Updates from March, 2008 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • hardie karges 10:11 am on March 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Western civilization   

    EGO 

    Ego extrapolated leads to cultural self-righteousness.  This is what the West is doing, assuming that it is superior, given its preeminent position in the world over the last five hundred years.  That ignores its total lack of eminence for the preceding thousand years.  Whatever the greatness of Greece and Rome, they were no greater than many others were.  But they were ours.  Egypt, Sumeria, Persia, India, and China were theirs.  They all overestimated their greatness, made grave mistakes, and had to start all over again.  Of course, some mistakes are so grave that you can’t dig your way out.  We played God once before with the Bomb, splitting atoms just for the Hell of it, the absolute Hell.  Now we’re inside his genes, cutting and splicing as if it were nothing more than a Hollywood blockbuster, special effects, busting blocks and rearranging them as if it were all a game.  Ostensibly, we might cure some diseases, but what problems might we cause in the process of curing another?  This is the problem of egotism, personal or cultural; it knows no limits.  It can create great art and great entertainment without end, great families and great cultures.  It can also destroy everything that it creates, and more.  Cracking the code is one thing; re-arranging it is another.  The temptation is just too great and probably won’t be resisted.        

     
  • hardie karges 9:37 am on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    IMMIGRATION 

    We’re all immigrants here, crossing oceans in search of something better, we know not what.  We worked until our backs ached and our spirits almost sank, saving every last penny for the long voyage to an unknown land with only scant knowledge of what lay ahead, just rumors and gossip.  The only thing that bound us together was faith in a God so close that we could feel it in every breath we took.  Crowding into steerage, we unrolled our bags and broke our bread, passing it around so that all could share.  The people nearby spoke another language, but it didn’t matter, because we’re all Americans now.  It’s always been this way.  It’s human nature to explore, see everything there is to see, look for something better on the other side of the hill.  Primitive men didn’t wander over the Bering Strait or over the vast oceans.  They were driven, in the candy-flake streamline baby of imagination.  The American Happy Hunting grounds were the all-you-can-eat buffet of all times, mammoth, camel, and horse for the taking, mammal, bird, and fish for the baking.  The stupid creatures never knew what hit them.  They’d never seen apes dressed in imitation of them selves.  They were laughing so hard that they never saw the spears flying, nor ever felt points so sharp.  “Those apes are good,” were the last words they ever thought, if indeed they could think.  Surprise is the greatest weapon ever invented, experience taking advantage of naivete’ standing there with its mouth wide open in a windstorm, hunger taking advantage of bounty in all its nakedness.

     
  • hardie karges 8:43 am on March 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Horses   

    HORSES 

    The history of humans is all about horses.  The only cultural developments of note between the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution are the rise of cities and the domestication of horses.  Navigation is also significant, but I suspect pre-dates the agricultural revolution.  I think western historians have a blind spot in this area due to their own slow development, and subsequent disregard of others’ in the South Pacific and elsewhere.  But nothing compares to horses.  The history of the domestication of horses parallels most of the history of world civilization and is intrinsic to it.  When horses were domesticated enough to pull two-man chariots, warfare was revolutionized.  The advanced cultures in the Middle East were quick enough to recognize the change and adapt.  But for the primordial culture of Europe and the decadent Indus Valley culture of India, it was too late.  Indo-European speakers took over.  When horses became domesticated enough, and people became skilled and brave enough, to ride bareback a thousand years later, a new era emerged again, that of the steppe raiders, almost unstoppable in their ability to raid cities and then retreat to safety.  Only iron armor was able to stop their onslaught.  Fast-forward another thousand years and throw in iron stirrups, and they were unstoppable.  Thus began the true age of cavalry and horse-powered transportation, refined and polished until finally made obsolete only by the development of wheeled vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.       

     
    • raceclubs 4:37 am on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting article – where would moderncivilisation be without horses! And now the future of horsearacing is going virtual!

  • hardie karges 8:58 am on March 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: TRANSHUMANCE   

    TRANSHUMANCE 

    Transience has gotten a bum rap.  Throughout history it’s the nomads who were braver, stronger, smarter, and more creative.  It may even be part of the human DNA makeup, like physical exercise, without which humans don’t function properly.  Religious and other convictions for possession aside, one of the main differences between chimps and us, is our reliance on meat.  This not only provided essential nutrients, but required extensive social organization to procure.  Of course for nomadic herders the main course was milk, not meat.  You don’t eat your stock, except for all but the most studly males, until they no longer give milk.  Thus was born the cheese industry, and beef stew.  With dairy products as the principal food, human bodies grow tall and strong-boned.  Vegetables, fruits, and grains obtained by gathering and trade for dairy products make a superior diet.  Whenever they lived in symbiosis with planters, even though numerically smaller, the herders RULED, as with Tutsis and Hutus, Fulanis and Hausas, Mongols and everybody else, everybody else and Slavs.  This situation persists until ameliorated by the equalizing effects of industrialization.  But though cows have always been the basis of the dairy industry, they were not the most valuable item of the herders.    

     
  • hardie karges 7:53 am on March 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Caucasus   

    Caucasians Unite! 

    Sandwiched in between its big brothers Russsia, Iran, and Turkey, seventeen million people live in the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, occupying an area the size of Washington State.  Not even counting the Indo-Europeans, Semites, and Turks, all with relatives elsewhere also, Caucasians proper (?) comprise dozens of languages related to nothing else in the world, except possibly Basque, and most not even related to each other.  Roman history records that they used eighty interpreters to communicate there.  Groups long lost to the tides of history left contingents there to give anthropologists work, including Iranian Scyths and Kipchak Turks.  Apparently the area long served as a geographic bottleneck, funneling people to the East out of Africa early in human history and funneling people to the south or west off of the Eastern steppes, probably the source of the main drama in human history.  Why white-skinned people are referred to as ‘Caucasian’ is another matter.  Though certainly better than ‘Aryan’, its origins are confused, and is essentially a misnomer, though it might have some historical veracity in referring to people who coalesced to the north of the mountains.  There a genetic mutation for reduced pigmentation must have conveyed a selective advantage (in the snow?) on the white people who resulted.  The rest is history.

     
  • hardie karges 7:39 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Great Rift   

    The Rift 

    Africa is cracking up, slowly but surely, just like clockwork, albeit a big-ass clock.  India’s long gone, with Madagascar hot on its trail.  Arabia’s not quite so sure, but don’t expect it to return anytime soon.  Rifts don’t heal that easily.  Future geographers will see soon see an island to rival the size of Greenland out there any day now, give or take, say, fifty million years.  Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, and large parts of Ethiopia and Mozambique will have their own little mini-continent.  Uganda could go either way.  God help Rwanda and Burundi.  They need it.  They’ve got enough rifts already.  Unfortunately a large portion of the Earth’s fresh water is locked up in those lakes in the rift.  That’ll all be lost to the open salty sea.  That’ll be bad news for some flamingoes and baboons. 

     
  • hardie karges 8:28 am on March 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    AFRICA 

    Can Africa even conceivably catch up with the rest of the world?  Africa makes India look organized, 800 million people with 1000 different languages, two major religions and many minor ones, yet hardly a prayer for the future.  This is where it all began, DNA far older than the rest of us, meaning Caucasians, Asians, everybody.  Africans are the true humans; the rest of us are speciating into something else unearthly.   I wonder if future scientists will be able to figure out what we see every day, that there are many different kinds of humans, but that yes, we’re all humans.  Will anyone in the future even care?  Will there even be anyone?  Does Africa even really want to catch up with the rest of a world with a death wish?

     
  • hardie karges 10:20 am on March 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    LCD’s 

    With the Industrial Revolution gradually came Consumer Culture, the age in which we live.  In reality there is no explanation for the Industrial Revolution, though Protestantism, capitalism, and mercantilism all played roles.  It was a cultural mutation that couldn’t have been predicted, a ‘brilliant mistake’ like much of evolution, biological or cultural.  It’s even getting prettier now with multi-colored Internet screens limited only by speed and memory, prettier but dumber.  We’re dumbing ourselves down to lowest common denominators, LCD’s with flat screens and multiple display options.  The more technology we get, the dumber we become, victims of our own progress, even the technicians ignorant of the Big Picture.  Will they even believe it millions of years from now when they go digging around and start pulling up televisions and cars that must have been created somewhere between the fourth and fifth glacial stages? 

     
  • hardie karges 7:47 am on March 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Celts,   

    Industrial RPM’s 

    The Brits didn’t know what they were starting with that little Industrial Revolution thing.  The rest of Europe was slow to warm up to it, I guess because it wasn’t pretty.  Most European countries have a better esthetic sense than Britain.  Science, philosophy, literature, etc. finds Britain at or near the top.  The less abstract arts like painting (and cuisine) they score lower in.  The Industrial Revolution was the death of craftsmanship, not to mention the environment.  They then had to re-invent craftsmanship and redefine it as an art.  What will happen with the environment is an ongoing question.  The ‘dark Satanic mills’ of England were hardly an inspiration.  The rest of Europe must have scoffed until they realized they were missing the boat economically; then they scurried to catch up. Why Britain got such a head start is a matter of conjecture, but I suspect the fact that they had such a capable and well-defined working class was a major factor.  I suspect that, with their long-innovative Celtic roots, the working class in fact created the revolution, which the Germanic upper class capitalized, directed, and ultimately, capitalized on.  Until electricity came along, it was all about gears and wheels and mechanics.  The ancient Celts had a pivoting front axle long before the road-building Romans, allowing for efficient four-wheeled vehicles that could actually turn without being dragged through a corner.  The word ‘car’, in fact, is of Celtic origin and, along with the word ‘cerveza’, sounds a whole lot like the ‘hood’ to me.  What the Celts never had much of were cities.  That’s a major disadvantage in the history of civilization, i.e. ‘city-fication’.  As the age of cities arose, the Celts moved farther and farther away until now they cling to the ocean cliffs of Ireland with nowhere left to go as an independent culture.  The rest is history. 

     
  • hardie karges 9:55 am on March 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    World History 

    We tend to think the world’s getting smaller, but that’s been coming on a long time, coming back to where it started, I guess.  We may have all descended from a single group of DNA-improved hominids that may have numbered no more than a couple hundred in their formative years.  It may have taken thousands of years to get out of Africa, but hey, better late than never.  The transportation systems in some of those countries still probably aren’t much better; ditto for life expectancy.  We’ve come a long way since then, choosing sides as gooks and honkies, so that we’d have somebody else to fight when we aren’t busy fighting with ourselves.  We even took the fight to America, honkies claiming the turf even though the gooks got there first.  Or did they?  The more we separated, the more we came back together.  Aryans took their Motown chariots over the steppes all the way to India in the second millennium BC, kicking gook butt the whole way.  Then Alexander, representing the honkies again, showed his troops how to ride bareback and proceeded all the way to Central Asia in the fourth century BC by the southern route.  Well, that kicked over a hornet’s nest, you can be sure.  The gooks invented stirrups and then Genghis Khan and his brother Don finally returned the favor fifteen hundred years later, kicking honkie and gook butt alike.  They screamed down out of Outer Mongolia, and took China, central Asia, Persia, Russia, and half the known world as their province.  This new state of affairs was not lost on some merchants of Venice and the Catholic Church.  They decided to capitalize on the situation and thus capitalism was born, peddling trinkets to homies all over the world.  Money is the measure of motion, a great scientific discovery.  Then when European sailors realized you could sail south of the Equator and not fall off, it was a whole new ballgame all over again, the Age of Discovery.  Muslims and Chinese already knew that, but, situated at the crossroads of trade, the Muslims were the problem, not the solution, and the Chinese were chicken shit.  They had gunpowder, the magnetic compass, and printed paper, but couldn’t think of a thing to do with it, except print more money and gamble it away.  The Middle Kingdom expected the world to come to them.  Meanwhile the homies back in Africa didn’t do so well.  Their average life expectancy never got much past that of our chimpanzee and gorilla cousins.  When British tightwads discovered that the money they hoard and the gadgets they create could spur industry that would revolutionize the world, creating more and more money in a never-ending spiral, a big wad of cotton candy fluff was born that looks a lot like our modern world.  Welcome to it.  Good luck out there.   

     
    • Geoffrey Thomas 3:45 pm on March 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Geofrey Thomas exploring how time works

      I’ve been exploring the idea clocks tell us time us excatly as the great scientific thinker and hero of the scientific world Albert Einstein said all along about time.

      He siad clocks slow down when we approach the maximum speed of light. We all read about this in any science manual on Albert Einstein’s theory of reality. But the theory says only from that point of view. Some of us believe time comes to a stop as we hit the maximum speed of light.

      We’d think the horrific G-forces of extreme velocity like that would be an ideal force and energy for use in distorting space and time catalysis for time travelling.

      However, if it’s only a point of view thing, as time stops at light speed from our point of view, and then what does the environment’s time lines point of view see us as?

      I’ve been exploring in my blog all this called, (http://) time travel and parallel universe theorie (.blogspot.com/) how we observe the environment’s time pass not only from our point of view when we’re at maximum speed of light but also from the environment’s point of view of us at that velocity.

      When we think of it, we observe the hour and minute hands of clocks frozen in time at any given moment just as we would expect to see clock arms stopped in time if we were at the maximum speed of light.

      Despite “us” seeing the environment frozen in time at the maximum speed of light “from the environment’s point of view” would probably see us speeded up in time.

      Something tells us despite the fact the hour and minute hands appear to be frozen in time at any given moment they’re not. It appears we observe the hands are moving though time stopped in time at the same time.

      Yours The explorer of time

      Geoffrey Thomas

c
Compose new post
j
Next post/Next comment
k
Previous post/Previous comment
r
Reply
e
Edit
o
Show/Hide comments
t
Go to top
l
Go to login
h
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
Cancel