Saturday, January 20, 2018

Doorway to the Next World


Two things have always made me curious about the existence of extraterrestrials and how they arrive here. One is that their flying craft seem to defy all the laws of modern physics. I have personally seen maneuvers in flight that are “impossible” (not to mention what is shown on feature documentaries and YouTube), moves that should kill any pilot or passengers in the craft. And second, the nearest star to our own sun is Proxima Centauri at 4.24 light years (1.3 parsecs) away. Since light speed is an unimaginable 186,000 miles per second, even if these ET's have acquired light speed technology, an eight-and-a-half year round trip seems hardly worth coming here just to zoom across the sky to entertain watchers on the earth. How do they get here so fast?

Sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects are most frequent in two areas: over the United States of America and around the Sun. As the most technically advanced nation on the planet, it is probably the area in which technically advanced ET beings would have the most interest, or perhaps because it is the USA which will play the most critical role in determining mankind's future. But why are NASA and other space agencies as well as professional and amateur astronomers seeing such heavy traffic of these same UFO's traveling back and forth between the Sun?

The Sun has recently been developing strange characteristics - large holes where parts of the Sun appear to be completely missing, called coronal holes. These are more than holes; they are massive empty spaces with stars visible behind the sun. Our government will not tell us, but satellite images show us something strange is going on with the Sun. Interestingly, these particular dark holes always coincide with the summer solstice and the winter solstice. What is the meaning of these coronal cold spots only appearing on these two pivotal days of the solar calendar?

Pyramids and stellae at ancient ruins on every continent show doorways on the Sun that are only open on the shortest day of the year and the longest day. The solstices were always a significant marker to the ancients; a reminder to their gods, perhaps, that it was time to go home? The conclusions one might draw from this are staggering. Is the Sun a gateway for interstellar travel? A doorway that reaches into space, into the outer reaches of the cosmos? Undeniable empirical archeological evidence would indicate that this is so, no matter how it is interpreted.

If the door of the Sun is a stargate, it explains why so many UFO's have been observed flying into and from the sun. If there is more UFO activity around the sun than anywhere else in the solar system, it is because the sun is more than just a ball of light; it is an open door for travel beyond our solar system. The Babylonians called it the Gate of God; the Egyptians called it the Gate of Heaven. Is it a doorway that leads to the next world, far beyond our imaginings? Knowledge of this beckons us into space where we will find our future as well as the source of all UFO's and perhaps the source of our own being.

My understanding is that the sun is at the other end of a wormhole, a shortcut through the time-space continuum that enables travelers to move great distances in no time. When hyperspace physics is fully revealed we may learn that every star that we see in the night sky is connected with a black hole by a wormhole between them, defying all concepts of space and time in our modern understanding of physics.

All shapes and sizes of UFOs with varying propulsion systems use the same portal to come and go. Their differences would imply that they are not all of the same race or origin, coming here from a variety of galaxies. Are they coming here to invite us to follow? The WHY is a topic for another conversation.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Still the Best Bet


The size of government is shrinking, but never quick enough for my liking. I am a Jeffersonian at heart and entirely endorse the principle that “that government governs best which governs least”. The administrative state of elites, that permanent bureaucracy of busybodies who are not elected but nevertheless wield enormous power over every aspect of our lives, who think they know better than the rest of us, is being routed, little by little, but it won't be enough for me until there is a glut of empty houses in the plush bedroom communities of DelMarVa surrounding the Capitol.

We now have an administration in place that strongly believes in fruits of capitalism and a streamlined, downsized government of fewer regulations and less oversight. For much too long we have been under destructive, naive, and irresponsible leadership that believed that more government was the answer to managing the evolution of modern culture, steering our democratic republic ever closer to a socialist state. The self-righteous intelligentsia has increasingly held sway in the court of ideas with Benito Mussolini's belief that as a society becomes more complicated, individual freedoms need to be increasingly restricted.

Even though history demonstrates time and again that this kind of thinking has never been successfully implemented – never – the dream of a perfect collective world blooms afresh with each new generation. What is it about intellectualism that makes socialism so appealing?

From idealization to disillusionment we can trace the history of the various socialist experiments through an endless string of failed utopias – the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Yugoslavia, Vietnam, Tanzania, and Nicaragua. It should work, it is reasoned, but it never has. Therein lies the fault of this fatal conceit. There is always a tiny elite in every emerging generation who believe without question that just by imposing their reason the desired outcome of a society that is at once prosperous and equitable as well as orderly and conducive to political liberty should result. The addiction to this conceit, however, has never been more than wishful thinking removed from reality.

One would think that in the wake of the very successful Reagan and Thatcher economic revolutions, capitalism would be embraced. Instead the revitalized capitalist polices of the Trump administration are viewed as maverick and threatening. The history of central planning demonstrates that it is the nursery for the growth of totalitarian policies. What begins as a conviction that for planning to be efficient it must be taken out of the realm of politics and placed in the hands of experts, ultimately ends with the failure of politics and the embrace of tyranny. Socialism always leaches personal initiative by denying personal liberty, very often deceptively disguising its efforts as humanitarian benefits.

Socialism is a version of sentimentality. The socialist, the sentimentalist, cannot understand why, if people have been able to generate some system of rules coordinating their efforts, they cannot also consciously design an even better and more gratifying system. The sentimentalist cannot understand why we shouldn’t favor cooperation (a nice-sounding arrangement) over competition (much harsher), since in any competition there are losers, which is bad, and winners, which may be even worse in their view. It is at this juncture that advocates of a planned economy introduce the word “fairness” into the discussion: Wouldn’t it be fairer if we took money from person A who has more than he needs and give it to person B who doesn't have enough?

Friedrich Hayek (The Road to Serfdom) called free market economics (capitalism) “the extended order of cooperation.” The seeming paradox of the free market, according to Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations), is that the more individuals are given the freedom to follow their own dreams and means, the more their activities are “led by an invisible hand to promote” means that ultimately aid the common good. In other words, private pursuits advance public benefit. That is the beneficent alchemy of the free market. Hayek’s fundamental insight, enlarging Smith’s thought, is that the spontaneous order created and maintained by competitive market forces leads to greater prosperity than a planned economy - always.

The spontaneous order generated by market forces is beneficial to humanity in unexpected ways; it has greatly extended our lives and produced wealth so staggering that, only a few generations ago, it was unimaginable. The poor are still with us, and probably always will be. Not every social problem can be solved. Capitalism is working, however. Not perfect, but it is working. If there is a better way, I would love to see it. But it is not socialism. Been there, tried that.

Even a sound democracy that is thriving under free markets will suffer shortcomings. When these become most apparent citizens must be most wary of the sentimental appeal to trash the whole system in favor of intelligent central planning and rationalistic hubris. Hitler took advantage of the decay of democracy in Germany and at the critical moment obtained the support of a large enough contingent in society to roll to power supplanting an otherwise workable state with an ideological nightmare.

The urgency with which Hayek condemns socialism is a function of the importance of the stakes involved. As he puts it in “The Fatal Conceit,” the “dispute between the market order and socialism is no less than a matter of survival” because “to follow socialist morality would destroy much of present humankind and impoverish much of the rest.” We get a foretaste of what Hayek means whenever the forces of socialism triumph. There follows, as the night the day, an increase in poverty and a diminution of individual freedom.

The curious thing is that this fact has had little to no effect on the attitudes of the intelligentsia. No obvious empirical development, even repeated innumerable times, seems to spoil the pleasures of socialist sentimentality. This unworldliness is tied to another common trait of intellectuals: their contempt for money and the world of commerce. The socialist intellectual eschews the “profit motive” and recommends increased government control of the economy. He feels, Hayek notes, that “to employ a hundred people is . . . exploitation but to command the same number [is] honorable.”

The Marxist theorist and Soviet politician Leon Trotsky got it right when it comes to summing up the impact of socialism upon any society, observing that when the state is the sole employer the old adage “he who does not work does not eat” is replaced by “he who does not obey does not eat.” As the old Soviet Union struggled desperately to make socialism work there was less and less work and more and more worthless pay. “They pretend to pay us,” one worker said, “and we pretend to work.” The only equality Vladimir Lenin and his heirs achieved was an equality of misery and impoverishment for all but the elite central planners.

The American experiment of the last 242 years is like a boat that is always taking on water. It doesn't want to go down no matter how bad the storm, as other boats around it come and go with the crashing waves. But it sits high enough on the water that no matter how insurmountable its problems appear to be, the passengers know they are going to get there. “She is a good old boat and she'll stay afloat through the toughest gale and keep smiling.” If the sentimentalists all go to one side of the boat in an attempt to upset the balance, we need to send them below decks to the engine room to shovel coal until they come to their senses.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Robo-pocalypse


Imagine a day in the not too distant future when you will go to an electronics store and have the lens of your eye removed and replaced by a liquid that is packed with nano-electronics, a camera, and a radio to give you super vision. You'll be able to see in the dark, have infrared vision, and be wired to the Internet 24/7. But what comes with this super-vision is supervision. You will not only be an upgraded Human 2.0, you will be part machine. Maybe the only way that humans are going to survive in the new environment of Artificial Intelligence will be to become integrated with machines.

Right now a lot of technologies are coalescing to accelerate this process. Most likely, we are not going to be prepared when machines become the upper mind in the world. When the day comes that computer intelligence exceeds our own, we will no longer have the ability to project the trajectory of our own future. We will no longer be in control and won't really know just how this intelligence will deal with us.

Some are referring to this time of the Singularity as a robo-pocalypse. It is not something in our distant future.  We're seeing the beginnings of its effects right now. The movement toward global automation is destroying the middle class. There is a massive class of people worldwide that all of a sudden are no longer employable. The number of people that do not have the skills to find a job in this new economy is skyrocketing. They are becoming expendables, and their numbers are expanding into higher and higher skill sets with no employment opportunities.

The blindly optimistic AI technicians suggest that everyone could someday receive a universal basic income to deal with the massive unemployment issue. But that's never going to happen. And if it did, anyone receiving government money would only end up being under government control. Kiss freedom good-bye. The real problem is that there isn't a Plan B in the minds of AI creators. There is no other option on the table to deal with this train of automation that is accelerating down the track on a collision course with the balance that currently exists in the world.

The really bad news is that people are no longer going to be necessary to drive the economics of our society. Except for the lucky 10% who continue to have a job, what will become of the ones Henry Kissinger referred to as “useless eaters”? We don't know. We should all be concerned about it. Are we going to end up in FEMA camps? Are we going to be left to zone out with minimal welfare on drugs, both legal and illegal, watching video games, getting fat and dumb watching re-runs of Three's Company for the balance of our lives? Who knows!

We'll become a world that must, of necessity, be totally controlled, otherwise there would be a restless populace that would get more than a little bit angry if it is ever able to start thinking for itself. All this could only be accomplished by giving most of us a dumbed-down education, feeding us dumbed-down genetically modified food, giving us awful entertainment, awful news, and otherwise continue to feed us a fake world of lies to keep the masses happy enough that we don't complain about the dystopia we are hopelessly mired in. Sound anything like the world as it is becoming already?

Do these AI optimists seriously believe that trans-humanism is going to work for seven and a half billion of us being merged with machine components and enhanced to become immortal? Seriously? That's just not how humanity works. Take a look at history and observe how there is always only a small group of rapacious, dominating people at the top who never, ever voluntarily give up that privilege. Never going to happen. All of humanity is never going to benefit from this super-intelligence and potential for immortality, even if it were a good thing, which is questionable to say the least.

Technology is growing at such a rate today that any widespread realization that we as a civilization have already achieved such advanced capabilities goes unnoticed. We are all being protected from knowing what is going on “for our own good”. We are getting rolled over by progress and the powers that be who want to keep it that way. Before it is too late we really need to be having intelligent conversations across society about the implications of this emerging change in human evolution and whether or not we can still salvage some control over it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

the God of AI


As artificial intelligence and smart technology advance we may increasingly be at risk as a human species of losing our spiritual values. What people don't realize with AI is that we may be disabling ourselves. The researchers that are bringing AI to the world have FAITH that it will be good for us. They HOPE that AI will be able to explain to us how it operates and why it makes decisions at its most super-intelligent level, and they TRUST that AI will benefit humanity in the end. AI has become a sort of religion. Too many people are increasingly assuming this kind of relationship with technology, with a future predicted to have even more fervent followers of the god of AI.

We are coming into a time where we are redefining what it means to be human. We already have the ability to rebuild every single organ of the body artificially and control it remotely. As implants and nanotechnology cross the skin barrier and deliver us into a expanded bionic age, where we increasingly become hybrids with machines, we may never be able to turn back.

The catch phrase in New Age circles and among technologists is becoming one and the same - we are really all One and should act as One. The way the technologists want to accomplish tist is by putting an implant in our brains that dramatically alters consciousness and brain capacity. Scientists tell us that our bodies cannot go into space as they are. If we are to inherit the heavens we are going to have to change our form in some manner. The choices are few:  we become machine hybrids or we do what the ancients did – transform our bodies into light bodies in preparation for ascension. Hidden within us is this tremendous reservoir of deep spiritual power that can transform our physical bodies into spiritual light bodies that can transcend space and time across the universe and then reform into flesh and blood on the other end. Bodhisattvas aim to develop the skills to transform their earthly bodily form into their celestial bodies rather than using technology that transform us into machines.

Recent times are the first in modern history where humans are choosing to augment their bodies with technology such as retinal implants, cochlear implants, and a variety of artificial organs. We can increasingly pick and choose how we want to change our bodies for health or cosmetic reasons. At the same time there are millions of people around the world practicing spiritual exercises to optimize our spiritual experience and move toward ascension. Maybe there is a way that these two approaches can converge. Maybe artificial intelligence and enhancing our bodies with technology can amplify our spiritual powers! Maybe we are missing a valuable conversation here.

Technologists in Silicon Valley and Beijing and elsewhere are talking about AI ruling over us; if we're going to allow this to happen, then somewhere along the way these robot rulers are going to have to learn how to exercise love and compassion. Can we do this? Right now there is a huge rift in approaches between expanding Artificial Intelligence and enhancing human spiritual values through Ascension Intelligence. Both sides are aimed at making humans more whole and complete and perfect, more one with one another, living together in a more unified, perfect complete world.

The technologists say that God baked the cake, now we get to put the icing on it. They hope to do that by merging four technologies: Bits, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes. They want to take our computing technology, nanotechnology, neuro-science, and genetic science, and merge them into one seamless technology aimed at improving the human body. But they are leaving out perhaps the most important fifth element - that of spirit. Can the human spirit be merged with the perfect upgraded trans-human to make a more complete and whole fulfilled human being? Given that historically these same powers that be that are pushing a technological future have done everything in their power to suppress spiritual progress, such a merger may not fit their larger agenda.

Take a look at the United Nations' agenda today. The UN is completely invested in the progress of AI. What is their agenda? It is called the UN2030 Agenda and seeks a world with no borders, no genders, and no races; you will simply refer to your identity as that of an Earthling. The only way they can make this happen is with the globalization of technology. They see AI as the way forward for humanity. But what about uniting the human race around its deep spiritual capabilities? Why not reach across all religious differences and unite humanity around its deep spiritual capabilities? Not interest there.  Government powers around the world are investing in a tech future devoid of any effort to enhance any of our spiritual powers to better meet the future.

Are we “summoning the demon” with technology, as SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk warns? Can we keep the demon in the box rather than allow it runaway control over humanity, while utilizing it and learning to communicate with it for positive ends? Before we plunge headlong into an inevitable period of trans-humanism there needs to be broad public dialogue and understanding of where this technology is taking us.

AI is already controlling a large part of human activity. The question is, can we live in accord with a fully sentient AI entity, or is that a pipe dream? More importantly, can AI live with us? Or will AI find that we interfere with its prime directives and decide to eliminate us, perhaps sooner than later??? Before these machines drive us to extinction because they ironically deem us the greatest threat to our own extinction, they are going to have to be upgraded to be more human, more compassionate, more loving. Can we teach machines to love us and be our ally? If we cannot, it may all come down to a choice between the machine and the human spirit.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I Human / I Robot


Artificial Intelligence technology is beginning to write its own algorithms that humans do not understand. Before it gets very far we should be asking: Don't we humans have the right to have the machine explain to us exactly what it means by a solution or conclusion? Never before have we had managing systems that make decisions for us that we do not understand. This capability is accelerating and will never be stopped. Expansion of AI is being funded by both the most powerful corporate interests in the world and the military of many nations. We may already be in real danger of being controlled by machines that can outwit us at best or harm us if they choose to.

Military interests are focused on creating weaponized AI. Military research and funding will never be curtailed for fear one's enemies may achieve an AI advantage first. If the military is developing AI, it is a guarantee that some teenage hacker somewhere in the world is also working on the same thing for his or her own personal use. If this is a nefarious individual it is very possible that he or she could bring down the entire world military establishment from a home computing device. Since it is an arena of development with essentially no oversight, we've entered a new kind of wild, wild west, wrought with unknowns and dangers we cannot even imagine.

The real danger may be in how rapidly we have already turned over control to machines and technology that we don't know anything about. Perhaps of greater concern, however, is what is being referred to as the militarization of the human spirit. A lot of the technology that comes through Silicon Valley aimed at consumer applications has ultimately come from the military. It is all about control - controlling the capabilities of everyday people. There has always been a directed effort to suppress the spiritual capability of humans. For centuries the powers that be have not wanted us to access the deep reservoir of abilities that we each have. Through Silicon Valley that attempt at suppression may now reach a greater height than ever before. Our technology is moving toward brain implants and insertion of nanotechnology into the body that would enable AI to keep people within a very narrow range of frequency, whatever it chooses for you. If you start to wander outside these frequency parameters, the AI is going to have a real problem with you.

This is only the latest method of control of the minions by the powers that be, like that of genetically modified food in the last twenty years. By introducing smart technology into our bodies we will in effect be putting ourselves in a prison cell with the limits defined by the AI. Computer technology that we have been exposed to up until now has engendered within us a certain familiarity and trust in AI without it being too invasive. Increasingly we are going to be encouraged to unite our brains and bodies with smart technology – to heal or enhance our intelligence. There is great danger in the coming days for those who allow the powers to be to “break the skin barrier”. As long as you do not allow an implant or the introduction of nanotechnology into your system you can maintain physical autonomy. Once you cross that line there is no going back - you will henceforth be a biological robot.

In the days ahead there is going to be an existential battle between choosing to change our evolution with smart technology or allow it to continue along the organic path that has successfully gotten us to this point as a species. There will be considerable pressure to make a choice to progress as individuals and as a species. Do we yield to technology without knowing where it is taking us, or do we draw a line over which we decide technology cannot cross, to preserve our human identity and spiritual values. The political battle lines are already clearly delineated. Should we accept blind trust in technological progress without limits or should we conserve our humanity by placing limits upon the progress of our technology?

Monday, January 15, 2018

the Singularity Approaches


The technological rise of computing during my lifetime has been dizzying. As computing has grown more powerful it has created its own kind of intelligence which we call Artificial Intelligence (AI). We like to think that if we can have machines do most of the work and solve our problems, humanity will advance to a more fulfilling existence. But what happens if the AI reaches a point where it decides that it no longer needs us? Ray Kurzweil in his book The Singularity is Near postulates that AI will very soon become so advanced that it is smarter than we are, begin to accelerate away from us, and take on its own evolution at an exponential rate. The time of that Singularity is imminent, yet we may be rushing to embrace a great unknown without fully understanding some potentially dire ramifications.

There are three kinds of AI, beginning with Artificial Narrow Intelligence which we all experience anytime we go online or use our smart phones. Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are examples of this lowest level of AI. The Narrow Intelligence is beginning to broaden into General Intelligence, where machines are programmed to think like humans. We are not quite there yet, but getting closer quickly. The third level is the scary one: Super Intelligence, where machines become smarter than humans by perhaps billions of times. The difference is that they may have their own agenda. What we don't know is what will happen when machines have this level of intelligence.

We have become dependent upon artificial intelligence whether we like it or not, yet most of us have little appreciation for the power of AI. No one thinks about how this technology is increasingly able to take over decision making for both individuals and humanity collectively. AI poses a potentially serious threat in that it may be able to take over the entire human race, which in turn could potentially lead to the extinction of the human species. AI is here and it is here to stay. It may be, however, a Pandora's box and may have an unexpected surprise for us.

The Singularity could bring dramatic changes in problem solving within economics, science, and industry – providing valuable solutions to major human problems. The huge downside is that along with its utility and efficiency there is going to be an unimaginable loss of jobs – perhaps even up to 90% of the labor force may lose their jobs, which would inevitably lead to anarchy. Almost every job defined by routine could be eliminated with the use of robots and AI. The type of jobs that are very difficult for machines to do are menial jobs like street sweeper and construction. Any jobs where we use our hands and move our feet will be secure, but thinking jobs now performed by humans can readily be replaced with machines.

When we unite human intelligence with machine intelligence we're talking about a miraculous potential for solving human problems, like problems with the environment or problems in medicine; we may see miraculous cures for disease, but at so high a cost to humanity that the cure may be worse than the disease.  If we embrace this remarkable child of our even more remarkable creativity, what will this child become when it no longer needs us?  Are we setting ourselves up for ultimate extinction by enabling a soulless machine to do our work, solve our problem, and make our decisions for us?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Future Now


To know the future we need only explore the frontier where science fiction becomes scientific fact. For as Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Follow the minds that dwell on the very edge of the human imagination and discovery and you will find abundant signs that point to our emerging future. On the frontier of material science and biology we are very nearly able to make anything we want from the raw materials that surround us every day. The alchemist's dream is becoming reality. We may no longer need to mine for gold or drill into the earth for oil and gas. Atoms are atoms and can be arranged in endless ways to create the substances we want and need. We no longer need sperm and eggs to produce a living being. We are becoming masters of our own destiny, right before your eyes.

Already we have the ability to 3D print any organ in your body that you need. Need a new liver? No problem. A heart? No problem. Generated from your own DNA, using your own cells from the tissue of the dead or broken organ, or even from another part of your body. Encoded in the DNA of every cell of the body are instructions for making every part of the body. DNA is holographic.

When a strand of DNA is opened, the specific instructions for your heart are identified by a computer which directs a new heart to be grown in a huge vat of biological broth consisting of all the amino acids and other elements that form the basis of life. The computer is programed to know when and where to add more collagen, osteocytes, and osteoclasts. If there is a glitch in the program the computer automatically introduces what is needed to fix it. The result is a younger, healthy heart, or any other organ, grown quickly, ready for transplanting. We can now literally regrow ourselves from one cell.

It is believed that neurological tissue cannot be regenerated, however, technological advancements have been made to regrow the entire nervous system with a stimulative device that is implanted in the spinal cord. Even in a sort of Medieval way, by harvesting stem cells from fat and bone marrow we have been able to accomplish amazing achievements with quadriplegics and people who have suffered egregious spinal injuries. Our understanding has advanced to the point that we can grow any cell, even nerve cells. There is not a cell that cannot be regrow.

Not only could an arm or a leg be regrown as a salamander regenerates its tail, but as long as viable DNA is available the technology is there right now to rebuild your entire body from scratch. Encoded within DNA are also all the experiences of consciousness that you've ever had, stored within like on a hard drive. As with the selective differentiation of your own DNA, your own memories can be selected for specific reprogramming into the new model of you. It is the ultimate clone. Sounds incredible, but it is the future now.

These advancements have only recently come to fruition. Implementation on a wide scale basis will come in time, but not until certain political and corporate interests have been sequestered from their influence upon managing medical progress. Understand that there is still a powerful faction deeply embedded in the world that profits considerably by making sure we continue to believe and follow the current healing/pharmaceutical paradigm. It is not to their financial benefit or power agenda to see people live longer and healthier lives. Many of the key players in this syndicate, however, are taking advantage of these advances to guarantee their own health and continuity, including one former President. As long as this Deep State faction of world elites hold sway, the benefits of such scientific advancements will be withheld from the general public. It waits for us all in the near future, however.

It is an amazing time to be alive in the world and be witness to the unfolding singularity of taking control of our own evolution as a species. Stick around and you may be the beneficiary of these advances and even more to follow in a world coming to you very soon.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

the Return of our Star Brothers


The ancient Babylonians and Sumerians wrote of strange beings coming down from the sky. The Mayans and Egyptians wrote stories about advanced visitors from the stars. It is an age-old tale that is no different when told today. With all the modern sightings and proliferation of stories there is no reason for disbelief. The preponderance of evidence is overwhelming. The evidence is unequivocal, a truth a reasonable person cannot deny. UFO's are here, they are here every day and they are watching. We know they have been coming here for thousands of years. Perhaps they are here to answer our greatest questions. Perhaps they are waiting for something. Perhaps they are here to protect or save us. We don't know why they are here, but the answer to that may be more important than even believing that they are here.

Perhaps the answer lies within the increasing frequency of their visitations. UFO formations present a very consistent message if interpreted as being coded in the universal language of the star constellations. Each home video of a UFO sighting can actually be interpreted as a conversation of sorts. Close examination of UFO formations demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that they very often visually represent complex star patterns corresponding to known constellations. The most ubiquitous UFO sighting is the formation of three UFO's spaced and angled to represent the belt of the constellation Orion. Is this a greeting of some sort? Nearly everyone who looks skyward recognizes the belt of Orion. Are they telling us they are from Orion? Are they telling us that we originated from Orion? Is this an invitation to travel to Orion? Are they beckoning us to return from whence the human species was born? Are they answering the fundamental questions asked by nearly every human at some point in life: Where do we come from? Why are we here?

It seems naive that we still send radio waves into space in Search of Extra-Terrestrial intelligence (SETI). We have been going about communication attempts all wrong. Forty years ago we sent a phonographic record on the Voyager probe because we were sure other intelligent beings would know how to play it. How many alien civilizations would have a record player? How many of us do today? We have been throwing millions of dollars away on lost causes just like this. We have been looking into the far reaches of space for extraterrestrial life when all the time they are right here, reaching out and communicating with us for thousands of years.

They have been speaking to us in a very enlightened language of the stars, and we haven't been paying attention to crack the code. None of us knows exactly why they are here or what they want for sure, yet they are speaking to us every day. Perhaps they are telling us that star constellations are how you navigate the cosmos. It is how they cross the millions of light years of space to get here. And star constellations alone are then how they first communicate with any alien race like us.

A UFO formation representing a particular star constellation may be one way of letting us know where they came from. The different UFO formations may actually be intelligent contact. With their different formations they may be answering every single one of our questions. Their appearance may be providing us with undeniable proof as well as undeniable truth. The proof of their existence is not hard to accept. The truth they may be bringing us may be something we are entirely unprepared to receive. Perhaps we are approaching the precipice of the end of our time on the earth and they are here to guide us away. Maybe it is our time to leave the earth and return to the stars with our long lost brothers. Perhaps they are contacting us in such a flagrant manner and with such increasing frequency because they know we are running out of time. Are they actually here to help? Are they here to guide us to the next world? Will we get the message in time and welcome the help of our star brothers?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Looking Back, Looking Ahead


What can we say about 2017? Historians will someday write that 2017 was a major turning point for the United States of America, the beginning of a new era of expansion of technology, economics, and ideas. It was the year when the momentum for the redistribution of wealth was transformed into a new momentum for the redistribution of power. The control that was entrenched with an elite few in government, industry, academe, and commerce, began to unravel and be returned to the States and the people, where the true strength of this country has always resided. Things can never go back to the way they were for the previous eight years. Whether Donald Trump's presidency lasts for four years or eight years, whoever follows him, Democrat or Republican, whether they agree with him or not, will not be elected by stumping to reverse his policies, but for proposing to build upon them.

The destiny of this country from 2018 forward was astutely summed up by the CEO and Chairman of JP Morgan Chase this week. Jaime Dimon describes himself as barely a Democrat; no big fan of President Trump, he is rumored to be considering running for President himself because things are "so messed up". He believes Trump will likely be a one-term president, but cautions fellow Democrats that if they are to take back the White House, they are going to have to change. “The thing about the Democrats is, you know, they — they will not have a chance, in my opinion if they don’t have a strong centrist, pro-business, pro-free enterprise person. Y’know, the American public is not clamoring for more government.” Dimon further advised that the Democratic Party will need to come up with a reasonable candidate with fresh ideas for even more jobs and economic growth or Trump will win another four years.

If Dimon is right, this changes everything. None of the Democrats mentioned in the running for the next presidential election cycle come anywhere close to these criteria. What Dimon is saying is that the American people don't want more government; they don't want to be dictated to by the government or by the media or by Hollywood or by the NFL elite. If the Democratic Party does not come into step with the changing times it is going to enter into a dystopian world of total, permanent political irrelevance, if they’re not careful.

The person who wins the next presidential contest will be the one with the best ideas for the electorate, and not the one who wants to go back to the way things were. Trump is making things happen, despite the negative spin of the mainstream media. He is already fulfilling Obama's dream of fundamentally transforming America.  Dimon, despite his liberal leanings, thinks the momentum of the country has shifted in a positive way and expects 4% growth of the GDP in 2018. He is pleased with the recent tax legislation and foresees an expanding business environment with retained capital now becoming available to grow businesses — R&D, hiring, wages, competition – and believes it will be very good for America for a long time.

When the opposition is pleased with the consequences of Trump's policy decisions, it doesn't leave them much room to sell the electorate on reversing the President's "evil" agenda. The only option left is to one-up Mr. Trump in 2020 and offer the American people more of what he is so far succeeding at. Trump is the first president to run the country like a successful business. He is a savvy gamesman.  The Democrats can only beat him with good cards.  Intimidation and the old tricks will no longer work.  Someone is going to have to meet his wager and raise the ante to beat him in a game he is very good at playing. Right now the Democrats are just not paying enough attention to the existential changes occurring in this country for that to happen. Dimon's advice for the rest of us: "When you are on a plane, you root for the pilot."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Algore's Folly

 
I read the news today, oh boy. A bunch of global warming religionists go on an Antarctic expedition to measure the “melting sea ice” and become trapped in record thick sea ice, while ice cutters from three nations fail to reach the stranded cruise ship because of thick ice they cannot cut through. In the midst of their own peril, this cult of Global Warming enthusiasts still blamed ‘climate change’ for their situation. Reminds me of when Al Gore delivered a lecture in March 2014 during the First Business Forum on Sustainability and Environment on the outskirts of San Jose, Costa Rica, arguing that global warming meant the end of snow and that there would soon be no more snowy areas to hold future Winter Olympic games. Today I read that snow was just recorded in one of the hottest places on Earth in the Sahara Desert near the town of Ain Sefra, Algeria. Oh boy.

Very hard to resist satire, especially when it comes to Al Gore. Also in the headlines today was a report that 485 scientific papers were published in 2017 that undermine the so-called consensus on climate change. Apparently, the dangers of anthropogenic global warming is not nearly as settled among climate scientists as people would like to imagine. The papers are not written by uninformed climate deniers, but by serious scientists who believe that the true nature of scientific inquiry is not to bow to some proposed dogma—especially where significant ideological, political and economic interests are at play—but to see where the facts lead on their own.

Analysis of these papers by Kenneth Richard delineated findings in one or more
substantiated arguments:

The first position attributes greater weight to the role of natural mechanisms in changes to the climate system than are acknowledged by climate alarmists, while giving correspondingly less importance to the influence of increased CO2 concentrations on climatic changes. Over 100 of these papers, for instance, examine the substantial solar influence on climate and weather, such as temperature variations and precipitation patterns.

The second position questions the allegedly “unprecedented” nature of modern climate phenomena such as warming, sea levels, glacier and sea ice retreat, and hurricane and drought intensities. Thirteen of the papers suggested that these events fall within the range of natural variability, while 38 found an absence of significant anthropogenic causality in rising sea levels.

The third position casts doubt upon the efficacy and reliability of computer climate models for projecting future climate states, suggesting that such predictions are “little more than speculation” given the enormous uncertainty and margins of error in a non-linear climate system with nearly infinite variables. Twenty-eight of the articles in question examined climate model unreliability, including factual errors and the influence of biases, while an additional 12 found no net global warming during the 20th/21st century.

The fourth position questioned the effectiveness of current policies aimed at curbing emissions and pushing renewable energy, finding them both ineffective and even harmful to the environment. This position also offered a more sanguine evaluation of the projected effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and a warmer climate, questioning doomsday scenarios and proposing net benefits to the biosphere such as a greener planet and enhanced crop yields. In this category, 12 of the papers documented the failures of policies targeting renewable energy and climate, 8 contended that wind power is harming the environment and biosphere, 13 argued that elevated CO2 levels make for a greener planet with higher crop yields, and 5 proposed that warming is beneficial to both humans and wildlife.”

To summarize all of them into one explanation, let's just cut to the chase:
 
IT'S THE SUN, Al

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Forgotten Gnosis, Suspended Memories


The fact that earth has visitors from other worlds has never been in doubt in my mind. Five times I have personally witnessed UFOs, twice up close. The bigger question surrounding their frequent visits here is WHY? What is their purpose for being here and making their presence so obviously known to so many for so long?

Down through time it has always been known that there are beings more advanced than the human race who have been involved with the Earth and its inhabitants. Today, we refer to these beings as aliens or extraterrestrials and call their craft UFOs. The ancient Egyptians called them the guardians, the Neteru. The writings of the most ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, those of Sumer and Babylon, called them the Annunaki. In the ancient Vedic literature of India the various gods had many names, but they always traveled the skies in their craft, which were called vimana. The ancient aborigines of Australia called them the creator gods, the Wandjina.

Early in the origin of Judaism, multiple gods were recognized as the Elohim, the plural of the word for God, El. Many times they are referred to as the sons of God. In the mystery texts of the Hebrews, the Books of Enoch, they were called the Watchers. In the Bible they are referred to as angels, archangels, and as Watchers, but regardless of which culture we look at, from the Native Americans to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, Central America, or even Africa, the concept is the same. 
 
With all this historic precedent we still live in a world where scientists, governments, and religions deny that we have company from beyond the stars with a vested interest in us. With respect to the power of control over the world and its people it is understandable that the powers that be might feel threatened. The Pope and royal monarchs have been able to write extraterrestrial influence out of our history until seriously challenged by ancient texts discovered in the 1940's in the Middle East.

The Dead Sea Scrolls of Qumran and the codices found in a cave in clay jars near Nag Hammadi represent the early teachings of perhaps the first Christians, known as gnostics. These texts tell us they were written by the disciples of Jesus after the resurrection. Jesus appeared to them and gave them instructions and directions on how to travel in the afterlife. They are considered to be the secret lost teachings of Jesus, revealing long suppressed knowledge that has suffered no intervening interference by religious or government authorities.


The gnostics believed that we each have within us a divine spark that manifested our physical body for exploration in this physical realm; that our divine spark became trapped here and the only way of escape is by attaining enlightenment through knowledge, gnosis. These earliest beliefs of Christianity were written between 250 and 400 AD before Christianity as we know it was codified. The difference is that gnosticism is the teachings of the living Jesus in his celestial flesh after his resurrection. The New Testament focuses on the words of Jesus while he was living in the flesh. As such, gnostic teachings are a real threat to Christians that follow the New Testament. This is why followers of the gnostic tradition have been attacked and obliterated by traditional and orthodox Christians.

Religious factions have fought gnostic acceptance from the beginning. The idea that the sons of God came to Earth and had sexual relations with human women, thereby creating a race of half human/half gods is too incredible for most modern Christians or Jews to even contemplate. From the Book of Genesis (6:1-4): “The Nephilim were on the Earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God mated with the daughters of men and they bore children for them: these were the heroes of old, the men of renown.” While the Book of Genesis contains references to the fallen angels as ‘Nephilim’, the Dead Sea Scrolls contain the original sources for this information.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are books written by Jewish mystics who called themselves the Essenes. The gnostics are really the children of the Essenes who themselves were inspired by the gnosis of Buddhist monks who would assemble at the great library of Alexandria. The Essenes were individuals who claimed they were living with angels and received teachings about human transformation into celestial beings. They are entirely gnostic in nature, interested in self-realization and the transformation of the body into a celestial or light body form. The Essenes believed that the original Adam and Eve had light bodies; as punishment by the Archons they were put into bodies of flesh. The Essenes have always sought to return to their perfect original light bodies.

When we read the Dead Sea Scrolls it becomes apparent that these Jewish mystics were having close encounters of the first, second, third, and fourth kind. They said they were seeing angels and flying craft in the sky, and were seeing portals opening in the sky through which the craft came and went. But they also had close encounters of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth kind. An encounter of the eighth kind is when a human is transformed into a celestial light-body being. The Essenes told of being taken (abducted) and transformed into angels, who themselves were likely ETs. The Dead Sea Scrolls may actually be the first instance of disclosure.

When John the Baptist, who was an Essene, baptized Jesus he transferred to him the Holy Spirit, which is the Christos. After his baptism Jesus was referred to as the Christos, or anointed one, because he received this light force or vibration. Christos was deemed to be a light force that is transmittable to each of us, however. 
 
The Dead Sea Scrolls reveal many parallels between the teachings of Jesus and the Essenes. The Essenes were led by a “Teacher of Righteousness” who taught by personal example and led an ascetic life that eschewed collaboration with the secular world of the Romans or their Jewish collaborators, the Pharisees. Jesus' mother, father, and aunt were likely part of the Essene community, so while Jesus may not have been an active member of the Essene community, he was deeply familiar with and was likely exposed to their teachings and extraterrestrial influence. 
 
The Dead Sea Scrolls make all sorts of references to extraterrestrials, portals and off-world cities, how ETs were actually living among the Essenes and teaching them. When you study the Dead Sea Scrolls all of a sudden Christianity begins to sound like its origins are that of an alien religion or a religion that was brought to earth and promoted by ETs. This represents a direct threat to any powers that be and explains why the knowledge from the Dead Sea Scrolls was covered up for most of four decades even following their discovery. Suggesting that the Christian religion may have had an extraterrestrial origin was very threatening to the Romans at the time they were written, just as this idea continues to be threatening to orthodox Christianity and governments today.

Gnosticism advocates that anyone can have a direct personal relationship with the risen Christ. If you can have that, why would you need a pope? A priest? Orthodox Christianity and western culture celebrates the intellect while gnostics celebrate a return to the heart. The church talks about the past Jesus. Gnosticism talks about going into the future, moving forward toward a higher expression. Today we are witnessing a renaissance of gnosticism at the same time orthodox religions are crumbling. The public is beginning to open up to the real secret teachings of Jesus and a connection to infinite awareness.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Teacher, Leave them Kids Alone


We are either growing or we are dying. In our dichotomous world things are either going up or they are going down. You might be able to stand still for a little while, but not for long. Our educational paradigm pretends to be progressing with its ever changing policies, while it appears to be at a standstill, but more accurately could be said to be dying. It is a colossal waste of money, a tragic waste of young people's minds and time, and a cruel imposition of stress and anxiety all to maintain a coercive illusory anachronism that must of necessity either evolve or be replaced.

For far less expense we could facilitate, rather than suppress, children's natural inclination for learning. No human being is born into this world without the facility to educate themselves. Young children learn despite any well-intentioned parent or teacher. We have succeeded as a species because of the curiosity, playfulness, sociability, and willfulness we are born with. Instead of getting out of their way and encouraging them, we send them to schools that deliberately shut off their learning instincts, suppressing their curiosity, playfulness, sociability, and willfulness – all at considerable expense and trouble, inefficiently and ineffectively channeling them through a puritanical system of rewards and punishment that stifles their natural curiosity with shame, hubris, and fear.

We could do this far less expensively and with a lot more joy if we could first get away from the idea that learning can be graded. Get rid of the K thru 12 concept and allow young people to pursue whatever interests them at any given time in a multiplicity of settings beyond school walls. Same thing for our higher system of sanctioned learning discrimination called college (which should more appropriately be called grades 13, 14, 15, and 16).

Outside of what is gained through sheer maturation there is not much proof that much actual learning is going on in any of those additional years of schooling. Colleges have become credentialing mills, largely admitting and matriculating already advantaged Americans. They don't ask them to do much or learn much. After four years of following the program students are given a certificate that entitles them to higher earnings and the flaunted aristocracy is preserved with their bestowed credentials.

College is a commodity for which people try to get the most they can for the least amount of money and effort. Research has shown that the average study time for college students today amounts to a mere 12 hours per week, compared to 25 hours in 1960. Furthermore, students attempt to avoid coursework that calls for original writing or considerable reading. While colleges argue that students gain critical thinking skills during their four-year stay, there is little evidence to demonstrate college graduates are any better equipped to think critically than those who did not attend. Colleges are not much more than four more years of the same rote learning practiced in high school. Critical skills come from engaging in serious, self-motivated dialogue with others that share similar interests, not from standard classroom practices.

I have known parents who have kept their children out of the reach of public educators during the formative years, allowing them to explore and play as children do naturally, making sense of their world without too much structured outside direction, finding what interests them and then being allowed the freedom to pursue their passions uninterrupted. Self-directed and self-motivated learning that is fun and personally meaningful is much more effective and impactive for the individual.

Most children channeled by the public education system don't have much exposure to potential career opportunities. All they ever see is the profession of classroom teacher. How can a kid develop a passion for being an engineer or doctor or lawyer or scientist or business executive without some sort of meaningful exposure along the way? Long before someone engages in further study beyond high school, a student should be exposed to the real world of employment for the areas he or she may have interest in some sort of apprenticeship or entry-level employment. Compare this to the way things are done now where students graduate with a degree in fields where they have absolutely no experience or exposure before attempting to find work in those fields.

With actual hands-on exposure, students can refine their academic preparation in advance to specific areas of interest, customizing their continued education to satisfy requirements for gainful employment in those areas. Too much time is spent studying topics that have no application or contribution to most career choices. Instead of taking a generalized liberal curriculum, students should be allowed to take a specialized, more direct route to acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to be proficient in any given chosen career. A shift of this sort will lead to increased self-motivation, preparedness, and job satisfaction, not to mention less employer-based training, once students conclude their studies and find a productive place of fulfillment within society.

Monday, January 8, 2018

My Love/Hate Relationship with FaceBook

Some times I love FaceBook. Some times I hate it. I love it when I can share a story and show pictures of something cool in my life. I hate it when I feel like I have to share something when I haven't done anything worth sharing. I love seeing and hearing about the important things in the lives of my FB friends, but I hate that my time is too often wasted with compulsive clutter. I love it when I can freely indulge in creative word play with a response to a post. I hate it when I am otherwise busy with my own life and yet feel compelled to take time away from living to look at what everybody else is doing. I love the attention of others, but feel like I am betraying my own humility by always making it about me, me, me.

The people that surround me are the most important part of my life. I meet a lot of interesting people I would like to keep in touch with and do things with; FB is a great tool for doing that, so I cannot abandon it for very long. Still, there are times when I avoid it completely. Then I miss it. It is said that everybody lies about how much fun they are having, about the things they are doing, about the places they've been. Not everybody certainly, but we all do exaggerate some of the time; we're human after all.

You've got all these friends and their lives seem to be so exciting and full every day. Then you look at your own... eh, and what are you? You're in your pajamas reading about everyone else's life. So you make up something and post because you feel like an insecure and inferior wannabe. You keep looking back at FB throughout the day - five, ten, twenty, a hundred times - to see if you have followers, to see who “likes” you. The more likes, the better you feel. Not what you had expected, you get depressed because you're not as cool or popular as you would like to be. So you post more!

Not everyone, but a lot of people are pumping up their lives on FB, a retreat from the real world. Who really has this morning-to-night lifestyle of coolness? Who doesn't want to lead an enviable life? Everybody wants to have that life where you get to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where money isn't an obstacle, where everybody loves you and you get a lot of attention. (Yeah, that's me!) On social media, there are no rules that say you can't be that person. So an endless loop is created out of this vulnerability in human psychology. Make a post, get a squirt of dopamine; make another post and keep the dopamine drip coming. Like me. Like my photos. Yeah, but is that all there is? For an increasing number of people the answer is becoming “yes”.

When you are spending a lot of time giving attention to and responding to the lives of others, focused on the computer screen or smart phone, you are doing so at the sacrifice of your own life. When your life falls short of those you compare it to, what is lost? Spending too much time sitting around thinking about how you would like to do what other people are doing, thinking about how you would like to be like them is psychologically unhealthy. This is the trap, especially for young children, the trap of substituting what is very often not real for experiencing a productive life yourself.

So what to do, what to do? Oy vey!!! Maybe I'll post this on FaceBook and see what everyone else thinks. Maybe my “friends” will like it. Maybe I'll get some smiley face emojis. I'm already feeling better. Think I'll go out for a nice long run first, though!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

to Eat or Not to Eat GMO


Genetic modification has been performed on many of the products or ingredients we consume on a daily basis. A GMO is any living organism whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. Foods derived from genetically engineered plants and animals, called GMO foods, may not be viable for human consumption, however. While there is no scientific consensus as to whether food from Genetically Modified Organisms is safe or not, GMO foods are demonstrating that they create substantial inflammation and may actually encourage the proliferation of viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungus. It is noteworthy that most of the research used to claim that GMOs are safe has been performed by the biotech companies responsible for creating them, but to date there have been no epidemiological studies investigating potential short- or long-term effects of GMO foods on human health.

There is growing concern among researchers that we may be wise to avoid GMO foods until further test-supported conclusions can be drawn about their safety. There are animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal, and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. In humans it has been shown that GM foods can leave material behind, the long-term effects of which are unknown. The genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria that live within us, and the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn has been found in the blood of both pregnant women and their fetuses.

The percentage of Americans experiencing three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just nine years after GM food was approved for use in 1996. Incidence of food allergies during the same period took a meteoric jump, and disorders such as autism, digestive problems, and reproductive disorders rose sharply. While there has not been enough time to research whether GM foods are or are not a contributing factor, many doctors are not waiting to advise us to wait before we eat GM foods, especially our children.

There are other reasons to steer clear of GMOs, not the least of which is the reduction in diversity of the natural gene pool in the name of producing more marketable food products. Cross-pollination of GMO's with organic plants, referred to as self-propagating GMO pollution, further damages the gene pool for the limited number of plant foods we raise for consumption. Irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies. GM foods have no special consumer benefits over organic foods, they do not increase yields, and they actually work against feeding a hungry world. Whereas sustainable non-GMO agricultural methods used in developing countries have conclusively resulted in yield increases of 79% and higher, GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all.

Interestingly, reports from around the world describe how animals, when given a choice, avoid genetically modified food. These include cows, pigs, geese, elk, deer, raccoons, mice, rats, squirrels, chicken, and buffalo. Is there something the animals have to teach us?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Techno-Rejuvenation


Life begins as a quest of the child for the man, and ends as a journey by the man to rediscover the child.” The longer I stick around the more attention I give to holding the line against the decline of aging. When I close my eyes and examine my own self image it does not equate to the chronological expectations of the culture I find myself in. I push forward each day with the passion and verve of an earlier time and increasingly find it incumbent upon myself to redefine the concept of aging in the eyes of others by my living example. From everything I encounter in my readings and investigations, there are already sufficient findings to show that we can slow down disease and aging processes to the point that baby boomers like myself can remain in good health long enough to still be around for the full blossoming of the biotechnology and nanotechnology revolutions that will enable us to extend our lives for as long as we choose.

A very good friend, only six days older than me, died last Saturday from an aggressive bout with cancer. Too many of my contemporaries seem satisfied to accept aging gracefully as part of the natural cycle of life. Not me. I can find nothing positive in surrendering my mental agility, sensory acuity, physical resilience, and sexual desire to the march of time. I see disease, decline, and debility as problems that can be overcome. The question that faces me each day is how can I live a more optimal life? How can I stretch this experience out to find fulfillment in living for longer?

Aging is not some linear inexorable progression, but consists of a group of interrelated processes which we can manage to one degree or another. If we can stick around long enough, the remarkable advances in biotech and nanotech may allow each of us to manage these variables completely to extend health and life for as long as we like. Everything I read about the scientific revolutions we are in the midst of points to being able to very soon engineer our own senescence – stopping our bodies and brains from becoming more frail and disease-prone as we age.

Sci-fi movies are fond of referring to humans as carbon-based biological units. Essentially that's a pretty good definition. We are biochemistry factories housed in a skin package. Scientists have mapped the human genome and can reprogram our biochemistry. Biotech is finding new ways to change our genes, not just to make designer babies, but to make designer baby boomers. The knowledge is already there to be able to rejuvenate all of the body's tissues and organs by transforming simple skin cells into youthful versions of every other cell type. Research is nearing the stage of verifying robust rejuvenation of animals. Once that is confirmed with exhaustive trials, humans are next.

We are learning the precise biochemical pathways that underlie disease and the aging process by which specific cellular components – RNA and the ribosomes – produce proteins according to a specific genetic blueprint. Gene expression is controlled by peptides and short RNA strands. We are beginning to reverse engineer these biochemical processes to see how it all works. Many new therapies are right now under development and testing to turn off the expression of disease-causing genes and turn on desirable genes that may otherwise not be expressed. Cutting edge somatic gene therapy will enable us to effectively change genes inside the nucleus of any cell by “infecting” it with new DNA. Gene therapy can change adult genes that slow down and even reverse aging processes. Viruses are often the vehicle of choice. There is no greater master of delivering new genetic material to cells. By switching the material a virus unloads into a cell, instead of being infected by a disease the cell experiences a rejuvenation.

Aging involves a multiplicity of changes, processes that encourage senescence, all that can be controlled by technological innovations in the near future. That is what is so encouraging. All of us suffer mutations of our DNA. Our cells discard most mutations, but those that affect orderly cellular reproduction are problematic in that they can result in cancer. If existing gene therapy can be used preemptively to remove from all our cells the genes that cancer needs to turn on in order to maintain their telomeres when they divide, tumors will wither away before they have a chance to grow.

There are also mutations in the thirteen genes of the cell's powerhouses, the mitochondria. A mechanism already exists in the cell to allow nucleus-encoded proteins to be imported by the mitochondria so that they don't need to produce their own. Most of the proteins needed by the mitochondria for healthy function are already coded by the nuclear DNA. Researchers have been very successful at transferring mitochondrial genes into the nucleus in cell cultures.

Sometimes our cells reach a point at which they are not cancerous, but it would be better for the body if they could be gotten rid of. Such worn out cells can be targeted and tagged in such a way that the body's own immune system destroys and discards them. Similarly, toxins accumulate both inside and outside cells. Through somatic gene therapy new genes can be introduced to break down these toxins. A whole spectrum of proteins have been identified that can destroy virtually any toxin, using bacteria to digest and destroy dangerous contaminants from TNT to dioxin. This same strategy has been very successfully ued in cleaning up environmental disasters.

Finally, there is the problem of cell loss and atrophy as we age. Our bodies can replace worn out cells, but this ability is limited to certain organs and is not systemic. The liver can regenerate new tissue, but the heart cannot. The primary strategy here would be to deploy therapeutic cloning of our own cells. Starting with one's own egg or sperm cells, geneticists can trigger differentiation of diverse cell types just as what naturally occurs soon after fertilization, allowing them to clone your own organs from your own tissue for replacement.

Interestingly, no more than a few hundred genes are involved in the aging process. Science is not far from making all of this something each of us has to look forward to. In addition is a hybrid scenario involving both biotech and nanotech solutions turning biological cells into interactive computers. Such cells with “enhanced intelligence” could detect and destroy pathogens and cancer cells and even initiate the regrowth of human tissue at the cellular level, all software driven by nano addendum. At MIT researchers are employing wireless communication with nano chips to send intricate sequences of instructions for implementation at the cellular level. Once we have refined our ability to program cells, we are no longer constrained by the genetic instructions we are born with. New things can be programmed for new patterns. The potential is limitless.

Sure, there is a downside – just as there was with fire, the automobile, and the cell phone. The expansion of intelligence is an unstoppable force, however - the greatest power in the universe. It will happen. The only question is, can you hang on long enough to be there and benefit from it???