News Mash: The scientific prospect of an afterlife & a quantum take on an intelligent cosmos? Yep.

Science, and scientists, for the most part?

Not big fans of thoughts of Heaven…

Or the afterlife.

Well, usually.

Here lately, however…

Their thoughts on the concept, prospect, of their being something BIGGER out there, than they could have ever possibly imagined?

Has begun to change.

[via Desert News] Our take: Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, is a man of science. But a seven-day coma in 2008 gave him a profoundly different perspective on life and reality as he experienced what is commonly called a near-death experience and a glimpse of the afterlife. A book about his experience is coming out later this month, and here is a column he wrote about it.

As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my fathers path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.

The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that didnt mean they had journeyed anywhere real.

Read more about Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife on The Daily Beast.

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And this change, in regards to views by science of ‘religion’…

Not an isolated incident.

Just the opposite in fact.

And to my utter, and absolute fascination:

[via DailyMail] A near-death experience happens when quantum substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and enter the universe at large, according to a remarkable theory proposed by two eminent scientists.

According to this idea, consciousness is a program for a quantum computer in the brain which can persist in the universe even after death, explaining the perceptions of those who have near-death experiences.

Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Centre of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, has advanced the quasi-religious theory.

It is based on a quantum theory of consciousness he and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose have developed which holds that the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells.

They have argued that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR).

Thus it is held that our souls are more than the interaction of neurons in the brain. They are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time.

The concept is similar to the Buddhist and Hindu belief that consciousness is an integral part of the universe – and indeed that it is really all there may be, a position similar to Western philosophical idealism.

With these beliefs, Dr Hameroff holds that in a near-death experience the microtubules lose their quantum state, but the information within them is not destroyed. Instead it merely leaves the body and returns to the cosmos

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Though it is phrased MUCH better here, in the article above?

Yep…

Anguished Repose is a BIG advocate of this theory in regards to our souls, quantum states and the cosmos as well.

I mean, come on, seriously?

Equating an intelligence BY design to the cosmos…

Oh my God–What’s not to love about that!?

News Mash: Pursuing your goal of a ‘better you’ should not be hard & the key is? Proper motivation!

When it comes to accomplishing ones goals, such as losing weight or getting fit?

Thinking is NOT the same as doing.

Who doesn’t know this?

Once can easily come up with things we all dream about achieving on a daily basis…

Finding the motivation to do them, however?

Completely different deal.

HOWEVER…

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Accomplishing your goals has everything to do with personal motivation.

Find yours!

It’s only as intimidating as you make it.

[via LifeHacker]The Get Off Your *** Manifesto: How to Motivate Yourself to Actually Achieve Your Goals ~By Thorin Klosowski

Starting something new is hard. It can even be a little terrifying. Maybe you don’t know where to start, or maybe you’re scared of failure. But the only way you’ll ever get anything done is if you just get up and do it. Here’s how to conquer those fears, get off your ass, and actually achieve those goals.

But as Mythbusters host Adam Savage points out, when we set our minds to something, we all go through the same process:

(1) I don’t know how, (2) I can’t afford to pay someone else to do it, (3) I have to do it, (4) hey, that wasn’t so hard!

Getting off your *** and getting things done is not easy—nor will it ever be—but it doesn’t have to be hard. If you have the right plan and attitude, you’ll be a lot more likely to succeed. In fact, getting off your *** and doing something is incredibly easy and only requires a few steps:

  • Find your goal: You don’t even have to do anything—just sit and think about what you want to do.
  • Research: The more research you do, the easier the task in front of you is going to be. Heck, you can do anything if all it takes is following directions.
  • Set deadlines and stick to them: Setting deadlines is easy, just pick a date. Keeping yourself to them is a bit harder, but you can work a rewards system into it to keep you on track.
  • Give yourself the time to work: At least 15 minutes a day. That’s easy, right?
  • Start: Seriously, all you have to do is start into it—if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll keep it up.

…[Read More – Read How To Create Your Very Own Goal Manifesto!]

No, the concept of accomplishing one’s goals does have to be something avoided, because the very idea of the whole process is intimidating.

Stop making it that way.

Goal achievement is all about mindset.

“It’s all mental!”

Especially?

If you are talking about the goal of losing weight and getting fit.

Thanks to the amazing times in which we live, and all of the amazing technology available to us…

Within the reach of our fingertips?

Accomplishing your goal of losing weight and getting fit is as easy as logging on to the RIGHT website.

Take the procrastination out of fitness.

Heck, even better?

Make it FUN!

[via SlimKicker] Turn your weight loss and fitness goals into a level-up game

SlimKicker was formed to solve a huge problem when it comes to losing weight, or living healthier: sustaining motivation. Many people makes resolutions to stop eating junk, or start going to the gym every New Year. But once March or April hits, we forget about our goals, and return back to our old ways.

That’s why we created SlimKicker, a level-up game and point-based program. You start by tracking your diet, where whole foods are worth more points than processed foods. It’s similar to Weight Watchers, but in reverse.

But diet, and fitness are half of the battle. Most people regain weight because they never learn long-term habits. We solve this by taking habits as quitting soda, and turning them into 7-30 day challenges. Like a regular game, the challenges start out easy, and gradually become harder, with more points. We encourage you to check-in daily with others doing the same challenge for accountability and social support.

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Your goals are obtainable…

No matter WHAT they are.

Stop talking yourself out everything in life you want to achieve.

Want to get fit, lose weight and become a better, healthier you?

It’s time to put on your gameface, and pursue your dreams.

Do not let procrastination control YOU.

Learn how to battle through it!

And the best way?

Dopamine is key!

Make some aspect of pursuing your goal enjoyable, rewardable (see: SlimKicker’s reward system above) and trick your brain into assisting you into achieving your goals.

There is power to be had in…

Proper motivation!

Make it work for you, and all of your dreams and goals?

Are yours just waiting to come true.

News Mash: Mother Nature creates another animal chimera! “Seriously, MN, you can stop anytime now!”

Mother Nature has mad skilz.

A fact never so evident?

Than when she decides to some crazy stuff with her creations…

Such as this:

[via HuffPo] Meet Venus, the ‘two-faced’ cat who’s taken the Internet by storm.

Her face is divided between black and calico as perfectly as if it was drawn with a ruler, and she has heterochromia, which means that her eyes are different colors — in this case blue and green.

“This little split face cat looked like a combo of the 2 cats I currently had (and still have),” says Venus’s owner on the cat’s Facebook page. “As tiny as she is she likes to pick the giant pieces of food from the dog food bowl rather than eat her cat food and when the dogs come up she looks at them like ‘um yeah don’t even think about it.’ She’s the smallest animal of 5 but rules roost & doesn’t take any crap from the other animals.”

Venus, who is known as a chimera cat because of her genetic composition…

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“Pffft.” You say. “That’s just a once in a lifetime mistake in genetics. I am not at all impressed.”

Oh, really?

OK…

How about NOW?

[via The Blaze]…

The New England Aquarium said it’s a 1-pound female lobster with a rare coloration known as a split. Marine officials say such coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters. The Boston Globe reported that scientists believe the condition results in the lobster’s early cellular development.

The fisherman who caught the seasonally colored crustacean in a trap last week is from Beverly, a seaside community 20 miles northeast of Boston.

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Thought that might change your mind.

Mother Nature?

Is awesome, and should not be doubted, nor trifled with.

Else?

INTRODUCING….

The Human Chimera!

And honestly, who wants that?

*points to self*

Not I…

Oh, no. Not I at ALL.

Seriously, Mother Nature, you can stop creating these things anytime now…

It’s beginning to get a little freaky & we don’t want things to get all crazy up in here.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

A Lowly Blogger (i.e. Your Biggest Fan)
Anguished Repose

We’re in Heaven, it isn’t too far away and on Earth we call it love…So don’t lock me out!

Heaven, isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends say
I know we’re gonna find a way
~Warrant


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Baby you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn’t too hard to see
We’re in heaven
~Bryan Adams