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Possibly the Biggest Hoax in History

Again – possibly.

Personally, I believe most conspiracy theories are just that: theories. As such, I would like to approach this theory using only common sense. No forged images, scientific language or crazy talk. Just good old English.

I believe Man has not landed on the Moon.

If you are pondering wheter to finish reading this article or not: that’s good. That’s means your brain is  still in action and you are not close-minded.

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That being said, here is the foremost reason I believe this theory:

– In 38 years, Man has not returned to the Moon.

Apollo 17, the sixth and last moon landing mission, took place December 1972. Since then, no other space program has landed men on the Moon. The are several official explanations for this. For example: the “space fever” has passed and no country is interested in going to the Moon since  NASA already did.

I ask you this: if your neighbor went to the Super Bowl and later tells you he had a blast, wouldn’t you be interested in going to experience the Super Bowl yourself?

Another explanation: going to the moon is too costly.

  • Tell that to the Chinese goverment.
  • China spent more than $25 billion in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • Taking inflation into account, NASA spent $4.5 billion per space mission. (A total of $ 146 billion for 32 space mission of Apollo Program)

If I was the Chinese Prime Minister, $4.5 billion for putting China on the Moon would be a kick-ass deal. (A moral stimulant for the Chinese population would be reason enough, not to mention elevating a nation’s pride and glory)

The only way to truly debunk the theory: make another moon landing. Solo let’s analize the next moonlanding mission on NASA’s schedule.

Constellation Programme, put into action by the Bush administration in 2003, proposed to put Man back on the Moon by 2020. That’s 17 years of preparation to re-do something that took only 9 years back in the 60’s.

Shouldn’t  technological advances and 38 more years of experience, reduce the time it takes NASA to execute a moon landing?

Taking twice as long to re-do a moonlanding doesn’t make sense. Unless of course, the original moonlandings never took place. Oh, and by the way, the Constellation Progamme was put on hold by the Obama Administration back in February 2010. So sadly, we are not going to see Man back on the moon for quite some time. The reasons behind the cancelation of the space program:

I quote from BBC article: Obama cancels Moon return proyect

  • Critics claimed the programme was never properly funded, and when it ran into technical difficulties its time schedule also began to slip.
  • In addition to the $9bn spent on the programme to date, Nasa will have to spend a further $2.5bn to close it completely.

Lack of funds, alright. But technical difficulties? If our grandfathers had the technology to land on the Moon, we should too. Not only should we have the same technology, but NASA should have perfected it by now.

So there. No rigged pictures, scientific language or crazy talk. Just facts and an common sense. Just to be clear, I am not saying the US goverment and NASA rigged the whole operation. All I am saying is that it’s a reasonable possibility.

Maybe Man did land on the Moon. Maybe he didn´t. I´ll let you decide.

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In any case, you won’t want to miss next week’s “The 25 Billion dollar Hoax“, the WHAT-IF story about how the US goverment and NASA fabricated the six Apollo moon landings.

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10 Most Likely Apocalypses

Definiton of  “apocalypse”: any universal or widespread destruction or disaster. I present you the ten most likely Apocalypses of the XXIst Century.

10. Meteor Strike – 65,500,000 B.C.

The Chicxulub Impact. A space rock 9 miles (15 km) wide landed on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula 65.5 millions years ago, releasing  over a billion times the energy of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The impact generated a dust cloud that blocked sunlight for an entire year, killing almost all plant life on Earth. If China had no rice and the Americans were out of grain… dam, there would be hell to pay.

9. Maya Calendar – 500 B.C

This calendar has an end date: December 21, 2012. While the true reason is shrouded in mystery, there are many possible scenarios. Astrologist argue that it marks the beginning of some big changes in the galaxy and cosmos. Hollywood predicts radical climate changes and possible floods. Descendants of the mayans joke saying the inventor of the calendar ran out of stone to carve. My personal favorite is an alien visit to planet Earth.

8. St. John´s Apocalypse – 100 A.D

Written almost 2000 years ago, this is still the most widely believed version of the end of the world. The effects: No more sunlight, the moon turning red, meteors showers, granite rain, the ocean turning to blood, the river water becoming poisoned, millions of giant lobsters prowling the land, four horseman of the Apocalypse, giant earthquake, a Satanic dragon and two demon beasts. Personally, I  just can´t imagine technology  stopping the wrath of God.

7. Pandemic – 700 A.D

The first pandemic mankind suffered was at the hands of a bacteria called Yersinia pestis. More commonly known as the Black Death, this bacteria arrived in Europe during the 8th century and killed 50% of its population. Now a days, an outbreak of an evolved or weaponized virus could easily wipe out more than 70% of the world population. Many of these killer viruses are capable of being transmitted through the air: such as ¨Anthrax¨, ¨Smallpox¨, ¨Ebola¨ and ¨Marburg¨ viruses.

6. Nuclear War – 1949

Originally conceived to be the weapon that would give United States undisputed power over all countries, instead it turned into a nightmare for a whole generation of Americans. Through espionage, the Soviet Union got their own atomic bomb by 1949. Since then,  eight other countries have adquired nuclear arsenals. And with the US trying to stop Iran and North Korea from developing their own nuclear weapons, today the nuclear threat is as real as ever.

5. Solar Flare – Future

If a large solar flare manages to sprout exactly towards Earth´s direction, the results would be catastrophic. All human satellites would be damaged, all electric grids would be severely disrupted and the atmosphere temperature would increase a couple degrees. Without satellites, human communications would be severely disrupted for months. Several days without electricity would mean the death of millions and multiple nuclear leaks. And a sudden rise in temperatures would disrupt most sea life, sea currents and spawn violent climate changes.

4. Grey Goo Theory – Future

A nanobot is extremely tiny robot capable of repairing and creating any type of molecule out of raw matter. While still going through medical tests, these tiny robots might be able to one day cure cancer and repair internal organs. Seems pretty harmless, right? Well, the problem lies in the fact that nanobots deconstruct matter and can be programmed to build anything; including other nanobots. Thus, if a self-replicating nanobot were to be unleashed it would only take 72 hours before the surface of the Earth (and everything on top of it) would transform into a grey goo. (nanobots)

3. Machine Takeover (A.I) – Future

While still under development, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is dream of many robotic scientists out there. At this exponential rate of digital growth, by 2029 desktop computers will have the same processing power as the human brain.  It is also predicted that by 1950, A.I. will reach a point where it is able to improve itself with unprecedented speed. This ability of computers to improve themselves and future advances in robotics will one day make Hollywood´s wildest fantasies look… not so wild.

2. Justin Bieber Internet Takeover – Near Future

As Justin Bieber´s musicvideo ¨Baby¨ nears the 500 million views on Youtube.com, there is only one question on everyone´s head: When will this Bieber madness stop? Soon, Justin´s takeover of the Internet will be inevitable. All websites will  forced to display his face in at least four places or face the risk of being forgotten. If children worldwide are worshipping this prepubescent kid, the future of music (and of the entire human race) looks bleak.

1. Sarah Palin becomes President – Near Future

The worts and most likely Apocalypse of all: Sarah Palin gets elected president of the USA in 2012. Palin is truly the biggest threat to world peace America has known since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Normally, I would think the American voters are too smart to vote for such candidate, but since the 2004 re-election of George W. Bush… heck, anything is possible.

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Don´t miss next week´s ¨10 Reasons NOT to vote for Palin¨

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The Ego behind Facebook

First of all,  happy new year’s to everydody.  My readers, my family and friends. Vacations were awesome, thus no time for posts.

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To kick start the year I would like to examine 2010 Time Person of the Year, Mark Zuckelberg. Who’s the man behind Facebook, the second fastest growing company in the world? A question that is, economically at least, worth noting.

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How does the 2010 movie “Social Network” portray, the then 20 year-old, founder of Facebook?

In the movie Mark Zuckelberg is portrayed as an ambitious, fearless genius. He is also displayed as a bit of an asshole. Applying my three years of psychological studies here’s what we get as far as personality.

Using Eynseck’s famous three traits of personality: Zuckelberg is

  • introverted: self-centered
  • non-neurotic: low in emotions
  • and non-psychotic: low on the mind’s happy chemical – dopamine (sucks for you dude)

Using Heymans and Le Senne´s Characterology Theory:

Zuckerberg was born a sanguineous

  • low on emotions
  • compelled to action
  • not inhibited by the norms or expectations of society
  • likes to live on the present (weak on long-term friendships)
  • doesn´t relate well with sentimentalists.

But then again, it’s a movie. So chopping off the dramatic elements, lets look at the facts for a clearer picture.

  • His inspiration for ¨Facebook¨ came from a group of fellow classmates at Harvard. He wanted to work alone, and work by himself he did. Later, when his fellow classmates sued him for intellectual theft, Zuckerberg paid them $65 million.
  • Facebook´s co-founder, Eduardo Saverin was the one who initially financed the proyect ($19,000) and was promised a 24% share. In a sneaky maneuver, Zuckerberg later reduced Eduardo´s share to less than 10%. (by selling more shares). Eduardo Saverin sued Mark Zuckerberg and settled for a undisclosed amount of money (around $200 million – would be my guess)

Turns out, the Ego behind Facebook is a bit of an egoist himself.

Morale of the story:

  1. Teamwork is for suckers (unless that team is working for you)
  2. Stay close to those who are useful (cut off those who aren´t)
  3. Egoism and money (a winning combination)

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P.S. – Don´t forget to follow me on Facebook  = P

Also, you don’t want to miss next week’s post – Review of George Friedman’s  2009 book “The Next 100 years

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Meaning of Life in the XXI Century

Exisitencialism, emptyness, constant boredom… all signs of the XXI century man struggling to find a meaning to his life. A struggle for meaning that only seems to be getting harder decade after decade, generation after generation. Capitalism tells us its money, Goverment tells us its work, Religion tells us its God, Hollywood tells us its pleasure… the list of meanings goes on and on… and so does the number of people that feel their existence is meaningless, that they have no control over their lives.

But what if there was a a way to find meaning to our lives… what if the reason we are not finding that meaning is because we are not looking in the right places. Here is where Viktor Frankl’s theory of logotherapy comes in. Frankl was a jew with a loving family, a prominent career as psicologist/neurologist, a pregnant wife and unpublished book. Then came 1942. His family was put on a train. His dad died in his arms. His mother was sent to the gas chambers. His wife was forced to abortion and sent to another camp.  His unpublished book was ripped to shreds. Everything he loved… gone in the blink of an eye.

So there he was standing in front of Auschwitz’s electric fence. With every right to want jump… end his life… escape the suffering. But right then, another prisoner touched his shoulder and said “Don’t, wait till to tomorrow”. And thus he waited. Waited 3 years in 3 different concentration camps before finally being liberated in 1945. What keep him alive? His willingness to reunite with his wife and rewrite his lost book.

His experiences in the camps taught him a lot about the human being. It showed him that even in the most miserable, inhuman conditions where a people were reduced to numbers: humans retained the ability to choose. Even in Auschwitz, prisoners could still to retain some dignity. “The pigs were unmasked. And so were the saints. Hunger revealed them” It’s this experience and his own professional formation that motivated Frankl to elaborate his theory of logotherapy.

Don't stop looking...

Logotherapy  focuses on the meaning of life and man´s search for that meaning. Not an abstract/universal meaning that applies for all, but rather, a concrete personal meaning that life holds for everyone. Instead of dwelling in the past, logotherapy encourages us to look at the future. A personal meaning that has to found in the world outside, not inside.

According to Frankl there a 3 different ways of discovering/carrying out the meaning of life:

1. Meaning of  action: having a goal, a mission in life. Wanting to write, create or achieve something that one can later look at and be genuinely proud of.

2. Meaning of love: being able to accept and love that which sorrounds you. Being able to enjoy nature, art, company, friends and family.

3. Meaning of suffering: when one faces an inescapable destiny (terminal disease, death), life offers one the opportunity of carrying out a supreme value: accepting the suffering. Valor resides not in the suffering itself, but in the attitude in which one faces that suffering. By accepting the challenge of suffering, life maintains its meaning to the last instant, all the way to the very end.

Frankl admits that the our meaning of life can change with the passing of time, but the important thing its that never ceases to exist. In summary, what his experience in the concentration camp taught him was this: “The human being is not just an object among’st objects; things determine other things, but men, at the last instance, determines himself.”

Even Nietzsche, a devout existencialist, once said: “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how”. The trick is in finding that “why”.

Quoting the last words of  Viktor Frankl’s short book Man’s Search for Meaning (which I highly recommend)

“We have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s prayer or the Shema Yisreal on his lips”

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