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    Scientific Predictions of our Future

    It certainly will be an exciting period of time in the next two decades if we live through the impending Armageddon religions keep saying with happen and KEEP trying to ensure as they expand out of the usual base of ops in the un-Holy Land.

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    It all means nothing for we are each the same entity or Mind that is multifaceted and multidimensional. It is the biggest game in town.

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    Because we are WE does not mean I am not or that I am YOU. Science soon will control the World Mind and maybe so well that the Matrix movie will be prescient.

    There are people in all walks of life who eagerly await a way to control other people like ISIS or racists or maybe even serial rapists and pedophiles in the church. It could happen soon and maybe it will not be across the board applications of these technologies. I really like how this site is approaching it. That does not mean there is nothing to be concerned about.

    I recall Princeton recently put their PEAR random generating world mind enhancer to death but in league with Esalen they are proceeding to put what Teilhard and others before him knew - into action. There is a lot of the Bard or poet in all of this. Enjoy!

    In the very near future we can see what we are already working on come to pass - it used to take fifty years from discovery to the store shelf or doctors office. Now it is as little as a year.

    "Deeper into space

    •WHAT'S NEXT: Bigger, better telescopes sweep the skies scrutinising the atmosphere of planets in other solar systems while plutonium drills dig up alien life from 20 kilometres beneath the ice of Saturn's moons.

    "By 2020 I bet we'll be on the brink of a breakthrough in finding life out there in space," says Professor Fred Watson from the Anglo-Australian Observatory.

    "Some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn have ice 20 kilometres thick floating on liquid oceans: who knows what could be living in them? Titan has lakes of liquid methane instead of water. There's a good chance there are microbes living off these hydrocarbons — they would be amazing life forms if we could find them."

    Watson forecasts that a new generation of telescopes twice or even three times as large as today's will make it possible to closely scrutinise the atmosphere of far-distant Earth-like planets for indications of life.

    We'll discover many Earth-like planets by 2020, says Dr Charley Lineweaver from the Australian National University.

    "This will inspire humanity's first mission to another star, using a spaceship that can travel many times faster than any previous ship."

    The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has the potential at any time to "unhinge our identities as much or even more than Darwin did" says Lineweaver, adding "but I suspect it will be another quiet decade for SETI", a project searching for other lifeforms in the universe.

    Professor Mathew Colless, director of the Anglo-Australian Observatory is a little more hopeful.

    "Maybe, just maybe — this is a real long-shot, we might even learn of other intelligences out there, creatures who, like us, are capable of savouring knowledge about the universe we share."

    •WHAT'S NEXT: Cracking the mysteries of the universe.

    "The Large Hadron Collider will find the Higgs Boson or something unexpected" - Dr Charley Lineweaver (Source: CERN)

    We are learning about our universe more rapidly than before and the next decade could herald some exciting discoveries, says Colless.

    "Particularly fascinating new discoveries to savour in the next ten years may well include where mass comes from if the Large Hadron Collider identifies the Higgs boson; what most of the material in the universe actually is if laboratory experiments detect the subatomic particles of 'dark matter'; what is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate if astronomical observations reveal the nature of dark energy; and whether there are other Earth-like worlds around other stars."

    Lineweaver agrees this will be the decade to find the elusive Higgs-boson particle. {Done already and it is a mind blower.}

    "Our dark matter searches will find a dark matter particle (or particles) or something unexpected. These results and the Planck cosmic microwave background observations could solve the mystery of dark matter and dark energy," Lineweaver says.

    The meaning of life

    •WHAT'S NEXT: A grand unifying theory of biology.

    While discovering the Higgs-boson particle may help us understand how our universe works, a new science called interactomics may help us understand the meaning of life on Earth.

    Once upon a time, we thought genes could explain everything we observe in biology. Then epigenetics came along, revealing that our appearance and function are the result not just of our genes but also their interaction with their environment.

    Interactomics — a grand unifying theory of biology — could help us predict how a system will behave based on information about the individual components that make up that system, says Professor Stephen Simpson from the University of Sydney.

    "A framework like this could help us predict how genes interact to produce an organism, how neurones in the brain create consciousness; how thousands of people might behave if a fire broke out in a football stadium; and even what the stock market might do in the future. Achieving such a synthesis is one of the greatest challenges in modern biology, with immense practical implications," Simpson says.

    New bodies

    But what of our own biology? What will the human body look like a decade from now?

    •WHAT'S NEXT: Fat is the new thin, size 18 the new 12. We can choose from a swathe of high tech pharmaceutical 'magic bullets' to help shed the kilos.

    "More weight-loss drugs will be available on the market in 2020 than today" - Dr Nuala Byrne. (Source: iStockphoto)

    Obesity expert Dr Nuala Byrne from the Queensland University of Technology predicts even more weight loss drugs will be available on the market in 2020 than today: some to slow the stomach emptying, some to make you feel full, some to limit fat absorption, and others to increase metabolism.

    "We may also see devices which use electrical impulses to control the nerves which regulate the stomach and the pancreas and which tell you when you are full. Ultimately, there may be a genetic test to tell you if you have the genes which increase propensity for weight gain — but it'll still be up to you what you do about it."

    •WHAT'S NEXT: Your entire DNA sequenced for the cost of a new lounge suite.

    It will be possible for you to see if you've inherited those obesity genes within 10 years, as fast and cheap DNA sequencing technologies will make personal genomes a reality, predicts Professor Arthur Georges from the University of Canberra.

    "New machines which can yield terabytes of genetic information will make is possible for anyone to have their entire DNA sequenced in less than a week for a $1000. Theoretically this information could be used to predict diseases, cancer and obesity years ahead of when they actually develop," says Georges.

    New genomics technology will also transform forensics, making it increasingly difficult for perpetrators to remain unconnected to their crime scene and victim.

    And by 2020, laboratories will have sequenced the full genomes of 10,000 organisms, providing a wealth of data to help understand how organisms function, how they respond to the environment and ultimately how they evolve.

    •WHAT'S NEXT: Any wound can be healed by combining tissue engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology."
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    Will old technology and philosophies of hope re-take the front page they had at the end of the 19th Century?

    Barack Obama promised a 21st Century bureaucracy and major changes in reining in corrupt practices on Wall Street and all we got was more of the same to start the 21st Century.

    Will people stop chasing jobs and start being productive while having more healthy stress-free attitudes or working together and making life all it should be for every person? Do we need to focus world attention on things which can be done every year or decade in order to actually build a new world order?

    You probably think Cold Fusion was a hoax and there is no free ride or free energy, and yet all the top experts in the world during a time when technology was so far less than now, said we could produce double the GDP with half the man hours (Club of Rome in the seventies and Bucky Fuller in the sixties).

    We now have the ability to extend the life of every human so far that one has to wonder when we will start planning for access to the care and stopping vicarious ego pursuits such as the inalienable right to bear children - even for those who morally, financially, emotionally and educationally are certain to make a child become a detriment to our collective future.

    My crystal ball tells me the very first and most important effort must be ecumenicism. It will not matter if we do other things right if we do not put an end to trying to force this BELIEF into or onto all others, at any cost. That unfortunately means a period of mind control that can overcome the seductive "appeals to base human urges" Machiavelli recommended to his bosses who ran the Church, banking and spy networks. Although I know we have the ability to implant thoughts and control behaviour without the drugs we now use, and even without the knowledge of most people who will have their BELIEF changed - I wish we did not have to do this. In the process of such change there are despots who control nations who will not allow their minions and sheep to get RIGHT, because they need (!) their power!

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    I think we are on the verge of a paradigm shift if we can maintain our individuality or soul in the face of technology (nothing to do with jobs) which can implant thoughts in our mind.

    There is a paradigm in religion that super-imposes itself over the one mentioned here. It has laws and states in it's grasp and the funding for it's initiatives including war and spreading it's influence (Proselytizing) is immense when you consider all aspects of media including parents who still BELIEVE garbage or cultural norms. I also am not enamoured with Kuhn who I think promoted the soul-less paradigm or a paradigm where religion and the god "within" every animate energy (even inanimate) is defined in archaic terms. A good debate on humanistic alternatives in science is begun in a book called Darwinism Evolving by MIT scholars.

    "What has science to do with consciousness? Very little. Consciousness is a troublesome subject. It cannot be pinned down and measured as a material thing; and the uncertainties of subjective experience interfere with our efforts to arrive at universal truths. So science has, by and large, deliberately excluded consciousness from its considerations.

    What has science to do with God? Even less. Whereas we have to accept the existence of consciousness, bothersome as it may be, God has no place at all in the scientific world-view. Modern science has looked out into ‘deep space’ to the edges of the Universe; back into ‘deep time’ to the beginnings of creation; and down into ‘deep structure’ to the most basic constituents of matter. In each case it finds neither place nor need for God. The Universe, it proclaims, functions perfectly well without God.

    This has been the traditional view. But today things are changing. Old boundaries are dissolving, and science is beginning to expand its scope.

    The Super-Paradigm

    When considering the limits of contemporary science, it is important to remember that we are talking of the current paradigm, not science as an endeavour. A scientific paradigm is the set of assumptions within which a particular science does its business. Quantum theory, Darwin’s Theory of evolution and the psychoanalytic theory of the unconscious mind are all examples of paradigms.

    Over time paradigms change. For nearly two thousand years Plato’s belief in the perfection of circular motion dominated the science of mechanics. In the seventeenth century Newton’s Laws of Motion became the paradigm. Today, Einstein’s Theories of Relativity are regarded as a more accurate description of how matter moves in space and time.

    Unfortunately—as Thomas Kuhn showed in his masterful exposition, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions—paradigms do not change easily. They are so deeply embedded in the scientific and wider social culture that they are seldom questioned. Evidence that contradicts the current view is overlooked or rejected; or, if it cannot be so discarded, incorporated in some way, often clumsily, into the existing model. Believers in the old paradigm would rather die than give up their assumptions about the nature of reality. And they often do. New paradigms arise in a culture, not because people change their minds, but because the adherents to the old die out.

    The current scientific world-view holds that matter and physical energy are the primary reality. When we fully understand the functioning of the physical world, we will, according to this view, be able to explain everything—including the human mind. This is more than just a paradigm within a particular field of study; it is a belief common to almost every branch of science. It is more of a super-paradigm.

    To question this super-paradigm is to question something really big. Little wonder then that any evidence for telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, healing, prayer, or any other phenomenon that suggests consciousness is not so dependent on matter, is either ignored or ridiculed by the establishment. Within the accepted world-view, it simply cannot be true.

    What is consciousness?

    If, as the current super-paradigm holds, consciousness arises from matter, it is natural to ask when it first arose. Is an animal such as a dog conscious? As far as we know, dogs are not self-conscious as we are, they do not think to themselves in words, and they probably do not reason as we do. But does that mean they have no subjective experience, as Descartes conjectured?

    As far as I can tell, my dog experiences the world around. She clearly feels pain when hurt. And when asleep, she appears to dream, feet and toes twitching as if on the scent of some fantasy rabbit. To suggest that she is not conscious, but some insentient biological mechanism with no interior world, seems absurd—as absurd as suggesting that my neighbour across the street is not conscious.

    In dealing with such questions, it is helpful to distinguish between two broad but distinct senses of the term ‘consciousness’. First, there are the various subjective phenomena and events that we experience—our perceptions of the world around, our thoughts, our ideas, our beliefs, our values, our feelings, our emotions, our hopes, our fears, our intuitions, our dreams and our fantasies. These I call ‘the contents of consciousness’.

    Distinct from all of these is consciousness as a faculty: the faculty of having an inner mental world within which these experiences take place. The contents of our consciousness may vary widely—we see different things, think different thoughts, feel different emotions, hold different values—but common to us all is the fact that we are aware. Without this faculty there would be no subjective experience of any kind.

    We might draw an analogy with a painting. The picture corresponds to the contents of consciousness; the canvas on which it is painted corresponds to the faculty of consciousness. An infinite variety of pictures can be painted on the canvas; but whatever the pictures, they all share the fact that they are painted on a canvas. Without the canvas there would be no painting.

    Where dogs differ from us is not in the faculty of consciousness but in what they are conscious of—the contents of their consciousness. Dogs may not be self-aware, and may not think or reason as we do. In these respects they are less aware than we are. On the other hand, dogs can hear higher frequencies of sound than we do, and their sense of smell far surpasses our own. In terms of their sensory perception of the world around, dogs may be more aware than humans.

    Origins of Consciousness

    If dogs have the faculty of consciousness, then by the same argument so must cats, horses, deer, dolphins, whales and other mammals. If mammals are sentient beings, then I see no reason to suppose birds are any different. Some parrots I have known seem as conscious as dogs. And what about reptiles and fish? There is nothing particular about their nervous systems to suggest they do not have their own interior world of experience.

    So where do we draw the line? At vertebrates? Insects have senses and nervous systems; why shouldn’t they also have some corresponding degree of inner experience? The picture that is painted on the canvas of their minds might be very different indeed from ours—less rich, much simpler—but I see no reason to doubt there is a picture.

    It seems probable to me that any organism that is sensitive in some way to its environment has a degree of interior experience. If a bacterium is sensitive to physical vibration, light intensity or heat, who are we to say it does not have a corresponding degree of consciousness? The picture that is painted might be the equivalent of an extremely faint smudge of colour—virtually nothing, compared to the richness and detail of human experience, but not completely non-existent.

    How far down do we go? Would the same apply to viruses and DNA? Even to crystals and atoms?

    The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead argued that consciousness goes all the way down. He saw it as an intrinsic property of creation. From this perspective, what has emerged as life has evolved is not the faculty of consciousness but the various qualities and dimensions of conscious experience—the contents of consciousness. As living beings evolved eyes, ears and other sense organs, the pictures that were painted in consciousness became increasingly richer. To process and use this information nervous systems evolved, and as the nervous systems grew more complex new qualities emerged—free-will, cognition, intention and attention. With the appearance of human beings, consciousness gained an entirely new dimension—thinking."

    Peter Russell at

    Pretty good thinking, I think therefore YHVH!

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    The use of robots as companions is already underway in caring for the elderly in Japan and Singapore. There is a great deal more that will soon be done by robots - which with proper planning is a good thing. Put a cattle prod in it's arms and maybe it could teach a boring curriculum designed to make humans into robots, eh?

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