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Email Of The Year (So Far)

A recently received email reads, unedited, as such …

“I don’t like your attitude on the show. You said the Chem-trails are not real. I have seen them myself and have taken many pictures. I have also seen footage of a weatherman in Oregon saying that the military was doing experiments and laying the chem-trails. Why would you be so sure that they are not real. Who are you?? A bunch of snotty punks that never leave your office? I bet the whole show is there to make real people who seek real truth; look stupid. The “experts” like you claim to be, lie all the fucking time; and so do the people on your show. Thats why you dont have the guts to put up a phone number for calls. I bet you are funded by the goverment, or drug companies or something. No normal people are so arrogant. You are not the “experts” of anything, except lies.”

Wow, that’s quite an email.  Allow me to reply one sentence at a time.

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iKnowledge

I love learning about new things, or learning even more about things I already know.  Sometimes I wish I could just get away for a week or two to a cabin in the woods and sit by a fireplace in a comfortable chair with a huge library of books and just read and learn 24/7.  There are many times throughout the year, especially around the beginning of new school semesters, that I go through my local colleges and universities’ part-time learning course lists and think about enrolling in one or two. But I have 2 jobs and live outseide of the city.  I always tell myself that I’ll take on a course or two one day when I have less things going on.

And then I discovered iTunes U.  What a great idea.  It’s basically a library of free courses in various formats (video, audio, eBook) offered from educators around the world.   From schools like Oxford, Harvard and Yale.

iTunes U has been around for a little while now, but they recently released the iTunes U iOS app.

The free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information.

I’ve already started a list of courses I want to go through in iTunes U.  And they have lots to choose from.  Everything from iOS app creation to philosophy to history.   I just started Harvard University’s Justice with Michael Sandel.  I’m 3 “episodes” in and I’m really enjoying it and learning a lot.  There’s lots of cool science courses too and I’m going to go through one of those next.  And I’ve always been interested in American history.  So many to choose from.  My brain is a sponge and it’s ready to absorb knowledge.

I wonder if I could convince Steve to put up a course on skepticism and critical thinking on there.  Looks like we’ll have to grow him yet another clone. Or will we?….

She’s Not Negative. See? She’s Smiling.

Check this out.  I recently found this on a few feeds in my Google Reader setup.  Stare at the 3 dots on the nose of the woman in this image for about 30 seconds.  Then look at some sort of white space (a blank piece of paper, or a white background on a computer screen) and blink your eyes really fast. 

  

Pretty awesome huh? Well, at least I think it is. :) I found this on Wikipedia (the best source of completely reliable information evar!) and it seems to fit, it’s called “Negative Afterimage“.

Negative afterimages are caused when the eye’s photoreceptors, primarily those known as cone cells, adapt from the overstimulation and lose sensitivity.  Normally the eye deals with this problem by rapidly moving small amounts (see: microsaccade), the motion later being “filtered out” so it is not noticeable. However if the color image is large enough that the small movements are not enough to change the color under one area of the retina, those cones will eventually tire or adapt and stop responding. The rod cells can also be affected by this.

When the eyes are then diverted to a blank space, the adapted photoreceptors send out a weak signal and those colors remain muted. However, the surrounding cones that were not being excited by that color are still “fresh”, and send out a strong signal. The signal is exactly the same as if looking at the opposite color, which is how the brain interprets it.

I love optical illusions, things that trick your eyes and brain. Like that spinning girl that Steve wrote about a couple of times on Neurologica.  If anyone has any good ones to share, post them in the comments.

The Shadow of the Hole

Scientists may soon have a direct image of the black hole in the center of our galaxy.
Using a virtual telescope as big as the earth, they may have for the first time a
picture of the actual shadow a black hole.

Scientists met recently to discuss this project. It has probably one of the coolest
names for a telescope project: The Event Horizon Telescope.

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“Apollo 16 Found Alien Shipwreck” – Psychics

This just in:  it turns out that the Apollo 16 mission was our first encounter with alien life/technology. 

According to a “psychic R&D operation” based in Austin, TX called Tranception Inc., the Apollo 16 astronauts deserve the Congressional Space Medal of Honor for the first ever alien encounter with some ”shipwreck elements”. 

Here, you can read the letter (PDF) sent by Tranception Inc. to everyone from NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. to Microsoft and Google.

If you are wondering what makes me think that the debris field surveyed, filmed and photographed by the crew of Apollo 16 during its EVA-3 is a “shipwreck”, please refer to EXHIBIT “E”, in that a total of eight Controlled Remote Viewers (six professionals and twotrainees) worked that target using standard CRV single-blind protocols and they all describeelements of a “shipwreck” or at least contact with “structures” and/or “people”, “biological”, “alien”, technology, their plight, etc.

Well there you have it folks.  There’s no arguing with that awesome bit of logic.  This is definitely proof of our encounter with aliens.

The Apollo 16 mission doesn’t need the whole alien shipwreck angle to make it great, it was pretty damn awesome to begin with.  Apollo 16 launched on April 16, 1972 and was manned by astronauts John Young, Charles Duke and Ken Mattingly.  Their primary mission was to collect samples from the lunar highlands then believed to have been the result of volcanic activity.  The samples proved that hypothesis incorrect.  The mission included over 20 hours of moonwalks and returned 211lbs of lunar samples.  They safely landed in the South Pacific on April 27, 1972.