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10 Lessons Learned At The World Technology Network Summit

Curated by the chairman of the organization, James P. Clark, last year’s summit intended to bridge the gap between science and the spirit of the human experience by celebrating the notion of serendipity.

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The 2014 World Technology Network Summit was an incredible amalgamation of some of the brightest minds in the world of science and tech. Curated by the chairman of the organization, James P. Clark, last year’s summit intended to bridge the gap between science and the spirit of the human experience by celebrating the notion of serendipity. Serendipity is defined as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way,” and it was serendipity which allowed me the opportunity to attend this event.

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Guests included visionary artist Android Jones, actor LeVar Burton, author/adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, and American poet/cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow. Incredibly, Edward Snowden also made an appearance through a live telecast. To be in a room with such power and brilliance was nothing short of humbling, and the ten key lessons I learned have forever changed my outlook on the prospects of our future.

1. “A naive dream is extremely powerful.” – Yossi Ghinberg

Yossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli adventurer, author, and speaker living in Australia, most known for having been lost alone in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon for three weeks and living to tell the tale. After enduring a harrowing experience filled with tragedy, the triumph of the human spirit allowed him to survive, and eventually thrive, in the years that followed. All odds worked against his favor, yet spirit endured and Yossi was able to manifest many miracles in his life. These miracles were realized through the power of “a naive dream.” The naive dreamer believes that the only option is for the dream to be fulfilled. There is no choice but the commitment to what you’re commanding in your life. “Impossible” only means I-M-Possible, and “No” only means “Next Option.”

2. “All innovation is conflict resolution.”

Through my own findings and understanding the universe is an ever expanding permanent impermanence which will always require a fusion of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. Conflict, while troublesome, is only a test needing to be solved through inspiration and innovation. Human beings have the power to problem solve any task, no matter how daunting.

3. “Art is the barometer for culture of the time.” – Android Jones

As humanity evolves, art serves as the “screenshot” of the cultural “operating system” of the time. Art is a form of technology which helps to program the collective consciousness, to inspire vision through imagination. While the arts and the sciences are two different spectrums of innovation, both coexist on the same plane of consciousness, helping to form our reality for the present and for the future. Technological advancement can’t survive without the presence of artistic minds. Creativity is extremely important, now more than ever.

4. “No challenge we have that creativity can’t overcome.” – Android Jones

As stated in points 2 and 3, innovation and creativity go hand in hand in the journey forward towards conflict resolution. As long as we can focus on creation as a primary objective as opposed to merely just consumerism, we can overcome any obstacle the current paradigm presents to us.

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5. “Have an objective to be a good ancestor.” – John Perry Barlow 

Society creates pressure for us to be concerned with the here and now, with the future being collateral damage against our present happiness and satisfaction. Practicing mindfulness, and thinking about the impact of what your work will leave behind, is a key which will unlock the door to a better future for generations to come. Our time on this planet is precious, and how we use that time should be in dedication to creating something of everlasting value. When making all of your decisions, think about the impact you will create for your legacy; make a primary objective to not only be a conscious creator for the present, but also an important ancestor for the future.

6. “Wealth should not determine your educational options.” – Sarah McCue 

The juxtaposition between conscious evolution and cultural degradation is a rather incongruous disparity. While we are living in the age of information, we are also living in an age of extreme polarity of wealth and poverty. Education is a privilege, but it’s also our right – a right which shouldn’t leave you thousands of dollars in debt, struggling to find a job that affords you to thrive rather than merely survive. Personal wealth should not determine your educational options, and education should not just be limited to obtaining a certificate from an institution. There are passionate people working hard to make the right to education obtainable for all walks of life. Dig deeper, don’t be discouraged, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box in terms of education. Trust that once you make a decision, the universe will conspire to provide you the best option necessary.

7. “We can only move forward if we can think/discuss freely.” – Edward Snowden 

The founding fathers of our country knew the importance of freedom, hence The Constitution was created to ensure that we could carry that right throughout our journey forward in cultivating a life of liberty through the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of speech is our birthright, not just a right that was forged in the fire of the creation of the United States. With the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance, and other government programs, this right has been compromised and enveloped in the fear of “Big Brother” watching our every move. We must fight this fear with love, and we must be innovative in its resolution by finding unity throughout our global community. We can do this by empowering discussion rather than fearing the “elephant in the room.” Chinese wisdom teaches, “the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire,” so let adversity be the fuel that ignites change, allowing us to find the strength necessary to solidify our freedom instead of letting it continue to dissolve in ignorance.

8. “The greatest tragedy is revelation met with apathy.” – Edward Snowden 

Gandhi had a famous quote which stated, “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win.” When a revelation occurs, those who experience the revelation first hand wish to spread the gospel, a word which actually translates to “good news.” Unfortunately, not all ears are receptive to good news, as those who are closed minded may not believe in a gospel which doesn’t correspond to the reality they have created for themselves. While it is impossible to create someone else’s reality, it is not impossible to fight the good fight. Spread awareness through creativity and hold tightly to what you believe in, regardless of the preconceived notions of others. There was a time when it was believed by all that the world was flat, yet with time/research/perseverance that perception changed and reality took a new shape. The shape of things to come will only form into the paradigm we wish to create through perseverance, so don’t allow apathy to become a tragedy that discourages your passion.

9. “It is important to always ask yourself two key questions. What do I believe is right? What do I think is necessary?” – Jim Clark 

Approaching the decisions you make using the Socratic method – the practice of stimulating critical thinking to illuminate ideas – is a tool which can help chisel a solid foundation upon which you can build the structure of your reality. Believing in what is right, in conjunction with what is necessary, allows decisions to be heart centered as opposed to primarily based in the mind (aka: ego). Ask yourself these two questions as you approach each decision, and let your heart be your guide.

10. “Believe in the power of serendipity.” – Jim Clark 

evolvegif-jensodiniAs I began the article, and stated the power of serendipitous moments being an integral part of my path, so I end the article emphasizing the same statement. The universe is a paradox of tangible and intangible information, experience, and knowledge. Synthesizing the tangible with the intangible empowers your path as the actualized human being. Contrast is important to reach enlightenment, and science and spirit (intellect/intuition), while contrasting views, will always coexist. Through the acceptance of knowing you may never know it all, you will achieve your own personal “gnosis.” Express gratitude for the relationships that are formed from the invisible world of spirit, and allow these relationships to continue to illuminate your path through the inspiration, experience, and love they facilitate. The powers of love and gratitude, spirit and science, art and technology, imagination and innovation, triumph through tragedy, and creativity through conflict are the colors that make up the kaleidoscope of the human experience, and all contain a value that is immeasurable by monetary standards. Our lives are precious, and we ALL have important missions to fulfill. We are all in this together, and together we can achieve any goal we envision for our future. Start locally, think globally, act from your heart, and appreciate every and all synchronicity that occurs.

So, as it was serendipity that brought this experience and these lessons into my life, I encourage you to allow the lessons to bring serendipity to your experience as well. No matter what your dream may be, if you can find your own personal way of integrating these 10 lessons into the destiny you dare to fulfill, I believe with all of my heart and soul that you can find the power to achieve and actualize any goal your heart desires. For this dream, and what dreams may come, remember – “there is no challenge you have that creativity can’t overcome.”

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If You Could Power Your Entire Home With 60 Minutes Of Cycling, Would You Do It?

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    Mechanical energy, converted into kinetic energy can provide the energy that we use on a regular basis to power our homes and electronic devices.

  • Reflect On:

    Rather than focusing on the current problems in our world it is great to change gears and have a look at all of the solutions that are popping up all over the world.

Imagine if your morning workout could power your home for the entire day, all the way until your next morning workout. Well, you may not have to imagine, as this technology exists now. Manoj Bhargava has invented a new exercise bike that can power some homes for 24 hours after use for only sixty minutes per day.

This invention was a part of a new initiative to bring electricity to places that undergo frequent power outages or may only have access to power for a few hours during the day. In our modern age, going without electricity can really separate a person from the rest of the world. Bhargava’s mission is to bridge the gap for those who suffer from poverty and make it easier for them to access the same information as the rest of the world, potentially giving them more opportunities in life.

The Free Electric

The above heading is also the name of this awesome and innovative bike serving as a solution to a pretty significant issue in the underdeveloped nations of the world.

According to Bhargava, the Free Electric is meant to lead to “better health, more leisure time, better access to education and opportunities for entrepreneurship.” He also feels that it could, “literally change the world.”

Power to change the world? Bold statement, but if this is able to be implemented worldwide, I would absolutely have to agree with him. This technology not only has the capacity to assist those in poverty, but can also be used by the rest of the world as well as more and more people around the world who are aiming to reduce their usee of fossil fuels. I have a feeling that Millennials (such as myself) and younger generations would be all over this if its made available! Not only is it a great way to get your cardio in, but it provides FREE electricity that produces no other pollution.

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As mentioned in the video, it is also a great solution in the face of natural, or even man made disasters because this type of electricity would not rely on that generated and sold by power companies. Perhaps even one day a way to stock up and store this energy will be possible — then, the opportunities here will be much more plentiful and could be a huge factor in reducing the amount of pollution our current methods of energy production are creating.

The Future Is Friendly

As much as there is sometimes destruction all around us, there is also innovation and ingenuity. Human beings have tremendous potential. Even though there are many problems that we as a society are facing, solutions are popping up and fast, and in most cases they already exist. Finding solutions doesn’t seem to be the problem, so ask yourself, what is?  It’s so great to see ideas such as these being conceptualized and then created and put into use so efficiently, it shows how our species is capable of stopping and potentially reversing some of the destruction that we have caused over the years.

This is absolutely a double win! We are constantly bombarded with news stories and articles that are telling us to be more active, stop sitting so much, and now with the Free Electric, we will have to be active before we can relax and enjoy the use of our precious technology.

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Physicists ‘Grow’ A Man Made Diamond From Nuclear Waste That’s Able To Generate Electricity

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    Scientists have developed a technology that can convert leftover radioactive materials into diamond batteries to power a wide range of electronics.

  • Reflect On:

    Could this be the solution to use op all the radioactive materials on the planet and shut down nuclear power plants worldwide?

Currently there is more than 2 billion tons of nuclear waste across the globe. This nuclear waste is a hazardous threat to the environment if not disposed of correctly. Scientists have recently begun attempting to transform nuclear waste into batteries that could last for thousands of years. If they are successful with this conversion project it would be a double win, less nuclear waste contaminating our environment, and a way to reuse energy that was generated to give power to whatever requires it.

Diamond batteries that use the energy from leftover radioactive materials have been developed and tested by researchers at the University of Bristol. They are now hoping to be able to recycle the waste leftover from decommissioned nuclear power plants in the UK. According to the University, “New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery….A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.” (source)

How Does This Work?

According to The Independent,

Carbon-14 isotopes extracted from graphite blocks produced by the plant are infused with wafer-thin diamonds to create the batteries, which researchers say are capable of providing power on a “near-infinite basis”.

Potential applications range from powering hearing aids and pacemakers, to extending the range of spacecraft to distances much further than are currently possible.

“Eventually, a highly powerful version of a diamond battery could power a mobile phone,” James Barker, from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering, told The Independent.

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“Primarily though, they are best for devices requiring long lifetime, low power and where it is difficult to replace energy sources.”

In order to make these diamond batteries safe for medical and consumer use they are encased in a non-radioactive diamond layer, which will absorb any radiation given off by the C14 source.

According to the University,

Unlike the majority of electricity-generation technologies, which use energy to move a magnet through a coil of wire to generate a current, the man-made diamond is able to produce a charge simply by being placed in close proximity to a radioactive source.

Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, said: “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation.  By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.”

Could This Be The Solution We’ve Been Searching For?

“The ultimate aim is to have a factory based at one of the former power stations in the South West that takes Carbon-14 isotopes directly from the graphite blocks for use in diamond batteries. This would significantly reduce the radioactivity of the remaining material, making it easier and safer to manage,” said Professor Tom Scott, director of the South West Nuclear Hub.

“With the majority of the UK’s nuclear power plants set to go offline in the next 10-15 years this presents a huge opportunity to recycle a large amount of material to generate power for so many great uses.”

Time will tell how effective this method that scientists have come up with will be able to be implemented worldwide, but if it is, just imagine the implications of what this technology could represent.

Is It Time To Move Away From Nuclear Energy?

You’d think since the Fukushima disaster there would be a worldwide agreement for countries to stop generating power from nuclear reactors and to safely shut down these plants. Nuclear disasters have devastating effects on our planet and all of it’s inhabitants, recovery from such accidents can take tens of thousands of years to lose their hazardous radioactivity. Take the Chernobyl disaster that occurred in 1986 and is now contained under a metal shell, this site will likely remain radioactive for up to 20,000 years.

Instead of waiting for these disasters to occur, shouldn’t we be safely dismantling these sites before any more devastating disasters occur? Thankfully many countries are vowing to shut down their nuclear power plants and we can only hope that the rest of the world will follow suit.

The Future Is Here

There are so many amazing technologies that have the capacity to revolutionize the way we use energy on this planet. Of course many of those are hidden from us, especially if they cannot be in some way profited from, and unfortunately as it seems, if they don’t exploit the environment and our resources in some way.

As innovative ideas abound and technology continues to rapidly develop, we have to assume that safer and more innovative means of producing electricity will be uncovered. Hopefully these technologies will also have the capacity to undo some of the damage that we have done to our planet.

At the end of the day, using nuclear energy is not needed anymore, and in reality nuclear waste should not even exist at this point in our development as a collective.

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Galaxies Millions of Light Years Apart Seem To Be Connected By Invisible “Large Scale Structures”

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  • The Facts:

    A study published in The Astrophysical Journal in October found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away. This suggests that an invisible force somehow connects them.

  • Reflect On:

    How much of what we know, and what we think we know, is false? Are our minds open to accepting new concepts of reality that don't fit within the framework of accepted knowledge?

“We are all connected” — a statement that may evoke an eye-roll from someone you express this to. This is common when it comes to such topics, or any topic that dives into the ‘spooky’ world of quantum physics, which seems to be directly intertwined with philosophy and metaphysics in various ways. These subjects are going to really conflict with the belief systems of many, and that’s ok.

“There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” This statement was made by Lord Kelvin — a famous Scottish mathematician and physicist who contributed to many branches of physics — in 1900, and shattered only five years later when Einstein published his paper on special relativity. The new theories proposed by Einstein challenged the current framework of understanding, forcing the scientific community to open up to an alternative view of the true nature of our reality. This serves as a great example of how things that are originally taken as truth can suddenly turn out to be fiction.

This type of thing is happening quite often today, and with most of us trying to put food on the table and pay our bills, we don’t really have time to keep up with all that’s being discovered.

When it comes to the connection between all living systems, there are a number of examples one could use from many different fields of study. We see connection in all different forms, including all the way down to smallest bits of matter, the physical ‘stuff’ that our world is made up of. In quantum entanglement, for example, particles remain connected so that if you separate them, regardless of distance, whatever actions are performed on one of them affect the other. This has been seen with photons, for example.

This strange connection is not only seen at the smallest levels of the physical world, but also in large scale. This has been demonstrated by a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal  last October, which found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away.

This is a new discovery and a new phenomenon that came from studying 445 galaxies within 400 million light years of our planet. The observed coherence is quite astonishing, and the authors hypothesize that it must have something to do with “large scale structures” that are perhaps connecting them, causing them to move so precisely in sync as they do, especially given the fact that the galaxies observed are separated by approximately 20 million light years. Somehow they “directly interact with each other,” said Joon Hyeop Lee, an astronomer at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute.

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The paper suggests that the synchronized galaxies are somehow embedded along the same ‘large scale structure,’ which is slowly rotating in a counter-clockwise direction and could be an explanation for the coherence seen between the rotation of these galaxies and their neighbours.

Obviously, a lot is still unknown.

“The dynamical coherence even out to millions of light-years was unexpected and surprising to us, because such distances are obviously too far for neighbor galaxies to directly interact with each other” says Joon Hyeop Lee, first author of the study, from KASI at Daejeon, Korea “Nevertheless, since the observational evidence supports the interaction origin of the dynamical coherence, we could not but think of the possibility that it is the vestige of past interactions.” (source)

These large structures are, as of now, invisible. Astronomers can’t identify what they are, but the discovery hints to the idea that the structures are made predominately of dark matter that links these galaxies in some sort of cosmic web, as galaxies and space in general seem to be dominated by dark matter.

This is where the world of non-material science comes in, as we start to bridge the gap that seems to separate science and metaphysics.

More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery. But it is an important mystery. It turns out that roughly 68% of the universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the universe. Come to think of it, maybe it shouldn’t be called “normal” matter at all, since it is such a small fraction of the universe.

Non-material, invisible substances dominate our world — they are not perceivable to the senses, but they can be detected.

If you’ve looked into dark matter, you may also know that what scientists refer to as the quantum vacuum is often mistaken for dark matter or ‘dark energy,’ but we don’t hear about this in mainstream channels.

Space is actually not empty and it’s full of energy… The energy in space is not trivial, there’s a lot of it and we can actually calculate how much energy there is in that space and that reality might actually come out of it. Everything we see is actually emerging from this space. – Nasim Haramein

This idea was illustrated decades ago with the “Casimir Effect,” which demonstrates what’s called zero-point energy. Today, we are beginning to see that these concepts are not just theoretical, but instead are very practical. (source)(source) This is why it’s interesting to point out how multiple scientists, over the past little while, have been expressing the idea that what we call “Dark Matter” might actually be mistaken for this ‘zero-point energy.’

Take, for example, this Defense Intelligence Agency unclassified document entitled “Warp Drive, Dark Energy & The Manipulation of Extra-Dimensions,” written and prepared for the agency by senior research physicist Richard K. Obousky, Ph.D. and Eric W. Davis, Ph.D.

When it comes to dark energy, here’s what the paper states:

This is what now is being accepted as the ‘substance’ of space. Space is not empty–if you look at an atom, it’s mostly made up of ’empty space,’ but the space is not actually empty, it’s full of energy.

Nikola Tesla was well aware of this substance/force at the turn of the 20th Century:

All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha, or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.” – Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907

The late Parahamsa Tewari recently had a paper published in Physics Essays. The paper is titled “Structural Relation Between The Vacuum Space and The Electron.” You can access the full study here. Tewari also points out that dark matter has been mistaken for the ether.

Ether has got to be, once again, established, then there will be the meaningful understanding of physics, meaningful understanding of metaphysics, and meaningful understanding of spiritual processes.” – Tewari (source)

I believe that there is something non-physical connecting these galaxies, connecting space and connecting time in ways that we are just beginning to understand, and I believe that what’s beyond this non-physical ‘substance’ is consciousness.

The Takeaway

Science still has a long way to go with regards to making discoveries about our universe, as there are many more questions than answers, but something seems to be a common theme, and that’s the fact that invisible forces like dark matter, dark energy, and the zero-point energy field are key components with regards to the structure and nature of reality.

What’s even more fascinating? The fact that consciousness itself may play an integral role in shaping how our physical world behaves. You cannot go into quantum physics without diving into consciousness. Max Planck, the theoretical physicist credited with originating quantum theory — a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 — offers perhaps the best explanation for why understanding consciousness is so essential: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”(source)

Perhaps the universe itself is conscious?

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