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The Internet can be Beautiful May 31, 2008

Check this pic out!

FROM WIKIPEDIA:

Summary

I created this small partial map of the Internet from the 200501-15 data found here using a slightly different rendering technique than was used to generate the maps there. Each line is drawn between two nodes, representing two IP addresses. The length of the lines are indicative of the delay between those two nodes. This graph represents less than 30% of the Class C networks reachable by the data collection program in early 2005. Lines are color-coded according to their corresponding RFC 1918 allocation as follows:

  • Dark blue: net, ca, us
  • Green: com, org
  • Red: mil, gov, edu
  • Yellow: jp, cn, tw, au, de
  • Magenta: uk, it, pl, fr
  • Gold: br, kr, nl
  • White: unknown

Big BIG HUGE (probably unusable in articles) version can be found at [1].

 

Sterioevo’s self help guide to recovering value from DEFAULT IN PAYMENT May 30, 2008

Sterioevo’s self help guide to recovering value from DEFAULT IN PAYMENT

Hi and welcome to this exciting page. Below is a creative concept I am developing based on recent experiences with an unscrupulous entertainment promoter that, despite considerable efforts to extract due payment, has been unwilling to meet obligations and settle the matter suitably. I consider this project to be “open source” and encourage any interested parties to contribute.

The concept is based on the well known practice of “Work at Home & Make Money Online in 8 Simple Steps!”.

After 15 years studying and working in the social sciences, I recognise that there are 2 sides to every story, and it is crucial to give the promoter concerned a reasonable opportunity to make amends and avoid the unneccesary process outlined below, we live in hope, after all, it’s the one thing nobody has figured out how to kill yet… . We must listen first, wait to see if any guarentees or promises are acted upon within a agreed amount of time, and then, upon failure to meet these pledges and rectify any outstanding issues, let the games begin!!!

And so, without further ado, let’s get onto the good stuff.

The main idea is to create value system for oneself based on the distribution and dissemination of information pertaining to the default in payment. Sure this is “taking the piss”, no doubt, but the real genius of the idea is that you attribute a value to this “piss taking”, a value that you consider relevant to you! After all, this is a process about recovering a sense of value for your act/performance  that was delivered on your part “in good faith”.

So here is how it works. You collate all relevant communications with the said promoter and publish this correspondance on a post on your website. It is important that you remain objective and do not embellish this communication as this process is rooted in the dissemination of the truth. Be sure to update with any relevant further correspondance to ensure the post is always “on the money”.

Once you have this information in place you then research possible avenues of dissemination. We are loooking here at placing posts on the related internet sites with a link to existing correspodance as described above. There are multitudes of possibilities available on the internet (such a wonderful resource for the distribution of information). For example, social networking as we know is enormously popular, one could post to sites such as bebo, badoo, buzznet, facebook, flixster, friendster, habbo, imeem, linkedin, livejournal, mixi, myspace, netlog, orkut, plaxo, skyrock_blog, stickam, tagged, windows live spaces and xanga to name but a few of the bigger ones. Then there is the online forum communities which also offers a galaxy of potential audiences. I would like to categorise forum sites as those locally based (i.e. in my case, Australia) and those operating from foreign soil (i.e. the rest of the world). Examples of locally based forums (in Australia) could include inthemix, residentadvisor, australiens, ozdoof, teknoscape,  spraci, raveadelaide, clubsguide and oztrance to name a few notables. Examples of other globally focused forums include goatrance, psynews, isratrance, psydb, mysticalforum, psytrance, doof central, psy-forum.co.uk, psytechforum, psytrance.ru, psytunes and goatrance.de to name but a few. Obviously the idea here is to target sites relevant to the promoter concerned. Obscure sites are another interesting idea – you never know who reads things these days. The other area of potential distribution channel development is through other artists (also see paragraph on researching other artists who have been squeezed and the very exciting paragraph on the potential for a [to coin-a-phrase] ripple effect affiliate program) – persons who have themselves been subjuct to a rort are generally very happy to provide support and assistance. And let’s not forget there is also the music retail and hosting sites such as mp3.com.au, soundclick, last.fm, psyshop, chaishop, etc

Then you create a table that outlines the “reward scheme” you will be placing on the distribution of information. Below is an example of this process – remember this is all about the intrinsic value that YOU feel is equivalant to YOUR satisfaction as applied in terms of moolah, cabbage, dough, etc.

Site Dollar Value in currency of choice
Posting to a social networking site $2
Removal of a post from social networking site (by sites administrators) -$1
Posting to a local forum $1
Removal of posting from local forum (by sites administrators within 24 hours) -$0.75
Removal of posting from local forum (by sites administrators after 24 hours) -$0.50
Posting to a foreign forum $2
Removal of posting from international forum (by sites admin within 24 hours) -$1.50
Removal of posting from international forum (by sites admin after 24 hours) -$1
Distribution through other artists per link $1

Example. Using the table proposed above, an example application would be calculated as follows. Promoter owes you $500. You post to myspace, bebo and facebook for a total of $6. You then post to 2 local forums and 4 foreign forums for a total of $10. Sub total is now $16. The post is removed from facebook and an international forum in under 24 hours, as well removed from a local forum in over 24 hours. This would create a debit of -$3.25. This would leave a sub-total of $12.75. And so on and so forth.

You will need to be flexible with the reward scheme and change as required. Also it is important deal with the matter in a suitable timeframe so you can put the issue “to bed”. We all know these unfortunate scenarios can cause unwanted stress and we need to deal with the matter efficiently to reach a sense of closure.

Ripple Effect Affiliatte program. We are now seeing the enormous machine that is syndication. Considerable potential exists for the distribution of information via syndication. By connecting with persons empathetic to the cause one can effectively spread information very quickly and to a significantly larger audience. It is important to recognise these contributions by developing an appropriatte affiliate reward system. This ties in nicely with the concept of Street teams, a term used in marketing
to describe a group of people who ‘hit the streets’ (in this case, hit the boards) promoting an event
or a product (in this case, promoting the truth).

Another avenue of development exists in researching and contacting other persons who have been involved in previous events. Chances are you are not the only person to have been screwed, and these persons may be interested in pursuing their own efforts in recovering value through self help.

Upon reciept of payment, it is not only reasonable, but is also considered fair practice, to retract all postings and information.

Not paying artists is illegal. Legal principles for this concept include:

  • freedom of speech – a fundamental right that is essential for the discovery of truth
  • public figures have less privacy
  • disclosure of private facts relating to a “promoter” are newsworthy and of significant public interest

Please let myself or Steve know if you have any bright ideas, comments or suggestions… as previously mentioned, this is an open source project in order to assist YOU to get more bang for your buck!

Stay tuned, this will no doubt evolve and mutate!!!

 

Cairns Winter Solstice May 25, 2008

The Winter Solstice Celebration & Lifestyle Gathering is a 4 day/3 night outback camping adventure, that will be held from June 20 – 23, 2008 on the Tablelands, 2 hrs drive west of Cairns.

Throughout history, humans have observed this seasonal milestone and created spiritual and cultural traditions to celebrate the rebirth of sunlight after the darkest period of the year. The Winter Solstice demonstrates the enduring cycle of the heavens by an event that has been directly observable, year in and year out, century after century, for millions of years. The New Solar year begins with the turning point of the Winter Solstice, as it has down through eons-an unending cycle of dark and light, waning and waxing, ultimately representing nature’s birth, death, and rebirth. The Winter Solstice is a time to affirm our spiritual ties to nature through celebrations and traditions that are thousands of years old.

With over 80 local, National & International Producers, Dj’s & bands, performing over our 3 stages, The Winter Solstice Festival musical line-up has something for everyone & is not just about the music, we offer a huge array of different forms of entertainment.

The Festival features over 50 site artists including Roving Performances, Installation Art and Site Installations as well as our Children’s space, Dining by the River, an Indoor Cinema featuring Kiddies flicks & Mind expanding documentaries, Art & Music creation Workshops, Market stalls, Swimming Holes, Ice Art creations, The Healing Haven, Open Mic Jam session, Mask Making, Canvas creating, The WizDome, International Food Fair, Roving Markets, Bushwalking and much more.  All of this, combined with hanging out in the great Aussie bush with all your friends makes for a great weekend of fun & adventure.

The Winter Solstice Festival has something for everyone.

Remember – The Winter Solstice Festival is a sustainable event. Please take note of the practices we have in place at the Festival to minimise the impact on our environment.

LIVE
Seb Taylor (UK-Shakta/Digitalis/Hibernation)
Ace Ventura (Iboga, Israel)
The Nomad (Freshaudio, NZ)
Fyah Walk (Nnsw)
Tribalistic Society (Domo Rec – Denmark)
Zennith (Kuranda)
Tom Cosm (NZ)
Spoonbill (Omelette, Melb)
Shadow Fx (Zenon, Melb)
Mystic Beats (Nnsw)
SunControlSpecies (Iboga, Melb)
Positive Thought (UP Rec,Nnsw)
Autonomech (Zenon, Melb)
Grouch (Cosmic Conspiracy, NZ
Hefty Output (Doof Rec, Melb)
Lost Noise (Melb)
Tetrameth (Zenon, Melb)
The Blank Theory (Hunab Ku, Melb)
Merkeba (Syd)
Bent Intent (Hunab Ku, Cairns)
Akin (R.E.G.E.N, Syd)
Daheen (R.E.G.E.N, Syd)
Hedonix (Electric Power Pole, Syd)
Urban Monkeys (Open Rec, Hardplace, Bus Rec – Cairns)
Dabas (Cairns)
Insight (Open Rec, Cairns)
Anatamous Audio (Open Rec, Cairns)
Jekyll (Cairns)
One Tasty Morsel (Zenon, Cairns)
Product Placement (Cosmic Conspiracy, Cairns)
Wow & Flutter (phar psyde,tribe of frog, UK)
Rachael Shields (Lakota, Kuranda)

DJ
The Cook & the Chef (On the sauce, Melb)
Paul Abad (Open, Subterran, Bris)
Seraphim (Zenon, Bris)
Jandalz (Cosmic Conspiracy, NZ)
Huckleberry (Fyah Walk, Nnsw
Shards (Brisbane)
Ketamind (Doof Rec, Nnsw/Israel)
T.D Shagga (Somatica, Melb)
No Msg (D’Psyfa, Syd)
Scott (LAB, Melb)
Gavin Martin (Open Rec, Melb)
Josh Niyama (Bandikoot Concepts, Nnsw)
Launchpad (UP Rec, Nnsw)
Player One (Dooflex, Melb/Cairns)
Ghettafunkt (Gi’iwa, Cairns/Nnsw)
Spliffun (Nnsw)
Rudekat Soundsystem (Rudekat Rec, Bris)
Drewan (Open Rec, Cairns)
Seed (Nnsw)
Dakini (Submerge, OZ/NZ)
Solatek (Freeform Collective/Open Rec)
Psymon (Freeform Collective)
Suspekt (Open Rec, Cairns)
Ian/Woodsman (Zenon, Open rec, Cairns)
Eegor (Open Rec, Cairns/Syd)
Lysdexic (Dada Stream, Melb)
Billy Dread (Dreadagade Soundsystem)
Offer (Nnsw)
Cinii
Deejital
Stampedey/Buffalo Pilot
Kho Fx
Isaiah
Konsoto
Lazarus
Tompletoon
Soljah
Moti
Waltek
Backwards Man
Reseteser
DeanO & Venus
Mojo Rising
A Deadly Creature
Jarno
Phloem

Luna
Jarramundi
Tao
No_request
Psybaba

 

The Risen! May 22, 2008

Stumbled on this one via The Gnostic Friends Network.

The Risen!” by Ristorante Mystica

Några tänkvärda (?) saker från The Risen av Peter Whitehead:

The Greek word psychosis means the “transforming action of the soul“. UR, yes, it does. But dreams are psychotico-mimetic, they tell us… In the Greek Alchemical text entitled KOR KOSMOU: i. e. “The Universe Maiden” (lovely title!), we find; “Taking from himself sufficient pneuma, and by an intelligent mixture uniting it with fire, he brewed it up with certain unknown substances, accompanying himself with certain secret incantations he agitated the mixture, till there boiled up to the surface, a sort of matter, subtler, purer, more transparent than the ingredients of which it was made. This was made translucent and only HE saw it. God called this composition: PSYCHOSIS.” God is psychotic; is a psychosis…

Dreaming so closely resembles being under the influence of such a drug, that the body must create its OWN psychedelic drug, provoking a momentary psychosis. A rare blessing! A drug related to LSD, mescalin, psilocybin, no wonder dreams are often so fascinating! Well, we found a drug produced during REM periods of sleep, and called it HYPNOTAMINE… So why do we think we merely dream useless dreams? Only reason thinks they’re useless. We dream because a chemical called HYPNOTAMINE is released into the blood stream and the mind becomes psychotic, is trance-formed, capable of being transformed by messages, from the R-Field of re-versed time… Eating the crystal confirms that Hypnotamine provokes the psychosis we call dreaming. Ignore them! Unless you’re one of those enlightened people who knows that psychosis leads to a higher form of truth. In dreams are involutes of knowledge worth unravelling, visions of the future, and messages from other beings trying to be reincarnated through your consciousness, from other networks. From the virtual-time reality network!

…but here was another psychotic idea! Was there not a drug that might even be responsible for narrowing consciousness, responsible for the greatest crime of human history, reason? R D Laing tells us about reason: “A consciousness can exist with or without a sense of ego, an identity. We are clear that the ego is a mental construction intimately chemically conditioned. It can be dissolved in two seconds by nitrous oxide…” And we live by it, depend on it, worship it? And ignore the unconscious that took a hundred million years to create us?

 

Rogue Economics- Loretta Napoleoni on The World Today

I heard this interview on ABC’s “The World Today” on Tuesday and have been hanging out for the entire interview to be popped up…

Loretta Napoleoni talks to Eleanor Hall about global economics, the currently booming slave trade, Shari’a vs Capitalist (Rogue) socio-economics and a few other bits ‘n pieces…

The transcript:

The World Today – Tuesday, 20 May , 2008 12:42:00

Reporter: Eleanor Hall

ELEANOR HALL: Italian journalist and economist, Loretta Napoleoni, is best known for her work tracing the financial web behind global terrorism.

Her new book, “Rogue Economics” attempts an even bigger challenge – to unravel what she describes as the rogue forces driving global capitalism. Her book describes, among other things, a massive explosion in slavery since the end of the Cold War and it shows how the subprime crisis is a product of this new world economy.

Perhaps most controversially she suggests that Islamic finance is the key to challenging rogue economics.

Loretta Napoleoni is in Australia this month for the Sydney Writers Festival and she joined me in the World Today studio this morning.

Loretta Napoleoni thanks very much for joining us.

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Why thank you for inviting me.

ELEANOR HALL: Now you coined the phrase “rogue economics”, what exactly does it mean?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Well, rogue economics is purposely ambiguous because it is a sort of umbrella under which you do find the terror economy, the criminal economy, the illegal economy but also the formation of grey areas. These are areas where there is no regulation. There is no law and inside this grey areas, the globalisation outlaws as I defined this new rogue entrepreneurs that reap the benefit of the great transformation of today which is globalisation.

ELEANOR HALL: A lot of these are sort of Mafioso type figures?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Yes, but also individuals who are not necessarily breaking any law. For example the subprime mortgage crisis. It is very much the product of rogue economics. Nobody really broke any law because there were not any laws to be broken.

ELEANOR HALL: The subprime crisis then is a direct consequence of rogue economics?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Yes it is. If you look at how the crisis came about, it came about through the transformation of a growing debt into an asset and that was made possible by the usage of derivatives. Basically applying this derivatives to mortgages was possible to transform this debt into an asset and sell the debt as an asset across the world.

There was no regulation in place to prevent something like this to happen.

ELEANOR HALL: I want to mention now one of the startling links that you draw. You say that there is a link between democracy and slavery. What is this link?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Well, basically we see that as democratic countries multiply, why this process happen, slavery start rising. By the end of the 1990s we had 27 million people who were actually slaves in those countries which had undergone the process of democratisation.

ELEANOR HALL: And you are not talking about wage slavery. You are talking about slavery like the sort of slavery trade we saw a couple of centuries ago, aren’t you?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Yeah, I’m talking about real slavery people who are deprived of their freedom. People who are trading as merchandise. Now the first sign of this resurgence came actually right after the fall of the Berlin Wall when women from the former Soviet bloc were started to be traded as sex slaves and prostitutes in the west.

ELEANOR HALL: Who was doing the trading?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Well predominantly it was the Mafia. Initially, but then other organisations got involved so to a certain extent it is poor people enslaving other poor people and with the food crisis now hitting really hard, we will, for sure see another surge in the number of slaves.

ELEANOR HALL: Now Islamic finance. Interestingly you say that it is the sole global economic force that can challenge rogue economics. Why?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Because it has a built-in code of ethics which we do not have anymore in western finance and this code of ethics comes from the Sharia law. Now when we say Sharia law people tend to associate it with something negative now we’ve got to explain that the Sharia law is nothing to do with the manipulation which has been done of this law by people like Osama bin Laden and the fundamentalists of Islamic.

Sharia law code of ethics which is very similar to the code of ethics of the classic British economist Adam Smith, David Ricardo. For example, money should not produce money. Money should be invested in the real economy and through the growth of the real economy, produce money.

So that is a fundamentally important concept which we have lost to a certain extent. The subprime crisis, it is created by an instrument which is based upon lending money that creates money.

ELEANOR HALL: So instead of a clash of civilisations, we essentially have a clash between rogue economics and Sharia economics?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Yes, that is a very good point. We do have a clash between rogue economics and Sharia economics whereby Sharia economics is the only force today that will be able to control rogue economics and bringing back within the rules providing, of course, Islamic finance does not fall into the hands of radical groups as you know al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

ELEANOR HALL: Well, that is a pretty big risk isn’t it?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: I don’t think it is a very big risk. Actually I think today the risk is much, much less than it was right after 9-11.

ELEANOR HALL: Essentially, we will be seeing a massive shift in values away from the individual and of wealth, won’t we?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: I don’t think that the shift in value will be away from the individual. No, I would say that the individual, especially when we talk about Islamic finance will be more involved in the every day decision in terms of how is this money invested but there will be a new system and the west, in particular the core of the western system which is the US and the UK today, will be at the periphery of the new world.

ELEANOR HALL: Loretta Napoleoni, thanks very much for joining us.

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Thank you.

ELEANOR HALL: That is Italian journalist and economist, Loretta Napoleoni who is in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival. And if you’d like to hear a longer version of that interview, you can go to our website at abc.net.au.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW
 

Tassie Tiger DNA Plugged into a Mouse! May 20, 2008

Filed under: 23,Australia,environmental,fauna,modern history,mysteries,technology — feralbrown @ 6:54 pm
Reviving extinct DNA
In a first for science, a snippet of genetic code from long-gone species is inserted in mice and shown to work
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Mouse with tiger: Scientists in Australia and Texas have resurrected part of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine. A piece of DNA from the thylacine was inserted into mice where it drives production of a marker gene (blue). The thylacine DNA turns on the marker in cells that produce cartilage.

Tasmanian tigers are back. Sort of. A small bit of the extinct marsupial’s DNA is alive and well in the cells of some genetically engineered mice.

Scientists have produced proteins from mammoth and Neandertal genes in cells, but the new study, appearing in the May 19 PLoS ONE, is the first to examine the activity of an extinct piece of DNA in a whole animal.

Scientists from the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston extracted DNA from alcohol-preserved specimens of the Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine. The researchers then inserted into mice a piece of thylacine DNA that controls production of a collagen gene. The thylacine DNA worked, switching on a marker gene in cartilage-producing cells in a mouse embryo, essentially resurrecting a bit of the extinct animal.

But don’t expect mice to transform into the doglike marsupials, or for scientists to reanimate thylacines through cloning.

“This technology can tell us interesting things about thylacines bit by bit,” says Robin Lovell-Badge, a developmental geneticist at the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, England. “As far as bringing back thylacines, this is not going to be able to do that.”

“I love the idea,” Lovell-Badge says of somehow engineering mice into thylacines, “but no, not like this.”

As for the cloning the extinct animal, it’s not likely to happen, says Carles Lalueza-Fox, a paleogeneticist at the University of Barcelona in Spain.

“It’s impossible to clone extinct animals like some people claim they will do with frozen mammoths. That’s fantasy, not science,” Lalueza-Fox says.

But the researchers involved in the new study never intended to bring back the thylacine, just to learn something more about its biology and perhaps add to the evolutionary history books. This type of study could teach biologists how species use their genes to create the tremendous diversity in body shapes and sizes.

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Thylacines: Tasmanian tigers, also known as thylacines, were carnivorous marsupials. They were hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 1900s. The last thylacine died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo in 1936, but now scientists have resurrected a bit of the thylacine’s DNA in a mouse.Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

“We were very interested in finding out a little bit more about this iconic Australian carnivore, especially since we humans were responsible for its extinction,” says Marilyn Renfree, a reproductive and developmental biologist at the University of Melbourne and one of the authors of the new study. “This study has given us proof that one can ask these sorts of questions and get answers.”

To prove that DNA from an extinct species can still work, the team chose a regulatory element, called an enhancer, which regulates the Col2a1 gene and has been conserved throughout evolution in animals with backbones, says Andrew Pask, a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne.

Enhancers serve as landing pads for proteins that turn genes on. Only specific proteins are granted landing privileges and only at prescribed times of development in particular types of cells. The Col2a1 enhancer turns the gene on only in chondrocytes — cartilage-producing cells— in mouse embryos. The enhancer works similarly in birds and mammals, so the researchers hoped that the thylacine DNA would also produce a familiar pattern of gene activity.

That hope was fulfilled. Mouse embryos engineered with the thylacine enhancer turned on production of a marker that the researchers use to track gene activity. The enhancer worked only in chondrocytes.

The new study is the first using extinct DNA that does not encode a protein but controls how genes are turned on and off. In previous studies, mammoth and Neandertal genes were used to produce proteins in cell culture, not in living animals.

“This is the next logical step to try to bring ancient DNA into an animal or biological system,” says Stephen Schuster, a genomicist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Researchers might use the technique to find enhancers and other regulatory elements that could make a chicken look like a dinosaur or an elephant look like a mammoth, he said. But such methods, even if they could achieve such dramatic results, would not bring back dodos, dinosaurs and mammoths.

“If you had a very hairy African elephant, that would be a first step to looking like a mammoth, but of course it wouldn’t be a mammoth. It would just be a weird-looking elephant,” Schuster says.

Even though the thylacine enhancer seems to work the same way as the mouse enhancer does, that’s no guarantee that the researchers have the correct answer to how thylacine DNA functions. Mice and marsupials are so different that sometimes enhancers might misbehave when placed in a mouse, giving researchers the wrong impression about how such bits of DNA worked in extinct animals, says Lalueza-Fox.

“To use an animal model is always difficult, but to use an eutherian [placental] animal model for a marsupial is really quite risky,” he says.

Other researchers concede that genetically engineered mice might sometimes yield misleading data, but see no alternative way to study gene function from extinct species.

“The problem with extinct animals is that they’re extinct,” says Michael Hofreiter, an evolutionary biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. “Cell cultures or the mouse models are the only possibility we have of learning how non-coding DNA worked in extinct animals. The question is not whether this is the best way forward — it’s the only way forward.”

These kinds of studies are necessary to understand where and when genes are turned on and off in the bodies of extinct animals. That information may be encoded in the DNA of the animals, but predicting how variations between two species changes gene function is not well understood. Such studies could show how the thylacine got its stripes or what made mammoths so woolly.

Even armed with information about how thylacine genes worked, the technology used in the study is unlikely to bring back the Tasmanian tiger, Hofreiter says. In order to re-create the thylacine from a mouse using this technique, researchers would have to replace the mouse genome bit by bit, using about 10 million short pieces of DNA. That would take years and be would be extremely costly, not to mention that at some point, a chimeric animal (part-mouse, part-thylacine) would be unlikely to survive, he says.

Schuster favors a bigger, bolder approach to re-creating extinct animals, one that admittedly is still science fiction. He would stitch together entire chromosomes from an extinct animal and replace a host animal’s chromosomes with the synthetic creations. In that way, an elephant’s genetic material might be replaced with mammoth DNA, essentially reincarnating the Ice Age icon.

Scientists are only just beginning to learn how to create whole chromosomes.

“With DNA we’re very good at reading information, but we’re not good at writing. It’s like we’ve got a computer, but we don’t have a printer,” Schuster says.

Thylacines have no living counterpart. Their closest living relatives are Tasmanian devils, but no one has ever genetically engineered a Tasmanian devil, making it an unlikely host should the technology to clone extinct animals become available.

Re-creating extinct organisms captures the imagination, Schuster says, but it is far easier and less expensive to protect the endangered animals still living on Earth.

 

Mental Radio @ Sacred Texts

Looks like Sacred Texts are starting to get some pretty intriguing and diverse texts online with extreme speed and regularity! Have a look at this (I’ve only just started reading it and it seems reasonable and sane)

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Mental Radio

by Upton Sinclair

[1930]


Contents Start Reading Page Index Text [Zipped]

…I don’t like to believe in telepathy, because I don’t know what to make of it… and I would a whole lot rather give all my time to my muckraking…I don’t expect to sell especially large quantities of this book… In short, there isn’t a thing in the world that leads me to this act, except the conviction which has been forced upon me that telepathy is real…–p. 229

Upton Sinclair took a gamble publishing this book. A lifelong Socialist who ran for high office several times, a muckraking author who had exposed the abuses of capitalism, was dabbling with what was seen as the occult. The impetus for this was his dear wife, Mary Craig Sinclair, known as ‘Craig,’ who had been aware all her life that she could sense things that had not yet happened, or which she had no rational access to. In the late 1920s, this came to light when Craig had an odd feeling that their friend Jack London was in mental turmoil, just prior to London’s suicide. The Sinclairs started to investigate how deep this particular rabbit hole went…

The core of this book is a series of doodles which Upton and others made outside Craig’s presence, which she was able to duplicate, apparently telepathically or through clairvoyance. Sinclair claims that Craig had over a 75% success rate over 290 tests, including 25% matches, and 50% partial matches. This success rate is obviously a lot higher than probability, considering that the potential set of drawings is a lot larger than, say, a deck of cards.

Sinclair’s top reputation as a ‘speaker of truth to power’ was actually a compelling reason to take this book seriously. The response to Mental Radio was very positive, impressing academics in the field of psychology and other scientists, including Albert Einstein, who wrote the introduction to the German edition. William McDougal, Chair of the Psychology Department at Duke University, who wrote the introduction for this edition, conducted his own experiments with Craig. McDougal and J.B. Rhine later went on to found the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke, which conducted the first academic investigations of ESP. Walter Franklin Price, founder of the Boston Society for Psychical Research, asked the Sinclairs if he could analyze their research notes. In April 1932, Price published an analysis of the Sinclair experiments in the Society’s Bulletin in which he concluded that the data could not be explained by coincidence or fraud.

They’ve also just popped up the previously mentioned “Extra-Sensory Perception” by J.B. Rhine!

Extra-Sensory Perception

by J.B. Rhine

[1934]


Contents Start Reading Page Index Text [Zipped]Although this was not the first appearance of the term ‘Extrasensory Perception’ in print, this book was the first one which brought ESP to the foreground. Even in Mental Radio, which preceded this study (in 1930), there was no general agreement as to what to call the phenomena.

J. B. Rhine, the author of this study, and the organizer of the famous Duke ESP laboratory, attempted to create standardized terminology and methodologies (such as the Zener card deck) for studying these mental abilities. Rhine empiricized the study of ESP; instead of making wild speculations about ghosts, angels, spirits, or the akashic plane, he started from the point of view of a scientist. Rhine asked questions such as: How do we measure this in a controlled experiment? Can we reproduce the results? What parameters of the experiment can we alter, and what effects of this can we measure?

Rhine found that some individuals could reliably demonstrate telepathy and clairvoyance in laboratory settings. The subjects did better when alert, and therefore, not surprisingly, caffeine seemed to improve ESP. Accuracy did not seem to drop off at distance (even hundreds of miles), which probably means that it is not some kind of inverse-square-law radiation. Alas, ‘Mental Radio!’ Mental Internet is probably closer to reality…

ESP is very puzzling, and more common that might be expected. Decades later, we are still waiting for some kind of explanation of this from conventional science.