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SCIENCE HISTORIAN CRACKS THE 2000 YEAR OLD ‘PLATO CODE’

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Posted by abeodbart June 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

Plato was the Einstein of Greece’s Golden Age and his work founded Western culture and science. Dr Jay Kennedy’s findings are set to revolutionise the history of the origins of Western thought.

Dr Kennedy, whose findings are published in the leading US journal Apeiron, reveals that Plato used a regular pattern of symbols, inherited from the ancient followers of Pythagoras, to give his books a musical structure. A century earlier, Pythagoras had declared that the planets and stars made an inaudible music, a ‘harmony of the spheres’. Plato imitated this hidden music in his books.

The hidden codes show that Plato anticipated the Scientific Revolution 2,000 years before , discovering its most important idea – the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics. The decoded messages also open up a surprising way to unite science and religion. The awe and beauty we feel in nature, Plato says, shows that it is divine; discovering the scientific order of nature is getting closer to God. This could transform today’s culture wars between science and religion.

“Plato’s books played a major role in founding Western culture but they are mysterious and end in riddles,” Dr Kennedy, at Manchester’s Faculty of Life Sciences explains.

“In antiquity, many of his followers said the books contained hidden layers of meaning and secret codes, but this was rejected by modern scholars.

“It is a long and exciting story, but basically I cracked the code. I have shown rigorously that the books do contain codes and symbols and that unraveling them reveals the hidden philosophy of Plato.

“This is a true discovery, not simply reinterpretation.”

Full article at PsyOrg

NEW HAWKING BOOK OUT IN SEPTEMBER

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Posted by abeodbart June 30, 2010 at 8:23 am


British physicist Stephen Hawking has co-authored a book that’s due out in September. Bantam Dell said Monday that “The Grand Design” will be published on Sept. 7.

The publisher said it’s Hawking’s first major new work in nearly a decade. His previous books include “A Brief History of Time.” Hawking’s co-author is another physicist, Leonard Mlodinow. He teaches at California Institute of Technology, and previously wrote “The Drunkard’s Walk.”

In “The Grand Design,” they examine evidence of “a unified theory” that can “describe and explain all the forces of nature.”

CSMonitor

STRANGERS IN THE MIRROR

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Posted by abeodbart June 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

“Oliver Sacks, the famous neuroscientist and author, can’t recognize faces. Neither can Chuck Close, the great artist known for his enormous paintings of … that’s right, faces.

Oliver and Chuck–both born with the condition known as Face Blindness–have spent their lives decoding who is saying hello to them. You can sit down with either man, talk to him for an hour, and if he sees you again just fifteen minutes later, he will have no idea who you are. (Unless you have a very squeaky voice or happen to be wearing the same odd purple hat.)

In this podcast, we listen in on a conversation Robert had with Chuck and Oliver at Hunter College in New York City as part of the World Science Festival. Chuck and Oliver tell Robert what it’s like to live with Face Blindness and describe two very different ways of coping with this condition, which may be more common than we think.”

Read more at WNYC

MALE FISH IN MEXICO SPORTS SEXY ‘MOUSTACHE’

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Posted by abeodbart June 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

Male molly fish in Mexico wear a moustache that makes them appear more sexy to females. Scientists were unsure why male Mexican mollies wear an extravagant moustache-like structure on their top lip.

Now a study has revealed that female fish find the moustache sexually attractive, and it is likely to be a sexually selected trait. As well as being visually-attractive, the moustache may be used to rub the female fish’s genitals, exciting them.

Details are published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. As their name suggests, Mexican mollies (Poecilia sphenops) live in Mexico, being a fairly common species that resides in a range of habitats from small rivers to creeks and lakes.

The fish has a complicated mating behaviour, with males fertilising females internally, rather than spreading sperm over externally laid eggs.

BBC

THE GIRL WHO MUST EAT EVERY 15 MINUTES TO STAY ALIVE

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Posted by abeodbart June 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

Lizzie Velasquez weighs just four stone and has almost zero per cent body fat but she is not anorexic. In fact, the 21-year-old from Austin, Texas, must eat every 15 minutes to stay healthy.

Despite consuming between 5,000 and 8,000 calories daily, the communications student, has never tipped over 4st 3lbs.

“I weigh myself regularly and if I gain even one pound I get really excited,” said 5ft 2 ins Miss Velasquez, who wears size triple zero clothes. ”I eat every 15-20 minutes to keep my energy levels up.

“I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic.” She was born four weeks prematurely weighing just 2lb 10oz. Doctors found there was minimal amniotic fluid protecting her in the womb.

“They told us they had no idea how she could have survived,” said Miss Velasquez’s mother Rita, 45, a church secretary.

Doctors speculated Lizzie might have the genetic disorder De Barsy syndrome but soon ruled it out as it became clear she did not have learning difficulties.

“They kept on trying to figure out what was wrong with her but we treated her like any other child,” said Mrs Velasquez, who charted her daughter’s health in dozens of notebooks. She was taken to see genetic experts but they still could not diagnose her.

Full story at Telegraph

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