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Brian Greene : The Hidden Reality

This is the follow up to Brians earlier book The Fabric of the Cosmos that I reviewed here previously. This book continues with an overview as to where the world of physics thinks the nature of reality lies. The subtitle “Parallel Universes and the deep laws of the Cosmos” give us a clue as to what that direction is.

As before, the book is written in a style that some may find challenging however, at around 300 odd pages, I got through this one substantially quicker than the previous book.

The theories are developed as they appeared chronologically over the last three decades, however, it is shown frequently that ideas that underpinned their creation were usually developed in earlier times and because there wasn’t the technology or means by which to quantify these proposals, they were usually largely ignored by the scientific communities of their days.

On a personal level, I took much heart from that disclosure, the fact that these people chose to create these frameworks against the mainstream accepted norm and were either villified or discounted must have taken a personal toll on some. However science prefers to quantify and qualify it’s data, it’s consistently shown that it took an instinctive leap of faith from some quarters to move science on, demonstrating that external movement is usually generated from an unsubstantiated internal generating mechanism.

The book shows how the string theory built on in the earlier book has provided new models of viewing the reality of the universe and cosmos. And the surprising growing consensus is that for the maths and the models to work, the idea of parallel or multiverse theories are central to the theories workings.

By the end of the book, the author summerises the nine different multiverse theories built up throughout, a couple of which are entirely theoretical, a couple are based on mathmatics as the central premise and the rest, showing some form of concurring experimental data.

It is explained that most of these theories exibit some form of agreement with previous scientific principles, general relativity, quantum mechanics and even Newtonian principles, but you come away with the impression that none of the theories are yet robust enough to be entirely quantified yet by science and some, by their very nature, can probably never be with the restrictions of our own senses and technology at this time. To the authors credit however, he does show how that very fact should not discredit them because of our limited perceptions at this time, demonstrating to me, a very pragmatic approach informed by these earlier disclosures of how earlier theories held some basis in fact.

On a personal level, it was the disclosure and correlating data suggesting that our own existence may very well be multilayered in a multilayered universe, that has strengthened at this time, my own private convictions that our perceived isolation is entirely at odds with the actual reality of our cosmos.

 

Recommended.

 

Brain Greene : The Hidden Reality. Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos. ISBN  978-0-141-02981-8

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

Equinox

The question of the significance of the equinoxs has been raised recently on the Caer Feddwyd forum. The general consensus was that these were largely insignificant for the majority. I am one though, for whom this is not true. My own seasonal rituals have always been solar based and I don’t particularly connect with some of the cultural fire festivals. I believe that this is because my own interactions are and continue to, mainly, eminate through the medium of the land and the collective of ancestors. This means the interactions are based in physicality, and because the sun is a physical entity, I believe this is why the solar festivals are significant for me. The collective of ancestors were also, initially, based in physicality (although it is my understanding that not all of them have experienced the physical) so the link continues for me.

It is my experience that the equinoxs are a time when the year tips from light to dark or vice versa and this time of change is experienced by me pretty much as a time that most Pagans would associate with Samhain, the thinning of the veils. Another connection that makes my experiences with the equinoxs so much more than the general experience within Brython is that both of my parents were born on each of the equinoxs so it’s possible that my experiences are somewhat unusual.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Cosmological Worldview

 

Inbetween

My recent change in both marital, employment and living conditions have afforded me with time to do things that have always had to be put on the “backburner” previously. Foremost of these has been the time to visit some of the places associated with spiritual aspects of my developing Brythonic aspects.

 

As chance would have it and by completely independent paths, another member of Brython, through a change of marital status was also afforded opportunity through freed time, to be able to do a similar thing. So we decided that it would be interesting to jointly visit these places with a view to sharing our differing perspectives. So it has been my pleasure to visit some places with Potia over the last few months and will continue to do so for the forseeable future.

As has been attested to here with my posting, my own perspectives tend to be afforded through interactions with a, mostly, nameless collective revealed as an ancestral collective and through the medium of the land. I have never been afforded any names so as to link in with deity. Potia’s interactions though, have been almost exclusively deity driven interactions, so we figured that visiting these places jointly should result in at least one of us be interactive.

What we didn’t figure though, was that each of us would facilitate the others interactions in a way not previously available to us independently. So, as a result, I have now had interactions with named deities and Potia has connected to the medium of the land stronger than at any time previously.

This has resulted in a shared perspective that neither of us would have even remotely considered as possible previously. I think it is fair to say that the repocussions of this are still being felt and will continue to do so as our Shared Personal Gnosis (SPG) moves forward.

 

It was during sone of these visits, concentrating on North West England and South West Scotland, that I experienced interactions with the deity known as Maponus. He has subsequently appeared at varying locations, some most unexpected such as in a relief at Vindolanda. The nature of Maponus, along with some other essentially Brythonic deities, has always been somewhat ambiguous

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A visit to Lochmabon resulted in me receiving information that told me the nature of deity interactions with this deity were facilitated by the process of “Inbetween”.

 

This made imediate sense in so much as Maponus was traditionally thought to inhabit several realms, a being that may be now be thought of today, as being transdimensional (between realms or dimensions) . At the time though, I had the feeling that this was not the complete end to the meaning of this information.

 

It has become our initial belief through SPG, that the land and the entities associated with it, are mostly feminine in nature (though not exclusively so. However in a Brythonic framework, this matches best at this time, our experiences). As such, these entities are understood to be associated with the right of Sovereignty through the medium of the land. On the whole, and again not exclusively, deity tends to be masculine in nature and mostly associated with Dominion and the granting of such to a culture or individual.

In the context of earlier times, this would have been a framework widely understood on a practical level as interactions with both masuline and feminine deities would have been integral to life being sustained through living on and through, the land. It is a concept that fits well with most people (in my limited experience) who currently describe themselves as Pagan today.

 

However, our context has been drastically changed in the last 100 odd years and although we understand through cultural empathy and scholarly study of these earlier times these earlier concepts, to be able to use these concepts in a 21st century context is becoming increasingly more difficult. To interact with a deity whose characteristics were that of granting the conditions to be able to create a bountiful harvest for the common good has now, mostly, been drastically negated through modern agricultural practices and chemical additives that create the right conditions for the majority of the time.

 

Thus, the interactions between the feminine land and the masculine deity, through fertlity rituals and the like, have been mostly negated to the role of cultural curiosity. This inter-related fertlity cycle has been made mostly “impotent” by modern practices. And it has occurred to me that this impotence may have resulted in the current disconnection felt by people today. This is more keenly felt by those, IMO, using the term pagan as a self descriptor.

 

Because we no longer have sole reliance on the availing weather conditions for the production of food in this country, with lots of food being imported so as to provide for us in the comparably wealthy west, our interactions with these deities has now altered. Now, I for one, am not suggesting that we move back to this framework of leaving our food needs to the whims of nature, I appreciate as much as anyone else, the benefit of being able to purchase food at anytime of the year. Neither am I suggesting wholesale abandonment of such processes, that would be, IMO, an inachievable pipe dream.

 

It has, therefore, occurred to me that our role in these interactions has placed us in a place of being “inbetween” ourselves. Our current cultural position means that we are not reliant on the whim of otherworldly beings and, as such, these other beings are now in a position themselves of being culturally and ritually impotent in many ways.

 

This disconnection, though not consciously for most, results in interactions that may, for the want of a better word, be somewhat “lacking” in both meaning and relevence, a disconnection in very real terms. UPG suggests to me that this has been facilitated voluntarily by these otherworldly beings so the question now is, “How do we create a means in a 21st century context, by which to take some responsibility for ourselves in both re-eatablishing the links with these beings, though in a more reciprical way, that pays respect to earlier ideas whilst at the same time, moves these interactions into a framework that is more in keeping with life today?”

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Cosmological Worldview

 

“Change is the only constant”

and in my case, never has a phrase been truer! In the last six months I have experienced two changes of home, a relationship breakdown, health issues and now a change of job from the one that I have done for the last 14 years. There is very little left in my life that is the same, with the exception of immediate family, from just 6 months ago. Unfortunately, as I have found out, age can sometimes add to the problem. But I feel with the commencement of my new job, a new era has started. And there are some positives emerging from this “wind of change” blowing through my life at this time. Who knows, I may even be able to start posting here regularly again shortly!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in General

 

Life…..

….has a tendency to shake you up just when you don’t expect it. My absence from this and other web based sites has been enforced through life changing circumstances that started originally last November (2010) with my ill fated TDN talk (and I know people who saw it and have been in contact with me since, have said it was a very hard subject to convey and they thought I was OK, it’s just my own uncomfort at the inept way I tried to present the case has left me more than a little uncomfortable as I generally speak OK in public having to deal with the public in “real life” so to speak, every day in my working life!).

It was around this time that problems in my personal life, specifically my marriage, started to present themselves to me. I have been married for over 27 years now and in that time, it has recently struck me how both of us have changed from the people we were when we first married and I may be guilty of viewing my wife with eyes from then and not now. Which is not fair or proper for either of us. So a process of reassessment then took place and I realised that neither of us were the people we were and that we had very little in common now. So now was the time to assess whether we still had enough in common to continue or whether it would be sensible to seperate and restructure our lives seperately.

The latter option would appear to me to the necessary course of action. We have been together for 30 years in total and we have raised 2 kids in that time who are now fully functioning adults with their own lives. My work situation is also now under extreme scrutinity and I am now in a position of having to deal with the security of only a month to month type of security, with the threat of loosing my job looming over me on an almost weekly basis.

So everything that has represented the foundations to my life has been either removed or shaken to the extent of a Japanese earthquake. This would appear to be the ending of one part of my life. A new era beckons….

 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in General

 

Brunanburgh by David Anson

ISBN: 978-1-4520-5444-5

I was fortunate enough to meet the author of the above book at the recent TDN conference in the West Midlands at the end of November 2010 and he generously gave me a copy of his work. Unfortunately and probably much the same as most people at this time, my time has been severely restricted over the last few months which meant I did not have much opportunity to read it.  However, I set aside time this weekend and I have now read the book.

The first thing to note is that the author is not a full time author but has various other interests which are listed on the site he has created for the sale and publicity of his book.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and the author has obviously done much research into the subject matter. I must confess here and now that I was unaware of both the evidence and circumstances of this battle and it’s far reaching consequences of placing Athelstan as a unifying ruler before the Normans, even for such a limited time span. There are things I think may have enhanced the book, for example, the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Caiseal Mor tend to use the place names and the specific language of the times  they are writing about and as such, present an appendix before the start to explain what these are. I found the use of modern shire names therefore, to distract a little from the atmosphere of the book, but this is a personal thing here, as I find if I have to work around the language used from those times, it actually helps set the scene better in my mind. I can though, understand why the author has chosen to use the modern names, probably so as to appeal to the widest span of the general public, so my comments are entirely of a  personal statement and should not distract from the book itself.

My only other slightly negative comment would be the main battle scenes appeared a little disjointed for me, they didn’t flow as well as some written by more accomplished authors, however, saying that, these battles could hardly have been a smooth and continuous affair so therefore, the style would be entirely in keeping with the “reality” of these actions.

Coming from the immediate area this book is primarily set in, it is obvious to me that the author has spent a great deal of time and effort researching the subject matter. For that he is to be applauded and although the book is not written by an “accomplished” author as such, what it may lack in polish, it makes up for in logical sequencing. Therefore I have no reservation in recommending this book to anyone. The fact that it is a result of an amateur investigation, to my eyes, does not detract from it and I applaud the effort and time taken to complete this project.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

Update

All the posts relating to my Religion of the Soil hypothesis will very shortly removed from this site and will be exclusively used on this site including my latest piece of related information posted today.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in General

 
 
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