Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Monday, November 29, 2010

Undocumented Picasso trove appears in France

A retired French electrician and his wife have come forward with 271 undocumented, never-before-seen works by the artist.  The couple for years squirrelled away the staggering trove — which is believed to be authentic — in their garage on the French Riviera, said Picasso Administration lawyer Jean-Jacques Neuer. The vast collection is estimated to be worth at least €60 million (nearly $81 million Cdn), he said on Monday.
Shortly after that meeting, the lawyer filed suit on behalf of Picasso's heirs for alleged illegal receipt of the works — and police investigators are looking into how Le Guennec and his wife, Danielle, came by the pictures.
"This was a gift," Danielle Le Guennec told The Associated Press by phone from their home in the town of Mouans-Sartoux, near the tourist Riviera hotspot of Antibes. "We aren't thieves. We didn't do anything wrong."
Claude Picasso, quoted in Liberation, noted that his father was known for his generosity — but that he always dedicated, dated and signed his gifts, as he knew that some recipients might try to sell the works one day.

To some, the emergence of the works by the 20th century's most renowned artist is akin to opening a time capsule, or a discovery on par with the recent publication of Mark Twain's 100-year-dormant autobiography.

The Picasso estate administrators, who pored over the works for hours this fall, considered that the works might be fakes. But they eventually ruled out that prospect because of the expertise, variety of techniques and the use of certain numbers in the works that no faker was likely to have known, Liberation said.

Police on Oct. 5 raided the couple's home, questioned them and hauled off the works — which are now held by France's official agency in charge of battling the illegal traffic of cultural items.

The works, which were kept in a trunk, didn't appear to be much to her untrained eye, she said. "But even if this was a little jot of the pencil, it did come from the master."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Rapper Finds Order in Orthodox Judaism

Out From Behind Bars, a Rapper

...a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, the first clue that this is no ordinary Jerusalem man of God. It’s the rapper Shyne, the Sean Combs protégé who served almost nine years in New York prisons for opening fire in a nightclub in 1999 during an evening out with Mr. Combs and his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Lopez.
“My entire life screams that I have a Jewish neshama,” he said, using the Hebrew word for soul.
Living as Moses Levi, an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem (he legally changed his name from Jamaal Barrow), he
shuttles between sessions of Talmud study with some of the most religiously stringent rabbis in the city
and preparations for a musical comeback.

His transition from troubled adolescent in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, shot at the age of 15, to
celebrity gangster rapper turned prisoner turned frequenter of yeshivas, is the latest chapter in a
bizarre journey that began with his birth in Belize 32 years ago. He is the son of a lawyer who is now
that country’s prime minister and a mother who brought him to the United States and cleaned houses for a living.

“The science of Judaism” as Mr. Levi refers to it, has become his system for living, a lifeline that
connects him to God and becoming a better human being. He sees no conflict fusing the hip-hop world with the life of a Torah-observant Jew.

He was already praying daily and engaged in his own study of Judaism at the time of his arrest but only
became a practicing Jew, celebrating the holidays, keeping kosher and observing the Sabbath under the
tutelage of prison rabbis. In Israel, he said, he had undergone a type of pro forma conversion...

On the December night in 1999 that Mr. Levi walked into a Times Square nightclub, he was a 19-year-old
enjoying the fruits of his first record deal and the hip-hop high life. The details of what happened
inside remain muddled, but after an argument broke out between Mr. Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, and a group in the club, shots were fired, and three people were hurt.  Mr. Levi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assault, gun possession and reckless endangerment.  He would not say whether he took a fall for his former mentor....he was deported after his prison release as a felon who does not have citizenship, a ruling he is appealing.

Mr. Levi  released from prison last year is often up at daybreak, wrapping his arms with the leather straps of tefillin, the ritual boxes containing Torah verses worn by observant Jews for morning prayers. Throughout the day he studies with various strictly Orthodox rabbis.

“What are the laws?” he said, explaining his decision to adhere to the Orthodox level of observance. “I
want to know the laws. I don’t want to know the leniencies. I never look for the leniencies because of
all of the terrible things I’ve done in my life, all of the mistakes I’ve made.”
On the sprawling stone plaza of the Western Wall, crowded with tourists and worshipers, he clutches a
worn prayer book whose leather cover was torn off by prison officials for security reasons. 

Arriving at a small hummus restaurant, he recited the blessing for bread over a piece of warm pita. With
him were two rabbis. Jeffrey Seidel, one of the rabbis, said he been moved by the depth of Mr. Levi’s
intellectual curiosity and dedication to Judaism.  Their current focus of study together: Sabbath laws. 

For Mr. Levi explains his attraction to Judaism, boundaries and rules:
“What I do get is boundaries,” he said. “Definition and form. And that is what Shabbat is. You can’t just
do whatever you want to do. You have to set limits for yourself.
“All these rules, rules, rules,” he said with his hand on an open page of the Talmud. “But you know what
you have if you don’t have rules? You end up with a bunch of pills in your stomach. When you don’t know when to say when and no one tells you no, you go off the deep.”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Philosophy, Atheism, Religion, – Dan Dennett –“Religion as a natural Phenomenon" 57:07 - 2 years ago

Philosophy, Atheism, Religion, – Dan Dennett –“Religion as a natural Phenomenon"
57:07 - 2 years ago Free University in Internet. Over 400 political, social, cultural & scientifical Clips under “ kam200 ”. Anthropology, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Atheism, Biology, Cosmology, Democracy, Feminism, Freedom, Genetics, Geology, History, Human rights, Palaeontology, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Science, Sociology, Zoology, … and many more …

Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0 - Daniel Dennett
27:48 - 2 years ago
Beyond Belief is an annual meeting organized by The Science Network (TSN), which brings together a community of concerned scientists, philosophers, scholars from the humanities, and social commentators to explore the human quest for the Good Life. The Science Network shares Carl Sagan’s vision of science as a candle in the dark. TSN is committed to enlarging the constituency of reason by making programs about science. More programs, more candles, more light.

John Pilger - The New rulers of The World

John Pilger - The New rulers of The World

Sweatshop labor of Indonesia - GAP, Nike

An Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi Holocaust

An Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi Holocaust
52:59 - 3 years ago
a film the British Government deemed too grisly for release after World War II - has received its public debut on British television. Fifteen minutes of the black-and- white film, which was shot by the armed forces after the war, were televised Tuesday night by the Independent Television  news.


A religion without a God

Religion, Philosophy - "Life of Buddha" - A religion without a God
49:56 - 2 years ago
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Secular Believers

59:14 - 3 years ago
BBC 2 Documentary Aired: Thursday 20th September 2007 "Beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as 'religious'. This program provides an introduction to a fascinating range of non-religious people and their beliefs." Featuring interviews with many prominent atheists including Richard Dawkins. Uploaded by: ---

Richard Dawkins - The Virus Of Faith

"A war on science" - (God against science!)

Biology, Religion - "A war on science" - (God against science!)
49:22 - 2 years ago
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God on the Brain

God on the Brain
48:56 - 3 years ago
Rudi Affolter and Gwen Tighe have both experienced strong religious visions. He is an atheist; she a Christian. He thought he had died; she thought she had given birth to Jesus. Both have temporal lobe epilepsy. Like other forms of epilepsy, the condition causes fitting but it is also associated with religious hallucinations. Research into why people like Rudi and Gwen saw what they did has opened up a whole field of brain science: neurotheology. The connection between the temporal lobes of the brain and religious feeling has led one Canadian scientist to try stimulating them. (They are near your ears.) 80% of Dr Michael Persinger's experimental subjects report that an artificial magnetic field focused on those brain areas gives them a feeling of 'not being alone'. Some of them describe it as a religious sensation. His work raises the prospect that we are programmed to believe in god, that faith is a mental ability humans have developed or been given. And temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) could help unlock the mystery.

We Are The Aliens [BBC 2006 - Horizon]

We Are The Aliens [BBC 2006 - Horizon]
48:49 - 1 year ago
First broadcast on 14 November 2006 Clouds of alien life forms are sweeping through outer space and infecting planets with life – it may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. The idea that life on Earth came from another planet has been around as a modern scientific theory since the 1960s when it was proposed by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe. At the time they were ridiculed for their idea – known as panspermia. But now, with growing evidence, it's back in vogue and even being studied by NASA. We meet the scientists on a mission to get to the bottom of the beginnings of life on Earth - from the team in Texas who are lovingly building a robotic submarine called DEPTHX to explore a moon of Jupiter, to Southern India where they are investigating a mysterious red rain which fell for two months in 2001. According to local scientist Godfrey Louis, the rain contains biological cells unlike any he had seen before – with no DNA and the ability to replicate at 300°C. Louis has come to the conclusion that the cells are extra-terrestrial in origin. Could all this really be proof that We are the aliens?

Deep Meditation Experience

venupriyan | May 04, 2007

om shanti i am a peaceful soul child of supreme soul VIPS Gulzar Dadi Dadi Prakashmani Dadi Janki
Brahma Baba Brahmakumaris Bapdada Mt. Abu venupriyan Tiruvannamalai Arunachaleshwarar sivan god shiva om shanti shiva baba mera baba i am a soul supreme soul supreme father sweet children blessings slogan dharana murli heaven world drama wheel peace love happiness power baba giving drill meditation incarnated magic real wonder Raja yoga meditation yoga class murli class vanithadevi dhivya priya krishnaveni brahmakumar brahmakumari peace messenger four yugas satyuga kaliyuga purity world renewal saints devoties devotional skp engineering college skpec srgds matriculation school mcafee software pvt BK subtle world mount abu shiva baba siva baba baapdada mamma jagadhamba saraswathi lakshmi paarvathi sakthi pandavas sri krishna baba doctors judges travels engineers scientists public private all world people our father teacher satguru power

Neuroscience, brain & mind meets mysticism & spirituality

Section of a talk given at London's Swedenborg Hall on the 14th of OCT, 2006. Discussed is a novel fractal conception of brain organization where certain structural forms and dynamic processes are manifest in the brain at all scales and all areas. I then relate these aspects of the brain to timeless ideas from the world of mysticism, spirituality and religion. The overall idea being that cosmic processes and universal processes are being played out in the brain and human mind. Furthur it is related how the mystery of consciousness and the mystery of God are one and the same mystery. Therefore we should expect aspects of the divine to be revealed in brain anatomy and function.

Ramachandran, the Temporal Lobes and God - Part 1

V. S. Ramachandran - Understanding the triggers of empathy


52:17 - 2 years ago
Take a trip deep into the Amazon Rain forest with Dean Jeffreys and his family as he explores Ayahuasca with a tribe of Shamans.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Documentary

Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Documentary

1:13:39 - 1 year ago
Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Documentary (Shaman_-_Other_Worlds_-_Ayahuasca_Documentary.avi) Ayahuasca is used largely as a religious sacrament. Those whose usage of ayahuasca is performed in non-traditional contexts often align themselves with the philosophies and cosmologies associated with ayahuasca shamanism, as practiced among indigenous peoples like the Urarina of Peruvian Amazonia. The religion Santo Daime uses it. While non-native users know of the spiritual applications of ayahuasca, a less well-known traditional usage focuses on the medicinal properties of ayahuasca. Its purgative properties are highly important (many refer to it as la purga, "the purge"). The intense vomiting and occasional diarrhea it induces can clear the body of worms and other tropical parasites, and harmala alkaloids themselves have been shown to be anthelmintic. Thus, this action is twofold; a direct action on the parasites by these harmala alkaloids (particularly harmine in ayahuasca) works to kill the parasites, and parasites are expelled through the increased intestinal motility that is caused by these alkaloids. check:

Mysteries of the Sacred Universe

48:19 - 3 years ago
The Cosmology of the Bhagavata Purana. Explains the ancient Indian cosmology and relates its relevance to the modern cosmology. Srimad Bhagavatam.

Intelligence Revolution

Visions Of The Future (1 of 3) The Intelligence Revolution
51:54 - 2 years ago
Visions of the Future: The Intelligence Revolution. 1st part of 3 part miniseries on the BBC hosted by Michio Kaku. In this new three-part series, leading theoretical physicist and futurist Dr Michio Kaku explores the cutting edge science of today, tomorrow, and beyond. He argues that humankind is at a turning point in history. In this century, we are going to make the historic transition from the 'Age of Discovery' to the 'Age of Mastery', a period in which we will move from being passive observers of nature to its active choreographers. This will give us not only unparalleled possibilities but also great responsibilities.


52:36 - 4 years ago
A debate "The Concept of God in Hinduism and Islam in the light of Sacred scriptures" between Dr. Zakir Naik (Islamic Research Foundation) and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living). Followed by an open Question and Answer Session. DISC 3/4
The Nature of Existence
2:22:47 - 2 years ago
This is an "ex nihilo" derivation of existence as the geometric embodiment of a simple integer count. Possible mechanisms are given for the nuclear, weak, electromagnetic and gravitational interactions as well as cosmological observations. Keywords: origin of universe, physics, astronomy, cosmology, constants of nature, electron, proton, theory, mathematics, geometry, space, time, causality, uncertainty, Planck constant, dark matter, dark energy, anti-matter, CPT symmetry, inertia, ufo propulsion, parity, conservation laws, parity, charge conjugation, time reversal symmetry

Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics - “Dangerous Knowledge

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