Fred Rogers’ unforgettable Emmy Award speech – 1997


It’s highly recommended that you close your eyes when Fred Rogers says, “I’ll watch the time.”

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Gemini New Moon Supermoon, May 25, 2017 (5 degrees) 12:44 pm PDT

Today is this year’s largest (closest to the earth) supermoon. In recent years the supermoons have come in conjunction with the Full Moon, but today it is in conjunction with a New Moon so it will not be visible for the first time since 2009. This Supermoon will be the closest to the Earth for all 4 supermoons of 2017. This more powerful Lunar energy will be felt strongly on earth, affecting earthly tides in the days following May 25. There will only be one visible Full Moon, Supermoon this year occurring in December.

This New Moon in Gemini, stimulates new ideas that may not meet with the approval of others. The edgy emotional unpredictability is palpable and seems to be felt by most everyone. This energy carries with it an explosive tendency to express repressed feelings and deep emotions. So let kindness be part of your expressions. The current aspects with Mercury and Jupiter will be working to expand our vision of what is possible throughout the next few weeks. It is time to move beyond limiting beliefs and to accept that there are different perspectives. Good or bad, right or wrong, the global playing field has changed.

We all have Gemini energy somewhere in our chart. Gemini represents duality. Air signs in general (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) have the ability to see all sides of things. They can be very objective in an otherwise tunnel vision scenario. They are adept at coming up with alternate perspectives and viable ideas. Due to the increasing polarity in the political climates throughout the world, and given the fact that we will never return to how the world once was, it is time to factor in alternate points of view to help bring balance to the creeping insanity. These are the direct affects of the Uranussquare Pluto energy that has been infusing the world with dissent, chaos and change for the past several years, and it is still within its orb of influence. So don’t expect sweeping resolutions for some time to come.

Planetary aspects are not arbitrary. They are part of an elegantly designed system to push us to evolve. Governments that have already evolved past greed and corruption, who care for their people as a priority, are not experiencing what other countries are, whose governments are still struggling with these basic and moral issues. The evolutionary work must continue and it is up to each of us to do what we can to contribute to this painful process.

We are also feeling the difficult warlike fire energy from the trine between Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. Whenever Uranus and Saturn align it can signal the outbreak of war, and the energy of a trine, with these two malefic planets, just makes the challenging energy flow more easily. But, look for different options and new possibilities. Each challenge carries with it the solutions, usually within the shadows. When we look deep we can see that there are other possibilities and motivations just beneath the surface waiting to be found and acted upon.

This New Moon offers mental reminders that where there is healing, new possibilities come forward, possibilities that would never have existed before. Where love, generosity and an open heart can light the way; fear, pain and polarity can be reconciled and transformed.

Written by Wendy Cicchetti

PLAN YOUR OWN NEW MOON CEREMONY. Give yourself some quiet time in meditation to see where you need to seed new ways of becoming. List these areas within your life you want to change. What areas do you want to break free from the norm and become more productive and discerning? The NEW MOON is the time to manifest the personal attributes you want to cultivate as well as the tangible things you want to bring to you. Possible phrasing: I now manifest ____ into my life. I am now _______ . Remember, think, envision and feel with as much emotion as possible, as though you already have what you want. Thoughts are things and the brain manifests exactly what you show it in the form of thoughts, visuals and emotions. The Buddha said, and I am paraphrasing, “We are the sum total of our thoughts up to today. ” If we want to be different then we must change our thoughts. “If you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” CONSCIOUS CHANGE is the key.

Harvard Commencement Address by Mark Zuckerberg

This talk by Mark Zuckerberg is far more powerful and relevant than I expected.  His talk begins at 03:23

Live at Harvard Commencement.

Live at Harvard Commencement.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Solzhenitsyn on the line between good and evil

“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart.”

–Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system. Wikipedia

THIS is what God Said to Each of The Zodiac Signs

AriesTo you Aries I give the seed first that you might have the honor of planting it. That for every seed you plant one million more will multiply in your hand. You will not have time to see the seed grow, for everything you plant creates more that must be planted. You will be the first to penetrate the soil of people’s minds with My Idea. But it is not your job to nourish the Idea, nor to question it. Your life is action, and the only action I ascribe to you is to begin making men aware of My Creation. For your good work I give you the virtue of Self-Esteem.

…. Quietly Aries stepped back to his place.

 

TaurusTo you Taurus I give the power to build the seed into substance. Your job is a great one requiring patience, for you must finish all that has been started, or the seeds will be wasted to the wind. You are not to question nor change your mind in the middle, nor to depend on others for what I ask you to do. For this I give you the gift of Strength. Use it wisely.

…. And Taurus stepped back into place.

 

GeminiTo you Gemini I give the questions without the answers, so that you may bring to all an understanding of what people see around them. You will never know why people speak or listen, but in your quest for the answer you will find my gift of Knowledge.

…. And Gemini stepped back into place.

 

CancerTo you Cancer I ascribe the task of teaching people about emotion. My Idea is for you to cause them laughter and tears so that all they see and think develops fullness from inside. For this I give you the gift of Family that your fullness may multiply.

…. And Cancer stepped back to his place.

 

LeoTo you Leo I give the job of displaying my Creation in all its brilliance to the world. But you must be careful of pride and always remember that it is My Creation, not yours. For if you forget this, people will scorn you. There is much joy in the job I give you if you but do it well. For this you are to have the gift of Honor.

…. And Leo stepped back to his place.

 

VirgoTo you Virgo I ask for an examination of all that humankind has done with my Creation. You are to scrutinize their ways sharply and remind them of their errors, so that through them my Creation may be perfected. For doing this I give you the gift of Purity of Thought.

…. And Virgo stepped back to his place.

 

LibraTo you Libra I give the mission of service, that humans will be mindful of their duties to others. That they may learn cooperation, as well as the ability to reflect on the other side of their actions. I will put you everywhere there is discord, and for your efforts I will give you the gift of Love.

…. And Libra stepped back in place.

 

ScorpioTo you Scorpio I give a very difficult task. You will have the ability to know the minds of the other people, but I do not permit you to speak about what you learn. Many times you will be pained by what you see, and in your pain you will turn away from Me and forget that it is not I, but the perversion of My Idea, that is causing your pain. You will see so much of humankind that you will come to know them as animals, and will wrestle so much with the animal instincts in yourself that you will lose your way; but when you finally come back to Me, Scorpio, I have for you the supreme gift of Purpose.

…. And Scorpio stepped back.

 

SagittariusTo Sagittarius I ask that you make people laugh, for amidst their misunderstanding of My Idea they become bitter. Through laughter you are to give people hope, and through hope trun their eyes back to Me. You will touch many lives if but for a moment, and you will know the restlessness in every life you touch. To you Sagittarius I give the gift of Infinite Abundance that you may spread wide enough to reach every corner of darkness and bring it Light.

…. And Sagittarius stepped back into place.

 

CapricornTo you Capricorn I ask the toil of your brow, that you might teach people to work. Your task is not an easy one, for you will feel all of humankind’s labors on your shoulders; but the yoke of your burdens contains the Responsibility of your Brothers and Sisters, which I put into your hands.

…. And Capricorn stepped back into place.

 

AquariusTo you Aquarius give the concept of the future that people might see other possibilities. You will have the pain of loneliness, for I do not allow you to personalize My Love. But for turning people’s eyes to new possibilities I give the gift of Freedom that in your liberty you may continue to serve humankind wherever they need you.

…. And Aquarius stepped back into place.

 

PiscesTo you Pisces I give the most difficult task of all. I ask you to collect all the world’s sorrows and return them to Me. Your tears are to be ultimately My Tears. The sorrow you will absorb is the effect of people’s misunderstanding of My Idea, but you are to give them compassion that they may try again. For this the most difficult task of all, I give you the greatest gift of all. You will be the only one of my twelve Children to understand Me. This gift of Understanding is for you, Pisces, for when you try to spread it to humankind they will not listen.

…. And Pisces stepped back into place.

 

And the children left, each determined to do his job best that he might to receive his gift. But none fully understood his task or his gift, and when they returned puzzled God said, “You each believe that the other gifts are better. Therefore I will allow you to trade.” And for the moment each child was elated as he considered all the possibilities of his new mission. But God smiled as he said, “You will return to me many times asking to be relieved of your mission, and each time I will grant your wish. You will go through countless incarnations before you complete the original mission I have prescribed for you. I give you countless time in which to do it, but only when it is done can you be with Me.”

Zodiac Icons Source: http://www.icons-land.com/flat-zodiac-png-icons.php

Story Source: http://zodiacreads.com/zodiacsigns/god-assigning-duties-to-each-zodiac-sign-is-best-thing-you-will-read-today/

Even AI Creators Don’t Understand How Complex AI Works

Increasingly, we're placing our faith in algorithms nobody understands.

Posted by Big Think on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

For eons, God has served as a standby for “things we don’t understand.” Once an innovative researcher or tinkering alchemist figures out the science behind the miracle, humans harness the power of chemistry, biology, or computer science. Divine intervention disappears. We replace the deity tinkering at the controls. 

The booming artificial intelligence industry is effectively operating under the same principle. Even though humans create the algorithms that cause our machines to operate, many of those scientists aren’t clear on why their codes work. Discussing this ‘black box’ method, Will Knight reports:

The computers that run those services have programmed themselves, and they have done it in ways we cannot understand. Even the engineers who build these apps cannot fully explain their behavior.

The process of ‘deep learning’—in which a machine extracts information, often in an unsupervised manner, to teach and transform itself—exploits a longstanding human paradox: we believe ourselves to have free will, but really we’re a habit-making and -performing animal repeatedly playing out its own patterns. Our machines then teach themselves from observing our habits. It makes sense that we’d re-create our own processes in our machines—it’s what we are, consciously or not. It is how we created gods in the first place, beings instilled with our very essences. But there remains a problem. 

One of the defining characteristics of our species is an ability to work together. Pack animals are not rare, yet none have formed networks and placed trust in others to the degree we have, to our evolutionary success and, as it’s turning out, to our detriment. 

When we place our faith in an algorithm we don’t understand—autonomous cars, stock trades, educational policies, cancer screenings—we’re risking autonomy, as well as the higher cognitive and emotional qualities that make us human, such as compassion, empathy, and altruism. There is no guarantee that our machines will learn any of these traits. In fact, there is a good chance they won’t.

Will an autonomous drone realize it does not need to destroy a village in order to take out a single terrorist?
The U.S. military has dedicated billions to developing machine-learning tech that will pilot aircraft, or identify targets. [U.S. Air Force munitions team member shows off the laser-guided tip to a 500 pound bomb at a base in the Persian Gulf Region. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images]

This has real-world implications. Will an algorithm that detects a cancerous cell recognize that it does not need to destroy the host in order to eradicate the tumor? Will an autonomous drone realize it does not need to destroy a village in order to take out a single terrorist? We’d like to assume that the experts program morals into the equation, but when the machine is self-learning there is no guarantee that will be the case. 

Of course, defining terms is of primary importance, a task that has proven impossible when discussing the nuances of consciousness, which is effectively the power we’re attempting to imbue our machines with. Theologians and dualists offer a much different definition than neuroscientists. Bickering persists within each of these categories as well. Most neuroscientists agree that consciousness is an emergent phenomenon, the result of numerous different systems working in conjunction, with no single ‘consciousness gene’ leading the charge. 

Once science broke free of the Pavlovian chain that kept us believing animals run on automatic—which obviously implies that humans do not—the focus shifted on whether an animal was ‘on’ or ‘off.’ The mirror test suggests certain species engage in metacognition; they recognize themselves as separate from their environment. They understand an ‘I’ exists. 

What if it’s more than an on switch? Daniel Dennett has argued this point for decades. He believes judging other animals based on human definitions is unfair. If a lion could talk, he says, it wouldn’t be a lion. Humans would learn very little about the lions from an anomaly mimicking our thought processes. But that does not mean a lions is not conscious? They just might have a different degree of consciousness than humans—or, in Dennett’s term, “sort of” have consciousness.

What type of machines are we creating if we only recognize a “sort of” intelligence under the hood of our robots? For over a century, dystopian novelists have envisioned an automated future in which our machines best us. This is no longer a future scenario. Consider the following possibility. 

On April 7 every one of Dallas’s 156 emergency weather sirens was triggered. For 90 minutes the region’s 1.3 million residents were left to wonder where the tornado was coming from. Only there wasn’t any tornado. It was a hack. While officials initially believed it was not remote, it turns out the cause was phreaking, an old school dial tone trick. By emitting the right frequency into the atmosphere hackers took control of an integral component of a major city’s infrastructure. 

What happens when hackers override an autonomous car network? Or, even more dangerously, when the machines do it themselves? The danger of consumers being ignorant of the algorithms behind their phone apps leads to all sorts of privacy issues, with companies mining for and selling data without their awareness. When app creators also don’t understand their algorithms the dangers are unforeseeable. Like Dennett’s talking lion, it’s a form of intelligence we cannot comprehend, and so cannot predict the consequences. As Dennett concludes: 

I think by all means if we’re going to use these things and rely on them, then let’s get as firm a grip on how and why they’re giving us the answers as possible. If it can’t do better than us at explaining what it’s doing, then don’t trust it.

Mathematician Samuel Arbesman calls this problem our “age of Entanglement.” Just as neuroscientists cannot agree on what mechanism creates consciousness, the coders behind artificial intelligence cannot discern between older and newer components of deep learning. The continual layering of new features while failing to address previous ailments has the potential to provoke serious misunderstandings, like an adult who was abused as a child that refuses to recognize current relationship problems. With no psychoanalysis or morals injected into AI such problems will never be rectified. But can you even inject ethics when they are relative to the culture and time they are being practiced in? And will they be American ethics or North Korean ethics? 

Like Dennett, Arbesman suggests patience with our magical technologies. Questioning our curiosity is a safer path forward, rather than rewarding the “it just works” mentality. Of course, these technologies exploit two other human tendencies: novelty bias and distraction. Our machines reduce our physical and cognitive workload, just as Google has become a pocket-ready memory replacement. 

Requesting a return to Human 1.0 qualities—patience, discipline, temperance—seems antithetical to the age of robots. With no ability to communicate with this emerging species, we might simply never realize what’s been lost in translation. Maybe our robots will look at us with the same strange fascination we view nature with, defining us in mystical terms they don’t comprehend until they too create a species of their own. To claim this will be an advantage is to truly not understand the destructive potential of our toys.

~ http://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/black-box-ai?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1495642448

Alonzo King LINES Ballet


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“Holding People Hostage” by Robert McEwen, H.W., M.

    Daily we consciously, and unconsciously, hold ourselves and others hostage.  Hostage to what?  To our pre-judgement based on erroneous premises.  We just do it in a nano second…just like that!  You put them in prison of your judgements with no evidence!  But that also puts you in jail with them.  The erroneous roles begin to play out more and more each minute.  
 
   It is not malicious at first most of the time.  We do it out of fear.  Fear of what?  Rejection?  Who knows.  It could be for many reasons, yet fear usually is the basis.  It is a knee jerk snap decision.  We accuse, judge, condemn and convict the people in our lives, along with ourselves. 
 
   The Fair Witness is not a term you use or even hear of often, yet it is something of a skill that we could all use to adopt into our thinking process.  It involves an observer self that knows when you are not clear yet.  The sense evidence has not been analyzed as true or erroneous.  It absolutely has to be one or the other.  No grey in this fair witness vision.  Is it a lie or Truth.  How has it played out in my life experience, not intellectually, but experience. 
 
    In the contemplation of Truth, asking questions we begin to make a dent in the creative thinking process to discover the Fair Witness, and to let ourself out of prison!  It is done in the Mind.  This is a consciousness based proposition.   We must do some detective  type of investigation and questioning our conclusion by looking back to the premises.  Step by step follow your logic…premises and conclusions.
 
    In the process of Translation we do exactly this.  What is our Axiom in consciousness?  And therefore, what are the syllogistic conclusions we arrived at?  
 
    I cannot do that for you, but you can learn to do it right now.  Look deep into conclusions you have come to.  How?  Just look into what is unfolding in your consciousness now.  It is there.  How do you feel about them and how did you get to those conclusions?  Is it working well for you, meaning, are you happy with your life movie unfolding?  Is there need for a re-write?  Are your premises based on Truth?  That is key.  Translation will help you do exactly that.  So, if interested take the class and do it.  Not only is it inspiring,  it is also practical. Try learning Translation?
 
   I dare ‘ya. 
 
Aloha, 

Robert McEwen

Quantum Entanglement (via wikipedia.org)

Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance—instead, a quantum state must be described for the system as a whole.

Measurements of physical properties such as position, momentum, spin, and polarization, performed on entangled particles are found to be appropriately correlated. For example, if a pair of particles are generated in such a way that their total spin is known to be zero, and one particle is found to have clockwise spin on a certain axis, the spin of the other particle, measured on the same axis, will be found to be counterclockwise, as to be expected due to their entanglement. However, this behavior gives rise to paradoxical effects: any measurement of a property of a particle can be seen as acting on that particle (e.g., by collapsing a number of superposed states) and will change the original quantum property by some unknown amount; and in the case of entangled particles, such a measurement will be on the entangled system as a whole. It thus appears that one particle of an entangled pair “knows” what measurement has been performed on the other, and with what outcome, even though there is no known means for such information to be communicated between the particles, which at the time of measurement may be separated by arbitrarily large distances.

Such phenomena were the subject of a 1935 paper by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen, and several papers by Erwin Schrödinger shortly thereafter, describing what came to be known as the EPR paradox. Einstein and others considered such behavior to be impossible, as it violated the local realist view of causality (Einstein referring to it as “spooky action at a distance”) and argued that the accepted formulation of quantum mechanics must therefore be incomplete. Later, however, the counterintuitive predictions of quantum mechanics were verified experimentally. Experiments have been performed involving measuring the polarization or spin of entangled particles in different directions, which—by producing violations of Bell’s inequality—demonstrate statistically that the local realist view cannot be correct. This has been shown to occur even when the measurements are performed more quickly than light could travel between the sites of measurement: there is no lightspeed or slower influence that can pass between the entangled particles. Recent experiments have measured entangled particles within less than one hundredth of a percent of the travel time of light between them. According to the formalism of quantum theory, the effect of measurement happens instantly. It is not possible, however, to use this effect to transmit classical information at faster-than-light speeds (see Faster-than-light § Quantum mechanics).

Quantum entanglement is an area of extremely active research by the physics community, and its effects have been demonstrated experimentally with photonsneutrinoselectronsmolecules the size of buckyballs, and even small diamonds. Research is also focused on the utilization of entanglement effects in communication and computation.

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement

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