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makes all the world kin "

William Shakespeare

The Narrow Logic of Numbers

February 19th, 2013

Indian_pre-school_girl_in_pink_shirt_plays_with_abacusHere is another brilliant documentary by Adam Curtis, second in the series I posted on the other day. This film focuses on the narrow logic of numbers and how politicians have tried to use numbers in the service of their ideals with such hopeless results.
What is so interesting is the way he demonstrates how certain beliefs and ideas about what the human being is have been used by politicians and economists to startling effect in the very tangible worlds of health care, social mobility, and wealth distribution.

It shows us how vital the search for the understanding of the human being is –  how the study of philosophy, psychology and spirituality are of fundamental importance. The film is full of extraordinary information: about the Impossibility Theorem, hospitals taking the wheels off trolleys to classify them as beds to hit their targets, and of the similarity in responses between economists and psychopaths.

A Cyclical Universe?

February 19th, 2013

650px-CMS_Higgs-eventSee this BBC article which suggests an idea which will make a lot of sense to Druids and Pagans:

‘the possibility of a cyclical universe, in which every so often all of space is renewed.’

Scientists say they may be able to determine the eventual fate of the cosmos as they probe the properties of the Higgs boson.

A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it…

Read more here