Category: Young People Science

The Next Truth edition of September 2020, Out Now!

Can We Unravel the World of (the) Death?

Do we perceive ‘time’ as it actually exists or is our brain deceiving us for what is real and what is not? Can we switch our lives, or biological existence, on and off without losing our awareness of what is happening around us?

From prehistory to this day, we have been haunted by our memories, the past itself, by inklings of the future, by events playing outside our lives, and by ourselves. Hence the lure of ghost stories throughout history and presumably prehistory. Science, many say, has been a great destroyer of myth and superstition, but over time scientists have, among others, created new black boxes, aka film camera’s, which we are filling with our ghostly imagination.

One way to look at the myriad realities you can hop in and out with full awareness is to imagine the world as a book case. As far as you can see …trillions and trillions of books, which are standing on an equal amount of shelves, some are thick, some thin…some with multiply colors while others might look dark and dull.

Walking along all these different books while running your finger across the backs, every now and then one of them draws your attention. Why? Perhaps by its shape or bright colors or, perhaps, it has fallen from the shelve. Regardless why that particular book is drawing your attention, you carefully read the cover following the summery on the back side. You read the first pages…absorbing the information presented by the text written. Instantly it is dragging you into this foggy state of a new reality or better said; the agreement in where we experiencing an idealistic or notional idea of ‘things’.

Did our brain found a brilliant technique to slow down and speed up time?

Another way to imagine dying is like time travel, except instead of journeying into the future or seeing Ancient Rome, you go to eternity, see nothing, and never come back.

We have no idea where people go when they die; it’s what makes death so scary and awful. But the sense that they obviously go somewhere—that the person in front of us, situated in the time and space we share, suddenly gets transported to another realm; that their consciousness flickers, then vanishes—also makes death incredibly inconvenient from a logistical standpoint.

The question of whether life continues after death has been at the forefront of many researchers, still, a conclusive answer in not forthcoming. It seems that we just cannot wrap our minds around this timeless area what lies between the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death and the hereafter.

Creepy as it might sound but many thoughts go out to the idea that, if we want to find out what a NDE is and what it means, our psychological knowledge has to “die”. Meaning, we have to let go of the density objects seem to posses and thus the material version of what we have become to understand as “life” or “reality”. This makes us experiencing the world around as a two point-projection perspective creating for us to “see” an, compared to classical reality, odd, almost holographic, behavior in time and space.  

Can we say that death is just an accidental suspension of the biological process known as life? Or do we have to seek the answers in a more spiritual realm?

Seeing a Light and a Tunnel; A Popular Perception of Near-Death-Experience’s

By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nexttruth.com

Prof. Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. To become more familiar with Prof. J. M. Fischer’s books, articles, lectures and research, https://philosophy.ucr.edu/john-m-fischer/

Can we say that death is just an accidental suspension of the biological process known as life? Or do we have to seek the answers in a more spiritual realm?

The question of whether life continues after death has been at the forefront of many researchers, still, a conclusive answer in not forthcoming. It seems that we just cannot wrap our minds around this timeless area what lies between the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death and the hereafter.

‘The experiences are typically “spiritual” and even “religious,” but specific to the doctrines and practices of a particular religion (or sect within a religion).  But I certainly do not know why the particular details of NDE reports differ so much; it goes against the idea that the NDEr is in contact with a heavenly realm.  Why so many heavenly realms?’ – Prof. John Martin Fischer

Creepy as it might sound but many thoughts go out to the idea that, if we want to find out what a NDE is and what it means, our psychological knowledge has to “die”. Meaning, we have to let go of the density objects seem to posses and thus the material version of what we have become to understand as “life” or “reality”. This makes us experiencing the world around as a two point-projection perspective creating for us to “see” an, compared to classical reality, odd, almost holographic, behavior in time and space.

Staircase in two-point perspective. Source: Wikipedia

Seeing this “holographic matrix” for what it might really be, seem to speak of you entering a state in where you are opening the doors to you inner self and log into the inherited and stored information bundles what is being thought of being stored in particular cells of your body (cellular memory) and vibrating in a light spectrum what lie just outside the region of our visible spectrum.

‘The Akashic records are thought by some believers in esoteric doctrines to represent everything in the past, present, and future.  They would thus be a representation of the afterlife, but not the afterlife itself.  And these esoteric doctrines (promulgated by Theosophy, among other belief-systems), are not scientifically well-founded or philosophically plausible at all.  Sorry.’ – Prof. John Martin Fischer

Now taking away even more of these mysteries by looking at NDE’s from a neuro-scientific point of view, the question if it is possible for the brain experiencing an extreme moment of stress during death whereby an odd behavior of the synapses is creating a disfunction in information transfer, is rising with me.  If so, it is almost a logical line of thought that this behavior is triggering the Claustrum in releasing a high amount of electricity what in turn is activating the Pineal gland in releasing a strange mixture of chemicals in the midbrain and creating a holographic image based on one’s personal and inherited information stored in your cells.

Prof. Fischer received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1982. He began his teaching career at Yale University where he taught for almost a decade before joining the faculty at the UC Riverside. www.philosophy.ucr.edu  

It is also a realistic thought that, in the moment someone is entering the state of crossing over, the pupils are dilating beyond their own normal capability whereby the optic nerves are trying to absorb and processing an avalanche of UV-light. Not being able to do so, the excess energy is being released in the fluids of the human eye which then could cause certain vibrations within the fluids having an abnormal pattern which, in turn, can create a standing wave in the moment these vibrations bounce off on the back of the lens and reflect on themselves.

Think of bats for instance. As soon as two bats are flying towards each other while sending/transmitting this high pitched sound for navigating and their sound waves are meeting, they will miss their target due to the equalization of these sounds waves what is creating a blind spot. So, can we sate that, in this process, we are looking through a narrow tunnel once the frequencies meet and thus equalize?

Now, I am not skeptical when it comes down to the reality of Near-Death-Experiences and Out of Body Experiences. But pouring the above thoughts into one bowl, it could explain both the intense bright light at the end of the tunnel and the variety of images, or surroundings, people are witnessing while walking the foggy realms, which is being thought of existing in a timeless reality, in the breakdown of a biological process known as life…a last but natural attempt by the brain to supply the body with a high amount of energy in order to survive.

Can we unravel the world of death? Can we switch our lives, or biological existence, on and off without losing our awareness of what is happening around us?

In order to gain a deeper insight to these highly interesting life questions The Next Truth reached out to Professor of Philosophy John Martin Fischer who is teaching at the University of California and who’s main research interests lie in free will, moral responsibility, and both metaphysical and ethical issues pertaining to life and death.

A brief email conversation followed in where Prof. Fischer let us know that, when the readers of The Next Truth had any questions concerning NDE’s and OoBE’s, he might find the time to answer these questions. And so, a small window of opportunity was created for you to ask that particular question you have always wanted to ask an academic trained expert.  

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

With Bennett J. Vonderheide

Hit the play button in the sidebar “The Next Truth-Online Radio” or download the interview of Bennett Vonderheide as an MP3 file and listen to the message of the mysterious Nomoli figurines which have been unearthed in Africa.

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, a natural world and divinity.

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

Intro music:
Song: African Skies
Composer: Stephen J. Anderson

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 Bennett Vonderheide, also known as “Nomoli Ben” about how old these figurines really are…who carved them and why and…do they still contain ancient mystical powers?

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The Truth of Myth

With Professor Tok Thompson

‘Mythos’ is the Greek word for story-of-the-people, and ‘logos’ stands for word or speech.    Myth, or Mythology, is the spoken story of a people and has played an integral part in every civilization throughout the world.

Pre-historic cave paintings, etchings in stone, tombs, and monuments all suggest that, long before human beings set down their myths in words, they had already developed a belief structure corresponding to the definition of `myth’.

What is the relation of mythology to religion, to science and to popular culture and… did these ancient and sacred tales really happen?
Our guest this week is located at the moment in rural Alaska…. so, bear with me as I am going to try to set up the connection with Anthropologist Tok Thompson.

Download the interview of Prof. Tok Thompson as an MP3 file and step into the mystical realms of ancient cultures.

Studying mythology is the interpretation of traditional and sacred tales of a culture known as myths or the collection of such stories which deal with various aspects of the human condition.     For instance good and evil… the origin of place-names, animals, cultural values, and traditions.      But also, the meaning of life and death… the afterlife and the gods or a god.

Myths… they express the beliefs and values about these subjects held by a certain culture. So, what one calls “mythology” in the present day, was the religion of the ancient past.   But what it the truth behind these ancient stories?

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”.   

Our guest this week is located at the moment in rural Alaska…. so, bear with me as I am going to try to set up the connection with Anthropologist Tok Thompson, who is an associate professor at the University of Southern California, and speak with him about what the relation of mythology is to religion, to science and to popular culture and… did they really happen?

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Where Prehistoric People Astronomers?

Nottingham Trent University astronomer Dr. Daniel Brown weighs in

This week we are traveling back to ancient times together with astronomer Dr. Daniel Brown who is an Associate Professor at the Nottingham Trent University. Join us in and adventurous journey to some of the mysteries of ancient Egypt and take peek at why and maybe how Stonehenge was used.

Download the interview of Dr. Daniel Brown as an MP3 file and prepare yourself to get amazed!

We as human beings are greatly attracted to beauty. And there is nothing more beautiful than the heavenly bodies set above us to see. From the stars, sun, moon, and planets for us to admire, our world has never been short of attraction!

Much of modern Western civilization is derived in one way or another from the ideas of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and this is true in astronomy as well. Our interest in Astronomy can thus be dated back to ancient times.   

Our fascination with the celestial bodies has evolved through the centuries and this fascination was so strong it was enough for humans to not only be contented with what can be seen with the naked eye.   From initially looking up and gazing at the stars, man has invented tools like the telescope to magnify and clearly see the yet unseen.

This week we are traveling back to ancient times together with astronomer Dr. Daniel Brown who is an Associate Professor at the Nottingham Trent University.   Join us in and adventurous journey to some of the mysteries of ancient Egypt and take peek at why and maybe how Stonhenge was used.

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”,    a weekly podcast in where scientists and citizen scientists speak about their incredible research, awe-inspiring theories and mind dazzling paradoxes for you to explore the connections between accepted and noetic science.     

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Near-Death-Experiences; Are They Real?

“Everything seems to be immensely creepy until we know and understand its source. Therefore, can we, with some caution, state that this the reason why we fear death this deeply? Do we fear death due to us neither understanding the source nor the cause of the origin of life?”

Having the privilege to speak briefly with John Martin Fischer, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of “Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife” and “Death, Immortality, and Meaning in Life”, via email, he mentioned to me that not only he is donating one of his intriguing articles to the September edition of The Next Truth… Prof. John M. Fischer also mentioned that he, due to a busy schedule, might answer some of your questions concerning his research on NDE’s. 

You can submit your question in the comments below. Due to him not using social media, your question(s) submitted will be converted in a Q&A and published via the website of The Next Truth. http://nexttruth.com/  

NOTE: There is a limit of maximal 10 questions which will be mailed to Prof. John M. Fischer!

Prof. Fischer’s UC Riverside profile: www.philosophy.ucr.edu

Scrolling through his publications, lectures, and interviews: www.alaw003.wixsite.com   

Purchasing his books:  https://www.amazon.com/Death-Immortality-Meaning-FDMNTLS-PHILOS/dp/0190921145

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A ‘New’ Look at What it is That Really Bumps in the Night

You cannot make out its features … you think it is your own shadow cast on the wall by a misplaced light… but as you stand still… the shadow… suddenly… moves!  

From prehistory to this day, we have been haunted by our memories, the past itself, by inklings of the future, and … by eerie stories about ghosts and dark shadows which seem to own the nightly hours.  

We have no idea where people go when they die; it’s what makes death so scary and awful. But the sense that they obviously go somewhere—that the person in front of us, situated in the time and space we share, suddenly gets transported to another realm; that their consciousness flickers, then vanishes—makes death incredibly inconvenient from any logistical standpoint.

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 speaking with the Co-founder and Team Medium of Paranormal Research York from the United Kingdom Kevin Spindloe about what it is that really bumps in the night.

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Science Has True Frontiers!

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The Psychology of Creepiness

Welcome…you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, a weekly podcast that explores mind dazzling scientific research, theories, paradoxes, the connections between accepted and noetic science and…everything in between. 

This week’s guest is an American social psychologist and the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a period of 10 years.

Prof. McAndrew is specialized in the study of environmental psychology and nonverbal communication and became best known for his pioneering work on gossip, creepiness and the psychology of mass shootings. https://www.frankmcandrew.com/ 

In his mid-career, Frank moved into the study of evolutionary psychology where he became best known for his pioneering work on gossip, creepiness and the psychology of mass shootings. https://www.frankmcandrew.com/ 

In recent years, he has become an essayist and purvey… p.p.pur… purveyo… (sigh), supplier of psychological science to lay audiences.  

English does contain some eerie and difficult words,   does it not?

However … Frank is an elected fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science, The Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Midwestern Psychological Association.

He received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from King’s College in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maine…. and has published his articles in dozens of well-known popular media outlets such as Time, CNN, Salon, and Scientific American and he is a blogger for Psychology Today Magazine.

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A Dyson Sphere; Why Would Anyone Construct Such a Bizarre Monstrosity?

By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nexttruth.com

Are you a holographic projection build up from Dirac (bi) spinors in an ancient matrix or are you consisting from…um, real atoms?  Well, it might very well be that, like the ancient Egyptians, supposedly, have maintained the magisterial pyramids built by previous nations, we are building, maintaining, a Dyson sphere around an already existing one built by those we have became to know as “aliens” or “extra-terrestrial life forms” existing in a pre-eminent system millions of light years remote from the planet we live on.  Earth!

It was only recently that Space-X launched a large group of satellites into an orbit around the planet we live on. Many of us, including myself, have witnessed this miraculous sighting in the clear night skies. “Starlink” is this satellite constellation, constructed by Space-X to provide satellite internet access, being called.  The constellation so is being said, will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), working in combination with ground transceivers. Space-X also plans to sell some of the satellites for military, scientific and/or exploratory purposes. (Source: Wikipedia)

But it might be plausible that, without our direct awareness, we, as a species inhabiting this planet, are applying this form of technology to our daily existence because it is deeply connected with our future selves. Hot-wired in our human history and DNA, so to speak, while we are walking this path of civilizations that have lived our present already or…is here still.

“The Starlink constellation, phase 1, first orbital shell: 72 orbits with 22 each, 1,584 satellites at 550 km altitude.” Source: Wikipedia

What is a Dyson sphere?

From a theoretical point of view this is being thought of as an advanced mega-engineering project that encircles a star with platforms orbiting in tight formation and is considered as the ultimate solution for living space and (infinitive) energy production, providing its creators ample surface area for habitation and the ability to capture every bit of solar radiation emanating from their central star.

“I predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of computers has dominated our lives during the previous fifty years.” Freeman J. Dyson, 2007.

It was in the year 1960 when the famed theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson made a radical proposal. In a single paged paper titled “Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation” he suggested that advanced extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs) could be found by looking for signs of artificial structures so large, they encompassed entire star systems. But you only have to read the abstract to catch a whiff of the marvelous piece of inventive, but grounded speculation that unfurls in this single page article what has being published in (AAAS) Science. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/131/3414/1667

“If extraterrestrial intelligent beings exist and have reached a high level of technical development, one by-product of their energy metabolism is likely to be the large-scale conversion of starlight into far-infrared radiation. It is proposed that a search for sources of infrared radiation should accompany the recently initiated search for interstellar radio communications.”

Since then, many scientists have come up with their own ideas for possible megastructures.

A partially-obscured star could be due to an alien megastructure that is not yet complete, and could potentially be detectable by the Gaia spacecraft. Photo credit: Kevin McGill / flickr

Can we build a Dyson Sphere?

With that being said, can we can say, with some caution, that we are building a Dyson Sphere what can be considered as a, for us, prototype of an advanced technology what is, in this theorem, already build and operative in a future galactic system? If a theorem as such is closer to any reality you are familiar with, it would mean that we, most likely, are trying to catch-up with our future selves by applying the latest Artificial Intelligence to our existence. A technology possessing an infinitive energy source and showing an effect in 3D photon trapping (trapping a photon inside a three-dimensional ‘prison cell’ surrounded by mirrors), realizing the photonic light to accelerate and generate its own charge what in turn generates a infinitive relativistic wave spawn from ordinary photon(s).  

Through the center-of-mass energy of the system of two photons colliding two vibrating light waves, containing identical frequency which interfere with one another while traveling opposite directions along the same medium, new matter in the form of a short lived (virtual) Euclidean vector having mass but lacking kinetic energy (KE), has the prospect to arise while it is generated in an instable standing wave pattern. Let’s call this virtual Euclidean vector the ‘Axion-like particle’ or .

If a behavior as such can be realized in a chaotic system in where a gravity wave causing a perturbation around a stationary state, in which there is no velocity, it is almost a logical line of thought that this is providing the opportunity of storing, converting and projecting the information absorbed as (4D electro) holographic images which can be build up (re-build) from Dirac (bi) spinors containing the, transferred by the neutrino, primordial code what is captured and ‘brought back’ by the retracted frequency of  caused by the attractive pull of its own implosion.However, the detailed nature of  still remains elusive.

Phew…tough stuff!

But, when looking at, among others, the “Axion Dark Matter eXperiment” (University of Washington) or CERN’s NA64 team, who is targeted an unexplored two-dimensional area for axions and axion-like particles, not to be ruled out entirely as a possible future for us to live in.

The truth is stranger than the strangest fiction!

What the kick-off for the universe we move in was, that is indeed still a tricky question whereby multiply but plausible answers, and theories, are directing in several directions. And regardless from which angle one is viewing this question, in some enigmatic way; many end up with the mysterious behaviour of the cosmological ‘energy converters’, or a ‘universal accelerator’ as the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany) is calling it in one of their press releases.

Anyway, there is none who can say with 100% certainty what their true purpose is; it is an almost logical line of thought that these mysterious dark areas do have a purpose. Nature has yet not to create ‘something’ what has no meaning or cannot conserve life. This seems to include both dark matter and dark energy as well.

Even though it is being said that that the Dyson’s Sphere’s were suggested as a way of giving scientists engaged in the search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence something to look for, there could be this quite logical and simple explanation for the reality and existence of these Dyson spheres. The famous equation of Einstein E=mc2 seems to be indeed the secret of the stars but the question in this is…which star and what are its coordinates?

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