Monday, December 07, 2009


Sailing Through The Storm Of Nihilist Obscurantism ... On A Rose

From Truth, Freedom, Tradition:

What are the contents of the education that we receive today in the West ?

A large dose of scientism and materialism, and a small dose of "religious" teachings that are always and without exception reduced to a "faith" that is interpreted, against all Tradition, as CREDENCE, that is to say, something subject to doubt, instead of being understood as the mature result of the Sacred Knowledge, the Faith that "moves the mountains" of Matthew 17:20 :

"For verily I say unto you If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall say unto this mountain Remove hence to yonder place and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
ἀμὴν γὰρ λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν ἔχητε πίστιν ὡς κόκκον σινάπεως, ερεῖτε τῷ ὄρει τούτῳ• μετάβα ἔνθεν ἐκεῖ, καὶ μεταβήσεται• καὶ οὐδὲν ἀδυνατήσει ὑμῖν.

The true Faith of the Tradition is not a second class thought but is the pinnacle of Knowledge, it is the personal realization of the Truth, the personal realization that we find symbolized in both Eastern European Hasidism and in Chinese Ch'an (Zen) by the image of the Spiritual Master crossing the raging waters of a flood standing on the stem of a rose: supreme sailing in which the dark waves of finitude and becoming no longer hide, and instead reveal, the Radiant Presence of the Divine.

But against the Sacred Way have been raised the bastions of despair, founded on a pseudo-philosophy that has been imposed to the whole academic world and to all the society as an absolute dogma: this pseudo-philosophy blathers irrationally, it denies the Infinite Being and it spreads the blind credence in the absolute nothing. Whoever attempts to laugh at the ignorance and at the arrogance of the last two hundred years of pseudo-thinking is himself treated as a fool by the totalitarian machine of nihilism. Thousands and thousands of years of culture, reasoning, reflection that are the true roots of Western civilization and of Freedom are simply ignored by a (pseudo-)cultural machine designed to transform the People in a shapeless mass, obedient to the orders of the latest demon who has climbed the ladder of insanity and power until the top of delirium. Fascists, nazis, communists, socialists, subversives and revolutionaries of all kinds and shades, mock-initiatic societies and true cults of the sheer nothing, pseudo-religions that preach murder and conquest, all have in common one basic pseudo-philosophy that denies the Infinite Being Who Is Love, and all have in common a totalitarian idea of the society.

Only in the Traditional Philosophy the idea of Freedom is not reduced to an empty slogan, because Freedom is the Gift of God to the human beings AND Freedom is given to the human beings so that they can find the Way to the Supreme Knowledge.

With nihilism, this idea of Freedom can only die: the human being becomes a thing that can be managed like all the other things, AND the single individual is reduced to see himself/herself as a thing among all other things. All this is greatly encouraged - in the nihilist totalitarianism under whose rule we all live - by education and by the diffusion of a new (and subversive) common sense that describes reality in terms of materialism and describes the individual in terms of scientism (the ideology that transforms science from a tool into a "truth" that can be applied to the fundamental questions of life). This brainwashing creates strong interior chains that maim the existence of every individual and are actually maiming the same human culture: individuals fall into all forms of despair, the arts choke, the language itself is reduced to ugliness and oversimplification.

But the totalitarian regime of nihilism cannot make the Truth disappear: the Wonder is inside the individuals and survives and thrives in those who reject evil and keep themselves open to the Light: from every age and from the four corners of the world, the humans testify in infinite ways about visions and dreams that inspire them and reveal Truths that they couldn't possibly know...if the "reality" were what materialism and scientism say it is. Foreknowledge, visions, presentiments announce to the individuals a world free from the limits of space and time, foster them on the Way towards true Knowledge, kindle the original Freedom that every individual IS, as long as he/she rejects evil.

Even in the cave of the totalitarian regime of nihilism, the only Truth of the whole Creation is the Infinite Holy, the Infinite Love of God, the Infinite Life Eternal.

And that Truth can shine through any darkness.

And the Wonder of the Creation can ignite the Spirit of the individuals and make them discover again the depth of the Sacred Knowledge when the individual learns to think independently from the chains of nihilism: from birth to death the human beings voyage towards Light, Sun and Moon and Stars give guidance to their days and nights: Symbols literally surround us all the time and we can become sensitive to them, we can learn to see and listen again ("again", because we come from the Light of the Infinite Being, and again because as children we have all lived our life in the great Vision, before the "education" brainwashed us).

The Vision from inside us and the universe of Symbols from outside us are the guiding Lights that the nihilist regime cannot dim: the totalitarian regime of nihilism is certainly based on obscurantism, but all the violence that the regime uses - to make the humans forget their humanity and the Light of God Who Is Love - is powerless against the Truth.

John 8:32
καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.
And ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free

Mayo Clinic researchers show brain waves can 'write' on a computer in early tests

BOSTON, Mass. — Neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Fla., have demonstrated how brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen. By merely focusing on the "q" in a matrix of letters, for example, that "q" appears on the monitor.

Researchers say these findings, presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, represent concrete progress toward a mind-machine interface that may, one day, help people with a variety of disorders control devices, such as prosthetic arms and legs. These disorders include Lou Gehrig's disease and spinal cord injuries, among many others.

"Over 2 million people in the United States may benefit from assistive devices controlled by a brain-computer interface," says the study's lead investigator, neurologist Jerry Shih, M.D. "This study constitutes a baby step on the road toward that future, but it represents tangible progress in using brain waves to do certain tasks."

Dr. Shih and other Mayo Clinic researchers worked with Dean Krusienski, Ph.D., from the University of North Florida on this study, which was conducted in two patients with epilepsy. These patients were already being monitored for seizure activity using electrocorticography (ECoG), in which electrodes are placed directly on the surface of the brain to record electrical activity produced by the firing of nerve cells. This kind of procedure requires a craniotomy, a surgical incision into the skull.

Dr. Shih wanted to study a mind-machine interface in these patients because he hypothesized that feedback from electrodes placed directly on the brain would be much more specific than data collected from electroencephalography (EEG), in which electrodes are placed on the scalp. Most studies of mind-machine interaction have occurred with EEG, Dr. Shih says.

"There is a big difference in the quality of information you get from ECoG compared to EEG. The scalp and bony skull diffuses and distorts the signal, rather like how the Earth's atmosphere blurs the light from stars," he says. "That's why progress to date on developing these kind of mind interfaces has been slow."

Because these patients already had ECoG electrodes implanted in their brains to find the area where seizures originated, the researchers could test their fledgling brain-computer interface.
In the study, the two patients sat in front of a monitor that was hooked to a computer running the researchers' software, which was designed to interpret electrical signals coming from the electrodes.

The patients were asked to look at the screen, which contained a 6-by-6 matrix with a single alphanumeric character inside each square. Every time the square with a certain letter flashed, and the patient focused on it, the computer recorded the brain's response to the flashing letter. The patients were then asked to focus on specific letters, and the computer software recorded the information. The computer then calibrated the system with the individual patient's specific brain wave, and when the patient then focused on a letter, the letter appeared on the screen.

"We were able to consistently predict the desired letters for our patients at or near 100 percent accuracy," Dr. Shih says. "While this is comparable to other researchers' results with EEGs, this approach is more localized and can potentially provide a faster communication rate. Our goal is to find a way to effectively and consistently use a patient's brain waves to perform certain tasks."

Once the technique is perfected, its use will require patients to have a craniotomy, although it isn't yet known how many electrodes would have to be implanted. And software would have to calibrate each person's brain waves to the action that is desired, such as movement of a prosthetic arm, Dr. Shih says. "These patients would have to use a computer to interpret their brain waves, but these devices are getting so small, there is a possibility that they could be implanted at some point," he says.

"We find our progress so far to be very encouraging," he says.



Implant enables direct alphanumeric input from brain to computer


Using a technique known as electrocorticography (ECoG), neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic have demonstrated how brain waves can be interpreted to directly enter alphanumerical characters into a computer. The team behind the findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, say the results represent concrete progress toward a robust mind-machine interface.


"Over 2 million people in the United States may benefit from assistive devices controlled by a brain-computer interface," says the study's lead investigator, neurologist Jerry Shih. "This study constitutes a baby step on the road toward that future, but it represents tangible progress in using brain waves to do certain tasks."

The study was conducted with two epileptic patients who were already being monitored for epileptic seizures using ECoG, in which electrodes are placed directly on the surface of the brain to record electrical activity produced by the firing of nerve cells.

To date, most studies of mind-machine interfaces have used electroencephalography (EEG), in which electrodes are placed on the scalp. Dr. Shih hypothesized that feedback from electrodes placed directly on the brain would be much more specific than data collected from EEG.

"There is a big difference in the quality of information you get from ECoG compared to EEG. The scalp and bony skull diffuses and distorts the signal, rather like how the Earth's atmosphere blurs the light from stars," Shih explained. "That's why progress to date on developing these kind of mind interfaces has been slow."

In the study, the two patients sat in front of a monitor that was hooked to a computer running software which was designed to interpret electrical signals coming from the electrodes. The patients were asked to look at the screen, which contained a 6-by-6 matrix with a single alphanumeric character inside each square. Every time the square with a certain letter flashed, and the patient focused on it, the computer recorded the brain's response to the flashing letter. The patients were then asked to focus on specific letters, and the computer software recorded the information. The computer then calibrated the system with the individual patient's specific brain wave, and when the patient then focused on a letter, the letter appeared on the screen.

"We were able to consistently predict the desired letters for our patients at or near 100 percent accuracy," Dr. Shih boasted. "While this is comparable to other researchers' results with EEGs, this approach is more localized and can potentially provide a faster communication rate. Our goal is to find a way to effectively and consistently use a patient's brain waves to perform certain tasks."

Once the technique is perfected, its use will require patients to have a craniotomy (a surgical incision into the skull). The researchers say it isn't yet known how many electrodes would have to be implanted. "These patients would have to use a computer to interpret their brain waves, but these devices are getting so small, there is a possibility that they could be implanted at some point," Shih concluded.