “Energy, so what?” Money is not even real, but people think in terms of money and not energy when they think of economics. How ignorant and backward, but the profession abets that delusional state, and it could well be intentional.

    I wrote this chapter of my essay as a response to a scientist pal who wanted me to make the relationship between energy and economic activity clearer, as people close to him had no idea how they were connected. It is pretty strange when I get people (not even scientists) who can’t believe that people can’t see the connection, and then I hear from others who can’t see the connection at all. Like the Fed today, just print enough money, and all is well.

    When I began studying Peak Oil theory back in 2003, I noticed the disdain that scientists had for economists, soon came to understand why, and what nagged me about economic theory since my college days became clear. Scientific literacy means understanding the rudiments of how our world works. If we don’t understand how it works, there is no way that we can intelligently change how it works, and make no mistake: that is what my work is really all about. We are about ready to crash Spaceship Earth, and I am doing what I can so that does not happen, but far more than that, humanity can achieve an Epoch that seems like a fairy tale today, and it all rests on the energy issue, as it always has.

    I recently wrote a series of posts on Peak Oil and Global Warming, and scientific literacy in that area is just understanding the basics of those ideas. And those are two areas where the propaganda has snowed the masses. If most people were scientifically literate, the Global Warming “skeptics” would have been laughed off the stage long ago, instead of being Fox News and Heritage Foundation fixtures.

    Did I make it clearer to you?

    Best,

    Wade
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    Hi:

    A little more on scientific literacy, before I get back to the Seattle posts. When you become scientifically literate, you can develop your own tools of discernment and awareness. This is highly important, and that critical faculty also extends to scholarship. In a world of scarcity and fear, many scientists and scholars have sold their souls to the prevailing winds of wealth and power. I chronicle many of them in my work, from the “skeptics” to historians that turn genocidists into national heroes (1, 2) and saints, literally, to “good news” advocates who never met a corporate chemical that they didn’t like, to Global Warming deniers, to journalists who are nothing more than mouthpieces for wealth and power, and so on.

    Not only are there innumerable sycophants to wealth and power, muddying the waters to keep the herd bewildered, the masses often exercise no discernment at all, with their awareness of such issues being little more than daily gossip and reading the tabloids. There is a mountain of chaff for every kernel of wheat on the fringes, and I am besieged by people shoveling the chaff at me, unable to tell that it is chaff, or they want me to sort it out for them. I have more important things to do. I’ll provide a few examples.

    I spent a lot of effort looking at the Apollo Moon missions, and I never saw any of “the moon landings were faked” evidence that withstood scrutiny, and most was laughable, but to this day, I am approached by people who argue for faked moon landings, but they have almost no familiarity with the evidence and all that they can provide as “proof” is recycled disinformation and other garbage.

    You will find all manner of “scholar” and “archeologist” that provide “evidence” for technologically advanced ancient civilizations, but none of what I ever saw withstood the slightest scrutiny. Virtually all that they point to are stone artifacts. Stone! Stone is not an advanced material. The necropolis at Giza, for instance, was the greatest early instance of elite-aggrandizing monumental architecture, during their Bronze Age, when times were good in the Old Kingdom, and the Egyptians never bettered it – they did not have the resources or social impetus for it. Pyramid-building reached its peak in Egypt 4,500 years ago. All over the world, all early civilizations built elite-aggrandizing stone architecture as a form of “display,” and since no civilization has ever been energetically sustainable, they all collapsed, and the most visible remnants of those vanished civilizations were elite stonework, including the Mayans, those who built Teotihuacan, and South American civilizations. In early civilizations where stone was not as available, they made earthen mounds, as they did in Sumer and the Mississippian culture. But there is a veritable cottage industry of “scholars” and amateur archeologists in their pith helmets who provide “evidence” of technologically advanced ancient civilizations, with plenty of “mystical” overtones. Maybe there were such civilizations, but I never saw any such “evidence” provided by those people that withstood any scrutiny, and their claims are laughable, especially when compared to what professionals have done.

    For another example, there is a small group of “scholars” who argue that Antarctica was ice-free in historical times, and their evidence amounts to little more than novel interpretations of ancient maps. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that Antarctica’s ice sheet began developing about 35 million years ago, as Earth entered another Icehouse phase after 200 million years of a Greenhouse Earth. There is an awesome amount of scientific evidence to support that view, but some “scholars” examine a few old maps and tell their scientifically illiterate readership that Antarctica was ice free a few centuries ago. That is one example of many that I could provide, and if a person becomes scientifically literate and does the work, they are not led astray by that stuff, which amounts to little more than gossip, but there is a huge readership, whose awareness rarely extends past tabloid headlines, that eats it up.

    The scientifically literate can, for example, easily understand why my former partner’s heat pump was the best heating system ever put on the world market, or why my first professional mentor’s engine was the world’s best for powering an automobile. There is really not even anything scientifically unorthodox about them, although the idea that they could be married and produce FE is unorthodox. But unorthodox does not mean wrong, and many of the greatest breakthroughs in science and technology hailed from the unorthodox fringes, such as the ridiculed and ignored Wright brothers. But it takes scientific literacy and hard work to winnow the wheat from the chaff.

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    Wade
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    Thanks Wade, that is a really great response to my question. It's funny, I was just reading an interview with David Suzuki and he was lamenting how scientific illiteracy coupled with the internet allows people to believe a wide range of things, with the internet providing them with the 'evidence' they need to validate such beliefs (especially global warming denial). What I take away from your response is that scientific literacy is all about learning to really think for oneself, being able to confidently apply discernment and sharpening ones critical faculties. In a more crude sense, you can say it is about fine tuning your dishonesty and BS filter haha. I can see why such a set of skills is very important for what you are trying to create as without them people will be easily lead astray. Considering how much scrutiny your movement (if I can call it that) will receive when you guys really get the ball rolling, a strong understanding of how things work is vital.

    One last question before you get back to your other posts, are there certain scientific subjects or concepts that you consider more important or primary for understanding your essay? For example, are biology, chemistry and physics concepts more important than say psychology, political, history concepts? You wrote that developing scientific literacy is about understanding the rudiments of how the world works, and I'm trying to understand from what perspective you mean that. I'm asking whether certain scientific fields are more valuable or more worth pursuing then others (the whole hard science and soft science debate). I'm trying to find a starting point and also map out some sort of path.

    Thank you,
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    Hi Vasili (AKA Billy):

    Great question. Bucky Fuller developed a curriculum for training comprehensive thinkers. Bucky would say that it is all important. If I had to put a label on my work, I would call it neo-Fullerian. The best curriculum that I know of is my big essay. I purposely designed it so that if a person understood the rudiments of what I presented, it would be enough to achieve that level of scientific (and scholarly) literacy and BS-detector that I think is needed for those in the choir to keep their eyes on the ball. The essay’s more than 900 references essentially list the works that I used. It is the most scholarly and scientific essay on my site, and was the only big one that I wrote after encountering Bucky’s work back in 2003. I also spent the summer of 2014 aligning my older essays with the big one, as I readied the big one for publishing. The way that I navigated to my current perspective was reading such works, raiding their references, and daisy-chaining along. Among the scholarly and scientific volumes in my library, many of them I discovered by daisy-chaining from references in other works.

    Most of the scientific references in my big essay are to popularized science works, which were designed so that laypeople could read them. On this thread, you can see me refer to Scientific American, especially its special issues. They are written by specialists who are aiming at the general readership. Those are written at the level of scientific literacy that I am aiming for. When Einstein was young, he avidly read such popularized science works. And when reading those popular science works, I was happy to see popularizers referring to other popularized works. So, those popularized works are not only for the lay audience, but for scientists in other specializations, so that they could communicate with each other. Interdisciplinary efforts are where the recent breakthroughs are happening, and most of what I refer to are interdisciplinary works (and there is also a place for historians and social scientists in that milieu – they are also important disciplines).

    If Einstein read popularized science as a boy, then you can be sure that popularized science has been around for a long time, but in my lifetime, science began recovering from the over-specialization that plagued it, which Fuller thought was a ruling class tactic to keep scientists enslaved in their over-specialized tunnel-vision. We live in a kind of golden age of popularized science, and in that way, it is a good time to be alive.

    Today, scientists are the biggest fans of my big essay, but it was designed with the lay audience in mind. If scientists are going to be my only audience, then I will have failed in what I attempted. The lay audience often has a strange view of science, probably because they don’t understand it. Also, mainstream science is plagued with materialism, which is a religion, not a scientific finding. The so-called “skeptics” are Grand Inquisitors for the scientific establishment, and the scientists that I really respect have little respect for the “skeptics,” and see them as just another kind of religious zealot. I consider organized skepticism to be a criminal enterprise.

    So, that can be quite a minefield for laypeople to navigate, to understand the process of science without getting trapped in the fanatical aspects of that hack fringe that tries to turn science into a religion. I think that many people get turned off by the often-dishonest “skepticism” that hails from that politically active fringe and throw science away, and probably partly because they don’t have the mental horsepower to assess any of it in the first place. You need some mental horsepower to navigate those shoals.

    Also, and Brian and I discussed this before he died, the road to FE passes through the fringes of today’s science, so that scientists often deny FE’s possibility and reality by referring to the “laws of physics,” when there really aren’t any. Scientists only have hypotheses and theories, and to call their theories “laws” invests them with a quasi-religious certitude that is unwarranted and has served to blind them to a bigger picture. After banging on all of the biggest doors of the scientific establishment, the “progressive” organizations, and so on, Brian began openly wondering if humanity is a sentient species. It is a fair question.

    I have found that laypeople, especially in these Internet days, as you note, on one hand are kind of afraid of science and glom onto anything that calls science into question, especially the kind of doubt that lets them go on with business as usual, such as the Global Warming dissent, which was almost entirely funded by the oil companies and friends, and they have a willing audience to dupe, who want an excuse to go about business as usual, untroubled by what their activities may be inflicting on Earth. Hell, my great nation has slaughtered millions of people in the past generation, and I can hardly find an American who knows or cares, so ignoring the environmental calamities that we are inflicting is a vastly easier state of denial to achieve.

    Brian and Rupert Sheldrake were/are scientific heretics, but their heresies are the same kind that the great religious heretics were guilty of. They saw how their disciplines got corrupted, and were trying to bring them back to their original humble roots. But they still believed in the process of science. The scientific ideal is a worthy one, just like the ideal of a free press, an objective history, democracy, and free markets. The problem is that there has never been a free press, an objective history, a true democracy, or a free market. They are all ideals that have never been seen in the real world, and when scientists think that science is somehow above the fray, and that vested interests don’t corrupt it, they are as deluded as people who think that they get the truth from the newspaper. Fuller remarked on that naïveté among scientists.

    This is not something that can be digested overnight, which is why I say that my best pupils go deep and come up for air months or years later. And I am here when they pop up.

    I’ll grant you that physics is not easy. It is the hardest of the hard sciences, and other branches of science have often had “physics envy,” which could set back their science. The experiments of physicists are often not amenable to the other sciences, and today you see professions that could be sciences, but they’re not, and they ape the trappings of science while being faithless to its process, such as mainstream economics. Very ironically, the greatest physicists all had worldviews that verged on the mystical, and there is a great unresolved paradox at the heart of physics that laypeople can readily understand, which makes it clear that our current theories are a long way from figuring it all out.

    I consider it very possible that the theories that would arise in light of the extant FE, antigravity and related technologies might resolve that paradox. In that light, it is not only a shame that it has been kept under wraps like that, but those technologies can usher in the Fifth Epoch of the human journey, which will dwarf all that came before it. No more poverty, no more environmental destruction, no more war. Who wants some of that? Well, we don’t get any while we sleep away in our egocentric pursuits of survival in a world of scarcity and fear. Love and sentience are the only way out that I know of, and attaining scientific literacy is part of achieving the requisite sentience, so that we are not easily led astray by the latest bright shiny object that comes our way. There are a million distractions that beckon, and all sorts of ways to fail on the FE path.

    On FE failure, I will give an example that I saw just yesterday. While performing my studies, I ordered some material from a fringe scientist, and now I am on his list for begging for money for antigravity (AKA electrogravity and other terms) experiments, and I received his latest entreaty just yesterday. He and his colleagues are begging for money to complete one of their experiments. While part of me lauds their initiative, another part is appalled by their naiveté. If they ever achieve some success, they are going to move up Godzilla’s radar. A handful of scientists in their labs, begging for money for FE and antigravity research, don’t stand a prayer in today’s environment. This is not the time for tinkering inventors and scientists to lead the way. The only scientist/inventor approach with a prayer is for the scientist/inventor with the goods to give it a worthy group, who will take it the rest of the way, and give it to the world. No other approach along those lines has a prayer, IMO. Been there, done that.

    My attempts to build that choir can be seen as an attempt to form that worthy group.

    Thanks for these questions. I am going to turn my replies into a new thread on my forum and some others that I belong to. It is an important topic.

    I’ll have more to write on the subject before long, but it is time to begin a very busy day that may see me work 15 hour or so. No rest for the wicked!

    Best,

    Wade
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    Hi:

    More Seattle and scientific literacy posts are coming, but I want to note another passing that is important to me. This year has already seen its fair share. Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince were all born the same year that I was. I lived in LA when they all hit it big, and I was busily building my music collection and beginning to go deaf. I am emotionally centered in this lifetime, and music is constantly playing in my life. I listen to it for several hours each day. Those three made my life’s unhappiest years a bit better. When that girl died of leukemia in September 1984, I went home from the hospital and put on my Purple Rain album, listening to it late into the evening.

    I did not buy my first CD player until early the next year, and I took that player on tour to friends and family. The advent of CDs was a huge musical moment, and I was an early adopter. One listen to a CD and vinyl was done, taking its place with the dinosaurs. I’ll never forget that long-awaited moment. A college pal’s rich-kid roommate had a CD player, I put on Fleetwood Mac’s Never Going Back Again, and it was everything that I thought it would be. When I got my CD player, the first song that I played was Fooling Yourself, and that is another unforgettable moment, or playing the beginning of Time and Money to friends (in the home of Michael Sembello’s former manager), as they were blown away.

    As I write this, I am listening to the song Purple Rain, which always makes me think back to the day that girl died, and it gives me solace.

    I watched Prince’s Purple Rain movie that same year in LA, the audience was about half black, and there were a couple of young black women sitting in front of me, and they were going crazy before the movie even began, Prince was that hot back then. My roommate at the time was the first in line for the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl performance, when she was a teenager, and my other roommate was an aspiring musician, which LA was full of. Music is big in that city.

    Prince, we will miss you.

    Best,

    Wade
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    Hi:

    Here is more on Seattle and my background. The West Coast of the USA was where East met West, more than anywhere else on Earth. It also flourished in the post-war boom. That meeting manifested in numerous ways. From the coolies during the California Gold Rush to Paramahansa Yogananda beginning something that eventually became the New Age scene, to my neighborhood today, which is dominated by Asians who work at Microsoft, especially from India and China.

    My father’s parents came to Washington in 1935, driven there by the Dust Bowl, and my mother’s parents were part of the Scandinavian migration that began in the late 1800s, so environmental refugees are a rich part of my heritage, fleeing from manmade disasters. But, fortunately for my ancestors, there remained lands that had yet to be raped into oblivion.

    A century ago, Washington was very provincial. My father was born and raised in Bellingham, as my mother was, he saw his first black person when he was 16, and did not travel more than ten miles from where he was born until he was 16. But that has changed dramatically, at least in the Seattle area, as my neighborhood attests to.

    As I have written, Seattle has long been associated with progressive movements, such as the Wobblies, and my grandfather was the president of the painter’s union. Although my father did not see a black person until he was 16, if he had been raised in Seattle, he might have run into Jimi Hendrix, who is Seattle’s first major musical figure. Seattle’s music scene was generally a sideshow to San Francisco’s, but it began coming into its own in the 1970s, and the Wilson sisters fronted Heart, which became the first big rock band led by women. I knew punk rockers in Ventura in the early 1980s, and that is another story, and that punk and heavy metal ferment in Seattle led to what became called grunge. Nirvana’s Nevermind in 1991 was when grunge made the big time, and the music scene that led to Serg’s post was in full swing.

    I moved home to Seattle in 1997, after my second stint with Dennis (or arguably, the fourth), to a Seattle that was very different from the one that I left in 1986 to chase Dennis to Boston. If I had thrown myself into work instead of the study and writing that led to my site today, I could very well be retired today, as the first dot-com bubble formed then, as Bill Gates became the world’s richest man and many Internet companies started up in Seattle. I worked for dot.com companies for about 15 years. In 1999, I marched next to the former governor of Washington the night before the WTO meetings, and missed the tear gas, which I am happy that I did. I only marched with little old ladies and the clergy, not that grunge crowd spoiling for a fight. The next year, I attended the Ralph Nader rally, and Eddie Vedder played to warm up the crowd of ten thousand people. Nader is the last presidential candidate that I voted for.

    When Nirvana made it, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love moved to a house on the water on Lake Washington, as the rich do around here. They lived next door to a pal, and he said that they had trouble living normally, such as remembering which day was trash day. They were in drug-induced stupors regularly, and Cobain killed himself in 1994. One of my punk rocker friends was accidentally killed by his wife, as they played with guns. The punk/grunge scene was far from wholesome, with drug-induced early deaths not uncommon, and I suppose that Jimi Hendrix started that trend.

    I do not live in Seattle for its counterculture, and I really live in its suburbs today, across the street from Microsoft’s headquarters, and Seattle is degenerating into a metropolis. I only go into Seattle when I have to, and hope that I don’t have to work there again.

    Much more to come on Seattle and my background, but it is time for work.

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    Hi:

    In the 1980s, during my stints in Seattle, there was a “lesser Seattle” movement, led by a local journalist, to try to keep Seattle from becoming some big, ruined metropolis. Locals were wary of the migration from California. In the 1970s, there were big plans to turn Seattle into something like LA, with about ten bridges planned across Lake Washington, to link the East Side with Seattle. That was resisted, and there are only two bridges today. I shudder to think of ten bridges across the lake.

    Although the chainsaws removed 95% of Washington’s original forests, the loggers wanted 100%, and there was a battle of the loggers and conservationists, and the forests in the mountains were largely spared, which is where I hike. In the 1960s, the plan for my favorite hiking mountain was to put condos on it, and the conservation movement saved it. Unfortunately, part of the mountain is still being logged today.

    There has generally been a battle over every acre in the area during my lifetime, and although there have been plenty of conservationist victories, the forces of development have generally been the winners. Earth is not really overpopulated, not with FE, but it is far overpopulated, with humanity’s current energy practices. The Peak Oilers and other doomsayers argue that we need to get rid of about 90% of humanity.

    This whole conservationist/developer battle could only be waged in rich nations that could rely on fossil fuels instead of forests for their energy. Conservation ideology was always ascendant as civilizations were well on their way to collapse, as they destroyed their means of sustenance. With FE, there would no longer be any reason to rape Earth’s ecosystems for human benefit, and in that light, it has been surreal to see environmental organizations treat FE as the enemy, but that has been their stance since the 1970s.

    Of course, Seattle gets some credit for being the town where the greatest run at bringing alternative energy to the American marketplace was mounted, but it gets far more black marks for wiping it out. The same gangsters that ran Dennis out of his home state are still active, which is a big reason why I turn down all public speaking invitations in my home state. I hope that I live to see Seattle dismantled and turned back into forest (but I am not holding my breath ).

    So, living here is a mixed bag for me. I don’t plan to ever leave, but living here is ironic to me in ways, and FE is not going to come from Seattle, although one of its native sons might be able to get something going. Bill Gates will be no help, nor will any of the rich “philanthropists,” nor will the Radical Left or the Free Software Movement, etc. To one degree or another, they see past the veil of their conditioning a little, but not enough to truly comprehend abundance. They all have their commitments to their scarcity-based frameworks, in what amount to religious faiths. I know that I seek needles in haystacks.

    This may be my last Seattle post for now, but I will write more about my background and influences.

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    Here is another scientific literacy post. On the TV show Lost, one of the protagonists was called a man of faith (John Locke) and the other a man of science (Jack Shephard), but it was probably more accurate to call Shephard a man of doubt. Organized religion is based on faith, and mainstream science is based on doubt. But faith and doubt are poor substitutes for knowledge, which is only attainable through experience.

    The scientific ideal is a quest for knowledge via reproducible experiments that can verify or falsify hypotheses, which anybody with the proper technology and techniques can reproduce. The religious ideal is to attain direct personal experience of the nature of reality, usually by attaining mystical states of awareness. Both approaches require self-discipline and integrity, and some people are more talented than others. The most talented scientists generally had what we would call high IQs, while the most talented mystics had a flexibility of consciousness that can be hard to define, but the so-called miracles of the Bible, especially the feats of Jesus, is what most would agree is pronounced mystical ability, and Jesus attained it through love, which is something that scientists really can’t define.

    Performing “mystical” feats is really not all that hard to do. After 40 hours of meditation training, performing what is called a remote viewing was a typical feat. That is how Brian O’Leary and I had our mystical awakenings. Everybody that I most respected in the FE field had a mystical awakening, and most of us were scientists or scientists-in-training. I performed many “feats” in those early days of exploring my mystical abilities, and I had many preposterous events orchestrated by my “friends,” which guided me to the biggest events of my unbelievable journey. The “skeptics” will tell you otherwise, but thousands of experiments since the 1800s have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that human consciousness has abilities that the current scientific models are at a loss to explain. While such experiments are nice confirmation of those innate human abilities, there is no substitute for doing it yourself, which removes all doubt or faith and replaces it with knowledge.

    It turns out that the greatest physicists, who worked in that hardest of hard sciences, all had worldviews that verged on the mystical, which is one of the many skeletons in the closets of materialists, who engage in numerous logical summersaults to ignore or explain those uncomfortable facts away. Those with mystical experiences know better.

    The greatest breakthroughs in science and technology generally came from flashes of insight, which has been called the creative moment and other terms, but it was a close cousin to, if not identical to, mystical insight. I have had both, and they are arguably one and the same.

    In the Fifth Epoch, scientific literacy will be like reading, writing, and arithmetic are in the Fourth Epoch: something that all children learn. But the key to the Fifth Epoch is technologies that exist on the planet today that turn the physics textbooks into doorstops. Also, anybody who plays in the FE field for long enough, at a high enough level, knows that those technologies exist, if they can survive the process of discovering it. So, the process is reproducible, but just like with attaining the highest mystical insights, almost nobody really has the right stuff today to go find out for themselves, so they fall back on faith and doubt. In the Fifth Epoch, the religion of the Fourth Epoch, materialism, will also go into the dustbin of history, as the agrarian religions of the Third Epoch steadily lose their influence, and all Fifth Epoch children will explore their mystical abilities, and in ways that reject all of the hocus-pocus of organized religion or today’s New Age trappings.

    This entire line of inquiry is rich with paradoxes and conundrums, which Niels Bohr said was where the gold was. Wrestling with paradoxes is where the greatest scientific progress was made, and there is a paradox at the bedrock of physics that shows how far our current theories are from figuring it out. The greatest science of all is likely the science of consciousness, which mainstream science has barely begun to explore, and its often-materialistic stance usually defeats it before it begins.

    Materialism is a faith, or a philosophical stance based on unprovable assumptions, if you want to call it that, not a scientific finding, but most mainstream scientists don’t like to be reminded of it. If the limits of today’s scientific inquiry are understood, then it can be an immensely useful process, and the greatest scientists were keenly aware of those limitations, but the hack class of scientists has turned mainstream science into a religion, just like the professional priesthoods turned the enlightened teachings of the mystical masters into another form of social control. They did it from the beginning. So it is, in a world of scarcity and fear.

    I have a busy weekend of work ahead of me, so will be a little quiet.

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    Quote Posted by Wade Frazier (here)
    ...This entire line of inquiry is rich with paradoxes and conundrums, which Niels Bohr said was where the gold was. Wrestling with paradoxes is where the greatest scientific progress was made, and there is a paradox at the bedrock of physics that shows how far our current theories are from figuring it out. The greatest science of all is likely the science of consciousness, which mainstream science has barely begun to explore, and its often-materialistic stance usually defeats it before it begins..."
    Reading this today, I was thinking how thought, consciousness, is inextricably linked with the power of manifestation. The line between them (at least in our conscious perception) wavering, dissolving and solidifying – much like water in its various states – based on our consciousness at that very moment. As our consciousness grows, our ability to imagine, to think creatively and act creatively, grows with it. We perceive and manifest the level of science we are ‘ready’ for.

    The more true and deep love we find for ourselves, the more naturally it comes to see an aspect of God – divine, harmonious creative energy – in ourselves. Not with arrogance (a symptom of ego, of clinging to boundaries), but with a gentler form of sovereignty.

    The first step, which I am forever remembering to work on, often being an acceptance. Acceptance of ourselves. Forgiveness for our limitations as they currently appear, so that we can flow in the moment. Not struggle. I was listening to James Gilliland the other day and he commented (I’ll loosely paraphrase) that when looking to reconnect ourselves it may be fruitless to try and clear the mind of chatter, as even that wilful act of trying can be an act of ego – better to just let the mind wonder. I.e. let the energies flow.

    At one level of consciousness, we are worshipping deities, perhaps projecting onto them what we unconsciously believe our own dormant potential may be – whether it be an unresolved anger (a wrathful ‘god’) or a great sense of bliss we’ve found hard to attain / sustain (a benevolent ‘god’.) When balanced - its reflection in nature (where hierarchies exist) might be the relationship between the child and ancestor. Learning, growing, developing, as we mirror and echo – process and adapt - the behaviours we perceive in a more complex / more experienced entity. When unbalanced – it can mean we are abstaining from responsibility, asking another to do or to be what we do not yet feel prepared enough to do or to be ourselves.

    At another level we begin to see through the veil, revealing broader dimensions. The poet sees, feels and endeavours to describe it – painting with words the world as he/she sees it – where the seemingly solid things that define boundaries begin to flicker in frequency, flowing into one another so the divisions are blurred. Feelings are expressed with metaphors, revealing their likeness to material things, and material things are likewise imbued with the energies, the essences of soulful thought. All worlds, material and non-material, begin to resonate together – revealed as part of a sea of energy in constant motion. At that level, the scientist begins to see new layers to the material world, new connections and pathways, new functions of parts, that link both processes and the cogs that enable them.

    I was in a cab the other day, and – whilst addressing the pitfalls of smart phones - the cab driver lamented the way technology has failed us, offering that he’d like to throw it all in the river. Playfully I reminded him that the cab we were both benefitting from was technology (he smiled in agreement.) At moments like that I think of this thread. It reminded me of a point you’ve made before Wade. That technology is a form of our creativity and is of course neither inherently good or bad. We can have a world blessed with all kinds of technological assists, if our intent in creating and utilising our creations is rooted in love. Without love we risk demise, with or without our bleeping and fidgety gadgets.

    In science - at one level of consciousness we are analysing a world given to us. We are counting the apples (of knowledge and juiciness) that fall from the tree. At another level, we are creating, not just apples, like adept shamans sating the hunger of an audience in awe, but powering magnificent light ships that arise from our body-minds and swim through the stars. Perhaps alone, in luminescent pods - or in unity via spectacular vessels charged by the synchronous intent of hybrid minds.

    When the unfathomable spectrum of infinite possibility baffles me, knitting my eyebrows in a furrow, causing me to curl up in a corner (under a blanket, with a lump of comfort food), I know it’s only really my ego, my low state of energy, faffing with my mind. When I am flowing, the concept of infinity is nourishing, uplifting. Both sensible and magical. It glides through my thoughts, accompanied by a quiet joy. A kind of knowing giggle. I become both the humble fool and the student who feels I have a universe of wonder, shimmering at my door. Smiling back at me. Waiting to unfold.

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    Hi:

    I have informed Melinda that I only “need” her to do that once a year, and anything more is gravy. On this thread, I have related the story of talking to a man, just before the boom was lowered onto us in Ventura, who had reason to call Princeton’s physics department when he was a young man, and Einstein picked up the phone with, “This is Albert.” The conversation quickly led to Einstein’s speculations on how the cosmos worked, and the man told me that it was like Einstein was wandering the stars as they spoke. That conversation happened not long before Einstein died.

    Einstein was well aware of the similarity of religious “rapture” and what he experienced when he pondered how the universe worked. I have known scientific minds that were similar to Einstein’s, and they definitely had a mystical bent. Einstein was a pure theorist who never performed any experiments related to his theories. He never learned to drive, got lost while walking home one day at Princeton, and about the only technology that he handled (other than picking up the phone ), was his pencil for writing down his thought experiments, his violin, and the tiller of his small sailboat.

    I am in the autism spectrum, as Einstein was, as were the greatest scientific and inventive minds that I knew. Not many of them are gregarious, man-of-the-people types, like a Brian O and Dennis. I think that that “autistic” orientation is what allowed them to “wander the stars” that way and perceive the universe’s “secrets,” just waiting to be understood.

    In very real ways, our technology made us, as without advanced tools and the control of fire, we would have never left the forest and might still get around on all fours. And our technologies have always primarily been about getting more energy or manipulating it for our benefit. There are few exceptions.

    As I sat down, before reading Melinda’s little gem, I was going to write a little more on scientific literacy and how science and technology can go awry, and it is all about scarcity and fear, and energy scarcity above all. So far, the greatest engine of technological innovation in the human journey has been warfare. The first practical application of Einstein’s theories was making history’s most evil weapons and gratuitously dropping them on a defeated people. Einstein himself owned part of that, and said that it was his life’s greatest mistake.

    The Space Race was a partial exception to that warfare model, but ironically, Jack Kennedy tried to end the Cold War, instructed NASA to develop a joint mission to the moon with the Soviet Union, not have a Space Race, and he was murdered soon thereafter, most likely by interests that did not want to see the Cold War end, as warfare presents wondrous profit opportunities, as some soldiers eventually realized.

    In a world of scarcity and fear, rapacious systems such as capitalism thrive, and technology can go down a dark path when greed and fear guide its development. If we choose love and sentience (they mutually reinforce each other), then a different path awaits.

    Not only do technologies developed and sequestered today turn the physics texts into doorstops (which were likely at least partly developed by reverse-engineering captured ET craft), but basic science has been greatly corrupted by vested interests. Corporate and military fluoride polluters turned a brain-damaging, tooth-crumbling toxic waste into “medicine” that is compulsorily jammed down the American public’s throat, literally. Western medical “science” is almost entirely bogus, with at least half of all medical research corrupted by vested interests (and I have even seen a study that estimated that 90% was bogus).

    If an effort like mine can ever build up enough steam to help make FE happen, capitalism and all other scarcity-based ideologies and institutions will go the way of the dinosaur, as the Fifth Epoch dawns. Technology will not be developed under the rubric of greed and fear, and the science that emerges will bear little resemblance to today’s. Today’s animal experiments will be unthinkable, and many other evil practices will fade away into the oblivion of a past Epoch. Who wants any of that? With FE, it all becomes feasible, and without FE, almost none of it does.

    Best,

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    Hi:

    As I have written, I planned to “leverage” my replies to Vasili into posts in other forums, and I did just now (1, 2, 3), so they have their own threads, as the topic is important, and are more focused than this big, rambling thread.

    Time to start my busy day.

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    Hi:

    Here is a little more on my background and influences, of which my Seattle birth plays a relatively small part. My big essay takes the long view of the human journey, from the solar system’s beginning to life’s beginning to the primates that left the trees to the founder group’s exit from Africa to Europe’s conquest of Earth to the wave of genocide and migration that swept across North America to my family’s part in it. I cover many aspects of my life, from my early training to be a scientist to my mystical awakening to my business studies and post-graduate disillusionment before I met Dennis and my wild ride began.

    I was raised in the most prosperous era of the human journey, in history’s richest and most powerful nation, which is also arguably history’s most arrogant nation. It is also history’s most racist nation, and I was raised in a racist and bigoted household. I was raised to worship a flag. It was a mixed bag. On one hand, I was raised to be an achiever, and one of my mentors tried to lower the USA’s imperial murders, to no avail, but on the other, I was also taught that I would not quite be a man until I had been a soldier. I live in a nation of gun nuts, where mass shootings are a daily occurrence. The lives of those around me (family, friends) have been impacted several times by mass shootings. It is not some media construct, as some are arguing. A cousin murdered his infant son in what was likely a drug-fueled rage, and he was not my only murderer relative.

    My fellow FE travelers have generally been Americans, men, scientists or scientists-in-training, geniuses, and from history’s most privileged demographic group, which gave us all challenges in humility, no matter how noble our intentions. Our journeys scathed and humbled us (going bankrupt just came with the territory), often shortened our lives (1, 2), and I will be picking up the pieces of my shattered life until I die.

    Blind optimism seems to be burned into the human DNA, and humans, like all animals, are energy windfall opportunists. This is universal across all people, as we are all very closely related on the evolutionary scale, only becoming separated as our ancestors began conquering the world not all that long ago.

    The West’s “progress” has seen that blind optimism turned up a notch or four, and is one reason why there is such entrenched denial in my great nation that anything at all is awry. I still see people denying the Global Warming is real or that humans have influenced it. It is amazing to witness the many different ways that people can keep their heads buried in the sand. That blind optimism is partly about the fear of facing reality. It can be argued that it is some kind of evolutionary adaptation, in which blind optimism somehow “works,” but the human journey is full of collapsed civilizations, which were blindly optimistic to the end.

    But industrialization also brought about the demographic transition, which is arguably the greatest boon that humanity has yet experienced. All from earlier Epochs who get a taste of a later one want some. The benefits of those higher energy surpluses are many and profound.

    So, what are my fellow industrialized humans doing with all of those immense benefits? They are largely squandering them, as we head toward the brick wall at Mach One. The opportunity to become aware of our situation, and appreciating the benefits as well as being cognizant of the peril, is lost on almost all people, as their immediate self-interest forms the horizon of their awareness, as they are trapped in their egocentric perspectives. Only something that might be called a soul-centric perspective is going to help for what I am doing, and I know that not many have achieved it or even aspired to it.

    That bigger picture awareness was common, to one degree or another, with my fellow travelers. Some sought it early on, but if not, it was kind of forced on us via our experiences, as we tried to understand what we were experiencing. Dennis and I kept blundering into higher levels of the game, and the Eye of Sauron eventually focused on us and still keeps track of us, although I hope that I am relatively low on the radar today.

    I think that this post wraps up my background and Seattle posts for now.

    Time to start my busy week.

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    Hi Wade,

    You probably have touched on this somewhere, but yesterday I was thinking about the idea that the journey across time of all of life (including humanity) boils down to energy... and water. Yeah, the "and water" popped into my head as another common denominator of life. So, I'm wondering if you would classify water as another form of energy. (Water certainly has energy components in Hydrogen and Oxygen, but "life" utilizes water without extracting that potential.)

    Not intended as a semantics game or a distraction, I'm just wondering how you classify water - which (I think) is an invariably essential component for life even without (seemingly) extracting energy from it.

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    Hi Dennis:

    Water is essential to “life as we know it,” but it is not an energy source. My big essay update this year is going to go a bit deeper into chemistry and molecular biology. The subjects are fascinating, and water plays a major role, but for reasons that may seem obscure. Oxygen and hydrogen, along with carbon, are the most important elements of life as we know it, and scientists have a hard time imagining other life forms based on different chemistry basics.

    Oxygen, hydrogen, and water have an amazing interplay on Earth and in its ecosystems. Water’s hydrogen bonds are a key to its importance. Oxygenic photosynthesis and the Great Oxygenation Event were milestones in life’s evolution on Earth. Aerobic respiration was a reaction to the Great Oxygenation Event, which led to air breathers like you and me.

    These are fascinating topics, which I will revisit more in my essay revision this year. Most of Earth’s hydrogen is bound up in water, and the protons that power mitochondria, which is the energy center of all animals, are hydrogen atoms stripped of their electrons. That hydrogen primarily came from water. So, water is essential for energy production in complex life. These are big, big subjects.

    The so-called hydrino concept is not getting energy from hydrogen, just like the energy from a windmill does not come from the windmill, but the wind blowing across it.

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    Hi:

    I get asked about Bill Gates regularly, as he sings an “alternative” energy tune. Here is today’s tune: fission! Gates is not any kind of visionary, and it is getting frustrating to keep hearing about him and his “solutions.” Gates lives relatively humbly for the world’s richest man, at least officially, but to hear him dominating “alternative” energy talk these days is a sad state of affairs.

    I get asked about Elon Musk, too, as if he would be ripe to hear about FE. Damn, he runs a company named after Tesla! I never heard any FE talk coming from him. I don’t follow those talking heads much, but it is hard to avoid it today. Godzilla is chuckling all the way, as a “Tesla” company’s big energy play is a battery factory, or the world’s richest man promotes fission.

    To those FE newbies who think that Gates and Musk are just waiting to hear from somebody like me, I have news for them: they aren’t. Brian O banged his head on those doors for many years, and Dennis would get swarmed with billionaires when he was riding high, and none of them were worth a damn. These newbie predilections are all variations of trying to get The Muppet Movie ending after a few days of work, some easy way to the new Epoch, just by calling on the right potentate. It has never worked and never will. Both men have undoubtedly been approached on the FE issue many times. I don’t know and don’t care what their reactions have been, but they were likely some variation of reactions in Levels 1, 2, 3, and 5, and if they are the least bit worldly, and I think they would be, then they should know about stuff like this. It is very possible that they are playing a role, knowingly, feigning being true visionaries. But really, I try to not pay attention to them. It can be a seductive thought that they would wake up and throw their weight behind FE, but it is a waste of time and would actually be dangerous to them if they did. Then Godzilla would finally roll out of bed and deal with the threat. I would not talk to Gates about FE if he wanted to.

    Best,

    Wade
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    Hi:

    A relatively recent development is the idea of a “Breakaway Civilization,” and I am getting bombarded with it. I received something just last night on it. Is the idea of a Breakaway Civilization valid? It is helpful?

    Right now, it is a New Age/conspiracist flavor of the day, and I am not sure that that is a good thing, as that awareness is usually at the childish/gossip/titillation level of the game. I’ll say this: the so-called Breakaway Civilization is another name for Godzilla and pals. They definitely have plenty of exotic technology, including FE and antigravity, which means that they are spacefaring. They approached a member of my circle on helping them terraform Mars, in case their antics make Earth uninhabitable. So, the group and its technologies are real. But calling them “breakaway” fosters seeing them as an outgroup, which is not healthy, IMO. They are simply humans who have taken power and control games to extreme levels.

    But the galactic neighborhood is not going to let them sail around the stars, not those spiritual degenerates. For all of their technological superiority, dishonestly acquired, they are spiritual children, with their ranks full of power-hungry dark pathers. Theirs is not any kind of “civilization” that a normal person would want to be part of.

    They can “breakaway,” for all that I care. We don’t need their technology. We can roll our own, if we can muster the integrity and sentience, which is the key, not the toys.

    I saw the Breakaway Civilization presentation some years ago, and it was a rather naïve, academic approach, of some “new” hypothesis, and I am not sure how beneficial it is. The “Breakaway Civilization” idea is a marketing gimmick, IMO. I doubt that it will play among the pipe-smoking, sherry-drinking Ivy League crowd, so it seems to be giving a veneer of academic respectability to the New Age/conspiracists, but they never get anything done.

    So, the Breakaway Civilization idea is taking its place among the New Age/conspiracist crowd, becoming some watered-down and titillating flavor of the day. Will it help mount an effort that can make a dent? I don’t see how. Will it help raise the general awareness? Maybe, but the downsides may outweigh the upsides.

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    Wade
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    Historians are concerned about what happened, and scientists not only are concerned with that, but also why. As the tools, techniques, and hypothesis become more sophisticated, new questions are being asked and pursued. It is an amazing process.

    Dennis’s recent question on water can open up big areas of inquiry. The connection of oxygenic photosynthesis and the atmosphere’s oxygenation has been a very controversial area, and Ward and Kirschvink’s latest book spends some ink on it, and their conclusion is that oxygenic photosynthesis evolved a little less than 2.5 billion years ago. Life had not yet adopted aerobic respiration (why would it, if there was not any oxygen to consume?), and for hundreds of millions of years, oxygenic photosynthesis filled the atmosphere and then some. One speculation is that the atmospheric oxygen level might have reached multiples of today’s level. That high oxygen level would have also caused low carbon dioxide levels, as oxygenic photosynthesis takes carbon from the atmosphere, and that led to the first “Snowball Earth” episode, as Earth became one big ball of ice.

    Following the controversy really is fascinating, as various deposits of manganese, uranium, iron, and other minerals provide evidence of high or low oxygen conditions. Again, I am going to get into those issues a bit more in my upcoming essay update, and visit molecular biology a bit more, as the engines of life were built. The energy generation machine of mitochondria is nothing short of incredible, and I am going to devote significant effort to sketching its basics and how complex life is dependent on mitochondrial function. Bird mitochondria operate at peak efficiency in order to fly, which is the greatest energetic feat in the animal kingdom, and that aerobic capacity and related efficiency is closely related to why birds live ten times as long as similarly sized mammals. When the human line learned to walk upright and run, its aerobic capacity skyrocketed, and it is today thought that that is why humans live twice as long as their gorilla and chimp cousins.

    These are not areas of idle philosophical speculation, but have great import to the human journey, and gaining some understanding of life at the molecular level has been one of the great advances in my lifetime. Some scientific literacy is essential for understanding those vital issues.

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