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Wind as a Strange Phenomenon

Not everyone is aware that Wind is created typically when air moves from a high concentration to a lower concentration i.e. a matter of equalizing pressure.

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Process of Bottlenecks (Zero Sum Process)

What causes bottlenecks? What causes things to get trapped? What causes processes to halt, block and stop themselves? Why does traffic beget traffic? (Note that in matters of causality, there are those processes which affect themselves, not terribly difficult from the mathematics and typology of knots in a rope. We have processes which are self-catalyzing and which accelerate themselves such as a ball rolling down a hill or a nuclear bomb's fission triggering a hydrogen bomb type explosion. Then we have also can observe processes which stop themselves as a ball making a soft landing; a car coming to rest after colliding with another car or a forest fire burning itself out as it runs out of fuel.

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The Working Range

Most of us are inattentive to the concept of the Working Range” that pertains to virtually everything we do, measure, observe, etc. For instance, we may employ a 100 feet tape measure to measure and (provisionally) assume that it is good for "essentially anything.” But it is useless to measure distances to nearby planets and stars, nor even measure across a wide river. Similarly it cannot measure microscopic and sub-atomic distances. A throttle (gas pedal) on a vehicle supplies fuel that increases vehicle speed and there is a near “one to one” relationship between the depression of the pedal with fuel fed to the engine and to subsequent acceleration, but only until the vehicle reaches its top speed e.g. from perhaps 5-100 mph. When a somewhat dense object enters free falls, in is “working range” of acceleration, absent air friction, it accelerates at 32 feet per second per second but only until reaching terminal velocity, dependent upon the density, air friction, etc.

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America's Caste System

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Evolution and Metaphor

Many religiosts and religious fundamentalists deem the theory of evolution to be a heresy; an offence to God as a Creator; a contradiction of the Bible and scientifically untenable theory. Some religious apologists draw an analogy and compare evolution to a bunch of apes typing on typewriters and coming up with the Encyclopedia Britannica. Such individuals, sadly, have no working knowledge of the mechanisms of evolution.

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Making "The Right" Decision

Only in a strictly binary world, does this make any sense. The world is hardly so simple and one dimensional that one only is faced with an either or decision. There are essentially always alternatives when it comes to styling, timing, etc. Sadly, few of our brethren know anything about permutations, combinations, multiplicity nor the narrowmindedness of Mono-dimensionality.

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Things Happen

Seldomly do we realize that “things happen, in part, because they can” and by way of their influences, and yet we can never fully and accurately predict future events. When we observe a crystal vase crashing to the floor, we intuit that it will splinter in many pieces, but we have essentially no idea how many pieces they will be; what will be their shapes; where they will land and what sort of distribution pattern will be in its wake. But to suggest or imply that there has been a reason for all this is silly, wishful thinking and hopelessly naive.

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BE--YOND WO•R*DS

Words are often BLUNT instruments (or sharp).

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What Does Why Mean?

The search for “Why” is the quest for meaning. One person heard that smelt fish smell like wonderfully fragrant cucumbers and asked why? But what sort of answer might be possible? When one or two things existed whether side by side, whether wrapped and wound together or recently separated, what difference does the “Why” make? Curiosity is the mark of a mind that cares about more than mere survival and comfort, but that craves elegance, patterns, beauty and story lines.

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Directionality - Relationships

In space there is no up or down, North or South. Neither is there any East or West Up or Down in the middle of a molecule or atom. Rather, such terms are indeed parochial and relative for purposes of furnishing orientation in our daily activities. Interestingly, digital thinkers tend to “skip,” ignore and avoid such terms and directions as well as distances and other quantitative references. “Yes, his place is close to the strawberry patch.” Digital thinkers think in pointillistic fashion like points of light and in the fashion of “O's” and “1's” used by computers.

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