Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Forty days.

So coming home from the grocery store tonight, driving passed a cafe, I saw a sign that said something about Lent menus which got me thinking about the prevalence of 40 days in the bible. I once heard or read that 40 days has something to do with a cleansing period for the ancient Hebrew people. I have no idea now if that's actually true.

I once read a book that said a lot of the early biblical stories, Genesis and Exodus especially, can be directly correlated to ancient Egyptian mythology, just with the names of the Egyptian gods changed into the various characters in the story. And I know there was a brief time in ancient Egypt that was monotheistic, which maybe close to the time believed to be when the Hebrew people were in Egypt.

Then after putting my groceries away and getting something to eat I sat down to watch some TV. Now I prefer educational documentaries more the most part and was watching a show about the different technologies ancient cultures invented. And within the show, while talking about the process of making mummies, they said the mummies were laid out to dry with natron for forty days.

Now I'm not one for coincidences. I don't know at what time in ancient Egypt exactly mummy making was done by this process, versus when exactly the Hebrew people would have been in Egypt, if in fact they ever were, versus when Egypt experimented with monotheism. I don't know enough about Egyptian mythology to be able to speak towards any similarities with biblical stories. But to me there is definitely something going on here.

Here is one thing I do know. The first five books of the bible are traditionally believed to have been written by Moses. In Exodus it tells us that Moses was raised within the Egyptian court. He would have known Egyptian mythology better than Hebrew mythology. Now if he just happens to be trying to leave Egypt about the same time that the Egyptians monotheistic experiment is coming to an end, then it only makes sense that Moses would have wrote the stories he was more familiar with adapted for a new audience.

This may even be supported in some fashion by the biblical stories. After they fled Egypt the Hebrews got in trouble several times with their god because quite frankly they seemed to start worshipping any gods they came across. It seems to me that Moses could have easily convinced them to stick with his version of stories even if that wasn't particularly what they had believed beforehand. At this period they don't appear to be a very devoted people.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Do you see true reality?

Quantum mechanics has this funky experiment involving to slits and photons. Google "2 slits experiment" and I'm sure you can find all sorts of information on it. I'm not going to type up a discription of the experiment. For the purposes of this post all that really matters is that in the experiment the act of adding sensors, observers, to the experiment changes the results.

The act of observing the world around us changes the way it behaves, at least on the quantum level.

I was going to say more about this, but right now the words have left me. I'll just have to come back another time to finish this.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Upcoming ideas

Well I've had 2 or 3 post ideas that I have been working on over the past week but can't seem to get myself to sit here and write any of them. For the most part what I want to write about is going back over and expanding on things from older posts. So today I basically reread my entire blog. Firstly to find the previous posts so I can point back to them and you can read what I said before that I would be expanding on now. And secondly to remind myself what exactly it was that I said before.

And what I was was way more typos then I thought I'd let slip by. No so much spelling errors since there is a spellchecker to use in this blog editor. But mistyped or missing words. Stuff that is properly spelled words but the not the word I meant to use, or words that I just forgot to type for whatever reason. One reason for missing words is that I just can't type as fast as I can think so sometimes I get ahead of myself. As for using the wrong words all I can say is when, if, I proofread a post my brain must automatically correct such words to what I meant without telling me as I'm reading it. Hopefully my readers can makes sense of what I was saying to.

So upcoming projects for me:

Proof reading my entire blog and fixing all the mistakes. Not sure when I'll get around to that, but it will be more of an on going project than something I will just bang out in a weekend or something.

I have a post idea about reality vs perception. Here I will quote a text message I sent a friend when I first started thinking about this post. "If something exists while not being perceived, what might exist that we fail to perceive? And what is the nature of perception? Of existing?"

My other post idea was about nothing, and what I can build from my undoubted foundation of "Nothing exists." To make that foundation easier to understand for people and less confusing, though I like it being potentially confusing simply because I think it's fun that way, I might start saying the foundation is "Nothingness exists."

If I had another posting idea it has now fled my mind so it will just have to wait. Anyway that's what I hope to work on in the near future.

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