Holding multiple views and being able to operate

This document questions some of my arguments on nature of reality as purported by Quantum Mechanics. I further interrogate my thoughts on whether one can change their circumstances through thought. In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill argues that everything begins with a desire. Think and Grow Rich has sold more than 15 million copies in the 70 years since published. BusinessWeek magazine’s Best-Seller List ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback business.

Napoleon takes a reader through principles which leads to riches. He begins with a principle of Desire to the final principle which is Six Sense. Six sense deals with the subconscious mind as a connection with the infinite wisdom of the universe. He further argues that our subconscious, which is in turn tuned into the universe, we get answers to our questions that would otherwise have eluded us. In recent times, there has been many more public speakers on the topic similar to Six Sense.

Recently, I started following Dr Joe Dispenza. He writes and talks extensively on the power of the mind. He uses Quantum Mechanics theories to make his point. Dr Joe Dispenza was interviewed by Tom Biley on – How to Unlock the Full Potential of Your Mind.  He spoke extensively on topics of Quantum Mechanics, Epigenetics, Neuroscience and Brain Mapping.  At the centre of his interview is the power of thought. It is the same thinking that Napoleon Hill wrote about 70 years earlier.

It would be difficult to argue against the argument that thoughts are initiated in one’s brain as electrical impulses. We know that the brain is composed of atoms, and atoms follow the laws of quantum mechnics.  Not only thebrain, but entire body has an electric field. Anywhere there’s a nerve cell, there’s electricity. It is evidenced by an electroencephalogram (EEG) that records electrical patterns in brains. Hence, one’s thoughts are formed by some electric field.

It is with this with this appreciation of Quatum Mechnics and Thought that, I hold a view that our thoughts can determine our destiny. A bolder statement is that – We can change our circumstance through thought alone. This argument is at the heart of Quantum Mechanics and proponents of the power of the mind.

The above arguments on thought at a center of my reality contradicts the world I live in. The history of Slavery and Apartheid presents realities that cannot be changed by thought alone. If Dr Joe Dispenza and Napolean Hill to name the few were right. Then collective thought of black people should have gotten us out of being on the receiving end of wrath of the world.

I have Cognitive Dissonance : Feelings of discomfort that result from trusting in thought to shape my universe. However the reality of black people paints a different reality. I however have to live holding these contrasting realities.

Motseki Majake

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There is context in the song : The case for Stimela By Hugh Masekela

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I stumbled on the Nights Train by Charles van Onselen – Moving Mozambican Miners to and From the Witwatersrand Mines, 1902-1955. It was the people of southern Mozambique, bent double beneath the historical loads of forced labour and slavery, and … Continue reading

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Knowledge of Black Folks

I have been reading Fifty Thinkers who shaped the modern world. My interest is both the history (time) and knowledge being accumulated. Stephen Trombley starts the modern world around the beginning of the 16th Century. Let us assume he was right to start history then.

What concerns me is where was the black folk during the black folks when modern history begun. Some of my friends argues that colinisation is the bedrock of what impacted black folk progress. As I am writting this piece I am wondering how progress can be blamed only on colonization.

Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, was taking huge chance when he argued against creationism. Using time only, the world as we know is 6000 years old as opposed to fossil evidence that shows that the earliers fossil was found 2.7 Billion years ago.

back to the question at hand…where the black fold asking the same questions about form or shape of the world we live in. I recently had a discussion with a colleuage as he argued for “neccessity is the mother of all inventions”. However thinking is neccessary for itsake. I am arguing for knowledge for its own sake.

The question is has the black folk generated new knowledge over the past centuries.

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State of Physical Science Teaching in South Africa. “Case for Einstein’s Physics.”

We, South Africans, needs to find a solution to the deterioration of Mathematics and Science. Our performance at grade 12 has been deteriorating significantly over time. One must look at the amount of investment China and Korea has put into education of mathematics and science. We should find strategies to improve for our country.

I must confess, I struggled with both subjects. My interest to understand nature of reality remains unabated. Classical Physics was my starting point until a new kid on the block, discovery of Quantum Mechanics.  I wondered if whether Department of Education (DBE) is introducing Quantum Mechanics in the curriculum.

I went through Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement of Department of Basic Education (DBE) which is a National Curriculum Statement. It stipulates policy on curriculum and assessment in the schooling sector.

DBE defines Physical Science learning areas as to investigate physical and chemical phenomena. The main areas of knowledge includes Matter and Materials , Chemical Systems , Chemical Change, Mechanics,  Waves, Sound and Light and Electricity and Magnetism. Simply put it is Classical Physics and Chemistry. The are some introduction of building blocks of fundamental concepts of quantum mechanism.  I worry that it is not packaged to prepare learners for the quantum mechanics world. It leaves out a huge part of quantum mechanics as discovered by Einstein in 1905.

Quantum mechanics is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level.

  • In 1900, Planck made the assumption that energy was made of individual units, or quanta.
  • In 1905, Albert Einstein theorized that not just the energy, but the radiation itself was quantized in the same manner.
  • In 1924, Louis de Broglie proposed that there is no fundamental difference in the makeup and behavior of energy and matter; on the atomic and subatomic level either may behave as if made of either particles or waves.  

Quantum Mechanics has helped us to understand some of the fundamentals of Physics which were not understood up to the early 1900. If someone were to ask us the daily life or real-life examples of Quantum Physics, most of us would be totally unaware of it.

Things which depend upon Quantum Physics for their operation includes Toaster, Fluorescent Light, Computer & Mobile Phone, Biological Compass, Transistor, Laser, Microscopy,  Global Positioning System (GPS), Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Telecommunication. 

We do not fully know what is happening in the Quantum World.  Physicists predict that this would continue to allude is. We should expect even stranger and more shocking discoveries.

I think DBE should consider updating CAPS…it would inspire new ideas that our country needs.

If you think you understand quantum mechanics the you do not understand quanum mechanics, Neils Bohr, 1962

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Exponential Growth – Spreading of Diseases #COVID19

THE greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.

Exponential growth’s stealth factor is nicely illustrated by the story of the man who invented chaturanga, an Indian precursor to chess. He presented his king with a beautifully laid out board divided into 64 squares and when asked to name his reward, requested a grain of wheat to be placed on the first square, two on the next, four on the third, and so on.

It sounded a modest reward, but had the king obliged across the board, he would have given away more than 18 billion billion grains. Fail to understand exponential growth, and our debts can rapidly spiral out of control too

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We Came To You : Tribute to Nathi Ngwenya

This is the tribute I wrote for my brother in law, Nathi Ngwenya. The question I asked myself is how do you assess a man’s life.

Here it goes.

” For years man never existed, out of nowhere he exists. He enjoys the fruits that life has awarded him. At a point he realises that this must also end. The mind battles with the thought. He has a problem of why it has to end even though he never existed before now. He wonders if it would have been different if he had existed for longer.

Imagine now he is on his deathbed. Standing around his bed are ghost of The Abilities, The Dreams, The Aspiration given to him by life. And he for whatever the reason never acted on those dreams, he never pursued those dreams,  he never wrote that book, he never started that business, he never ran that marathon. They (Ghosts) saying that we came to you for your leadership, your voice, your ideas.

“We came to you”

And he and only he could have give them life, And now they have to die with him forever,

The questions is ‘ If you were die today, What Talents, What Ideas, What Dreams,What abilities will die with you.

“We came To You”

I believe that the ghost around Nathi’s death bed were satisfied with the life Nathi has given them. Nathi did not die with the ghosts.

  • He pursued his dreams of successful family with a wife and three beautiful girls Queen, Unathi and Thina. He made certain that his family went to holiday every year.
  • He pursued his ideas working as an operational manager for a global company landing in Turkey.
  • He has abilities such as learning Sesotho fluently even though he was from Kwazulu Natal.
  • He had great talents qualifying as a Mechanical Engineer.

He was a great men and I think he did not fight when it came to the end. He had given life to ghost that “Came to Him”

“We came To You”

The question is if I was to die today, What Abilities, What Dreams, What Aspiration  will die with me. I want to live my life with the same passion Nathi lived his. 

We came to you, You have given us life

Robala Ka Khotso

Nathi Ngwenya

 

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#150kmsInDecChallenge, Do not negotiate with your brain

 

What if we do not negotiate with our brain?

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Tooseng, 25 December 2017

The brain is a wonderful and least understood part of the human physiology. The base of the brain contains the cerebellum, and it directly connects to the spinal cord (1).  It is sometimes referred to as the reptilian brain. Human beings are designed biologically almost exclusively for the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Whenever we feel any kind of pain or emotional distress – whether it’s self-pity, for example, or guilt, or shame – we’re thrown, operationally, into a state of survival mode. The brain is a survival software. Maybe not designed for modern lifestyle where threat is not real.

This state of survival mode sometimes presents itself when we want to start new ventures. Our brain tends to protect itself from all risks. Sometimes these are opportunities. We immediately enter a survival mode which would inhibit us from attaining the best that we can be.  Successful people, Warren Buffet, Tony Robbins and Steve Jobs have a way of not letting their brain limit their opportunities.

The same with super athletes, men and women who against all odds managed to achieve “The Impossible”. Usain Bolt and Serena Williams have been on top of their game for a number years. Usain Bolt (born August 21, 1986) is arguably the fastest man in the world, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Olympics(2).   “It was all worth it: the losses, the injuries, everything I’ve been through, it’s all worth it,” said Bolt.  A statue was sculpted which features the 31-year-old in his trademark ‘lightning bolt’ pose.

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981)[3] is an American professional tennis player (3). The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions over the last 15 years from 2002 to 2017. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002. On the sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks.

Both Serena and Usain “Do Not Negotiate With Their Brain” on whether to run, train or practice. They do not wake up and let their brains negotiate or reason why not. These men and women have trained their brain like a muscle to deal with the requirements of daily life. They have done this repeatedly.

My challenge of running 150 kilometres in December 2017 is in sight. I have not negotiated with my brain.

“Do not negotiate with your brain”

References:

1. Reptilian Brain of Survival, (https://www.gracepointwellness.org/109-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/article/55760-reptilian-brain-of-survival-and-mammalian-brain)

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usain_Bolt

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serena_Williams

 

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State of Mathematics and Science : Mdantsane

I recently visited Mdantsane on a program to work with educators on improving the schools Mathematics and Science results. Mdantsane is situated between King Williams Town and East London. It is part of Buffalo city municipality.

The original inhabitants of Mdantsane were indigenous people who were forcibly removed from East London’s multiracial suburbs in the 1960s during the height of apartheid. A dearth of employment followed, since the nearest city was too far to traverse by foot, and public transport was too expensive for most. (Source :http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-southafrica.net-mdantsane-east-london)

Mdantsane shopping was noteable and not very far from the schools I visited.  It was on Friday midday and one would expect the busyness of such a township. Men and women  were queuing towards a small lit room mat the mall. I am assuming that it was collection of  Money transfers from Gauteng or SASSA payments. My assumptions could be off the mark.

What is the state of development in the area. I wondered what would  be the future of the kids in the area. The few companies that I know are based in East London. They are either Auto Manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz South Africa or a supply. With a knowledge that the world is moving away from highly labour intensive employment to the use of robots and technology. Will the kids born and grow in Mdantsane be employable at these companies. Only if they have the education and proficiency to solve complex problems required by the 21st Century companies.

Matric 2014 pass rate 75.8% according to the minister of education. The Eastern Cape is behind all provinces. The report does not detail the state of Mathematics and Science at public schools. Dissapointly the pass rate is 30%. The pass rate for mathematics fell from 59.1% last year to 53.5% for 2014.

Statistics aside, will the children of Mdantsane be employable in East London companied. The state of affairs does not indicate so. This is unless there is an intervention by companies in the area.

It emerges that kids do not have basic mathematics proficiency. They cannot manupulate addition, subtraction,  multiplication and division to the level required for the grades. Worse is that teachers could be in the same situation. In summary it is a crisis. Bobby Godsell once said one must never talk about the problem if you do not talk about the situation. 

What am I doing about this. Ask me this time next year.

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My Daughter Discovered – Rising Star

Today marks the day of exciting news in South Africa. Homo Naledi (H.Naledi) discovered in the Rising Star Cave System of the Cradle of Mankind. Scientist discovered the cave around 2013 and have been studying the fossils. I just had to point out that my eldest daughters’ name is Naledi. The question on my mind is what does it mean to helping us understanding our existence. How did we get where we are in the evolution of man.

Evolution tree does not help in putting Naledi in the any specific path. I require more time. The estimates are that the cave is about 4 million years old. If I recall Mrs Ples was about 2.5 million years old. It is said that Mrs Ples was part of the Australopithecus and not a hominid. Hominids is a family of primates that includes Gorilla, chimpanzee, and Homo, the human. Fact is that Naledi is on our lineage or evolution tree. Whereas Mrs Ples is not. I might have my facts mixed up.

I suspect that all, I mean all, discoveries of early man is only found in South Africa. I stand correct that you will not find any fossil any where in the world. The question is why Africa. Is this just an evolution coincidence. Why man migrated up north into Europe. Fact is that we are all Africans.

It might be worthwhile to visit cradle of mankind this weekend.

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Diaspora of Basotho

The diaspora of Basotho from Lesotho is never observed.  I was recently in the presence of Basotho from the early 80s from what was then the repressive government.

I cannot contrast this with the exodus of South Africans to Lesotho when our country was in turmoil. It appeared to me that South African Government  during apartheid was more oppressive.  Why then would Basotho cross Mohokare (Caledon River) into  South Africa.

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