Through the Destruction of Thea

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Four billion five hundred million years ago, the local solar system took shape in a remote region of one of the Milky Way’s spiral arms. As the galaxy spun, ever so slowly, a cloud of supernova gas was induced to spin by the passage of one of the galaxy’s spiral density waves. The motion of this particular force then contributed to the collapse of the cloud, which caused it to heat up.

Eventually, after coming together by a chance combination of phenomena based on a foundation of quantum uncertainty, the temperature within the natal system became hot enough to vaporize the dust particles in the enormous cloud. Then, as the gaseous structure swirled faster and faster, over a period of one hundred thousand years, it contracted under its own mass. …


Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Famous Masterpiece

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During the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci’s father lived across the street from a merchant named Francesco del Giocondo and his wife Lisa, an Italian noblewoman of the Gherardini family of Florence. More to the point, as part of a business deal between Leonardo’s father and Lisa’s husband, that was made in 1503, Francesco asked his neighbor’s son to paint a portrait of his beloved wife. Unfortunately, Leonardo’s heart simply wasn’t in it, so he toiled over the painting for a few years, ultimately leaving it unfinished, much like everything else he did. Of course, the thing to understand is that this was not the painting that now hangs in the Louvre. …


The Tragic Love Story of Maria “Goody” Hallett and “Black Sam” Bellamy

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(Image Credit: Greg Manchess/National Geographic)

In the wake of the War of the Spanish Succession, after the Peace of Utrecht, countless privateers and veterans of the Royal Navy became unemployed sailors. Some of those desperate jobseekers then headed from England to New England to make a fresh start in life. Among them was a good-looking, charismatic Cornishman from England’s West Country, named Samuel Bellamy. He arrived in East Ham Harbor in the summer of 1715, probably in late July. Then, not long after he set foot on the shores of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Sam awoke one morning with a particularly nagging hangover. So, he decided to take a walk and clear his head a bit before really getting the day started. …


A Classic Caste of Celtic Clergy

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More than two millennia ago, in the year 335 Before the Common Era (BCE), Alexander the Great encountered a group of Celtic warriors with huge golden neck rings and brightly colored cloaks. As the story goes, he asked the so-called barbarians what they feared most in this world, hoping that they would say him. However, to his surprise, the noble knights just laughed at him and said they feared nothing at all. Unbeknownst to him, they understood the truth about reincarnation and this is what gave them such intense courage on the field of battle. That is to say, knowing that they would be reborn to live and fight again, they went to war with no concern of dying. …


(Regarding the Recipe for Primordial Soup)

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(Early Earth by Don Dixon)

By a few billion years ago, even the most distant planets in our solar system were fully formed. So, deep space was becoming relatively peaceful as the bombardment from galactic debris became less and less frequent on the surface of the Earth. However, the barrage was not entirely over. As the Sun traveled through the universe it bobbed up and down throughout the galaxy, taking the Earth with it as it went. Every thirty million years, the solar system then passed through the densest part of the Milky Way, composed of trillions of comets. …


The Apostle to the Apostles

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(“Touch Me Not” by Fra Angelico)

According to the specific hermeneutics that I’ve applied to this particular biography, the most important woman in Christianity is not the so-called “Virgin Mary”, but rather Mary Magdalene. I say this because I firmly believe that Joseph was the father of Jesus, not God, although I do believe that Christ was a miracle worker, to some extent. Which is to say that, I think Jesus was a real historical figure, and that many of his followers were healed. Some were even brought back to life, and he then went on to raise himself from the dead. As such, the chief mourner in his flock, Saint Mary Magdalene discovered that the tomb was empty when she went in to anoint his remains Sunday morning. Then, she was chosen to be his first apostle, and in the decades and centuries that followed, these events began to be written down as the Holy Scriptures. …


In Theory and Practice

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Humans have been fascinated by numbers for millennia, using them for much more than the purpose of accounting, for which they were invented. In line with this, some polytheistic and then later monotheistic mathematicians were also numerologists, just as an astronomer was also often an astrologer, and a chemist might also be an alchemist. At the same time, numerology is not to be confused with arithmancy, which is a form of divination based on assigning a numeric value to a word or phrase, by means of a simplified ancient Greek isopsephy or Hebrew gematria, as adapted to Latin.

In its most basic form, numerology is based on a belief in mystical relationships between numbers and coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, among other things. For instance, in the 7th century BCE, the Chaldean method developed in Babylon used an individual’s name and date of birth to reveal things about their personality and destiny. This is the same in Vedic numerology. To do this, the Mesoptomanian and Indian systems only use the numbers from 1 to 8. …


On the Origin and Evolution of Neurons

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Nearly 14 billion years ago, the local universe emerged as an 11-dimensional spacetime continuum. This then differentiated into two separate domains, consisting of inner metaphysical space as well as outer physical space. This simultaneously gave rise to both an immaterial and a material plane of existence. These are the realms of qualia and quanta, respectively, from which internalized subjectivity and externalized objectivity manifest. Simply put, there is both a physical plane of existence and a mental plane of existence and the two overlap. As part of this, there are two kinds of dimensions, internalized and externalized. …


The Original Public Enemy Number 1

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In his youth, circa 1915, Al Capone took to the mean streets of New York like a duck to water. He joined the first gang in US history, known as the Forty Thieves. Then, after being in a couple of small-time gangs for a few of his most formative years, Al Capone became involved with the Brooklyn Rippers, followed by the powerful Five Points Gang in Lower Manhattan. Al Capone was recruited by Paul Kelly and his lieutenant Johnny Torrio. However, in many ways, it wasn’t until Al Capone turned 18 that his criminal career really began to take shape. It did so under the guidance of Torrio’s protege Frankie Yale. This was important because, like his mentor, Torrio, Yale was one of a new breed of profit-driven criminals known for their vicious reprisal slayings. More significantly, after making money from racketeering, in 1917, Frankie Yale opened a bar in Coney Island known as the Harvard Inn. …


From 535 to 544

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(The Dark Ages/Jonas De Ro/Deviant Art)

After a few years of increasingly severe earthquakes and tidal waves as the land slowly bulged upward in a low dome, in early 535, a major eruption of Krakatoa in the Sundra Straits became a natural fireworks display of epic proportions. It was possibly one of the worst natural disasters in the geological prehistory of the entire planet. The magnificent spectacle released an incomprehensible amount of energy. First, the pressure of magma became so intense that a crack would have opened up. Then, a few days later, a massive earthquake let cold seawater rush into one of the magma chambers, creating a 30-mile-high red hot fountain of molten lava that violently spewed forth for about two days. In the process, a tower of ash pierced the stratosphere, and large chunks of molten rock rained down several miles from the epicenter, which was 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit. Deafening shockwaves traveling at 1,500 miles-per-hour went around the world and collided in South America, sending them back to Indonesia, with tremendous reverberation. Every combustible material in a ten-mile radius burst into flames when the energy supercompressed and then superheated the ambient air. Moreover, once the magma chamber became partially empty, the roof collapsed causing a five hundred foot drop as the landmass fell beneath the surface of the water producing a massive caldera. …

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