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The fruity smell of a banana is on account of a chemical substance, ester. It is distinct from that of a pineapple. Three carbons and six hydrogen in a molecular structure give its distinctive signature. Ethyl caprylate or amyl acetate is created when molecules are compounded in a correct sequence. With it each substance would have acquired its distinct personality or signature smell as well.
A geometrical recognition of molecules among themselves is implied for ester to be distinct from ethyl caprylate. A ‘virtual’ consciousness. Virtual in the sense it is imaginary and yet allowed. If ethyl caprylate is boiled in water, ester falls apart to produce alcohol and caprylate acid. Ester is insoluble in water. If every test follows predictably we must concede these molecules do carry some sort of awareness. A virtual consciousness.
My thoughts wing on the ubiquitous molecules of Cosmos and these are like bottled messages found floating but how I am found (or read) is not known. I know these fill out a profile who and what I am. The least I can do is to be consistent. Ethyl Caprylate is created when molecules compounded in correct sequence. Similarly my thoughts and actions do hint basic characteristics or ‘soul.’
Be not afraid of men who can only kill your body and not your soul. One may kill you in the name of prophet or religion another for the good of the state. They always find reasons for it. What a waste of effort! Killing Socrates or Stephen did not stop their cause. Freedom of thought is still preserved from harm. Stephen was the martyr for the Apostolic Church. Think what a disservice the Church later did when it became organized into a megalith and synonymous with every evil practice? Men cannot touch your soul and it shall speak in your defence or accuse you of selling you for a little pomp and earthly glory.
benny

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Cosmos and I are bound in ways no logic or reason can explain. To think a rational mind can think everything to its logical conclusion is a folly. Chemistry that makes me thrive does not reason but imposes its will on me nevertheless. I choose my way and if it is proved right way I have to thank only those invisible controls that work in Cosmos. As a caveat to this let me add in fixing the impressions that assail me my reason helps me to be relevant in terms of immediate circumstances and also finetune where it has fallen short.
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Coffee and basil do not complement each other. These have molecules that work opposite to each other. Coffee as a result will taste foul.

Our preferences for persons do not fall within what we would call rational behavior. Love at first sight? (Even before a woman has spoken a word man gets chemical messages: phermeron compounds set off to create signals in the brain.) VNO is located in the lower part of your nose much lower than olfactory cells and are tuned to receive such signals. What does the message say?’ I feel excited!’ Naturally you fall in love. Such chemical communication is intrapersonal and at unconscious level.
If body chemistry work should not I expect to bond with Cosmos in a permanent way? Is there some common ground?
Death of stars gives rise to new stars in cosmos: those elements spewed out of a dying star are what make up calcium in our bones and iron in the blood. Can we think of life on Earth without oxygen? Or for that matter carbon? These two also are by courtesy of a supernova.
In a manner of speaking we are ‘star children’ shaped by stellar events.
If all life forms as well as celestial bodies are evolved out of interstellar gases and dust do we have a specific centre? Every element in our body has been a wanderer among clouds of interstellar gas, and having come together by some sort of an arrangement should we not have been equally at home in cosmos as well?
To all intents and purpose we consider the Earth as our home and millennia of living here has shut out much of our cosmic ancestry; and in compensation we have acquired an ability to live on the Earth.
Our chemical ancestry is little understood and we think earth in terms of material aspects. Our thoughts ride on the wing of non material cues. If I smell chestnut being roasted around I am feeling homesick already of eating it in the special way mother baked for children. My thoughts are teased our by it. Time is compressed and also space. On the wings of chemical molecules homesickness spreads its wings. The fault is not in our stars but body chemistry. My body is shaped from Cosmos and my thoughts can leapfrog over reason despite what some skeptics might say. They cannot think straight and without the aid of material proof.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)
benny

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If We aren’t Here We are There

In quantum physics no two fermions may occupy the same quantum state.
A little background information may be needed here. An atom has three types of particles protons,electrons and neutrons. The exclusion principle by Pauli will assign electrons under heightened energy states exclusion zones. In short electrons cannot all congregate as before. Consequently these will occupy higher energy states than those in the lower energy states. It causes atoms to take up spaces and not positions as we understand the term. What is the quality of space, which keeps fermions from one another must be consistent in the physical universe? Exclusion principle can give it room anywhere in the infinite space. Remember the frustum of the cone in the Golden Pagoda? When Prophet Isaiah speaks about being taken in spirit before the throne of God(Is. 6:1-5) think how it is possible according to the spirit of Science. (By the way I see no difficulty with Science in my belief of God.)
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Law of Entropy points to the tendency of large numbers of molecules of atoms left to itself to loosen up. It shows a lapse of time. Thus a luscious apple in course of time loses its shape, color and also taste. It is not a fruit anymore that you can bite into but has become mush. (It marks passage of time, mind you.) Now what we need to ask ourselves is this: how can an atom tend to disorder? No single atom can be in a state of entropy. It is timeless.
Our bodies, I mean their physical forms, are made up of atoms and our brains inefficient as they are, in a manner of speaking are, like phytoplankton in a sea of electro-chemical impulses. We are swallowed up by whales of Eternity. So what?
Timelessness of subatomic particles create a zone for our mind. Death is a low energy state and we being charged with higher state of life can only occupy another state. If we are not here we are there.
Our bodies take that low energy state called Death. According to law of entropy each molecule must part company from one another. What of our thoughts that caught fire? These electrical impulses I call divine fire since I chose to show some characteristics I associate with God. Love, compassion, fairness patience etc. (Thoughts spliced with action and emotions are three strand rope not easily broken. I got my metaphors mixed here!) According to exclusion principle these are before God.
benny

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First let me give opinions of an anthropologist and a biologist. ‘Our emotions make us unique 

While human aggression is a naturally evolved phenomenon we have in common with other animals, the difference between human and animal violence comes down to the complexity of the emotion driving it, said Elizabeth Cashdan professor of Anthropology of Univ. of Utah in 2009.


Aggression in few animals goes beyond protecting one’s territory, mates, offspring and food — there is some evidence that domestic dogs and chimpanzees do hold grudges, said Carrier, a Biologist also from Univ. of Utah — but human violence has evolved to stem from less typical sources.
“Humans are unique in the complexity of their social relationships and their highly developed social intelligence. Revenge and spite are quintessential social emotions and so are not likely to be found in many, if any, other species,” she said.
“For example revenge killings, and the cultural institutions that support and restrain it, 
shape human aggression in new ways,” said Cashdan. The intelligent reasoning that lets most of us override any innate desire to be violent also makes some people, such as parents that kill their children, as well as institutions justify violence illogically, experts say.
With our complex brain we splice frustration, fear for the future all the emotions violent and beautiful into shapes never thought possible. A chimpanzee can never commit hara-kiri a ceremony to wipe of dishonor. Whereas a man can flagellate for God or to show his intense sorrow for a dead saint.

Worry over the future



An understanding of the evolutionary roots of human aggression could help institutions make better policy decisions, according to experts.
“Evolution didn’t just shape us to be violent, or peaceful, it shaped us to respond flexibly, adaptively, to different circumstances, and to risk violence when it made adaptive sense to do so. We need to understand what those circumstances are if we want to change things,” said Cashdan.
Though conflicts like the ones that occurred in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s may seem a distant memory, the tipping point between peace and that sort of violence is a finer line than we think, said Carrier.
“My personal opinion is that Western society, as a whole, is in mass denial about the magnitude of the problem that violence represents for the future”.
In a caste riddled Hindu society breaking rules of gotra the village elders may punish man and woman with death. If we consider such acts can only occur in a primitive society think of Grimmer of Texas, America.
Rachelle Grimmer, 38, pulled a gun on the welfare office supervisor, Roberto Reyes, and her two children out of her frustration at being denied food stamps. The office’s other employees were able to safely evacuate the building, according to the San Antonio Express.
A SWAT team surrounded the building, and officers communicated with Grimmer throughout the ordeal.
But at midnight — shortly after Grimmer hung up on police — three shots were fired, causing the police to storm the building.
(abc Good Morning America-7 Dec.2011)Frustration in progressive society is over future and in a primitive society is over the past. While we speak of superstition and ridiculous beliefs of the other cultures how we feel about future rely on the brain that is less than efficient. Our emotions we may shape into new forms but cannot escape the forces that bear upon the brain.
benny

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What is evolution but adapting things that are already existing? Thus we have some primitive parts from lizards and jellyfish.As a result our brain at its best has to account for what it is built upon.
“Although the things it can do are very wonderful and impressive, its design is very poor engineering in many respects,” says David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the author of The Accidental Mind.
These parts may have been OK for their original owners, he says, but they aren’t ideal for us.
Take brain cells, for example.
“They are slow. They are inefficient. They leak signals to their neighbors,”

We’re still using a communication system developed 600 million years ago by jellyfish.
Deep Down, We’re Lizards.
Jellyfish don’t have a brain, but they were the first animal to have any sort of nervous system. It’s a loose network of nerves called a “nerve net,” says Chet Sherwood, who studies brain evolution at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Evolution’s tinkering gave lizards the brain they needed to hunt and survive in a tough world, and our brains still have that ancient wiring.
The brain of an adult human is about three times the size of a gorilla brain.
In evolutionary terms big brain gave our human ancestors bigger volume for brain and it is still evolving and at the root of it we still have the reptilian brain.
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Brain has two halves like walnut. These are shot through two worlds: conscious and unconscious mind. our conscious self does not initiate all behaviours. Instead, it is somehow alerted to behaviours that the rest of the brain and body are already planning and performing. Also keep in mind conscious experience does play some moderating role. We think rationally and we speak as though we understand what we speak about. But do we?
Take the matter of religion.
Religion relies on mystery and requires certain rituals and symbols to maintain this mystery. People are ready to defend their faith to death. On the other hand what about the fascination with iPad or iPhone for which people are ready to kill themselves? Or do desperate things disproportionate to the intrinsic value of objects themselves, and sell their kidneys as one did in China only last week? People queue through the night, despite the inclement weather to be the first to grab when shops are opened for business. Are we not seeing Progress masquerading religion in this case? Some Nerd who cannot do anything else makes a jargon and creates applications into program and lo and behold, he is looked upon with wonder. He is a modern shaman. Craze for latest gadgets is controlled by which part of our being? Unconscious mind or Rational mind?
Our brain evolved over some 6 millennia as I mentioned earlier is not the best,- and communication system leaks, and we have no idea which part of it is triggering us?
Brain is our thinking part but it depends how we want to interpret external impressions that we see.
In an earlier post I wrote about Cosmic Mind. We make our experience as basis and draw necessary conclusions from these events around us. If we are thinking from our unconscious mind a little and from conscious mind we cannot tell.
When we look into brain we are going down in time,
benny

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Do we have a choice in striking out a path for ourselves?
Look at the manner we have described progress in which man’ deliberate choices connect with similar needs and choices made by others. The nameless inventor of wheel didn’t anticipate flywheel for a watch, gyroscope or wheels, which are as essential in flying. Our choices, deliberate these must be to fit with our needs at a particular point of time and place, would always have to negotiate with those of others. My responsibility is therefore of short duration and how it is adapted in future is beyond me. One example will suffice: our ancestor made flint blades by breaking flint. He could scrape flesh from animal hide and use the leather skins for his clothes. Suppose another used the flint blade to commit murder. Is he responsible that it became a murder weapon in the hand of another?
No, he cannot be held responsible for it.
Moral responsibility for murder must surely lie with the one who used it to commit murder.

let us now look at the kind of “decision,” the evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne talks about. Decision arrived at is merely a series of electrical and chemical impulses between molecules in the brain — molecules whose configuration is predetermined by genes and environment. Though each decision is the outcome of an immensely complicated series of chemical reactions, those reactions are governed by the laws of physics and could not possibly turn out differently. This has only validity where time is of essence and in the face of danger thinking is not an option. The question of fight or flee has been settled eons ago and it is what one may say knee-jerk reaction.
Free Will is where we make conscious choices and coolly and rational mind has determined it.
However progress makes connection of one with the other and it can go on infinite ways. The javelin hurled to fell an animal in hunt connects with arrows sent flying and to the sidewinder missiles that can sense the heat of the target and kill.
Free will is not consigned to molecular behavior of physiology but conscious choices we do to address a problem facing us.
Free will of Adam who on an impulse ate the fruit is an impulse. Those who are by nature impulsive would need an attorney called Restraint in order to move ahead.
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Progress is innovations of a few given their widest range.
The Peking man may have settled for a bamboo cut sharp for a weapon as flint tools in the west. How such use ties up around the world gives Progress its value.
Foresight is how man satisfies his need at a specific time and place. Is it not irony that in course of time it shows up its shortcoming? The Bronze Age showed how inadequate Stone Age was. Now a bronze artifact is but a museum piece.
Progress in one direction also creates great many necessities in its wake. It is invisible and is according to cluster principle of which I have explained in previous posts.
To sum: Progress of man on foresight is like having only one paddle doing the job. Funny that hindsight is nowhere in view! Trouble with Progress as a result will have so many gray areas to work upon. Like the Nuclear Age we ushered in without realizing the rogue nations also will get hold of nuclear weapons some day.
Wealth will create more need for wealth and no way Progress can be expected to stop at some point and say,” Enough, we have reached the level of satiety! We are happy!’
Progress coming to think of it must have been Satan’s crowning achievement.

benny

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According to Dictionary.com it is defined as the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges which may be a catch-all to signify the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities in a human or any conscious being. Mind is conscious of self and it is set on an active mode when juxtaposed to another.
Animals become restive while another intrudes into their personal space. The distance which an animal marks safe also hitches its mind to a perception. Any violation would bring adequate response from it. Such perception works for both man and animal. A speeding vehicle coming towards us as though out of control immediately sets us to look to safety. We feel our physiology involuntarily taking control of us. The adrenalin rush in a manner of speaking ties us to space about us.
It also guides our preferences in the sports. Seeking thrill is one way of pumping dopamine into our brain, which hungers for it.

In our material presence we are an entity in the space as moon or a meteor. If a rogue meteor hits us it would not matter how far our personal space ought to be. Similarly such a question of personal space is out of place considering our thoughts, imagination have unlimited range. In order to give this infinite range from which we construct our thoughts we might give it a name Cosmic Mind.
Why we would need a Cosmic Mind? Experience of our race regardless of the age in which it occurred is bent and made part of our experience. It may be like a kangaroo word concealed in the direct experience or better still in our perception of it. Fight of flee? question of the Savannah is redundant in the adrenalin rush we feel while in our workplace we expect the axe to fall on us. Only that we have no place to run to as our ape-ancestor but get down to write a résumé and look for another job.
Time and Space coordinates of our physical presence in Cosmos is given 360 degrees so to speak so that experience of our past is a kind of net as well as foresight a guideline to go forward. The Cosmic Mind must cover the whole run.
benny

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Water could be in three states: but which state is its true state? Each state is a reality that is in direct context of ultimate reality, one aspect of the Golden Pagoda. We shall have no difficulty in looking at these one and the same, under certain conditions.
Let us look at a snowflake.
Snowflakes could be formed by molecules of water vapor at the freezing temperature from a series of incidents: molecules now spin in a stately rhythm with free- wheeling dust, then scudding topsy-turvy upon other molecules and in the ensuing scramble give each particle of dust a shape. No two identical shapes are produced in the above process. Dance of the molecules has its clear design though tempo may vary. If the crystal is like a composition of ferns it will have six- out pointing leaves; if like a star- fish, it will have six ribs. Out of synergy or Oneness what any material form assumes ( no matter whether one considers the form of man or a fish or a fern) has its own specific features.
When we try to figure out transmigration of souls as some religions explain the hereafter, we need to see the soul occupies the place of the grit around which forms are shaped.
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Majority of people across the globe reveres Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader; but how he represents to the Tibetans and to the world at large holds a difference. Those Tibetans in exile or those who are left behind see him as a reincarnation of the last lama. He is the 14th of his line. As a living lama he represents to them the centre that holds their cultural and national identity together. In other words his soul carries different shades of meaning.
But soul of Dalai Lama is not borrowed clothes of any lama dead and gone but something that can bear the weight of all those lamas who had gone before him. Even if he chose to live a life differently it validates such a change.
His soul at a point of time carried a particular shade of meaning. That is all.
benny

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I could be bounded in a nut shell and count
myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I
have bad dreams.
”(Hamlet-Ac.II)

Death of stars( Supernovae) gives rise to new stars in cosmos: those elements spewed out of a dying star are what make up calcium in our bones and iron in the blood. Can we think of life on earth without oxygen? Or for that matter carbon? These two also are by courtesy of a supernova.
In terms of life, anywhere within the Golden Pagoda, synergy underpins life in any form. If we have been drawn out of streaming debris from dying stars to give life a semblance of physical reality are we not justified to consider cosmos as our home?
In a manner of speaking we are ‘star children’ shaped by stellar events. In the 70s when the Hippy Movement was at its height didn’t we hear that we were the children of Stardust (remember the song of Joni Mitchell?)?
The truth is writ eternal: I am bound to the earth and yet I am a king of infinite space. My soul is the charter established in the Order of the Golden Pagoda.
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If all life forms as well as celestial bodies are evolved out of interstellar gases and dust do we have a specific centre? Every element in our body has been a wanderer among clouds of interstellar gas, and having come together by some sort of an arrangement should we not have been equally at home in cosmos as well?
To all intents and purpose we consider the earth as our home and millennia of living here has shut out much of our cosmic ancestry; and in compensation we have acquired an ability to live on the earth. This truth is brought home when we try to travel in space. Can we just pack up and go as we do here on earth on a lark?
As a foetus our existence was something of a water creature,floating in the protective cocoon of our mothers, and we didn’t even complain of smog as a problem! By and by we realized we faced the real world where our amphibian existence was simply glossed over. How can we be sure even that is our true state? Only one area in the Cosmos speaks for us as well as creatures affected by MTP, Down syndrome or any other. Fetus or full blown, old or young also hold a royal charter beyond the accidents, violence of human existence. Their soul is non-negotiable.
benny

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“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”(Lewis Carroll)
I hope I shall not stray from the point I want to make here. Suppose one has made an inventory of Picasso’s entire output and accounted for every day and circumstances in which he lived it would give us an insight into his life, the man his art. Would it not? Even so the real Pablo Ruiz Picasso shall remain less than the True. The point is that the physical man is only one aspect. His genius of course is drawn from the synergy that is incident on the natural Man. Even so it is not all there is to the man.
Synergy of the Golden Pagoda touched Picasso and the stuttering English Mathematics Don,- Lewis Carroll differently. Their works are even now followed as though they are alive. Lewis Carroll shall be remembered through his Alice series even after some 150 years.
Man has a physical and an abstract side the latter you may say a spiritual side or a thinking side according to your persuasion.
Essence of a man is not in either but somewhere between and betwixt. It is his true signature, the mass that gives him his place in Cosmos.
This is defined as soul.
It is like the very private rainbow of the previous post, It is not the white light or synergy within the Golden Pagoda but how it is dispersed according to the position you hold within the Pagoda.
Genius of Picasso and Carroll holds different shades of meaning and significance to us. The latter wrote some abstruse books on Mathematics apart from children’s classics. Alice is read by both old and the young alike. So a man cannot be mechanically constructed as a painting by numbers. The golden Pagoda is the free masonry of all life forms where Soul gives man a certain level of knowledge as in the case of Free Masonry.
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