Do our THOUGHTS really create our REALITY?

The recent success of the book The Secret has spread information about the Law of Attraction, a term which suggests that individuals, through the power of their thought, can manifest ANYTHING that they want.  It is quite a compelling prospect, as well as an intriguing DVD.  But is it REAL?  There are many well known individuals who attest to the Law of Attraction, both living and dead.   Skeptics, of course, have said that The Secret was just another marketing scheme that plays on the emotions of a material driven society, which seems to be an argument that holds some water.


My idea for BigThink would be a campaign to test such a "law" on a grand scale, using world peace as the focus.  If there were a critical mass of individuals focusing a loving intent to bring an awakening to humanity, the results would be an easier world to deal with.  Of course, there are many spiritual and religious organization who already pray for world peace, but this is an extremely tall order and involves the whole lot of us.  I know that it's not reasonable to get all 6 billion of us to focus on one thing at one moment in time and space, but what if the U.N. created a world holiday for peace?  It would be a start.  This PEACE MONTH could be a whole 30 days when governments of all countries commit to non-violence and instead use that months military budget to aid victims of the wars, famine, disease, and other violations of natural human rights.  Where is the love? 

In 1999, David Bowie knew the internet would change the world

Musican. Actor. Fashion Icon. Internet Visionary?

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  • David Bowie was well known as a rock star, but somehow his other interests and accomplishments remain obscure.
  • In this 1999 interview, he explains why he knows the internet is more than just a tool and why it was destined to change the world.
  • He launched his own internet service provider in 1998, BowieNet. It ceased operations in 2006.
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People who constantly complain are harmful to your health

Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.

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Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.

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​Is science synonymous with 'truth'? Game theory says, 'not always.'

Good science is sometimes trumped by the craving for a "big splash."

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  • Scientists strive to earn credit from their peers, for grants from federal agencies, and so a lot of the decisions that they make are strategic in nature. They're encouraged to publish exciting new findings that demonstrate some new phenomenon that we have never seen before.
  • This professional pressure can affect their decision-making — to get acclaim they may actually make science worse. That is, a scientist might commit fraud if he thinks he can get away with it or a scientist might rush a result out of the door even though it hasn't been completely verified in order to beat the competition.
  • On top of the acclaim of their peers, scientists — with the increasing popularity of science journalism — are starting to be rewarded for doing things that the public is interested in. The good side of this is that the research is more likely to have a public impact, rather than be esoteric. The bad side? To make a "big splash" a scientist may push a study or article that doesn't exemplify good science.