2013-06-02

Of numerology, patterns, sequences and life.

Numerology had it right, life's all about numbers. What it got wrong is that one to two digit numbers have no meaning. It's all about big data. And you have to crack the patterns or numbers. 
 
Human brains can grasp/memorize up to 7 numbers. More with some practice, but that's it, it's memory, not associations. For associations, patterns and "big picture" you need more brain power. Easy for autism, real hard for Joe Shmoe, you and me.

People see numerology and patterns as something that will predict a fixed end. Fate, some would call it. The power is not in the fixed numbers, the power is in the equation you can extrapolate from those patterns. An equation has variables, and when you input those variables you get an output dependent on those variables. This means that change is in the system already. You can influence these variables and get different outcomes. Nothing is written in the stars, nothing is written in stone. That's just wishful thinking. If you want, the equations are the written words, etc... But the outcomes are for us to influence, knowingly or unknowingly.

The pursuit of one single something: formula, number, you name it; has been more than proved to be a futile attempt at grasping the whole, with our puny little mind. There is no sequence, equation or whatever you want to call it, that can single handedly govern all things, and, influence, or predetermine intelligent life or it's behaviour.

Be it in whatever level we humans consider intelligent. We, humans, are very intelligent, but that is only one mark on the scale of the entirety of intelligence. There is intelligence below us and above us. And I would even doubt that the scale is bi-dimensional, because sideways is not out of the question. And are we not so blinded by the fact that we perceive our intelligence is above all other living things in this Earth, that we forget to readjust the scale or even try and find other ways of measurement.

On measurement: Do we even agree on how to measure intelligence? I.Q. tests have been the norm, but they are flaky if used across different cultural sections, geographical sections, or even at different decades in time. E.Q. has been the new kid on the block, but I haven't heard much about it, recently. So how are we on measuring intelligence? Beats me, cuz not even the scientists have a firm grasp of it.

We are finally coming out of the dark ages on what we perceive is the human mind. We still have a long way to crawl until the Industrial Revolution, because, that's when Human Kind finally got up to speed on technology. Now... since Moore's Law says technology will double every 6 months, or so, will technology finally be the tidal wave that brings it to the beach? Hope so, because it's all in the big data.

Big data!... the catch phrase of today's tech society. But we've had the savants, the human number crunchers laying around for a while. Shamefully for us, we wanted to study what made them different so we could bring them to "normality", whatever that really means?!?!? We have never tried to understand how they see our boring world through their eyes. Now THAT would be science! Not bringing them into our "normal world"!! That's just our stupid human pride dictating an expected outcome. The relative comfort in what we know.

We fear change. Change is something that's been, firmly, connected to danger and is very embedded into our minds, or even DNA (The experts are still deciding on this one). The only change that's been welcome to us all, is the change that comes with the acquisition of power. We've had one single line on that pursuit, the visible one, and that is money. The more, the better, because there's always power associated with mucho dinero!!

But the one that has always been in the background, is now coming to the light. And that one is the pursuit of information. Some may put the word "knowledge" where I've used "information". I consider them to be opposite ideals, not words... but ideals.

"Knowledge" is for the good of the many, and "information" is for the good of one, or the few. In "information" you can find power. Wayyyyyy more power than in money alone. With "information" you get power, money, more power, more information, more money... well, you can spot the pattern here.

With "knowledge" you have to choose what to do next: choose wisely, and it's for the good of many; choose poorly and you're stuck in the vicious cycle of "information" all over again. That's why "knowledge" has to be protected. But to protect it, you cannot hide it. That gets us back to "information". You have to hide it in plain sight. Put it where everyone, and anyone, can reach it, use it, mould it and mainly, ADD to it.

And that, my friend, is how the world turns. It's all about the choices. Those are the different values you put on those little boxes we call variables. Those boxes are fitted on the equations. Those equations spit out the entirety of the entirety.

2013-04-14

Liquids and Mists in Modern Building

The Show

I've been, recently, watching a TV series produced by the History Channel called Ancient Aliens.

In it, through 5 seasons and still ongoing, they try to give you enough insight into a, somewhat, trending new way of interpreting some of the most puzzling clues that mainstream archaeology is still battling with.

Mind you, I'm still in the early episodes of season one, so I'm not doing any profound analysis on the whole series.

Observations

What I want to talk about now, is one small thing they mentioned in episode 1: "To make such precise cuts or joints, one would have to need to liquefy stone and probably use some kind of mould."

That is one of the various answers they spun out. But, somehow, it made me begin to think: How do we do it now?

Amazingly, while I was listing most of the tools that I've used, or dream to use in the future, I realized that there was an underlying pattern. Most of everything we use in our modern society, has been through, either a state of liquid/gel form or has been coated or made of stratifying mists.

Ok, let's do a list of our most basic raw materials and the, summarized, way of making it:

Pottery: (wikipedia) (How it's made?)
To make pottery you use clay. To make clay you add a fine powder to water until you have a consistency of modelling clay.
Metallurgy: (wikipedia) (How it's made?)
Using intense heat you get the metal into a liquid form and then, shape it into basic forms that other manufacturers can transform into usable items.
Plastics (wikipedia) (How it's made?)
Heating the crude oil at a certain temperature and pressure, various elements form with different densities. These deposit into a stratified manner. You then extract plastics from the correct position/height inside the heated container. To then use this raw material, you re-heat it until it's soft enough to force it into moulds.
Concrete (wikipedia) (How it's made?)
And finally, we have our own little concoction that passes for liquid rock: concrete. To make concrete you add water to cement, pour it into a mould and then let it dry/cure.

As you can see, all of those raw materials pass through a liquid form at one stage or another.

In our "modern society", most of our manufacturing skills have been perfected to deal with raw material that can be transformed into an easy way of moulding it:

  • To make all kind of shapes/tools/etc with metal, you pour it into a mould or, like they say: "beat it while it's hot".
  • The plastic industry is the utmost specialist in terms of moulding.
  • Ceramic has been around for a long time, but the old and tested ways of manufacturing with clay have not changed that much from the way of our forefathers. The only thing that has changed is the machinery/tools that we employ.

Then there's mist.

We compel some elements/composites into a mist form and then:

  • Spray the paint.
  • Deposit fine layers of different elements to form silicon chips.
  • Create a static charge on something then let the mist coat it for protection.

In the end, after curing, drying or whatever other method you obtain the item one is aiming for. And these are the methods that have been perfected to make manufacturing easy, repeatable and, therefore cheap!

My point

If we as a "modern society" have evolved and perfected our manufacturing and tool making to include a liquid and/or mist form, to ease the process of industrializing our needs, why is it so outlandish that a more advanced civilization choose to avoid it?

It also makes no sense at all that this is not the case surrounding most of our history's most puzzling monuments:

So here you are, there isn't really a conclusion on my line of thought. I still need to investigate a tad more on these subjects. But when I see patterns emerging, things begin to make sense...

Even if I still don't quite buy the whole Ancient Aliens approach.

Until then...

I just want to leave this lying around, since I'm going to finish the whole of the 5 season content. While I'm watching, I will definitely stumble across more mind bending enigmas, and some day-to-day similarities with our society. So, when I have some time, I'll be posting some more about this.