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Get Ready for Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge is always pretty awe-inspiring event that happens twice a year in New York City. It involves the alignment of the setting sun with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main grid. Twice a year crowds fill the East-West to see the fiery orb of the setting sun hovering between the skyscrapers, sunlight casting long shadows across the streets, and bathing the city in a golden glow. It was the Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who coined the name “Manhattanhenge” in reference to Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in England known for its solar alignments. The sunsets typically occur around Late May/Early June,…

Northern Lights in the UK could be a bad sign

With the Sun going through its eleven year cycle and reaching its Solar Peak, more Coronal Mass Ejections are occuring. We here in the UK might have had the pleasure of seeing the Northern Lights softly ripple across the skies. But these lights can also be a worrying reminder that we need to be prepared for more harmful consequences.The risk of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) affecting satellites and land-based systems on Earth is significantly higher during a Solar Peak period. Here’s why: Here’s what you can do to prepare:

Yoga

I had to have some reason for Vayu to turn up in person to speak with Sherlock about Eustace so I had Eustace be an advanced practitioner of a form of yoga – which had me looking into different forms of yoga. I always knew there were more than one but wanted to look into which were the first and classical yogas before all these new variations. I settled on Raja yoga for Eustace. The six traditional forms of yoga are often called the six Darshanas (paths) of yoga. These originated in ancient India and have been practised for centuries.…

The Great Dissolution

I was researching what other religions had an equivalent of The Christian Apocalypse and came across Pralaya. Pralaya, a Sanskrit term, translates to “dissolution,” and refers to the cyclical destruction of the universe at the end of a period called a kalpa that lasts billions of years. Unlike the Apocalypse, or Ragnorak, it isn’t necessarily a negative event, but a dissolving and reforming process. According to Hinduism, we are living in the Kali Yuga, one of four yugas, and the age of darkness and strife. At the end of Kali Yuga, a figure named Kalki, the tenth and final avatar…

Dark Matter, Tachyons? What’s that all about?

The theory that dark matter could be composed of tachyons is aspeculative idea in physics. Tachyons are hypothetical particles that, unlike normal matter, always travel faster than light. According to current understanding of physics, they violate the laws of causality and have yet to be observed. As for Dark matter, that’s a mysterious substance that makes 85% of the universe’s mass. It’s effects are obderved through gravitational lensing and its affect on stellar orbits in a galaxy. It interacts with gravity but not light, making it difficult to detect directly. Tachyons, with their unique properties, are proposed as a candidate…

Evolution of Mathematical Awareness

Our brains inherent ability to find and utilize mathematical patterns provides a strong evolutionary advantage. On a more general level, understanding geometric relationships helps organisms navigate their environment, predict movements, and solve problems related to survival and reproduction. Natural selection would follow the same principles and favour brains that could grasp these underlying structures. It is transparently obvious that the same rules that shape the enviroment on a biological and physical level also guided and shaped our body-mind, and in this specific matter, the structure of our brains an how they work.The ability to process and understand complex mathematical ideas…

Intelligence as an Emergent Property 2

We can only consider the possibility of biological neural structures as an emergent property based on what we currently know. Perhaps there are underlying forces or laws we are not aware of. Like for example, the discovery of quarks, the Higgs field and dark matter and dark energy. Neural structures may be an emergent property of unknown laws. Our current understanding of biology might not be the whole picture. The discovery of fundamental particles like quarks and the existence of dark matter/energy highlights how much we still have to learn about the universe’s underlying laws.As yet unknown, physical or biological…

Consciousness, Entropy and Negentropy

The tendency for order to arise in all aspects of biological and material existence (Terran and cosmological) that lead to possible life and intelligence might be a potential indication of a fundamental property Just as there is a fundamental law of Entropy, that, at the other end, there is a complimentary and opposite law of Negentropy that has emotions and/or consciousness as one of its emergent consequences? In nature, there may be a cyclical balance where both processes co-occur. On the one hand, there is the law of Entropy, but there is also a parallel law of Negentropy happening simultaneously.…

Intelligence as an Emergent Property 1

Intelligence as an Emergent Property.The fact that complex emotions are observed in various species beyond humans lends credence to the theory of emotions as emergent properties.Emergent properties arise from the complex interaction of simpler components. The whole system exhibits characteristics that none of the individual parts possess.In the context of emotions, our complex neural networks, with interacting brain regions, hormones, and physiological responses, give rise to the experience of emotions.Observing emotions in other mammals with similar complex neural structures strengthens the argument for emergent properties. It implies that a certain level of neural complexity is necessary for emotions to arise,…

Some Types of Dialogues Large Language models Like Gemini Find Challenging

According to Gemini: Here are some examples:

Latest on Dark Matter

Our current understanding suggests dark matter should be fairly uniform throughout the universe. However, there are some interesting ideas scientists are exploring to explain potential variations: It’s important to note that these are all areas of active research, and there isn’t yet definitive evidence for any variations in dark matter properties. However, future observations and experiments might shed light on whether dark matter is truly uniform or if there are some intriguing galactic variations.

Dark Matter Discussion with Gemini

Cloudtales: Is there a pattern to the distribution of galaxies where the effects of dark matter have been seen? Gemini: Yes, there is a strong correlation between the distribution of galaxies and the inferred presence of dark matter. Here’s how: These observations suggest a pattern:Dark matter is more concentrated in the central regions of galaxies compared to the distribution of visible matter. It’s important to remember that dark matter is invisible by definition, so these patterns are based on indirect methods. However, the consistency of the evidence across different techniques strongly suggests a link between dark matter distribution and galaxy…