Students’ Exploration on “Quantum Agriculture” on Radio, and my Exploration on “Pseudoscience”
Let me share with you what transpired here at UPLB last March 21, 2012. Development Communication students set up a panel discussion in their radio program “Do you AGRI?”. The panelists were myself (considered agriculture scientist and promoting Quantum Agriculture), a Physics professor, and two undergraduate students pursuing fields in Agribiotech and Applied Physics. The proceedings may be read here.
Students are asking … what is this “Quantum Agriculture” organism that people in campus are talking about? Some gladly receive it, while others seem perplexed, if not disturbed, and a number say that it is “PseudoScience” or not True Science (“suds” or science ?). It is indeed healthy to be skeptical because this attitude can be the beginning of deepening of one’s truth. I tend to be one, too, but can’t resist my inclination toward indigenous practices and knowledge systems. I am always intrigued with the science of “unexplained”, “amazing” or “out-of-the-box” practices and phenomena, especially in agriculture. Only later did I realize that these concepts and practices are labeled “pseudoscience” by some sectors or individuals. I feel confident, however, that the scientific explanations will continue to be revealed. Indeed, science is discovering new things that bring many of those in the list of pseudoscience their due “true science” status. In fact, many practices or concepts have already been taken off the list of Pseudoscience as scientific knowledge grew, and as scientists came to accept them. Thus, what would be more productive now is not to argue who or what is right but to try to understand that there is a more expanded definition of science, that science evolves and has a half-life, that it is not neutral, and that knowledge may be obtained through other processes. Read more here:
The many years of teaching, research-extension and advocating has led me to the conclusion that we need quantum solutions not only in Agriculture but also in the Environment and Consciousness, and in the other spheres of society (i.e, not only in the cultural sphere but also in the economic and political spheres). I was brought to commit to the practice of Agnihotra in 2007 after a super typhoon called Milenyo. I sensed that nature’s forces are becoming graver yet here we are acting like it is business as usual. I am sharing the newsletter (issues 1-9) on Agnihotra Philippines Forum to solidify the intention of spreading the practice. I initially posted them in my other sites:
The effect is amazing, the practice so simple. The practice has multi-level effect. I have been serving as distribution source of the pyramid and the needed consumables, including literature. Shipping in the country is easy. Coming up is the 10th issue.
I want so share too that Agnihotra is a partner practice of the Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development Inc. which is primarily promoting and doing Biodynamics.
We try to separate the usual from the unconventional; the modern from the traditional. We say those old practices- the rituals, offerings, belief systems- are not scientific. Indigenous farming systems are quite rich in these practices. They have come down to us through inspiration, intuition, or simply via hand-me-down; Also by trial and error. We stripped them off from the mainstream agriculture practices, the so –called actual or direct practices. As we revitalize Organic Agriculture we slowly recognize their value. We see the farms thrive, and observe the difference in glow between a highly chemical farm or garden and an organic one. As farmers go deeper into organic something opens in them and they become more intuitive.
Because of our conditioning and training we tend to follow the mainstream which is chemical-based and reductionist. Thus the more unconventional or organic initiatives are more prevalent among those with non-agriculture background than the trained or certified agriculturists. While some enthusiasts do organic after deliberate study and training, others do it through intuition or gut feeling. How knowledge on practices is obtained is a very interesting subject worth a separate writing. The explosion of brain science or consciousness science makes us realize the power of the mind, consciousness, intention, prayers, meditation, or thought in crop and animal agriculture. Browse the slides here: Power of Prayer in Plants and Seeds
Suffice to say that people can indeed tap the secrets of the universe given the right make-up and process. One person I like to cite is Walter Russell. He is referred to as the man who tapped the secrets of the universe.
We all have the opportunity to do the tapping of the universe on a daily basis, but others do it more strongly or on a more sustained basis. They have bursts of “aha moments” that make them great inventors, mathematicians, physicists or discoverers. Deliberate tapping may be exemplified by shamanism and other modalities where certain practices (such as rituals) are done and the person becomes more open to the truths of nature.
Intuitive farming may be said to be one of the practices under Quantum Agriculture. Dr. Henk Kieft gave his classification of quantum agriculture in an article “Quantum agriculture: bridging frontline physics and intuitive knowledge of nature?”. The paper may be read here:
https://deoxy.org/narbystew.htm Shamanism… the cosmic serpent : DNA and the and the origins of knowledge Q&A with Jeremy. The following also contains such interview and some video interviews of Jeremy:
https://www.puppetgov.com/2012/05/22/the-cosmic-serpent/ Narby by Todd Stewart: Videos and Summary of Narby’s book: Research indicates that shamans access an intelligence, which they say is nature’s, and which gives them information that has stunning correspondences with molecular biology…. Your hypothesis of a hidden intelligence contained within the DNA of all living things is interesting. What is this intelligence?… Intelligence comes from the Latin inter-legere, to choose between. There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes. DNA itself is a kind of “text” that functions through a coding system called “genetic code,” which is strikingly similar to codes used by human beings. Some enzymes edit the RNA transcript of the DNA text and add new letters to it; any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism; so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices; if they don’t, something often goes wrong leading to cancer and other diseases. Cells send one another signals, in the form of proteins and molecules. These signals mean: divide, or don’t divide, move, or don’t move, kill yourself, or stay alive. Any one cell is listening to hundreds of signals at the same time, and has to integrate them and decide what to do. How this intelligence operates is the question. … DNA has essentially maintained its structure for 3.5 billion years. What role does DNA play in our evolution?… DNA is a single molecule with a double helix structure; it is two complementary versions of the same “text” wrapped around each other; this allows it to unwind and make copies of itself: twins! This twinning mechanism is at the heart of life since it began. Without it, one cell could not become two, and life would not exist. And, from one generation to the next, the DNA text can also be modified, so it allows both constancy and transformation. This means that beings can be the same and not the same. One of the mysteries is what drives the changes in the DNA text in evolution. DNA has apparently been around for billions of years in its current form in virtually all forms of life. The old theory—random accumulation of errors combined with natural selection—does not fully explain the data currently generated by genome sequencing. The question is wide open…. The structure of DNA as we know it is made up of letters and thus has a specific text and language. You could say our bodies are made up of language, yet we assume that speech arises from the mind. How do we access this hidden language?… By studying it. There are several roads to knowledge, including science and shamanism… The symbol of the Cosmic Serpent, the snake, is a central theme in your story, and in your research you discover that the snake forms a major part of the symbology across most of the world’s traditions and religions. Why is there such a consistent system of natural symbols in the world? Is the world inherently symbolic?… This is the observation that led me to investigate the cosmic serpent. I found the symbol in shamanism all over the world. Why? That’s a good question. My hypothesis is that it is connected to the double helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings. And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurian code. So, yes, in at least one important way, the living world is inherently symbolic. We are made of living language.
Some books and readings that helped me through in the quest for the science of the “non-material” or “quantum” practices in agriculture are the following:
My Quantum Agriculture stirrings started in the 1990′s with Biodynamic Agriculture and Indigenous Knowledge. Betsy (Ma Helenita) Gamela of the Don Bosco Diocesan Youth Center, Inc., in Makilala, Cotabato had given me an early deep insight about Biodynamics which is occasionally posted in the media or the internet (examples are this one and another one).
An earlier documentation about her initiative may be read in a chapter of a book which I edited- Compendium on Sustainable Agriculture. Perspectives and Strategies of Advocates and Practitioners in the Philippines- by UNDP.
Then a lecture at UPLB by Nick Perlas was held in 2004. A transcription of this talk on “Scientific Advances on Agriculture, Medicine and Societal Change”, which emphasized non-material aspects (I call these “quantum”), is available here: ScientificAdvancesinAgricultureWithNickPerlas.pdf . Two meetings were subsequently held that same day, attended by some members of PABINHI: farmers , NGOs and academe staff.
Nick gave other lectures at UPLB, one of which was on ” Deep Spirituality in Agriculture” , held in 2006 (this was earlier posted in this same site).
Much earlier (early 1990′s), Nick already wrote a comprehensive article on the “Second Scientific Revolution” . Read article here:
You will see that the new things being talked about now were already known before and were popular elsewhere). Further writings embody the same but more updated concepts. One of these is the “Science of the Impossible” (may be downloaded here: https://www.thinkoutword.org/pdfs/Nicanor.Science.pdf .
It has been 8 years since, and what Nick said then are only now starting to be talked about in the academic community. The outside community is more ahead in the understanding, accepting and the applying of these new scientific advances than the academia.
I am trying out a course in the academe. It is entitled Quantum Agriculture. I am also boldly infusing other courses that I teach with quantum concepts. Colleagues have a hard time following my logic. It is simple. A concept may be presented in various ways and at different levels. Quantum concepts do not conflict with those already contained in a curriculum. They simply bring one back to the synthesis level. From matter or material science to energy and information level. Understanding then becomes deep and comprehensive. There is another aspect in my teaching that makes students express what they imbibed through another avenue… through their heart or right brain… through arts and music. Earlier I posted a video produced by some students. Poems are other expressions in the course. Here are three poems by Mark Parducho, after his experience in a big event- Syensaya or Fun Science- where we featured Quantum Agriculture. The posters in pdf version may be seen here…
It is (seed)
In the book, in the box, in the drawer,
On a bread, in the fruit from a flower,
Or even floating on flowing river
These are seeds which we can find everywhere.
It is one of the best blessings from God,
Where complex things are embedded inside.
From a simple little thing to a bud,
Then to a plant where air and light collide.
It could lift our lives from ground to above,
Relieve us from pain to be as free as dove.
It’s a majestic curing that they and us have,
That would become better with our touch of love.
All we knew ‘bout them are not peculiar,
So we try to seek for unfamiliar.
Let’s go beyond our imagination,
And try to break the walls of restriction
What a Seed
The air we breathe, light and heat,
Earth and water these are all we need
Able to mold, construct and build
A mysterious thing we call seed
Rushing water brought the chaos
But through rhythms of the cosmos
It had stabilized all the flaws
Thanks to the different concepts and laws.
Each has its own spirit in line,
But we try to mess with this design
And then we’re committing a crime
By modifying them each time.
We just can’t take them as they are,
Because of our greed and desire.
But it’s not late to start a fire
And make a spark on a rusty wire.
At First… quantum exhibit
At first, it was like a required work
Just like the pairing of spoon and fork,
Until experience had knocked on the door
And let it enter and take my floor
At first, I don’t know what to find
I think I was lost like an abandoned blind,
But there was something that whispered in my mind
That brought me to a spot where spells have bind.
At first…all was at first
Never thought knowledge would burst
Just like a magic breaking a curse
A divine water that relieves my thirst.
Let me also present another student project: Man in the Mirror, a video made by Juni Frio and Zeta Sanchez. The students advocate change starting with self. Education is self-reflection.
A new wave of change is here. This wave permeates all aspects of human and earth existence. On the other hand, new knowledge is being revealed and new tools are being developed to answer current challenges: illnesses, pests and diseases, climate changes, calamities, etc. Approaches have been 2-pronged: one hangs on to the old mechanistic reductionist model, the other explores what is beyond that, as well as the fundamental role of human beings in addressing all these challenges in a synthesis way. Einstein’s premise is that we cannot find solution to our problems with approaches that come from the same framework that created the problem in the first place. These solutions must be coming from outside the box. And that outside the box space has been there all along, among ancient practices and teachings, and is now confirmed by the new science of “quantum”.
“…Siegel buzzes around the globe and deep into the hive… Honey has never looked so delicious. Or so precious.”
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times, Critic’s Pick
-New York Daily News
- The New York Post