There was a line in the Bonzo Dog Doh Dah Band’s cover of the song “The Monster Mash” in which the question is asked of Igor.. “Have you watered the brains?” While a mock schlock rock song about werewolves, vampires and mummies having a great party rave up together may not seem predictive, the reference to nurturing brains now might seem prescient. That’s because “mini-brains” have been grown in a laboratory, and they may hold the key to diseases such as schizophrenia and autism.The 4mm-wide biological structures have made using human stem cells. Can they be used instead of computer CPU’s? Can they be used as add-on memory to our own brains? Could they be grown so large that they could be used a substitute superior brains? Are they alive and can they think?Sorry, that’s still science fiction. The mini brains are incapable of thought and no use for transplants. So what on earth use are they? Because they share the design of functioning brains, they may be useful for research into the brain and its workings and in the testing of drugs.Rather bizarrely, we have been asked to think..
“about the brain as a car, [and] what we have created is a car which has its engine on the roof and the gear box in the trunk. You can study the car parts but you can’t drive it.”
These are the wprds of Professor Juergen Knoblich of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna and head of a British and Austrian team. The research was published in journal Nature recently.
In one experiment, the researchers grew a mini-brain using cells taken from a patient with microcephaly. That disease (meaning “small head”) is when the size of the skull limits the size of the brain and therefore results in impaired brain function and limited longevity. They found that the brain grown from microcephaly-affected stem cells resulted in a stunted mini brain – mimicking the effects of the disease.
Neuroscientist Professor Paul Matthews, from Imperial College London, said the study offered the promise of a ‘major new tool’ for understanding major developmental disorders.
But not everyone is bubbling with enthusiasm for this breakthrough: Dr Dean Burnett, lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Cardiff, said;
“Saying you can replicate the workings of the brain with tissue in a dish is like inventing the abacus and saying you can use it to run the latest version of Microsoft Windows.”
So the bottom line is that while this is progress, we’ll be assembling no Franklenstein monsters, or finding a cure for brain diseases just yet.
A prominent US scientist has undergone a transformation in his belief following an out of body experience while in a coma. He said that he was met by a beautiful woman in a ‘place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones’ . Dr Eban Alexander, a Neurosurgeon educated at Harvard, is not the sort of person who is disposed to embark upon flights of fancy. Until the coma, he had been a total sceptic of after-life, heaven, and the like. But during his 7 days in a coma after contracting meningitis he had a 360 degree change of mind.
He has written a book about his experience and wrote an essay for the magazine Newsweek. Dr Alexander says that during his coma, that part of the brain which controls human thought and emotion “Shut down”. He says that he then experienced “something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.” He says that he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a “place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones” and “shimmering beings”.
He says that there was sound as well- “huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above” This may have been created by winged beings that were a higher form of life- similar to Angels or giant birds.
In his line of work he had naturally come across stories from patients who had had an out-of-body experience, but gave it little credence. Yet, as fantastic and fanciful as his story seems, Dr Alexander is adamant that his experience was not delusional.
He said “I’ve spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigous medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold as I myself did to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us. But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it.”
Having glimpsed what he describes as Heaven, Dr Alexander has no doubts in his own mind that there is an after-life. One wonders if he might try to recreate the conditions that allowed him to glimpse life beyond the wall of death- although he will certainly not want to contract meningitis again just to have a second look at the shimmering beings.
There’s an interesting video from grizzled veteran journalist and conspiracy theorist Jim Marrs about Monatomic gold. Jim Marrs has written many books asnd papers on government cover ups on aliens, telepathy and 9/11, and his book Crossfire was a primary source for the screenplay for Oliver Stone’s film JFK. Despite being a couple of years old, this unassuming lecture before an intimate gathering still gives you cause to pause and think.
In this 10 minute video: Monatomic gold Jim talks about future technology from the past. he says that there’s a key reason why we want to invade Iraq. And it’s not to do with weapons of mass destruction. Jim talks about evidence of an advanced ancient civilization and a farmer who found strange sparkling minerals in the soil. A chemist investigated the substance and it was a single atom element- a monatomic element.
Strange things began to occur. A white powder was distilled from the substance. But that powder can actual defy gravity and bestow weightlessness on a vessel containing it. It also could be made to disappear. But it came back in the same position, meaning that it must have temporarily shifted to another dimension! It was thought that if ingested, the monatomic gold powder could “clean up” your DNA. That might unlock the gateway to longevity or even immortality!
Monatonic gold is known by many names such as white powder gold, Ormus, the Elixir of Life, the Philosopher’s Stone, and mana. It has been around for quite a while; the ancient Egyptians made it with gold leaf ground into pure desert sand and then boiled it in vinegar-wine.
The virtues of gold has been promoted by various alchemists throughout history; one of the best known is Paracelsus as is his production of what he called Aurum Potable. The Chinese called it “Kim” (Gold) and “Yeh” (Juice) becoming “Kimiya”. The Arabic culture then added the definitive article ‘al’ (the) creating “Al-kimiya” or Alchemy. That instantly conjures up the popular myth that alchemists primary goal is to turn base metals into gold. However much of alchemical pursuit is the transmutation of gold into healing tonics, or substances to give a human special advantages.
Jim’s not without humour. “They discovered recently that protons had mass… I didn’t even know they were Catholic!”
I won’t give any more away except to say that the video is intriguing and makes you want to see the others in the series to get the whole picture. Whether you swallow some of the suppositions and ideas, there is no way you can reject them all out of hand. And Jim delivers them in such a neighbour-over-the-fence way, that you sense he has no axe to grind here, or books to sell, just a story to unfold which is designed to challenge your basic concepts of history, life and our place in the universe. That’s all then!!
It’s enough to make special FBI agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder re-open the X-Files. 65 years on from the infamous New Mexico incident at Roswell that spawned countless government-alien conspiracy theories, and launched TV series such as Roswell and The X-Files, the controversy has been stirred back to life.
The Roswell Daily Record headline on 8 July 1947 claimed that the military at Roswell in the New Mexico desert, had captured a crashed flying saucer at a nearby ranch. Now a retired CIA veteran, Chase Brandon, says it really happened, but was covered up. He has now been quoted as saying:
“It was not a damn weather balloon — it was what it was billed when people first reported it. It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet, it crashed and I don’t doubt for a second that the use of the word ‘remains’ and ‘cadavers’ was exactly what people were talking about.”
Brandon was an undercover, covert operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Service for 25 years. He undertook missions counter international terrorism, counterinsurgency, global narcotics trafficking and weapons smuggling. But that was not where Brandon learned of the CIA’s involvement in the Roswell incident. He spent his last decade of CIA service on the director’s staff as the agency’s official liaison officer to the entertainment and publication industries- a newly created post. So was he told to deliberately spread rumours about the incident to launch a new wave of sci-fi programmes and books? No.But in the best traditions of such programmes he stumbled upon something while in a special section of CIA HQ in Langley, Virginia, known then as the Historical Intelligence section.
Brandon takes up the story:
“It was a vaulted area and not everybody could get in it. One day, I was looking around in there and reading some of the titles that were mostly hand-scribbled summations of what was in the boxes. And there was one box that really caught my eye. It had one word on it: Roswell. I took the box down, lifted the lid up, rummaged around inside it, put the box back on the shelf and said, ‘My god, it really happened!'”
Brandon said that the box contained written material and photographs, and for him validated what many other people believed happened at Roswell, but was covered up.
“Some written material and some photographs, and that’s all I will ever say to anybody about the contents of that box,” he said. “But it absolutely, for me, was the single validating moment that everything I had believed, and knew that so many other people believed had happened, truly was what occurred,”
The military changed its story overnight: On July 8, 1947 they did not deny the story leaked to the local paper that an alien flying disk had been captured. The next day, it was just a meteorological weather balloon .
Why has Brandon spoken out only now? skeptics would say that it is because he is promoting his book, “The Cryptos Conundrum” a science fiction story about the history of Earth’s contact with extraterrestrials and future cataclysmic events that will occur on our planet.
We are very unlikely to get any more information out of Brandon. His final words on the matter are:
“I’m not reluctant to talk about it — I won’t talk about it. I’m telling you there was a box that had stuff in there having to do with Roswell, and I looked through it, and it validated everything I believed in, and that’s all I have to say about it. I will go to my grave being mindful of the two hats that I wear: My personal one and the one that will forever reside on my head as a former CIA officer.”
Looks like we’ll have to leave it t0 the UFO watchers, the conspiracy theorists and the TV series writers to continue to speculate as to what did happen all those years ago in a middle-of-nowhere place in New Mexico!
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