Michelangelo- The Great One

This was a great glimpse at one of the truly great artists on Earth. One of my  personal favorites is Rodin, & Vincent Van Gogh, but that’s for another time. Oh, & Paul Gaugin & his glimpses into the exotic life of ” the South Seas ” as they were known. For another discussion / blog entry.

Michelangelo was dedicated, one can see the life that he infused his sculptures with.Genius, complete genius. & yet he was quoted as saying that the sculptures were within the stone, just waiting for him to knock away the unnecessary bits.

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They say that art should move you. Make you feel something. Make you want something. Make you think. A good work of art, a piece worthy to be called a “masterpiece”, is much more than just the sum of its parts. Every artist has a favourite work. Yes, a lot of us will claim there […]

via Michelangelo’s Masterpieces — Seeker of Truth

Mysterious Plain of Jars Site Holds Human Remains

An interesting find. The past is truly another world, but one that we can still visit vicariously.

After having taken one forensic anatomy / anthropology taught by the legendary Dr. William Bass, I became an armchair anthropology student / ” armchair archeologist “, even though I only handled 2 skulls & a handful of vertebra that were destined to be re – interred out in the U.S. Southwest ( I forget which tribe they belonged to ).

This article mentions a quartz ornament on one of the skulls, but didn’t include any pictures of it. perhaps it had a religious / spiritual significance ?

This does sound QUITE INTERESTING.

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An ancient burial site has been discovered at the mysterious Plain of Jars, an archaeological site in remote central Laos littered with thousands of stone vessels.

Source: Mysterious Plain of Jars Site Holds Human Remains

Earth’s Finished! Time to Build a Backup

This is satire. We’re not like the Magrathean designer world – builders in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Nowhere as advanced – But maybe it’s time to look to Mars, Europa, Titan, Enceladus to continue our journey in case something renders Earth completely uninhabitable. The only drawbacks are :

The lack of a magnetosphere on Mars to shield would – be colonists from radiation. They’d have to live beneath domed complexes or under the Martian surfaces or within crater walls. It would be a monstrous task terra – forming a planet sans magnetosphere.

Europa – Possible ocean beneath the ice, but otherwise non Earth – like.

Titan – Resembles Earth with a primordial ocean – of methane.

Enceladus – Icy, possible tenuous atmosphere

We could still live on these worlds, but not without transplanting oxygen – generating flora, possibly for use as a food source. Vegetarianism would likely be a lifestyle beyond Earth. Or production of a product like Soylent Green. 🙂

Terraforming these worlds would be dicey for the immediate future. & forget Venus. It would be hard to live on, much less terraform, a giant ball of lava covered by layers of carbon dioxide. Mercury, MAYBE.

It’s too bad there’s no DIY for creating an Earth 2. We should try to protect & properly maintain this one until there’s no choice but to leave.Featured Image -- 665

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Is it too late for the Earth as we’ve known it? Maybe it’s time to start thinking of building an Earth 2.0, suggests satirist Jon Methven.

Source: Earth’s Finished! Time to Build a Backup

Butchered Mammoth Suggests Humans Lived in Siberia 45,000 Years Ago

Now I’ve got a sudden craving for the flesh of the woolly mammoth. 🙂 I seem to recall a story on the Discovery Channel back in the early 90’s where Russian paleontologists found an intact mammoth frozen in an ice – pack, but this guy is just a skeleton. Still, no telling WHAT we can learn from it about early human dietary habits. I’m certain that early Siberians ( Denisovans, perhaps ? ) WEREN’T vegetarians. & unless the climate was radically warmer, the mammoth & dinosaurs probably didn’t co – exist.

45,000 years – Don’t mention this to Young Earth Creationists….. 🙂

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The slashed and punctured bones of a woolly mammoth suggest that humans lived in the far northern reaches of Siberia earlier than scientists had previously thought, a new study finds.

Source: Butchered Mammoth Suggests Humans Lived in Siberia 45,000 Years Ago

Huh? Could Cleaner Air Be Worsening Global Warming?

So let’s turn up those coal – powered power plants & turn off the anti – emission cleaners ( I’m talking to YOU, China ! ) ! Everybody drive those cars & motorcycles as much as possible ! Or one of my personal favorite ideas – Drop some bombs into Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. St. Helens, Pinatubo, Krakatoa, etc. ! Let’s fill the sky with particulate matter !

I think that someone needs to re – check their data here….. A second opinion wouldn’t hurt.

Global warming may be exacerbated by an unintentional source: anti-air pollution laws that are making the skies clearer, new research suggests.

Source: Huh? Could Cleaner Air Be Worsening Global Warming?

Does E.T. Frighten Religious People ?

I couldn’t think  of a better title at almost 01:30 Friday, okay ? 🙂

I am not an especially religious person. I believe in / hope that there is a God, goddess, Higher Power, ” Entity Greater than Us “, but not 100 % sure, & I try to respect other people’s beliefs even when they minimize or criticize my particular mindset ( Life in the Bible – Belt, extremely religious, ” We don’t question God / the Bible ” relatives, etc. ).

Having said that, if I were a conventionally religious person, I would feel more certain in believing in a God / Supreme Being who is / was practical enough to create a multitude of planets ( counting the apparent WEALTH of astonishing exo – planets outside our solar system ) & putting life on more than a single world orbiting a medium class G0 star in one galaxy.

Most people are very practical about it, ” God created the Sun to give light during the day, the Moon & stars to provide light during the night “, which they do ( My relatives would be among the practical folks ), but that’s their sole reason apparently.

One theory goes as follows – We have been contacted, but scientists, government officials, ( Which government ( s ) ? ) & other Powers That Be are keeping things under wraps because humans & our collective civilization aren’t ready for such world – shaking knowledge yet. Especially our religions. Especially the 3 main monotheistic ones.

Could they be right about the revelation that we were not God’s only children causing massive crises of belief ? Cut back to what I said, speaking for myself. My belief in God / a Supreme Being would be reinforced by revealing that we were & are visited by observers from at least one other extraterrestrial civilization -Although they might very well look at almost a century’s worth of observations & conclude that we were too primitive, childlike / childish or else just too insane to be contacted & invited to join an interstellar United Planets or Federation just yet. & this is assuming that they actually exist, are advanced enough to make contact, & last but not least, are benevolent & don’t want to use us as lab rats or live – stock ( To Serve Man – Classic Twilight Zone episode. I neglected to get a Youtube video = clip. C’est la vie. )

Could we be God’s ( Which one ? ) / Creation’s / Evolution’s only children ?

For further reference –

http://www.futurity.org/extraterrestrial-life-religion-773862

http://www.space.com/16285-alien-life-discovery-religion-impact.html01 SETI - alien et extraterrestrial life