Thursday, January 31, 2013

Logical Questions

Hello again.

I had a good conversation with a friend of mine and the readers of his blog. The conversation was focused on questioning people’s beliefs and understandings about God. It was a good dispute, very helpful and I’m thankful because now I have a set of logical questions that intuitively came to my mind.

OK, lots of people believe that there is no God, nothing created us, there are no supernatural forces, no divine energy and so on. The widespread idea among these people, some of them eminent scientist, is that our consciousness, our mind, our feelings, dreams and desires are formed by the complex combination of biochemical reactions in the brain, they speak about dopamine, serotonin, some other substances and so on.

Well, I am no expert in this sphere, but I asked myself some questions.

First. If our mind is formed by biochemical reactions that act like executable “programs” and trigger other “programs”, other reactions and if they all determine our behavior, then what is the difference between our brain and some computer device? There should be no difference: humans respond to the environment, computers respond to given commands and programs written by us.

But if we were computers, then how do QUESTIONS form in our mind? And more: How do DESIRES form? Some basic desires would probably form by chemical reactions, but what about ideas, creativity, curiosity, compassion? Are they chemical reactions? Would Art exist if we were just like computers that respond to the environment?

OK. There are reactions. But reactions are the product of some form of activity. Activity leads to reactions and then these reactions trigger other activities, but please notice that there must be activity at the first place. Now. If the human mind is formed by chemical reactions, then what is the Activity that triggered them? If the Big Bang is the reaction that created the Universe, then what is the Activity that triggered it?

Let’s go back to computers. They react, they respond to commands. But they do not have free will. If our mind is like computer that reacts and responds to given commands and environmental conditions, then how do we have free will? How do we make DECICIONS? How do we have IDEAS?

Activity comes from free will and reactions are the products of that activity. But activity is not a reaction. Reactions are the result. Our mind, our consciousness cannot be only made of reactions. There must be both Activity and Reactions. Otherwise we would be nothing more that machines, slaves, robots that don’t even think, they would just respond, not even aware of their existence.

It's not just logic that we have to apply here. We have to use our intuition and senses as well. All must be in harmony.

We’re made of Desire. And more.

We are Alive. And we do not even question it, we just know it.

I will leave the answers of all these questions to you.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blast Energy Converters

Hi guys. I got some things to show you.

At the moment we’re experiencing the advancement of technologies in New Eden. More specifically I’m talking about Ancillary Shield Boosters and the upcoming Ancillary Armor Repairers. Not sure about you, but somehow I feel that regular Armor Repairers and Shield Boosters would become less attractive to fit and at a certain point I may say that they would be only used only in selected combat situations. Since I don’t want to leave their technology level static, I would like to offer some alternatives, show some love to them.

So this is what came to my mind.

Presenting the Blast Energy Converter (BEC).

This is a new Mid Slot module concept that would have its Small, Medium and Large variations. It would use an alternative way to provide extra energy for spaceship needs. It is meant to be used only when the ship is sustaining damage, taking advantage of the incoming blasts energy and use it to reduce the capacitor usage of some hungry modules like Shield Boosters, Armor Repairers, Shield Transporters, Remote Armor Repairers and so on.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Onboard Habitaion Modules

This idea is from the early days of the Black Pearl Project. It is linked to the Multicapsule Ships idea and it provides further details and more depth to the entire picture.

Multicapsule Ships may have onboard quarters for their crew. Each member may have their own small room and there might be rooms where all of the crew can get together. They can use these onboard habitation quarters for briefings or just for friendly talks during long autopilot travels into secure space. The individual rooms may provide some of the stationary Captain Quarters features like agent finders, Planetary Interaction and Recruiting screens and later on – body armor and firearm fittings, planetary map display etc. Crew members may have their own corners for their favorite items and there might be one big armory room for all of them so that they can get prepared for surface missions.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The New Beginning

We are now living in the first days of the New Year 2013. It will be awesome!

Not that 2012 was not. Actually the past year the year of abundance to me. Great things happened. New friendships. New opportunities. A lot of hiking. Man it was intense! Not just in a physical way, but also in spiritual. I keep noticing how some people are getting smarter, wiser, stronger, better. Everything is getting a lot better.

As for the end of the world that everyone was so crazy about – I spent it with friends high in the mountains, wading in snow up to our knees, drinking tea and after that we had a gossip with the owners of the small restaurant next to the hut, waiting for the electricity to come back. Sitting by a fireplace in a cozy wooden house feels so good. And there was a rainbow in the sky, so beautiful! It was a shiny day, full of satisfaction.

I’m sure that many of you know and feel that we have started something new this year. It is true. Don’t be afraid of the number 13. It doesn’t mean bad fortune. It means a new beginning. Olden books say so.

Our world of EVE got better than ever. I was so excited to read and watch all the improvements, the dev blogs, everything.

I’m so sorry for missing the holiday party in New Eden. I will return, hopefully soon, I feel I’m getting closer.

I’m sure that you also had a great year. And I’m sure that you also feel the power of 2013. So many exciting things are going to happen. It’s in the air.

I wish you the best of everything that has happened so far. Be free, feel more, love more!

Happy New Year!