55 million indigenous people died following the European conquest of the Americas beginning in 1492. A new study demonstrates that the Great Dying of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas led to the abandonment of enough cleared land in the Americas that the resulting terrestrial carbon uptake had a detectable impact on both atmospheric CO2 and global surface air temperatures in the two centuries prior to the Industrial Revolution.
What are the basic constituents of our universe, our world, our body, . . . From where came the building blocks of our “material” world, the elementary particles ? How Science classified them ? This paper recapitulates decades of interdisciplinary research in astronomy, chemistry, and nuclear physics to determinate from where came the elements.
All the signs are you’re alive: you respond to stimuli, you’re using energy, your cells are reproducing. Yet plenty of things around you obviously aren’t alive, despite ultimately being made of the exact same atoms. Physics or biology alone can’t explain the difference, and in the first of a new occasional series of “Big Questions”, physicist-turned-biologist Paul Davies marries concepts from the cutting edge of both disciplines to come up with a big answer – one that takes us outside the bounds of the laws of nature as we know them.
Meat production doesn’t just affect the ecosystem by production of gases, and study now question the system of production’s direct effect on global freshwater use, change in land use, and ocean acidification. A recent paper in Science claims that even the lowest-impact meat causes “much more” environmental impact than the least sustainable forms of plant and vegetable production.
The view that Homo sapiens evolved from a single region/population within Africa has been given primacy in studies of human evolution. However, developments across multiple fields show that relevant data are no longer consistent with this view. A new study shows that Homo sapiens evolved within a set of interlinked groups living across Africa, whose connectivity changed through time.
Mme Blavatsky wrote (The theosophist, Vol. III, N° 4, January 1882) : “The phenomena of sensation and volition, of intellect and instinct are, of course, all manifested through the channels of the nervous centres, the most important of which is the brain. . . Yet while this physiological office is distinguished, or divided by Science into three kinds – the motor, sensitive and connecting – the mysterious agency of intellect remains as mysterious and perplexing to the great physiologists as it was in the days of Hippocrates. The scientific suggestion that there may be a fourth series associated with the operation of thought, has not helped towards solving the problem; it has failed to shed even the slightest ray of light on the unfathomable mystery. Nor will they ever fathom it unless our men of Science accept the hypothesis of DUAL MAN.“
We all like to think of ourselves as totally unique, independent individuals, in charge of our own destinies. But new research has found evidence that our behaviour, and maybe even our personalities, could be influenced by something totally unexpected – our immune systems.
Theosophical literature often points out that our personal consciousness is not a single entity but, rather, the sum total of many different influences, including our bodies, elementals, skandhas, the higher consciousness, and more.
Soil from Ireland long thought to have medicinal properties contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA. This area was previously occupied by the Druids, around 1500 years ago.
Madame Blavatsky, talking about the Science of the Druids, said (Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, p.18) :
“On the dead soil of the long by-gone past stand their (the druids) sacred oaks, now dried up and stripped of their spiritual meaning by the venomous breath of materialism. But for the student of occult learning, their vegetation is still verdant and luxuriant, and as full of deep and sacred truths, as that hour when the arch-druid performed his magical cures, and waving the branch of mistletoe, severed with his golden sickle the green bough from its mother oak-tree..”
Our moon isn’t alone: Astronomers confirm Earth has two extra, hidden satellites. Hungarian astronomers and physicists say they have finally confirmed the existence of two Earth-orbiting “moons” entirely made of dust.
This is an interesting piece of news that may be related to something HPB taught to her Inner Group. She said:
“A new Moon will appear during the 7th Round, and our Moon will finally disintegrate and disappear. There is now a planet, the “mystery Planet”, behind the Moon, and it is gradually dying. Finally, the time will come for it to send its principles to a new laya centre, and there a new planet will form, to belong to another solar system, the present “mystery Planet” there functioning as Moon to that new globe. This Moon will have nothing to do with our Earth, although it will come within the range of vision.”
The two first man-made object to leave the heliosphere of the Solar System, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, are still in communication with Earth, and they are sending data from 11 billion miles. The first one, Voyager 1 left the Solar System mid-2012, and Voyager 2 is nearing the border.
Mme Blavatsky explained (Blavatsky Lodge discussions – April 11, 1889) that :
” Between two planets, there is a regular gradation of density and purity in the etheric atmosphere which lies between the two. It commences on a planet with the densely material air, which is the rûpa, or body of ether, and is as opaque to the light of its higher principle as the body of man is to the light of the Divine Spirit. From that material darkness of the etheric atmosphere shades off gradually, till it reaches a point of – say, the perfect brightness or luminosity. This is the Laya point, or line on our plane, of the atmosphere between two planets… Therefore, in occult science, it is impossible for anything in the shape of a material body to pass from one planet to another.”
Those statements about the impossibility to pass from one planet to the other may be puzzling . Looking further at what HPB said, maybe she was considering something like a spaceship (which of course didn’t exist at the time). Maybe she was saying that no material from a planet can naturally escape it, and also that a human being could not nakedly cross from one planet to the next. At this time, science did knew about the lack of oxygen in outer space and the escape velocity from Earth (or other planets). Maybe this was Blavatsky’s point.
A real-time exemple of climat change impact on our planet which requires our attention (and actions)
Last United Nations Climate Change Committee (COP24) met in Poland in December 2018, and optimism seems predominant :
“Governments have adopted a robust set of guidelines for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.”
“The majority are confident that they will meet their 2020 quantified economy-wide reduction targets. For many of them, their 2020 emission levels are now expected to be lower than projected two years ago because of their climate actions.”
Singapore has removed ranking of students last September, 2018 for all primary and secondary schools. No more first honor, second honor or being last in the class. The Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, addressed 1,700 school leaders: “I know that ‘coming in first or second’, in class or level, has traditionally been a proud recognition of a student’s achievement. But removing these indicators is for a good reason, so that the child understands from young that learning is not a competition, but a self-discipline they need to master for life.”
All theosophical schools do not have ranking or competition among students ever since they were established. Ranking is deemed harmful to students because students tend to think that the way they are measured for their achievement is based on their competitive position or ranking in school. They lose sight of the real purpose of education.
” Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, announced plans to launch an “artificial moon” in 2020. According to Chunfeng, the illumination satellite will be eight times as bright as the actual moon. But he also emphasized that it has been designed to “complement the moon at night.” On Earth, its presence will appear as a “dusk-like glow” that can light an area with a diameter of close to 50 miles. The main driver of this project appears to be cash. “