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Macron the upstart Banker leading France further up the EU cul de sac. Pauvre France.

Macron tutored in the way of politics by the worst and most naive President Hollande since time immemorial
 with a self belief a ta jejeune 32 which can only be described as pathological no doubt will scrape in as the cowed French electorate make another fatal error.

Pauvre France

A quite terrifying leftist view of Ivanka's earrings

Angela Merkel sits next to Ivanka Trump in her mismatched earrings in Berlin this week.Yes Ivanka's earring will cause world chaos, they are a threat to world order
indeed their threat is on a par with North Korea, we should all be afeared and take to bomb shelter

Below was is an extract from an article in a supposedly serious UK paper the Guardian

'....but more insidious than all this is that the Picasso-asymmetry of mismatched earrings suggests an independent-minded, creative-thinking outlook, an identity Ivanka Trump deliberately flirts with. We should all be scared of Ivanka’s earrings, because they represent what makes her the most terrifying of all the Trump circle, which is her Bladerunner-replicant-like ability to make you believe – just for a second – that she is a bit like us. Remember when she wore a Hillary-esque white trousersuit to the inauguration, deliberately fuelling dangerous nonsense-talk that she is in some real sense a secret feminist

Quite terrifying stuff..

Ah well, just another day of Islamic terrorism in London

The terror suspect being led away

Whitehall incident Armed police swooped on terror suspect as he headed for Downing Street with bag packed with knives

Police shoot woman and arrest four in counter-terror operation across London 

Some of our genes are dictators but others are commitess

So if some of our genes are committees then we can negotiate with then
i.b by way of  what we put into our bodies (diet)
how we care for our bodies (exercise)  

Ivanka's sophistication draws hisses and boos from 'liberal' Europeans

Would these oh so liberal Europeans, coasting on their mind numbing moral outrage, have booed and hissed at a Muslim radical cleric. No, because the 'left' don't do that.

Ivanka Trunp strikes me - a sophisticated European I would submit -  as a highly sophisticated young woman with style, panache and dignity ( recall how she  comforted the grieving war widow at a Trump rally) I would submit - you have to display your abject humility in offering views because there is the modern day version of the Colosseum out there - Social Media licking its lips
to emotionally savage anyone with a counter view.

I think, or would submit, that Ivanka Trump is a real compliment to her father.

Alongside Ivanka Trump in this stage managed Merkel meeting sat
Christine Lagarde recentl in court over €400m payout to a French tycoon ...

Resulting in the following headlines: 19 Dec 2016 - Christine Lagarde avoids jail, keeps job after guilty verdict in negligence trial ... A French court convicted the head of the International Monetary....

Now did the Liberal class boo and hiss her when she spoke? 

The aim of the educators -We will educate their feelings but not their intellect

An infinity of universes

Mapping the multiverse: How far away is your parallel self?

There seems to be an infinity of invisible worlds lurking out there

SOME of your doppelgängers mimic your every thought and action, only with a snazzier haircut. Some live in a world where the Nazis won the second world war, or where the dinosaurs survived, ort where things fall up instead of down. Not here. Not in this universe. But they are out there – in the multiverse, where every possible world exists, along with all the infinite versions of you.
Travel any distance in modern fundamental physics and you will soon find yourself in the multiverse. Some of our most successful theories, from quantum mechanics to cosmic inflation, lead to the conclusion that our universe is just one of many. “It’s proven remarkably difficult to come up with a theory of physics that predicts everything we can see and nothing more,” says Max Tegmark at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eat less - live longer

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Cognitive boost?

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Could fasting boost your brainpower? A stomach hormone that stimulates appetite seems to promote the growth of new brain cells and protect them from the effects of ageing – and may explain why some people say that fasting makes them feel mentally sharper.
When ghrelin was first discovered, it became known as the hunger hormone. It is made by the stomach when it gets empty, and whenever we go a few hours without food its levels rise in our blood.
But there is also evidence that ghrelin can enhance cognition. Animals that have reduced-calorie diets have better mental abilities, and ghrelin might be part of the reason why. Injecting the hormone into mice improves their performance in learning and memory tests, and seems to boost the number of neuron connections in their brains.
Now Jeffrey Davies at Swansea University, UK, and his team have found further evidence that ghrelin can stimulate brain cells to divide and multiply, a process called neurogenesis. When they added the hormone to mouse brain cells grown in a dish, it switched on a gene known to trigger neurogenesis, called fibroblast growth factor.

New memories

If the same effect happens in animals, this could be how ghrelin exerts its effects on memory, says Davies, whose work was presented at the British Neuroscience Association conference this month.
Young brain cells are thought to enhance the ability to form new memories. This is because they are more excitable, so are more likely to be activated by new environments. “These neurons will fire more easily than old neurons, and they set in play a new memory,” says Davies.
The work may also have implications for treating neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, which is caused by a loss of a type of brain cell. Previous research, including some by Davies’s team, has found that ghrelin can help protect animals from developing a form of Parkinson’s disease.
In further experiments, Davies’s team found that ghrelin protects brain cells in a dish from dying when they are encouraged to mimic Parkinson’s disease. And Davies’s colleague Amanda Hornsby found that, in a study of 28 volunteers, people with Parkinson’s dementia – cognitive impairment caused by Parkinson’s disease – have lower levels of ghrelin in their blood than people who don’t have the condition.
This suggests that ghrelin, or other chemicals that act the same way, could be used as a treatment for Parkinson’s dementia, says Hornsby.

Intermittent fasting

In people, going on a permanent diet of about 25 per cent fewer calories than the daily recommended amount has several benefits to health, such as better control of blood sugar levels. Some who try it have said it also improves their cognitive abilities, although this is controversial – some studies have suggested it impairs people’s mental abilities.
In an effort to harness some of the health benefits of a calorie-restricted diet, some people are turning to intermittent fasting. It’s likely, for example, that the 5-2 diet, where people eat normally for five days but stick to about 500 calories a day for the other two, raises ghrelin levels.
But Nicolas Kunath of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, points out that new brain cells take a few days to weeks to start working, so people shouldn’t expect fasting to produce immediate effects on their brainpower in this way.

When you feel you are not there or here.

Depersonalization is characterised by a profound disruption of self-awareness mainly characterised by feelings of disembodiment and subjective emotional numbing.
It has been proposed that depersonalization is caused by a fronto-limbic (particularly anterior insula) suppressive mechanism – presumably mediated via attention – which manifests subjectively as emotional numbing, and disables the process by which perception and cognition normally become emotionally coloured, giving rise to a subjective feeling of ‘unreality’.
Our functional neuroimaging and psychophysiological studies support the above model and indicate that, compared with normal and clinical controls, DPD patients show increased prefrontal activation as well as reduced activation in insula/limbic-related areas to aversive, arousing emotional stimuli.
Although a putative inhibitory mechanism on emotional processing might account for the emotional numbing and characteristic perceptual detachment, it is likely, as suggested by some studies, that parietal mechanisms underpin feelings of disembodiment and lack of agency feelings.

Understanding and treating depersonalisation disorder
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Recognising and diagnosing the condition may in itself have therapeutic benefits. Many patients express the sense that their problems are baffling and perhaps even unique – a recurring theme among patients attending our specialist depersonalisation clinic is the relief of discovering, first, that their problem is recognised and described by psychiatry and, second, that they are not the only individuals to suffer from the condition. For this reason alone, patients may benefit from referral to a specialist clinic. But we also hope that dissemination of information on depersonalisation through articles such as this will enable general psychiatrists to feel more confident about diagnosing and treating the condition. With regard to specific treatment interventions, both pharmacological and psychological approaches may be of value. We consider these separately here, although in practice it is often appropriate to combine them.

Liberals competing to outdo each other in moral outrage

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Snowflake/victim/hurt feeling culture attains the academic heights

Not looking someone in the eye is racist, Oxford University students told


Oxford University students have been warned they may be being racist if they fail to look another student in the eye or talk to them directly.
Undergraduates were also told not to ask a black or ethnic minority student where they are from "originally", and that joking about someone’s accent may be racist.
The Oxford equality and diversity unit’s warnings come in a list of “micro-aggressions” sent out in its Trinity term newsletter.
The counter argument goes that if  you see someone approach or you pass by
someone who is giving off strange/aggressive/confrontational vibes
I have always instructed my children do not make eye contact.
So the nub of the argument - not sure the Oxbridge half educated Professoriat would like this argument- that it is a matter of perception; so we have to deconstruct the individuals perception of the person passing by and of who h/shr may encounter 
So what constitutes perception? a myriad of things. To pass such a vague law in such a seat of learning is evidence of the Liberal virus writ large
Oxford University students have been warned they may be being racist if they fail to look another student in the eye or talk to them directly.
Undergraduates were also told not to ask a black or ethnic minority student where they are from "originally", and that joking about someone’s accent may be racist.
The Oxford equality and diversity unit’s warnings come in a list of “micro-aggressions” sent out in its Trinity term newsletter
Oxford University students have been warned they may be being racist if they fail to look another student in the eye or talk to them directly.
Undergraduates were also told not to ask a black or ethnic minority student where they are from "originally", and that joking about someone’s accent may be racist.
Strawson begins his argument by asking how someone would typically respond to a request for a description of their current visual experience. He says that it is natural to give the following kind of answer: “I see the red light of the setting sun filtering through the black and thickly clustered branches of the elms; I see the dappled deer grazing in groups on the vivid green grass…” (1979: 97). 

There are two ideas implicit in this answer. One is that the description talks about objects and properties which are, on the face of it, things distinct from this particular experience. The other is that the description is “rich”, describing the nature of the experience in terms of concepts like deer and elms and the setting sun. The description of the experience is not merely in terms of simple shapes and colours; but in terms of the things we encounter in the “lived world” in all their complexity. 

As Heidegger puts it, we never … originally and really perceive a throng of sensations, e.g., tones and noises, in the appearance of things…; rather, we hear the storm whistling in the chimney, we hear the three-engine aeroplane, we hear the Mercedes in immediate distinction from the Volkswagen. Much closer to us than any sensations are the things themselves. We hear the door slam in the house, and never hear acoustic sensations or mere sounds. (Heidegger (1977:)


What is a 'norm'; what is a 'rule' and are they specific to human beings or do they apply to other species?

What is a rule? What is a norm? What is the ontological status of rules and norms?
(2) Are norms linguistic entities, or language-dependent entities?
(3) What is the relationship between norms and (speech and legal) norm-creating acts?
(4) What is the relationship between the validity and the existence of rules and norms?
(5) In what sense are rules and norms respectively objects and means of interpretation?
(6) In what sense a norm can be a “reason for action”?
(7) What kind of logical relationships are possible between rules or norms?
(8) Do rules and norms involve or consist in specific psychological, emotional, or neurological phenomena?
(9) Is normative and norm-related behavior specific to human beings or also to other species

Breaking news! Hold the front page! Easter Eggs renamed.

Outrage as Easter eggs are renamed to avoid offending other religions

THE word ‘Easter’ has been quietly ditched from British chocolate eggs,
according to religious campaigners.
Now lobby groups are fighting back against the “political correctness” by
releasing the Real Easter egg, complete with pictures of Jesus on the cross.
Charity organisation The Meaningful Chocolate Company and the Bishop of
Salisbury, The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, are determined to restore the
traditional meaning of the Easter story.

PC, augmented by quite frightening draconian laws, is the muzzle that silences free speech

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The bifurcation, of Democrats v Republicans Remainers v Brexiteers Le Pen v Macron
is to witness the dying pains of an obsolete mode of thinking, ie the Liberal Left and the counter insurgency of the far right.

Is this a good thing for Democracy, not particularly but extremism i.e Obama and his velvet gloved
anodyne rhetoric was a a form of extremism which gave birth to Trump.

As was the EU, globalization, open borders, diversity, et al for every ying there is a yang

The Democrats V the Republicans a kind of Sunni V Shia war of words

Religious dogma that condoned Iranian children being offered up to martyrdom

Mohammad Hossein Fahmideh
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Portrait of Fahmideh in the Martyrs' Museum, Tehran
Native nameمحمد حسین فهمیده
BornMay 6, 1967
DiedOctober 30, 1980 (aged 13)

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The concept of martyrdom is understood in the Western world as facing persecution and giving of one’s life for a set of beliefs, most often religious beliefs. The definition of martyrdom is expanded in Iran, where martyrs are greatly revered, including martyrs from the distant past as well as martyrs from the modern age. In Iran, Shia Islam is the majority religion, at 89% of the estimated 79 million inhabitants,[1] and is a very important part of public and political life. The Shia concept of Martyrdom has been shaped by the deaths of the early martyrs of the Shia faith, Ali and Husayn ibn Ali, and Iranian society and government have further shaped the understanding of martyrdom in the modern age. The importance of Martyrdom in Shi’a Islam has brought about the existence of a type of “cult of martyrdom” in Iranian society.
Iran used child soldiers extensively during the Iraq/Iran war,c. 1980 and estimates are as high as 100,000 for the number killed. They allegedly went into battle with a plastic key around their necks, issued personally by the Ayatollah. It was their key to paradise upon their death in battle, which was pretty much expected to happen, since their chance of survival was only just above nil. Quite often, they were simply used as human mine-clearers, charging across the minefield to make a path for the real soldiers who would follow behind them. In theory, 16 was the minimum age to join, but 12 was not uncommon, and all of the children were ostensibly volunteers.
They were not particularly effective as a weapon, but the psychological toll they took on the Iraqis, who took little joy in shooting down children, could be quite great. In an account given by an Iraqi officer who withstood one of the attacks:
They chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ and they keep coming, and we keep shooting, sweeping our machine guns around like sickles. My men are eighteen, nineteen, just a few years older than these kids. I’ve seen them crying, and at times the officers have had to kick them back to their guns. Once we had Iranian kids on bikes cycling towards us, and my men all started laughing, and then these kids started lobbing their hand grenades and we stopped laughing and started shooting.

In France Muslims overwhelmingly back a leftist candidate. Why is this?

Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our fate

Muslims overwhelmingly backed Socialist François Hollande at the last election in 2012; nearly 90 percent chose him over the right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Why does time only flow in one direction? Even more bizarre, why can't we remember the future?

Almost nothing is more obvious than the fact that time flows from the past, which we remember, toward the future, which we don’t. Scientists and philosophers call this the psychological arrow of time. Image result for blogger images steaming coffee cup
Hot coffee left on your desk cools down, and never heats up on its own, which reflects the thermodynamic arrow of time.
The principles of thermodynamics show that large collections of particles, like the trillions upon trillions of liquid molecules in a coffee cup, always move toward more disorganized arrangements. For instance, hot water molecules clumped together in a cold room need a lot of organization, so warm drinks eventually cool to the surrounding temperature. Physicists say such disorganized arrangements have high entropy, whereas ordered arrangements have low entropy.
Yet the equations physicists use to describe the simultaneous motions of large numbers of particles are equally valid whether time runs forward or backward. Therefore, almost any complex arrangement of matter will gain entropy no matter which direction time flows.
In the past century, however, physicists and philosophers have begun trying to unite the thermodynamic and psychological arrows. Many researchers note that real-world objects that store memories -- such as human brains and computer hard drives -- often heat up as they operate. Heat generation increases entropy and is an irreversible process, so the laws of thermodynamics require that such objects can only run in one direction: from past to future.
Image result for blogger images ripples on a pondBut memories don’t have to generate heat, point out Brun and physicist Leonard Mlodinow of the California Institute of Technology. For example, ripples on a pond record a rock falling into the water, and yet could, in principle, travel in reverse. Could such a memory remember the future instead of the past, the researchers wondered?

Greedy young men flood Silly Con valley - and their aim?

What is the end aim of as some people refer to it 'Silly Con (Con equalling confidence trick)

I mean is it just to make pots of lovely money, for those 12 year old geeky billionaire boys
who seen determined to infantalise us all 'Twitter, Face Book, Cookies et al''; what next munchies? or is there some social aim (until now hidden) in their geeky pursuits
which might surprise us all.

Quantum theory says that stuff doesn't exist when we're not looking at it.

Image result for quantum realityIt used to be and still is the general view to suggest that reality is, well, real. Before quantum physics, our understanding was governed by classical theories in which reality exists regardless of observers. Newton’s laws of motion, for example, say we live in a clockwork, deterministic world that behaves in well-defined, predictable ways independently from what we are doing.Image result for quantum reality

Then along comes Quantum Theory (note the humility in theory as all opinions are theories)

David Bohm a Quantum Theory advocate proposed there was a hidden reality to quantum theory, he was referring to a world that doesn’t exist until you choose to look at itthe world Bohm revealed is a more profoundly and mysteriously interconnected place than we ever imagined

By way of exnnple WHERe us a sub atomic particle when you are not looking at it?
OK , when you aren’t looking a subatomic particle  quantum physicist would probably answer: sort of all over the place. An unobserved particle is a wisp of reality, a shimmer of existence – there isn’t a good metaphor for it, because it is vague both by definition and by nature. Until you do have a peek. Then it becomes a particle proper, it can be put into words, it is a thing with a place.
That picture seems utterly absurd. Yet many, many experiments exploring the microscopic realm over the best part of a century have reinforced the conclusion that when we’re not paying attention, the world is fuzzy and undecided. Only by looking at things, observing them, measuring them, do we make them recognisably “real”.Image result for quantum reality

Einstein was unimpressed, pointedly asking whether the moon is not there if no one looks at it
but it was proven by QM that God did actually play dice.

 is looking at it. But then Einstein was always raising pesky objections to quantum theory. For many physicists since it has been a case of swallowing any philosophical qualms. The maths works, there’s no real alternative, so get on with it!

Creative people are more open so that rules out Hollywood

If you’re the kind of person who relishes adventure, you may literally see the world differently. People who are open to new experiences can take in more visual information than other people and combine it in unique ways. This may explain why they tend to be particularly creative.
Openness to experience is one of the “big five” traits often used to describe personality. It is characterised by curiosity, creativity and an interest in exploring new things. Open people tend to do well at tasks that test our ability to come up with creative ideas, such as imagining new uses for everyday objects like bricks, mugs or table tennis balls.
There’s some evidence that people with a greater degree of openness also have better visual awareness. For example, when focusing on letters moving on a screen, they are more likely to notice a grey square appearing elsewhere on the display.
Now Anna Antinori at the University of Melbourne in Australia and her team are showing that people who score more highly when it comes to the openness trait “see” more possibilities. “They seem to have a more flexible gate for the visual information that breaks through into their consciousness,”

The findings also hint at why extremely open people are more prone to paranoia and delusions, (Hollywood again) says Niko Tiliopoulos at the University of Sydney, Australia. “At those levels of openness, people may actually see reality differently,” (Hollywood again)

Source By Alice Klein in the New Scientist


The meteorite was the sperm that entered mother earth and created life.

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I say unto you...yea it was the sperm that imploded itself into mother earth and it came to pass that life was thereby created by the stars etc (no disrespect to believers).

If we view the cosmic fireball implanting itself on earth as the sperm that created us
then we are closer to the truth than all the combined holy writ explanations.

For Meteorites are objects of great scientific interest – they are time capsules from the solar system’s birth, encoding clues about how our cosmic neighbourhood came to be, and why life blossomed on planet Earth