Vegetarianism

Yesterday, after the yoga class the instructor mentioned how she got rid of bloating and has lost over 10 pounds by removing meat from her diet. Is meat  difficult to digest for some people or is it just difficult to digest for all human beings?

Let us look at how our digestive system compare with other animals.

One of the difference is in the amount of Hyrdochloric acid produced by the stomach. The other is the shape and length of the intestine. herbivore_carnivoreThe carnivorous animals have smaller intestines to easily get rid of the broken down proteins. Longer intestines are designed for fiber-rich vegetables

The third is the shape and sharpness of the teeth. Herbivores have grinding teeth. Carnivores have cutting teeth. Humans have both.

I was surprised to find a few unusual connections about our body.

Bad teeth indicates bad stomach function.

Osteoporosis is related to meat intake. In other words vegetarians can have strong bones.

Acidity and dehydration are related.

Dehydration can make you sick and tired.

For sure what we eat and drink and how it is digested have a profound effect on our body.

Silence and words

This is a big generalization on my part! However, I can’t help feeling that the root of all my troubles lie in my own perception and communication.
When there is a problem, exchange of information is critical. However, it is essential to convey in a manner that is easily received by others.
A brief period of silence helps rationalize with our perceptions. We can also internally organize our thoughts.
It is counter productive to only relate our displeasure or fear. We need to focus on the next actions. Brevity makes the words more effective.

Book Report : Time Machine

I recently read “The Time Machine”, a science fiction written by H. G Wells. A multi-talented English writer, H.G. Wells (1866-1943),  is famous as the father of  science fiction along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His futuristic 32,000 word novella,  The Time Machine, was first printed in 1895 in the Pall Mall Gazette as a serial publication. The main theme of this story is the mind-boggling , hitherto impossible , concept of  time travel. H.G Wells himself had touched upon this topic several years earlier in a short story, “The Chronic Argonauts”. However, the idea of using a tangible machine for time travel was a new introduction in this novella. Read more…

Birth of the Universe

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The Grand Universe

Several theories, experiments and measurements over many many years of research have given us a possible picture of the universe that exists. We come to realize that Earth is a relatively small plant orbiting in the gravitational field of a relatively small sized star, the Sun, in a relatively small galaxy the Milky way in a universe that has many many such galaxies.  Zooming out, we , humans, are but a small specks on the planet Earth.

When we think of these huge bodies in space we need to adjust our scale. A more convenient measure of distance in this frame is a light-year. A light-year is the distance that light can travel in one year. Given, the speed of light in space is about 300,000 km per sec, the Moon, Earth’s satellite is about 1.5 light sec from the Earth. Yet for all practical purposes, the Moon is out of our reach.

Man has wondered how this huge universe was created. Did it have a beginning or was it always there. The big bang theory claims that there was a particular moment in time, ten to fifteen billion years ago when  the universe was created.  Before this, there was no proton, neutron or atom or molecule.  Matter, as we know it, that consists of atoms and molecules, did not exist before this. This seemingly endless universe got created out of nothing or something that we cannot perceive as existing with our five senses.

Is this non-matter entity that cannot be perceived with the five senses the creator of the universe?

Science and Spirituality

I read the biography of Isaac Newton and Michael Faraday, two great scientists of all times. There were lots of differences between their approach to science. Newton was very good in math and often spend time in deducing his theories through mathematical equations. On the other hand, Faraday spent a lot of time proving his theories through experimentation and observation of results. He did not use mathematics as a vehicle to lead him to various conclusions. Faraday, himself admitted that math was his weak point.

As a man one was more of an introvert than the other. Newton had very little friends. Faraday had many friends with whom he communicated regularly. Newton never married but Faraday got married.

The common thread that saw them reach great heights of success was their deep trust in God. Albert Einstein also believed in God, even though a more personal one than in deities. This seems a little odd in this day and age as the more scientifically oriented , educated people these days question the existence of God. The great scientist of our age Stephen Hawking has declared that God did not create the universe. Even though many scientists have discovered lots of new theories, the discoveries of Newton and Faraday were ground breaking and have brought in tremendous change in our lives and are truly great milestones if greatness and change are related.