http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/20/oxfam-85-richest-people-half-of-the-world “The world’s wealthiest people aren’t known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe – who between them control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together – could squeeze onto a single double-decker”. Where are our young (fighters for, freedom and rights)? “They’re too busy trying to get by, argues Caroline Mortimer, a recent graduate, “We’re aware of the problems of an ageing population. But we can’t think about pensions and buying houses because we’ve got to get an actual job and pay the rent”. She argues that the notion of “respecting your elders” may also have blunted the desire to take on the baby boomer’s. And there’s still an attitude that young people are “ungrateful”, she believes. “Older people are worried about their own children but not other people’s kids” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21302065 And, “Political Spin” – “Put forth a, ‘closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback’, and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. The group has a top-down, pyramid structure. The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing.” Ref, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment And, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S105353570500154X
“Genes that cause disease in people today were picked up through interbreeding with Neanderthals, a major study in Nature journal suggests. They passed on genes involved in type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease and – curiously – smoking addiction. Genome studies reveal that our species (Homo sapiens) mated with Neanderthals after leaving Africa” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25944817
“Scientists have shed light on what ancient Europeans looked like. Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes. It has surprised scientists, who thought that the early inhabitants of Europe were fair. The research, led by the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain, is published in the journal Nature” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25885519
“Why is thought, being a secretion in the brain, more wonderful than gravity and the property of matter? It is our arrogance…our admiration of ourselves” Charles Darwin (1809-1882).
My, ‘Acromegaly’: 6 in 100,000 (being diagnosed, more frequently, now, see if you can spot it). http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/acromegaly-pro Just had the operation and a bit ‘shook-en up’, to say the least! I had the most wonderful neurosurgeon, who I cannot thank enough, and some splendid nursing care. At least it is all over, for now, except for lots of resting (brain-rest: at least 20 years, on the neurosurgeon’s instructions!) having fun; enjoying our children growing up! All the petty worries are so insignificant, now, having got the t-shirt for brain surgery; love to you all, and thanks for the kind support to Lizzy, at this very difficult time. Photos soon, my face is changing already – I can nearly smile again! Vision is coming back (wider), so on. Wiki – Prognosis upon treatment (you have to take the plunge, for the operation, if you are well enough, 35 yrs, at least, undiagnosed). Upon successful treatment, symptoms and complications generally improve substantially or disappear, including headaches, visual disturbances, excess sweating and diabetes. Soft tissue swellings generally decrease and acromegaly-associated facial features gradually return towards normal although this may take some time. Life expectancy after the successful treatment of early (we were a bit late) acromegaly is equal to that of the normal population. Photos, soon, could make lots of money and be famous, like ‘Jaws’, in the ‘James Bond’ films! http://acromegalybloggers.blogspot.co.uk/ “Pituitary disorders are considered rare. It is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 70,000 pituitary patients in the United Kingdom, which equates to 0.08% – 0.11% of the population. The most common problem with the pituitary gland occurs when a benign tumour (used to describe a ‘growth’) also called an adenoma, develops. Pituitary tumours are not ‘brain tumours’. The term benign is used by doctors to describe a swelling which is not cancerous. Some pituitary tumours can exist for years without causing symptoms and some will never produce symptoms. Most pituitary tumours occur in people with no family history of pituitary problems and the condition is not usually passed on from generation to generation. Only very occasionally are tumours inherited – for example, in a condition known as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN1). By far the most common type of tumour (about half of all cases) is the ‘non-functioning’ tumour. This is a tumour which doesn’t produce any hormones itself. It can cause headaches and visual problems or it can press on the pituitary gland, causing it to stop producing the required amount of one or more of the pituitary hormones. This effect can also happen by the treatment you are given for a tumour, such as surgery or radiotherapy. Alternatively, your pituitary tumour may begin to generate too much of one or more hormones. Most common pituitary disorders – Acromegaly!” And, been thinking. Abraham (marfans and acromegaly, disease); John (cushings disease) in the song, so sad ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBiH5fsKJB8#t=169 NHS UK’s computerisation and relaying of all our medical information, my (initial) thoughts, to those who are against it – ‘My only concern is becoming very ill, and the health service not knowing about my condition of acromegaly, post operation, and having a Addison’s crisis, where I need extra hydrocortisone to avoid death. Many other people could be, with an instant diagnosis and in an emergency situation; could be given the wrong drugs, or treatments, if country wide info is not available. Also, from the research point of view, so much more, faster progress could be made?! And, opening up data, has been found to be, better for public knowledge than secretive data, so far! Stigmatisation seems to loose its power, in a non-secretive environment, and in the financial world re the crash! A global view of, safety in numbers (info, available to all, with the internet); power against corruption, could be taken as this, “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). The outcome of all this, I feel, will be in our human history, which is still in a very juvenile (socially backward, as against the advancement of science) state, I feel, in most of the world’.
‘The ‘Something’, in human life; a ‘cold chill’ that runs down my/your spine, or a warm feeling of well being, and, sometimes, maybe, a ‘(cosmic) connectedness’.Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) – marketing – spirituality, buzzword, or maybe (even: for you to shiver at!) ‘The Something’! All ‘scientists/realists feel’, but science doesn’t. Science, is a Latin word for knowledge. https://charleslizzy.com/…/independent-schools…/
Get your heads round it, kids! A picture graph, done by my Dad, when I was just a teenager. ‘Quaternary Period’, in fact, we are due for a new ‘ice age’, this can happen in a few years, when the ‘tipping point’ is reached! Humans, are probably, an evolutionary mistake (random mutation), but we don’t like to think about it. Smart organisms survive, 99% fail, or have failed; how smart are we? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26136975 Look at this, and getting worse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26146361 “Global Gullibility ‘For, Dawkins, “Religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe, “Something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). “In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust” http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf “Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity” Edmund Burke (1728-1797). http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398/what-shall-we-tell-the-children