Neil Menzie

Charlottetown, Canada

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Neil Menzie
Posted about 3 years ago
Help me begin a 12 Step fellowship for Peace to overcome our addictions and compulsive behaviors leading to war, conflict & self destruction
I would like to believe that a 12 step program would work for peace, but I know that when I was young, it didn't help me get off drugs. I know that it would not work for everyone, and that these types of programs work for many, but not all. The unfortunate thing about it is it only takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch, especially when it comes to peace.
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Neil Menzie
Posted about 3 years ago
WHAT IS OUR MEMORY?
I think that our memory is the biggest part in making us who we are. We are creatures that experience, and those experiences sometimes leave imprints on our brain. The formulas for the chemical reactions that are created when these imprints are made are stored in the subconscious to be recalled at a later date to produce the memory. The imprint might not be substantial, and therefore not leave a definitive mark on the subconscious, and the memory may be unclear. What also may happen is the information stored is written over previous data, misconstruing the memory. Sometimes experiences leave no imprint on the subconscious, like if I asked you what you ate for breakfast on your 10th birthday, you probably wouldn't be able to tell me, not because you never ate breakfast, but because in the overall filing system of your life, the imprint never existed or was written over long ago. Sometimes you can also recall experiences from your childhood without even meaning to, which, in my opinion, stems from the subconscious. This is the subconscious doing a sort of defragmentation of you brain storage filing system. Recalling memories that are in places of the “disk drive” that have not been accessed in ages, so it can be written over with new memories, or additions to the memory of the one recalled. Also, experiences can leave a major imprint on the subconscious making the memory feel like the life changing event of 15 years ago, happened only yesterday. The formula for these chemical reactions is so clear, the mind can recreate it at any given moment.
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
Are we losing interest in space and astronomy, and if so, how can we inspire the next generation?
I feel that it is important to inspire the next generation, but with technology what it is today, there is not the means of manned space travel to anywhere further than the Moon, and we have done that on countless occasions. Dreaming about one day reaching Mars as we have the Moon will always be in the hearts of astronomers and everyone who looks through a telescope, amateur or not. This is the dream we have to keep alive, and with the help of things like Kepler, we can keep that dream of one day reaching other planets alive. Kepler is doing amazing things with understanding other solar systems and planets and for me that in itself is inspiring. I think the next generation needs to be taught more of the use of the Sciences and Mathematics at a young age beyond 2 + 2 = 4. I understand that a base understanding is required, but realizing the ramifications of that base understanding is also very important. If I would have known at a young age the wonders of infinity and that through math one can contemplate the shape of the Universe, I would have become a Mathematician. The wonders of the solar system have been on the mind of humanity from our inception. We have always looked to the stars for answers, and we always will, even through budget cuts and space shuttle tarmacs.
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
Black Holes: Does Information Survive?
I love this post, 'cause I have an idea that I have no idea even how to begin to prove as I am not a physicist.... I believe that information can survive in Black Holes. I think that our Universe (U) came out of a Super Massive Black Hole from a previous incarnation (X) of our Universe. If there was a way for us to travel to X and survive the last few Hundred thouseand years, we would see Super Massive Black Holes dancing around each other, falling into each other, creating even bigger Black Holes. Eventually there will be only one left, and at that moment of singularity, U was created. I believe U is made up of bits of information from X, but with different properties. X may or may not have supported life, as it was not arranged as or had the same properties as U. X could have, and by this hypothesis, did have a parent universe as well, just like X was for U. This parent had slightly different properties than X, and therefore U as well. A form of Universal Evolution if you will. As with evolution, it is survival of the fittest and in Universal terms, a universe could have collapsed on itself and created a new singularity within milliseconds. Our Universe has been around about 13.75 Billion Years, so I think in evolutionary terms, we've stumbled into a stable mutation, like the Crocodile, Sharks, or Dinosaurs here on Earth. As we have learned from the Dinosaurs, even stable mutations can have an unfortunate end. Ours might not be for another few Million years if we're lucky or smart, but the Universe will be around until all the Stars burn out, and all the Black Holes collect and brings about new light.
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your talent?
Music would be the sphere of influence, and my talent would be being able to listen to a song on the radio and pick it out before the song is over, haven't found a use for it yet either....
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
Is war a necessity or something that should be avoided at all cost?
I think that War is genetically based, and therefore cannot be avoided. Deep within us there is a fear of others that stems back from early Evolution. We evolved in tight knit communities, and these communities learned that fear of other societies led to surival. Staying only within your group led to better survival of the group as a whole. Later, we evolved to fight with the other groups for domination of resources to further our survival. It is happening now with Silver Back Gorillas. Gorillas are now fighting with each other with weapons like rocks and sticks over territory and resources. If we look at all of this as a form primative xenophobia and extrapilate it to the present day, we find things like our inhibility to help others that live far away. An example of this comes from Peter Singer. I'm going to paraphrase, but essentially he says that if you had a pair of shoes that were worth 500 dollars, and saw a kid in a pond next to you that was drowning, you would more than likely help that child. Your 500 dollar pair of shoes are ruined, so in essence, it cost you 500 dollars to save that child, whereas you may not ever send 500 dollars over to Aftica to help some child there. This is a key concept with war. We protect our own, and try to expand our territories of our group at the cost of other groups. This is because we care less for them than ourselves or for those that are close to us. War cannot be avoided, unfortuanaly, and it is not a necessity, but a horrible consequence of an early evolutionary trait.
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the most important cultural trends influencing our future behavior
I agree with you that there is a disconnect when it comes to Social networking and Humanity as it works now. My brother is a teenager that is on facebook and stuff like that all the time. When I was a kid I had a little black and white TV in my room, not an XBOX 360, laptop with internet, phone, and flatscreen TV in my room like he does. I agree with the disconnect, but that is only because I think that we are going about it all wrong. I do not think that the issue is in what Social Networking and Globalization CAN do for us if used correctly (TED being a great example), I think the issue lies in its present usage, with things like Facebook, Twitter, and those kind of sites that can, and have been hijacked for usage that is ridiculous. The problem lies in things like Crackberrys, and Apps for Iphones like Angry Chicken, and other ridiculous money making, time consuming memes. If it was used correctly, to network hospitals from India to Great Britian so the best care could be provided world wide, than a Social Network would have to be used, and would have a greater sense of connectivity, than disconnect purely due to the fact that it was helping people.
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the most important cultural trends influencing our future behavior
If we look at the Internet as a "Big Human Brain", than I think that Globalization and Social Networking will have a profound effect on the "Human Brain." With its over 7 Billion individual human neurons interacting over new and exciting pathways, creating new ideas and ideals for that Brain to remember and learn from, we are now learning at an astonishing rate. I can find out, in Canada about an earthquake in Chile, 5 minutes after it happens, and if I have any friends or relatives there, I can call them, and video chat with them, to physically see if they are ok. If we look at our species as being at the very least, 100,000 years old, than over the past 20 years, we have made greater strides to further the species as a whole that we have in the past Century. Sure we are also growing exponentially, but that is also because of our connectivity and Globalization. Some say that Globalization will kill off cultures and destroy civilizations, but it was said by Nietzsche that all creators must also be annihilators. We are creating a new global culture, one that can incororate the best of all exisitng cultures. Globalization is where it's at, even if we are going about it wrong as it stand now. "A thousand goals have there been so far, for there have been a thousand peoples. Only the yoke for the thousand necks is still lacking; the one goal is lacking, Humanity still has no goal. But tell me, my brothers, if humanity still lacks a goal - is humanity itself not still lacking" Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
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Neil Menzie
Posted over 3 years ago
When is murder or killing acceptable?
I do not believe that "no Quality of life" is rubbish. There are circumstances where there is no quality of life, like when someone is surviving only from life support, has no real activity in the brain that can be viewed as something living.. Does this person still have a quality of life that is worth living?? I would have to say no, and if I was ever put into that situation, I would like the plug to be pulled, as I was not really "living" as it was. Now, what if I could alleviate the suffering that led to that moment, by taking the patient at their word, and end their life as per their wishes? I feel in those circumstances, it is more inhumane not to listen than to provide care for someone that does not want to live with the "Quality of life" they have left. I am a musician, music is my life, and if there was ever a time that I was physically or mentally incapable of doing anything that related to music, my quality of life would be impacted to the point, that I may consider a way out. For these people who have nothing left to live for, or are in the state of no return, letting them go when they want is the only decision that they have the power to make, and to take that away because you think that all life is important, takes aways the importance of their life. Therapy does not cure all problems and pain, either physical or emotional can not always be alleviated with medicine or therapy.