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Focused attention is like a fulcrum because it is our reality (see also prop. 8545). It may seem strange to liken focused attention to a rock but, in terms of perception, focused attention is as real as a rock ... and, like a rock, it can be used as a fulcrum.
An individual's eyes and perception are the eyes and perception of its species. An individual sees and perceives, not only as an agent of its species, but as the entire species: Sight and perception are absolute qualities.
We create our experiences, and we create our environment from our experiences. There is nothing but our species. We create our experiences and our environment of our own selves. We never dispossess ourselves of any aspects of our environment: All aspects are always available to us for our own use.
The cohesion, of governmental centres of power, used to be greater than the destructive power of the weapons at their command, but now the reverse is the case, and the master is in danger of losing control of his guard-dog.
Scientists may establish an hypothesis as being 'beyond reasonable doubt', or as supported by 'sufficient evidence', or as 'the best current view' ... but scientists cannot prove any hypothesis in an absolute sense. The hypotheses of science are all provisional, in that they are all subject to change and improvement.
Our species is self-created. 'No', many say ... 'how can the living species make itself? The species evolved from very primitive life-forms: How can such forms make, of themselves, what humans are today?' But, this sort of finite thinking cannot judge an absolute case. The species is absolute, and its finite aspects are but subsets of the infinite mainset. In absolute logic, it is perfectly reasonable for an evolutionary species to create itself.
When we refuse to accept another person's perception as reality, we say that he/she is wrong or misinformed or mad. Regardless of the perception of others, our individual perception is our reality.
Our most important and powerful function is the focusing of attention ... that is, the focusing of our own attention and the attention of others. The focusing of the attention of others is leadership, and this has many aspects.
That, which creates another thing, equates that other thing. (Note: As the quality of creation is transfinite and absolute, absolute logic applies. A creator is one and equal with its creations, even though they appear to be lesser than itself.)
Our species will survive because it is self-created ... and self-created to survive: It is an imperative of our species to express itself, and there are no time constraints upon this expression. It may be noted that, as our species is all there is, it has no enemies. Our species is sovereign and self-sustaining.
That we, an order species, are creating a seeming-chaos, means that we are changing the nature and expressions of order ... and we have not yet recognised the new patterns and forms of order. (See also props. 7794-7796).
If one knows all the past and present forces in action, and summates or resolves them, can one then predict the future? Is there any thing in the future which cannot be read in the things and events of the past and the present?
When we gather all available data, on past and present, and bear hard upon it and put formal logic in abeyance ... then may come to us intuitive insights of a transfinite kind which reveal the future.
When the Absolute chooses to express via one human personality or another, surprise and disbelief may be evoked ... but why may not the Absolute so express itself? ... and how otherwise is it to express itself?
We are each agents of the Absolute, to be taken and used at the will of the Absolute. It is the right and function of the Absolute to so use us ... and it is our right and function to be so used.
Without God, our voice is an empty rattle: Without the awareness of His presence, life is like a flickering candle ... but, when we feel His presence, we become truly alive and all things seem possible, and our paths and ways become certain.
Explicit knowledge is never complete ... it is always in the process of becoming. Is incomplete explicit knowledge adequate to life? ... no! ... explicit knowledge must be supported and enlarged by implicit knowledge ... that is, by intuition and 'feel'.
Is incomplete explicit knowledge adequate to an understanding of the future? ... no! ... explicit knowledge must be supported and enlarged by implicit knowledge in order that we may understand the future.
Each fact has a legitimate but limited field of extension by processes of finite logic ... but, beyond the field limits, extension by finite logic becomes fallacious and misleading. However, as a code-component, each fact has infinite extension as a powerful attractor or prehender of implicit knowledge.
Every thing which is explicit is in code and developed from code. Every thing which is implicit is based on code, and itself constitutes a code, and is accessible by code. All facts are code, or of code. Every thing is in code, or developed from code ... including the future.
The code of a thing is the quintessence of that thing, and is the quintessence of the entire absolute integral which is singularity. The code of a thing not only accesses that thing but accesses all other things and the entire absolute integral. Each thing is a perfect sample of the whole, and a means of access to the whole.
Life-forms are derived from gene-codes; language is a symbolic code; all explicit knowledge is in code; all implicit knowledge is code-derived; all life and all expression and all knowledge is code-derived; all existence is comprised of key-codes and of the development thereof.
As a skilled cryptanalyst is needed in order to discover a key code amongst a confusing array of data, so also a skilled prediction scientist is needed in order to discover a key code amongst the confusing array of data, of existence as a whole. It is said that cryptanalysis calls for extensive study, practical experience, dogged perseverance, careful methods of analysis, lively imagination, and intuition. Prediction science calls for these same attributes.
That siblings, of the same gene-code inheritance, develop differently, indicates that genetic codes permit of a wide variety of growth outcomes. Genetic codes even allow for spontaneous variation of the species.
Humour triggers a release of tension within a group by means of incongruities and unexpected connections between ideas. There is an anticipatory tension-gathering pause by the group, followed by a 'penny-drop' shared release of tension.
There is a strong probability that any nation, which has achieved nuclear power generation capability, will develop nuclear weapons capability within a few years ... and, once nuclear-armed, will retain that status.
We all do the Eve to the apple. None of us may claim innocence of the nuclear sickness for, as a species, we have brought it on ourselves. That we put in place the means of our physical destruction, is like a burning of our boats. As a species, we are committed to metamorphose from physical to spiritual mode: The die is cast, and the game is afoot.
Volcanism enhances the stratospheric de-insolation layer and results in decreased biospheric mean temperatures, and also results in a heating up of the stratosphere, at and above the de-insolation layer. During lulls between volcanic activities, the de-insolation layer weakens and the summer temperatures rise. As the warm stratosphere reduces the power of the altitudinal heat-sink, an oven effect comes into play, followed by increased N-S/S-N airflows to higher latitudes, and a decrease of E-W/W-E airflows. However, the cooling effect reasserts its dominance in the winter. The increased N-S/S-N airflows increase rainfalls generally and, in winter, this builds the incidence of snow, ice, and cold land-waters ... particularly in the mid-latitudes.
There are research indications that variations in the oxygenl6/oxygenl8 ratio, in ocean-waters, provide a reliable record of global changes in icesheet volume. During glaciation, the lighter oxygen16 evaporates more readily from the oceans and is 'locked' into the great icesheets.
The late Precambrian ice-age (of approx. 700mya) brought the greatest glaciation the Earth has ever experienced. Nearly half of the planet was covered with ice. The onset of the ice-age was probably associated with a major period of volcanism.
|Oceans and seas||97.389 %|
|Lakes and rivers||.016 %|
|Groundwater less than 2,500ft deep||.339 %|
|Groundwater more than 2,500ft deep||.425 %|
|Water in atmosphere||.001 %|
A Pleistocene interglacial period may be defined as any interval of time during which oak and other deciduous trees are widespread in Europe. It is the demise of these oak forests which signals the beginning of an ice-age.
20,000 years ago, ice as thick as 10,000 feet covered Canada, Greenland, and Northern Europe. The Antarctic ice sheet was 10% larger than its present size. Icebergs and drift-ice covered half of the oceans.
During the current interglacial period, the global mean temperature optimum of 16.5 degrees C was experienced about 470OBC. A trough of 13.5 degrees C was experienced about 330OBC; a trough of 12.5 degrees C was experienced about 80OBC; and a trough of 12.5 degrees C was experienced from 1400AD to 1800AD (the 'little ice age').
As the explosion area of the core 'surface' is becoming larger, the periods of volcanism and glaciation are becoming more frequent, and the interglacial periods are becoming shorter in duration. The mantle, in its precession of the core, now occludes less of the core blow-out area than formerly. Also, heat of the core explosion is working its way closer and closer to the Earth's surface, causing increased volcanism and cooling of the biosphere.
The evidence (of carbon dioxide levels in marine microfossils) indicates that the previous interglacial, which ended 75,000 years ago, had high carbon dioxide levels and was even warmer than the present interglacial ... but, still, this was unable to prevent or preclude the onset of the last ice-age. Current high carbon dioxide levels (and their greenhouse effects) will probably not prevent the onset of another ice-age.
There has been a high correlation between temperature levels and carbon dioxide levels over the past 160,000 years. This, of course, is not in itself proof that high levels of carbon dioxide cause global warming or prevent global cooling.
Marine organisms take up carbon dioxide, and the carbon dioxide of dead land organisms is washed into the oceans. The oceans act like a pump to remove carbon dioxide from the surface and from the atmosphere. Abyssal waters are rich in carbon dioxide. Icing of ocean waters reduces the pump action and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in atmosphere.
It may be that, by reason of the oceanic carbon-dioxide pump, warmer global temperatures are associated with higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, we may not logically conclude that a high level of carbon dioxide precludes a fall of mean global temperature. If a deinsolation factor causes a fall of global temperature, the level of carbon dioxide would fall.
A reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide does not cause an ice-age: On the other hand, the onset of an ice-age does cause a reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide. A high level of atmospheric carbon dioxide does not prevent the onset of an ice-age.
The sulphurous aerosols, emitted by volcanic activity, deinsolate at 15-30 kilometres altitude ... while the heavier carbon dioxide emissions remain at a much lower altitude. The cooling effects of volcanism predominate over heating effects ... but this may not always be so in future.
The amount of sea-ice in the Arctic varies from over three million square miles in the summer to nearly twice that amount in the winter. The greater the salinity of the Arctic Ocean, the greater the amount of icing.
Glaciations occurred during the late Ordovician (of approx. 440mya), and the Carboniferous (of approx. 330mya and also 290mya). These glaciations seem to have been associated with substantial reductions of atmospheric carbon dioxide. There was also a great deal of subduction of ocean floors underneath continental margins.
During the Phanerozoic, there have been five major mass extinctions ... the Ordovician (440mya), the Devonian (365 mya), the Permian (240mya), the Triassic (210mya), and the cretaceous (65mya). In addition, there have been five minor extinctions during this same period. Episodes of extinction occurred roughly every 24-32 million years ... and longer periods of 80-90 million years between major extinctions.
Long-period extinctions may be associated with the sun's revolution around the galactic centre. If the solar system moved through galactic dust, this would cause cooling, and greater exposure to radiation would also be inimical to life.
Rapid heating of the mantle 180mya, caused by the core explosion, resulted in huge volcanic eruptions and the uplifting of new lands associated with a major expansion of mantle volume and Earth surface area. It also increased the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere and created a warm, moist biosphere favourable to organic life.
An increased level of atmospheric carbon dioxide raises temperature, via the greenhouse effect, and results in increased evaporation and rainfall. As surface waters increase, their albedo effect reduces temperature, which reduces the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
In Antarctia, entire mountain ranges are covered by ice up to three miles deep. The total amount of ice in Antartica is about 5.75 million cubic miles. About 1.8% of all Earth's water is locked up in the two polar ice caps.
The temperature beneath an ice sheet can be much warmer than the surface ... due to mantle warmth and to higher pressures. This causes instability of Antarctic ice, leading to the calving of icebergs. The calvings of very large icebergs have increased dramatically since 1988: This may be a sign that the Earth's crust is warming up, due to core-explosion heat reaching the surface.
A New Zealand scientist (A.T. Wilson) suggested, in 1964, that an abrupt sliding of large portions of the Antarctic ice sheet into the ocean could trigger climatic changes leading to an ice age. (Note: Such an occurrence should be seen as an aspect, rather than as a prime cause, of global cooling).
About 75% of Australia was covered by thick ice sheets, during the Precambrian ice age of approximately 680mya. Lake-bed sediments, called varves, show distinct bands of mud and silt. These varves appear to mimic the solar cycle, with periods of 11, 22 and 90 years ... thus indicating a link between solar activity and Earth's climate during this period.
The capacity of the oceans to absorb carbon dioxide is virtually limitless. Carbon dioxide moves from the atmosphere through the mixed layers of the oceans and into the ocean depths, very slowly and at a nearly constant rate. This rate accounts for only half the amount of carbon dioxide currently being released into atmosphere by the combustion of fossil fuels.
Living matter contributes as much atmospheric carbon dioxide as the total combustion of fossil fuels. Without man's contribution, the Earth could be in equilibrium with the same amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the oceans as that being naturally produced.
The oceans can store large amounts of heat and they respond very slowly to rapid temperature increases on land. Sea temperatures may take 1,000 years or more to react fully to a large increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
On a geological time scale, man's carbon dioxide contribution is just another short thermal pulse ... and insignificant and powerless in preventing the onset of another ice-age. Volcanic dust and volcanic sulphurous aerosols at lower-stratosphere altitude have a deinsolating effect which preempts the carbon dioxide heating effect of much lower altitudes. Carbon dioxide (which is 50% heavier than air) tends to hug the ground.
The geomagnetic field protects the Earth from dangerous cosmic radiation, from the sun and outer space. The solar wind, of subatomic particles, creates the magnetosphere which protects the Earth from dangerous ionising radiation.
That lightning electron flows, from a concentrated positive source to a generally scattered negative ion area, follow a dendritic pattern, is further evidence of the universal dendritic propensity of natural phenomena.
It is noteworthy that the geometrical structure of dendritic progression is essentially prehensive. All natural phenomena, including living species, display a propensity to reach-out, grope, feel and explore ... and dendritic progression is the most efficient and effective way of doing this.
Transformation of energy always results in conversion losses (ref. The second law of thermodynamics). NZ efficiencies for electricity generation are approximately 34% for gas; 35% for coal; 90% for hydro; and 10% for geothermal.
It is not accidental that creative intelligence has developed during quaternary volcanism: It is not accidental that our species releases nuclear energy at the time when heat from the 180mya nuclear core explosion is reaching the Earth's surface. The environment is one with the species, and all actions and events are of the species integer.
As to their predictive value, facts are enigmatic, and there is a general tendency to draw unwarranted inferences from them. For purposes of prediction, one needs to cross-check with evidence from many different vectors.
A prediction scientist is like an auditor who is trying to combat a very cunning fraudster who is a master of deception. That, which seems to be genuine, may well be spurious and the auditor or predictor is wise to assume that it is so.
Multi-vectored enquiry is central to the methodology of prediction science. Without it, prediction remains in the realm of tea-leaves and speculation. It is primarily multi-vectored enquiry which imparts truth value and science to the project.
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