Category: Theology

A Q&A with Dr. Zahi Hawass on the adventurous existence of Archaeologists and Egyptologists

Don’t Just Visit the Past, Experience It!

By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nexttruth.com

Dr. Zahi Hawass is an Archeologist, Egyptologist, former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs in Egypt and  energetic promoter of the wonders of Egypt’s ancient past.  www.drhawass.com

The movies of Indiana Jones and The Librarian immediately come to mind with most people when hearing the word “archeology”. They like to think about the life of an archaeologist as a mysterious and a very adventurous endeavour. Well, they are partly right, except that this intriguing corner of science has mainly to do with extreme logistics and the scientific study of the material remains of past human life and activities rather than creepy mummies coming back to life, ghostly knights lingering in dark dungeons and sacred relics topped with glistening jewels.

In order for you to gain a better understanding of what Archeology and Egyptology is, The Next Truth reached out to the world-renowned Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, Dr. Zahi Hawass.

Dr. Hawass was born in a small village near Damietta, Egypt. Although he originally dreamed of becoming an attorney, he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Greek and Roman Archaeology from Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt in 1967 and in 1979, Dr. Hawass earned a diploma in Egyptology from Cairo University after which he then worked at the Great Pyramids as an inspector—a combination of administrator and archaeologist.

At the age of 33 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to study Egyptology, earning a master of arts degree in Egyptology and Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in 1983, and his PhD in Egyptology in 1987 from the Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, concentrating on “The Funerary Establishments of Khufu, Khafra and Menkaura During the Old Kingdom.”

In 1998 Dr. Hawass received the First Class Award for Arts and Sciences by the President. He was recognized by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in 2006 and received an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for a documentary on ancient Egypt in 2006.  

Over the course of his career Dr. Hawass has made a number of major discoveries that led to significant findings, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. He also initiated the Egyptian Mummy Project, which used modern forensic techniques such as CAT scans to study both royal and non royal mummies. But besides being an archeologists and Egyptologist, Dr. Hawass is also a regular columnist for Egypt Today magazine, and the online historical community, Heritage Key and the author and co-author of many books relating to Egyptology which includes his latest book “Zahi Hawass’ Secret Egypt”.

To become more familiar with Dr. Hawass’ appearance in countless TV programs that have spread the story of ancient Egypt worldwide, and books visit his website, www.drhawass.com 

Dr. Zahi Hawass during the mummy DNA project. Photo credit: Dr. Zahi Hawass

Welcome Dr. Hawass. I appreciate the time you took for letting the next generation scientists peer into your career as an Archeologist, Egyptologist and the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings and Archeologist.

Q: You are a world-renowned archaeologist and an expert in the one branch of science that allows you to step into the history and culture of ancient Egypt. But for those young scientists who don’t know much about your background, can you tell us a little about yourself? Who is Dr. Zahi Hawass?

Dr. Hawass: I’m and archeologist and an Egyptologist, mostly well-known for having served as the Minister of Antiquities in Egypt. I started my career looking to be a lawyer, but then, I focused on archeology during my bachelors. I gained a Fulbright fellowship and travelled to the US where I got my doctorate. After that, I was able to do more and major excavations, write books, and give lectures. I was rewarded from many cities in the US, and received about 7 honorary doctorates. I was chosen as one of the Times’ top 100 in 2006. Currently, I am working in my research projects, excavating the Valley of the Kings and supervising the Egyptian project where we CT scan the mummies.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the history of Archeology?

Dr. Hawass: The history of archeology began by adventurers and treasure hunters; we can think of G.B. Belzoni who discovered Seti I’s tomb and Howard Vyse who opened tunnels in the Sphinx with dynamite. Then, this was followed by a wave of scientific research in the 19th century; here we can mention Flinders Petrie, the father of Egyptology, Lepsius from England, and many Egyptologists many began to introduce it as a science. The ancient Egyptian language began to be studied by all philologists worldwide.

In the 20th centuries, many countries began to establish departments to offer the chance to study Egyptology. University departments and museums used to come and excavate in Egypt with students from all over the world. The Egyptian archaeologists came after: the first was Ahmed Pasha Kamal who was involved in the cachette of the mummies in 1881. After that, Egypt entered a new era, opening departments for archeology with many students but still there was still a lack of training.

When I became head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 2002, I made major important work to train many young people in excavation techniques and for them to travel outside of the country and come back with doctorate degrees. Now Egyptology became a solid science in the country.

Q: How do you become an Archeologist and what are his or her responsibilities?

Dr. Hawass: You should start with undergraduate studies in archeology, follow it with a masters and then do postgraduate studies. If you can, join a university or a museum for employment. It is then important to do research in modern Egypt on ancient Egypt by working in excavations. It is also crucial to engage with other scholars and attend scientific conferences to present papers. In terms of responsibilities, one has to protect, excavate and write about monuments, do major conservation and publish what is discovered. Finally, one should give public lectures to spread awareness about Egyptology.

Q: Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to become an Archeologist?

Dr. Hawass: No, only the story that made me fall in love with archeology. There was no model for the public to take after. My decision to become an archeologist came from the fact that I had been working at an excavation in Egypt, when the workers called me to let me know they had found a beautiful female statue of Aphrodite. This was a wonderful object and as soon as I saw it, I felt that I had found my love: archeology. 

It is important to have passion in this field of work as it can be challenging; passion is the main key for success as it gives one the endurance and the patience to not only keep going but to give a lot of efforts in the projects we take on.

Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie is  a (1853 -1942), commonly known as Flinders Petrie, was an English Egypt-ologist and a pioneer of systematic methodology in archaeology and pre-servation of artifacts. Photo credit: Petrie Museum Of Egyptian Archaeology, Ucl.

Q: How do Archeologists know where to dig? Which tools are being used during an excavation?

Dr. Hawass: Archeologists know by conducting research to establish the reasons to excavate in a particular location. For example, when I began to look for the tombs of the pyramid builders, I studied the Giza plateau. I found the oldest limestone wall dated to the Old kingdom, this wall was to separate the royal and workmen. Also, in the same area, there was a mud seal with the hieroglyph ‘pr-sh- na’ (workmen installation). In my research, I put a question mark on that. When I returned after obtaining my doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, I began to start looking. I found it in the same location I did my research in.

Discoveries also come by accident. You have to start the excavation regardless. We found the valley of the golden mummies in Bahareya oasis by complete accident. For instance, when the antiquities guard of the temple of Alexander the Great was riding on his donkey to his home, the leg of the donkey got stuck in a hole, the guard stepped off the donkey and he looked in the hole: he found tombs with mummies covered with gold. I went with my team for 3 years; we lived in Bahareya oasis and discovered the Valley of the golden mummies.

Q: Is being an Archeologist dangerous?

Dr. Hawass: Sometimes it is. For example, I was excavating the tunnel of Seti I and this tunnel goes down 174 m inside the mountains. While I was excavating, a stone about over a tone fell on my leg and broke my toes. Also, while I was excavating, looking for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, a stone half a ton in weight fell almost on my head. Thankfully, the stone was half a meter high away from my head but this made a macular hole in my eye. I can definitely say that archeology is dangerous, but adventurous and fun.

Q: On your website we can read that you have made a number of major discoveries over the course of your career, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. How are these sites being secured and why?

Dr. Hawass: They are completely secured. Every tomb and antiquity site does have appointed guards. There are also security antiquities police in charge of the protection of the site and there is a system of inspectors and directors in every site. Their responsibility is to protect and maintain the sites so it is very well supervised.

Q: How are the historical and valuable artifacts, found at a site, stored and categorized?

Dr. Hawass: When an artifact is discovered, you clean it; you restore it on site if there is a need for it and before you remove it from the area in which it was found. Then, you carry out its documentation through photography. You write a description for it then put in a registry book that goes to the government. After that, you move the artifacts to a storage magazine to be kept safely. When you need to write a book or an article on the artifacts, you can go and study them to decide the date of this artifact.

Q: What is for you the most impressive find that you have made in your career?

Dr. Hawass: I think that every discovery I made has added something to me and to my life. For example, the tombs of the pyramid builders were very important for me as they were the ultimate proof and answer to all the people who hold extraordinary beliefs and theories about the pyramids. For example, those people who believe in aliens having built them or that Atlantis is under them.

When I found a new pyramid near Khufu’s pyramid that also made a very deep impression on me personally. When I did the CT scan of the mummies and successfully identified the mummy of Hatshepsut, and how Ramses III was murdered – these were crucial moments for Egyptology. And, you know with DNA we got to find out how Tutankhamun died as well as we were able to put together the family of Tutankhamun, identifying the grandparents and parents. Now, my excavations in the Valley of the Kings are revealing many important aspects to the East and West Valley; we are hoping that one day we will discover the tomb of Queen Nefertiti in either.

President Barack Obama tours the Pyramids and Sphinx with Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass (left), Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (right), June 4, 2009.  Photo credit: Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer.

Q: Why is Archeology important today?

Dr. Hawass: It is important today because each and every country’s constitutes that of the whole world and humanity’s. Egypt, of course, is no exception. Moreover, studying the past and restoring it helps us understanding how things evolved until they came into being today and how they can keep evolving to the future.  We need to learn and remind ourselves of the wisdom, science and technology of ancient people – all of these are important to be understood today.

Q: Today you can look back on an impressive career and much to be proud of; what would you say is a moment in your career that stands out as most meaningful?

Dr. Hawass: There are many good moments that I consider significant and that makes me proud: when I scanned the mummy of Tutankhamun. This happened in Luxor, when I took the coffins out and I met Tutankhamun face to face. Another great moment was when I found the secret doors inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. Another noteworthy event was when I found the tooth in the canopic box of Queen Hatshepsut; the molar lead me to properly identify her mummy. I would say these were some of the most beautiful moments in my life as an archeologist.

Q: What holds the future for your books and your career?

Dr. Hawass: As always, I am involved in many archeology and Egyptology projects. Moreover,I am now writing my life story which is almost done and due to be published soon. In terms of more work, I want to continue my excavation work in the Valley of the Kings as well as wrap up the second royal mummy project. Lastly, I am planning to give 20 lectures in 20 cities all over the US in May and June.

Q: Dr. Hawass, thank you so much for this interview. I am sure it will be an inspiration to many. Do you have any additional advice you can give for aspiring Archeologists who want to excavate and secure the mysteries of past civilizations?

Dr. Hawass:  I think it is very important for individuals to be passionate about the work they are doing. When you have passion, you can achieve from the littlest to the biggest things. Not only will it give you perseverance but also patience to keep at it during difficult times.

Our Macabre Fascination With the Human Predator

Throughout history, humans have committed horrific crimes, which seem to reflect a primordial and animalistic behavior in human survival. But what exactly makes someone a serial killer? Are they the product of bad genes, environmental factors, or something even worse?

What is it that triggers someone to follow a path of violence and committing horrible crimes? Is it possible to unravel the mind of a serial killer and unlinking the many narrow alleys of their entangled labyrinth?

Honestly, I have no concrete answer for what drives these ‘celebrity monsters’ as Prof. Scott Bonn refers to them in his article “What Drives Our Curious Fascination With Serial Killers?” on his blog of Psychology Today.

Reading his article, among others, I tried to find a clear/logic explanation for my personal fascination with these human predators. I have to admit that it was not easy to do so due to the fact that this ‘little voice’ in my head kept saying, “It is wrong to feel this fascination for these ‘actors’ playing one of the most horrifying roles!” I cannot say otherwise then Prof. Bonn being absolutely right about the fact that many of us are experiencing some form of guilt in the moment of expressing our fascination for these man and woman who are, apparently, feel a ‘powerful rush’ while running around in a violent and (un) controllable manner.

However, as I wrote Prof. Bonn in a Face Book comment, “I guess my personal interest would lie in having a brief opportunity of unraveling their way of thinking as well as trying to grasp the world in which these people apparently live. Does this breaking down of the glass walls in the labyrinth of their (insane) minds provide me a certain pleasure? Hum…I like solving complex puzzles and so, I think one can call it so. In this I would say that my fascination for these people, not their acts, lies in ‘cracking’ their ‘personal code’ what let me understand their motive.”

While trying to analyze my personal interest for these ‘humanoid predators’, this question of what it is that makes these killers so appealing to us, lay in front of me like an open and abandoned piece of dry desert. And, can we say, with some caution, that deep down inside of all of us a little serial killer…or two…is hiding? Perhaps we can divide ‘us’ into two main groups… group A are the people who are asking the question of “Why?” Their fascination lies in unraveling the mind of a (serial) killer from a psychological point of view. And group B is asking the question of “How?” what indeed sounds like a macabre fascination for these humanoid predators. Although they may look nothing like Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, but I think there is a possibility a (serial) killer could spawn from group B, seeking the thrill behind the question of ‘How?’

The truth is that no one really knows, and despite the efforts of modern criminology to decode the brain of a typical serial killer, a concrete explanation has not reached yet. However, the one thing that is known is that many serial killers have suffered early childhood trauma, such as sexual or physical abuse.

The articles in this issue of The Next Truth could provide a clearer answer to some of these quest-ions but I have to put out a WARNING in advance. Some of the articles contain disturbing content and shocking photographs!

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November 2019 Issue – Out Now!

In the November issue of The Next Truth we welcome back time researcher Dr. Marc Wittmann who is revealing his personal physical experience as he inquire into timeless architecture, Prof. Jay Hall is digging into the core of the evolutionary theory, Prof. Sian Halcrow expound a fascinating and archeological mystery about The Plain of Jars, Prof. Graham Seal explores remote and difficult to access locations where he is seeking for the myth and meaning behind treasure hunting, and Prof. Nathan H. Lents let us peer behind the theology of Artificial Intelligence.


Also in this issue: DESY looks at a new experiment in Dark Matter, Dr. Adele Pentland is presenting the most significant pterosaur fossil ever discovered in Australia, we spotlight PRI-UK’s dimensional researcher Andy Willson, author Tony Damian tells an astonishing personal experience what demonstrates the past and present merging, Prof. Stephan Lewandowskyargues the psychological link between conspiracy theories and creationism from a teleological point of view and Prof. Carlos Montemayor discusses the possibility of  conscious awareness existing on a subatomic level.

https://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/1512517

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The contributors of The Next truth have amazing talents!

The Issue of November 2019 is getting more and more interesting. Not only will this issue show you the amazing talents of combining poetry with contemporary science, the jaw-dropping research in AI and vivacious storytelling from first hand but also beautiful musical talents.

It seems that some of you keep surprising me with incredible talents which I would not have expected at all. I am feeling honored having the privilege to get to know you all differently than as a scientist … but as a human being with amazing talents.

Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University and a leading expert on Australian cultural history. Besides being the general editor of the ‘Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific’ research monograph series (Black Swan Press) Prof. Seal is also best-selling author of popular history and folklore, a musician and an awarded and recorded songwriter in the folk tradition. https://soundcloud.com/graham-seal/some-other-you

For more of Professor Graham Seal’s songs; https://sealsongs.blogspot.com/

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October 2019 Issue – Out Now!

The Next Truth is advising you to fasten your seatbelts as you are about to take several astonishing journeys through space and time with well known scientists from all over the world who are challenging you to blaze away the curtains of what is known about this fear containing feast of Halloween, creepy gothic buildings, the taboo of speaking about dead and the mysterious African Nomoli figurines. So lock the doors, dim the lights and do not be scared as this month’s contributor’s dig up some of the real stories behind Halloween. https://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/1512517

In the October issue of The Next truth we take an astonishing journey to an ancient time with expert Bennett J. Vonderheide who shines a bright light on the mysterious African Nomoli figurines, Germany’s time researcher Dr. Marc Wittmann challenges you to blaze away the curtains holding this taboo of speaking about dead, Dr. Neil Dagnall and Dr. Kennett Drinkwater present with you surprising but eye-opening scientific research results about what poltergeist really are, Prof. Linda Saab and Prof. Arash Javanbakht are dismantling the blood curdling science of why we love to be scared and Prof. Bill Murray is finally revealing who this hooded figure is in his chilling science-fiction story.

Also in this issue: Author Benjamin Radford is targeting the possibility of the paranormal, Ass. Prof. Tok Thompson is debating the question if believing in ghosts can make you a better person, Dr. Peter Lindfield entrance the realm of Britain’s enviable Gothic architecture what seems to have dark reputation, Prof. Ashby Kinch explores the cultural and historical traditions of a medieval era in where the dead gained a more active role in our daily lives, Dr. Evelien Bracke is fades the boundary between our world and the spirit world by teaching us about the spellbinding magic practiced by the ancient Romans and Greeks to ward off or appease evil spirits roaming the earth around All Hallow’s Eve and Dr. Maria Avxentevskaya let us discover a much earlier era in where the desire of traveling into space did had a grip on people’s minds as well as the inventions of shiny metal shapes gliding in the vastness of the universe were not to be considered an opaque option.

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Does Diabolus (or Satan) Really Exist?!

“My name is legion, for we are many!”

By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nexttruth.com

Johann Georg Faust, William Shakespeare, Leonardo Davinci, Dante Alighieri what is their connection? Does it lay in their work which is speaking of an enchanter feeling rising a connection between different deities which they named Diabolus or Mephistopheles? Or is the musical speech they heard while a fine-tuned insanity was slowly being applied to their worlds, in a spiritual duality? A world in where an addiction of scattered beauty rose from a hallucinating imprisonment of the soul whereas thoughts are being whipped out … or at least, neutralized as they are blazed away in an unknown and darkened labyrinth. Where their minds trapped inside a “realm” of those who have rejected spiritual values by means of violence or malice against superficial human sanity which made them a wanderer? An einzelgänger who gained the powers of walking a mystical path of creation and transformation of the brilliancy their vivid imagination provided them?

Totally obsessed, as we are these days, with being friendly to the fire lying between the two trees of life, it seems we are in the cross-hairs of this invisible war in separating us from the love of Jesus. His love is there for those with ears. But as leaves blushing at the sight of autumn, a malicious dream is showing you a way out of your remote mazes in life.

“Thou winged seeds, where they lie cold and low, each like a corpse within its grave, until thine azure sister of the spring shall blow”

Diabolus, Satan, Satanael, Lucifer or, as some believe, Mithras a solar deity and bore the title of Sol Invictus, “Invincible Sun”; is everything you know about the opponent of God really wrong?! Are Demons nothing more than the unsolved mysteries of the mind and reveal themselves in the existence of an unbearable puzzle provided by the Basaltic? Solving this puzzle, in this you will succeed or fail … but whatever the outcome, the responsibility of your choice is yours only to bear.

Who is the devil? Is this creature a noble knight, understanding the balanced melodies in the speech and the teachings of poetry causing you to ride with him? I this creature a passionate knight, as he sharing with you the beauty of infinity what is mirroring his emporium?

As this creature is showing you his fragile heart, you will be swallowed by his sprightly and tender dance. In a trance you will be swept of your feet as you reveal to him your deepest secrets. You wait and wait for him to return as you slowly understand; he has caught you in the blinding beauty of his fiery existence.

According to the bible, the devil was once beautiful and was full of beauty and wisdom as his name was Lucifer, meaning “Day Star.” As God dressed him in the finest jewels and placed him on the Holy Mountain, the devil decided he wanted to be above his creator. God disagreed and kicked him out of heaven to Earth and it has been a battle ever since.

When the peace of our world was threatened by this great demon, humanity had no hope of prevailing against such a potent force of violence and despair. He sought to destroy this world by inducing drought, thirst and starvation. Being in our darkest hours, the great hero Mithras sprang forth from the stone, or the navel, of the world and took up the orb of the Cosmos in his protective embrace. From his bow, he let fly an arrow that struck the earth and from this wound came a renewing spring, which rejuvenated the Earth. Still the threat of destruction persisted and with the assistance of the moon-mother, Selene, the vital fluids of life were scattered in a gigantic bull on earth.

Mithras burned away the withered trees and forced the great bull (the beast) out in the open. He captured the bull and dragged it underground into the bowels of the Earth where he wrestled it and plunged his dagger into its chest. Trees sprang from the wound, bees were born from its blood and all of the earth was rejuvenated by this great sacrifice.

In the beginning God created time (the beginning), space (the heavens), and matter (Earth) and said; “Let there be light.”

Looking at the Universe today we see that it is expanding and cooling, meaning that all the matter in it was closer together  (as the radiation in it was hotter) in the past. And if we had the possibility to go back to a sufficiently early time, we will find that the density was high enough as the temperature was hot enough that it would be an impossible task forming neutral atoms without them immediately being blasted apart! Then, as the Universe cooled down through a phase of expanding … neutral atoms were formed for the first time.

“He had two sons, an older one named ‘Satanael’ and a younger one named ‘Christ.’ Satanael had superior rank to Christ in Heaven, and sat at God’s right hand until he became dissatisfaction with his subservient position, lusted after power, angered God, and was cast out of heaven.”

Can we see this behavior in a similar manner an electron-positron pair can be created by that strange transformation? A transformation whereby a tiny spark of light started to glow as it gained a form of static electricity what made it enter a state in where it had the ability to copy itself in a mirrored manner which, when looking at the electron, should be the positron.

Hum, perhaps we can explain the origin of this malevolent creature. An ancient creature we call Satan, seeking to seduce humans into falsehood and sin (sine) by providing the beauty of expressing the melodies of the heart in words after the smoke of desire has cleared the skies of the imagination. A vivid dream in where a sweet poison has spawn from a future illusion whereas it is creating an enchant feeling of false love where you can be free from danger or threat.

According to theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008), the mirrored version of the electron could be hiding itself, in what we know today from particle physics, the proton. But if he was really serious about his own comment is still unknown.

Still, even if Theoretical physicist J. Wheeler was joking concerning the behavior of the electron’s anti-particle, a teaching from the bible did rose into my mind; “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” So, behaving as a particle, the electron prevents the consciousness from realizing that it is part of a larger whole where it is zipping in all directions through this empty pitch black place whereas it is bouncing off on magnetic fields. And even being ‘one’ electron, it has now the behavior of looking like being at million places at once due the fact, we are looking at its behavior in a 2D manner while it is moving in a 3 or 4D space. But when the electron behaves as a wave, consciousness becomes aware of its existence outside the human mind, which makes OBE (Out of Body Experience) and NDE (Near Death Experience) possible.

So, if the electron represents ‘matter’ and its complementary counterpart, the positron, represents ‘antimatter’, can we speak of a, in a scientific but cryptic description by the bible, of both a galactic duality and a spiritual one?

Can we truly apply this biblical story to such a particle as the electron-positron pair? Or do we have to read ‘his’ existence in the astrological and mythological versions of how this ancient creature was born?

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What You Think is you May Not Have Been You Yesterday or the Day Before

By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nextttruth.com

Theseus’s ship is a thought experiment designed to make you question your identity.

Theseus was a great hero in ancient Greek mythology. On his adventures, he sailed on a famous ship. Traveling the high seas and battling monsters and gods caused wear and tear on the ship. So over time, Theseus replaced parts of his ship which had worn out. After many years, Theseus had replaced every single part of the ship piece by piece. So the question is, if every piece has been replaced, is it still the same ship?

Now here is what is really going to knock out of your chair. Imagine someone kept all of the discarded pieces and put them back together. Now you have two Theseus’s ships, so the question is which is the real one? The idea here is that identity is continuous. Each person alters over time piece by piece, and so eventually you are a completely different person as the one you started out as. So because your body keeps replicating cells and changing things, and your body sheds and whatnot, are you still the same person that you were 10 years ago, or are you someone completely different.

If that was not mind blowing enough for you, let me introduce you to the Boltzmann brain. To understand what a Boltzmann brain is, imagine the universe in a far-flung future.

Due to entropy and the expansion of the universe, everything will one day no longer exist. The universe will have unraveled from itself, leaving nothing but an infinite amount of empty space, except it will not be entirely being empty. Space will experience random thermal fluctuations.

So if the universe is infinite, then that means every possible configuration of fluctuation happens. And as bizarre as it might seem, sometimes these fluctuations will perfectly recreate a temporary version of ourselves. Those are called Boltzmann brains.

If they exist, it is mathematically likely that we are currently living inside one of these fluctuations. That means we are a strange temporary approximation of people who once lived perhaps billions of years ago. So you are you, but you are also someone else that was you, but you are that person, but you are only you….oh God…. never mind, I will let myself out.

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The Ancient Nomoli Figurines: ‘Ex Nihilo’ or an Opening Chapter in Humankind

By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nextttruth.com

At least thousand years before the medieval scribes start working on them, most myths and legends offered a base for many ancient religions. Uncountable vellums have being used during the medieval period to write down the translated semi-true stories. Stories which contain important meaning or symbolism for the culture in which it originates but with ‘mythical qualities’, and have been passed on from person-to-person. These myths and legends are important today because they help historians piece together the past.

Ex Nihilo? Perhaps butimagine living 5,000 years ago before science as we know it today, before publishing and before schools. Humanity needed a way of understanding the world around them specifically the relationship between humankind and a natural world and between humankind and divinity.

Indeed, when we think of mythology, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is Greek mythology, like gods and goddesses. This similar to the stories handed down through generations which are better known as ‘legends’ and are being accepted to be historical events. But what you might not know is that myths and legends exist in almost every culture and religion in the world. It oftentimes reflects the very core of a culture. It can be seen as a manifestation of human imagination. And these stories of supernatural beings, heroes, and ancestors often include objects of immeasurable power, which most consider to be myth.

This also with the mystery of Nomoli Gods and the stone figurines what has baffled man since Portuguese sailors first discovered them in Africa in the 1400’s. How old are they?

Who carved them and why? How are they used by the natives? Do they still contain ancient mystical powers?

Over the many years of collecting Bennett J. Vonderheide, aka “Nomoli Ben”, says that he always anticipated that many others were collecting, activating and utilizing these rare figurines here in the US. Several years ago he began outreach to find other collectors only to realize these powerful West African artifacts were virtually unknown. This only intensified Ben’s curiosity and desire to enlighten others about the Nomoli figurines. Thus he engaged the investigative tools honed as Daddy Justice and along with his son Quin compiled the most complete (though not finished by far) compendium of facts ever available on these enigmatic artifacts. One very compelling rediscovery is the connection to the Dogon and their Deities.  Ben is collaborating with his colleague Professor Kwaku Ofori Ansa on the first ever book and documentary specifically on Nomoli stones and where they fit.

Charismatic researchers “Nomoli Ben” and his son Quin search for answers inspired by experiences with their collection. From Lancaster Pennsylvania they reach out and connect with top experts in numerous fields finding only more questions and sparse information.

For more information on the Nomoli stones and Nomoli Ben www.ancientalienstones.com

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Do you have the guts to fail?

Carpe Diem! Yes, it could be very frightening because it’s a mean world out there but you only live once so do what you feel passionate about. Take chances don’t be afraid to fail. Go outside the box. Don’t be afraid to go and think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to fail big. But remember, dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment. So, have dreams but have goals and understand that to achieve these goals you must apply discipline and consistency every single day.

We all have different talents some of you are medical doctors, some lawyers, some scientists, some educators, some nurses. True desire lies in the heart, It’s that itch that you have whatever it is you want to do. So claim it, work hard to get it and when you get it, reach back and pull someone else up. Don’t just aspire to make a living…aspire to make a difference!

I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. There is no passion to be found playing small and settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. I am sure, people told you to make sure you have something to fall back on. But if I’m going to fall I don’t want to fall ‘back’ on anything, I want to fall ‘forward’, figure at least this way I will see what I am going to hit. Falling forward? This is what I mean; Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments because the 1,000 and first was the light bulb. Fall forward because every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You have got to take risks. And I am sure you have probably heard that before either. But why is that so important?

I got two reasons first you will fail…at some point in your life except you will lose, and you will suck at something there is no doubt about it. Embrace it because it’s inevitable!

(I was holding up a film camera) 

As a journalist I failed so many times. Elevator-pitch after elevator-pitch, poor interviews and hundreds of article submissions gaining the same response saying, “Thank you for your submission, you will be hearing from us.” I didn’t get the job but here is the thing…I didn’t quit. I didn’t fall back instead I continued to fail and fail and fail. It didn’t matter because you know what…if you hang around the barbershop long enough, sooner or later, you will get a haircut. The point is…do you have the guts to fail?

My second point about failure; if you don’t fail you are not even trying to get something you never had. You have to do something you never did. Imagine you are on your deathbed and standing around your deathbed are the ghosts representing your unfulfilled potential. The ghosts of the ideas you never acted on, the talents you didn’t use and they are angry, disappointed and upset. They say; “We came to you because you could have brought us to life and now we have to go to the grave together.” So, I ask you today…how many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes?

You got to get out there! You got to give everything you got whether it is your time, your talent, your prayers or your treasures because you will never see a u-haul behind a hearse.

Your life will never be a straight path because taking risks is not just about going for a job…it’s also about knowing what you know and what you don’t know. It is about being open to people into ideas and the chances you meet the people you might learn from. Never hold back, give everything you got! And when you fall throughout life, maybe even tonight after a few glasses of champagne, remember this…fall forward.

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