Moon Gazing - Is It Right For You?

Written by Gary Nugent

Like a lot of kids, my folks gave me a 60mm telescope for Christmas one year. The scope was a typical department-store brand - not very good - but to a 12-year old kid it opened uprepparttar universe.

Through it I got to seerepparttar 127591 moons of Jupiter,repparttar 127592 phases of Venus andrepparttar 127593 rings of Saturn. But above all these eye-openers, there wasrepparttar 127594 moon. There inrepparttar 127595 eyepiece stood craggy mountains - spires casting long shadows across crater lowlands, dark maria and (painfully) bright highlands, a surface pockmarked with craters of all sizes, some with bright ejecta rays and some funny squiggle type features. I soon learned thatrepparttar 127596 greatest amount of detail was seen alongrepparttar 127597 terminator, that line splitting light from dark, where shadows played across features showing them in stark contrast. And to cap it all, each night different features could be seen in detail.

They say that as you get older, your memory plays tricks on you - you remember good things more thanrepparttar 127598 bad. I remember lots of clear, frosty winter nights when I could point my 'scope atrepparttar 127599 moon and scan its disk for some feature I had not seen in relief before. These days,repparttar 127600 skies seem to be cloudy much more frequently andrepparttar 127601 frosty winter nights are few and far between. I guess that's global warming for you!

Time moved on and I moved in and out of committee positions in astronomy societies, editing some magazines alongrepparttar 127602 way (I now put my own ezine, called Photon -, together every couple of months). Astronomy became more aboutrepparttar 127603 bureaucracy of running clubs than about looking through a telescope. Then, inrepparttar 127604 late '90s, wanting to get back to my astronomical "roots", I bought a 'real' telescope, an 8" reflector which I readily turned towardsrepparttar 127605 moon. Stunning views once again assailed my eyes (prompting memories of halcyon nights as a 12 year old looking through my old 60mm scope).

I'm a software writer (or should that be "engineer"?) by profession, so I wrote a bit of software which would help me in planning my moon observations. It told me whenrepparttar 127606 moon would rise and set, what phase it was and other stuff. When people who'd seen it said they wanted a copy, I polished it up and released it as Shareware underrepparttar 127607 title LunarPhase ( It's now evolved into a more comprehensive application called LunarPhase Pro ( I'm pleased that's it's been receiving very good reviews - I feel like I've done something to make other people more aware of my old friend inrepparttar 127608 sky.

Rediscovering the Mind

Written by Robert Bruce Baird


Fromrepparttar viewpoint of a modern microbiologist, we hearrepparttar 127590 call for integration and common sense in sciences that are all too often devising separate stakes and battlements to pontificate from, on high. The 'experts' thus proving their ignorance becauserepparttar 127591 result inevitably is specious ego and puffery. Truth did not divide herself up for prissy 'nerds' to prevail upon, with their massive convolutions and devious attempts to practice buffoonery upon her.

In August of 1980 Psychology Today ran an article by Harold J. Morowitz, professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. I recommend a complete reading of this article for anyone who has suffered through a complete exposure to all that our modern education system is comprised of; as it tries to convince you that everything is 'black and white' and that no soul exists through avoidance of its instruction (except a few artists who defyrepparttar 127592 norm).


Physical scientists are returning torepparttar 127593 view that thought - meaning mind - is one of nature's ultimate realities'.

The study of life at all levels, from social to molecular behavior, has in modern times relied on reductionism asrepparttar 127594 chief explanatory concept. This approach to knowledge tries to comprehend one level of scientific phenomena in terms of concepts at a lower and presumably more fundamental level... Reductionism atrepparttar 127595 psychological level is exemplified byrepparttar 127596 viewpoint in Carl Sagan's best selling book THE DRAGONS OF EDEN.

He writes: 'My fundamental premise aboutrepparttar 127597 brain is that its workings- what we sometimes call 'mind' - are a consequence of its anatomy and, physiology and nothing more.' As a further demonstration of this trend of thought, we note that Sagan's glossary does not containrepparttar 127598 words mind, consciousness, perception, awareness or thought, but rather deals with entries such as synapse, lobotomy, proteins and electrodes…

Werner Heisenberg, one ofrepparttar 127599 founders ofrepparttar 127600 new physics, became deeply involved inrepparttar 127601 issues of philosophy and humanism. In PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF QUANTUM PHYSICS, he wrote of physicists having to renounce thoughts of an objective time-scale common to all observers, and of events in time and space that are independent of our ability to observe them. Heisenberg stressed thatrepparttar 127602 laws of nature no longer dealt with elementary particles, but with our knowledge of these particles - that is, withrepparttar 127603 'contents of our minds'. Erwin Schrödinger,repparttar 127604 man who formulatedrepparttar 127605 fundamental equation of quantum mechanics, wrote an extraordinary little book in 1958 called MIND AND MATTER. In this series of essays, he moved fromrepparttar 127606 results ofrepparttar 127607 new physics to a rather mystical view ofrepparttar 127608 universe that he identified withrepparttar 127609 'perennial philosophy' of Aldous Huxley. Schrödinger wasrepparttar 127610 first ofrepparttar 127611 quantum theoreticians to express sympathy withrepparttar 127612 UPANISHADS and Eastern philosophical thought. A growing body of literature now embodies this perspective, including two popular works. THE TAO OF PHYSICS by Fritjof Capra, and THE DANCING WU-LI MASTERS by Gary Zukav...

However,repparttar 127613 only simple and consistent description physicists were able to assign to a measurement involved an observer's becoming aware ofrepparttar 127614 result. Thusrepparttar 127615 physical event andrepparttar 127616 content ofrepparttar 127617 human mind were inseparable. This linkage forced many researchers to seriously consider consciousness as an integral part ofrepparttar 127618 structure of physics. Such interpretations moved science towardrepparttar 127619 'idealist' as contracted withrepparttar 127620 'realist' conception of philosophy.

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