By Maria Anna van Driel
How life originated on Earth is a question that we have pondered over for decades already.
Intriguing Theories and questions like could we be Martians, is a flippant way of asking, are planets isolated islands or can they transfer life? In other words, could life have been transferred from, for instance, Mars to Earth in meteorites? If so, how did these alien bacteria altered life on Earth?
By asking questions as such, a variety in scientific theories has pilled-up over time as well as it has reached the realm of many science fiction movies. Nowadays we know that life can survive in space, travel through the Mesosphere (housing meteors and rock fragments) and eventually can enter the Troposphere where it is free to both merge with any biological life form and hitchhiking on any non-biological object that is present on Earth.
But, even though we are trying to solve this mind dazzling puzzle with, among others, modern devices, this question if life can be transferred from one planet to another in such a simple, natural manner, is just an extension of old questions whereby one plausible answer hovers on the border of being science-fiction; the ‘Panspermia Theory’.
Panspermia…does this theory speak of blood thirsty aliens from deep space looking like giant cockroaches trying to merge with the human species? Are they sending killer viruses from a neighbor galaxy in order to establish an invasion of slimy worms slithering the Earth’s surface searching for the most perfect host, which might be YOU?
Okay, relax, it does not, but you catch my drift … right? Life on Earth being supported by life-forms (e.g. bacteria) having an extraterrestrial origin, may not be such a farfetched idea after all. But, before you get all excited and dust off your time machine, break out your favorite third-sided dimensional reality and start collecting moon rocks to find out if it is containing life, let me explain this theory.
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By Maria Anna van Driel
Have you ever had this experience? You are having a chat with someone and they are telling you something about a topic they are very interested in or, they know a huge amount about, and it seems that you are following along with ease. Then, out of the blue, you realize you kind of lost the thread of what they are saying. You are just standing there, lost in time, realizing that you have absolutely no clue what they are talking about.
I’m a science journalist, editor, magazine owner and radio host who is working, since 2014, with scientists and citizen scientists who are covering a myriad scientific areas. And so, I have been on both sides of this kind of interaction. I have both been the one explaining very complicated material to people and, I have been on the receiving end of lots of very intense scientific discussions.
And, every now and then, this kind of breakdown in communication happens. During these moments, I have noticed something interesting, which is that, when a people stopped understanding, they feel slightly guilty about not following the stuff that is fired at them. But, if you think about it, this is completely silly. It is the wrong way around because at that point in time, there is literally nothing you can do to understand it better.
No, it is not that people, who are on the receiving end of the conversation, are not able to look over the edge of a sandbox because they lack the educational background knowledge, it is because they are constantly tripping over the complex and technical terms that are so liberally strewn about during explaining scientific research.
Sure, I have experience many moments in where I had to interrupt a scientist because I could not follow him/her anymore. But I found that the only way to…um, well, ‘survive’ the complexity given was having the courage to politely stop the person who was explaining, say, “I’m sorry, I don’t understand what you are saying,” and then go back and start off from where I had lost the thread.
And, yes, it does take a bit of courage to do this because you are, sort of, admitting that you don’t know the subject matter.
But this all perfectly fine, in fact, my fears were completely unwarranted. Generally, people respect you if you care about knowing the right information and willing to understanding the topic properly. So, I am of the opinion that we should never feel bad about not knowing something and, we should never feel bad about asking questions. And, one of these questions is, “What is quantum physics?”
So, let’s briefly explore this amazing scientific field what is, among others, researching those wacky particles which are bouncy and wobbly at the same time.
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First of all, please, feel free to download the interactive TNT-Newsletter of August 2021 from www.independent.academia.edu or, from my LinkedIn profile and share the PDF with family, friends, colleagues and students.
Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to express my relativistic charged enthusiasm again concerning a second STE(A)M article of mine being accepted and published on the website of Coderz… “Should we take a second look at how we teach today?”(Part I of III) www.coderZ.com
I know, I know…after reading it you might experience an uncomfortable, perhaps eerie, moment for some stepping out this stuffy and cramped tunnel and becoming more transparent but, showing young people how your creative – out-of-the-box – thinking has lead you in solving the problems you encountered during your research, is of most importance. Why? Because, and perhaps you might remember this from your own study time, most young people are immensely overwhelmed by the scope of their future they desperately want with no concept of where to begin. In this they need you, your expertise, experiences and enthusiasm as a role model!
For my other blog articles in where I discuss how, among others, science is not limiting itself to grids, formulas and PowerPoint presentations, please visit: Medium.com
Science is Boring, Creativity is Stupid!…uh-whaaauh? (Part II of II)
“Science” isn’t a stable or single idea”
An interview with long time MUFON board member, Tom Whitmore.
Extraterrestrials… are they just figments of a creepy legend that speaks of human-shaped life forms having ill intentions toward us? Or is there another explanation?
UFO’s and those who are operating them have been reported by witnesses throughout time as small but terrifying grey’s, having huge black eyes and standing alongside a person’s bed at night while communicating through an odd form of telepathy.
What is the truth behind the UFO mystery? How advanced is their technology compared to ours? Where do they come from and… why do aliens abduct us?
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet” This week I am exploring the wide and mysterious world of unexplained aerial phenomena together with Long time MUFON board member Tom Whitmore.
Tom has been fascinated by military and intelligence agencies’ interactions with the UFO public. He has undertaken a research study of the history of the MJ12 affair, and … intends to eventually publish his findings.[Top]
In my article “The Very First Letter of STEM is Science” I wrote, ‘Nowadays, young people have free access to a high speed electronically world we have become to know as ‘The Internet’. Wikipedia in this is a frequently visited site for students to upgrade their already possessing knowledge.’
In that same article, I asked the question of how reliable the written knowledge we can find on the internet, truly is. In this, I was aiming my thoughts on how far we are allowed of applying a form of creativity and critical thinking to this avalanche of information. Are we allowed to take this information, discuss it, break the taboo and convert it all into a new evolution in science?
l learned a sad fact and it is bothering me immensely!
As the owner and founder of the scientific magazine “The Next Truth” and an investigative science journalist, I got the opportunity to work in the midst of the smartest and most dedicated people I have ever met in my life but, that was not the only thing I saw. Although these people have brilliant minds, I saw that some of these people are stuck in their own narrow-minded thinking and processes as well. This shows a result in a large number of our scientists and aspiring students writing down their best ideas and novel theories in their spare time and then hide it away in the most remote drawers they can find in their office because it is said to be too “farfetched”, labeled as “Pseudo-science” or “hypothetical nonsense”.
Why? Because the narrow thinking majority is so used to the framework of accepted science or, the looks of the diversity with robotic devices and the advanced and complicated task they can perform these days, they have forgotten that these incredible, sometimes ‘life-like devices have, like with everything in life, an origin.
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By guest writer Kevin Spindloe, www.paranormalresearchyork.co.uk
Looking at the historical tales of spirits, ghosts, poltergeist, and other dimensional beings which have been reported so consistently, why is it that we are unable to truly connect with them? There are so many reports of these instances, and they are supported, quite enthusiastically, by those who witnessed the phenomena. But, whenever those with an interest in such matters, be it scientific or otherwise, try to connect, the phenomena rarely repeats itself.
Visiting a location like East Drive in Pontefract, UK, armed with the knowledge and stories of previous investigations and the belief that all that goes on in this empty semi-detached house is paranormal, is a dangerous precedent to a serious paranormal investigator. One noise, one creaky floorboard, settling can spark for a series of over-reactions and reinstate the belief that this really is a paranormal hot spot.
How to approach this search into the inter-dimensional realms?
During a recent conversation with Maria Anna van Driel the discussion took a twist, and the question was asked, “how does spirit communicate with us?” A simple enough question, if all spirits are equal in existence and we all speak the same language. But what if they are not? What if we do not speak their language? Than what?
It is egotistical or naïve of us to assume that spirits talk to us as we talk amongst ourselves? My conversation with Maria turned to birds, very strange, but bear with me.
To some people birds are just birds, like as ghost are just ghosts. However, in another area of my life I am a Tour Guide for people who enjoy bird-watching across Europe, so, I may say that I possess the needed knowledge within the study of Ornithology.
Birds belong to Orders, Families, Genus and then Species and Carrion Crow which can communicate with other crows, but they are not able to communicate with a songbird. Birds communicate with families, but not to a different genus or species. There is generally no overlap. Yes, birds will react to behaviours or alarms from other bird families, but it is not genuine communication.
Let’s flip this back and ask the question again, how does spirit communicate with us? Are we actually assuming that they can hear us? Can they understand us? Do they ‘know’ what investigators mean when they say, “speak into this black box” or “approach the green light, so we know you are here”.
Yes, there is the argument that spirits can read your mind regardless the language you grew up with. But this hasn’t been proven yet as definitive, and therefore is considered to be another assumption on the part of some investigators.
What if they can only communicate one way, like the crow?
As dimensional researchers we visit haunted locations while using the same equipment time and time again. We use the same processes and align ourselves to our chosen theory. And when the results are poor, we blame the spirits for not being active and try to explain that it is an issue with the other dimensions and not us or our methodology.
Being an investigator for Paranormal Research York, UK, I use a range of traditional tools such as pendulums, spirit boards as well as modern day meters, recorders and photo and film cameras. During my quest for answers I, myself, have found that a spirit may connect with leaving behind an electronic message, aka EVP, on a recorder but will not repeat the message, or words, on any other device. Why is that? Is it possible that they prefer communication tools that match their vibrations and cannot or, will not communicate any other way?
As Maria has mentioned in some of her articles about Euclidean Space, ‘there is an argument for spirits or inter-dimensional beings to communicate using math. Poltergeist stacking chairs or the sudden appearance of sophisticated crop circles.’ Personally, I have never tried to communicate in math, but maybe it is time to do so.
Maybe the key is to try several communication devices and select the one that works at that time and, on that particular location. And, instead of asking “are you a man?” or “did you die here?”, we could ask questions aiming in the direction of, “why does this communication device work for you?” and “can you use more than one device to communicate?”
Another idea for establishing a clear communication could touch the train of thought of us using mathematical equations or diagrams. Although, I believe my attempt on the latter would be equivalent to a cave drawing from a prehistoric hunter capturing his proud moment, simplistic but hopefully it would carry a message.
Asking spirits, or inter-dimensional beings, to give a consistent message on more than one tool or device could show that the investigator is broadening the search for better communication. Even though there is no guarantee if an action as such would be allowed by the inter-dimensional police, but if it were, it would make investigations much more interesting.
Maybe then we can start to unravel the ‘communication issue’ and focus our attention on one spirit to gain a greater understanding of how they can or, even better, how they prefer to communicate with us. Moreover, by figuring out how a communication as such is working, depending on how much they will reveal, we might see the opportunity to dig deeper into their ‘world’ and understand much more. A clear communication as such could provide us, during our events, to connect with a particular spirit in that specific place and achieve some amazing results.
During our public events this might be difficult to approach until we gather some credible evidence that isn’t a waste of valuable event time. Regardless, we must remember that our guests have paid to be part of a ‘traditional’ investigation and not a controlled experiment. So, this would be a slow but, hopefully, a progressive side of our events.
And maybe, just maybe, I will be able to speak to the crows.[Top]
The brain is a Wi-Fi system for ideas.
Let’s briefly discuss an issue most pressing and urgent and that is the so-called open science movement which is vile and will inevitably lead to a more educated nation, country and world. I know it is a horrible thing!
What is this open science movement you ask. Allow me to explain… it is a movement happening within the science community what is aiming its arrows on making data resources and information freely available to anyone who can read. But not only that, it is a movement wherein researchers are encouraged to make their data publicly available to young people and other researchers. What?! Why would anyone want to do that?
It also means full transparency as you are reporting your results which means that if you began with one hypothesis and suddenly found that it was not supported but instead found another hypothesis that was supported, you are supposed to tell people that your first hypothesis failed. Can you believe it? What has the world come to?
Okay, okay, enough silly sarcasm. But let’s be honest, too many scientists, mentors, are still doing their work in ‘tunnels’ so to speak. But by becoming more transparent – open it up for everybody to read – young people can see what you as a scientist are doing and which awe-inspiring theories and thoughts you have what they can apply to their upcoming thesis’s.
Using an open access journal also means that young people can both learn from you and respond to the scientific research published what in turn is keeping their fiery curiosity alive and can even accelerate a scientific evolution.
Is that not the main reason why you became a professor, or mentor, in the first place…to teach?
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An interview with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Brian Sharpless.
“The ghost in the machine”, many people have heard this term at least one time in their life. It was a paper which was written by Coventry University lecturer Vic Tandy and published in April 1998 by the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.
Working alone in the lab one night, Tandy suddenly gained the feeling he was being watched. He claimed a dark, shadowy figure appeared in the corner of his vision. When Tandy turned to face this shadowy figure…it vanished.
To many, these shadowy figures are better known as the Shadow People.
They are being skests as a malevolent and creepy phenomenon and have being reported by witnesses as human-like shaped dark shadows having ill intentions standing alongside your bed…watching you.
Even these eerie phenomena’s have being reported for decades, it is not your mind simply playing tricks on you. There might be a more simpler and scientific explanation for things like ghosts, demonic hauntings and…shadow people.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, and this week I am speaking with clinical psychologist, Dr. Brian Sharpless about the most creepiest sleep disorders, what treatments are there and…how deeply these disorders are woven into the paranormal.
Are those things you see in the darkness more than just a shadow?[Top]
By Maria Anna van Driel, www.medium.com
Can’t you keep your eyes off those twinkling stars that shine so brightly in the night sky? Are you that glued to your telescope that they have to surgically remove you from it? If so, then the astronomy bug has bite you and directed you towards a scientific career in astronomy.
“Children are natural explorers”, Dr. Kafka explains in an interview with The Next Truth. They naturally follow the scientific method of theorizing, experimenting, revising their theories and, experimenting again and come up with a conclusion. Being an explorer seems to be part of who we naturally are.”
So, do you like to build things? Make things work? Write computer programs? Solve equations? “Boldly go where no-one has gone before”?
Well, there are astronomers who do all different things like these while asking the questions, ‘what are the building blocks?’, ‘what are the processes?’ and “what is our place in the universe?” Where do you want to look next?
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