Summer Update and Science Video

So I’ve been a bit behind on my updates lately (5 months…), but I’m finally getting around to it again, so I’m doing an update for all of it at once.

So the biggest thing that happened to me is that I graduated High School in May, and started college classes in the summer. I am now officially a student of Moody Bible Institute, Spokane, in their Missionary Aviation with a flight focus! The summer classes I took (Introduction to Philosophy and Christian Missions) were very interesting. I got to share some of my more abstract ideas from this website with the fellow students in the Philosophy course and the professor engaged me about them, so I got to discuss my ideas with someone, and as an added bonus, he actually had formal training in the area.

Also, the past two Mondays I got to meet Min Seong Lee, a student from South Korea who has a PhD in solid matter physics, and we talked about my relativity post (be looking for an update on that post based on that conversation). I learned a lot of science stuff, mostly relating to relativity and quantum mechanics, and he suggested I read the book The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene, which talks about quantum mechanics. He also showed me an online resource called OpenCourseWare, where anyone with YouTube access can actually watch the lectures from certain MIT courses. As much as I am able, I plan to use that resource, combined with the book he recommended, to learn quantum mechanics, which should greatly increase my understanding of science and my ability to develop the ideas I come up with here!

On a  non-scientific topic, I learned to write in Dwarvish this month! There are apparently several variants on the alphabet, the main ones being the original Anglo-Saxon runes, the runes used in Erebor, the runes used in Moria, and the Elvish rune system known as the Angerthas Daeron. The system that I learned appears to be an early version of the Angerthas Moria, before they switched the runes for H and S, and replaced the runes for J and ZH with runes borrowed from the Angerthas Daeron. I have started a prayer journal using this alphabet, and it has the combined benefits of looking awesome (I have a genuine leather-bound book filled with Dwarvish Runes!), helping me think through stuff in my personal life, and helping me grow closer to God.

For those of you interested, here is a picture of what I learned (it is actually the picture I learned it from)The rune (certh, plural is cirth) for S can be reversed with no consequences, and the certh that replaced J and ZH are Certh 29.svg and Certh 30.svg, respectively.

Now, there is a total solar eclipse coming up on Monday, August 21st, so for the science video today, here is Destin’s video about the solar eclipse:

 

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Human Hive Mind

Hey guys, sorry I haven’t been doing the monthly updates lately. I have been excessively busy, with working full-time, two 8-week college classes, and farm jobs. However, tomorrow is (Lord willing) my last day of school for the summer classes, so my schedule will clear up for a month before I start Fall classes, and when I do, I will only be doing one at a time, so I should be able to get back in the groove with posting.

Until then, I have a little bit of time tonight (mostly I just don’t feel like going to sleep), so here is a little something I have had floating around in the works for a while. Basically, this is just a single step along the way from my Telepathy idea and my Vision of the Future post, but it has been fantasized about enough in books and movies to warrant its own discussion.

So as I mentioned in my other posts about psychic science, we have the technology to link human minds, and we have already linked one person’s mind to another person’s body, without damaging either person’s neural or physical functions. For more information on that, read my Telepathy post. Now, I don’t know this for sure, but I have no reason to believe that the original owner of the body lost any control of his body, so basically we have an example of two minds controlling one body. Pacific Rim, anyone? Next, we just have to figure out how to also link the minds of the two people to each other, so they can agree on what to do with the body. Then, if we also linked the mind of the second person to the body of the first, we would have essentially created one mind controlling two bodies. Do this on a large scale, and we have a hive mind!

Now, I don’t see this actually being developed to this point for a while, due to the fact that it would completely destroy the individuality of the people involved, but it might be used to help improve quality of life for Siamese twins. Now, I could see this technology being used in conjunction with my RC Humans post, in that one person’s mind could be linked to the bodies of many…vacant…bodies, creating an army of hive mind zombies. Book material for someone, maybe?

What do you guys think? What would happen on the spiritual level if we joined two human minds in this way? This might be a good way to “prove” the existence of souls–the existence of an aspect of the mind outside of the brain might prevent the full integration of the two different minds.

Also, while writing this article, I had to do a little research on Siamese twins to make sure I sufficiently understood how that works in order to mention them the way I did in this article, and it is really very interesting, at least to me. Look up Abby and Brittany Hensel, two Siamese twins from Minnesota, and the way they have dealt with having two heads and one body is incredibly interesting. While I have no intentions of making a post on the Hensel twins or Siamese twins in general, I would recommend you guys look them up.