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Can I Blow Your Mind Again? Groups of Bacteria Inside Humans May Have Independent Thinking or Reasoning Abilities.

15 Sep

By Mike McGee

As we discovered in a previous blog entry at https://mcgeepost.com/2017/09/05/want-your-mind-blown-science-shows-the-human-brain-is-not-a-single-entity-its-billions-of-individuals-who-dont-touch-each-other/, there are about 100 billion active neurons in each human brain. Most scientists believe that the neurons in the individual brain conduct most of the thinking and doing activity of each such person. In our last blog, we described that this might or might not be so.

Now we are going to explore another and additional possible avenue of human thinking and acting. Aside from the neurons and the brain, the non-human bacteria living in each persons’ body may have a meaningful effect on our thinking and doing. It is possible that “I” and “you” are not in control of as much as we believe we are.

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Want your Mind Blown? Science shows the Human Brain is not a single entity. It’s Billions of Individuals Who Don’t Touch Each Other.

5 Sep

By Mike McGee

Look at the two pictures above side by side, and tell me which one is a human neuron. Yeah, the other one is a squid. And like a colony of squid, the human brain is a whole lot of Individuals Who Don’t Touch Each Other. Knowing this blew my mind. Or at least it blew certain individual living entities – neurons – within my mind. How about you?

Generally accepted science says that each single human brain and nervous system is made up of about 100 billion neurons. Each of these neurons is a separate cellular body which operates on its own, though it accepts and rejects indirect input from other neurons. Each of these neurons is factually an isolated island of life, since no one neuron touches another neuron directly at any time. All of their communication comes from sending chemicals across the cup-like ends of lots of arms that look much like the suction cups on the tentacles of a squid. With neurons, specific chemicals pass from one neuron to another across these cups or receptors, as one might pass food from one person to another. There is no direct contact. Vast numbers of glial cells surround, support and protect the neurons. Neurons are found in nerve pathways throughout the body as well as in the brain.

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Global Warming: Darwinian Evolution in Humans?

12 May

By Mike McGee

Most scientists have a difficult time looking at the possibility of the Darwinian evolution of the physical form and structure of human beings in responses to challenges from the environment. We can easily see how a plant or a lower animal can alter its structure and very being, or become extinct either locally or widespread, under evolutionary pressures exerted over only a very few years.

Global warming is almost certainly a product of the increase in the population of the earth from 2 billion to 7.5 billion souls in the span of less than a century. It is mathematically definite that the increase in body heat and cooking fires and auto engine heat alone will raise the natural planetary temperature to some degree. Add on factories and HVAC and land denuded for agriculture or meat, and other things needed to sustain a larger population, and there is even more natural and inevitable pressure increasing the planetary temperature. Continue reading

The Flint Water Crisis: Practical and inexpensive solutions, and a hint of scandal

5 Feb

Flint Water Tower (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Without minimizing the culpability of those who created and have perpetuated the Flint water crisis, much less the pain of the citizens, I want you to consider that the crisis in Flint, Michigan, is not quite as catastrophic as it seems. Continue reading

A New Global Warming Manifesto

2 Oct

By Mike McGee

This is the Global Warming statement of Mike McGee, a believer in some aspects of global warming, presented in concert with the Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in December. We urgently need some new thinking on climate change. Here is my contribution, in three parts. The first two parts are practical, while Part Three is more philosophical. Continue reading

Time for Ethical Disclosure in Physics

23 Sep

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By Mike McGee

No one admires physicists more than me. The modern world as we know it would never have evolved and would not be sustainable without the heroic contributions of this learned profession. Therefore I am disappointed when these brilliant and heroic men and women stray outside the bounds of reality and succeed in convincing all of us that their abstract theories and simulations are proven facts we can believe in. Continue reading

Hurricanes, Part Two: Hurricane Destruction and Flood Disasters are Man-Made

5 May

By Mike McGee

Back in 2012 I wrote a blog entry on preventing hurricanes (tropical cyclones), which is posted at https://mcgeepost.com/2012/10/09/hurricanes/ . Earlier this year I had a personal correspondence with the eminent scientist Dr. Chris Landsea, who is the NOAA’s Joint Hurricane Testbed Director and National Hurricane Center Science & Operations Officer. Chris was impressed by my desire to find ways to prevent hurricanes. He also had some words which inspired me to think of most hurricane, earthquake and flood disasters as being man-made. Continue reading