Quick Thought #1 : Control things with your mind?

I was thinking about how it could possible to do actions by just thinking about it.

I mean when I enjoy those superhero/sci-fi comics or movies or TV shows or games, I feel like I would always encounter at least one character that can seemingly control technology with his mind like how Ironman could control his suit, from his repulsor rays to his jetpack capabilities. He seems to be able to do this without pressing buttons or even speaking and I wonder if the technology to control, let’s say, a robotic arm, with my mind is still far of into the future. I may be wrong of how Ironman uses his suit, but the point still stands.

I imagine that the closest we have now of actual mind-reading is those brain scans doctors use in order to detect brain activity. I always see them in movies as colorful blobs that flow around the brain like some cerebral fluid, and I understand that there are patterns that can be seen from these scans depending on a person’s mood, or something of the like. I honestly have not actually read about this yet, so I do not know how it actually works and all, but if our thoughts and feelings DO affect the patterns that appear on the doctor’s screen, what if a person can be TRAINED to project a certain pattern on his brain?

And the appearance of this specific pattern, for example, a circle pattern (if it could be this simple) , could be detected by computers (and we know how small computers can come nowadays, e.g. our smart phones) and then trigger to activate some sort of Ironman Repulsor Ray shooting from the hand of your robotic suit. Or switch on your jetpack. Or the wi-fi.

Anyway, if all the equipment can be made portable, and if someone can actually be trained to control his brain patterns, I think controlling things with your mind could be possible without having to stick something up your brain. Unfortunately though this is only to turn things on or off, not like the”move 5 steps” kind of thing. Its still pretty cool though.

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Visualizing time and alternate universes

Can we actually travel backward or forward in TIME? I read this article regarding physicists stimulating time travel for the first time (I still do not know if this is in real life or just a computer simulation), and I realized how difficult it is to actually understand what “time” is, much less what time travel is. When we walk forward, it is easy for us to move faster or to move backwards or to just simply stop in place, but we have no such freedom with regards to “time”, and we seem to only be allowed to walk forward in “time” in such a steady pace. Although I do not have any advanced knowledge on mathematics or physics or anything related, there are some thoughts and perspectives I would like to share regarding the concept of “time”.

I have not read any articles about it yet, but I have heard so much about “time” being referred to as the fourth dimension. The first three dimensions, of course, being the dimensions of our space (or at least what we can perceive of it). For those who need further explanation, the three dimensions of our space may be more easily referred to as, 1.) moving forwards and backwards, 2.) moving left and right, 3.) moving up and down, although it really is not as simple as I just said it to be. Therefore the fourth dimension could be moving forward and backwards in “time”.

Now, in order to explain my perspective, let us look at a simple graph (drawn by yours truly).

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In the two-dimensional universe, we can imagine the graph as the shape of an actual object, for example a piece of string, in the 2-D world. But this graph can also represent a change in position in the one – dimensional universe with respect to “time”. If the x-axis represents time, and the y-axis represents changes in the 1-D world (which is represented by just moving forward and backward), it is clear in the right portion of the image how the one dimensional world changes as it moves through “time”.  In the 2-D world, we have an object, a string, with two dimensions: 1.) going forward and backward and 2.) going left and right, while in the 1-D world, this object represents a timeline with two dimensions as well: 1.) going forward and backward and 2.) time. Seeing that one dimension is constant in both worlds, the second dimension in the 2-D world could be what “time” is for the 1-D world. Continue reading

On science and religion and technology

Imagine a world without religion.

This was the question that my girlfriend, Danna, asked me out of nowhere, during one of our afternoon café visits last week. Would a world that religion never existed – without beliefs of the supernatural or of the metaphysical or of the supreme being – be much more better off than our world today? Would technology advance infinitely (or at least a hundredfold) if our religious beliefs had not too much strayed us from the “truth” of science?

I am not saying of course that there is no truth in any religion or that nothing in the world’s scientific knowledge is false, but rather the fact that the outstanding technology we have today was indeed a fruit of whatever scientific understanding we had of the world.

From here, it is can be easy to see that a world without any scientific inhibition, such as religion, or at least the beliefs of the supernatural or maybe even morality, would beget the most advanced technology. I mean, if religion was somehow removed from this point in time, we would have a world culture devout to (hopefully) only science, and it is easy to imagine the massive change this will bring to our world technologically.

What if religion never existed?

Imagine a world that has just spawned man. And he, or they, saw their first tree. They see this lonely tree change through the seasons (not that they have any experience of what seasons are yet). And all of a sudden they also notice sprouts near it that grow up like their offspring. “These trees are alive”, they might say. “They have a soul just like us, and they could probably see and hear and talk and taste and feel just like us.” And why not? The rocks around them have not moved nor noticeably changed, while these trees change color and height and grow bald and bear children and pass away like themselves. In fact, in scientific terms we can say that this can be their hypothesis. Continue reading