Re: Theos-World Leon: Science questions
Mar 11, 2006 09:09 AM
by Jacques Mahnich
Astrobiology looks quite promising, looking at the definition found on :
Looks like the scientific attitude is opening more and more :"It also requires the willingness of all participants to challenge old assumptions and conceive of novel ways to do things."
What is Astrobiology? Astrobiology seeks to understand the origin of the building blocks of life, how these biogenic compounds combine to create life, how life affects - and is affected by the environment from which it arose, and finally, whether and how life expands beyond its planet of origin. None of these questions is by any means new - but for the first time since they were posed, these questions may now be answerable. Astrobiology seeks to provide a philosophical and programmatic underpinning whereby life's place in the universe can be explored - at levels of inter-related complexity ranging from molecular to galactic. At first, one might not think that their field of expertise might be relevant to Astrobiology. Indeed, with Astrobiology's cosmic perspective, they could well see their interests as being somewhat distant from such an expansive endeavor. Dive into even the most superficial description of Astrobiology and you'll soon see that not only are a vast array
of scientific and engineering disciplines involved, but that the intersection points between these disciplines are often novel. At some point everyone has a stake in Astrobiology. The challenge which lies ahead is not so much the framing of questions as it is of how to channel all relevant expertise to the right task so as to answer these questions. It also requires the willingness of all participants to challenge old assumptions and conceive of novel ways to do things. As Albert Einstein once said, "the universe is stranger than we can imagine". None the less, armed with this caveat, Astrobiologists should never stop trying to imagine how the universe works - nor shy away from attempting to understand their personal place amidst its splendor and mystery. You can be an astrobiologist simply by deciding that you are one.
krsanna <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
It sounds as though you have an interest in science and theosophical
questions. In this regard, I thought you might be interested in
looking close at the Mahatma letter below. It is the one from Koot
Hoomi posted earlier, and, in this posting, only paragraphs
pertinent to science are incuded. It is 93B in the chronological
version and 23B in Barker's version of "The Mahatma Letters To A. P.
I have done some reading on solar science extant in 1882, when the
letter was written. In that year, scientific wisdom suggested that
the sun was a magnet to which the earth was associated in a magnetic
relationship. A relationship between sunspots and geomagnetic
storms was recognized in 1882. Much discussion revolved around
whether this resulted from the sun acting as a magnetic to the
earth. Many theories would develop about these observations in the
next 50 years, when corpuscular theories of charged particles were
accepted in the 1930's.
One thing that's interesting about KH's letter is that he seems to
hint at leading-edge solar theories as they existed in 1882. KH did
not have an internet to make access to leading science of the day
easy. Why was KH sufficiently interested in science as to be
familiar with emerging solar science that were far more difficult to
obtain in 1882 than today? Further, he it looks like he may have
laid a few hints about science that would emerge in the next century.
Some of KH's comments about meteorites may come fairly close to
recent theories of astrobiology. Astrobiology is such a new science
that no university offers a degree in it. It is so complex that it
requires highly inter-disciplinary study. NASA created the first
astrobiology research institute only in the last few years. It is
the only institute set up to study astrobiology that, to my
knowledge, presently exists on the planet.
KH's comments about the earth being a conductor is very similar to
Nikola Tesla's theory of the earth and atmosphere that served as a
capacitor. Tesla technology is now used in the HAARP projects that
heat up the atmosphere with generators then focus the energy back to
specific locations on the earth.
I am reminded of Wilhelm Reich's research on orgone in KH's comments
about making rain. In the book John and discussed briefly, "Black
Elk Speaks," the author describes watching rain gently begin to fall
around Black Elk as he stood in prayer.
Absolutely new research on how the earth's magnetic fields are
generated may be most pertinent to KH's comments in this letter.
Koot Hoomi did a pretty good job of shooting from the hip in this
letter. The matter of the earth's atmosphere expanding and
contracting as it passes through various regions of space with
different concentrations of meteorite dust is tantalizing.
In any event, I would appreciate your comments on this.
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