The Biological Field with Beverly Rubik

New Thinking Allo • Mar 28, 2023 Beverly Rubik, PhD, a biophysicist, is president and founder of the Institute for Frontier Science in Emeryville, California. She has authored dozens of scientific papers regarding the human biofield, psychotronics, psychic healing and other aspects of cutting-edge science. She is author of Life At The Edge of Science. Here she addresses many aspects of biological energy fields, including electromagnetic and photonic. She also describes a subtle energy detector that she has developed in her laboratory that is capable of registering human emotions, even when shielded from all known forms of electromagnetic or acoustical radiation. She also describes her work with high voltage, digital photography of the corona discharge from human fingertips. Edited subtitles for this video are available in Russian, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, and Spanish. New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). He is also the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Bigelow Institute essay competition regarding the best evidence for survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death. (Recorded on December 15, 2017)

Artist: Harry Dodge

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Harry Dodge
Born1966 (age 56–57)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materBard College
Occupation(s)sculptor, performer, video artist, professor, writer.
EmployerCalifornia Institute of the Arts
SpouseMaggie Nelson

Harry Dodge (born 1966) is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, professor, and writer.

His solo exhibitions have included works in New York, Los Angeles and Connecticut, while his group exhibitions have taken place at The New Museum, the Whitney Biennial, the Getty Museum and the Hammer Museum, among others. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017 and is the author of the book My Meteorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing (2020). He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Early life

Dodge was born in 1966 in San Francisco, California.[1][2] Dodge earned an MFA degree in Fine Art in 2002 from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.[3]


In the early 1990s, Dodge was one of the founders of and curators for the San Francisco community-based performance space, Red Dora’s Bearded Lady Coffeehouse.[4][5] During this time Dodge wrote, directed, and performed several evening-length, monologue-based performances, including “Muddy Little River” (1996) and “From Where I’m Sitting (I Can Only Reach Your Ass)” (1997).[6]

In the late 1990s, Dodge co-wrote, directed, edited and starred in (with Silas Howard) a narrative feature film, By Hook or By Crook, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2002), and received five Best Feature awards at various film festivals.[7] Dodge also performed in the 2000 John Waters film Cecil B. Demented.[8][9]

From 2004 to 2008, while continuing to make solo work, Dodge formed half of a video-making collaboration with artist Stanya Kahn.[10]

Since 2008, Dodge has focused on sculpture, drawing, video, and writing. His interdisciplinary practice is “characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality and ecstatic contamination”.[11] Artforum says his “dense, idea-rich” works are “designed to hold ideas of individuality and multiplicity in tension and to create spaces of dynamic slippage between the whole and its parts.”[12]

Dodge teaches in the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)[13] and in sculpture program of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.[14]


Solo exhibitions

  • 2019 Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, New York[15]
  • 2018 Works of Love, JOAN, Los Angeles, California[16]
  • 2017 Mysterious Fires, Grand Army Collective, New York, New York[17][18]
  • 2015 The Cybernetic Fold, Wallspace, New York[17]
  • 2013 Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut[19]
  • 2013 Frowntown, Wallspace, New York[20]

Group exhibitions

  • 2019 Avengers–Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain, Gaga and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, Los Angeles, California[21]
  • 2017 The New Museum, New York City, New York[22]
  • 2014 Made in L.A.Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California[23]
  • 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York City, New York[24]
  • 2009 Code Share: 5 continents, 10 biennales, 20 artists, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania[25]
  • Videonale 12, Kunstalle Bonn, Bonn, Germany[26]
  • 2009 Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist VideoBrooklyn Museum of Art[27]
  • 2008 California Video Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California;[28]
  • 2007 Between Two Deaths, ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany[29]
  • 2007 Eden’s Edge Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California[30]
  • Triples: Harry Dodge, Evan Holloway, Peter Shelton, The Approach, London, England[31]


Dodge’s collaborative work with Stanya Kahn, Can’t Swallow It, Can’t Spit It Out,[32] is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.[33] Dodge’s solo work is also included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,[34] and the Hammer Museum.[35]


In 2017 Dodge was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.[36] In 2012, he received an Art Matters grant.[37]

His co-directed film By Hook or By Crook received several awards, including Best Feature, Audience Award at Outfest Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Grand Jury Prize at Outfest Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Best Feature, Jury Prize at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Best New Director, Jury Prize at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Best Feature, Audience Award at Mardi Gras Festival, Australia; Best Feature, Audience Award at South by Southwest Film Festival; Best Feature, Jury Award at Philadelphia Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.[38]

Personal life

Dodge is married to the author Maggie Nelson, with whom he has a child.[39] He has an older child from a previous relationship.[40]

Dodge uses the pronoun “he,” but has long expressed disinterest in gender designations.[41] He identifies as a butch.[42][43] In a 2017 interview with Lunch Ticket he discusses an interest in Adorno’s theory of “non-identity,” or “non-language knowings.”[44]

Free Will Astrology: Week of March 30, 2023


Photo: Glen Carrie

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes, I give you suggestions that may, if you carry them out, jostle your routines and fluster your allies. But after trying out the new approaches for a short time, you may chicken out and revert to old habits. That’s understandable! It can be difficult to change your life. Here’s an example. What if I encourage you to cancel your appointments and wander out into the wilderness to discuss your dreams with the birds? And what if, during your adventure, you are flooded with exhilarating yearnings for freedom? And then you decide to divest yourself of desires that other people want you to have and instead revive and give boosts to desires that you want yourself to have? Will you actually follow through with brave practical actions that transform your relationship with your deepest longings?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have done all you can for now to resolve and expunge stale, messy karma—some of which was left over from the old days and old ways. There may come a time in the future when you will have more cleansing to do, but you have now earned the right to be as free from your past and as free from your conditioning as you have ever been. APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, you still need to spend a bit more time resolving and expunging stale, messy karma. But you’re almost done!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Businessman Robert Bigelow hopes to eventually begin renting luxurious rooms in space. For $1.7 million per night, travelers will enjoy accommodations he provides on his orbiting hotel, 200 miles above the Earth’s surface. Are you interested? I bet more Geminis will be signing up for this exotic trip than any other sign. You’re likely to be the journeyers most excited by the prospect of sailing along at 17,000 miles per hour and witnessing sixteen sunsets and sunrises every twenty-four hours. APRIL FOOL! In fact, you Geminis are quite capable of getting the extreme variety you crave and need right here on the planet’s surface. And during the coming weeks, you will be even more skilled than usual at doing just that.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to become the overlord of your own fiefdom, or seize control of a new territory and declare yourself chieftain, or overthrow the local hierarchy and install yourself as the sovereign ruler of all you survey. APRIL FOOL! I was metaphorically exaggerating a bit—but just a bit. I do in fact believe now is an excellent phase to increase your clout, boost your influence, and express your leadership. Be as kind as you can be, of course, but also be rousingly mighty and fervent.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his poem “The Something,” Charles Simic writes, “Here come my night thoughts on crutches, returning from studying the heavens. What they thought about stayed the same. Stayed immense and incomprehensible.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you Leos will have much the same experience in the coming weeks. So there’s no use in even hoping or trying to expand your vision. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The truth is, you will not have Simic’s experience. Just the opposite. When your night thoughts return from studying the heavens, they will be full of exuberant, inspiring energy. (And what exactly are “night thoughts”? They are bright insights you discover in the darkness.)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If there will ever come a time when you will find a gold bullion bar on the ground while strolling around town, it will be soon. Similarly, if you are destined to buy a winning $10 million lottery ticket or inherit a diamond mine in Botswana, that blessing will arrive soon. APRIL FOOL! I was exaggerating a bit. The truth is, I suspect you are now extra likely to attract new resources and benefits, though not on the scale of gold bullion, lottery winnings and diamond mines.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Do you have a muse, Libra? In my opinion, all of us need and deserve at least one muse, even if we’re not creative artists. A muse can be a spirit or hero or ally who inspires us, no matter what work and play we do. A muse may call our attention to important truths we are ignoring or point us in the direction of exciting future possibilities. According to my astrological analysis, you are now due for a muse upgrade. If you don’t have one, get one—or even more. If you already have a relationship with a muse, ask more from it. Nurture it. Take it to the next level.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Dear Valued Employee: Our records show you haven’t used any vacation time over the past one hundred years. As you may know, workers get three weeks of paid leave per year or else receive pay in lieu of time off. One added week is granted for every five years of service. So please, sometime soon, either take 9,400 days off work or notify our office, and your next paycheck will reflect payment of $8,277,432, including pay and interest for the past 1,200 months. APRIL FOOL! Everything I just said was an exaggeration. But there is a grain of truth in it. The coming weeks should bring you a nice surprise or two concerning your job.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian poet and artist William Blake (1757–1827) was a hard-working visionary prophet with an extravagant imagination. His contemporaries considered him a freaky eccentric, though today we regard him as a genius. I invite you to enjoy your own personal version of a Blake-like phase in the coming weeks. It’s a perfect time to dynamically explore your idiosyncratic inclinations and creative potentials. Be bold, even brazen, as you celebrate what makes you unique. BUT WAIT! Although everything I just said is true, I must add a caveat: You don’t necessarily need to be a freaky eccentric to honor your deepest, most authentic truths and longings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some of my friends disapprove of cosmetic surgery. I remind them that many cultures throughout history have engaged in body modification. In parts of Africa and Borneo, for example, people stretch their ears. Some Balinese people get their teeth filed. Women of the Indigenous Kayan people in Thailand elongate their necks using brass coils. Anyway, Capricorn, this is my way of letting you know that the coming weeks would be a favorable time to change your body. APRIL FOOL! It’s not my place to advise you about whether and how to reshape your body. Instead, my job is to encourage you to deepen and refine how your mind understands and treats your body. And now is an excellent time to do that.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I invite you to make a big change. I believe it’s crucial if you hope to place yourself in maximum alignment with current cosmic rhythms. Here’s my idea: Start calling yourself by the name “Genius.” You could even use it instead of the first name you have used all these years. Tell everyone that from now on, they should address you as “Genius.” APRIL FOOL! I don’t really think you should make the switch to Genius. But I do believe you will be extra smart and ultra-wise in the coming weeks, so it wouldn’t be totally outrageous to refer to yourself as “Genius.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your body comprises thirty trillion human cells and thirty-nine trillion microbial cells, including the bacteria that live within you. And in my astrological estimation, those sixty-nine trillion life forms are vibrating in sweet harmony with all the money in the world. Amazing! Because of this remarkable alignment, you now have the potential to get richer quicker. Good economic luck is swirling in your vicinity. Brilliant financial intuitions are likely to well up in you. The Money God is far more amenable than usual to your prayers. APRIL FOOL! I was exaggerating a bit. But I do believe you now have extra ability to prime your cash flow.

Homework: What’s the best blessing you could give someone right now?

How do we get the world off fossil fuels quickly and fairly?

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Bernardo Kastrup on Consciousness, Carl Jung, AI and UAPs / UFOs

THIRD EYE DROPS3.Premiered Mar 22, 2023 Bernardo Kastrup enters the mind meld! Bernardo is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work leads the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. Bernardo holds two Ph.Ds, one in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another in computer engineering. He’s the author of several books including Science Ideated, Why Materialism Is Baloney, and Decoding Jung’s Metaphysics. In this one, we muse about consciousness, the nature of reality, the philosophy of Carl Jung the, UFO / UAP phenomenon, whether or not AI can become sentient and much more.

The Tragic Necessity of Human Life: Willa Cather on Relationships and How Our Formative Family Dynamics Imprint Us

By Maria Popova (

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,” the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hahn wrote in his short, potent meditation on how to love. Developmentally, we humans learn — or mislearn — how to love through our formative attachment patterns, modeled by and cultivated within the family — patterns that imprint our emotional identity and shape the defaults of how we connect, be they wounding or harmonizing. Family dynamics thus become inseparable from our sense of identity, and although we might eventually rewire our attachment patterns through new relationships and ample self-work, we can never fully unmoor ourselves from those formative affections, for they are woven into the mysterious thread that makes us and our childhood selves one person.

That peculiar, inescapable dance between the family and the self is what beloved novelist Willa Cather (December 7, 1873–April 24, 1947) explores in one of the pieces found in her altogether magnificent 1936 nonfiction collection Not Under Forty (public library).

Willa Cather (Library of Congress)

In a beautiful appreciation of Katherine Mansfield’s genius for conveying the complexities of human relationships, Cather writes:

I doubt whether any contemporary writer has made one feel more keenly the many kinds of personal relations which exist in an everyday “happy family” who are merely going on living their daily lives, with no crises or shocks or bewildering complications to try them. Yet every individual in that household (even the children) is clinging passionately to his individual soul, is in terror of losing it in the general family flavor. As in most families, the mere struggle to have anything of one’s own, to be one’s self at all, creates an element of strain which keeps everybody almost at the breaking-point.

One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbor’s household, and, underneath, another — secret and passionate and intense — which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him. One realizes that human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them.

Art from In Pieces by Marion Fayolle, a wordless exploration of human relationships

And yet even amid this glibness, Cather does what she does best — out of the seemingly damning, she wrests the redemptive:

In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day, though they are not down in the list of subjects from which the conventional novelist works…

These secret accords and antipathies which lie hidden under our everyday behavior … more than any outward events make our lives happy or unhappy.

That Not Under Forty has gone out of print is nothing short of a tragedy, but used copies are still findable and well worth a trip to the public library. Complement it with Cather on how to persevere through difficult times and the life-changing advice that made her a writer, then revisit philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how storytelling rewires our emotional patterning, immunologist Esther Sternberg on how relationships affect our immune system, Charles Darwin on family, work, and happiness, and Adrienne Rich on honorable human relationships.

Tarot Card for March 30: The Ace of Disks

The Ace of Disks

The Ace of Disks marks, on the everyday level, the start of a new project, which is likely to be successful. So it will come up to show a new job, or a new business venture. Usually this will be the sort of project that seems to continuously keep on growing, with each level of attainment producing – almost of itself – the next step in the journey.

Sometimes the Ace will come up to indicate a sudden change of material fortune, or a windfall – though either of these would have to be quite substantial to invoke the Ace. Aces are always big influences, marking the beginning of something new and important. So if we see the card coming up to represent a sudden input of funds, expect this to cause major changes in the querent’s life.

On a more spiritual level, this card relates to the Earth, and to the appreciation of Nature. It might mark a period where we draw closer to environmental issues, or where we engage in a period of study, contemplation and alignment with Earth forces.

One thing that we often miss, when considering spiritual development, is the way that each development grows out of the last. Anyone who has been involved in the search for spiritual truth will already have experienced the weirdly coincidental manner in which spiritual opportunities and teachers present themselves at the relevant stage in our growth.

There’s a saying – ‘The right teacher only appears when the student is ready’. It is as though we grow spiritually from the inside, the same way that trees do. And in so doing, maybe we develop inner rings – just like a tree’s trunk. The outer ring, just under the bark could not exist without all of the others it encircles.

We’re basically the same. The topic that we are exploring today has grown from all of the earlier topics we have looked into. Our experience is formed in layers, each of which is inter-dependent with the earlier ones. The Ace of Disks relates very closely with this method of human development – it shows us the way we grow. And warns us against trying to skip any of the stages!

The Ace of Disks

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‘Parade’ of planets will set up ‘cosmic photobomb’ for Bay Area stargazers

Anna Buchmann

March 28, 2023 (

The sun sets at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton in San Jose in August 2010. A rare “parade” of five planets, a star cluster and the crescent moon will be visible just after sunset, weather permitting.
The sun sets at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton in San Jose in August 2010. A rare “parade” of five planets, a star cluster and the crescent moon will be visible just after sunset, weather permitting.John Sebastian Russo/The Chronicle

Bay Area stargazers will want to look skyward just after sunset this week: a rare “parade” of five planets will be visible, weather permitting, plus a star cluster and the crescent moon.

Though the “planet parade” could be visible after sunset for the next few days, sooner is better than later, Paul Lynam of the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton said.

The celestial show should be set to begin 20 minutes after the sun sets, or just before 8 p.m., according to astronomer Joe Rao. He writes that the celestial objects will appear in the following order and go from left to right in the western sky: the star cluster Messier 35, Mars, the moon, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury.

Finding planets in the sky

Bright Venus, at the center of the show, will be the easiest planet to see. But right away, you should aim for a glimpse of Jupiter and Mercury, Rao advises in a column for, because they will be the first to disappear. 

The two planets will be side by side, below and to the right of Venus, near the horizon where the sun just set, with Jupiter about twice as bright as Mercury, according to Rao.

“Mercury happens to be lined up near Jupiter on the sky — a cosmic photobomb, as it were!  — so people will be able to try and spot Mercury in the bright sky just to the right from Jupiter,” said Geoff Mathews, an astronomer at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, in an email. “It will definitely be a race between the planets setting and the sky getting darker!”

Slightly above and to the left of Venus will be Uranus, shining a faint pale green, Rao says. To find Mars, first locate the crescent moon; the glowing object to its upper left will be the Red Planet. 

The Messier 35 star cluster will be to the upper left of Mars, Rao says. Called M35 for short, the cluster located in the constellation Gemini appears as a curving formation of faint lights, with a reddish star at the center. 

Where and when to see the planet parade

Getting a glimpse of all of this could be a challenge. Monday night was probably the best chance, but not the only one.

“The positions of the planets on the sky change only gradually, so it is rare for an event to be ‘one night only,’ ” Mathews said. “(Monday) is when Mercury and Jupiter appear closest to each other in the sky, but their positions will change slowly over the next few nights.”

“If anything, over the next few days the chances of seeing Mercury with the naked eye will only improve, as it will keep moving up on the sky compared to Jupiter, thus setting below the horizon a little bit later in time when the sky is darker,” he added.

If the sky is clear, Rao recommends going to a flat, wide-open place with an unobstructed view of the horizon — ideally, a westward-facing shoreline. While the moon and brighter planets can be seen without special gear, a good pair of binoculars or small telescope is needed if you want to find the fainter celestial bodies like Uranus, as well as Jupiter and Mercury. 

To see the last two, Rao advises first sweeping low across the western horizon with binoculars just after sunset. When you find them, try looking with just your eyes. And enjoy it while it lasts — about 30 minutes at most, Rao says, after which both planets will set below the horizon.

All the planets, including Earth, orbit in close to the same plane, Mathews said, and therefore appear to us to move in the same line across the sky. 

Planetary alignments occur when a group of planets line up on one side of the sun from the Earth’s perspective, NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told the Associated Press. They can involve different planets in different numbers, and while they are not uncommon, some types are rarer than others.

In this case, for example, “Seeing five planets with the crescent moon is unusual,” said Andrew Fraknoi, emeritus chair at the Foothill College Astronomy Department.

The planetary alignment that occurred June 6 of last year involved the “naked eye” planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, which are viewable without equipment and appeared in sequential order from the sun  — an event that hadn’t happened since 2004 and won’t occur again until 2040.

Another five-planet alignment will appear in June, according to stargazing app maker Star Walk, involving Mercury, Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn.

Mathews noted that for those wanting a closer view of the planets, the Foothill College observatory at 4100 Perimeter Road in Los Altos Hills is open Fridays from 9 to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Viewing and parking are free.

The Chronicle’s Annie Vainshtein contributed to this report.

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Op-Ed: Does the 14th Amendment disqualify the Electoral College?

The Electoral College was established in 1804 by the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but can it pass the “equal protection” test of the 14th Amendment which was established in 1866?

Consider the following:

Wyoming population 578,803 (2021) has 3 electoral votes = 192,934 per electoral vote.

California population 39,240,000 (2021) has 55 electoral votes = 713,455 per electoral vote.

So it takes almost four California voters to equal one Wyoming voter.

The Equal Protection Clause was part of the 14th Amendment (passed in 1866), which, I would think, supersedes the 12th Amendment which established the Electoral College in 1804.

If we have equal protection under the U.S. Constitution, isn’t it reasonable to conclude that the Electoral College is unconstitutional on the basis that my vote in California is only worth about a quarter of the value of somebody who’s voting in Wyoming?

Mike Zonta
BB Editor