The Josh Gates Fabulous Broadcast of ‘Egypt Live’

It was a remarkable evening that I looked forward to all weekend. At 2 AM in Egypt, 8 PM Sunday night April 7th, Josh Gates from Expedition Unknown and Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass opened up the 2,500-year-old tomb of a high priest preserved perfectly on live television. It was simply a fantastic broadcast that did a world of good for archaeology in general and science as a field still very much in its infancy. I often talk about the need for more large-scale programming like this on television. I was quite impressed with the efforts in England while I visited there of the English Heritage group and the Time Team which produced lots of fantastic episodes of excavations on television with great enthusiasm. The funding from the shows allowed them to do enormous amounts of archaeology all over Great Britain which inevitably has advanced the sciences tremendously. Josh Gates is the closest we have in the United States to being able to duplicate such a magnificent feat, so I was rooting for his success. But what he and Dr. Hawass managed exceeded my expectations. I’ve watched the two-hour program three more times since and enjoyed every moment. As Josh said at the end, Egyptian society was around for 3000 years and as scientists there is still a long way to go to uncovering everything we need to know. We are very much looking at the very early infancy of the field of archaeology and there is a lot to learn. And for perspective, we are talking about in Egypt a span of time that they were successful that pretty much eclipses the entirety of our known history in the west or east. We have a lot to learn about Egypt and the cultures that came before it, and we aren’t going to get there by playing it safe and not asking the hard questions about the origins of the human species.

There is growing evidence that the Egyptians or at the very least the Phoenicians were global cultures that had in influence in North America and were crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans thousands of years before Christ was born so more investigations into the field of archaeology are important. The field itself is very young, around 100 years and we were too quick as a culture to accept all the discoveries made in the early days as the final testament to a long story that still needed to be uncovered. I tend to think very differently about these kinds of things largely because of the great novel by James Joyce titled Finnegans Wake which framed the whole concept of the Vico Cycle for which all cultures rise and fall and have for the entire span of human consciousness. We have been taught incorrectly in our schools across the world that mankind evolved directly from generation to generation with a kind of thoughtful evolution but that simply wasn’t the case. There were periods of high civilization all around the world at different periods and they fell for similar reasons wherever they were attempted. Egypt was one of the more successful and longest lasting, but there were others after them and before them who scratched at greatness but resided back into themselves and they all followed a similar pattern.

My interest in politics is very much connected to my interest in cultures and what makes success and failures. Society isn’t something that just happens, it is something that must be managed and how and what we do to manage it is very much the million-dollar question. Based on my understanding of world history, which is much deeper than the average curiosity seeker, I have my political preferences that are well on the political right in American culture which of course puts those ideas well to the right around the world. Even left leaning political beliefs in America are rather conservative around the world presently, and I see no reason why this has to remain so. The way to have a successful society is to follow the path of success that works. You can’t just throw any hodge podge idea into something and make it work. For a society to thrive there has to be elements of success in it, and to understand that, we have to be willing to admit such a concept to ourselves from the perspective of academia. Presently academia is in denial and is very unreliable.

I think the best thing to happen to the science of archaeology and the sciences directly connected to it is the Indiana Jones movies. It’s safe to say that Josh Gates was influenced by those movies, but so is most of those working successfully in the sciences today. Indiana Jones made science exciting for a new generation which is why there is this explosion of discovery going on these days largely by amateur explorers. In my own life I received most of my instruction on world history and comparative religion from Joseph Campbell who was something of a maverick academic. He was the guiding light of Star Wars by shaping the direction George Lucas took in creating modern mythology. I loved Star Wars and wanted to know more, so it took me on a 30-year journey that is still very much alive today into the realm of mythology, psychology, philosophy, archaeology, the arts etc. Joseph Campbell taught a very maverick class on mythology at Sarah Lawrence College and gained some fame with his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces which then became the unofficial guidebook for Star Wars—the most modern mythology of our culture. Having proper ideas in the form of mythology is one of the keys to having a successful culture. Mankind needs to understand its relationship to the universe, and once it starts to lose sight of that, the culture will begin to decline, no matter how much wealth or political prestige it has managed to acquire over time. More recently the television show Game of Thrones is a mythology that people are finding a relationship to that is very powerful. Even though the situations are fictional, the content of the story is very much representative of our current culture and it is when this happens that human civilizations thrive the most.

Science works best when it is explored without too much rigidity, and the Josh Gates Expedition Unknown was very much along those lines. The goal of science should not be in making a discovery for the school a scientist teaches at, but in uncovering the past so that we can make decisions for the future as quickly as possible. In understanding the myths of the past so that the myths of our future can help carry us all to a future state of prosperity and understanding. But titles in science such as an archaeology, or a paleontologist, or a geologist don’t do much for science because what we need to learn often crosses over into other fields and if scientists are functioning with too much specialization, they’ll miss the forest for the trees, which happens all too often. Joseph Campbell was very successful because he was able to explore many different fields of the sciences and allowed the evidence to take him wherever it went. He did not function within the parameters that scientists created for themselves, he went where science was. And that is a lesson that we all need to keep in mind these days. Josh Gates certainly gets it and hopefully he can continue to take archaeology and entertainment and push them into the realm of public consumption the way he did with his Egypt Live broadcast. Because there is a lot more to learn and we are just scratching the surface. And that is the thrill of discovery for which drives all successful cultures—which always starts with a question and ends with adventure and realization.

Rich Hoffman

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How Republicans Should Address Health Care: Dealing with the future to have a real plan

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Now that the election is over its time for Republicans to announce to the world what their health care plan is, which of course in the short-term will have to be a more competitive free market option. But everyone knows that the old days of drug induced medicine are over, just as stage coaches were replaced by automobiles. We are at a point where the medical industry is under a complete overhaul, as provided in the example in the video below by the Japanese proposal of using AI to produce new healthy cells to replace damaged or diseased tissue within a body. The solution to all medical problems is in cell repairs, not surgeries or chemical medicines. So, any health care plan must look at where human civilization is headed, not where it’s been before anything can be seriously considered, so the Republican plan needs to incorporate that reality. If you want to make the heads of Democrats explode, tell them that you want to solve health care as a detrimental condition instead of just throwing drugs at people. Tell people who you can actually fix them instead of just numbing their pain and the leverage of the whole health care issue changes.

The trouble with regenerative medicine is purely in human psychology and this is why politicians have not yet touched the issue, but they ultimately will have to. President Trump is just the kind of president who could do it, but what must be overcome by the public is the desire of approximately 85%, maybe more, of the population to believe in the cycle of life and death which has been with us since the beginning of all recorded history. I would argue that like the Vico cycle, the themes of life and death were always meant for human minds to solve which is why specifically it is our species with their vast imaginations that have been born and have evolved to solve these types of complicated problems. Death and disease are literally solvable problems and they are at our doorstep in this current time to carry mankind well into the future. Yet because most people don’t know any better, they are resistant to change. Like most dysfunctional sentiments, they would rather die than change their minds about things, because they have literally been programmed from their birth to always look for an end to it all at some point.

I would not call myself a transhumanist, but as people who know me understand, the name of this site is “Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom.” There has never been a part in my life where just being human was acceptable. Even in my earliest memories I have always wanted to be superhuman. I never have said, I am too tired to work, too tired to think, care for my family or anything. I often stay up all night working and reading and all day working without any sleep at all and I love every day of my life. If I lived for the next ten thousand years, I can say that I would never be bored for one minute of that entire time and I would be very happy to do and learn and live for even longer than that. If the Vico cycle politically states that humans have always went through various cycles of theocracy, aristocracy, democracy then anarchy, all elements that we see today around the world at various stages always in combat with each other, then all our lives and the religions we have invented to deal with the problems of life and death are essentially the same. There isn’t any mythology or philosophy that properly deals with the possibility of a life stimulated by regenerative medicine. Humans just didn’t see the possibilities of regenerative medicine coming and the artists and philosophers that still construct our social context are still rooted in ancient ways of viewing death.

I was reminded of my twenties lately while watching an episode of Josh Gates’ Expedition Unknown where he took a vision quest with some shaman in Peru using ayahuasca to induce the hallucinogenic journey of what they call the journey of life and death. I was very hungry to learn more about these shaman trips while I was reading Primitive Mythology by Joseph Campbell in Waffle Houses at 4 am in the morning when I was around 23 years old. I was always impressed with how shaman were able to step into the mind of the sick and help them recover from whatever it was that had a grip on their souls, so I think there is some merit to these techniques. But what Josh Gates went through is a supercharge on his brain and all the experiences and thoughts he had experienced over his lifetime. The shaman were able to journey with him on a kind of quantum realm that they had learned to tap in to. But the nature of a soul and life itself does not need to be defined by life and death, only by existence and the amount of contribution that it makes to higher dimensional realities, whether on the very small-scale such as those that shaman likely tap into by using the artificial stimulant ayahuasca or on the scale of the huge, where entire universes are as common as cells in our body, and the one we live in is just one. All those realities intersect with each other in ways we still don’t understand and I think the key to grasping them is that humans need to step away from the cycle of life and death to help in some way the reasons for our birth. Obviously there is a reason for intelligent life, for beings like us who can think and conceptualize and to solve the riddles of the universe and all the quantum realms that connect it we must step away from the cycle of life and death that requires each generation to learn just a little from the previous one, but only gives professional observers about 50 years to crack a code, which isn’t enough time.

What is coming out of Japan and the Mayo Clinic in America are options for a completely new way of living and understanding our role in the universe. While ayahuasca may stimulate a brain in hyper charged ways typical shaman and other religious leaders view the results in the context of their religions which are formed around observations of birth and death. While the observations are interesting, the context is the variable, and that is essentially the case behind the health care debate. If we are talking about keeping a system in place that supports pharmaceutical companies and the economy they have built on delaying death as long as possible that’s one thing and is at the heart of the Democrat desire for a single payer socialist system. As we know from history, politicians whether they be church leaders or village shaman use their connection to the afterlife to control populations. And Democrats are attempting to control people’s fear of death and the pain that leads to it as a way to control their voter base. And like most people, many people are willing to die if at some point in their life they can hold great power over others. That is why health care is the number one election issue. But think of what Republicans could do in the future if they could change the view of healthcare without the conservative base getting too freaked out about it? It’s only a matter of time before politics, art and science catch up to the ambitions of the imaginations of the human race. The question is, who will do it, and what benefits will come their way as they redefine the entire game? If anyone can do it, Trump can and these new Republicans coming together under his leadership. Truly, the future is what we make it and that reality is happening much sooner than most people realize.

If these concepts are new to you, feel free to watch all the videos contained here in their entirety.  This is the future, we might as well align ourselves with it now rather than later.

Rich Hoffman

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