I had a thought, why not send flowers to friends out in the community? It’s such a thoughtful gift and a flower will put a smile on anyone’s face. With Valentine’s Day coming up, a flower bouquet will be welcomed by a loved one, but a flower arrangement will also be appreciated by your friends. Friendship is an important thing these days, and our bonds are strengthened when we send little tokens of appreciation like this. Anyway, that’s my thought of the day, shop for flowers and send a message of appreciation to someone you enjoy spending time with today.
West L.A. is home to the West Los Angeles Cousins Club. This organization brings together sisters of Islam and Judaism under one roof, where they share commonalities. They sit around a dining room table and share foods that follow the laws of each of their faiths. As part of this symbolic meal, they tool turns lighting candles to celebrate their 8th anniversary.
This grassroots discussion group promotes understanding and the importance of spirituality for all faiths. These women, who led vastly separate lives come together for regular meetings and have formed bonds of friendship that would not have been considered possible in the past.
DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box, roughly the size of two cigarette packets side by side, that churns out random numbers in an endless stream.
At first glance it is an unremarkable piece of equipment. Encased in metal, it contains at its heart a microchip no more complex than the ones found in modern pocket calculators.
But, according to a growing band of top scientists, this box has quite extraordinary powers. It is, they claim, the ‘eye’ of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future and predicting major world events.
The machine apparently sensed the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre four hours before they happened – but in the fevered mood of conspiracy theories of the time, the claims were swiftly knocked back by sceptics. But last December, it also appeared to forewarn of the Asian tsunami just before the deep sea earthquake that precipitated the epic tragedy.
Now, even the doubters are acknowledging that here is a small box with apparently inexplicable powers.
‘It’s Earth-shattering stuff,’ says Dr Roger Nelson, emeritus researcher at Princeton University in the United States, who is heading the research project behind the ‘black box’ phenomenon.
‘We’re very early on in the process of trying to figure out what’s going on here. At the moment we’re stabbing in the dark.’ Dr Nelson’s investigations, called the Global Consciousness Project, were originally hosted by Princeton University and are centred on one of the most extraordinary experiments of all time. Its aim is to detect whether all of humanity shares a single subconscious mind that we can all tap into without realising.
And machines like the Edinburgh black box have thrown up a tantalising possibility: that scientists may have unwittingly discovered a way of predicting the future….