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This Is The Best US Road Trip – According To Science

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Does your heart beat just a little bit faster when you hear the words “road trip?” Is there nothing you love more than hopping in a vehicle and hitting the open road? Then you undoubtedly heard the news: Science has managed to calculate the ultimate United States road trip.

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In one giant, squiggling loop across America, you’ll be stopping at landmarks and historic sites in the lower 48 states. Tack on a stop in Washington, D.C. and an extra stop in California, and you’ve got an even 50 stops on a road trip that apparently ensures you get the most out of your mileage.

Yet this idea wasn’t without controversy – namely, if the “ultimate” road trip can really be calculated. When you start to take into account factors like personal preference for sightseeing, the belief that road trip stops ought to be random and spontaneous, and the notion that one route doesn’t fit all, then even data might be incorrect. Can you really use an algorithm to design the perfect road trip – and what constitutes “perfect” in a road trip, anyway? Let’s find out what both data and potential drivers have to say.

How It Was Calculated & Where You’ll Go

On a snowy weekend in February 2015, “data tinkerer” Dr. Randy Olson decided to undertake a fun little project: calculate a data algorithm that could quickly solve the puzzles in the Where’s Waldo books. By using an optimal search strategy, Olson managed to determine the fastest way to find the bespectacled cartoon, by taking the best solution and comparing it to all the other possible solutions. After Olson was asked by Discovery News to come up with the best road trip across every state in the U.S., it was a simple matter of applying the same algorithm to determine the fastest and most efficient way to see America. Armed with a list of 50 major U.S. landmarks (the process of choosing these was detailed on the Discovery News website), it was time to create the most epic road trip that data could produce.

“Olson set out to find the quickest driving route that would stop at a national natural landmark, national historic site, national park or national monument in all of the lower 48 states,” reports the Washington Post, adding that he made it an even 50 stops by including Washington and a second California stop. “Calculating the fastest way to drive between all 50 landmarks – 2,500 individual routes – could theoretically take forever by hand, but Olson used the same algorithm he used to find a search pattern for Where’s Waldo.” So instead of looking for a man in a striped shirt, you’re looking for national landmarks and monuments in every state – and you’re doing it by car.

Where does the data take you? “The result was an epic itinerary with a mix of inner city exploration, must-see historical sites, and beautiful natural landscapes,” says Olson on his blog. “All that was left was to figure out the path that would minimize our time spent driving and maximize our time spent enjoying the landmarks.” Once the ultimate path was determined, the curvy loop is shown to hit landmarks like The Alamo in Texas, the White House in Washington, D.C., the Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania, and the Fox Theater in Michigan, among many other stops. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and pillows, though – as noted in the blog post, it’s not exactly a quick jaunt:

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Assuming no traffic, this road trip will take about 224 hours (9.33 days) of driving in total, so it’s truly an epic undertaking that will take at least 2-3 months to complete. The best part is that this road trip is designed so that you can start anywhere on the route as long as you follow it from then on. You’ll hit every major area in the U.S. on this trip, and as an added bonus, you won’t spend too long driving through the endless corn fields of Nebraska.

Olson’s blog post includes Google Maps links for the route in the event that you’ve got a few months free and want to try tackling it yourself. (But make sure your car is properly maintained first!) He also notes that the majority of the 50 stops are outdoors, and so he also calculated a bonus road trip that stops in TripAdvisor’s Best Cities to Visit across the United States. This one’s a bit shorter, he notes, but intrepid road-trippers can make up the extra time by stopping at multiple TripAdvisor-recommended cities in California and Texas. A truly epic undertaking, indeed.

Data Disagreements & DIY

So is a computer better than a human when it comes to planning out a road trip? This is where it gets a bit contentious. According to the comments on the original blog post, there are a number of oversights and errors when the data chose “optimal” spots to stop across the United States. Aside from loyal denizens of specific states arguing over what they would consider their best landmark, there’s also some debate over the fact that the data doesn’t appear to take tourist safety into account. (The blog post’s comments points out that the Washington state stop was once an atomic bomb processing site, and currently a potential toxic waste dump. Whoops.)

That’s why a lot of people are negating the idea of taking a road trip designed by data. Although a computer algorithm can create something specifically to a built-in set of parameters, it can also miss out on small nuances and tiny things that make a trip personal. If you’re planning a road trip yourself, why not get out the maps and plot your destinations based on landmarks that you’d like to see, and roads that you’d prefer to drive? It’s also easier to take into account things like additional passengers – children wouldn’t fare too well on a two-month road trip – and budget. (Also, it’s good to consider that Olson may have designed the road trip for fun, not entirely intending it for serious use.)

Would You Take A Data Designated Road Trip, Or Pick Your Own?

If you’re looking to undertake a road trip that could make you the darling of the travel blog circuit, the massive 50-state trip could be your ticket to viral. Just think about the social media opportunities for Instagram photos and Facebook updates! However, it’s worth keeping in mind that if you’re either new to road trips or have a very particular set of preferences when you’re driving across America, the data-calculated “ultimate road trip” might not be for you. Whether you prefer someone else to pick your journey or you’d rather jump in the car and choose your trip yourself, it’s always better to be happy where you’re going.

Would you attempt the ultimate road trip? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.

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The Flying Humanoid Phenomena Of Mexico

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There have been multiple reports over the years of bizzare activity in the skies of Mexico. People have claimed to be seeing flying humanoids in the sky. Though not fully verified as to what onlookers have seen, it is clear what they believe.

  • Reflect On:

    Experiences & stories such as this bring us to the question most of us have heard before, 'Are we alone?' What is the true nature of our reality? More importantly, what could this mean for us as a collective, as humanity?

Throughout time in mainstream media and the entertainment industry we have been programmed to see beings outside of human as dangerous, and for the most part there is a good chunk of fear-based propaganda to remind us of the potential danger if we were to encounter a visit.

Though new films and shows have been coming forth with a different perspective & narrative and new space forces are being declared, it is interesting to question the why. Stories of otherworldly visitors have been spread for centuries, and it is time we closely examine them with an open mind.

In this specific instance, an officer driving his patrol car in Mexico has seen a dark shape that he verified was, in fact, a “flying humanoid entity” which he described looked like a floating old woman, dressed in all black with dark skin and eyes that were “just black sockets, without eyelids.”

This startling apparition then apparently flew over to hover right in front of the vehicle and the stunned occupant within. He could see it better at this time, and noted that it was a hideous old woman that “resembled a witch.” Apparently annoyed by the car’s high beams, the witch then reportedly covered her face with some sort of cloak and then flew right into the vehicle’s windshield, causing the dumbfounded officer to go speeding back in reverse. He would explain the terrifying events like this:

As soon as I realized it was a kind of woman being, or a witch, very strange standing there trying to cover her face, she threw herself against my car very fast, falling on the car and hitting the windshield. She was flying very fast and it took only a second to hit the windshield glass. I was so shocked by this action that I put the car in reverse and pushed the accelerator trying to get away while requesting backup assistance by radio.

It was a woman with big black eyes, everything was black, no eyelids. Her skin was dark brown and her expression was horrible. She was furiously trying to get me with her claws while I was running away in reverse calling desperately for backup assistance to any units around.

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There Is More Than One Type Of Intelligence

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  • The Facts:

    The current model of schooling puts emphasis on one particular type of education, which only covers a small percentage of the population of children. It also educates children in batches, assuming they are all ready for the same thing.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it time to reevaluate this method of schooling to be more inclusive to children with all types of other intellect and creative ability? Is our education system even bringing out the full potential in our children?

What was your experience in school like? Did you hate it or love it? Were you an all ‘A’ student and found it to be a breeze or did you struggle with understanding some of the subjects you were being taught?

The fact of the matter is, our modern education system is not catering to students as individuals, but lumping them all into the same category and expecting them to succeed, even at things they are not particularly good at or even interested in, while those who got the highest test scores were praised and reminded of their perceived superiority and intelligence.

Because of this, many children experience anxiety around tests because they have been taught over and over again that their value is determined by a letter grade and not their creative abilities. If one child has an amazing skill to write poetry, but then fails a math exam, the latter will be the topic that is looked at and how this failure can be turned around. Often telling the child they need to pay attention more in class or study longer, even though this particular topic may not be where the child’s intelligence lies. This system is designed strictly for children to learn how to memorize and regurgitate what they have learned in the form of tests, not giving much leeway for other talents and abilities.

Our modern-day schooling system was designed to train children into becoming the perfect employee, to sit at a desk perhaps, or follow orders effectively for when they are old enough to enter the workforce. The hours, little time for play, taking instructions from a person with authority and unfortunately, leaving little room for exploring creative abilities. This system, in reality, only caters to a small percentage of people in the world, and because of this, we are effectively killing the creative potential that exists within all human beings.

The following video from Sustainable Human sums this up quite nicely.

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As it says in the video, “How did we get to the point where we decided the best way to school our children is to sit them behind a desk and insist they keep still?”

Children are meant to play, to explore, to observe, to stumble, to be curious, to ask questions, to find answers, to learn from others and as they go. Sitting them in a desk seems far from natural, yet this is something that to this day we still accept as normal and see it as, ‘just the way it is.’ However, it hasn’t actually been that long that this has been our generally accepted method of schooling.

“If a kid is failing, it is not the kids fault, the fault is within the system.”

Let us not forget that there are MANY forms of intelligence and it’s time we embraced every single one. The schooling system as we know it, needs an overhaul.

Let’s get this discussion started over in the Collective Evolution Group on Facebook.

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Why Humanity Is So Obsessed With Finding Aliens Right Now

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  • The Facts:

    Behind closed doors, quietly, billions are researching and trying to learn about the reality of aliens. It is one of the biggest topics being explored by humanity right now and there is a deep reason for this.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we so enthralled by the reality of ET life? What would happen to our consciousness if we learned they were real and that there were millions of races? How would daily life change?

The biggest secret behind why ET and UFO disclosure has been suppressed is something that isn’t discussed all that much. We typically hear about things like technology suppression, specifically energy systems. How do these crafts get here? What propulsion systems do they use? These questions lead people towards the reality that the technologies of UFO craft ultimately would disrupt our fossil fuel energy oligarchy so much that it would also collapse our economies in some ways.

Of course, this would not be such a bad thing. Why? Because when you consider that this would mean having endless and ‘free’ energy, cost for goods would drop dramatically. Not just that but, when you begin to examine the ease in creating systems based around abundance, it becomes incredible to consider what is truly possible.

An endless supply of food grown locally, everywhere! Endless energy, installed everywhere! Cars and building facilities that do not create pollution. We could essentially live in a society built such that we do not need to be enslaved by money or debt because abundance would simply become a natural happening of a society built with abundant technology, that’s harmonious, in place.

We can all see the value of such disclosures, and the reason why this would be covered but. But there is something even deeper.

The Biggest Secret

The question is, if we know these technologies exist, and they are being suppressed. And if we know that whistleblowers and people have already reverse engineered or built these things, and not all have been killed or threatened, what is the reason why these things are held back? Why do we still deny these realities en masse?

The truth is, it comes down to consciousness. We’ve been saying this since the inception of CE in 2009: solutions are there, but they won’t come until humanity is ready. What does this ACTUALLY mean to be ready? It means growing up enough as a race, that we can actually be responsible for what it is we will have access to. Not just that, but to be able to say we have ‘graduated’ in a sense, to say we are beyond our old ways.

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While that sounds like a loaded few sentences, and they are in a sense, all that is really being said here is, humanity has been stuck in a cycle of experience where we continually see everything, and everyone as separate from us. We are individuals, living out our identities and lives and we are simply here to survive. We believe the limiting ideas of what our reality is and should be and thus we create that reality consciously. Our collective belief about how our world should be is directly tied to what actually happens.

But there is this feeling deep within us at this time, and I know you feel it, where we are beginning to deeply question our ways. How we treat one another, our political systems, the elite manipulation and control that exists, the existential reality of who we are and how we are truly just consciousness, all connected. These deep questions are asking us to explore who we truly are and why we are truly here. And many of us are doing so. This is beginning to create instability and change in our system because the consciousness that holds up our old world, is beginning to crack, and a new one is emerging.

It’s On Us

As our consciousness continues to shift, through us truly doing our own questioning, changing our own patterns, habits, thoughts, and actions, we will begin to truly create the solutions necessary to create a world where we can thrive. And disclosure of technologies will come forth. It comes down to US having to do this work, not governments, not someone else coming to save us. It’s about creating an entire populace with the mentality of truly being empowered and self-responsible, as opposed to needed governance and feeling helpless.

This is why the greatest reason why ET reality is so suppressed comes down to consciousness because with an introduction to ET life, comes an entire myriad of experience we have not been exposed to.

In the video below I explain what this means deeply, and how we can begin opening up the doors to mass contact with ET’s.

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