Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Near-Death Experience

According to an article in Atlantic "Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately" and

"All of this makes NDEs perhaps the only spiritual experience that we have a chance of investigating in a truly thorough, scientific way. It makes them a vehicle for exploring the ancient human belief that we are more than meat. And it makes them a lens through which to peer at the workings of consciousness—one of the great mysteries of human existence, even for the most resolute materialist."

What are NDEs? That is too much to attempt here. Try this BBC news item.

This phenomena seems almost unknown here in Guyana. Perhaps because there are fewer recoveries from cardiac arrests. But I feel it is very important and that it is likely we will experience more as our health services are updated.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Flock of scarlet ibis

One of my daughters took this picture of a flock of scarlet ibis at MonRepos, ECD.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Global campaign on anniversary of arrest of Iranian Baha'i leaders

Earlier this month a campaign (Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven) was launched by the Baha'i community to bring attention to the continued unjust detention of Iranian Baha'i leaders. This met wide-spread support. More details here.
In Iran some clerics also called for an end to the persecution of the Baha'is, the largest minority religion in the country.

Following this, much controversy followed from a simple meeting between friends, one of the Baha'is concerned who was allowed a brief home visit and the other a former cellmate, the daughter of the Prime Minister of Iran.

Many significant articles appeared in major news sites. From the BBC:
"A political storm has erupted in Iran after the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani visited a leader of the persecuted Bahai religious minority while she was on leave from prison."
Let us pray that this senseless persecution will soon come to an end. Iran needs the contributions of all its citizens.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Guyana signs Paris Agreement on climate change

Guyana was one of many nations signing the agreement. The statement by President Granger at the event said in part:

"The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, in the short-term, up to 2020, will:
• improve timber monitoring and maintain a high level of timber legality;
• increase value-added activities in the forestry sector so as to augment carbon storage in long-use wood products;
• intensify the sustainable management of our indigenous communities which own and manage 14% of our national territory;
• introduce a national Emissions Reduction Programme (ERP) to add two million hectares under conservation, encourage more efficient mining and logging activities and implement Reduced Impact Logging (RIL).
• invest in solar power, wind power and hydropower to transition more rapidly to renewable sources of energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels."

Looks good so far although somewhat vague. Ratification by Guyana is still required.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MOOCs update

I have been doing MOOCs regularly with Coursera, Futurelearn and Edx and mention a few below that I did recently.

But, please note, the platforms for these three leaders have important differences so if you have experience with one then don't assume the others are the same. Also then content differs with Edx have more academic courses and Futurelearn more for the casual learner. Coursera has some of both.

Edx
Modelling climate change
Currently doing a course called Religous Literacy

Futurelearn
Strategies for successful Aging
Monitoring climate from space
Exlporing our oceans

Coursera
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges
The Science of the Solar System
Planet Earth...and You!
Energy and the Earth