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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Universe Expansion

How fast is the expansion of space?When you take any object that’s detectable through the science of astronomy, you’re always measuring some form of energy — usually light — that’s either emitted or absorbed by the object in question.

We know that the expanding Universe causes redshifts; we know how two objects moving away from one another causes a redshift. If you want to translate the expansion of the Universe into a speed, that’s what you have to do: ask yourself, “Based on the redshift that I’m measuring due to the fact that space is expanding, how fast, in terms of a relative recession speed between the source and the observer, would things need to be moving to give the same value for a redshift

In reality, these objects aren’t moving through the Universe at that speed at all, but rather the space between bound objects is expanding. It still doesn’t give a definitive answer as we can only perceive the observable universe.

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mRNA Technology : Could it be the magic bullet

mRNA is basically a genetic code that tell the body to make proteins otherwise expensive to make. The technology has been used by laboratories in the fight of COVID19. This include Pfizer, Moderna and Biotech laboratory companies. Moderna is working with AstraZeneca to develop a protein that could help with treatment of heart diseases.

According to the New Scientist, BA.2 which is a variant of Omricon has been spreading. It said to be different from BA.1 with 28 different mutations. It appears that nations that have totally avoided infections are more suspectable to infections from mutated viruses. Fortunately deaths and infections were lower in South Africa.

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James Webb Space Telescope arrived

The James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its destination which is 1.5 million kilometers away from our planet. It’s still few months before it can give a different glimpse of the universe.

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James Webb: Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

The space telescope is destined to orbit a point in space known as Earth-sun Lagrange point 2 or L2, which is deemed to be balance between earth and sun. It will orbit the sun as opposed to Hubble telescope that orbits the earth.

The James Webb Space Telescope has four key goals:

The costs of launching James Webb is estimated to be around $10 Billion and counting. On the 27th December 2021, The space telescope unfolded what scientists call a gimbaled antenna assembly that carries the high-rate data dish responsible for beaming Webb’s observations of the early universe back to Earth.

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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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