Blurb #3: Violence is the Universal Language

Not everyone is capable of the mellower and more compassionate aspects of the human psyche. But everyone knows what a raised fist and a burning urge to hurt feels like. Violence is a survival instinct, a reaction to threat, real or imagined. My point? Speak it wisely for, just like any other language, it identifies who you are and the more you speak the language, the harder it becomes to fall back into your original language. But when all else fails, violence will beckon, a little devil on your shoulder, whispering in your ear.


Reposted from my previous blog, Dark Corner.

Sound: The Secret Nature of Reality

 

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Trust me, this is way cooler than paint on speakers.

Today, we’re talking about sound and the reality of things. You may have noticed that I’m super into quantum mechanics and I’m continuing the exploration of the quirky side of reality in this article so buckle up and prepare to have your mind blown.

First off, what is sound? It is vibration. It is a result of molecules bouncing off each other violently. That’s why lightning produces thunder. The flash of high heat is so quick that the heated air around it has no time to expand. So the air compresses around the lightning bolt, raising the air pressure around the area up to 100 times the normal level and causes an explosion of air molecules away from the source in the form of a sonic wave. Our ears pick that up in the form of vibrations that shake our eardrums and this vibration travels through our ear to the brain, where it is processed into sound.

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We don’t usually think of our hearing as we think of our vision, that is, being indispensable. On debate.org, sixty-one percent of the participants when asked if they’d rather be deaf or blind said that they’d rather be deaf. This sort of underestimation of the effect of sound is understandable; in fact, it has been said that ninety percent of information entering the brain is visual (not a verified fact) and somewhere around half of our brain’s neurons deal with vision in some way. But sound is more than just our never-sleeping sense, it is the fundamental nature of reality.

Sound has some very real applications in our technologically advanced world. Sound can be used as the replacement for our sight in the form of echolocation and our militaries use sonar and radar to see things that we can’t perceive using our eyes. We can use sound waves to perform high-risk surgeries with minimal invasion on the patient’s body. Ultrasounds also made mothers’ lives easier by letting them see their babies before they’re born. Sound is undervalued as a phenomenon of nature but it is quite useful. And that’s not counting what our ears do for us every single day.

But with the discovery of cymatics and the invention of the cymascope, scientists have found more reasons why sound is awesome. Cymatics is, according to Wikipedia, is “a subset of modal vibrational phenomena.” Basically, it’s just how sound can be visualised using physical things, like sand or water. The Featured Image (not mine) above shows some of the results of cymatics in the medium of water. Here’s a video:

 

So what’s the big deal? The big deal is that sound can somehow affect the nature of things. It can arrange matter into certain repeating patterns and change their nature to match the vibrations of sound. This sort of natural geometry in sound is way too neat so there must be something else to sound right? Yes. Let’s take a look at string theory. String theory is one of those quantum mechanics things that are waaaay beyond anyone’s understanding because 1) we can’t see or feel it, 2) it’s super wacky and 3) well, here’s the introductory page from String Theory for Dummies. The underlying theme is sound. If string theory is correct and it unifies the four forces of the universe (gravity, strong and weak nuclear force, and electromagnetic force), then that means that the vibrating strings that make up the theory is controlled by sound (in this case, vibrations, which is basically the same thing but sound is a human, or rather, an animal condition–more on that later).

Think about it. Everything in our universe, the nature of every single atom and particle, the reason why an electron is different from a photon, is because of the ways these strings vibrate. In fact, everything has an acoustic identity or as it’s known, resonant frequency. The reason why glass breaks if you play a certain frequency (aka note) at a loud enough amplitude (aka volume) is because that “certain frequency” is at the frequency that the glass vibrates at and by matching that frequency, the glass will start to tangibly vibrate. And by increasing the amplitude of the vibration (increasing the volume), the glass will try to vibrate at a much faster rate than the material of the glass can handle and thus, shatters. Here’s a visual demonstration:

This resonant frequency exists in everything: your car, your house, your head (looking at you, Sindel from Mortal Kombat), and by extension, you can destroy anything you want if only you can produce the sound needed. If you’ve watched Darker Than Black, then you’ve seen an example of how this method can be used to kill people too.

So sound is not just something that is merely convenient if we want to speak to someone, it can also explain the physics of the universe. Well, I say sound but it’s actually vibrations. Like I said earlier, sound is an animal “condition” (not sure if that’s the right word) because sound is just vibrations that our brains have processed. It’s like looking at the world through a digital camera; the image on the screen isn’t actually what’s really there, it’s just the camera’s rendition of what it sees. Anyway, enough with the metaphors. This is a slightly shorter article than usual but I hope you have found it informative and interesting all the same.

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Here’s a link to a documentary that will tell you more about sound.

 

 

Weekly Inventions: Atmo

Using fewer plastics and iron than a traditional computer, the creators of Atmo computers hope to cut back on ecologic strain caused by mining and processing raw materials. The compact design of each of their devices means that their computers take up less space than your average computer. Plus, it comes with a plant that flourishes on the heat of the working computer. Spread green not only into the world but also into your own home with Atmo computers. Help them expand their business here on Kickstarter or see what they offer on their website.

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored.

Silent Judges

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This the first of my neo-surrealistic style works. I only draw in graphite and so far, I’ve found it good enough for what I’m drawing. This was back when I first began drawing so you can see quite clearly that the concept wasn’t very well executed.

In any case, you see the barrel of a gun at the left side of the screen and that the main subject has been shot. He seems to have a clock for a head but his shadow shows a normal human head. His clock head is damaged by the bullet and has stopped. The reflections on the clock face show his dreams and thoughts. In the background, there is a circle of faceless figures that watch silently. On the side of the man’s clock face protrudes some sort of projector with the man’s life story and the faceless figures stand by silently, watching it. While he is dying, the man is totally helpless, both over his current situation and his future. The shirt he wore that day now ironically echo his loss of life.

 

A Lonely Life

 

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When the cold and wind of life wears you down, you find a cold snow-covered bench to rest yourself.

 

 

A poem to share and analyse today by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

Solitude

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Analysis:
This poem resonates with us through our shared experiences and sobers us through its masterful usage of compare and contrast. It also reveals an intrinsic part of human nature– that of denial. We hate the sad and unpleasant and seek to avoid it at all costs. Even if it a loved one that is hurting, we would rather get it over with as soon as possible to move on to happier things. While it is something good to surround ourselves with positive things, the poem exudes a much more negative attitude towards this side of human nature. It shows a side of human selfishness, the very sign of mortality itself. After all, only one with earthly needs is able to deprive others of the same needs in order to satisfy himself.
It also shows how uncaring the world is by the line:
Sing, and the hills will answer; Sigh, it is lost on the air
It is not other humans that deny suffering, but also the earth. The earth, something that should give us all that we need, is not only unmovable but also impervious to human suffering.
This poem encourages you to sit down next to the abandoned, the neglected and the dejected. Listen to them. After all, whatever else you may have in common, everyone has the human experience and you may one day be in need of someone to talk to you while you’re down.