Egyptian Core 7:
I am still amazed that ones who study ancient technology that they overlook the obvious. For example, in studying Egyptian Core 7 these people refer to ancient Egyptian religious text in an attempt to find the answers, but what has become normal accepted practice they ignore the Bible as a reference work. If those who study acient technology will use Egyptian, Babylon, Greece and other religious text why do they insist on ignoring the Bible as a reference? It tells me that they simply disregard the Bible as a book of myth, yet text of the Bible predate many ancient civilizations. Here is an interesting text:
"Also, Zillah gave birth to Tubal-cain, who forged every sort of tool of copper and iron. And the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah." Gen 4:22
The time this verse points to is over 7,000 years ago, yet in studying Egyptian Core 7 the focus is only on copper tools. Here's why they focus only on copper. It is accepted teaching that civilization developed technology in "ages", copper age, bronze age, iron age... This is taught and accepted to have happened on a worldwide basis. But that is narrow thinking, to believe that all groups of people in all parts of the world followed the exact same steps in development.
So suppose the Egyptians did have iron? That changes a lot. Suppose the drill to make Core 7 was made of iron and used a diamond grit bit. Also we know that in ancient Babylon they had produced electricity through the use of batteries, who is to say that the Egyptians did not also develop some sort of electricity? But where is the archeological evidence?
Given the nature of the Egyptian government, the Pharaoh was god, and their highly religious nature, some tools and technology feel under the supervision of the temple priest, so few would have been manufactured. So three possibilities exist,
1) The evidence is still buried under miles of sand.
2) Aa an iron tool they simply rusted away.
3) A conquering nation took the items & technology.
People grasp for an explanations, space visitors, gods from the heavens, time travel. But what if the answer was as simple as that they had developed greater forms of technology that we have as yet to uncover the evidence for? Today we have MASS production. We don't just make 1 Skill saw milions are made. But when cost of production is high and no assembly lines in super factories exist, then only a very few "Skill saws" would be made, perhaps only one. That being the case it would fall under the supervision of temple priest and the priestly class would be the skilled labor to use that tool. I see the biggest hurdle to understanding past technology is our current understanding of massly produced technology. Also a skilled tool and skilled laborer would give that person or class of persons power and control. Suppose you had the ability to take a TV/Blu-Ray player back to the year 300 BCE and you showed the movie "300" To the Greeks, you would hold untold power and control, perhaps enought to change the direction of Alexander.
Technology did NOT start out with sticks & stones with men coming out of caves with a big club dragging a woman by her hair. Technology started near the top and like an up and down seesaw has risen and fallen over the centuries.
I got my March 2015 issue of Scientific American & started reading right away. On page 24 was a 1 page article entitled "Ode to the Messenger". It discussed the end of the Messenger mission to Mercury. In the article they mention "Weird Magnetic Field - In the 1970's Mariner 10's flyby revealed that Mercury has a magnetic field. Yet Messenger's observations showed that, strangely, the field is not centered inside the planet but instead is offset towars its north pole. Theorist have yet to explain what causes this asymmetry. "
I shared this with my son and we both thought it odd. A magnetic field is created when a solid metal core, such as Earth's nickle core, turns at a much faster rate than the molten area and the crust. This difference in spin creates a magnetic field. So as far as current thinking, in order to form a magnetic field the core must be centered and solid and round and a form or magnetized metal. Mercury does not have that setup. So my son put forth his theory, what if the core of Mercury was cylinder, a long cylinder metal "rod" or shaft that turns at a higher rate than the molten core. This would make sense with our current understanding of Mercury.
In the March 2015 issue of Scientific American is an article written by Kevin J. Tracey. I got about 1/3 way through with the article and had to stop. This man, Kevin, has a serious "I" problem. In fact the very first sentence is an omen to how the rest of the article will read, "I am a brain surgeon...I examine. " "In 1987 I published" He often mentions his "colleagues by referring to them as "we" (he includes himself with "we" although he also will use "I" in the same statement giving himself double credit). At no time does he mention any colleague by name, just that they assisted "I" in "me" in "my" discoveries. Later he says
"I became immediately concerned, though, that someone else must have already thought of this seemingly obvious biological mechanism. "
At that sentence I was really repulsed. This guy is not concerned at all with truly helping mankind. His entire focus is getting his name in print for a discovery that will put his peers to shame. This guy is so ego driven that it over clouds his research, or in reality the research of his staff that he puts his name on. I was very disappointed that Scientific American printed his article as is, it should have been edited, or rather his ego should have been edited out. Because of his above quoted statement I wondered if someone else had done or started the research would Kevin had stopped his? The way he stated what he did it appears that if anyone else had gotten into his research field he would have stopped so as not to share any credit for his findings. I have attempted to read other papers written by ones with similar personalities, but as with this one I could not see past his huge "I".
"The Bipolar Survival Guide 2nd Edition" David J. Miklowitz PhD
This was overall an excellent book. Prior to 1999 psychiatrist and therapist erroneously believed that all mood disorders were chemical imbalances. As if all people had a very specific level of biological chemicals that you could stick a dipstick in and check the level and than prescribed a med, one dose fits all. This thinking applied equally to men and women. I never accepted it and got into several disagreements with many doctors.
An applied science is something that can be tested and proven by the scientific method over and over. The above thinking could not be proven with the scientific method but the psychiatric community had become so convince that they in turn convicted the public of this lie. Why? They had no other way to explain mood disorders. There was no way that the psychiatric community could prove a cause so they theorized an explanation and sadly it became fact. Much like all old beliefs, the world is flat, going faster than 20mph will kill you, eating tomatoes will kill you...
When researchers like Bruce Perry and many others started proving that the brain is plasticity the psychiatric community was forced to take a real look at the causes of mood disorders.
I have long held the view that mood disorders are rooted in the layered structures of the brain. As we develop in the womb and as we experience childhood the brain develops in a layered fashion, this is now well established. The layers of neurons fire across these layers, if something happens in childhood these layers and firing get messed up, the wiring of the brain not chemical levels gets messed up. I also believe the family factor is embedded in the structure of the brain, and like blue eyes or a big nose these genetic factors of the structure of the brain are passed along.
In this book David has let go of the chemical level and is now focusing on the plasticity of the brain and the firing structure. Because of that understanding I rate this book as excellent. I would like to also note that with this change of thinking the psychiatric community is on the cusp of testing bipolar by the scientific method.
There are two issues that he is way off the mark.
1) He states in every chapter and perhaps on every other page that no one with any mood disorder should drink alcohol of any kind for any reason. He states this so much I believe it is his religious view and not a professional view. I have not looked at the data but I do not believe that 100% of people with a mood disorder suffers from drinking a glass of wine. I have bipolar 1 with psychotic episodes, BPD and PTSD. From time to time, days and days apart I will drink a glass of white or red wine. I have been drunk in my youth and I hate the feeling, I also hate the feeling of being buzzed. I drink wine for the same reason I drink tea or orange juice, I enjoy the taste. I have never suffered adverse effects from drinking wine and this is attested to by my wife and son. David severally over reached by saying over and over that no one with a mood disorder should drink. Some yes but there is never a 100% of reaction in all people and as a doctor he should have known that.
2) David's viewpoint of medication is super dangerous. He states that all psychiatric medication has side effects and one that does not can't be effective. That statement is so dangerous that it leaves no reason for error on his part. It would also be difficult if not impossible for David to be corrected. I take prazosin which is a blood pressure medication but it was found to effectively treat PTSD. When returning veterans from Iraq were given it their fight or flight symptoms lessened and their night terrors lessened. I have been on it for almost 6 years and my nightmares have stopped for the most part, as well as many of my PTSD daytime symptoms. Although I do have to maintain a strick routine, the medication has no known side effects, nothing that I experienced with psychological medications. Thus the effective treatment of prazosin really smacks in the face of David's statement, but there is more.
Two institutions, one in Houston Tx the other in Canada are currently testing the effectiveness of high doses of Melatonin in people with mood disorders. The testing level is 10mg 2 hours before bedtime. I have been taking it for about 6 years as well and have had excellent results. I sleep well through the night and it has helped me to maintain a steady sleep routine. In the morning I turn on as many lights as I can to stop and dump excess Melatonin. I have suffered no one single side effect and it works better than any prescription sleep medication. I am not concerned with addiction, lingering drugging effect, or doing something in my sleep. I take two other non-psychological medications that also have no side effects. I have been doing better than when on the highly addictive, massive weight causing drugs given to me by doctors. I gained almost 200lbs from those drugs and suffered horrible side effects that would have killed me. I will never accept that the side effects of SSRI's are worth the benefits. His thinking on medications is extremely dangerous to anyone that goes to him, it is a do or die with no other options. David's view of drugs is a god like view and he is his own god.
He mentions the mood diary, I have been keeping one on my Tab for some time. The app emoods is very good and follows the exact same method he mentions to do on paper. I learned much of what he mentions from a psychiatrist I had in the early 2000's. That doctor was very forward thinking and saw the future of plasticity and the non-need for drugs in all people.
I do hope David can be humble enough to realize that not all people with mood disorders must give up all drinking of wine etc, I also hope he does more research into his personal opinion on medications.
Overall I do recommend this book, but please read it with an educated view and remember even doctors have strong opinions that are not based on supported data or scientific fact, they are imperfect humans.
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DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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