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Some Big Lies of Science

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2010

Global Research, June 10, 2010
Activist Teacher – 2010-06-08

“[T]he majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.”– Harold Pinter, Nobel Lecture (Literature), 2005

The maintenance of the hierarchical structures that control our lives depends on Pinter’s “vast tapestry of lies upon which we feed.” Therefore, the main institutions that embed us into the hierarchy, such as schools, universities, and mass media and entertainment corporations, have a primary function to create and maintain this tapestry. This includes establishment scientists and all service intellectuals in charge of “interpreting” reality.

In fact, the scientists and “experts” define reality in order to bring it into conformity  with the always-adapting dominant mental tapestry of the moment. They also invent and build new branches of the tapestry that serve specific power groups by providing new avenues of exploitation. These high priests are rewarded with high class status.

The Money Lie

The economists are a most significant example. It is probably not an accident that in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century the economists were the first professional analysts to be “broken in,” in a battle that defined the limits of academic freedom in universities. The academic system would from that point on impose a strict operational separation between inquiry and theorizing as acceptable and social reform as unacceptable [1].

Any academic wishing to preserve her position understood what this meant. As a side product, academics became virtuosos at nurturing a self-image of importance despite this fatal limitation on their societal relevance, with verbiage such as: The truth is our most powerful weapon, the pen is mightier than the sword, a good idea can change the world, reason will take us out of darkness, etc.

So the enterprise of economics became devoted to masking the lie about money. Bad lending practice, price fixing and monopolistic controls were the main threats to the natural justice of a free market, and occurred only as errors in a mostly self-regulating system that could be moderated via adjustments of interest rates and other “safeguards.”

Meanwhile no mainstream economic theory makes any mention of the fact that money itself is created wholesale in a fractional reserve banking system owned by secret private interests given a licence to fabricate and deliver debt that must be paid back (with interest) from the real economy, thereby continuously concentrating ownership and power over all local and regional economies.

The rest of us have to earn money rather than simply fabricate it and we never own more when we die. The middle class either pays rent or a mortgage. Wage slavery is perpetuated and degraded in stable areas and installed in its most vicious varieties in all newly conquered territories.

It is quite remarkable that the largest exploitation scam (private money creation as debt) ever enacted and applied to the entire planet does not figure in economic theories.

Economists are so busy modeling the ups and downs of profits, returns, employment figures, stock values, and the benefits of mergers for mid-level exploiters that they don’t notice their avoidance of the foundational elements. They model the construction schedule while refusing to acknowledge that the terrain is an earthquake zone with vultures circling overhead.

Meanwhile the financiers write and re-write the rules themselves and again this process does not figure in macroeconomic theories. The only human element that economists consider in their “predictive” mathematical models is low-level consumer behaviour, not high-level system manipulation. Corruption is the norm yet it does not figure. The economies, cultures and infrastructures of nations are wilfully destroyed in order to enslave via new and larger national debts for generations into the future while economists forecast alleged catastrophic consequences of defaulting on these debts…

Management tools for the bosses and smoke and mirrors for the rest of us – thank you expert economists.

The Medicine is Health Lie

We’ve all heard some MD (medical doctor) interviewed on the radio gratuitously make the bold proposal that life expectancy has increased thanks to modern medicine. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Life expectancy has increased in First World countries thanks to a historical absence of civil and territorial wars, better and more accessible food, less work and non-work accidents, and better overall living and working conditions. The single strongest indicator of personal health within and between countries is economy status, irrespective of access to medical technology and pharmaceuticals.

It’s worse than that because medicine actually has a negative impact on health. Medical errors (not counting misattributed deaths from correctly administered “treatments”) are the third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer, and there is a large gap between this conservative underestimate in the number of medical error deaths and the fourth leading cause of death [2]. Since medicine can do little for heart disease and cancer and since medicine has only a small statistical positive impact in the area of trauma interventions, we conclude that public health would increase if all MDs simply disappeared. And think of all the time loss and stress that sick people would save…

One of the most dangerous places in society is the hospital. Medical errors include misdiagnoses, bad prescriptions, prescriptions of medications that should not be combined, unnecessary surgery, unnecessary or badly administered treatments including chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and corrective surgeries.

The lie extends to the myth that MDs anywhere near understand the human body. And this well guarded lie encourages us to put our faith in doctors, thereby opening the door to a well orchestrated profit bonanza for big pharma.

The first thing that Doctors Without Borders (MSF) volunteers need to do in order to contribute significantly in disaster zones is to “forget their medical training” and get to work on the priority tasks at hand: water, food, shelter, and disease propagation prevention; not vaccinating, or operating, or prescribing medication… Public health comes from safety, stability, social justice, and economic buying power, not MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) units and prescription drugs.

These bone heads routinely apply unproven “recommended treatments” and prescribe dangerous drugs for everything from high blood pressure from a sedentary lifestyle and bad nutrition, to apathy at school, to anxiety in public places, to post-adolescence erectile function, to non-conventional sleep patterns, and to all the side effects from the latter drugs.

In professional yet nonetheless remarkable reversals of logic, doctors prescribe drugs to remove symptoms that are risk indicators rather than address the causes of the risks, thereby only adding to the assault on the body.

It’s unbelievable the number that medicine has done on us: Just one more way to keep us stupid (ignorant about our own bodies) and artificially dependent on the control hierarchy. Economically disadvantaged people don’t die from not having access to medical “care” – They die from the life constraints and liabilities directly resulting from poverty. How many MDs have stated this obvious truth on the radio?

Environmental Science Lies

Exploitation via resource extraction, land use expropriation, and wage slavery creation and maintenance are devastating to indigenous populations and to the environment on continental scales. It is therefore vital to cover up the crimes under a veil of expert analysis and policy development diversion. A valued class of service intellectuals here is composed of the environmental scientists and consultants.

Environmental scientists naively and knowingly work hand in hand with finance-corporate shysters, mainstream media, politicians, and state and international bureaucrats to mask real problems and to create profit opportunities for select power elites. Here are notable examples of specific cases.

Freon and Ozone

Do you know of anyone who has been killed by the ozone hole?

The 1987 Montreal Protocol banning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) is considered a textbook case where science and responsible governance lead to a landmark treaty for the benefit of the Earth and all its inhabitants. How often does that happen?

At about the time that the DuPont patent on Freon(TM), the most widely used CFC refrigerant in the world, was expiring the mainstream media picked up on otherwise arcane scientific observations and hypotheses about ozone concentration in the upper atmosphere near the poles.

There resulted an international mobilization to criminalize CFCs and DuPont developed and patented a replacement refrigerant that was promptly certified for use.

A Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded in 1995 for a laboratory demonstration that CFCs could deplete ozone in simulated atmospheric conditions. In 2007 it was shown that the latter work may have been seriously flawed by overestimating the depletion rate by an order of magnitude, thereby invalidating the proposed mechanism for CFC-driven ozone depletion [3]. Not to mention that any laboratory experiment is somewhat different from the actual upper atmosphere… Is the Nobel tainted by media and special interest lobbying?

It gets better. It turns out that the Dupont replacement refrigerant is, not surprisingly, not as inert as was Freon. As a result it corrodes refrigerator cycle components at a much faster rate. Where home refrigerators and freezers lasted forever, they now burn out in eight years or so. This has caused catastrophic increases in major appliance contributions to land fill sites across North America; spurred on by the green propaganda for obscenely efficient electrical consumptions of the new appliances under closed door (zero use) conditions.

In addition, we have been frenzied into avoiding the sun, the UV index keeps our fear of cancer and our dependence on the medical establishment alive, and a new sun block industry a la vampire protection league has been spawned. And of course star university chemists are looking for that perfect sun block molecule that can be patented by big pharma. And as soon as it is, I predict a surge in media interviews with skin cancer experts…

Acid Rain on the Boreal Forest

In the seventies it was acid rain. Thousands of scientists from around the world (Northern Hemisphere) studied this “most pressing environmental problem on the planet.” The boreal forest is the largest ecosystem on Earth and its millions of lakes were reportedly being killed by acid from the sky.

Coal burning plants spewed out sulphides into the atmosphere causing the rain to be acidic. The acid rain was postulated to acidify the soils and lakes in the boreal forest but the acidification was virtually impossible to detect. Pristine lakes in the hearts of national parks had to be studied for decades in attempts to detect a statistically significant acidification.

Meanwhile the lakes and their watersheds were being destroyed by the cottage industry, agriculture, forestry, mining, over fishing and tourism. None of the local and regional destruction was studied or exposed. Instead, scientists turned their gaze to distant coal burning plants, atmospheric distribution, and postulated chemical reactions occurring in rain droplets. One study found that the spawning in aquarium of one fish species was extremely sensitive to acidity (pH). Long treatises about cation charge balance and transport were written and attention was diverted away from the destruction on the ground towards a sanitized problem of atmospheric chemistry that was the result of industrialization and progress rather than being caused by identifiable exploiters.

As a physicist and Earth scientist turned environmental scientist, I personally read virtually every single scientific paper written about acid rain and could not find an example of a demonstrated negative impact on lakes or forests from acid rain. In my opinion, contrary to the repeated claims of the scientist authors, the research on acid rain demonstrates that acid rain could not possibly have been the problem.

This model of elite-forces-coordinated exploiter whitewashing was to play itself out on an even grander scale only decades later with global warming.

Global Warming as a Threat to Humankind

In 2005 and 2006, several years before the November 2009 Climategate scandal burst the media bubble that buoyed public opinion towards acceptance of carbon credits, cap and trade, and the associated trillion dollar finance bonanza that may still come to pass, I exposed the global warming cooptation scam in an essay that Alexander Cockburn writing in The Nation called “one of the best essays on greenhouse myth-making from a left perspective” [4][5][6].

My essay prompted David F. Noble to research the question and write The Corporate Climate Coup to expose how the media embrace followed the finance sector’s realization of the unprecedented potential for revenues that going green could represent [7].

Introductory paragraphs from Global Warming: Truth or Dare? are as follows [4]:

“I also advance that there are strong societal, institutional, and psychological motivations for having constructed and for continuing to maintain the myth of a global warming dominant threat (global warming myth, for short). I describe these motivations in terms of the workings of the scientific profession and of the global corporate and finance network and its government shadows.”

“I argue that by far the most destructive force on the planet is power-driven financiers and profit-driven corporations and their cartels backed by military might; and that the global warming myth is a red herring that contributes to hiding this truth. In my opinion, activists who, using any justification, feed the global warming myth have effectively been co-opted, or at best neutralized.”

Other passages read this way [4]:

“Environmental scientists and government agencies get funding to study and monitor problems that do not threaten corporate and financial interests. It is therefore no surprise that they would attack continental-scale devastation from resource extraction via the CO2 back door. The main drawback with this strategy is that you cannot control a hungry monster by asking it not to shit as much.”

“Global warming is strictly an imaginary problem of the First World middleclass. Nobody else cares about global warming. Exploited factory workers in the Third World don’t care about global warming. Depleted uranium genetically mutilated children in Iraq don’t care about global warming. Devastated aboriginal populations the world over also can’t relate to global warming, except maybe as representing the only solidarity that we might volunteer.”

“It’s not about limited resources. [“The amount of money spent on pet food in the US and Europe each year equals the additional amount needed to provide basic food and health care for all the people in poor countries, with a sizeable amount left over.” (UN Human Development Report, 1999)] It’s about exploitation, oppression, racism, power, and greed. Economic, human, and animal justice brings economic sustainability which in turn is always based on renewable practices. Recognizing the basic rights of native people automatically moderates resource extraction and preserves natural habitats. Not permitting imperialist wars and interventions automatically quenches nation-scale exploitation. True democratic control over monetary policy goes a long way in removing debt-based extortion. Etc.”

And there is a thorough critique of the science as band wagon trumpeting and interested self-deception [4]. Climategate only confirms what should be obvious to any practicing scientist: That science is a mafia when it’s not simply a sleeping pill.

Conclusion

It just goes on and on. What is not a lie?

Look at the recent H1N1 scam – another textbook example. It’s farcical how far these circuses go: Antiseptic gels in every doorway at the blink of an eye; high school students getting high from drinking the alcohol in the gels; out datedness of the viral strain before the pre-paid vaccine can be mass produced; unproven effectiveness; no requirement to prove effectiveness; government guarantees to corporate manufacturers against client lawsuits; university safety officers teaching students how to cough; etc.

Pure madness. Has something triggered our genetically ingrained First World stupidity reflex? Is this part of our march towards fascism [8]?

Here is another one. Educators promote the lie that we learn because we are taught. This lie of education is squarely denounced by radical educators [9][10].

University professors design curricula as though the students actually learn every element that is delivered whereas the truth is that students don’t learn the delivered material and everyone only learns what they learn. One could dramatically change the order in which courses are delivered and it would make no measurable difference in how much students learn. Students deliver nonsense and professors don’t care. Obedience and indoctrination are all that matter so the only required skill is bluffing. Students know this and those that don’t don’t know what they know, don’t know themselves [8][9][10].

Pick any expert opinion or dominant paradigm: It’s part of a racket.

We can’t know the truth because the truth is brutal.

Denis G. Rancourt was a tenured and full professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He was trained as a physicist and practiced physics, Earth sciences, and environmental science, areas in which he was funded by a national agency and ran an internationally recognized laboratory. He published over 100 articles in leading scientific journals. He developed popular activism courses and was an outspoken critic of the university administration and a defender of Palestinian rights. He was fired for his dissidence in 2009. [See www.academicfreedom.ca]

Notes

[1] “No Ivory Tower – book” by Ellen W. Schrecker.
[2]
Radio interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield: CHUO 89.1 FM, Ottawa; January 21, 2010.
[3] Nature 449, 382-383 (2007).
[4] “Global Warming: Truth or Dare? – essay” by Denis G. Rancourt.
[5] “Questioning Climate Politics – Denis Rancourt says the ‘global warming myth’ is part of the problem”; April 11, 2007, interview in The Dominion.
[6] Climate Guy blog.
[7] “The Corporate Climate Coup – essay” by David F. Noble.
[8] “Canadian Education as an Impetus towards Fascism – essay” by Denis G. Rancourt.
[9] “Pedagogy of the Oppressed – book” by Paulo Freire.
[10] “The Ignorant Schoolmaster – book” by Jacques Rancière.

Denis G. Rancourt is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Denis G. Rancourt
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TESLA’S NEW MONARCH OF MACHINES

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2010

by Nikola Tesla

Suppose some one should discover a new mechanical principle–something as fundamental as James Watt’s discovery of the expansive power of steam—by the use of which it became possible to build a motor that would give ten horse power for every pound of the engine’s weight, a motor so simple that the veriest novice in mechanics could construct it and so elemental that it could not possibly get out of repair.  Then suppose that this motor could be run forward or backward at will, that it could be used as either an engine or a pump, that it cost almost nothing to build as compared with any other known form of engine, that it utilized a larger percentage of the available power than any existing machine, and, finally, that it would operate with gas, steam, compressed air or water, any one of them, as its driving power.

It does not take a mechanical expert to imagine the limitless possibilities of such an engine.  It takes very little effort to conjure up a picture of a new world of industry and transportation made possible by the invention of such a device.  “Revolutionary” seems a mild term to apply to it.  That, however, is the word the inventor uses in describing it—Nikola Tesla, the scientist whose electrical discoveries underlie all modern electrical power development, whose experiments and deductions made the wireless telegraph possible, and who now, in the mechanical field, has achieved a triumph even more far reaching than anything he accomplished in electricity.

There is something of the romantic in this discovery of the famous explorer of the hidden realms of knowledge.  The pursuit of an ideal is always romantic, and it was in the pursuit of an ideal which he has been seeking twenty years that Dr. Tesla made his great discovery.  That ideal is the power to fly—to fly with certainty and absolute safety—not merely to go up in an aeroplane and take chances on weather conditions, “holes in the air,” tornadoes, lightning and the thousand other perils the aviator of today faces, but to fly with the speed and certainty of a cannon ball, with power to overcome any of nature’s aerial forces, to start when one pleases, go whither one pleases and alight where one pleases.  That has been the aim of Dr. Tesla’s life for nearly a quarter of a century.  He believes that with the discovery of the principle of his new motor he has solved this problem and that incidentally he has laid the foundations for the most startling new achievements in other mechanical lines.

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“How come all I see is the child of God in misery?”

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2010

Prelude to the Noosphere: Report and a Vision

http://www.realitysandwich.com/prelude_noosphere_report_and_vision

Part I. A glimpse of the world during the last days

“How come all I see

is the child of God in misery?”

(Song lyric heard in a hotel restaurant in Chennai, India).

I was recently on a trip to Kenya and India to experience in some depth two samples of the world not normally experienced by most “westerners.” This was not a holiday or tourist excursion, but part of a mission. During the time we (my companion and myself) were traveling, Europe was still suffering the effects of the Iceland volcano, the Greek riots against the government austerity measures sent their message of anarchy across the world media, as did the even deadlier “Battle of Bangkok,” the Euro experienced a serious loss of confidence and set off world stock market declines, while the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Louisiana coast continued to gush and spread its deadly slick. Before we left India, a devastating airplane crash occurred in Mangalore, and at the same time the Maoists, now active in 20 of India’s 29 states, bombed a bus and most recently caused the derailment of a train with a high cost of life.

When you arrive in Mumbai you realize you have landed in an armed camp. You cannot enter a hotel or a shopping mall without undergoing airport style security checks. The streets, overcrowded with taxis and more taxis, buses and an occasional BMW, are lined with beggars and garbage. Despite the much-touted Indian economic boom, the disparity between the rich and poor couldn’t be greater. No wonder the Maoists are so active. The discrete air-conditioned luxury of a five star hotel lobby is protected by security officers and closed gates. Across the street is the teeming chaos: poverty and disease, mothers holding their babies up, and cripples dragging themselves across the filthy sidewalks.

The talk of Kenya is the new constitution. The present constitution was not created by Kenyans but by an international committee in Oxford, England in 1963. Will it make a difference? That is hard to tell. The government is rife with corruption and the outlying parts of Nairobi, the slum districts are as abject as any you will see, except perhaps outside of Mumbai. While new high rises fill the Nairobi skyline the wealth is still largely controlled by foreign interests, namely Indian and UK, with the Chinese muscling in very quickly. There are also a few new shopping malls that let you know globalization is making its mark. But it is not a safe city. When we ask for the direction to a particular shop, the Muslim woman takes us aside and gives us tips on what not to do, “It is not safe here anymore,” she tells us, and then graciously accompanies us on foot to our destination.

The only way to reach a lodge on the slopes of Mt. Kenya is by safari. If you are not on a tourist safari, be prepared to pay exorbitant prices. At the lodge there is a watering hole for all to view, but it is rainy season and most of the animals stay secluded. Only the monkeys are literally in full swing. But there is a curious feature. Many of them are without one or both of their front paws, or even missing an arm, some without a tail. We query the man in charge of the animals, the one who is able to speak knowledgably about them to the tourists. His face grows sad with concern. The Lodge gets its electricity via a transformer at the edge of its property. It is not covered or protected, so often the monkeys get in and then grabbing some of the wires fry their limbs off. So far he has been unable to convince the Indian owned company that runs the lodge to at least cover or seal off the transformer station so that the monkeys cannot get in anymore.

Mt. Kenya is unique, rising more than 17,000 feet above sea level, it is the one major world mountain located on the equator. For the first time in a few years there is snow once again on its craggy peak. Traditionally this mountain was considered to be the place where the supreme creator, the God Ngai would come to Earth and survey the great lands of East Africa. Today it is surrounded by a National Park, in which are set a small ring of lodges. Because its peak is virtually on the equator it has a geomagnetic power that alone accounts for its “sacred status.” The road to and from the mountain is lined with small rural villages, each with large markets and teeming with people all just a step up from shanty towns. It seems almost everybody in Kenya is equipped with a cell phone. Between the villages lies rich agricultural land, plantations and farms. But with such seeming abundance why is there so much grinding poverty?

In Nairobi and central and west Kenya Christianity predominates — a fundamentalist Christianity that replaces one set of superstitions with another. “If you meditate you are going to let the devil into your mind.” There are a number of TV channels that broadcast fundamentalist Christian propaganda. The Muslins are mostly in the east of Kenya centered in the second city, Mombasa. There are Muslim girls everywhere, walking down the country roads in their jibabs. The men in their white caps, pants and tunics are also ever-present. In some communities it is the Muslims who enforce the laws and get rid of drug traffickers. Both Mombasa and Nairobi also have a number of Hindu temples. There is an impressive Jain temple in both Nairobi and Mombasa, indicating the strong presence of India and Indian business interests.

The next elections in Kenya will be on 12-12-2012, just nine days before the closing of the cycle. After the last elections in 2007, there were many brutal clashes and the country was temporarily destabilized. Some people fear that this might happen again. Outside of Nairobi is the suburb of Karen. Here is where Karen Blixen lived, and where she wrote her famous book Out of Africa. Today it is a verdant enclave where many of the “white” Kenyans live. They are a lively and interesting mix, many of whom are involved in projects to help uplift the children in the slums — yoga and backyard vegetable gardens — or deal with the rampant HIV (life expectancy is now only 52), or to improve the grounds of the National Museum, or in some way or another, to support the social cultural infrastructure in up-leveling their country’s profile and stability.

Perhaps Kenya’s most famous citizen is Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, whose Green Belt project has engaged women at a community level to plant trees — more than 20 million of them. She has recently written a book entitled the Challenge for Africa, which, among other things, gives a succinct historical overview of how Africa got to be the way it is today. It is an eye-opening read, and she is a strong advocate of community level action that empowers the individual. Yet one leaves Kenya wondering: What can be done immediately about the poverty and health — large tracts of slums in which there is no sanitation system, no decent drinking water, and good nutritious food is hard to come by?

How can we live in this world with its billionaires, drug traffic, HIV and environmental degradation, affluent culture of globalization, its war and terrorism, bombs and guns — and not have the will power to do something about the obvious inequality and injustice that pervades the world? While we were in Kenya the European Union voted on a trillion dollar bail out for the Euro and to stabilize its economy. We also read that last year alone the US spent more than a trillion dollars on weapons. Where is the trillion dollars to put in a sanitation system in the slums of Nairobi or Mumbai, and every other urban slum on the planet? In his book, Banker to the Poor, Muhammad Yunus states the bottom line pre-requisite for every last human being on the planet: 1. A rainproof house: 2. a sanitary toilet; 3. clean drinking water, and 4. three meals per day. Unable to do this much, we as a species have failed ourselves. We prefer guns and money.

People in affluent countries line up by the hundreds to get their iPads. In the meantime, the 11th suicide in just a few months is reported at the Chinese factory that manufactures the iPad. Many people in western countries call a number to trouble shoot a problem with their computer and end up speaking to some one in India. But do they ever see where the Indian lives and what is his daily living environment? India is as wretched if not more so by its sheer numbers, than Africa. While Mumbai is the center of the cyclone of the disparity of wealth and justice, Chennai to the south, India’s fourth largest city, by contrast, is a bit more uptown, and the slums are less apparent, though when you get out on the streets it is the same chaos of poverty and crazy traffic. In the hotels you have your choice of many channels that seem to offer nothing but Bollywood’s best or latest film fare: An entertaining distraction of amusingly well danced charades of Indian cultural clichés, creating its own sub-culture of models, film idols and musicians.

Pondicherry is two or three hours to the south of Chennai — the time depends on how daring or crazy your cab driver might be. There are no traffic rules that command respect as you go about the rural highways. The only rule is honk when you are going to pass – so there is a continuous cacophony of car, bus and truck horns, and people taking risks that make your hair stand on end as a parade of buses and rickshaw taxis, trucks and overcrowded mini vans play Russian roulette on a two lane road, that more often than not is a three or four lane nightmare of passing and on-coming vehicles trying to make it to safety.

Pondicherry is where Sri Aurobindo the great poet and political activist turned yogi and profound evolutionary thinker, spent most of his life – from 1910 to 1950. Here with his companion, The Mother, he set up his ashram and in 1926 engaged the supramental descent of the consciousness of the future. Following his Samadhi, on December 9, 1950, when his consciousness left his body to pervade the consciousness of the planet, the Mother dreamed up the idea of Auroville a universal city, where everyone could be free to pursue the spiritual truth expounded by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Today Auroville is a thriving community of 2000 people located just outside of Pondicherry. It is self -sustaining and as good a model of the future society as one might find, isolated from the chaos of Pondicherry by a green belt of trees planted by the Auorvillieans over the years. In the center is the Matrimandir a gleaming geodesic dome structure set in the center of a grassy garden pavilion looking for all the world like a UFO that has just landed. Within the context of present-day India, Auroville is truly a miracle.

The Sri Aurobindo ashram is in the quieter French quarter of Pondicherry. It has an air of tremendous serenity. Devotees of one kind or another are always passing through the ashram, to touch or place their head on the sarcophagus where Sri Aurobindo’s body lies in its final state of samadhi. Everything is absolutely quiet. The samadhi is very effective. It enters your body and mind.

Outside the ashram is the Elephant temple, a garish Hindu shrine with sensational gaudy statues of the Hindu pantheon. The atmosphere is totally different than the ashram. There is a live elephant standing patiently with a white symbol painted on its third eye. Then beyond is Pondicherry proper an overgrown village of 700,000 people — everything is hanging out, the garbage, the cows walking in and out of the crowds, the beggars, the filth on every street corner. The citizens didn’t want to put garbage receptacles on the street corners because they thought it would attract mosquitoes and even more beggars. So instead, everyone settles for piling up trash wherever possible.

Getting on the plane to Singapore, the mind is teeming with images and questions. There is some two and one half years to 21 December 2012. On contemplating this micro-slice of our world with its overwhelming level of chaos and misery, one thing is certain: No human conference or seminar, religion or government organization, NGO or corporation is going to be able do much of anything, nor even be fully capable of facing the root problem of human poverty and injustice as well as the overwhelming environmental degradation that characterizes our world today.

The injustice of poverty and the needlessness of spending more money on armaments, while tackling full scale the environmental degradation should be the top priorities of the human race, were it actually a rational coherent planetary organism — which at this point in time it is not. If we actually dealt with these issues and every government made these the top priority then we would see terrorism disappear. For the root of terrorism is the injustice, the imbalance of power, aggressive materialism and selfish interests that continue to perpetuate the problem without sincerely wishing to do anything about it. Unfortunately the problem — the crisis — is endemic to the entire system. In reality only the dismantling of the present system according to principles of humane behavior and responsible environmental action would change it, but this will never happen soon enough. The fact is we have run out of time, the situation is out of control.

What is one’s responsibility in the face of such a tragic failure of the human species? It is pointless to get together with other people if we are not going to say: Here, this is what we are going to do as soon as we leave this conference…This is what will put up a rainproof house for every human, a sanitary toilet and so forth. While there are good people who are doing some of these things who continue to deserve to receive all the support we can give them, because that is their spiritual practice, the larger problem, the root causes will remain. No matter how well meaning the gathering of people might be, they are not going to convince the World Bank, the Rothschilds, the Bilderbergers, the IMF, the Bill Gates and the Carlos Slims, the European Union and the billionaires of India to invest immediately in the eradication of poverty, and the balancing of the scales of justice. Animals treat their own kind better than humans treat each other.

What people need to understand is that 21/12/2012 is actually humanity’s deadline, and right now it would rather send a man to Mars then deal head-on with what it has created on its home planet. If the cycle is truly ending on 21 December 2012, and something is going to happen, then the only thing left to be done that we have not yet done is to change our consciousness.

Part II. Becoming the change we want to see — Welcome to the Noosphere

The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have now to recall the image of the planet from outer space: A single entity in which air water and continents are interconnected. That is our home. –David Suzuki

A mind of light will replace the present confusion and trouble of this earthly ignorance … It is this possibility that we must look at and that would mean a new humanity uplifted into light, capable of a spiritualized being and action, open to the governance by some light of the truth-consciousness, capable even on the mental level and in its own order of something that might be called the beginning of the divinized life. –Sri Aurobindo

In speaking of changing our consciousness — transforming it even — we must consider that there is an unerring and ineffable design to all of these proceedings in our world, which seems to have devolved into an armed camp filled with toxic waste and rapidly losing its biodiversity. Even within the veils of darkest ignorance which now prevail we may see that there is still a movement of consciousness ever striving upward by degrees to that place where there is a “new heaven and a new Earth.”

It is at this next proximate juncture of cosmic consciousness (21/12/2012) that we may experience the descent of the supermind, the mind of light. And then beyond that, we may still advance by degrees in ever more perfected and luminous forms, radiating the samadhi light of an all pervading universal truth-consciousness, now become an irreversible feature of the earthly mind — all of this in accord with that ineffable design, the “divine plan.” It is by conscious alignment with this plan, by accepting it wholeheartedly and without reservation, this inscrutable design of nature, that we will be able to practice the “divine life.”

To change our consciousness, to take advantage of the ascent that continues to occur even in the darkest hour of planetary crisis, we need only realize the example of the whole Earth, the Earth we see from outer space. This is the place to begin, for this is not only where we are, but who we are.

In our contemplation we must absorb into our hearts the Earth. We must experience the Earth as a unified simultaneity. It is day and night, ocean and land, air and mind all at once. It is in reality a seamless whole and everything on it and within it constitutes but a single totality, however diverse its multitudinous parts may seem to be.

The Earth is already in an advanced state of samyak samadhi, right concentration, meditation or samadhi absorbed within itself. Undeviatingly it moves in its orbit, rotating ceaselessly, making sure that all aspects of her spherical being are exposed equally to the illuminating source of its life and consciousness, the sun. It tolerates everything, even the most untamed, unruly humans driven by the one-sided fixations of their own unexamined belief systems, seemingly incapable of any further intelligence — yes, even these she regards as her children.

The Earth in her unified wholeness does not seek vengeance. She operates by laws however, that if repeatedly violated, will produce their own results, meting out their own forms of justice.

In her unified simultaneity of living wholeness where saint and sinner, hypocrite and truth seeker alike all breathe the same air and move by the same blood flowing in their veins, the Earth is already living the life divine, a planet body capable of seemingly unending self-transformation, repeated resurrections and rebirths even in the midst of its own dying. She possesses a mind and a consciousness that is whole and accommodates all of her living and crystalline forms. Over the aeons she has slowly emerged into an ever more conscious and luminous condition of being. Now she awaits her next sheathe of consciousness, the mantle of self-reflection to slip over her, a rainbow mantle brought forth by her children of tomorrow, those remaining attuned to the descent of the supermind.

For the Earth in her unified simultaneity, it is always the same moment in time. The rich man enjoying his cocktail at the end of his money making day, the poor man awakening on his earthen floored mattress a half a world away, are for the Earth, all at once and two sides of the very same moment of experience. The Earth is in a continuous moment of synchronicity. She bathes in a time beam of awakened fractal moments descending from every direction into her radiant electromagnetic field. Synchronic perfection is all she knows, for she is a timeship moving imperceptibly in her trajectory toward fully illumined cosmic consciousness.

The Earth does not seek to kill or betray, is incapable of lying and needs not steal anything from anybody. Everything that she needs to sustain herself, to experience, or to know she already possesses in herself. She does not need to travel to other planets or other worlds to know what she isn’t. She knows that in herself, in her deepest core being where there is only a condensed and incredibly luminous silence, that she is also not what anyone thinks she is. Or rather she is a point of interdimensional knowing that receives its inspiration from the entirety of the cosmos as it has come to her, descending through her poles in endless plasmic waves for billions of years.

Now she awaits that approaching moment, the descent of the supermind, the next expansion of her mind into the solar frequencies that illumine her space of meditation. She knows the time and the timing. Her restless children are her sign. She knows even among them in their confusion and making trouble for themselves and for herself, the universal plan is at work. She only needs a handful of them to take her into their hearts and simultaneously practice what she practices all the time: the supreme samadhi of always existing unification. She knows that the disease of her children’s little minds will soon be dissolved. The luminous friends from beyond are already here to help them as soon as enough of them wake up from the dream of separation. Then they will know it is their mind and not their toys that make them great, for their mind is truly the mind of the Earth, and the mind of the Earth is the cosmic link to insuperable powers and the always simultaneity of synchronic awareness.

She sends a message, an oracle to them:

Message of the Time:

Let the wall fall into the moat

The civilization is in ruin

Use no force to correct things

But persevere in silence

The evil way is on the ascent

But it has no foundation

Within yourself the signs of tomorrow are ripened

She knows that among them are those who can hear, whose hearts still beat with the remembrance of the first creation, and so they can be ready for the second creation. Now it is the time for these to become truly dedicated and have no other cause but the samadhi of unification with the Earth.

If you find it difficult to enter into this samadhi, then make sure you have a globe and make that the focus of your meditation. When you have a globe you are seeing the Earth as it is seen from outer space. Then you can see it is a single indivisible whole, a unified totality. Everything and everybody is on it everywhere all at once — day and night all at once, the seasons all at once, North pole and South pole all at once, the same instant of cosmic time everywhere all at once.

This is how it is when you have the perspective of the whole Earth. The Earth shows no partiality. She is synchronized with the cosmic order of reality. Her orbit is the demonstration of her submission to cosmic law. If she became rebellious and deviated it would only wreak absolute havoc on her entire network of interlinked and interdependent subsystems. It would be suicidal to rebel. So she remains obedient to cosmic law. It is enough that from time to time she experiences a pole shift or that a meteor smashes into her.

But these too are all necessary adjustments. She has been submissive to her law for 4 billion years now. That means in her function as a planetary electron to the atomic nucleus of the sun, she has gone around galactic center 20 times now (at the rate of 200 million years for the sun to make this circuit). So whatever kind of adjustment occurs by 2012, whatever it might be, know that Earth is prepared, for it is inevitable.

In light of the great change now upon us, consider who you are in this cosmic episode. You are fortunate to be getting a free ride around the sun, and making a little bit of the circuit around the galaxy. If there is a shake up going on, maybe it is because as a species we have not adhered to principles of justice nor demonstrated enough gratitude for this precious planet which takes care of us. Everything on the Earth is freely given by the Earth. Only humans use their cleverness and artificial construct of money to force others of their own kind to pay for what is actually a gift of the Earth.

Now the Earth is bleeding oil, a message that the way of life the human species has constructed for itself is not effective. The human priorities are totally lopsided and upside down. Their minds are immersed in systems of rules and regulations that have little to do with reality and actually obstruct any kind of efficient responsible action, especially in the face of such a great change.

For this reason the supremely effective way to keep astride of this great change is to go within and transform the consciousness of the planet. A hundred thousand humans meditating in a sequence of synchronized moments focused on the single point of realizing Earth as a continuity, an instantaneous simultaneity of unified wholeness, would be able to effect a change. Consciousness, not life and form, is the essential evolutionary principle of the cosmos. As the great Indian thinker Sri Aurobindo wrote concerning this premise:

“In this vision of things the universe will reveal itself in its unity and totality as a manifestation of a single being, nature as its power of manifestation, evolution as its process of gradual manifestation in matter.” (“Supermind in Evolution”)

The power of the mind created the machine and the artificial time that governs our lives. Returned to itself, the power of the mind can ultimately heal all things. The power of the collective human mind synchronized as a single planetary consciousness focused on a single point could alter the evolution of our mind and spirit irrevocably while providing us with the knowledge, insight and telepathic skills to turn our crisis into the Second Creation.

Such a supermental event of consciousness by 2012 is possible. There is enough time and there are enough people capable of this. It is the solution augured by the message of the time. We would then also know that we are not alone. Cosmic civilization throughout the universe, we will find out, had been waiting for us to come upon this solution. We will hear the cry resounding across the Earth: “Welcome Home!” And we will know: Yes, we are home. A new time and a new day will dawn. Yes, Welcome to the Noosphere!

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