I recently received an email from David aka The Threat...
Hey Mos, like the site, about time you consolidated your musings, and while you are musing, here are some salient points for your consideration: 1- Why do people keep trying to sell me gold on wow when thier name is Wedjkklemmz or similar, like thats a name! 2- If I wasent born as me, would I be born as someone else? 3- How long till CERN announces a breakthrough from thier 25 billion dollar develoment under the franco swiss border, and what will it be? 4- Does Schrödinger still leave food out for his cat? and why is it that your haste is inversly proportional to the speed of the people in front of you? Cheers The Threat (the Stigs brother)
Wow! Thanks Mr. Threat I'll try and chew my way through these, luckily I'm an expert on all of the topics above.
1. The main thing to bear in mind when discussing WOW gold spammers is that they are generally based in China, India or Pakistan. The spammers you keep encountering must be from India or Pakistan, I know this because it's quite normal for names in these countries to contain all 26 letters of the alphabet and pose serious difficulties in regards to pronunciation for those of us of European decent. So this is why they keep approaching you, "wedjkklemmz" is Derek in Pakistan. Just do what I do, right click "report spam" then impolitely tell them to bugger off. For further info about dealing with WOW gold spammers I could put you on to my friend "chouha" (in game name) who is the only person I know who managed to get put on an ignore list by a gold spammer :-)
2. Holy meaning of life batman! Luckily Mr. Threat I am a member on MENSA and therefore have multiple opinions on everything. This question is in essence exceptionally simple, but one word answers don't lead to good reading so I'll take this opportunity to educate...
Jewish mysticism speaks of a place in heaven called the "the chamber of the guf". This is a hall of souls where the human soul hangs out until it's time to take physical form. It is taught that the "Messiah" will not come until the guf is empty of souls. Important to mention here that this "hall of souls" is not mentioned in either Jewish or Christian <a href="http://www.fishpond.co.nz/product_info.php?ref=2309&id=9780553409024&affiliate_banner_id=1" target="_blank">The Celestine Prophecy</a>.
The teaching of the major religions is quite vague in regards to the soul prior to birth. The common concept of reincarnation was formulated in India around 900 BC when the Brahmana writings were composed, they were later clearly defined by the Upanishads around 700-500 BC and was adopted by the other important religions in India, Buddhism and Jainism. When Buddhism spread through Eastern Asia this theory of reincarnation was adopted by Taoism. The theory is basically "Groundhog Day". It's believed (due to the Karma belief system) that good gets good and bad gets bad. The "self" is force back to a new material existance until all "karmic debt" is paid...
"By means of thought, touch, sight and passions and by the abundance of food and drink there are birth and development of the (embodied) self. According to his deeds, the embodied self assumes successively various forms in various conditions" (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 5,11).
Ancient Mediterranean religions had a somewhat different view on reincarnation. Greek Platonism for instance believed the soul existed in a celestial realm and was sent to this physical realm because of sin. To return to it's pure form the soul needed to be purified through reincarnation.
The Egyptians used to embalm their dead so that the body could accompany the soul. This practice would suggest a belief more akin to resurrection than reincarnation but still suggests that the soul lives on.
In the book "The Celestine Prophecy" it's suggested that we are energy and through actions, interactions, observations, insights and development we slowly become more and more pure and eventually have no need for the physical body. Incidentally albert Einstein held a similar belief and hypothesized almost the exact same outcome for humanity as we developed (or for my gamer friends, leveled up or dinged). Einstein believed we'd become pure energy.
The second book to The Celestine Prophecy called "The Tenth Insight" suggests that we have soul groups that we hang out with when we're between physical bodies, and that we choose our parents based on their traits. Both these books are fantastic reads and I highly recommend them.
I guess what I'm getting at is, that assuming our true essence is our soul or energy then there's a lot of support for the argument that no you would not be someone else since you are your essence and not the physical vessel we see here on Earth.
To sum up...
No you would still be you.
3. Gee thanks for asking such a simple question. Short answer. Who knows?! I think there are probably some bigger questions that need to be asked here though. The potential of this facility is truly immense, it's could in theory open several new branches of physics depending on what the find. It could on the other hand create a catastrophic event that may annihilate the planet (or worse).
I'm utterly torn between excitement about what they're trying to achieve, trepidation about what they might actually end up achieving (probably brought about by watching too many sci-fi movies) and concern about what they're actually doing 100m under the Swiss Franco border playing with a machine that is nearly 27kms long and deals with liquid nitrogen and liquid helium to bring the temperature of the magnets down to -273.1 degrees celsius (1.9 K) or almost absolute zero and collisions that generate temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the core of the sun. They're firing protons around a 27km circuit and a velocity 99.99% of the speed of light enabling these hadrons to complete 11,245 laps per second, all this done within a vacuum more or less equivalent to space. They record 600 million collisions every second and are generating experimental data at a rate of 700MB/s which equates to 15,000,000GB annually or 15PB (Petabytes). Huh?! what the hell does that mean. Ok, if you were to put all this information onto dual layer DVD discs (the same as the ones you get movies on) and stacked them on top of each other the stack would be 20km high (100,000 discs). This concern comes mainly from too many conspiracy websites and a mis-trust of global world leaders.
With all of the above extremes then it's feasible that if someone gets something wrong the result could potentially be catastrophic. Making "little bangs" to study what happened to matter, antimatter and various numerous other things is one thing but what happens if there's a component failure or some chump cocks it up? Black hole portals to other universes and alternate realities? A Raymond E. Fiest-esque influx of aliens through "rifts" in time and space? Another "Big Bang"?
I guess all we can do is pray they've got it covered.
4. Of course Schrödinger leaves food out for his cat. He puts this food in a box where he cannot observe it. This food is thus simultaneously eaten and uneaten, the cat is simultaneously satiated and insatiated and my brain is simultaneously melting trying to fathom this paradox and amused as it ponders other forms of this paradox like, are the numbers on my lotto ticket the winning numbers until I look at them?
5. Your haste is inversely proportional to those people in front of you due to negative karma, failing to read "The Secret", of course that irish prankster good ole Murphy and quantum physics. If you took the approach that the only reason that we see things is we expect to see things then you need to expect to not see slow people in front of you.
I hope this was useful Mr. Threat.
Thanks heaps for your email. I have you second email now too and will address those questions at a later date.
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