Browsing: Nature of Reality

Flora may be able to detect the sounds of flowing water or munching insects

‘Pseudoscientific claims that music helps plants grow have been made for decades, despite evidence that is shaky at best. Yet new research suggests some flora may be capable of sensing sounds, such as the gurgle of water through a pipe or the buzzing of insects.

In a recent study, Monica Gagliano, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Western Australia, and her colleagues placed pea seedlings in pots shaped like an upside-down Y. One arm of each pot was placed in either a tray of water or a coiled plastic tube through which water flowed; the other arm had only soil. The roots grew toward the arm of the pipe with the fluid, regardless of whether it was easily accessible or hidden inside the tubing.

“They just knew the water was there, even if the only thing to detect was the sound of it flowing inside the pipe,” Gagliano says. Yet when the seedlings were given a choice between the water tube and some moistened soil, their roots favored the latter. Gagliano hypothesizes that these plants use sound waves to detect water at a distance but follow moisture gradients to home in on their target when it is closer.’

Read more: Can Plants Hear?

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‘A curious chilly area of space may have been created when a parallel universe crashed into our own, scientists have suggested, the first evidence that we may be part of a multiverse.

In 2015, astrophysicists discovered a strange barren area of the universe which was much colder than the rest of space, and seemed to be missing 10,000 galaxies.

The ‘Cold Spot’ which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered, yet appeared to contain 20 per cent less matter than it should, and has baffled scientists since it was recorded.

But now experts Durham University have come up with a solution which is not only out of this world, but out of this universe.

They believe that a parallel universe crashed into ours, causing a shunting action much like in a traffic accident when cars pile up on the motorway. The impact was so extreme that it pushed energy out of huge area of space, creating the Cold Spot.’

Read more: First evidence of the multiverse? Scientists think Cold Spot in space could be colliding universes 


‘Universal Consciousness is attained when a person has a lasting experience in which they see through their illusion of separateness, and lose their separate self-consciousness. Their consciousness then ‘merges’ with the Universe – thus they experience being One with the Universe. This is often the result of going through a conscious psychological ‘death experience’, brought on by meditation and other aspects of a spiritual path.

The illusion of separateness dissolves in the awareness of Oneness. And with the dissolution of the illusion of separateness, the separate self ‘seems’ to die, and a ‘rebirth’ occurs. Separate self consciousness is transcended and transformed. The dominant consciousness becomes that of the Inner Self, the part of us that is the Universal Spirit – thus, we have ‘Universal Consciousness’.

When experienced properly, a person is never the same, and never ‘sees things’ the same way again. From then on, all things are understood in the light of the ‘biggest picture’, in the light of being One with the Universal Spirit (God). Selfishness thus becomes a thing of the past. This is also called achieving ‘enlightenment’, and a few other names.’

Read more: On the Attainment of Universal Consciousness


‘A London firm is hoping to turn the world into a simulation, and make ‘The Matrix’ a reality.

Improbable has developed a system to build huge virtual and simulated worlds, and today revealed a massive new investment to boost its smart software.

It is already working with cities around the world to create complex simulations of entire regions to aid planners, and say its software can be used for everything from gaming to creating new worlds humans can live in using headsets.

‘Our vision is to create massive virtual worlds,’ Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable told

‘Basically, we want to build the Matrix,’

Read more: The London startup hoping to ‘build the Matrix’: Improbable reveals record breaking funding to ‘simulate the real world’


‘A recent study published in the journal Current Biology revealed that people’s brain waves exhibit remarkably similar patterns when they belong in a group that was more engaged with each other and the world around them. As part of the study, a team of researchers from the New York University and the Max Planck Institute of Empirical Aesthetics used portable electroencephalogram technology to simultaneously monitor and record brain activity from an entire class of high school students. The experts kept track of the students’ brain activity as they went through their usual classroom routine over the course of a semester. The students were asked how they liked each other and their teacher. The participants were also asked how much they liked group activities in general.’

Read more: Peoples’ brain wave patterns mysteriously SYNC UP when they are near each other, astonishing new science shows

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‘Part of our lot as human beings on planet earth is dominion over the plant and animal kingdoms, and as a by-product of our economic and cultural heritage, we have largely become indifferent to the suffering of animals. An indicator of the cruelest aspects of our nature.

This systemic disrespect for nature and her creatures is part of, or symptomatic of, a larger problem with modern society, the institutionalized perception that we are separate and independent of our environment. This dualism is part of the division of consciousness that is often noted in ancient texts as well as contemporary discussions of the characteristics of human consciousness.

Perhaps the most appalling sign of human kind’s dualistic trap is how we treat our friends in the animal kingdom. Yet this destructive idea is a tragic falsehood, as animals and plants alike are conscious, sentient and intelligent. The examples of this are everywhere today, and in this video, we see humpback whales clearly showing their appreciation to the humans who freed them from fishing nets.’

Read more: Signs of Consciousness, Sentience and Intelligence in Nature Demand Our Respect

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‘The existence of parallel universes has long been one of the biggest mysteries of the universe.

Now, scientists believe they have found a way to some day detect hidden dimensions.

Physicists think that unknown dimensions could cause ripples through reality by modifying gravitational waves – changes in the space-time fabric.
And since gravity is likely to occupy all dimensions that exist, its waves are a promising way to detect unknown dimensions.

While we are aware of the three dimensions that surround us on a daily basis – length, width and depth – physicists have long believed that there may be more.

In the hopes of understanding whether another dimension does exist, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam are looking at gravitational waves – ripples in space-time, caused by the motion of massive objects.’

Read more: Do parallel universes exist? Gravitational waves could be the key to discovering an extra dimension


‘There is no clear line dividing science fiction and reality. If we can think it, we can create it, and so the world becomes a stranger and more interesting place by the day. This applies both to our individual universes within, and with the outer world at large.

We really have no idea at all what it means to be a human. We don’t know where we come from or how we got to this shining gem of a planet. We don’t know why the earth is covered with the mysteries of antiquity and the monolithic footprints of giants. We certainly have little understanding of our fate, nor much of the heavy forces at play against us.

But we do have the brilliant spark of consciousness as well as free will to help mould our 3-D experience during the wink of time that passes from birth to what we fear is death. We are in a sense programmable life forms, and so the question is, what are being programmed with and by whom?’

Read more: Are You a Human Being or Just a Programmable Life Form?