Podcast: Conspiracy Theories

Was the moon landing faked, just a film directed by Stanley Kubrick on a Hollywood studio lot? Who, what and where are The Illuminati? If the world isn’t flat, why do aircraft fly on the international routes they do? Harry, Flynn, Liam, and Rob talk about our favourite conspiracy theories.

There’s more than one way to rescue a cat ^^

BY VALERIA MARTINEZ @lolvaleria

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Rescue cats crowd our RSPCAs and small shelters each day. More than 35,000 die each year at RSPCA because of lack of space and not enough adoptions.

Adopting, volunteering and donating are great ways to help these animals in need. However, there’s a different way that is unique.

A four minute walk from Central station you will find Sydney’s first cat cafe, Catmosphere.

A cat cafe is your usual cafe serving drinks and snacks but with a difference. While you eat and drink there are cats surrounding you, coming up for pats and cuddles.

Catmosphere gives you the option of half an hour with kittens and an hour with the adult cats.

All of these cats are fosters from the RSPCA staying until they find a home.

“Sometimes we get cats available for adoption from our own store,” our Catmosphere hostess said.

It costs to keep a pet cat. For that reason, Catmosphere lets you sponsor a cat for $30 a month and entitles you to two visits a month.

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Neil Pawstrong was my favourite

Entry for an hour-long kitty visit is $20 per person. Included in this is a free hot or cold drink and a cat shaped cookie to take home.

The adult cats are friendly, curious creatures. One of the rules is not to pick them up; they are rescue cats and a history of abuse and a stranger picking them up can cause distress.

Having these cats in a cafe, raising money in ticket sales and merchandise increases their chances of survival and lets them run around and socialise instead of living in a pen.

Catmosphere has another cafe in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

Quantum spirituality

Where does spirituality end and science begin? CHRISTIAN JAILER writes that science is starting to provide evidence for some of our spiritual beliefs.

Quantum physics, also known as quantum mechanics, is a central theory in physics that examines the tiniest particles and energies revealed in nature. These comprise of atoms and subatomic particles such as electrons and photons.

If you gaze closer, atoms and other particles in their simple form are only made up of energy. And energy is in continuous motion. This is where traditional scientific principles often break down because moving energy can’t easily be measured and categorised as science aims to do. Instead, we’re left with a new world of potentials that start to explain nature on an unfathomable level, which has conventionally been the realm of spirituality.

In the physical world, we all seem like very separate individuals. If you could gaze at an atom under a powerful microscope, you would see a small, hurricane-like vortex that contained other infinitely small energy vortices called quarks and photons. These vortices are unseen to the human eye, and like all energy, they have no mass or physical structure.

Quantum physics has proven that our thoughts can indeed influence matter. Your mind has created your reality based on your thoughts and insights. Many modern theories support this observation.

Science previously believed that matter only contained particles, and light only existed in waves. Now, quantum physicists have found that light can act like a particle, twisting around corners or bouncing off walls. And matter can behave as a wave, such as electrons moving in waves around a neutron.

Simply observing particles actually changes their behaviour. Electrons have been shown to behave as waves. Although, an Israeli study revealed they only do this when no one is watching.

Electrons moving in waves. Photo: Alexandre Gondran [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Quantum physics now provides a way to prove that time is not as absolute as we often think it is. Scientists have proven certain particles can become entangled so that their physical properties will consistently mirror each other.

Spiritual teachings reveal the karmic principle that what you put into the universe will come back to you. But quantum physics is revealing there may actually be a scientific law behind that mantra.

One particle can be in many locations at once. A fact that has been proven repeatedly in what physicians call the double-slit experiment. Researchers have sent atoms, photons, complex molecules and other single particles through a barrier that has two slits cut into it. Every time, each particle shows evidence of interacting with itself on the other side of the barrier. This shows the particle somehow went through both slits at the same time. This has given rise to the many-worlds theory, which suggests there’s endless number of parallel universes that exist in this moment. This also means there’s an infinite number of potential realities where the infinite versions of you have committed every action possible during your infinite lives.

Lost connections

We escape into our phones instead of talking to one another. Photo: Susanne Nilsson/CC/Flickr

By Jasmine Ryan @JasmineRyanTAFE

Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2018

Photo: Pixabay/CC

By Thomas English @thomasjenglish7

On Sorry Day and during Reconciliation Week Australians say sorry for the policies that led to the Stolen Generations.

Reconciliation Week 2018: Connections

Graphic by Jasmine Ryan

Thank you for joining us for today’s program, ‘Connections’, in recognition of Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2018.

Today we acknowledge the ongoing anguish felt by families torn apart by government policies that created the Stolen Generations. We grieve that there is still so far to go before we close the gap. In ‘Connections’ we will consider connectedness with family, culture and identity through music, language and stories.

You can listen to us online between 11am and 12 noon by clicking the image (left).

We offer our respect, thanks and appreciation to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land on which our college stands. Thank you also to our brothers and sisters at Eora TAFE who so generously shared their stories with us this week.