Scientific study on mice showed that silence is enabling more new cells development in the hippocampus. Silence seems to relieve stress and tension, and to replenish our cognitive resources.
Extracts from the Book of the Golden Precepts, translated by H.P. Blavatsky : “Before the soul can comprehend and may remember, she must unto the Silent Speaker be united just as the form to which the clay is modeled, is first united with the potter’s mind. For then the soul will hear, and will remember. And then to the inner ear will speak — THE VOICE OF SILENCE —“
A new study suggests the sunspots peak cycle may be the resultant of other planets – Venus, Earth, Jupiter – gravitational fields affecting the magnetic field of the Sun. The physical effect , known as the Tayler instability, is capable of altering the behavior of conductive liquids or a plasma. The 11.07 years cycle matches with the periodic alignment of the three planets, generating the greatest gravitational pull.
New measurements below the surface of Mars revealed layers of ice buried a mile beneath the North pole. The quantity of this newly discovered polar ice would be equivalent to a global layer of water around Mars at least 1.5 meters deep. Researchers said it could help the assessment of climate conditions to see if they could have been favorable for life.
When a man of science goes to the other side . . . and experiment a world of light and love.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bar-do thos-grol chen-mo) describes the first phase of the death process : “O, Child of Buddha Nature, listen ! Pure inner radiance, reality itself, is now arising before you. Recognize it ! O, Child of Buddha Nature, this radiant essence that is now your conscious awareness is a brilliant emptiness. The utterly indivisible presence of the essence of your own awareness, which is empty, without inherent existence with respect to any substance whatsoever, and your own conscious awareness, which is vibrant and radiantly present, is the Buddha-body of Reality (Dharmakaya). This intrinsic awareness manifest in a great mass of light, in which radiance and emptiness are indivisible, is the buddha [nature] of unchanging light, beyond birth or death.”
From the bottom of the North Sea, archaeological evidences show a land occupied by Mesolithic people until the rising of sea level inundated it 8.000 years ago.
The Theosophist, Vol. I, N° 6, 1880, pp.159-161 : “If the history of religion and of mythology and – far more important – the origin, developing and final grouping of the human species are ever to be unravelled, we have to trust to archeological research, rather than to the hypothetical deductions of philology.”
Helium hybrid, a compound of hydrogen and helium, thought to be the very first molecule synthesized after the Big Bang, has been finally observed in distant universe. It was hypothesized and recreated in laboratory in 1925. It is thought to be the prototype of the Hydrogen molecule which is the basic component of most of the visible universe.
The Theosophist, Vol. IV, N° 12, 1883, pp.295-310 : “Each atom or molecule of ordinary scientific hypothesis is not a particle of something, animated by a psychic something, destined to blossom as a man after eons. But it is a concrete manifestation of the Universal Energy which itself has not yet become individualized: a sequential manifestation of the one Universal Monas (of the Peripatetics).”
Scientists believe now that almost all of your body’s mass comes from the kinetic energy of the quarks and the binding energy of the gluons. The mass of the quarks, which comes from their interaction with the Higgs field, accounts for just a few percent of the mass of a proton or neutron. Matter, as a solid concept, is vanishing to the benefit of moving energy. This article shows also the way we are receiving energetic influences from everything around us – all living creatures, our Earth, our Sun, the planets, the moon, . . .
Mme Blavatsky on energy : “The Theosophists, old and modern, the Alchemists and Rosicrucians have ever maintained that there were no such things per se as “light,” “heat,” “sound,” “electricity”. There is nothing but radiant energy ”. BCW Vol. IV, p.221
Mme Blavatsky on motion : “It is that wavy motion which is the cause of the evolution of cosmic undifferentiated matter into the differentiated universe . . . From whence does this motion come ? This motion is the spirit itself.” Lucifer 1890
A new research, performed in the Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science, shows that objects of many different shapes and sizes—from micrometers to meters—could be manipulated with a light beam. The key is to create specific nanoscale patterns on an object’s surface. This can be used as a means for propulsion of a new generation of spacecraft which, without needing to carry fuel, could reach very high, even relativistic speeds and possibly travel to other stars.
Mme Blavatsky has elaborated on levitation in her book Isis Unveiled (Vol. I, p. xxiii-xxiv), explaining that : “The starting-point here is the recognized electro-chemical principle that bodies similarly electrified repel each other, while those differently electrified mutually attract . . . The earth is a magnetic body charged with one form of electricity . . . Human bodies, in common with all other forms of matter, are charged with the opposite form of electricity . . . ” And she added in an article from The Theosophist, (Vol. III, N° 6, March 1882, p.163-164) : “Let any man’ body charged (whether consciously or otherwise) with the polarity of the spot which support him, and the similar polarity will shoot his body off in the air like a child’s balloon.”
In 2002 an object orbiting inside the solar system, now known as Sedna, was uncovered (see Physics Today, June 2004, page 23). It has a hugely elongated orbit that takes 10 000 Earth years to complete. Current mapping of all system solar objects/planets/moons could not explained its trajectory. It has been suggested that Sedna’s orbit was likely modified by a passing star early in the history of the solar system. The Planet Nine hypothesis was born. (See Physics Today, April 2016, page 23.) If the observations are trustworthy, it appears that Planet Nine – ten time as massive as the Earth – is probably real. Scientists are confident that within a few years an astronomer somewhere will find a faint, slow-moving point of light in the night sky and triumphantly announce the discovery of another new planet in our solar system.
Curiosity Rover, on Mars, has discovered key ingredients that are important for the establishment and sustainability of life as we know it – nitrites (NO2) and nitrates (NO3). Curiosity discovered them in soil and rock samples it took as it traversed the Gale Crater, the site of ancient lakes and groundwater systems on Mars. To understand how fixed nitrogen may have been deposited in the crater, researchers have recreate the early Martian atmosphere here on Earth. The combination of a warm climate with liquid water on the surface and the production of nitrates are key elements which are necessary for life.
The Psi Encyclopedia, edited by Robert McLuhan, is quick becoming the must-have alternative to the skewed and backwards notions so often encountered on Wikipedia. Created by the Society for Psychical Research in London, the site already covers many relevant subjects with articles crafted by top scientists in parapsychology, university professors, and professional authors.
AI is having an enormous impact in science. It started to be used in many disciplines to handle enormous quantity of data, like the study of the cosmos where the quantity of data collected are so huge and constantly increasing that their analysis is no more humanly feasible. Today, machine learning and access to cloud computing are the basic tools to handle such complexity. Visual recognition is also widely used, even if it remains a deterministic process, far from our human capabilities : “Human intuitions are often equally impenetrable. You look at a photograph and instantly recognize a cat — “but you don’t know how you know. Your own brain is in some sense a black box.”
A global analysis of cumulative human impacts on threatened species on the distribution of 5,457 terrestrial vertebrates show that impacts to species are widespread, occurring across 84% of Earth’s surface. Almost one-quarter of assessed species are impacted across >90% of their distribution, and approximately 7% are impacted across their entire range.
Mme Blavatsky wrote (The Theosophist, Vol. VII, N° 76, January 1886) : ” Evolution starts to mold future humanities within the lower scales of being. Therefore, by killing an animal, or even an insect, we arrest the progress of an entity towards its final goal in nature – MAN ; and to this the student of occult knowledge may say that it not only retards the evolution of that entity, but arrests that of the next succeeding human and more perfect race to come.”
Science had already shown that dogs can see and hear the signs of human emotions. A new study focused on the evidence that dogs are sensitive to the human’s attentional state when producing facial expressions, and concluded that : “Dogs’ production of facial expressions is subject to audience effects, and can be tailored to the human attentional state suggesting some communicative function and are not simple emotional displays based on the dogs arousal state.“
It has already been demonstrated that cigarette smoke contains numerous compounds that are harmful to health and has been linked to a reduction of cortical thickness, involving such areas as the medial and lateral frontal cortex and a decrease in activity of the occipital cortex. Some studies investigated the effects of cigarette smoking on cognitive function, but few have evaluated the effects of cigarette smoking on spatial and color vision. A new study tends to indicate that heavy long-term smokers (i.e. tobacco addiction users) have lower contrast sensitivity and poorer color discrimination abilities than their non-smoking peers.