Thoughts of the Chairman Part CXXXVII

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A sense of Wonder is properly the best thing to hold on to as we grow up as it makes life so much better later in life!

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The Universe Used to be a Simple Place!

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I am near the end of Marcus Chown’s book ‘The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead’ which is described as the dispatches from the front line of science. That is it book on the current thinking of Scientist about Cosmology, the nature of the Universe and everything from a quantum to massive scale.

It makes very interesting reading especially when you think in my life time the way Scientist have thought about the Universe from microscopic to macroscopic scale have changed radically from a clear cut idea of Universe full of discreet bodies including Stars, Galaxies and the such which followed clear and well defined laws of Physics and so on to a Universe which is not so well defined because of the influence of Quantum Mechanics which could be part of a multidimensional space containing up to 11 dimensions. Even more strange our Universe could be one of many Universes floating in 5 dimensional space whose very nature looks nothing like the Universe around us!

All this is racially different to the view Scientist had when I was born in 1960s but all very exciting in so much in the new view of the Universe Scientists even have started to question the nature of intelligence, reality, our perception of reality even if we ever met aliens or what happens after we die.

I find all this very exciting and fascinating as it seams Science especially Cosmology has made great strives forward even in a world which has stagnated over the past decades both culturally and socially. If anything it shows just how bloody and single minded Scientist can be even if the world around them is stagnating!

It sort of gives me hope for our future as there are those Scientist out there who are doing pure scientific research into how our Universe works and not just for profit or so called benefit of humanity.

Unlike a growing majority of unenlightened modern people who see no place for such academic research as they do not think it has no relevance to the so called real world around them, I actually see it’s importance. In so much where did these people think have the technology they use everyday came from?

Not from purely research dome for profit as in the modern world but from pure academic research which happen to discover things which we have found useful.

It’s a shame our modern world is so blind to such things and only puts profit and money first and if it continues in this vain we will lose so much wonder of the world around us!

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For the Love of the Spring

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It is for the first time in a long time I am enjoying Spring as the world around me blossoms back into life after Winter. I suspect it is because of the new house I live in and the fact that everyone and the dogs are far more relaxed even with the problems of life.

Also helps the new garden has been a big hit with ourselves and especially the dogs who are enjoying their new found space without disruption of activities, people and things which wound them up in the old place.

So, even with my depression playing up, I am loving Spring more than ever and for first time in a long time looking forward to the Summer.

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Journal of a Lost Soul Part CCCLV

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I am having a nice peaceful Easter weekend avoiding the outside world mostly by choice though the outside world keeps poking it’s nose in when it is not wanted.

Though it has not been the most fun weekend or week to be truthful as my depression has decided to kick in just at a time when it can have the most effect when I am alone with my thoughts. But as always I will survive and hate the feeling the depression drags out of me.

The only god send being the company of our dogs who have been wonderful company and a nice connection to the world around me something much needed at the moment!

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Depression: The Sneak Thief!

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At the moment life in the new house is going better than we expected though still a little difficult because of the fact we have moved home with all the upheavals that causes. There are always a number of niggling problems which are far from insurmountable and with a little work will be eventually solved but life is finally more settled for everyone in the new house.

But my depression currently is making feel as if everything is wrong and the problems are major ones which are going bring us down. On top of which I am starting to worry about things which may or may not happen as if I am almost willing something bad to happen to bring everything crashing to the ground again.

It not to say that will not happen as we have no real control over such things but someone who is not suffering depression would not worry about such things because they have no real control over it.

My depression currently is being a sneak thief taking those positive and settled feelings I should have about where I am currently in my life in so much we are finally living within our means and we finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

All it leaves in it’s place is feelings of worry and anxiety over things which I have no real need to worry about, sometimes depression can be a difficult thing to live with!

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The Modern World: A Paradise for Closed Minds!

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As I have gone through my life so far I have seen a great change in the world around me, this may be because I am growing older but I suspect it is more that our world has changed!

I have said before that our modern world now is a paradise and pitched towards a stupid populous rules by a few of slightly less stupid people but it is far worse than this as these people are closed minded to a point of being fearful of anything that is new.

It shows in the every day politics and religions of the world especially in the West which are now dominated by those who are conservative by nature who look backward to values which were even archaic decades ago. Such views including the sanctity of marriage, openly anti-homosexual and even extreme nationalism as shown in Eastern Ukraine recently by so called Pro-Russian Activists.

In the end our world around us is getting more closed minded and conservative to a point at some point it will stagnate and collapse much as the Roman Empire did in it’s time.

Those of us who are still open minded, passionate for change and the such should start to push the world forward again before it is too late!

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Depression: Robber of the Tongue!

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It always creeps up on me the one effect my depression has on me in so much I stop talking or making an effort to talk to friends. Always for the same reason too, that is I think that they will not want to talk to me or even listen to me.

So in the end I always end up in a self imposed isolation which always makes me feel lonely and unloved especially when my friends are concerned. All not helped by the fact I cannot break the cycle so I slowly drift away from friends over the years.

This is one of the most insidious thing my depression does to me and those who like me suffer even a mild depression. At a time we need someone to talk to we push everyone away because we think no one wants to know us!

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Ukraine: Trapped Between Two Worlds!

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What is happening in the Ukraine I am finding very sad but not surprised with it at all after Russia’s actions in the Crimea. It does strike me and the rest of the world that once again President Putin is setting up a situation in Eastern Ukraine to annex another part of the country under the false pretences of liberating the Russians from the evil fascists of Kiev!

But I must not be only one looking in from the outside thinking the same as yes there are government building are being taken over in Eastern Ukraine by Pro-Russians forces but the numbers of people actually involved seams not be be in the thousands but hundreds and where are the people marching for autonomy in the region?

It normal people of the region seam remarkably quiet over the whole situation be they Russian or Ukrainian bar a very vocal minority. The whole situation is starting to look like a well organised minority who have been armed and directly supported by Russians in high places both in the government and military.

This is at total variance to the official Russian line who say it is people of Eastern Ukraine who are speaking not them though this message is a blatant lie considering the build up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian boarder.

I think it is time the world stopped focusing on Ukraine problem itself to actually deal with true problem surrounding Russia itself of which the Crimea and Ukraine are the symptoms of the problem.

We as the world should start to condemn the actions of president Putin and his government as a whole as they have shown themselves to be open aggressive and expansionist as a country in the mould of the old Russia under the Tzars.

All this talk of NATO getting closer to them is just excuse of Putin and his cronies to retake back those countries who won their independence after the break up of the USSR. Putin and his cronies what power in the old sense in so much they want to rule a powerful Empire so they can become ever richer and have more influence over the world.

President Putin and his government are the most dangerous sort of government which we hope we saw the last of with Hitler in Nazi Germany that is a government with grand idea they are going to rule the world stooping so low as to use force and bullying to get their own way.

It is time the world as a whole stood up to President Putin and said as one we will not accept such old fashioned behaviour any more in a modern progressive world and once again should strive to blunt Putin talons by cutting off his access to the world markets which they depend on to survive.

If we allow President Putin to annex Eastern Ukraine no other ex-Eastern block country including the Baltic States will be safe from Russian aggression and expansionism!

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Journal of a Lost Soul Part CCCLIV

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At the start of another week off from work the one week I actually wanted as I needed to look after the dogs for a week while my partner is way. After all our dogs cannot cross their legs all day plus it would be unfair for them to be in doors all day while I am at work.

Only thing which is spoiling the holiday at the moment is the fact that all I want to do is sleep all the time after which I am still not refreshed but still tired to a point I am lethargic all the time. I suspect that the pressure of moving house and all the financial problem which come with it have finally caught up with me big time!

It has got that bad that I will have to go to the Doctors to deal with it as I suspect it is my depression playing up again which can manifest itself as myself being constantly tired even after a good night sleep.

At least this time I get to talk to a new GP in a new practice in town who may have a different slant how to deal with my depression especially with the fact now I am in a town I can have better access to help. It was nice to live in the countryside but it meant getting any help was far more difficult because you had to travel to it.

So now I is a matter of having a restful week with the dogs generally pottering around doing chores catching up with things I wanted to do for a while which had to be put aside because of commitments at work and home.

There may be a faint hope at the end of the week I will be nice and relaxed though I suspect work will undo all the good work as it did last time!

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Questioning the Ethics of the Modern Business?

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I doubt I am not only one who is starting to question the ethics of modem business especially here in United Kingdom and United States mainly because of what caused the current economic crisis which the world is slowly coming out.

Add to this a whole series of scandal which have hit the business world which include Banks manipulating market in underhand ways to keep their profits up, companies paying people the low wages and stepping on peoples rights to work to small things like the Big Six here not giving people back any credit they have unless the people ask for it.

I bet if you looked more deeply into the business world both here in United Kingdom and United States you find even more systematic corruption, sharp practices and simple dishonesty which have been the acceptable way business has always ways been done or come into being because companies are trying to make a profit at any cost.

My personal view it is high time both governments in the United Kingdom and the United States got off their hands and actually starting to clean up the way business is conducted in both countries as frankly leaving things as they are will only end up causing real damage to the countries standing in the world and society itself, especially here in United Kingdom.

We did have a reputation of fair play and basic honesty all over the world here in United Kingdom but this is being eaten away by the actions of businesses here something once lost we will have difficulty to regain. Add to this why would a foreign investor want to invest in a country which is basically dishonest and corrupt?

Saddest part of all this nothing will be done in United States as both government and people have allowed their Federal Government to slip into the hands of both big business and the few rich.

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Almost Mind Blowing in Its Simplicity!

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As I have said before reading is a very dangerous thing myself reading as it gets me thinking again about things beyond the more trivial matters of my life.

I am currently reading ‘The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead’ by Marcus Chown which is to with modern ideas of Cosmology which I have to point out almost almost sounds like Science Fiction especially that of the 20th Century.

I have got to the part of the book talking of the work and ideas of one Stephen Wolfram which in itself is a bit mind blowing in what is suggesting. Basically what he is postulating behind the Universe itself is a very simple and small computer program on top of which he also postulates that intelligence per say is not unique to humans as such.

The final thing is the most controversial much like Darwin’s ideas of theory of Evolution as once again it means our intelligence is not unique to us which in a world centred very much ourselves is a revelation in itself.

But Stephen Wolfram’s idea that the Universe is the result of a very simple computer program fascinates me because of it’s elegance and the fact whole complexity of the Universe is created by something so simple. This is the mind blowing to myself especially as a programmer.

At first his ideas sound a little strange almost disconnected with the reality we see around us but his work and ideas have resulted in his idea of the Universe has produced equations which matched some of those postulated around gravity and the such.

Myself I really find this idea very engaging because of it’s simplicity and elegance plus it is one of many interesting ideas around Cosmology. It shows that Cosmology and Science around the Universe itself as such have been making big leap and bounds in the background since I took my degree in Physics and Astrophysics.

All this reminds me why I found Physics and Science fascinating in the first place in so much it fires my imagination and curiosity about the world around me. Something I have not lost even as I’ve got older just trying to make living just distracted me from following it as we all do.

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Sort of Says It All!

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What is always very sad on my journal is the fact people read the lighter entries but seam to avoid the more politically orientated entries almost with passion. Though I should not be surprised as it sort of reflects the modern world around me that is a world full of people who more concerned with the trivial rather than real issues.

I think I am not only one both in the United Kingdom who has noticed this singular fact about our society but as always the comment falls on deaf ears sadly exactly as the people who hold the power here want.

Who needs an actively oppressive government for the few to keep power when apathy rules a society!

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Reading Can Be a Dangerous Thing For Me!

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I have to smile as I have recently read ‘Universe in a Nutshell’ by Professor Hawkins and currently started to read ‘The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead’ by Marcus Chown both are about the current theories about Cosmology and basically everything and both sort of got me thinking.

I know thinking and questioning are a good thing but sometimes can be dangerous in so much the basic concepts and views, in both books, Cosmologists have about the Universe is mind blowing to say the least even to someone like myself.

As an ex-avid reader of both older Sci-Fi and Fantasy plus a Role-Player a lot of what is postulated by current Cosmologists would almost feel at home on the pages of the books in question. This includes parallel universes and more than 3 dimensions to name a two.

But from what I read the current theories of Cosmology makes our Universe both a far more simpler and complex place which is very elegant in it’s very nature. The science around Cosmology down to the Quantum level has become far more fascinating especially to myself.

As I said reading can be a dangerous thing for me as it gets me thinking about things again!

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A Place of My Own!

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I may not actually own my new house yet but it is my own place to live with all the responsibility to maintain the place even change it suit my own needs without getting the owners permission for every little change. Essentially the home is mine something I have never had in my life as such.

It is the first time I have ever been settled in a home which is mine which to some people is a trivial matter but it is a big thing to me. It is first time in my life that I can truly call somewhere mine and share it with my partner.

It’s strange and old concept to some modern people but it is nice to finally have a space call my own which is also somewhere I can escape the world just by closing the front door. It is a simple piece of magic in a complex modern world of ours!

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Has the Time of the Super Powers Passed?

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With the recent actions of Russian Federation in the Ukraine with the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the continued ineffectiveness of the United States to influence the situation, if anything the Russian Federation blatantly ignored them got me thing about both of these so called Super Powers.

In so much it struck me that the time of both United States and Russian Federation (ex-U.S.S.R.) as real Super Powers of the world has passed and the both simply are trying to hold on to something they has simply passed much like the Cold War did in the late 1990s.

Each of the Super Powers are trying to keep their positions in different ways with United States messing in other countries politics when not welcome while the Russian Federation uses blatant military power to keep it influence in it’s region even in the case of the Russian Federation invading neighbouring countries because they have chosen to turn towards the West away from Russia itself.

It is high time both United States and the Russian Federation, both who my have massive military, realised they are not the Super Powers they once were as the world has moved on from the Cold War especially in Europe.

The World is not about how big your army or super power blogs any more but simply economic power which seams far more effective way for nations to damage each other. After all the Russian Federation my of illegally annexed Crimea but the price it has paid economically will send the message the world will not accept it behaviour more effectively than military action would of ever done.

But my personal view is the world has to be very vigilant of both ex-Super Powers, yes this includes the United States, as each loses it power and influence over the world, they will be at their most dangerous as they grimly cling on to their power especially those within power in both nations!

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