The World’s First Mind Reading Tee Shirt

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Are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Struggle no more. After years of careful experimentation, we have created the world’s first mind reading tee shirt. And not only that, they are available for sale. Amazing. So, the links to buy them are here

These are available until the 9th December.

and the video showing this ground-breaking invention in action is here:

92 comments on “The World’s First Mind Reading Tee Shirt

  1. Zoe Butler says:

    Breaks the ice at parties with everyone touching you up.😛

  2. generalmahone says:

    I knew you were going to sell this.

  3. Gail says:

    lol I want one

  4. Barry Goddard says:

    That a t-shirt can read minds is no more remarkable than that a computer can read books. My computer cannot only read books out loud to me it can also play music – ofttimes music I have never previously heard before so it cannot be doing so via some sort of mental link.

    Alfred Clarke once said that technology is indistinguishable from magic – afterall both have secrets that are freely available if you read the right books. So for a peice of technology to appear magic is no more than a slight of hand of the mind.

    We need not get too agitated by the thoughts that a strangers t-shirt across the road is reading our mind. If that is a disturbing thought then peace of mind can be restored by the simplest of expedients – some aluminium foil (shiny side out is best) lining your hat.

    • MathMiles says:

      Alfred Clarke was probably mis-quoting his more famous relation Arthur C Clarke who said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”

    • pɹɐppoƃ ʎɹɹɐq says:

      ʇɐɥ ɹnoʎ ƃuıuıן (ʇsǝq sı ʇno ǝpıs ʎuıɥs) ןıoɟ ɯnıuıɯnןɐ ǝɯos – sʇuǝıpǝdxǝ ɟo ʇsǝןdɯıs ǝɥʇ ʎq pǝɹoʇsǝɹ ǝq uɐɔ puıɯ ɟo ǝɔɐǝd uǝɥʇ ʇɥƃnoɥʇ ƃuıqɹnʇsıp ɐ sı ʇɐɥʇ ɟı ˙puıɯ ɹno ƃuıpɐǝɹ sı pɐoɹ ǝɥʇ ssoɹɔɐ ʇɹıɥs-ʇ sɹǝƃuɐɹʇs ɐ ʇɐɥʇ sʇɥƃnoɥʇ ǝɥʇ ʎq pǝʇɐʇıƃɐ ooʇ ʇǝƃ ʇou pǝǝu ǝʍ

      ˙puıɯ ǝɥʇ ɟo puɐɥ ɟo ʇɥƃıןs ɐ uɐɥʇ ǝɹoɯ ou sı ɔıƃɐɯ ɹɐǝddɐ oʇ ʎƃoןouɥɔǝʇ ɟo ǝɔıǝd ɐ ɹoɟ os ˙sʞooq ʇɥƃıɹ ǝɥʇ pɐǝɹ noʎ ɟı ǝןqɐןıɐʌɐ ʎןǝǝɹɟ ǝɹɐ ʇɐɥʇ sʇǝɹɔǝs ǝʌɐɥ ɥʇoq ןןɐɹǝʇɟɐ – ɔıƃɐɯ ɯoɹɟ ǝןqɐɥsınƃuıʇsıpuı sı ʎƃoןouɥɔǝʇ ʇɐɥʇ pıɐs ǝɔuo ǝʞɹɐןɔ pǝɹɟןɐ

      ˙ʞuıן ןɐʇuǝɯ ɟo ʇɹos ǝɯos ɐıʌ os ƃuıop ǝq ʇouuɐɔ ʇı os ǝɹoɟǝq pɹɐǝɥ ʎןsnoıʌǝɹd ɹǝʌǝu ǝʌɐɥ ı ɔısnɯ sǝɯıʇʇɟo – ɔısnɯ ʎɐןd osןɐ uɐɔ ʇı ǝɯ oʇ pnoן ʇno sʞooq pɐǝɹ ʎןuo ʇouuɐɔ ɹǝʇndɯoɔ ʎɯ ˙sʞooq pɐǝɹ uɐɔ ɹǝʇndɯoɔ ɐ ʇɐɥʇ uɐɥʇ ǝןqɐʞɹɐɯǝɹ ǝɹoɯ ou sı spuıɯ pɐǝɹ uɐɔ ʇɹıɥs-ʇ ɐ ʇɐɥʇ

    • ChrisR says:

      that makes more sense than Barry normally does!

  5. Barry Goddard says:

    It seems someone has decided to “reflect” up on my various humble contributed offerings here most literally.

    Ho Ho Ho – What a christmasy such a thing to do!

    Yet seriously for a moment: simply inverting a text does little to add value to it. You may think of yourself as the class jester yet please be sure that your jests do not come in the way of those of us who wish earnestly to learn or teach.

    For we have some contributors who (though I say this with sadness and trepidation) fulfill also the role of class dunce. In their relentless and off-topic insistence in raising questions about puzzles and similtaneous equations and the like they are an embarrasment to this blog. Also to the conversations we hold. And yet still perhaps to themselves if only they had the personal insight to see it.

    Thus yes some levity can help – Mr Wiseman himself ofttimes is the embodiment of that in his role as a psychological trickster. Yet please do not assist in derailing the import conversations us adults are having with those who wish to learn.

    As I will not be posting again until Xmas – think of this time as a personal Lent leading up to the symbolic rebirth of the cosmic Sun spirit in the dead depths of mid-winter – may I take this moment to wish all the genuine contributors to this blog a very merry returns of the seaons blessings.

  6. Barry Goddard says:

    @”Real Barry Goddard” – you make a humourus jest yet your own words give you away as not truly understanding the deep issues that arise from even this lighthearted discussion.

    For no t-shirt can foretell the future. No item of clothing nor any human being can do so. The future – like the past – is inherently unknowable. Thus we must prepare ourselves spiritually for the future (come what may) not by rehearsing responses to specific foreseen events but by molding our minds and hearts into being flexible subtle and always ready to apply our insights to our ever changing circumstances.

    We can of course using such sciences as Astrology see our destiny. Yet destiny is not to be confused (as some lesser minds do) with fortune telling and futures scrying. Destiny is what is at the heart of our very being. And being at our heart – in our core as it were – it is also writ large upon the sky for those will the skills to read. For we are indeed apart of the universe thus what we find in the heart of the universe is the self same as is in our hearts.

    Even scientists happily will explain and expound upon this – hear them speak of us being “star dust” born and borne from yet even the very heart of the stars we come – and thus we cone bearing with us the knowledge from actual experience of the hearts of stars.

    So please listen gently to what I humbly offer to say to you. In this season of good will and gifts it is my gift even to the jesters of this blog.

  7. Eddie says:

    Here’s a Christmas puzzle. How, given the coordinates of four points in 3-D space, would you mathematically check whether or not these points are coplanar?

    • DAve says:

      Eddie. You’ve done it now – you mentioned the word ‘space’. Expect a rambling discourse from BG

  8. ChrisR says:

    So BG says on 11/12 he won’t be posting again before Christmas but presumably does on 16/12. Eddie – you’re not safe here!
    I originally thought that this was a too esoteric puzzle for this blog – more a problem. I’m not convinced I’ve changed my mind.
    Vectors and cross and dot products spring to mind but it’s a long time since I did those.

    So a nice simple one:
    I take a plank of wood 8 foot long. I cut it into half. I cut each of the resulting pieces into half. And finally I cut each of the pieces I now have into half. How long is each piece?

    • Eddie says:

      The answer to my puzzle was to find the volume of the tetrahedron formed by the four points. If zero, then the four points are coplanar. Leave it to the techies to work out how to calculate the volume. Simples.

  9. The Surreal Barry Goddard says:

    I’ve just worked this out using a combination of simultaneous equations and astrology.

    Intuitively, and assuming that the wood is cut across the width (as is the convention) I would say one foot. However, the smart ones out there may argue that a tiny amount of would will be lost by way of sawdust resulting in each piece being slightly less than a foot.

    But of course, if you cut the plank lengthways you get 8 ‘strips’ each 8 feet long.

    Or even more complex you do a mix of the above. Eg First cut across the width, the second across the length, the third across the width etc etc

  10. Barry Goddard says:

    @all – whether real or fake.

    As we cannot rid ourselves of the riddlers and mathtards who spout puzzles on a blog that should be dedicated to depth psychology let me just for once (for given the season of good will to all) join in and shed some light upon the issues raised by the puzzles.

    How to know if four points are in a plane @edie? Just use your senses. Imagine you are standing on two of the points and your fingertips are touching the other two. Listen to your body – it too has a wisdom mind of its own. You can tell with direct experience using your kinesthetic intuition if the four points are flat or “wobbly”. No need to pay a professor money for years of study to bequeath you some equations into which you must insert numbers. The answer literally lies within.

    And as to sawing planks – surely someone calling hisself “surreal” would also think to saw on the diagonal – thus creating planks that are a factor of “root 2” longer than the previous cut each time. This is undoubtable the paradox that @ChrisR wanted to reveal when plaguing us with the puzzle – the impossible idea (yet so rooted in reality) that something grows in length when cut in half.

    Let us now eschew “mind games” and return to the more important issues of upward spiritual progression and the Great Chain of Being that connects us from the most lowliest to the highest of the transcendental exultants.

    For surely as we all know a study of the higher sciences is the greatest gift we can bestow upon ourself or indeed upon others of a like or dissimilar mind.

  11. Galaxial monobrow says:

    One foot, 12 inches, 30.5 centimeters, 0.00016457883 nautical miles? It has thus become increasingly apparent that physical “reality”, no less than social “reality”, is at bottom a social and linguistic construct; that scientific “knowledge”, far from being objective, reflects and encodes the dominant ideologies and power relations of the culture that produced it; that the truth claims of science are inherently theory-laden and self-referential; and consequently, that the discourse of the scientific community, for all its undeniable value, cannot assert a privileged epistemological status with respect to counter-hegemonic narratives emanating from dissident or marginalized communities.

  12. Barry Goddard says:

    @Huge Janus I believe Galaxial monobrow was speaking from the depths of his heart and thus we must chose to listen attentively also from the depths of our hearts.

    Although demands for “translation” are by their very nature concessions that we have llmited ability to even comprehend the material before us they can so easily be misconstrued as an aggressive insistence that some one else entirely constrain their speech to only that which we find acceptable.

    It is a commonplace of this blog (or of its more regular and less flexible denizens) that only Puzzles and such like should ever be under the topic of discussion. And those of us who wish a wider discourse that may tangentially touch upon such issues of cosmic significance as consciousness studies or holistic approaches to the science of astrology are ofttimes silenced or tsk tsk’d by the dominant hive mind.

    Yet we will not be downheartened not especially at this time of good cheer unto all. It is indeed auspicious that the time of universal good will is also the time of maximally darkness upon the earth. Though we are in darkness we can reach out with kindness even unto each one another.

    So thus Mr Janus please when you next feel moved to communicate a negative wish on this blog (or indeed elsewhere) please remember my gentle words of slight correction and stay your hand – or move your hand to compose words of kindness and welcome and show your deep delight that a fellow human being is stepping forth from the shadows and communicating their very self in a way that you can (though perchance with difficulty in your case) understand and resonate with.

    And thus we help move the human race onward from its petty concerns onward and upward toward the highest conceivable goals (as set out by the spiritual masters and described in their deepest writings) of spiritual illumination and yet indeed enlightenment itself.

    And it all begins with kind words and appreciation rather than puzzles and word gaming.

    May Peace and Goodwill be upon all as it is upon earth itself.

  13. Galaxial monobrow says:

    Thanks. I lifted the vast majority verbatim from here:

    Sokal, A. (1996). Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity. Social Text. 46/47: 217-252.

    On the day of publication, Sokal himself revealed it as “a pastiche of left-wing cant, fawning references, grandiose quotations, and outright nonsense […] structured around the silliest quotations he could find about mathematics and physics.”

    It seems Hugh Janus’s suspicions were spot on.

  14. Barry Goddard says:

    Do not feel ashamed @Galaxial that you have used someone else’s words to express you feelings and are now embarrassed by it.

    This is very common to teenagers who fixate on a song’s lyrics and then squirm when they find out that their parents know also of the band in question. Suddenly what was heartfelt is now not cool.

    And surely there are only other people’s words available if we wish to use words to express our depths.

    Nonetheless the true point (and perhaps truer still at Xmas) is that you – no matter how banal your thinking and expression – should not be belittled by the likes of @Huge. You should be welcomed here as are the rest of us despite the quality of your contributions.

    For every positive step in the right direction should be applauded and given its due rather than dismissed as it is not the final step toward insight that we may think it to be. You may be disappointed in having banal unoriginal thoughts yet I support your endeavour to even try to be thinking at all.

    Perhaps now you have had this experience and a chance to reflect on your poor communication skills you will redouble your efforts to refine what little skills you currently show into a world-beating success. I have faith that you can do this and I a willing to assist in whatever minor ways I can.

    Your cry for help has been heard – even if you did not yourself hear it.

    Do not let @Huge downhearten you.

    Peace and progress to us all.

    • Galaxial monobrow says:

      I think it was the great Carl Sagan who sold us the virtues of distinguishing deep truths from deep nonsense. I think we should be applauding Hugh Janus for his excellent bullsh*t detection skills.

    • Barry Goddard says:

      Thank you @Galaxial. Your apology – no matter how trite or belated – is accepted.

      I for one would rejoice in seeing a person’s progress rather than carp at how tiny that progress is. For a journey of redemption of 1000 miles begins seldom with even a first step. It begins with an embarrassed shuffle and failure to admit even the need for the journey. Yet none the less (as we know from Eliza Kubler-Ross’s work) such denial is a natural step in such a journey.

      Science itself has been full of “bullshit” – from the ancient Greeks making bad estimates of the size of the Earth through to Newton defining Gravity as an attractive force rather than an acceleration caused by nearby matter bending space time.

      It is no wonder therefore that some chose to cast a skeptical eye over all of science and thus discount along with the rest of science such proven successes such as consciousness studies or quantum mechanics or astrology.

      For these people we need kindness and patience and a steady application of simple examples of evidence and logic. It is in this day and age no longer possible to hide away with false beliefs (as Newton and the Ancients did). Today with our wide access to the Internet Truth is simply a click away.

      And thus @Galaxial I wish as a gift for you this season that you will take that journey that begins with a click and ends who-knows-where in complete understanding of the true cosmic nature of our universe and our place within it encompassed by the very stars of life themselves.

  15. Galaxial monobrow says:

    @Barry

    These last two comments of yours are some of the strangest I have ever read. Truly in the spirit of Sokal. Top marks!

    Have a lovely Christmas.

  16. Barry Goddard says:

    @Galaxial

    For our dreams to come true we must ourselves be true – not just to ourself and all other living beings but to the universe itself. That way the gift of truth belongs truly and is part truly of all of us.

    I feel you may even in your very limited way intuit that and thus your search for truth – misguided and limited though it may be – is indeed a genuine spark of enquiry to which the universe cannot but respond.

    I in my ever humble way had seen some of the effects and results of simply being a genuine enquirer and seeker after truth and I can both commend you for your efforts and assure you that no effort in this direction goes without its commensurate reward.

    Those who would belittle us with talk of puzzles and their endless similtaneous equations (no matter how many degrees and variables they add in to impressive the mathematically illiterate) may never understand this simple truth of the cosmic law that forms and informs even our very being from its core and inception.

    Let us then wish them better choices and deeper insights in this time of giving and the new year ahead. For beginnings are indeed literally the start of everything we may hold dear and of value.

    To know that Reality is not a choice but a direction we choose is the key to the first door that will lead us on the path to cosmic realization.

  17. Barry Goddard says:

    As we approach the last day of the 2015th year of our calendar may I heartfeltedly wish each and every one of us a very happy and prosperous 2016th year of personal happiness and fulfillment.

    I include even those who wish just to trade back and forth with puzzles and riddles as well as those of us set on the higher learnings.

    It is once again obvious to those of us with eyes to read the signs that science has once again successfully predicted the end of the year and the coming of the next one. Such precision astronomy of course depends crucially on the underpinning science of astrology – a science hat some here have on occasion taken time to disparage and thus shown forth their limited understanding of the world of rational thought and evidence. Nontheless those of us with hearts and minds opened to the evidence can see the true beauty of the heavens in the accumulation of knowledge in our our bound scientists and other seekers.

    Long may this continue to be the case as the doubters are slowly won over by the unstoppable rise of further evidence set before us.

    And thus just as the stars will be there for us in 2016 may we too truly be there for the stars.

  18. Barry Goddard says:

    @Huge thank you for your kindly intended thoughts at this the neat very start of a new year in our western calendar.

    Yet I must cautiously attempt a small morsel of education for you in a kindly way so that I know you could only take the heart from what I say rather than be huffily offended as some others here with less than lucid views can be are.

    The “Force” is a fictitious entity whose only use appears to be to help teach orphan adolescents being groomed to be terrorist rebels how to sword fight with glowwy swords. It is in no way associated with any truly existant cosmic energy that pervades our Universe and of which we can partake to our (and all other people’s) benefit for those of us sensitive enough and trained to be receptive to them.

    It will benefit your spiritual growth when you can see beyond fictitious (and in some cases false or even fraudulent) claims of access to “higher powers” or cosmic “forces” and be able to even distantly perceive the true energies of the cosmos itself yourself.

    For such people as Yoda and Jar Jar do not truly exist nor can they wield potent cosmic forces. They exist to guide children to the right brand of supermarket cereal and other such mundane tasks that their parents find excessive or distasteful.

    Thus truly @Huge pledge to this year use the New Year to step forward on the true path of spiritual progress and light. That will be far more refreshing than passively waiting for JJ Adams to remake The Empire Strikes Back for your cosmic fodder.

  19. Barry Goddard says:

    @Huge – to turn to a fictional universe for a blessing or an insight is perhaps for some a first step in returning refreshed to our reality. Yet such excursions are truly intended for children or the feeble-minded – hence why they occur in comics or cartoon shows or trashy sci-fi entertainment.

    To make true progress in understanding blessings and their place in our universe it is better to study true blessings rather than made up ones like having a Force or Prospering a long while.

    For yes indeed our cosmos is one that is aligned to rain down blessings on those of us receptive and humble enough to be prepared to be ready to open our hearts and receive them.

    A true blessing of course is not expressed in words but in the hearts of the genuine recipients who have cradled it and made it real with their hospitable acceptance of what the universe has kindly disposed upon them.

    Perhaps even tonight you can step out onto the warm grass of the Earth itself and look up into the infinitude of the glowing night skies and feel even for yourself the ebb and flow of the cosmic blessings that connect all parts of reality and flow through you even as you in turn flow through them.

    There is no need to invoke fictional blessings – the offer of jellybabies or FABing Mr Tracy or saying “nice to see you” or some such like – the universe does not need such follies even though at this stage you may might.

    Just allow your reality to be congruent with the true reality that is the very nature of existance (ours and beyond). That surely is blessing enough.

    • DAve says:

      “Nice to see you”?. Who would have thought that Brucie’s catchphrase would grace BG’s hallowed and much revered musings.

      Didn’t he do well?! Keep up the good work Mr G

      To quote Gandalf – ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.’

  20. ChrisR says:

    It’s the Friday puzzle – another mathematical one…

    What is the volume of a circular pizza of radius ‘z’ whose height (assumed consistent across the whole) is ‘a’?

  21. Aladdin Sane says:

    Hi

    Its been many months since I visited this site. I notice that a couple of puzzles have been posted here but whatever happened to the Friday Puzzle?

    I used to enjoy the mental challenge and the debate and discussion!

    • ChrisR says:

      You will notice the tumbleweeds blowing around… check the dates of the main entries and you’ll realise that Mr Wiseman doesn’t visit the site very often at all any more. There’s only a few of us left who enjoy the irregular banter and Barry-baiting – I decided a few weeks ago not to bother any more but couldn’t quite stay away.

  22. Aladdin Sane says:

    Thanks Chris R. Shame

  23. Aladdin Sane says:

    Barry. I’ve been reading your posts on this site for the first time

    Are you for real ?

  24. Barry Goddard says:

    @Aladdin Sane

    Thank you for your question – most curious though it be. How could anyone not be for real? How could any one be for alternatives to reality? For the one thing we all share is that we are indeed rooted (and some would say routed) in the same reality as each other.

    Some may deny it and some may distract themselves from their very lives by ignoring it – yet we can only be for real for we are all real beings.

    Yet how we embody and express that reality is what perhaps unarguably allows us to express our own individual priorities and responsibilities.

    I did not chose the life of an interpreter of the stars to unwilling ears. Yet humbly I accept my part in that role at least for this phase in my life. Thus I am happy to teach and share what little wisdom and insight I have received by being receptive to our cosmos – the only one we currently have and thus the one we should attend to and cherish and nurture – for it will indeed cherish and nurture us as we sojourn with in it.

    And so Aladdin Sane though you may have visited this website community for a distraction or a puzzle please yet do stay for the uplifting and nurturing conversation as we edge our ways slowly (and it must be said with some resistance from the math-dependent slowcoaches) into the sunlit realms of our vast starry cosmic sky itself.

    That is surely the most worthwhile journey available to us all at any time throughout any or all of our lives. It is worth being here just for that alone – so rejoice that you are here.

  25. Aladdin Sane says:

    Thanks Barry

    This is really good, thought provoking stuff. Speaking as a Venusian (I’m on a gap year presently living in Basingstoke), I have in varying degrees been bemused, dismayed, or joyed by the antics and behaviours of the people on this planet. It is good to come across somebody like you with a more holistic perspective on things.

    Incidentally, whilst you call your planet “Earth”, on Venus it is in our language referred to as “Jerreh-Mee-Khyle”.

    I must go as I’m expecting a video-con call from my cousin on Mars. He’s the local mechanic on the Mars Rover.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Aladdin Sane (Venus name: Don-El-Tromp)

  26. Barry Goddard says:

    @Aladdin Sane

    I fear perhaps your Parents have perpetrated a a cruel hoax upon you – brought you up in with the belief that you are a Venusian while in truth in fact you are a normal Human – albeit a Basingstokid.

    Of course we are all cosmic beings – even the most earth-bound imagination-less person cannot deny the evidence of their own actual senses that Earth itself has a rightful place within our cosmos and thus we do too.

    Yet to misidentify as a Venusian may lead you astray – and you may miss that which is so very unique to the human condition – viz our innate rationality coupled with our ability to be openly receptive to cosmic influences.

    May I as a humble favour to you ask that at the very least you have a DNA test performed to check you actual raciality? If indeed you are a Venusian that would – in my experience – be something of an occasional rarity.

    Yet if you are not then facing the true reality and embracing your humanity may be painful yet it will be only just the first step in truly transcending it. Such a first step is so potentious for cosmic development that you surely would not baulk at taking it even if it shatters one of your cherished notions at the present core of your being.

    Whatever outcome the test results in rest assured I will endeavour to my best extent to assist you to experience the best responses to it.

  27. Barry Goddard says:

    @Aladdin Sane – that you for your question which at the very least may help to further raise the quality of the discussion on this oft-puzzle infested community blog discussion panel. By asking a question that is well within the agreed arena for this forum you are indeed truly a well behaved and polite and enquiring contributor.

    Such things as cards and boards are but training devices for those who would learn to go so deep within themselves that they begin to see their true glimmers of understanding of the universe itself.

    Such is true also of lessor forms of knowledge and learning such as science. Even in science a learner will use calculators and once sliderules and telescopes and test tubes and all manner of devices to help them. Yet the final result (sadly only a partial step toward reality for such is the lack of ambition in science) is none of them – it is a theory such as e = MCC or quantum gravity loops.

    Thus tools though useful to some at times through in the ages are but yet crutches to be thrown away in order that we are able to walk (even indeed run or dance) unencumbered by limited “mobility aids”.

    I would never ever use such primitive tools as tarot cards or ouija boards except in such cases as they might prove a useful means of guiding others toward the skills that can be demonstrated by them.

    I would caution you to take care if approaching such devices – just as a telescope if approach is misjudged can damage the very eye it was intended to enhance so too such spiritual tools can be of a danger to lessor minds without firm guidance.

  28. Aladdin Sane says:

    Interesting

    I read elsewhere about a 13th constellation in the Zodiac, the Serpent Bearer (Ophiuchus),

    What is your view on this?

    • Sheldon Cooper says:

      Allow me to interject

      Ophiuchus and some of the fixed stars in it were sometimes used by some astrologers in antiquity as extra-zodiacal indicators (i.e. astrologically significant celestial phenomena lying outside of the 12-sign zodiac proper). The constellation is described in the astrological poem of Marcus Manilius: the Astronomica, which is dated to around 10 AD. The poem describes how:

      “Ophiuchus holds apart the serpent which with its mighty spirals and twisted body encircles his own, so that he may untie its knots and back that winds in loops. But, bending its supple neck, the serpent looks back and returns: and the other’s hands slide over the loosened coils. The struggle will last forever, since they wage it on level terms with equal powers”

      Later in his poem, Manilius describes the astrological influence of Ophiuchus, when the constellation is in its rising phase, as one which offers affinity with snakes and protection from poisons, saying “he renders the forms of snakes innocuous to those born under him. They will receive snakes into the folds of their flowing robes, and will exchange kisses with these poisonous monsters and suffer no harm”. A later 4th century astrologer, known as Anonymous of 379, associated “the bright star of Ophiuchus”, Ras Alhague (α Ophiuchi), with doctors, healers or physicians (ἰατρῶν), which may have been because of the association between poisons and medicines.

      Based on the 1930 IAU constellation boundaries, suggestions that “there are really 13 astrological signs” because “the Sun is in the sign of Ophiuchus” between November 29 and December 17 have been published since at least the 1970s.

      In 1970, Stephen Schmidt in his Astrology 14 advocated a 14-sign zodiac, introducing Ophiuchus (December 6 to December 31) and Cetus (May 12 to June 6) as new signs.

      Within 20th-century sidereal astrology, the idea was taken up by Walter Berg in his The 13 Signs of the Zodiac (1995). Berg’s The 13 Signs of the Zodiac was published in Japan in 1996 and became a bestseller, and Berg’s system has since been comparatively widespread in Japanese pop culture, appearing for example in the Final Fantasy video game series and the manga and anime series Fairy Tail.

      In January 2011, a statement by Parke Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society repeating the idea of “the 13th zodiac sign Ophiuchus” made some headlines in the popular press.
      However, Kunkle is an astronomer, not an astrologer.

  29. Barry Goddard says:

    @Aladdin Sane – The canonicity of Ophiuchus both as an astronomical constellation and an astrological sign and as a house of the Zodiac is much debated and as yet the jury is not even out as the closing speeches are still to be heard.

    Some sane and rational discussion of the Ophiuchus issue is to be found here: http://astrotabletalk.blogspot.fr/2015_03_01_archive.html

    We would all do well to remain humble in the face of cosmic and astrological truths. For it is just as valid to say that they discover us as it is to say that we discover them. For truly we are but pebbles scattered on the shoulders of giants on a further shore.

    Thus for any one individual on their own may find working with a 13th house is of personal subjective value while not as yet being in a position to offer tangible objective evidence of its universal applicability.

    This is always the case with true sciences such as astrology – the evidence base is paramount and thus we slowly gain confidence and certainty as the evidence mounts – as it has continued to do over the past milennia.

  30. Eddie says:

    uppose 6 monkeys take 6 minutes to eat 6 bananas.
    How many minutes would it take 3 monkeys to eat 3 bananas?
    Assuming:
    – they eat at the same rate;
    – the term banana is used to signify a fruit of the Musa acuminata variety;
    – the banans are eaten in both trials at standard temperature and pressure.
    – mastication rate reamains the same in both trials

  31. Barry Goddard says:

    @Barry Goddard

    Once again someone else different to myself has used my name in making a post as a response on this blog. For the past few weeks the blog has been returning to it’s normal state – proper conversation and discussion of things of a psychological and spiritual nature. The intrusions by the puzzlers though not completely quelled have been reduced to a manageable level.

    Thus I thought this blog was veering towards showing a new level of maturity as we move deeper into this new year of 2016. And then a joker uses my name to respond to a puzzlers’ intrusion.

    This I know was perhaps intended as a humerous jest or perhaps even a prank by the poster – perhaps one acting in concert along with the original puzzler poster. Yet funny it may seem in some uneducated eyes – it can only sew confusion and dismay amongst the more mature here who were discussing matters of a spiritual matter.

    As much before I am not disheartened as I recognise the slow progress that must be made to make progress with such as the like of those who would post in such a way.

    Therefore I say to the rest of us to not be put off in contributing by this one isolated incident that harks back to the dark days of this blog whence many instances of this type of behavioural activity were manifest to the detriment of all of us – including those who japed for their own amusement.

    To be clear on the record to put things straight – I have no inclination to spend even a moment of my time considering the rate at which a collection of idealised monkeys can eat what I assume are meant to be identical bananas – though that only raises further questions about how bananas can indeed be actually identical and or even the rate of consumption of a monkey as it goes from full to empty.

    And thus – were any of us to pursue such questions as above – we would all be tempted away from considering issues of true spiritual value and be descended to the level that would give the puzzlers gratification.

    I appeal to each of us thus then to remain true to the spirit of this blog – as indeed I do – and so to shrug off this confusing intrusion and thus to return happily and refreshed to the consideration of issues of import.

    And I am sure all of us of a mature disposition do assuredly wholeheartedly agree.

  32. Eddie says:

    Enjoying the ‘proper conversation’, Barry. Do keep it up.

  33. Barry Goddard says:

    Thank you @Edie. Your kind words of encouragement and support are indeed welcomed. I am gladdened that you at last are warming to the true purpose of this blog and look forward to welcoming you to the deeper and sustaining conversions that to date have perhaps passed you by.

    Yet to have proper conversion we must have converse. I am not partaking of this blog’s communications simply in isolation – I literally do not speak for myself (or even indeed to myself). I speak in a very real sense as one who speaks from our cosmos rather than a constructed mental fantasy realm.

    And thus I am happy to respond to questions and comments from others. Not because I necessarily know more than them – yet my humble knowledge of our cosmos may be of some help to others who have yet even not began the spiritual journal of which my occasionally expressed thoughts are but a personal journal on that path.

    So please – if you have queries or concerns that you think I may be able to assist with deepening your understanding and insight – I would be most willing to offer whatever such learnings I may have gleaned from a lifetime of cosmic study and depth practice.

    I will therefore await in my usual silent manner for any such questions. Do not worry if you feel your questions are naive or fumbling or exposing great spiritual ignorance. The very fact that you ask at all is a good sign that such deficiencies may in time with the right guidance be overcome.

  34. Barry Goddard says:

    @DAve – my personal view of whether the UK should remain in the European Union or should seek to join some other such union – the Nordic States or the USA or further afield such as the UN or SEATO – is purely my personal view – and as such is no different to that of many other people who have thought hard about the interface between our political systems and our cosmic destinies.

    It is clear though at least from the stars that the EU will win Camaron’s Referendum and thus the UK and Scotland will remain within the Union of European nations at least until they are expelled or some other political event happens.

    And thus the British destiny remains and will remain intertwined with the political reality that is Continental Europe and its influences. This is not in itself a big change. European influence at least on the political level stretches back to before the French conquests of 1066 and the Nordic incursions of the Vikings and the Roman invasions of Rome and so on all the way back to the first human inhabitants who walked across what would later become the North Sea and was then called Doggerland.

    They came from Europe and perhaps before that from Africa. And thus the UK far from being a small isolated island irrelevantly off the coast of Europe is shown to be an attractor for people from literally across the globe for the past 15 and more milennia.

    Why this island is such a psychic draw is easy to see if we look at it’s spiritual depths – its relationship with and to the stars. Its Ley Lines (if you believe in such things). Undisputed accounts throughout history of visits from “UFOs” and other celestial beings who have like the Europeans and Africans been drawn here almost as if a message of welcome were being beamed into their hearts.

    The UK is indeed like at the crossroads of a cosmic motorway that stretches far into the past and the present and the sky.

    Thus we should retain and develop our role as teachers and guides and even when needed leaders to those who flock to our shores for guidance and learning and leadership. Thus being in Europe (even if only at such a superficially level as political union) is a necessary first step toward stepping into the cosmos in all its spiritual depths.

    Those of us who are in our small ways helping to guide this project are humbled by the vast prospects before us. Yet these prospects are not for us alone – they are the fruits of the spiritual growth of all humanity and thus we should all continue to strive to make further efforts to bring about our destiny’s unfolding.

    • DAve says:

      Stephen Hawking made some interesting comments earlier this week

      In his view, the human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence.

      He also commented that the chances of disaster on planet Earth will rise to a near certainty in the next one to ten thousand years, but it will take more than a century to set up colonies in space where human beings could live on among the stars.

      BTW he is a Capricorn

    • Hugh Janus says:

      DAve/Barry

      At the risk of being provocative, Hawking has on record debunked Astrology:

      To quote

      “When it was discovered that the Earth was not the center of the universe, astrology became impossible,”

      “The reason most scientists don’t believe in astrology is because it is not consistent with our theories that have been tested by experiment,”

  35. Barry Goddard says:

    @Dave – we should not get too excited by someone’s birth Sun sign – that is just one aspect of a complex web of connections between them and their destiny and the stars.

    Yet it is of significance that both Issac Newton was a Capricorn and Albert Einstein is Pisces – a closely correlated sun sign,

    The human race may as Hawkings suggests be in danger – perhaps even grave danger. And those dangers come from many sources the most principal being our true ignorance of the actions we perform and the results of those said actions. This leads us to ignore certain obvious signs – such as the ozone layer in the air. And the global temperature. And the portents in the heavens such as black holes and the coming of a new outer planet.

    Yet still despite the dangers we also have never had so many guides who can help us through these dangerous waters to the comforting depths of safety. People with broad and deep vision – such as Hawkings in the field of science and Trump in the field of politics and economics and Trungpa in the spiritual realm.

    All it now requires is for all of us – whether young or old men – to gather around and listen to the wisdom of those of us wise enough to be of value to humanity. Then with those truths in our hearts we can move forward to perform the purifying actions that our world and planet are so clearly calling out for.

    This in many ways is (in the words of Winston Churchill) humanity’s finest hour. We will look back on ourselves in generations yet to come and marvel about how we rose to this occasion and became the powerful cosmic force that so many of us have helped usher in.

    • Thin White Dork says:

      Well done Barry,
      I find it hard to believe that 5 people read this blog anymore, let alone 5 people endorse your comments (whatever they are, I never read them).
      TWD
      PS Have you ever heard of the phrase “I didn’t have time to write a short report so I wrote a long one”.

    • Barry Goddard says:

      @Tiny White Dork

      Thank you for your kind words and support in this difficult time as the blog community seems to be slipping back into its old ways as the Puzzlers run out of the woodworks again and take to their keyboards to bombard us with equations and word puzzles and who knows what not in their endless quest to divert us from matters of importance.

      Yet I am still never disheartened as I know in my depths – as you do in yours – that words of wisdom and insight will always outshine a million to one their dreary words of mathematical brain twiddling.

      So once more again I call on all those here who would cherish and nourish good conversation into issues of true importance in our modern age to look beyond the puzzlers and into the true heart of the matters of import that are ofttimes dealt with here.

      I for one I know speak for many when we say that we can see tiny glimmers of hope even from the most ardent and determined maths puzzler. Even in the depths of their confusion and calculation they sometimes – oh just sometimes – offer up a comment that shows they have human hearts and human concerns for the wider and deeper issues that beset our world – and that some of us here are working to improve and overcome.

      Let us then remain buoyed up by these small advanced out of the darkened past and into a better more sustainable more deeply felt and lived future.

  36. Eddie says:

    Don’t get carried away, gents. Here’s a quick puzzle to bring you all back down to earth.

    Two hexagons are inscribed inside and outside a circle, such that the vertices of the inner hexagon lie on the circle, and the sides of the outer hexagon are tangential to the circle. What’s the ration of areas of the two hexagons?

    • ChrisR says:

      It might have been quick once upon a time and it probably would have been if I’d thought a little before diving into sines and tangents and then trying to remember what sin60 was (and eventually looking it up) etc, rather than using Pythagoras to work out the area of a couple of equilateral triangles. Maybe there’s an even easier way.
      I think the answer is 3:4

    • ChrisR says:

      How about this in response:
      Here is a list of months and a code for each
      January: 7110
      February: 826
      March: 5313
      April: 541
      May: 3513
      June: 4610
      July: 4710
      What is the code for the month of August?

    • Gabby Bollard says:

      If you look at January 7110…
      7 indicates how many letters there are in January..
      1 indicates 1st month..
      10 indicates alphabet J… (10th alphabet is J)…
      Apply this rule to all…

  37. Eddie says:

    Two horizontally aligned cylinders of equal diameter intersect (fully) at right angles. What’s the shape of horizontal slices through the intersection surface? And if you’re really clever at this sort of thing, what’s the volume bound by this surface?

    • Barry Goddard says:

      @Edie – your dedication to Puzzles would in some circumstances be most commendable.

      Yet here in this blog it is very clear from many previous threads and posts and comments and interactions that whatever enthusiasms there were for Puzzles a long time ago that time has past.

      The hunger on this blog these days is for nourishing conversation on deeply meaningful topics that are close not only to the hearts of the posters and also to the deeper meaningful things of life.

      Conversations that are as far from Puzzles as quantum physics is from Youtube pranksters. Conversations about and concerning the very nature of Reality and of Mind and how the two truly intersect and interact and transform each other.

      Even you too Edie are welcome to join such discussions and you I am sure would after the briefest of Culture Shock find it invigourating and deeply more of true interest than the volume of two cylinders stood on top of each other.

      So please join us and enter into a rich world of fascinating discussion that touches on the very heart of what it means to be a human alive in our present cosmos.

    • Galaxial Monobrow says:

      It seems the facts are in. Maths cannot and should not be fun and beautiful. Thanks. My Great Aunt enjoys word searches; should this be permitted? Instructions please.

  38. Barry Goddard says:

    If fear @Galaxial Monobrow that you are trying to sew dissent where none exists – trying to create a duality when in fact duality is not an either/or thing.

    And I know that @Edie will agree with me in saying that the key issue is one of appropriateness. Is it appropriate to waste the blog space of someone like Mr Wiseman who calls himself “the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today” with mere word or even mathematical puzzles?

    Surely not must be the instinctive reflexive answer of all right thinking peoples.

    There are places on the Internet for pendantious word games and such like – I am sure the comment columns of the Daily Mail would welcome such things as an antidote to the many irrelevant comments they do receive on any topic they publish about these days.

    Yet that is not appropriate for a blog about the Public Understanding of Science – something for which Mr Wiseman has even won awards. I believe if I am right that he has yet to have won any prizes for the public publication of word puzzles.

    And thus with the basic concept of appropriate publication now fully explained to all of us it is perhaps time to return this blog to its intended purpose: the study and discussion of true matters of importance about the human mind and its place in our universe.

    That surely is a better use of our time than merely debating the “true” meaning of the wording of a “clever” puzzle – where in reality all that is being done is that words have been chosen to deceive the hearer rather than illuminate them with knowledge.

    • Galaxial Monobrow says:

      “I believe if I am right…”

      I don’t think I have ever heard you consider your own fallibility before. This is surely progress. Maybe I have played my own small part in your intellectual development. I therefore leave this blog for a few weeks with a spring in my step!

  39. Barry Goddard says:

    @Galaxial Monobrow

    I am deeply humbled that you (perhaps of all people) should hold forth the notion that I have some type of papal infallibility. Yet I must now take the time from issues of greater import to assure you that is not the case in this case.

    I have not researched all of Mr Wiseman’s achievements and awards. Thus therefore it does remain a possibility that he does indeed have some sort of formal recognition for his publishing of word play puzzles. I think that unlikely. Yet simple intellectual honesty (of the sort or type that we should all here aspire to at all times) requires me to note that fact.

    Where I do not know something I (perhaps unlike many here) will cheerfully disclose that to all and sundry as part of my posts. Please re-read my genuine past contributions for all the self-evident proof we or anyone would need for that.

    Yet conversely when I do have perhaps some small nugget of knowledge that is not common knowledge amongst those who post or read here equally likewise I will not hide such knowledge in order to appear “one of the lads”.

    Thus although I have at times been ridiculed here for my deep knowledge of cosmology and science and the human mind (and beyond) I am never downhearted by such displays of impoliteness by others as I can empathise their limited world view perspectives that lead to their unseemly outbursts.

    By exemplifying the escape from the ofttimes laddish group-think of the commenters to this blog I feel I help exemplify a higher standard to which we can all aspire. Let us then henceforth aspire to that higher standard so that truth and beauty may shine forth from all of our contributions from now onward.

    • Eddie says:

      I’m afraid I’m not interested in your ‘deep knowledge’. If you don’t mind I’ll carry on with the puzzles.

  40. Barry Goddard says:

    ‘Tis sad indeed @Edie that you chose such a narrow and unproductive approach both to your very existence and the ways you interact on this website and indeed the ways you dialogue with those amongst us who would reach out to you in a very caring and concerned and gentle way.

    Yet so-be-it. You are the person (and indeed persona) you have chosen to be and that surely is your choice despite the many and ofttimes better choices that some here and perhaps others elsewhere have asked you to reflect upon and perhaps still even experiment with to even the slightest of extents – for surely a well-lived life will contain far more such existential experiments than puzzles of a base and banal nature.

    Still I wish you to know at the deepest level that should your very soul feel even the slightest of yearnings for things of a higher and far deeper level of nourishment then I among many I am sure will be here to help you with such issues of deep import.

    For we are all much deeper than any of us beyond a few have sensed. And thus we must continuously endeavour to reflect upon that and to help others begin to start their own journey of inner exploration.

    Do not please suppress such yearnings @Edie if you have the slightest glimmering of them. For they are surely the most valuable gift of reality you can offer yourself.

  41. Eddie says:

    Please stop addressing me with this drivel.

    • Canadian Atheist (form an orderly queue girls and boys and indeed LBGT) says:

      “Wider depths”
      I like that
      In fact, I like it so much I’m going to give myself a thumbs up (like BG always does)

  42. Barry Goddard says:

    So sad @Edie to feel that you would so willingfully cut yourself off from the wider depths of the universe and all of our enriching conversations simply (so I surmise) to focus on a personal vocation of becoming Very Good at Puzzles.

    Many of us live in a far richer cosmos – one fulled with human hope and joy and deeply insightful exchanges of views betwixt people whose views are indeed worth exchange – and even (for those of more of a lurkish disposition) batheing silently within.

    Perchance you were having a less than perfect day and chose (as so often some do) to lash out indiscriminately on the internet at one you see as a specific target. I am not downheartened by being the focus of your flash of negativity – yet I feel you indeed of all people must experience that negativity at all times while peoples such as myself do so only when you address us. Thus I understand your suffering – and I am still as willing as ever to reach out to you with hands of friendship perhaps enabling you to step for the first time into the light of our wider reality that we all do indeed share.

    Thus please do contact me either online or offline or by other means and we can continue what we have started – it is indeed a most worthwhile journey even if at times you still feel the darkening call of puzzles to limit your progress.

    I have forgiven you. Please take that harder step now and begin to forgive yourself.

    • Eddie says:

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    • Galaxial Monobrow says:

      Reading that post from beginning to end Eddie, wasn’t the least productive time I have spent on this blog. I predict that around one single person will misinterpret with almost 100% inaccuracy what I mean by this. I may or may not have used astrology to make this prediction.

    • Eddie says:

      …… Drivel

    • Canadian Atheist (you know the drill by now) says:

      I have some sympathy with your views Eddie, but aren’t you impressed by Barry’s wider depth-fullness not to mention his dry wetness?

  43. Eddie says:

    I didn’t post the drivels.

  44. Barry Goddard says:

    @Edie – I believe when you say that you did not post that stream-of-consciousness message consisting solely of someone reporting the immediate content of their mind: viz a mind full to the brim of drivel.

    I too have at times fallen victim to the “phantom poster” who has chosen to post under the name of an already existing poster – in those cases myself (in your case you).

    It can be a ripple in one’s serenity to see the oft brusque responses to a fake post and to think that the responders do no realize that they have been duped by the phantom poster. I ofttimes agree with what the responders are saying even thought (in their minds if not elsewhere) they are making apparent critiques of my self.

    I am of course not disheartened by this. If someone speaks truth it matters not whose name they post that truth under – nor whom they are thinking they direct their invective to.

    As long as the great body of truth in our universe is growing I mind not that my name may at times be misattributed either to that truth or to the corrective of it – which is itself a source of truth.

    We must therefore see that we stand together on the truly important aspects of reality. That way our names can never truly be misused by agents of mischief.

    • Barry Goddard says:

      …. drivel

    • Barry Goddard says:

      I fear dear fake @Barry @Goddard that would you post the word “drivel” as your sole contribution no matter what the condition or status of the conversation is here you will find that few will be willing to take the time to unpack your remarks and make further comment upon it.

      True though it is that some contributions here have been below what a discerning audience may expect from an erudite blogger’s discussion forum – the over reliance on emphasis on puzzles and other such “mental” distractia has ofttimes led to a dropping off of the posting quality.

      Yet is is my experience that simply and in a neutral way commenting upon that very drop off does help direct the conversation back toward the civilised heights to which I know we all aspire to in our hearts.

      So please “Barry” join with me in both adding to the nourishing conversation and making rational yet kindly in-depth critiques when such correctives are gently required.

      That way we all not only have our voices heard but we open our hearts to hearing the true voices of others who wish also to contribute their words.

    • Eddie says:

      Correction: Astrological drivel

  45. Eddie says:

    Here’s a good one

    Can you create a 10-digit number, where the first digit is how many zeros in the number, the second digit is how many 1s in the number etc. until the tenth digit which is how many 9s in the number?

    • DAve says:

      This one has been done before. The answer is 6,210,001,000

    • Aladdin Sane says:

      Eddie, your answer has 11 digits, not 10 as asked for in the posting

    • I Didn't Post This says:

      Hi Chaps
      Dicky DumbDude has just posted something new today.
      Let’s continue our acrimonious debate on that thread
      See you on the other side…..

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