The body’s “fountain of youth” could be in the hypothalamus, an important part of the brain for emotional regulation:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12143.html

For the role the hypothalamus plays in emotions see here: http://www.preservearticles.com/201104185522/role-of-hypothalamus-in-emotion.html

 

Part of my graduate work was tying together the soft science of yoga with the hard science of neuro-endocrinology. My thesis was that breathwork could result in stimulating the various endocrine glands to secrete the necessary hormones for re-starting brain growth in regions like the hypothalamus and amygdala, which are responsible for emotion. Additionally, as many people, including Leonard Orr and Jim Leonard postulated, emotional integration helps one live longer, theorizing correctly that negative emotions (and the related stress hormones like cortisol) are what actually kill us.

In the yogic tradition the location of the hypothalamus coincides with what is known as bindu visarga. From that point emanates amrita, which is roughly translated as the nectar of immortality. It is considered that it flows downward from that point and gets consumed by the digestive system. Certain techniques, usually involving inverted body position, reverse the flow of amrita, which can than get assimilated by the body.

Myron Stoloroff also talked about the deep connection between emotional healing and a life of vitality in his book Thanatos to Eros.

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steve-and-stevePatrick Farley, my long lost spiritual doppelganger, who I first discovered in 1996, and whose historical life resonates so much with mine, has created another extraordinary comic taking place exactly where I lived in 1975, Los Altos, California. My brother and I used to spend a LOT of time in those hills up behind Pore Clares. Farley has several times now captured the exact essence of my formative years across several comics. To this day I know of no one who has done this as eerily as he does. And he does it again here.

This comic is about Steve and Steve (Jobs and Wozniak), who lived just a few minutes from my house.

Comic: Steve and Steve

A few years later I remember driving with my dad by the small building that was then Apple HQ, with the pirate flag flying on the mast, hearing my dad uttering under his breath, “Damn hippies”.

See my related post about my time in Los Altos and Cuptertino in the late 1980s.

Probably the most extraordinary comic Farley has ever done is First Word – definitely check it out!

To see more of Farley’s extraordinary work go here: www.electricsheepcomix.com

 

Here’s a similar post I made about Farley in 2002.

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My interview with Adam B. Levine and the show Lets Talk Bitcoin:

 

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From the website:

THE BLOOM is a new documentary webseries illuminating the emerging culture of Transformational Festivals, immersive participatory realities that are having profound life-changing effects on hundreds of thousands of lives.

A Film Series by Jeet-Kei Leung & Akira Chan in association with Elevate Films, Keyframe Entertainment, Muti Music & Grounded TV.

Amidst the global crisis of a dysfunctional old paradigm, a new renaissance of human culture is underway. Over the course of 4 episodes and 23 transformational festivals around the globe, THE BLOOM: A JOURNEY THROUGH TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVALS explores the alchemy of themes that weave a true story of genuine hope for our times: A new blooming of human consciousness emerging through creativity, love and joy & an emerging culture pointing the way to a bright and promising future.

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From Yale News:

The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent impressionability and adult stability. Now Yale School of Medicine researchers have reversed the process, recreating a youthful brain that facilitated both learning and healing in the adult mouse.

Scientists have long known that the young and old brains are very different. Adolescent brains are more malleable or plastic, which allows them to learn languages more quickly than adults and speeds recovery from brain injuries. The comparative rigidity of the adult brain results in part from the function of a single gene that slows the rapid change in synaptic connections between neurons.

By monitoring the synapses in living mice over weeks and months, Yale researchers have identified the key genetic switch for brain maturation a study released March 6 in the journal Neuron. The Nogo Receptor 1 gene is required to suppress high levels of plasticity in the adolescent brain and create the relatively quiescent levels of plasticity in adulthood.  In mice without this gene, juvenile levels of brain plasticity persist throughout adulthood. When researchers blocked the function of this gene in old mice, they reset the old brain to adolescent levels of plasticity.

“These are the molecules the brain needs for the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” said Dr. Stephen Strittmatter. Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology, Professor of Neurobiology and senior author of the paper. “It suggests we can turn back the clock in the adult brain and recover from trauma the way kids recover.”

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Stigmergy in action - a school of fish is a spontaneous and leaderless adaptation of routing around predators. Networked humans can do the same thing with sociopaths and tyrants.

Stigmergy in action – a school of fish is a spontaneous and leaderless adaptation of routing around predators. Networked humans can do the same thing with sociopaths and tyrants.

Below is my attempt at a concrete and visionary proposal on how humanity can create a truly free and peaceful society without coercion of any kind – a decentralized, networked society of rising collective intelligence that transcends any need for laws, legal codes, lawyers, police, courts, prisons or military force. It presents the idea of how laws are not only becoming unenforceable, but eventually unnecessary given sufficient forkability, transparency and radical material abundance. There are others who have talked about similar ideas like polycentric law, Jordan Greenhall’s “liquid jurisprudence”, and Roderick Long’s  post-punitive restitution system.

So how do we get there?

Below are three trends that could radically transform our society from one ruled by law or force to one that is free of all such constraints, while maximizing freedom and peaceful coexistence for all human beings. It won’t happen overnight, or all at once, but in fits and spurts as people adjust to the new structural reality.

Continue reading here

 

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One of my favorite monetary thinkers, Jon Matonis, uses one of my favorite branches of mathematics, game theory (so you know – cooperation almost always trumps competition), to show why a government ban on bitcoin would backfire. Think of it like squeezing a balloon.  Squeezing it one on side, only results in the air expanding everywhere else. The same would happen to bitcoin, should the U.S. or other first world nation try to control or outlaw it. Any attempts to crack down on bitcoin will only results in other jurisdictions competing for bitcoin’s business.

From Forbes:

Aside from the impact on price, would a government ban on bitcoin, including a direct ban for law-abiding merchants, shrink the available size of the so-called bitcoin market? Is an officially “illegitimate” bitcoin a useless thing?

I maintain that a government ban on bitcoin would be about as effective as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s. Government prohibition doesn’t even do a good job of keeping drugs out of prisons. The demand for an item, in this case digital cash with user-defined levels of privacy, does not simply evaporate in the face of a jurisdictional ban. One could even make the case that it becomes stronger because an official recognition that Bitcoin is not only a “renegade” currency but a “so-effective-it-had-to-be-banned” currency would imbue the cryptographic money with larger than life qualities.

Ironically, the ban would create something like the Streisand effect for Bitcoin generating an awareness for entire new demographic groups and new classes of society. Unlike alcohol, bitcoin itself might not be considered a consumption good but it certainly makes it easier to acquire and sell certain consumption goods.

The under-banked people of System D would awaken to using bitcoin for eliminating onerous fees or the risk of handling cash. The individuals seeking drugs without violence or prescriptions would understand the imperviousness of sites like the agorist Silk Road. The anti-banking crowd would race to get their hands on some bitcoin as a symbolic gesture to weaken bankers’ firm grip on payments. The pro-gambling casino people would all of a sudden realize how play money bitcoin bypasses the ridiculous and religious anti-gambling laws. The asset protection wealth managers would start to become fascinated with esoteric things like deterministic brainwallets and Tor.

Now with burgeoning covert and in-person exchange opportunities plus a variety of reliable exchanges operating outside of the U.S., the Bitcoin of our fictional story is far from fading into obscurity. Conversely, it is the ambitious opportunities for crony capitalism that fade into obscurity because a closed-loop bitcoin economy not requiring meatspace exchanges would emerge and accelerate.

One doesn’t drive Bitcoin underground. A free Bitcoin was designed to be ‘underground’ for its own survival otherwise it wouldn’t need such an inefficient, decentralized block chain. The low-cost and non-reversible bitcoin transactions that appeal to mainstream commerce are merely byproducts of a mutinous system that doesn’t rely on trusted third parties. Joel Bowman writing at The Daily Reckoning clearly recognizes that bitcoin’s future doesn’t depend on State legitimacy let alone low-cost sanctioned transactions:

In the end, bitcoin is a bet on the other side of The State’s coin; the free market side. It’s a bet that voluntary trade will, in the end, overcome neanderthalic force and coercion. It’s a wager that the conversation currently underway in the shadowy ‘black’ market is far more intriguing, far more complex, far more nuanced and exceedingly more interesting than the yip-yapping that distracts the undead, mainstream TV-consumer for an hour or so around feeding time every evening.

I would add that it’s also a bet on income and consumption privacy becoming the norm over ‘reportable earnings’ and invasive transaction tracking. It’s a bet that career mobility and independent contractor businesses will eventually outstrip the growth of the corporate wage-slave population. It’s a bet that the degree of an individual’s financial privacy is selected solely by the individual and not by what the State reluctantly permits.

Prohibiting bitcoin is the opposite of what a rational game theorist would conclude. But are our regulatory overlords smart enough to advocate a hands-off policy? If the State cannot plausibly ban bitcoin, why would they want to give it the additional power to grow and propagate? Bitcoin challenges the State as monetary sovereign and that has grave implications for their monetary authority and quasi-peaceful taxing authority. A savvy and smart regulator would seek to avoid the confrontation that “Old Bitcoin Radical” foresees.

Their best response to Bitcoin is irrelevancy, or failing that, extreme gold-like market manipulation for as long as possible. The end game for the State is perpetuating the fiat myth — their fiat myth not the populace’s cryptographic Bitcoin myth. They have always known that faith in money is a mass illusion, however they never considered that they wouldn’t be in charge of the illusion.

In the meantime, just enjoy the spectacle and relax people for mining bitcoin, holding bitcoin, sending bitcoin, and receiving bitcoin is not against the law inany country in the world.

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Garrett Mcnamara has apparently broken the 100 foot wave record…. and he’s 46 years old!

surf-garrett-mcnamara-100-foot-wave

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McCormick researchers have designed a geometrically-patterned light scattering layer that could make solar cells more efficient and less expensive.

McCormick researchers have designed a geometrically-patterned light scattering layer that could make solar cells more efficient and less expensive.

From Northwestern University:

In a potentially breakthrough discovery, researchers at Northwestern University have designed a new type of organic solar cell that will very likely lead to much higher efficiency and cheaper solar power.

The new cell design is based around a new geometrical pattern to be used in the ‘scattering layer’ of a solar cell, which works to keep the light trapped in the cell for longer.

The specific geometrical pattern was obtained by using a mathematical search algorithm modeled on natural evolution to identify the optimal design “for capturing and holding light in thin-cell organic solar cells.”

“The resulting design exhibited a three-fold increase over the Yablonovitch Limit, a thermodynamic limit developed in the 1980s that statistically describes how long a photon can be trapped in a semiconductor.”

According to the researchers, the new design will greatly increase the efficiency of organic solar cells.

It’s currently planned for solar cells, with the pattern in question to be fabricated with partners at Argonne National Laboratory.

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Hyperset Grand Unified Theory

January 25th, 2013 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Link to Working Document

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