Friday, March 18, 2005

Food for thought - Bobby Fischer finds a home

Iceland to Grant Ex-Chess Champ Fischer Citizenship

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland's parliament said on Friday it would grant fugitive chess master Bobby Fischer citizenship to allow him to travel to Reykjavik from Japan, where he is in detention fighting a U.S. deportation order.

The 62-year-old American is wanted in the United States for violating sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing a chess match there in 1992. He was arrested in Japan last July for traveling on an invalid U.S. passport.

Chess fans in Iceland, where Fischer won the world title in 1972 in a classic Cold War encounter with Soviet champion Boris Spassky, offered him a home late last year and lobbied officials to issue him a special passport to travel there.

Horoscopes for March - Taurus

Taurus – April 20th – May 20th

Being conscious of the source of the source of your consciousness telescopes out into the cosmos and leaves your mind dancing with nothingness. Don’t let this scare you. You are thoughtful this month, put it to good use.

Positive news of the day - Chocolate is good for you! (says Mars research)

Is Chocolate Good For You?

Should chocolate be an essential component of a balanced diet? Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, many treatises were written extolling the medicinal virtues of chocolate and today it's a regular feature in army food rations.

During the Gulf War, critical equipment flown out to US forces included a specially formulated heat-stable chocolate bar. But the jury is still out on whether or not it's good for us.

Chocolate toothpaste
Chocolate could help prevent tooth decay, according to scientists at Japan's Osaka University. The husks of the cocoa beans from which chocolate is made contain an antibacterial agent that fights plaque. These husks are usually discarded in chocolate production, but in future they could be added back in to chocolate to make it dental-friendly.

They concluded that the cavity-fighting action of cocoa bean husks isn't enough to offset decay caused by chocolate's high sugar content, however, so chocolate isn't going to replace toothpaste any time soon.

Hearty findings
Californian scientist Professor Carl Keen and his team have suggested that chocolate might help fight heart disease. They say that it contains chemicals called flavinoids, which thin the blood, helping to prevent clotting. Scientists have already suggested that red wine acts in this way. However, sceptics have pointed out that Keen's research is funded by confectionery maker Mars.

Good news and bad news
Researchers at Harvard University have carried out experiments that suggest that if you eat chocolate three times a month you will live almost a year longer than those who forego such sweet temptation.

But it's not all good news - the Harvard research also suggested that people who eat too much chocolate have a lower life expectancy. Chocolate's high fat content means that excess indulgence can contribute to obesity, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.

It looks like the old adage of "everything in moderation" holds. But if you can't resist chocolate, at least stick to dark. It's higher in cocoa than milk chocolate and helps to increase levels of HDL, a type of cholesterol that helps prevent fat clogging up arteries.

Death by chocolate
Dogs and other domestic animals like horses metabolise the chocolate ingredient theobromine more slowly than humans. Safe doses for us could be toxic or even lethal doses for our pets, affecting their hearts, kidneys and central nervous systems.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Positive news of the day - climbing Everest for a cure

Climbing research to aid patients

A team of mountaineering medics is launching an expedition to Mount Everest to learn how the human body copes with high altitudes. The results could lead to new treatments for critically ill patients.

Horoscopes for March - Aries

Aries – March 21st – April 19th

If you think it is right, then right it is. This month abandon all thoughts of logic or sensibility. They are illusions created to make you seem wrong and bring you down. You are right, it’s your world. Have confidence in your judgements.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Horoscopes for March - Pisces

Pisces - February 19th - March 20th

Coasting through this month with your eyes closed will take you to unexpected places. You'll bump your shin on a nightstand and have a big bruise. When you wake up and look around you'll be happy where you ended up.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Positive News of the Day - AIDS Cocktails Prevent Cancer

Drug cocktails taken to control the AIDS virus may not only keep patients healthy but may protect them against some cancers caused by the infection, international researchers said on Tuesday.

Creative Wonders Horoscopes For March 2005 - Aquarius

Aquarius - January 20th- February 18th

Daydreaming about something doesn't necessarily mean it won't happen. Keep positive.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Synchronicity Part Three

Even the backbone of scepticism, science and rationality, clinging to apophenia and probability, cannot entirely refute the collective unconscious. Some scientists see a theoretical grounding for synchronicity in quantum physics, fractal geometry, and chaos theory. Physicists have shown, for example, that if two photons are separated, no matter by how far, a change in one creates a simultaneous change in the other.

Even in the deconstruction of the meaning of life, the ultimate extension of rationality onto the human condition leads to Darwinism, and Freud's theories of us as socialized animals.

But Freud and Jung had their differences.

Philosophically speaking, absolute rationality will eventually pave the way to predetermination. According to Freud, the unconscious is linked exclusively to the primal, id mentality, obsessed, as Freud deduced, with sex and violence, reducing our reason for being to instinctual animalism and evolutionary conquest. According to Freud, unconscious behaviour manifested through catharsis and sublimation, the two remaining potential outlets of the soul, express a nihilism that is complimentary to our own Darwinian inclinations. Jung, on the other hand, built upon this rationality to see this as the gateway to the collective unconscious.

These are the kinds of messages that Creative Wonders is interested in. Our creative operates along these lines, lines that people will pay attention to and believe in. By operating with openness, honesty and acceptance our mission is simple: to make the world a more conscious place by illuminating conscious alternatives.