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    in Religion

    When you give a red rose to your beloved on Valentine's Day, you have every right to say, "I made this for you." All the qualities that a rose possesses -- its velvety texture, its lush red color, even its thorns -- are real to us because our perception makes them real. Photons of light have no color, only frequencies and wavelengths. The point of a thorn has no sharpness. The scent of a rose isn't sweet when seen merely as airborne molecules. The reality of these specific qualities is tied to us. The brain processes electrochemical signals sent from photoreceptors in the eye to "create" the color red. Skin-encapsulated mechanosensory receptors send electrochemical signals that reassure us of a solid "material" world, but the prick of a thorn is created by our brain. Indeed we now know that the brain takes into account a number of factors to choose how much pain to create; varying any one of these factors can affect how prickly the same thorn is.

    There is no provable link between "this is what I see" and "this is real." With a different brain comes a shift of perception, and everything about a rose would change. Roses exist in the world of snails that chew the leaves, aphids that suck the sap, moths that lay eggs in hidden crevices and cats that lurk underneath to wait for a bird to alight. But what these organisms experience is certainly not the rose for Valentine's Day. As humans we have no conceivable way of entering the perceptual world of those creatures. We can only imagine a link, and then we take our imagined similarities for granted.

  • 01:00

    Sid and Barry Show

    in Comedy

    A free-flowing series of connected, or not so connected thoughts, ingeniously interspersed with humor and odd sounding things. PREMIER!!

  • 00:15

    Barricade/Rhino Skin and Revive

    in Science

    http://www.advancednutrients.com/rhinoskin You want to produce bigger yields, while defeating powdery mildew, gray mold, spider mites, aphids, harmful fungi, diseases, stress, heat, drought and other problems that can crush your crops and slow your progress. Check out Rhino Skin and get the job done!

  • Becky Bookamiliar Book Club/WHEEL Bug "Hangnail"

    in Books

    Healing Part II

    Good Bug, Bad Bug

    WHEEL Bug by Arilus Cristatus

    Sometimes we can't help but judge a bug by its appearance, especially when the bug is big, spiny, and straight out of a horror movie. Take the wheel bug, which derives its name from the "wheel" -more like a circular saw--atop the adult insect's thorax. Yet the wheel bug, despite its freakish exterior, is among the best bugs around, preferring to eat plant pest over fellow predators.

    Related to assassin bugs, wheel bugs belong to the insect family Reduviidae, whose name translates to "hangnail." They look innocent overwintering as clusters of barrel-shaped eggs under tree branches, and they're downright cute when they hatch. Nymphs are endearingly gangly, inquisitive-looking creatures with bright red abdomens and a tast for aphids and other slow-moving herbivores.

    I wish you could see this wheel bug nymphs. Becky Green is the Host of Becky Bookamiliar Book Club and you can be a part of this great show by calling into the show live at (347)205-9535 OR via the web by clicking on Short Link:


    This show airs at 11:00pm on Wednesday 10/15/2014

  • Plant Health & Redefining "Normal" in Agriculture with Kent Friedrichsen

    in Food

    John Kempf, Founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, interviews Kent Friedrichsen of Perry, Iowa. Kent is a long-time farmer of various crops including corn, soybean, aronia berries, hazlenut, alfalfa, etc. 

    Kent discusses the current state and challenges of agriculture and how moving away from pesticides has been a benefit. He explains that while other farmers are battleing Japanese Beetles, his crops are going unaffected due to the increase in his overall crop health and plant nutrition. 

    Listen now to learn more about Kent's methods and experiences.