Somewhere Over the Rainbow

โ€œToto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.โ€ This quote covers, in the simplest form, the theory I am about to propose to you. Any of you blessed enough to be have watched or read this glorious story will understand.

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As we go through this, I want you to keep the above tree diagram in mind as it basically forms the crux of the topic for our article. It is something I first became interested in while watching Fringe. The concept of having another you out there, doesn’t that intrigue you? There are obviously no ways to prove this. If you look at the above diagram, you will see that it starts out with one point and from there, as if roots from a tree, it spreads out. This is essentially the theory behind what physics now calls a ‘multiverse’ and science fiction calls ‘alternative universes’. The theory is that any one person (for now let’s call him Tommy) can make a decision that will then split and create another universe where other choices and, now realities, exist.

So let’s look at this in practice.

Tommy wakes up every morning 7 am for school. He gets dressed for school, then he goes down for breakfast at 7.20. He is then ready and on the bus by 8 am. He sits in the same place on the bus every day next to his friend.

The above is a typical day for Tommy. Now let’s see what happens if something goes wrong.

Normally waking up at 7 am, Tommy finds himself with a cold and thus cannot get dressed or eat breakfast. Obviously, as he is sick, Tommy does not catch the bus that day as he will not be attending school.

So now what happens?

Well, let’s suppose that Tommy spends all day in bed, he will not get dressed. This means less laundry for his mother. As he will not be eating breakfast, it will mean less dishes for her to wash. Tommy will then need to be taken to the doctor for a consultation and medication.

Both of these possibilities are available for Tommy, however, if we think of these as separate branches on a tree, we can see that Tommy has in fact got two possible ‘branches’ as it were to his tree. His life could lead him to one of those two possible branches. So let’s look at his normal day as branch A and then his sick day as branch B, then we can say from there that each branch has its own branch A and B as so on and so on until we have the tree diagram above. This also applies to your choices. Very much like the Butterfly Effect in time travel, we can think of our choices as the butterflies we tread on and any choice we make can in fact create a different timeline/alternate reality. If Tommy decided to go to school sick, he would’ve made his friend sick and thus the cold would’ve spread to other students, and let’s suppose one of those children has a weak immune system and dies, Tommy’s choice to go to school sick would’ve killed a child. However, because he did not, this child will survive and all will be as normal.

Two possible realities exist in this scenario and any choice we make can determine which reality we take.

Can I Go There?

Theoretically it would be possible, but the implications it would have on both realities would be devastating. Imagine you have a piece of paper and you push a pencil through it, it’s only one little hole right? Now imagine punching a dozen or so holes into that paper and you will find with each hole the integrity of the paper is compromised more and more. This is exactly what will happen if we one day develop the technology to travel between alternate realities.

You’re probably thinking, how could we even do this? Well, if you believe science fiction, and please let’s keep in mind this is all hypothetical, if you had to cross over the only way to do it would be to create a hole in the universe. This would mean creating a black hole like they are currently trying to do at CERN in Switzerland. This is scary as the likelihood of them actually doing more damage than good is something that needs to be considered.

I am telling you upfront, I am no scientist and do not claim to know all they do. What I can tell you is that, if what they say is true, parallel worlds should be left in peace. Your choices where you are right now, will affect you in THIS world. What happens beyond that, has nothing to do with you and you shouldn’t worry about it.

If you have anything else you’d like to add or any comments, post it in the comments for myself as well as all your fellow avidReaders. We’d love to know what you have to say! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

God bless you, my darling avidReaders. ๐Ÿ˜‡

Are Dragons Real?

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Many people think of dragons as winged serpents breathing fire and then eating the ashes, but the ancient texts only ever to dragons as huge reptiles. It was only in the later texts that ‘dragon’ would be replaced by the word ‘dinosaur’. Evolutionists would have you believe that these creatures are extinct and that they died before man even came to be, but the question is rather a simple one: If so, then why…? Why do we still see these magnificent creatures? Why do they wash up dead on our shores? Why do people in certain parts of the U.S. see Pterodactyls? And what is going on in the Congo? Why do certain villages in Kenya bury their dead deeper than usual?

All these questions and many more are raised by people all over the world. You’re all probably thinking, “If dinosaurs (dragons) are real, then why aren’t UFOs?” Well, I can’t account for UFOs, but I can say that I have never had the honour of seeing a dragon up close. From those who have, it appears as normal as air in our lungs. Then, there’s all the evidence of man and dinosaurs living side-by-side. In China, they have records of an emperor who used dragons to pull his chariots on special occasions. There are even records of a family in China that raised them for their blood and body parts to be used as medicine. Explorers and great ancient philosophers from all over the world write of dragons existing.

Alexander the Great on his explorations in India said that many of his men were frightened off by great dragons living in caves. Alexander, however, was not the only explorer to have encountered these creatures. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles recorded in 793 A.D. they are quoted as saying that a terrible warning came over the Northumbrians of “great flashes of light across the sky, and whirlwinds, and fire breathing dragons.” In France they have records of a water dragon coming out of the water of the Seine River. This dragon appeared harmless as it did not breathe fire, but soon after it laid waste to parts of France. This dragon was hunted down, brought back to where they had found it and was beheaded. The dragon’s head was mounted on a building. This dragon was named ‘La Gargouille’ and from it came ‘gargoyle’ which are common in French architecture.

The Ica Stones of Peru

We’ve all heard of the Ica Stones and the Nasca Drawings. There are many interesting things depicted on the Ica Stones. There’s drawings showing surgery, their daily lives as well as dragons. Now, why would they have drawn that there if they’d never seen dragons before? Is it perhaps that the people who created these stones knew of dragons? Something to ponder at least.

Other Evidence

The Ica Stones aren’t the only evidence we have of these creatures. Civilizations all over the world have tales of dragons and the havoc they have caused. 2000 years ago, Gilgamesh wrote of a particular dragon that guarded the Cedar Forest of Amanus in Mesopotamia. Having powerful legs like that of a lion, the talons of a vulture, with a head bearing bullโ€™s horns and a tail like a serpent. This creature they called Humbaba and he is sometimes depicted as human-like figure with scales on his back and the ability to breathe fire. He almost resembles a Stegosaurus in description, but since the stories can’t seem to agree on his physical characteristics it would be quite difficult to give an exact description of Humbaba.

The Loch Ness Monster and Other Famous Dragons

We all know this famous Scottish legend. So many stories surround the Scottish Loch. With the great depths the loch reaches, the possibility of a sea monster in the loch is not strange. For over a century locals have reported sightings and over the years the number of sightings continued.

I remember reading one particular story of a young boy and his friends who were out on the Loch, I can’t remember for certain if they were out looking for Nessie or if they were just out wind-surfing, whatever the reason they were out on the Loch. At some point they hit something and were capsized. Once capsized, they found themselves swimming blind in the fog. They called after each other and started swimming in the general direction of shore, but this was where their trip took a dark turn. Suddenly, they heard someone screaming and then another one of them screaming that something had got their friend. They immediately knew what had happened–Nessie had got one of them. They started to swim frantically towards the shore. Then came another cry and the last of his friends screaming that it had taken another of his friends down. After a while the boy realized that everything was quiet. He called for his friend, but heard nothing. It was then that he realized he was alone. He made it to shore crying for his friends that had been taken by Nessie. He told everyone what had happened. Sadly, his is probably not the only story like this.

Pterodactyls/Pterosaur

These amazing winged creatures have been spotted multiple times in American states such as Texas, Ohio and other states in America. Stone carvings further add to the question of whether or not some of these amazing creatures may still exist. There have been spikes in sightings of these winged creatures in North Carolina this year. Most scientists have refused to accept that these creatures could still exist as it would contradict all that they claim to be true, but when so many are seeing the same thing you have to question whether or not they are right about all their theories. I mentioned above that the locals in Kenya bury their dead deep down otherwise they feel that Kongamato will come and dig up the bodies and eat them. They also have said that Kongamato lives deep in the caves.

Mokele Mbembi

Possibly the most famous creature in recent news. Tales of Mokele Mbembi were only discovered when Christian missionaries went into the Congo to speak the locals about Christ. They told stories of their encounters with what appeared to be a hybrid between a Plesiosaurus and a Brachiosaurus. This creature has been getting a lot coverage in the news. Since the discovery of 6 new species of frog and bat, many have wondered about whether or not this creature exists. Some parts of the Congo are still difficult to explore for various reasons and this makes it seem enticing to explorers. Could it be that those regions are where Mokele Mbembi is now hiding?

Conclusion

In reality all we will ever know is what people say to be true. If we want to know for ourselves we need to go out there and see for ourselves, but until then, we live and wonder if these people are just imagining it or is there more to this than we think. Whatever you choose to believe, I believe they are out there. Maybe they aren’t as big and scary as holiday portrays them, but as I mentioned in my article on extinct creatures (see Science and Medicine articles) the environment has had a major effect on their growth. History tell us that man has always walked with dragons/dinosaurs and thousands say that they still do.

So, avidReaders, I pose this question to you: What do you believe? Let me know in the comments what you think. I’d love to know.

God bless you all my dear avidReaders. Have a blessed week ๐Ÿ™‚

Part Two: Are We Really Extinct?

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As promised, part two. We have already discussed why certain species have gone extinct or are near extinction. The first reason is because of climate change after the Flood. Before the Flood there was a canopy of water that surrounded the earth protecting it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This canopy allowed for extended life spans as well as the existence of now-extinct species. It is a well-known fact that reptiles never stop growing and, under the right conditions, could no doubt reach tremendous sizes. Creation scientists have concluded that explains the existence of what we now call ‘dinosaurs’, however, before the coining of the term in 1842, they were referred to as ‘dragons’.

The second reason ties in with the above statement: since people would have feared these terrible lizards, as far as man colonized, these creatures would have been killed or chased out of their native habitats. Some Kenyans, and even local residents of Texas, have claimed to have seen what we know as Pterodactyls. These sightings extend into the Congo where locals say that on occasion they will see these creatures while fishing or hunting and that if you are ever fishing in an area where you see the malambo plant growing, you will note there are no natural predators as this is the home of what we know to be a certain species of plesiosaurus. However, all these sightings claim they are not as big as what you would think them to be, this as a result of the conditions mentioned above.

So Where AreThey?

So…where? How can these creatures still be alive if the world they are living in is far harsher than the times before the Flood? Where are they? Some, like the nocturnal gracidilis ant, choose to live underground and only emerge at night. Some are too afraid to show themselves. As I mentioned in part one of this article, the Nelson Shrew was thought to be extinct but instead was just shy and hid itself. Every day we are discovering new species that have survived in the world we have now.

If you ask natives of the Congo, they will tell all about the species they have seen there. These animals live in hiding in environments that are close to their previous habitats. In the mountains on certain parts in Kenya, there are still a remaining species of pterodactyl that natives have claimed to see. In fact, these sightings are so common that some tribes bury their dead as deep as they can go because if not then Kongomoto, as they call him, will come and dig up their dead and eat them.

Now why are Kenyans burying their dead more than 6 feet underground and taking pains to do it so throughly? Why are Congolese fisherman avoiding certain parts of the swamp? And why have people been drawing and writing of dragons (dinosaurs) all through the ages if they are supposed to be extinct?

From my previous article, we can see that many times scientists have had to eat their words when it comes to what’s extinct and what’s not. There are many more examples throughout the world such as the Stubfoot Toad of Columbia that was said to have been eradicated in a pandemic, but was recently discovered to have survived this pandemic.

Then there are the more obvious suspects: Nessie, the Megaladon and Lake Erie’s Bessie. All of these creatures reside in the deepest parts of the oceans or lakes where they reside. These areas where man cannot venture.

Coming to a Close

As I mentioned in the paragraph above, there are many more examples of animal species, as well as plants, that were thought extinct but have astounded scientists upon their discovery. Creatures such as Nessie and his Lake Erie cousin, Bessie, cause us to ponder whether or not science is wrong about these sea monsters, just as they were about the animals they thought were extinct. Can science be trusted when it comes to these things or are we to question what they have to say about botany as well as zoology? Should we perhaps be doing our own investigations into what scientists can only speculate?

I have my own opinions. I believe that the existence of these creatures are a definite possibility, however perhaps not in the glory we expect them to be. However, you read up, do your own digging and let me know in the comments and forums what your opinions are. You know I love hearing what you have to say ๐Ÿ™‚

For now, my darling avidReaders, I wish you a good afternoon.

God bless you all.

H.G. & Jules: Two Men Who Predicted the Future

You may recognize this from the first Thor movie. It takes place during an argument between scientists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig. Despite Selvig’s clear opinion on the topic of science-fiction, there are many cases where he has been found to be flawed in his opinions of science and “magic” as he calls it. I have decided to broach this topic using two of my favourite science fiction authors: H.G Wells and Jules Verne. If you ever watched or read War of the Worlds and/or Journey to the Center of the Earth, you will know who these two famous authors are and the genius they put into their works.

A Brief History of H.G.

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Herbert George Wells, born September 21st 1866, wrote dozens of novels, short stories and poems. He was an English writer and remembered to this day as the “father of science fiction” (a distinction he shared with Jules Verne). H.G. had a tendency to write futuristic, dystopian novels in which he wrote on such ideas as air-crafts and hybridization–this we now know to be possible and are in fact pursuing these same fields of genetic modification. Back in H.G.’s days, such things would be considered impossible, but without Verne and Wells, there’d be no such inventions today. Wells’ earliest training was in biology and his ideas on ethics came from Darwinian influence as well as his standing as a socialist from his early days. He was most notable for his works The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and War of the Worlds. Sadly, his career was brought to a an end when he died in August 13th of the year 1946.

A Brief History of Jules

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Born Jules Gabriel Verne on 8 September 1828, he went on to become a French novelist, poet and playwright. Three of his most famous works came out of a collaboration he did with the publisher Piere-Jules Hetzel–his famous Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. He also shared the title of the “father of science-fiction” with the above mentioned author, H.G. Through a mutual acquaintance, Verne met and became close friends with Alexandre Dumas, famous author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Through all of this, Verne continued his studies in law, despite his clear disdain for society as made evident in his work, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Verne’s career as a writer ended in the year 1905, when he died of diabetes. In honour of this great writer, the street he lived in was named after him (Boulevard Jules-Verne). His works continue to inspire us even after his death. In the year 1994, his great-grandson found Verne’s last manuscript Paris in the Twentieth Century in the attic of his home. Soon after he published the last work his great-grandfather would ever write.

How They Determined our Future

There are definitely many authors who have inspired us for all kinds of reasons, but when it comes to early science and predicting the future only two men stand out for me: Herbert George Wells and Jules Gabriel Verne. Two men who explored the unknown. They stretched their minds and dreamed of a future where men would travel the seas in submarines, travel the air in flying machines and travel to the moon. In the novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells explored a science we, now, are only beginning to comprehend. Namely–cloning and hybridization of living organisms. While Jules questioned what existed in the center of the earth, Wells explored what the future would look like. His predictions were shockingly accurate. Wells foresaw a world where we would exchange the Earth for our own so-called happiness. Verne also knew this and desired to hide away from the rest of the world. Captain Nemo’s views on mankind are what we are only now experiencing. So we see that these men predicted the future in ways they will never know. They have inspired generations of scientists from all over the world and undoubtedly will cause us to question the world around us.

These were bold, questioning minds that challenged the norms of science, just like Verne’s very own Phileas Fogg, who strove for the advancement of science. However, let’s not just look at their grasp on science, but acknowledge their knowledge of man’s base nature. Both these men saw the world as plainly as we see our own reflection.

In Conclusion….

I am going to refer to Jane and Erik’s argument in the beginning of this article. Jane was right. Science fiction will always be a prelude to science fact. If man can imagine it, he will do whatever it takes to accomplish it. We dreamed of the moon and travelling the stars, so we built rockets and explored aeronautics. We wondered what secrets lay in the depths of our seas, so we invented scuba suits and submarines. As I mentioned above there are many brave authors with just as much curiosity as H.G and Jules. These people changed the world. Whether it’s for the good or bad, who can say? I just know, that these men saw possibilities no other human being at the time could’ve.

So listen closely when I say this, my darling avidReaders, question everything. Don’t just accept it because everyone else says it’s true or because science says it’s correct. Look beyond, get your own hands dirty. If you don’t, you may miss out on the chance to cure cancer or pioneer the next generation of robotics. Get digging!

As always, God bless and have a lovely week ahead! ๐Ÿ˜€