Written by Alison Hall


Busy, rushed, hurried, just some ofrepparttar words used to describe life today. Everything seems to be measured by what you have, where you go on holiday, what labels you wear. We are bombarded with articles, billboards, advertisements, which all dictate (most subconsciously) how we should live, and if we don’t measure up to that, then we are not really living.

Now, if we have more disposable income, and are living as above, why is it that most of us feel there is something missing?

We have forgotten how our ancestors danced in tune withrepparttar 122307 earth’s rhythms. How they lived byrepparttar 122308 seasons andrepparttar 122309 cycles ofrepparttar 122310 moon. How they only gathered what they needed, nothing more, nothing less.

That’s all very well in those days, but we have technology now, surely with all these gadgets our lives should be easier? Perhaps, but are we any happier? Do our lives light up withrepparttar 122311 sparkle ofrepparttar 122312 stars? Do we even know what makes us happy? Do we yearn for love, yet are unable to find it? Our lives are a clutter and mismatch, even when we think we have it all, as long as our world doesn’t change we still live in closed boxes. We always want more and more to fulfil our so-called ‘happy life’. The truth is, it’s all an illusion, created by us for us. Our ego, out to protect us and keep us safe. Keep busy, earn more!!! Fill your life full of busyness so that you never have to reach within, never discover what makes you truly happy, for this would mean having to take a cold hard look at your soul within. The spark of our soul, who we really are always remains lit, a tiny spark, which could grow into an inferno of wonder and joy, if only we would fuel our fire withrepparttar 122313 truth of who we are.

It's a Quantum Thing

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

We don't need to understand quantum physics entirely in order to appreciate it. Even those who have devoted their lives torepparttar study ofrepparttar 122306 universe and its atomic structure will admit that many mysteries remain. Well, I love mysteries, so let's setrepparttar 122307 scene for this one...

There's a Big Bang. "Whoosh!" go allrepparttar 122308 molecules. Much swirling commences. Fast forward 12 billion years (give or take a billion) to present day. People all overrepparttar 122309 world watch sci-fi movies, read physics texts, attend harmonic convergence gatherings, study nanotechnology, and gaze atrepparttar 122310 stars. Our questions: How did we get here? Who are we? Where is here? Why? What next?

If you’re expecting quantum theory to answer those questions, you’re going to be disappointed. However, it does give us some heady new ways to anticipate those answers.

Let’s take a look at some terms. Back inrepparttar 122311 fifth century BC, our Greek friend Democritus hadrepparttar 122312 idea that all matter is ultimately made up of tiny grains that cannot be divided into smaller pieces. He called these little pieces “atoms” forrepparttar 122313 Greek phrase “a-tomos” which means “uncuttable”. Poor Democritus didn’t haverepparttar 122314 advantage of sophisticated microscopes, so it’s not surprising that, centuries later, it was discovered that atoms are actually cuttable. In fact, atoms are themselves made up of tiny particles we’ve dubbed neutrons, protons, electrons and neutrinos.

But it doesn’t stop there. Now we’re thinking that leptons, along with quarks, arerepparttar 122315 tiniest of particles of all and currently consideredrepparttar 122316 ultimate building blocks of nature. Since we keep finding particles inside particles and adding new names to pieces of atoms, it’s easier to refer torepparttar 122317 smallest chunks into which something can be divided as quanta. The German physicist Max Planck first proposed that energy might come in little pieces called quanta back inrepparttar 122318 early 1900s. So when we talk about quantum theory, we’re just referring torepparttar 122319 whole set of ideas surroundingrepparttar 122320 microscopic world of atoms.

Along comes Albert Einstein, who recognizes that this whole idea of quantum physics turns classical physics on its head and spins it around. Here all these scientists had developed theories and precise formulas for calculating predictably and consistentlyrepparttar 122321 ways in which bodies move. Now there’s this idea that little particles actually behave in ways we can’t predict with certainty. These tiny quanta are mysterious. They respond sometimes as particles, and sometimes as waves, and we can’t always tell which way they’re going to go. If a particle is traveling from point A to point B, we can guess its path, butrepparttar 122322 tinierrepparttar 122323 particle,repparttar 122324 less sure we are that that exact path isrepparttar 122325 one taken. In fact—hold on to your hat here—we’ve come to understand that not only do we not knowrepparttar 122326 exact path, but thatrepparttar 122327 particles may actually be in two places at once.

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