Category Archives: Science

“Francis” and the phonograph

Today is my youngest brother’s 65th birthday, and a good occasion for me to pay tribute to him as an inspiration and role model.

He’s six years my senior.  We have two other brothers, one 7½ and one 9 years my senior.

Let’s see if I can compose this before my Net access runs out for today, 45 minutes from now.

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Prayer primer

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All my life, I’ve been fascinated with things that glow in the dark.  Where does the light come from?  This is now fundamental to my understanding of prayer, and of my vocation.

The picture shows what I take for the latest advance in the world of fluorescent materials.  Here are germanium nanoparticles in a colorless colloidal (gelatinous) suspension, being irradiated by ultraviolet light.  By virtue merely of where they are and what they are, the invisible light that shines on these particles is changed into visible light.

The nanoparticles catalyze that process:  they do no work of their own, expend no energies of their own, and take no active part in the process; but it won’t occur without them.
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Un[b]locking the spirit

Pray for yourself first.

When you pray for someone, you become a channel through which the Holy Spirit (or “Life Force”) flows to address that person’s needs.  (See Mark 5:30.)  You may or may not perceive this flow as it happens.

The Spirit must first address any deficiencies in the channel itself, before it can optimally address the other person.  In particular, the Spirit must address any emotional imbalances that may exist in the person who intends to pray.  Without this adjustment, at best the Spirit’s flow will be constricted; at worst, the channel may project his or her own needs (e.g. anxieties, aches and pains) onto the patient.
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Strange vibes

Doing research for “Pious frauds” (forthcoming 11/24/18), I had to review information about various occult groups and figures.

Reading the Wikipedia article about #DionFortune, I was overcome by positive feelings toward her, as if I would really like her if we were to meet in real life.

A polar opposite is #AleisterCrowley.  Historically, and again this time around, whenever I read anything about him, I get these feelings as if I really, really dislike him.  Now, he did, in fact, do many things I strongly disapprove of.  But should I be catching feelings behind that?  He’s DEAD!!!

Then there’s #AmbroseWorrall.  It has always been the case that, whenever I read anything he’s said, I am instantly predisposed to trust and believe anything he may say.  And he says some things sometimes that can be hard to believe.

Bottom line:  I suspect something’s going on here, more than meets the eye.