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Valid Mind Reading Tests

Isolata Demonstratum – A fact, known with certainty to only oneself, which is used to verify that one’s mind has not been read.

I know something about you that you do not know I know: You have tested god, the universe, reality, the matrix, or whatever you are calling it these days, to see if your thoughts are yours and yours alone. Admit it, you’ve done it.

You may be surprised to learn that everyone else has too. It is a universal human trait. Some do it subconsciously, some have no name for these tests, others more self-aware have taken the time to name them things like “myknownlys” or “horks”, but we all have them.

Horks test for time continuity and/or mind readers. If you’ve told no one your current hork, only a time traveler, or real mind reader (God, supernatural beings, alien, or a super advanced technology) besides you could know it. Don’t be fooled, people with digital access and/or people watching or listening covertly may tell me things like passwords or a ritual I did on a secluded beach, but none have as yet broken my own isolata demonstration, things only I know which I haven’t told a soul, little details which I know with an abiding certainty have never gone beyond my own thoughts.

If this universe is some kind of super advanced simulation, horks are part of the built-in security system. If you are one with me, that is, inside my mind; if you know my soul, or if you have come back from the future, I have a way for you to prove it: pass my current test.

Here’s another thing everyone does: eventually, you leak your self-known-only fact somewhere. As soon as you write it down, or whisper it, say it to yourself so your lips move (almost imperceptibly, but measurably by AI and cameras) or confide in any electronic device, no matter how secure, your hork becomes just a guarded secret, like a password, and not an actual hork.

Sometimes it’s a little game we play that we progressively make it more and more known by various means, giving clues, pretending we didn’t reveal it, when we did, because a part of us really does want to make a pure thought connection with someone.

Are you aware of your own private reality checks?

How would your life change if you had proof of someone reading your mind without being connected to, for example, an fMRI machine, which can, by the way, over time, make good guesses about types of thoughts and feelings you are experiencing.

According to a 60 minutes show, (see video below) while there are idiosyncratic mappings, results are close enough from person to person for an fMRI machine to tell what object you are thinking about.

In a test for the show, a woman who had never had a brain scan was shown images while in a brain scanner and was asked to think about each one. After that, the machine replayed the scans and guessed 10 of 10 items correctly.

This is pretty astonishing, but not a controlled experiment. Were they just scanning the pattern produced on the visual cortex of known images they had trained with many subjects?

Time will tell if real thought reading by machines works.

For now, evidence says no one can read your most private thoughts, at least not remotely. Unless this is a simulation, in which case, your thoughts are just part of the system.

Thoughts?

Xeno

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Octopus Inspired Comfortable Sensor

A new low-cost flexible sensor developed in Korea can detect a wide range of pressures and motions when wet or dry. It can monitor heart rate and even speech patterns. It uses octopus sucker patterns (very small small ridges) to adhere fully to both wet and dry skin and is comfortable for the user.

For more nature inspired technology see:

https://changhyunpang.com/category/Publications

Many “inventions” of nature, slug slime, gecko feet and more are being explored by scientists for technological adaptation.

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A Modern Vegetarian Crocodile?

Some ancestors of modern alligators and crocodiles were vegetarians. This is the conclusion of scientists at the University of Utah who have studied teeth of relevant fossils.

Based on careful study of fossilized teeth, scientists Keegan Melstom and Randall Irmis at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah have found that multiple ancient groups of crocodyliforms — the group including living and extinct relatives of crocodiles and alligators — were not the carnivores we know today. Evidence suggests that a veggie diet arose in the distant cousins of modern crocodylians at least three times.

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Could some modern crocodiles be vegetarians? Here’s one such claim:

Meet Babiya, Kerala’s ‘vegetarian’ crocodile who lives in a temple pond and loves rice

The Sri Anandapadmanabha Swamy temple in Kasaragod claims that she eats only the prasadam that is fed to her by an employee twice a day.

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What is prasadam?

… variantly spelled as Prasadam, Prasad and Prasada, is a material substance of vegetarian food that is a religious offering in both Hinduism and Sikhism. It is normally consumed by worshippers after worship.

Via Wikipedia (Link fail due to WordPress error in the WP app. Probably couldn’t handle the unusual “a”.)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prasāda

There are different recipes, but it may contain rice, ghee (clarified butter), and sugar. At first, I thought this meant no protein. Could a crocodile survive on carbs and fats without protein?

Crocodiles are monogastric, exothermic, carnivorous reptiles. This implies that they have a high demand for protein and require optimum temperatures for their metabolisms to function at optimal levels necessary for growth … Energy and protein are required by the organism for maintenance, growth and/or reproduction (Staton et al. 1986), where energy is derived from carbohydrates, protein and fats. To prevent protein from being used as an energy source, sufficient energy should be supplied in the diet in the form of carbohydrates and fat.

(Source)

So, yes, it seems they can, but then I realized that wild rice is a source of protein.

The current daily value (%DV) for protein [for humans] is 50 grams per day, and is a target meant for most people. Grains high in protein include cornmeal, kamut (wheat berries), teff, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, wild rice, millet, couscous, oatmeal, and buckwheat. Apr 29, 2019

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However, current crocs don’t do as well on non-animal protein sources:

The poor performance of crocodiles on the lowest protein diet correlates with previous research indicating that crocodilians are unable to perform optimally when the majority of the diet’s protein is made up of vegetable protein sources.

(Source)

As a final interesting point, do the people at this temple know a crocodile can live for weeks or even years without a meal?

A crocodile’s metabolism is so evolved that its body uses and stores nearly the entirety of the food it consumes. They can regularly go for months without food — and in extreme situations, crocodiles can live off their own tissue for up to three years.

Another interesting fact about crocodile eating habits is that their stomachs are more acidic than any other vertebrate. Thus, they can digest bones, horns and shells. In fact, those pieces act as “gizzard stones” to help grind up coarse food.

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It would be quite useful to only need to eat once per year. When I consider future more evolved humans, from say 10,000 years from now, this might be a feature we have by then genetically added to our biology.

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Live Giant Squid + Lightning Coincidence

How smart is a giant squid? Do they have comprehension and powers beyond our imaginations? Just a week ago, in the Gulf of Mexico (June 18, 2019) a curious live giant squid was recorded for only the second time in history.  It approached the faintly blinking lights on a decoy which was disguised as a bioluminescent jellyfish.

… eight legs unfurl, revealing its large suckers that it uses to inspect the device. The moment the giant squid realizes that the lights aren’t a jellyfish, it jets away. …

“We’re talking about an animal that can get to 14 meters [45 feet] in length,” said Nathan Robinson, director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, who was part of the team that recorded the video. “[The giant squid] has captured the imaginations of countless people, yet we have no idea what it’s like, how it behaves or its distribution — where you find it. It remains this mystery. We know it’s out there, we just know nothing about it.”

This highly unusual sighting next gets weirder. As the team is reviewing the footage, lightning strikes the boat and explodes the antenna the crew would have used to transmit the video to a squid expert while at the site.

Before the team could send the footage to a squid expert, lightning struck the ship.

“This all happened during a lightning storm,” Robinson told Live Science. “As we were crowded round watching this footage, we heard a huge crack. We ran outside — there’s a plume of black smoke bleeding out from the back of the boat because our antenna had literally exploded. And then we immediately ran back inside because we were like, ‘Oh my, what if that just fried all of our computers?'”

One of the computers on board was fried, but thankfully, not Robinson’s, which stored the giant squid footage. And if that wasn’t enough excitement, about 30 minutes later, a water tornado, known as a water spout, threatened their ship.

Read the full story at LiveSci

This is so astonishing, something right out of a movie.

As yet no one is claiming that the mysterious giant squid can control the weather to hurl lightning with great accuracy to attack ships, but think about the odds: A lightning bolt explodes the antenna and fries one of the computers as the team is looking at the footage on the boat, about to transmit it. Perhaps the squid can create bubbles of ions that float up past the water’s surface and into the atmosphere to act as a guide to direct lightning.

Below is another image of a different sighting. For perspective, the spooky human-like eye on this creature is as big as your head. The giant squid has eight legs, a parrot beak for ripping flesh and it carries around a CBS logo to help it’s branding for social media.

This video is from the most recent sighting in the Gulf of Mexico:

Now that we’ve had a look, though, could it be that giant squid like and deserve their privacy and we should politely leave them the bleep alone? I think so. If they want to venture out of the blackness and do a funky eight legged squid dance for us, they might, but until these BIG old creatures start broadcasting themselves legally on TV, I’d stop harassing them with fake jellyfish. Let them be. The next time, they may not just hit an antenna with lightning.

Is there anyone else like me who might enjoy seeing some more powerful and more intelligent species bring us down a notch? I think there have been UFO sightings near US military bases where our most powerful weapons mysteriously go offline. I’m not saying it was the giant squid … but then again, we know next to nothing about them. 😉

Are there several other stealthy intelligent species already on earth, smarter creatures than even these Thor Squids, beings who very purposefully stay hidden? We may never know.

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New Species Recorded During Historic Dive

An explorer from the USA named Victor Vescovo has used a Triton submarine to boldly go where no one has gone before. While doing so he discovered what appears to be a new animal species never before seen by humans in one of the most isolated places on Earth. Here’s a still image:

In the submarine called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 23,596 feet into the deepest part of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, becoming the first human to dive to its depths. …

This was his third dive as part of the Five Deeps Expedition and it occurred April 5, though it was just announced this week in a news release.

via USA Today

It was at the bottom that the team captured video footage of an extraordinary gelatinous animal—perhaps a stalked Ascidian (aka Sea Squirt) which does not resemble anything seen before.

This blue vaguely dog head shaped beast with a long thin stalk is amazing:

Congratulations to Vescovo on the discovery and the journey.

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Discovered: The Cell-Wide Web

With high powered microscopes and new imaging technology scientists have discovered a previously unknown re-configurable nano wiring system inside of cells that directs cellular activities.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found information is carried across a web of guide wires that transmit signals across tiny, nanoscale distances.

It is the movement of charged molecules across these tiny distances that transmit information, just as in a computer microprocessor, the researchers say.

These localised signals are responsible for orchestrating the cell’s activities, such as instructing muscle cells to relax or contract.

When these signals reach the genetic material at the heart of the cell, called the nucleus, they instruct minute changes in structure that release specific genes so that they can be expressed.

These changes in gene expression further alter the behaviour of the cell. When, for instance, the cell moves from a steady state into a growth phase, the web is completely reconfigured to transmit signals that switch on the genes needed for growth.

Researchers say understanding the code that controls this wiring system could help understand diseases such as pulmonary hypertension and cancer, and could one day open up new treatment opportunities.

The team made their discovery by studying the movement of charged calcium molecules inside cells, which are the key messages that carry instructions inside cells.

Using high-powered microscopes, they were able to observe the wiring network with the help of computing techniques similar to those that enabled the first ever image of a black hole to be obtained.

Scientists say their findings are an example of quantum biology — an emerging field that uses quantum mechanics and theoretical chemistry to solve biological problems. …

Professor Mark Evans, of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, said: “We found that cell function is coordinated by a network of nanotubes, similar to the carbon nanotubes you find in a computer microprocessor.

“The most striking thing is that this circuit is highly flexible, as this cell-wide web can rapidly reconfigure to deliver different outputs in a manner determined by the information received by and relayed from the nucleus. This is something no human-made microprocessors or circuit boards are yet capable of achieving.”

Via SciDaily

The cell-wide web coordinates cellular processes by directing site-specific Ca2+ flux across cytoplasmic nanocourses

Read more: Nature

I’m impressed. Cells have their own highly advanced little nervous systems and we didn’t know this until now. This should get a prize. It can potentially change a lot of understanding about our basic biology.

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Strange Photo: Komodo Dragons “Hugging”

This strange photo of Komodo dragons fighting was taken at just the right moment so they appear to be engaged in a happy hug.

It does not appear to be a well known image. TinEye has never heard of it.

It was posted on Instagram with credit to Muhtesem Doga but Google Translate says “Muhteşem doğa fotoğrafları” is Turkish for “gorgeous nature photos” so I don’t think @joysafaribay got the photo credit correct.

There could be a person in Turkey named Gorgeous Nature.

If you know the real name of the photographer leave a comment.

Komodo dragons can be seen in the Komodo National Park, in Indonesia. The park, part of and area with huge biodiversity, includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones.

Here is a YouTube video of a Komodo dragon fight:

Komodo dragons are the largest known living species of lizards and, just so you know, they are deadly. They have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. They don’t normally go after humans, but they can. They do sometimes attack humans seemingly unprovoked, so keep a safe distance if you visit them.

The big lizards seem pretty slow. You could just outrun them, right? Perhaps. They can sprint almost as fast as the average running speed of a healthy adult human.

Komodo dragons are solitary, coming together only to breed and eat. They are capable of running rapidly in brief sprints up to 20 km/h (12 mph), diving up to 4.5 m (15 ft), and climbing trees proficiently when young through use of their strong claws.

Via Wikipedia

While the current fastest human on record, Usain Bolt, ran nearly 28 mph and although humans could potentially run up to 40 mph, the average running speed of a “healthy” adult human is probably somewhere in the range of 10-15 miles per hour. 

Can you run 15 mph? If so, you’re probably fast enough for Komodo dragon evasion … unless you meet the Komodo dragon Usain Bolt.

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Polish Sextuplets a Surprise +1

Only one in roughly five billion human pregnancies results in sextuplets (six babies). This highly unlikely event happened two days ago for a woman in Poland. She and her husband have been celebrated across the country. The kids were given life-long tickets by a soccer team and a congratulatory tweet from the country’s president.

… “It is the first time in Poland that sextuplets are born, and it is rare in the world,” said chief of the hospital’s neonatology ward, Prof. Ryszard Lauterbach.

He said it came as a surprise because doctors were expecting five babies.

“We had five teams with five incubators ready waiting, and when all were taken another baby, a girl, appeared,” Lauterbach said on TVN24.

He praised doctors for getting the pregnancy to the 29th week. …

President Andrzej Duda congratulated the parents and the doctors on Twitter, while the local football club, Cracovia, has offered life-long tickets and said they were keeping fingers crossed for the babies.

“We don’t know who your parents are rooting for, but we are giving you, kids, permanent subscription to tickets,” Cracovia said in a tweet.

The babies have a 2 1/2-year-old brother. …

via NationalPost

Doctor Ryszard Lauterbach at the University Hospital said the babies were “born in a condition surprisingly good for sextuplets,” but their respiratory, nervous and digestive systems are immature and require medical care.

Their mother, Klaudia Marzec, is “very involved, smiling and happy”, according to the physician.

He noted that the 29-year-old woman already has a two-year-old boy. 

The sextuplets were a surprise to the family, Marzec told TVN24, as they were expecting just five babies.

“We have made some logistical plans at home for five, but now they will need to be changed,” Marzec said. “Now we just want them to leave hospital in the best condition possible.”

Their father, Szymon Marzec, said their arrival was a “great joy, but we also have plenty of concerns”.

Via TheJournal

The woman is Klaudia Marzec and her husband’s name is Szymon. (FoxNews, Reuters)

Another woman, Courtney Waldron, of Albertville Alabama in the US gave birth to sextuplets last year, March 2018 (NationalPost).

Ecology.com says that worldwide, there are 131.4 million human births per year (2011 estimate), so given Courtney’s sextuplets, Klaudia’s sextuplets in Poland are over 4 billion births premature … by the given odds of 1 in 4.7 billion.

Of course, odds don’t work that way. If you get 10 heads in a row on coin tosses with a fair normal coin, the odds of getting heads on the 11th toss are still 50-50.

Nevertheless, are the odds of sextuplets in 2019 changing, or have they may have been greatly “mis- underestimated”? Consider this:

On March 15th of this year, Themla Chiaka had sextuplets in Houston, Texas.

A Houston woman beat the odds of one in 4.7 billion after giving birth to sextuplets at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in the United States.

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas said Thelma Chiaka delivered sextuplets early Friday morning in Houston. Her twin girls and two sets of twin boys were born between 4:50 a.m. and 4:59 a.m.

Via WTHR

Strange indeed. Sextuplets March 15th, 2019 and again a few months later in Poland on May 21, 2019.

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In Guppies, the Unique Male Wins

Looking a bit different can be a plus if you are looking for love, within certain parameters. At least with guppies, females often choose a mate that stands out from the others. If this applies to humans, might it explain fashion trends? Think about it: First the unique stands out and people see that as successful, then they copy it until it is no longer unique. Rinse, lather, repeat?

In a new study, researchers found that female guppies often choose a mate that physically stands out from the rest of the pack because of a common type of learning called habituation. Through habituation, animals — in this case guppies — stop responding to a stimulus after prolonged exposure.

Read more SciDaily

It’s a good lesson. I think especially so for artists and musicians: take in what others are doing, but don’t be overly influenced. Find your unique voice.

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