Paul Kieniewicz

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  • 5G – A Dangerous Health Experiment by Paul Kieniewicz How would you like to be instantly connected to high speed broadband — so that you wouldn’t need your home WiFi? So that your car, appliance would have contact with an internet hub at all times? Videos on demand, without buffering problems,  no matter where you are on Earth? To some extent we already ...
  • Are PSI phenomena transmitted by Electromagnetic Waves? One of the main objections raised against the existence of paranormal phenomena is the lack of a scientific mechanism to explain how they happen. Several scientists have proposed that the carriers are electromagnetic waves, perhaps ultra-low frequency waves. In a recent review article that examines this question, Craig Weiler recounts a 1977 remote viewing experiment ...
  • Are there limits to what we can know?   These days, there’s no shortage of scientific optimism, that this or that problem, even though it cannot be solved today will one day be solved. One day we will understand the nature of consciousness and, yes, it will be shown to be material in origin. One day we’ll prove why the universe contains something rather ...
  • Bell’s Theorem – Is Everything Predetermined? Is quantum entanglement real? When two photons are created at the same time, and then separated over some distance, are they still mysteriously in touch with each other, so that what one photon does affects what the other photon does — instantaneously? The concept was first quantified by Bell in his 1964 paper, and known as ...
  • Bioelectricity – Nature’s Book of Instructions One of the today’s unanswered questions in developmental biology, is what causes an organism to grow from an egg and acquire the form that it does. The study of how living forms develop and acquire their final shapes occupied much of Goethe’s life, and inspired his theory of forms.  Since the discovery of the DNA ...
  • Board & Officers The policies and direction of the SMN, are the responsibility of a Board of up to eight Directors. The directors are chosen by being recommended by subscription members of the SMN at their members AGM, which takes place at the Annual Gathering in July. The Board then ratifies new directors. Board meetings are also attended ...
  • Body Issues — Human and Robotic   By Paul Kieniewicz Back in the 1960’s, the Polish Science Fiction writer, Stanisław Lem wrote a short story about robots. A rocket along with its calculator lands on an uninhabited  planet and subsequently spawns a race of robots. The robots (who call themselves Magnificans), build an entire city along with theatre and music ensembles. Along with ...
  • Can Integrated Information Explain Consciousness? The debate on the nature and origin of consciousness has lately taken an unexpected turn. Rather than restricting consciousness to the human species, the new theories such as Integrated Information Consciousness (IIC) are expanding the notion of consciousness to many material entities, non-biological included. After a long detour into the material and away from anything ...
  • Can the future affect the past? Preposterous (def. Collins dictionary) adjective contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous. “a preposterous suggestion”           Synonym absurd, ridiculous, foolish, stupid, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, comical, risible, etc. The Latin origin of the word implies putting “the cart before the horse”.  That the future (pre) can precede the past (post). That causality is violated. We philosophise about causality ...
  • Can Yoga and Meditation ward off Alzheimer’s disease? We’re all used to hearing that a course in yoga and meditation can make you feel better. Help you cope with stress. Now a new study headed by Helen Lavretsky of UCLA and published in the May edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Research indicates yoga and meditation may also forestall the cognitive impairment that ...
  • Conscious Ageing and the Wisdom of Elders 19th November 2016 – Colet House In partnership with The Study Society Speakers David Lorimer Dr Peter Fenwick Diana Clift Maggie La Tourelle Anne Geraghty Elizabeth Fenwick Chris Johnson Beata Bishop Sue Bayliss Paul Kieniewicz Zelda Hall Natalie Tobert Event details
  • Conscious Machines – What do they think? By Paul Kieniewicz So, we may one day all be replaced by intelligent machines. One day, given enough computational power, machines will become self-aware. According to some AI researchers, some machines already have a measure of self-awareness. Of consciousness. And then, there’s the fabled Singularity, when the machine surpasses the human being and becomes a truly ...
  • Conspiracy Theories confront Mathematics These days there’s no shortage of conspiracy theories. Many people still believe that the moon landings were faked, that climate change is a hoax, nuclear power is available at low temperatures or that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the US military. While some conspiracy theories do end up being true — the Prism project ...
  • Dark Night – Early Dawn Reflections on other modalities of consciousness By Paul Kieniewicz Looking ahead to Chris Bache’s upcoming book, Diamonds from Heaven (see link to interview),  I decided to read his classic, Dark night Early Dawn. This is a book about other modalities of consciousness than those we typically experience in our daily lives. What makes the book so interesting ...
  • Depth Psychology vs CBT – A New Perspective Depth Psychology has never had it easy. Most articles in New Scientist and other scientific journals denounce psychoanalysis as pseudoscience, a collection of disproved and discredited techniques for curing mental illness. At worst, a scam. A long review article by Oliver Burkeman recently published in the Guardian takes a different view that psychoanalysis (the author focuses on ...
  • Digital Media and Early Child Development Editorial by Paul Kieniewicz Anyone visiting their child’s classroom today will be impressed at how the computer, and other digital media have established themselves as teaching / learning tools. A recent New York Times article, How Google Took over the Classroom, relates how much of this advance is driven by a war between Microsoft and Google ...
  • Do Trees have a heartbeat? By Paul Kieniewicz (SMN) Sunflowers follow the movements of the sun. At nightfall some flowers close up their petals. Some legumes also show sleep movements. That some plants move with the circadian cycle is well-known. What about trees? It now appears that certain trees lower and raise their branches, not only at nightfall or sunrise, but ...
  • Dolphins Talk When Performing a Team Task Do dolphins have language skills similar to ours? Do the vocalizations of bottlenose dolphins mean anything? Are the dolphins conveying useful information or just having a good time? While primates such as chimpanzees can be taught sign language, there is a great deal of scepticism as to whether they are using language that has a ...
  • Gaia and Natural Selection Gaia and Natural Selection – A new perspective By Paul Kieniewicz   The observation that for over 3 billion years the Earth’s average temperature has remained within a narrow range, while the sun’s temperature has increased by 20 % required an explanation. The Gaia Theory, of James Lovelock and Lynn Margullis proposed that living processes acted in such ...
  • Head Transplant or Body Transplant? Would you like to donate your head to science along with your other organs?  Or have a head transplant because you don’t like the shape of the rest of your body? Is that a head transplant or a body transplant? The question is by no means academic nor whimsical.  According to the Daily Mail, Valery ...
  • It Came from Outer Space!!! By Paul Kieniewicz (SMN) A curious synchronicity hit me the other day. I had a lengthy discussion with my son in law about octopuses. According to a book he was recommending, octopuses have a highly specialized brain that has a totally different structure from the brains of vertebrates. This could be evidence that a central nervous ...
  • Kieniewicz, Paul, BSc and MA (Astronomy): UCLA, MSc (Geophysics): UC Santa Barbara Paul Kieniewicz, BSc and MA (Astronomy): UCLA, MSc (Geophysics): UC Santa Barbara , speaks several languages and has taught courses in astronomy, geology, philosophy and the Gaia Theory. He lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 3 acres which he is transforming into a bio-diverse garden. He is the co-author (with Andrew Glazewski) of ‘Harmony of the ...
  • Laudato Si… Respect for our Earth June 2015. Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, “Laudato Si” is likely to go down as one of the most significant documents published in our time. No other is likely to have comparable impact on our society.  Most important, it is more than a document. This is church teaching that may reach far into societies that are ...
  • Network Review Winter 2015 – 2016 Editorial – Paul Filmore Articles Schrödinger’s One Mind and its Relevance to Religion and Healing – Larry Dossey Educating for Gaia – Stephan Harding Science and Religion Interview – with Ravi Ravindra Three Levels of Awakening – Vera Helleman Researching Experiences of the Limitless – Dr. Stephen Fulder Homo Ludens from a Primal Health Research Perspective – Michel Odent Head Light:  Taking the ...
  • Social Life among trees? By Paul Kieniewicz I live in an ancient forest, and often wonder about the relationships between the trees. For the past 80 years nobody interfered with the forest’s growth. No large trees were removed, there was no pest control or forest management. One result was that the forest developed a dense growth with trees close together. ...
  • Sounds of Silence   While the tendency in tourism recently has been to offer more activities and stimulation, for some time the Finish tourist bureau has been promoting silence as Finland’s most special natural resource. In Finland, you’re never far from silence. In a city it’s easy to get away into a natural space. Even at Finish airports, attention ...
  • The Brain on LSD: First scans show how the drug affects the brain A recent study by scientists at Imperial College London has revealed for the first time how the brain behaves during an LSD induced experience. The study, led by David J. Nutt, involved fMRI scans of subjects who had taken LSD and compared them with others who had been given a placebo. A major finding of the ...
  • The Harmony of the Spheres – Paul Kieniewicz Paul Kieniewicz talks about the fascinating story of how the astronomer Johannes Kepler came to discover that the planets in the Solar System move in tune to a certain music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33v_rcR7l1E
  • The Harmony of the Spheres – Paul Kieniewicz Paul Kieniewicz talks about the fascinating story of how the astronomer Johannes Kepler came to discover that the planets in the Solar System move in tune to a certain music.
  • The Multiverse on Earth June 2015. No, it’s not the universe. Unless you’ve been recently living on an uninhabited island and away from the internet, you’d have heard of the multiverse. That maybe, we don’t live in a one universe, but that our universe is one out of billions and billions (Apologies to Cark Sagan) of universes; the multiverse. ...
  • The Science of the Field The Science of the Field
  • Touching for Pain Reduction Why do lovers hold hands? Because it feels good, brings comfort? It may also be sexually arousing. A recent study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of science demonstrates that the wave patterns of the lovers’ brains also synchronize, and can result in significant pain alleviation. The study was conducted by researchers at the ...
  • Witchcraft in the Water Works By Paul Kieniewicz A series of recent articles in the Guardian, expressed a measure of outrage that many water companies in the UK today still employ dowsers to locate underground pipes or leaks. The writers described dowsing as pseudoscience, a “medieval practice”, essentially witchcraft. The articles inspired an outpouring of protest in letters to the Guardian’s ...
  • World Climate about to Warm by 1 Degree Editorial by Paul Kieniewicz, December 2015 According to sources at the UK Met Office, the world is officially about one degree warmer than in pre-industrial times. There is nothing magical about the one degree figure except that it is half the way to 2 degrees, regarded by many climatologists as a critical limit, beyond which any ...
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5G – A Dangerous Health Experiment

by Paul Kieniewicz How would you like to be instantly connected to high speed broadband — so that you wouldn’t need…5G – A Dangerous Health Experiment was last modified: November 12th, 2018 by Web Master

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Gaia and Natural Selection

Gaia and Natural Selection – A new perspective By Paul Kieniewicz   The observation that for over 3 billion years…Gaia and Natural Selection was last modified: July 30th, 2018 by Web Master

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Dark Night – Early Dawn

Reflections on other modalities of consciousness By Paul Kieniewicz Looking ahead to Chris Bache’s upcoming book, Diamonds from Heaven (see…Dark Night – Early Dawn was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Web Master

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It Came from Outer Space!!!

By Paul Kieniewicz (SMN) A curious synchronicity hit me the other day. I had a lengthy discussion with my son…It Came from Outer Space!!! was last modified: May 25th, 2018 by Web Master

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Do Trees have a heartbeat?

By Paul Kieniewicz (SMN) Sunflowers follow the movements of the sun. At nightfall some flowers close up their petals. Some…Do Trees have a heartbeat? was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Web Master

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Touching for Pain Reduction

Why do lovers hold hands? Because it feels good, brings comfort? It may also be sexually arousing. A recent study…Touching for Pain Reduction was last modified: March 8th, 2018 by Web Master

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Can the future affect the past?

Preposterous (def. Collins dictionary) adjective contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous. “a preposterous suggestion”    …Can the future affect the past? was last modified: February 26th, 2018 by Web Master

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Sounds of Silence

  While the tendency in tourism recently has been to offer more activities and stimulation, for some time the Finish…Sounds of Silence was last modified: February 20th, 2018 by Web Master

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Social Life among trees?

By Paul Kieniewicz I live in an ancient forest, and often wonder about the relationships between the trees. For the…Social Life among trees? was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by Web Master

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Body Issues — Human and Robotic

  By Paul Kieniewicz Back in the 1960’s, the Polish Science Fiction writer, Stanisław Lem wrote a short story about…Body Issues — Human and Robotic was last modified: May 5th, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz