The Age Of The Universe

In our puny life times, we think of a couple of thousand years as a long time and that is not so surprising given the short span of our lives, usually less than a hundred rides on the merry-go-round and that’s it, you’re done.
Look at our history, a mere 500 generations back our grandfathers were just learning the art of growing food. Ten thousand generations back and we had only just become a clearly defined species in our own right, so how could we appreciate the passage of say, a million years?
If we struggle with a million, then let’s pretend that today is about a third of the way through the life of the universe. The Sun and the Earth are still six thousand million years in the future. Let’s just think about that again, not one million or a hundred million, but six thousand million years in the future. That’s when our Sun and Earth will come into existence.

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Social Anxiety Quick Fix

Understanding something gives you a chance to control it. You can’t control what you don’t understand so it pays to have a little insight into the instincts of mankind.
We evolved from ancestors who lived in small groups and tribes in which you became good at social rules or you died. We inherited some basic instincts that helped our ancestors survive, so you derived from men and women who were good at playing the social survival game. Don’t think for a moment that you don’t already have the equipment to play the game well. Your grandparents a hundred times removed, gave you good genes for this event.

All Climate Scientists Agree

All climate scientists, thousands of them, agree the climate is changing. Several million other scientists agree with them. There is no dispute about that. Almost ALL of them believe, on the evidence thus far, that humans beings are the main cause and have published about 4500 scientific papers to that effect over the last decade or so, for scrutiny and for challenge by other scientists.

Currently sixty two scientists have seriously questioned either the speed of the change, the cause of the change or the effect of the change on the planet.

How To Be a Top Critical Thinker

The art of critical thinking. In our modern life, we are bombarded by vast amounts of data, far more than our genes prepared us for, so it is hardly surprising that the ability to think critically is one that needs to be learned.
Unlike computers, we humans are instinctive creatures and this allows us to grasp concepts without the need to check off every minuscule step in the sequence to a conclusion.

Our eyes are a demonstration of this phenomenon. Our brains ‘fill in the blanks’ after sampling a small percentage of the scene and then create a picture in our brains. The downside to this ability is missing important detail of what is in front of you and ignoring what the brain feels is not the main issue, instead creating a picture that ignores important aspects. The magician’s sleight of hand only fails when the brain has been alerted to the importance of other plainly visible moves.

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Insomnia Easy Fix

The trouble with most thoughts is they are so slippery and they seem to have a mind of their own too. They pop in and then disappear, only to pop back and interrupt when most inconvenient. The frequency of appearance is also a problem as some thoughts that are of no particular importance or urgency, can be those who are very good at getting your attention.
Taming your thoughts is the best way to get life in order and the best way to tame them is to tie the little buggers up.

The Pondering Frog

Tasmania is the smallest state in Australia, tiny in fact, only about the size of Portugal or Hungary and by Australian standards, that’s pretty small. How the little palace selling ice cream by the side of a modest country road in the middle of winter came to be called ‘The Pondering Frog’ is a mystery I never solved, but there were a lot of them. Frogs I mean.
Never did find out which one was the ‘Ponderer’ and what he was pondering. Perhaps it was why he was so bloody cold, that’s if he wasn’t a she and she was pondering, but I suspect that if it was indeed, she, she would have been pondering the same deep and meaningful question. I know I was.
One nomenclature possibility, I suspect is that someone likes frogs for the same reason that I like frogs. Any creature that joins a large group in a warm moist place to sing about sex has to be a likable creature.

What ISIS Really Wants

In 1741, a Muslim ‘scholar’ Abd al-Wahhab got himself thrown out of his home town for reviving a 400 year old extreme puritanical view of his fellow Muslims. He found a refuge and formed an alliance with the chief of an agricultural community, owned by the Saud tribe. Over two centuries, they were to turn that viralent and puritanical strain of Islam into a weapon that laid the foundation for regional power and later into stability insurance for Western oil interests. That weapon, Wahhabism, is both a method of control and a danger to those who assume the mantle of supreme authority.

Cheryl

She was the love of my life. I was seventeen and a half, for I was still counting halves in those days. I know my body was seventeen (and a half) but I do believe my brain was about fifteen.

Cheryl was the barmaid at the Rising Sun Hotel, nothing to do with Japan you understand, just a regular Australian pub, full of hard working, hard drinking blokes that, while not an endangered species, are less common these days.

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Spiritual But Not Religious

Most people who claim to feel spirituality, cannot describe more than the symptoms as they occur in themselves. Beyond that, in terms of what it is, the definition or description and of course, a rational explanation of its origin, one just gets a blank look or vague examples of mundane decisions for which ‘spiritualism’ is determined as the cause or guiding ‘force’.
The question is, why do so many people sense there is more than ‘just’ the physical world? (As if that, in all its incredible scope and diversity were not enough.)