Mapping the body’s command and control systems

I got to thinking about the slippery slope of taking medications where you start with one med to alleviate the symptoms of a single imbalance in the body’s systems. Because there is nothing tying the medication into the body’s feedback loops especially where the medication is a simulator or interferes without regard to actual needs, other parts of the command and control system “see” things are different without knowing why and alter their behaviors in response.

The altered behaviors of other systems begin to wreak havoc and so we medicate to combat their effects. I envision this as becoming its own detrimental feedback loop that gradually adds more and more to the medication stack.

So what if we could map the entire body’s systems and how they interact with each other. We would know all the chemicals that body parts are triggered to excrete and the how and why, what systems are receptor of those chemical signals and how they behave as a result and so on and so forth.

The most complex portion of such a mapping would be the involvement of the brain and all its aspects. Perceptions, memories, emotions, dreams, learned behaviors, instincts, and so on and so forth. In essence I think we would have to be able to work with artificial intelligence systems that go far beyond human capabilities (mine at least) to begin to tackle such a venture. Forecasting weather accurately for years to come would seem to be a mere walk in the park by comparison. Of course we can’t discount the existence of some simple shortcut that makes these things reality in the near future.

Relativity, Gravity, Life and Infinity

These are ramblings and random thoughts. Nothing is based on facts that have been researched or verified. If it makes you think for yourself or think of me as strange, it as me, are not to be taken seriously unless there is money for me (without doing anything more)  involved.

When it comes to deities I find it impossible that any of the religions that serve people in organized groups can possibly represent a supreme force. All forms of existence that humans can perceive are infinite. Every moment in time is different from the one preceding it and the one that follows it and they will never be repeated in all of time. That is unless time is a dimension that can be traversed.

To the abilities of human perception, exceeding the speed of light will warp time because we wouldn’t be able to see the things that come next in the same time-frame we’re in. We know we don’t see objects in space in real-time because of the vast distances that we measure in terms of light years. It is commonly agreed that we can look at the past of a distant object while we remain in the present. So if we were to physically travel toward a distant object, we would travel into the past based on our starting point and move toward the present time at the destination. Of course that is all relative to the speed of light.

Consider the possibility that we could exceed the velocity of light. It would still take time to reach an object that, based on the speed of light, is in the past. For instance an object measured to be 10 light years away (and 10 years older) would take 5 years to get to if we traveled at twice the speed of light.

So based on a single point and relative to the speed of light, we can travel back in time as we move away from our reference point toward a distant point. The greater the distance, the more we seem to travel back in time. But what if we turn around and head back to our starting point? Somehow we have to get back to the present

Relative to the time at the destination, we are behind the times and by traveling toward it, we would appear to be catching up with the present.

We really don’t know much about gravity but it doesn’t seem to be constrained by light or time. It’s not of the electromagnetic spectrum like magnetism. It’s something completely different. Does gravity have a velocity? We can calculate its force by deriving it from mass but we don’t know how much mass it takes to form a black hole. Science suggests that a black hole has a gravitational field that can completely absorb and light in its vicinity. If gravity can control light does that in some way imply that it can control time as well?

That brings up another problem. We currently accept that absolute zero is the temperature at which there is no longer any molecular movement. While we haven’t been able to make anything that cold, we come pretty close. On the other hand is there a pressure at which all molecular motion stops? We know there’s a relationship between temperature, pressure and volume for gasses. Gasses, under enough pressure revert to a liquid state and through the removal of heat can enter their solid state.

Enough about light, time, gravity and mass.

I have a notion that the concept of a nucleus surrounded by particles is an infinite Russian nested egg.

As we look outward we see the earth with a single moon but among the Solar System we see other objects with their moons all orbiting the Sun. From there we see that ours is one of many stars with planets with moons and that our galaxy also revolves as do other galaxies until we get to point where we can’t see. Certainly that isn’t the end of it all since it goes on forever but we don’t have the ability yet to see beyond our current limits.

As we look inward we see molecules, and then atoms, and electrons, and the particles, etc. As we improve our abilities to see further we see another level of nesting.

And so the universe is a never ending series of nesting eggs of all the sizes that infinity allows for.

To believe that the life on Earth is all that exist is simply naïve. We are only capable of recognizing certain life forms and if our ability to visualize the electromagnetic spectrum we know of is any indicator of our limitations, then it is likely that there are life forms around us that we simply can’t recognize.

Patriot or Traitor

The recent public outing of electronic surveillance by our government security agencies has the country in a twist. I have to ask if everybody has been glued to their TVs watching Fox and Friends? All those that didn’t know everything electronic was being or could be monitored, raise your hand. If you find yourself with one hand in the air, use the other to hide your face in shame.

So how many people know anything about developing technology based products? One of the things you have to be able to do when you build a device or system is test it. You have to make sure it works, but more importantly, you have to know how to fix it. As it turns out, learning how to fix something reveals much more about a technology than even the designers knew. It exposes all the weaknesses of an otherwise perfect system. Those weaknesses are often exploited.

Every communication technology ever developed has been exposed to eavesdropping. If you can name one that wasn’t, I’d really like to hear about it. Encrypting messages merely slows down the process of an eavesdropper to understand what was communicated but in most cases it tends to make it less worthwhile for someone to even try. You have to be suspected of some high level crimes to warrant a decryption effort especially if everyone else is doing it.

So the question has been asked. Is this guy that worked on the inside a hero or a traitor. I say he’s neither. If you’re a conspiracy theorist, then he’s a hero. If you live your life in a vacuum… Nah, you wouldn’t care if they were eavesdropping on people because you aren’t among them.

I don’t see how he could be considered a traitor. Was it really a secret that no enemy of the State knew about? I just can’t think of anything he made public that will harm the security of this country. It’s not like we don’t know that other countries have been doing the same things to their people for as long as we have, is it? Even the Canadians?

Ham Radio in the World

My experience has been that mentioning ham radio instills in people the image of boring geeks. But not just run-of-the-mill boring geeks. The geekiest of geeks. Given all that, do these geeks have anything to offer the popular public? Is there a compelling reason to view them as important contributors to society?

Guess what? They do! I don’t suppose I can leave it at this and believe you’d take my word for it.

For the most part the ham radio operators of the world (yes, they’re all over the world) test their equipment constantly. Ham radio is not CB or Family radio that doesn’t require a test to be licensed to use. They never really talk about much that isn’t about ham radio. It is really boring stuff. The reason for that is that ham radio is not about conveying personal, business, or  socializing information. Using ham for business is prohibited. Personal information is limited to civilities only and socializing must be about a club’s activities.

It is really all about being able to establish communication with others. In the cases of special events ham radio operators provide safety communications for things like money raising walks, bike rides, etc. that are non-profit oriented. They provide communications in emergencies where other forms of communication have been rendered inoperable such as in hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorism, floods, and the list goes on. Ham operators are always practicing and learning about new ways to get information from one place to another as timely and accurately as possible.

Ham radio operators form clubs to accomplish things that individuals may not be able to do. These include disaster drills, buy and house sophisticated communications equipment, and erect capable antennas in strategic locations. A good deal of ham radio activity uses the latest technologies including satellites, digital, packet switching (like cell phones), data telemetry, video, fax, and transmission relays. If something can be accomplished with the use of radio waves, someone in ham radio is doing it or trying to do it.

Most of ham radio is governed in the U.S. by rules of the Amateur Radio Relay League. They work in concert with the FCC to monitor and enforce ham radio rules. While the ARRL doesn’t have the authority to punish violators, they provide the information the FCC requires to act against a violator.

So, as boring as it might seem to most people, ham radio isn’t a waste of time when viewed in perspective. Ham radio operators are no less important than other emergency service workers during times when being able to communicate across distances saves lives.