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Nikola Tesla – the unappreciated prophet

Chapter 36

Nikola Tesla – the unappreciated prophet

I wonder how different our world would be today if Nikola Tesla had been more successful of garnering the support of the “mainstream” industrialists of his day.

Just a bit of background from Wikipedia: “Nikola Tesla; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before immigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison in New York City. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla for a short time as a consultant. His work in the formative years of electric power development was involved in a corporate alternating current/direct currentWar of Currents” as well as various patent battles. Tesla went on to pursue his ideas of wireless lighting and electricity distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs and made early (1893) pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices.”

Tesla gained early support from financiers such as Westinghouse and J.P. Morgan as long as business profits were projected. However, when became known that he supported the free distribution of wireless electrical energy to the masses……..well that didn’t make good economic sense!

This genius had numerous patents (approximately 300!) and ideas that had practical application, but which were not pursued until long after his death.

From PBS News Hour; BY Rebecca Jacobson  July 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM EDT

“HE DEVELOPED THE IDEA FOR SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY IN 1901

Tesla may have had a brilliant mind, but he was not as good at reducing his ideas to practice, Carlson said. In the race to develop transatlantic radio, Tesla described to his funder and business partner, J.P. Morgan, a new means of instant communication that involved gathering stock quotes and telegram messages, funneling them to his laboratory, where he would encode them and assign them each a new frequency. That frequency would be broadcast to a device that would fit in your hand, he explained. In other words, Tesla had envisioned the smart phone and wireless internet, Carlson said, adding that of all of his ideas, that was the one that stopped him in his tracks.”

stay tuned next week for more on Tesla!

Civilization, did it commence 6,500 years ago?

Chapter 35
Civilization, did it commence 6,500 years ago?
In a prior blog I presented information on the history of man and the possibility that sentient life may have existed long, long ago. Here I would like to discuss locations where we have absolute scientific proof of civilizations that thrived significantly prior to 6,500 years ago, the approximate age of the Universe according to Biblical fundamentalist beliefs.
Until fairly recently the generally accepted view of mainstream archeologists was that that the Sumerians were considered the “cradle” and had established the earliest “civilization”. That time tends to coincide generally with the earliest time frames described in the book of Genesis.
However, please refer to the following text from Wikipedia: “The earliest emergence of civilizations is generally associated with the final stages of the Neolithic Revolution, culminating in the relatively rapid process of state formation, a political development associated with the appearance of a governing elite. This neolithic technology and lifestyle was established first in the Middle East (for example at Göbekli Tepe, from about 9,130 BCE), and Yangtze and later in the Yellow river basin in China (for example the Pengtoushan culture from 7,500 BCE), and later spread. But similar “revolutions” also began independently from 9,000 years ago in such places as the Norte Chico civilization in Peru and Mesoamerica at the Balsas River. These were among the six civilizations worldwide that arose independently.”
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%c3%b6bekli_Tepe ”The oldest of these, “Göbekli Tepe (AKA “Potbelly Hill”) is an archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, approximately 12 km (7 mi) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa. The tell has a height of 15 m (49 ft) and is about 300 m (984 ft) in diameter.[4] It is approximately 760 m (2,493 ft) above sea level. It has been excavated by a German archaeological team that was under the direction of Klaus Schmidt from 1996 until his death in 2014. The tell includes two phases of ritual use dating back to the 10th-8th millennium BCE. During the first phase (Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA)), circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and a weight of up to 20 tons. They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock.[5] In the second phase (Pre-pottery Neolithic B (PPNB)), the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. Topographic scans have revealed that other structures next to the hill, awaiting excavation, probably date to 14-15 thousand years ago, the dates of which potentially extend backwards in time to the concluding millennia of the Pleistocene.”
What this reveals is that a very advanced civilization was alive and thriving as far back as 11,000 – 15,000 years ago, just as the last major ice age was retreating!

The metric system and currency

Chapter 34 The metric system and currency

I find it interesting that we inherited almost all of our system of measurements from the British and have retained it despite declaring our independence almost 240 years ago. In terms of currency we made the switch to the currency metric system early on. I see that as a positive. On the other hand we desperately hold on to the cumbersome British system of measuring distances, long after that country has converted to the metric system along with almost all of the remainder of the world. I find it amusing that we adopted the system of a country, a war foe, and have decided to claim it as our own. As usual, if it is “American”, it must be best.

Measures such as inches, dozens & grosses are based on the number 12. This number has its origins in several of the early belief systems. The following excerpt was taken from Wikipedia:

“There are twelve “Jyotirlingas” in Hindu Shaivism. The Shaivites (orthodox devotees of God Shiva) treat them with great respect and they are visited by almost every pious Hindu at least once in a lifetime. The number 12 is very important in many religions, mainly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also found in some older religions and belief systems. In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas and their wife Draupadi go to the forest for 12 years exile and 1 year disguise-appearance exile.

In antiquity there are numerous magical/religious uses of twelves. Ancient Greek religion, the Twelve Olympians were the principal gods of the pantheon and Heracles enacted out twelve labours. The chief Norse god, Odin, had 12 sons. Several sets of twelve cities are identified in history as a dodecapolis, the most familiar being the Etruscan League. In the King Arthur Legend, Arthur is said to have subdued 12 rebel princes and to have won 12 great battles against Saxon invaders. [source: Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, 3d ed]

The importance of 12 in Judaism and Christianity can be found in the Bible. The biblical Jacob had 12 sons, who were the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, while the New Testament describes twelve apostles of Jesus; when Judas Iscariot was disgraced, a meeting was held (Acts) to add Saint Matthias to complete the number twelve once more. (Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.)

The Book of Revelation contains much numerical symbolism, and a lot of the numbers mentioned have 12 as a divisor. 12:1 mentions a woman—interpreted as the people of Israel, the Church or the Virgin Mary—wearing a crown of twelve stars (representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel). Furthermore, there are 12,000 people sealed from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, making a total of 144,000 (which is the square of 12 multiplied by a thousand).

In Orthodox Judaism, 12 signifies the age a girl matures (bat mitzvah)

There are 12 days of Christmas. The song Twelve Days of Christmas came from the traditional practice of extending Yuletide celebrations over the twelve days from Christmas day to the eve of Epiphany; the period of thirteen days including Epiphany is sometimes known as Christmastide. Thus Twelfth Night is another name for the twelfth day of Christmas or January 5 (the eve of Epiphany). Similarly, Eastern Orthodoxy observes 12 Great Feasts.”

While the number 12 is significant, especially as it relates to belief systems I fail to see it’s practical application in relation to weights & measures. A system based on 10’s seems far more sensible.

The “American” view of currency is puzzling. Take the penny. The Lincoln cent was the lowest form of currency in 1909, the first year of issue. The purchase power of a dime today is actually less than a penny was in 1909. In fact the purchasing power of a penny in 1909 would be the equivalent of $.16 today. And yet, we hang on to both our pennies and nickels like they are absolutely essential. How silly are we?

Then there is the issue of paper money, which has an average life of 5.8 years (for the $1 denomination). Keep in mind that the dollar bill, in 1909 terms has a value of about $.07. Almost all other civilized countries use long lasting coinage for anything less than the equivalent of a $5 denomination (about $.75 in 1909 terms).

I hear the argument, but what about all the vending machines. Like other countries do not have vending machines? Like the vendors were not able to adjust to accepting paper currency as prices rose?