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The physics of vibration and sound - the latest from CERN

An intriguing announcement from the folks at CERN (read here). At one level this is a coincidence. Why should the cosmos sound like European classical music, especially Beethoven? Pattern recognition run amok? But then it does point to a truth I reference in ‘Paradise’. The main...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheScience #CERN, #Spanda

http://novelactivist.com/14641/the-physics-of-vibration-and-sound-the-latest-from-cern/
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Paradise children: the photography of Alain Laboile

The children of Eden grow up in a pre-fall Paradise, wild like many tribal children. There is a science behind this – developmental psychology. Many modern Western children grow up with tightly controlled, highly managed lifestyles. There is a growing body of evidence to show that the lack...

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#Blog

http://novelactivist.com/14617/paradise-children-the-photography-of-alain-laboile/
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Super intelligent humans are coming

This is an excellent overview – super intelligent humans are coming –  of the issue of genetically enhanced intelligence. Sci-fi suffers from a deep prejudice about intelligence. The super intelligent are either mad scientists or emotionless Spocks. Whilst it is true that some with ...

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#Features, #ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture, #ThePolitics, #TheScience

http://novelactivist.com/14608/a-super-intelligent-future/
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Dark Money

This is a complex topic. I only touch on it in ‘Paradise’, simply because such complexity would distract from the narrative. It is also a subject easily confused by conspiracy theories. The book Dark Money by journalist Jane Mayer is an accurate and thorough examination of how the ...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #ThePolitics

http://novelactivist.com/14605/dark-money/
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Women of the Nyingma tradition

The Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism believes that women can become fully realised masters. This image was posted on International Women’s Day to celebrate some of the female Nyingma teachers, often called dakini or khandroma.



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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture, #TheMythology

http://novelactivist.com/14599/women-of-the-nyingma-tradition/
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The Hindu influence in Asia (part 2)

Conservative Hindus, Muslims and Christians have always been embarrassed by nudity and they have attempted to rewrite history. This is especially true in modern India where the conservative Hindu is more prudish than a Victorian gentleman. Modern Indian historical dramas dress the actors in a...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture #Eroticism, #Hinduism, #IndianArt

http://novelactivist.com/14585/the-hindu-influence-in-asia-part-2/
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Traditional Cultures (part 2)

What is the point of clothes? The anthropological evidence is clear. It is primarily for decoration. Various cultures adopt costume as a way to distinguish themselves. Modesty is a secondary issue. It is not universal. Yes, clothing may be used to protect the naked body from harsh environments,...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture #TribalCultures

http://novelactivist.com/14577/traditional-cultures-part-2/
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The Hindu influence in Asia (part 1)

In ‘Paradise’ I mention early on that the new colony adopts the dress of the pre-Islamic empires of India and SE Asia, principally the sarong for both males and females. Most people do not know that during this era it was normal for women to go topless. The evidence is clear from the...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture

http://novelactivist.com/14564/the-hindu-influence-in-asia-part-1/
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Traditional cultures (part 1)

One of the key themes of ‘Paradise’ is the notion of civilisation. Under the Christian myth of the Fall, indigenous nudity is equated with being primitive and ‘savage’. The planet Eden is tropical and the colonisers decide to ignore this notion, arguing that nudity is...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture #TribalNudity

http://novelactivist.com/14543/traditional-cultures/
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Bhutanese monasteries

Since the decimation of Tibet, Bhutan remains one of the last places where Vajrayana Buddhism is practiced in its original form. The small kingdom is determined to preserve its heritage. Part of the story of ‘Paradise’ takes place in Bhutan, where the main protagonist converts a...

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#ParadiseReclaimed, #TheCulture #Bhutan, #Buddhism, #Vajrayana

http://novelactivist.com/14537/bhutanese-monasteries/
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