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William J. Prest (syzygyastro)

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From an early age, I have been interested in writing. One of the defining moments in my life that was an epiphany, was the view of the cosmos on a moonless night stranded deep in the wilderness away from any town and city and marvelling at the spectacular sight of the milky way. Since then, I delved into the mysteries of the cosmos, which includes all things human, as we are part of the cosmos. I have always had an interest in art, which expressed itself in painting, sculpting, ceramics and recently, electronic art. I have written poems and many have been published on the web in the past. In the last two months, I have taken to writing and publisb a weekly journal that covers news and philosophical questions. On Hub Pages I'm continuing to write on a wide variety of topics from economics to arcane technology through the ages. Otherwise, non-fiction writing is currently published on the net, particularly in my own domain, intimatecosmos.com.

I receive more inspireation from people who ask unique, thought provoking questions.Also a significant input comes from my partner, Willaim, F. Raymond over the last 31 years who is a deep philosophical thinker. Much of what I write has some of his influence therein. Were it not for those encouragements from him and others, I might not even be here.

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  • UFOs unidentified flying objects Fact or fiction
    1

    UFOs unidentified flying objects Fact or fiction

    4 years ago

    UFOs or flying saucers have more than one explanation. The likelihood that they are of alien origin is remote. The answers lie closer to home.

  • What Pluto Really Is
    10

    What Pluto Really Is

    7 years ago

    Pluto has slipped from being a planet to just another Kuiper Belt object among hundreds close to its size. What Pluto appears to be is a proto-planet at the fringes of the solar system of now just eight planets. A...

  • The Earth and Space Dust
    0

    The Earth and Space Dust

    7 years ago

    Everything in the solar system, on earth and in each and every one of us is stardust. Remnants of this dust in space can be seen under some circumstances. Some of this dust settles on us right now. Next time you dust...

  • Problems with and Critique of the American Justice System
    5

    Problems with and Critique of the American Justice System

    6 years ago

    There appears to be at least two faces of the American justice system. Those who can afford it can buy their freedom and those who cannot, wind up in jail. In the ideal sense, we are all supposed to have equality under...

  • The Little Ice Age
    8

    The Little Ice Age

    6 years ago

    Between the 16th and 19th centuries, there was a global cooling that resulted in a mini ice age. This cooling had many effects among which are the bubonic plague, the French Revolution and a drive to find better lands...

  • Theories of how life began
    7

    Theories of how life began

    7 years ago

    There are many ideas as to how life got started. Among them are creation by a supreme being, evolution, intelligent design and panspermia being the main contenders. Each side has its arguments, but the jury is still out...

  • Life on Earth May Be Of Extraterrestrial Origin
    3

    Life on Earth May Be Of Extraterrestrial Origin

    5 years ago

    The concept of panspermia suggests that life on earth has an extraterritorial origin. Life may be far older than the earth and may have arrived when the solar nebula condensed. The hypothesis may well be proven with the...

  • Strange Happenings Due to the Moon's Influence
    2

    Strange Happenings Due to the Moon's Influence

    7 years ago

    The moon has considerable influence upon the earth, such as we see in the tides and the timing of sea turtle and fish mating. The moon also influences the physiological cycles of people. Less known is the role the moon...

  • Warning Signs of Tsunamis
    15

    Warning Signs of Tsunamis

    2 years ago

    Tsunamis do present warning signs, but these tend to be just before the main event. While you are at the sea shore and the water suddenly rushes away toward the horizon, this is the time for you to turn about and run as...

  • Behind the Myth
    1

    Behind the Myth

    6 years ago

    Myths of the world all have a common foundation, which is the sky and its relationship to the earth. Though the myths vary from place to place and time to time, there are many common threads that run through times and...

  • The Evolution of the Earth and the Solar System
    3

    The Evolution of the Earth and the Solar System

    5 years ago

    systems of planets around stars all have discrete stages of evolution that can be broken down into four stages. No two stellar systems are alike and some are bizarre to say the least. As a rule of thumb, small objects...

  • Why There is Still no Cure for AIDS
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    Why There is Still no Cure for AIDS

    5 years ago

    Some see AIDS/HIV as a punishment from God. Others see a sinister conspiracy to eradicate what they call "useless eaters" from the world. But one of the real truths about the disease is that it is highly profitable for...

  • The Meaning of Symbiosis
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    The Meaning of Symbiosis

    7 years ago

    Many species that we see around us depend on one another for survival. The relationship between plants and animals as well as different species of animals to one another is a staggering number of co-dependent...

  • Yellowstone National Park A Silent Super Volcanic Threat
    4

    Yellowstone National Park A Silent Super Volcanic Threat

    4 years ago

    About 600,000 years ago, a super volcano exploded where the Yellowstone basin exists today. It lofted about 600 cubic miles of ash into the stratosphere and created a volcanic winter. It is still active and lately the...

  • Finding Diamonds in Space Making them on Earth
    2

    Finding Diamonds in Space Making them on Earth

    6 years ago

    There exist planets in space that are made of almost pure carbon that have been compressed to diamond crystal. Meanwhile, back on earth, we have learned how to grow diamonds in a super heated atmosphere. Does this spell...

  • How Nuclear Fusion Keeps the Sun Shining
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    How Nuclear Fusion Keeps the Sun Shining

    5 years ago

    Accepted theory tells us that the sun and other stars maintain there luminescence due to the fusion of hydrogen atoms in various complex chain reactions. Fusion in stars is caused by gravitational contraction,...

  • History and Development of the Atomic Bomb
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    History and Development of the Atomic Bomb

    3 years ago

    From the findings of Madame Currie through to the development of the A-bomb by Oppenheimer et al, the atomic bomb relies on many convergent technologies in order to work at all. The history of its development is...

  • Evolution of Animals and Plants Changed Planet Earth
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    Evolution of Animals and Plants Changed Planet Earth

    5 years ago

    Life has always changed the environment. Given long enough, the whole of the planet can be changed, even by simple bacteria.

  • Geomagnetic Reversal and its Effects
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    Geomagnetic Reversal and its Effects

    2 years ago

    The geomagnetic field of the earth is currently undergoing a reversal. This has added to plenty of chaos, particularly affecting migratory animals and even planes and ships relying on compasses. Aurora are also showing...

  • Origin and Evolution of Black Holes
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    Origin and Evolution of Black Holes

    3 years ago

    Black holes evolve from stars of more than 5 solar masses that run out of fuel and can no longer prevent gravitational collapse. When a star reaches the iron 56 stage, no energy can come from fusion. Lack of radiative...

  • The Danger of Pollution Based Acid Rain
    1

    The Danger of Pollution Based Acid Rain

    4 years ago

    Pollution based acid rain has proven to be a life destroyer. It has ruined whole forests in Europe and threatens food crops. Some countries are terrible offenders in creating this kind of pollution. Among them are China...

  • Influence of Nazi rocket Technology on US space exploration
    5

    Influence of Nazi rocket Technology on US space exploration

    2 years ago

    Our modern rocket system is based not only on Goddard, but also the developments of Nazi rocket research conducted under the control of Werher Von Braun. He was responsible for the V1 and V2 as well as the early stages...

  • Volcanic Winter
    2

    Volcanic Winter

    6 years ago

    It has happened within the context of recorded history and it can happen again. Volcanic winters are reported for 536 AD and 1815 AD. Many super-volcanoes are quite capable of plunging the whole world into a prolonged...

  • How pulsars can affect Planet Earth
    0

    How pulsars can affect Planet Earth

    7 years ago

    Pulsars exist in profusion in the galaxy. Some of them are fairly close to us as far as cosmic distances are concerned. The danger comes from the intense beams that emerge along the magnetic poles. If one of these point...

  • Judging Gay People
    4

    Judging Gay People

    5 years ago

    Gay people are in the news constantly. Much of it is judgmental and some of it rabidly anti-gay such as the third attempt by Uganda to enact "kill the gays" legislation that would give them the legal right to commit...

  • Living in a Flood Zone
    0

    Living in a Flood Zone

    4 years ago

    A huge number of people live in flood zones. Whether on the coast or along a major river, many people go through at least one major flood event in their lives. It can come from a sudden snow melt or and earthquake...

  • Dangers of Human Space Travel to Mars
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    Dangers of Human Space Travel to Mars

    6 years ago

    A space trip to Mars by humanity in the current era is slow, cumbersome and dangerous. Some of the threats include, prolonged isolation, micro-meteoroids, ionizing radiation, space craft systems failure, human error and...

  • The Core, Layers and Mantle of Planet Earth
    0

    The Core, Layers and Mantle of Planet Earth

    6 years ago

    The earth is structured in layers that has been compared to layers in an onion. But in the real case this is not so and this is reflected in the tectonic plates and movements.

  • The Multi-Trillion Dollar Bailout
    2

    The Multi-Trillion Dollar Bailout

    7 years ago

    After the derivative driven sub prime economic collapse, there was a massive bailout to prevent many financial institutions from collapsing. Banks, Insurance companies and corporations "too big to fail" got massive...

  • Nature Controlling Population
    1

    Nature Controlling Population

    7 years ago

    Everything in nature is connected in many ways and collectively operate in a massive feedback loop. As one population increases, so do predators, which serves to keep populations exploding beyond sustainability of the...

  • Privatized Prisons
    2

    Privatized Prisons

    5 years ago

    A new industry is springing up in the US and Canada and that is the private prison. One might ask, "Why would anyone want a privately owned prison?" It turns out that despite the costs, private prisons serve as a pool...

  • Great things to do in Vancouver, Canada
    0

    Great things to do in Vancouver, Canada

    4 years ago

    Vancouver has been described as one of the most scenic and livable regions of the world. Many people who travel there and some who stay will attest to this.

  • How Gravitation Works
    3

    How Gravitation Works

    6 years ago

    There are some ideas about how gravity works. Though general relativity (GR) suggest that in the large scale of the cosmos, gravity works as a feedback loop with mass and energy, it does not work at the quantum level....

  • How Photosynthesis Works
    4

    How Photosynthesis Works

    7 years ago

    Photosynthesis for most plants works from the photoelectric effect on very specific wavelengths. From their, energy is transferred via chemical processes to assemble nutrients and cause growth within plant cells.

  • Properties of Water
    4

    Properties of Water

    7 years ago

    There;s more to water than meets the eye. Water is the basis of life as we know it and plays a crucial role in many biochemical reactions.

  • The Magna Carta Throughout History
    1

    The Magna Carta Throughout History

    23 months ago

    You need to know about this ancient legislation that gave the average person the right for a simple hearing before the courts of the royals. Today we have courts of a different sort, but this does not negate the...

  • The Bible is not Outdated nor Irrelevant
    4

    The Bible is not Outdated nor Irrelevant

    5 years ago

    Dust off that Bible and get some good back up resources like the Emphatic Diaglot, Greek interlinear Bible, a Concordance and a Bible Dictionary and plunge into a study to find hidden treasures in plain sight. When...

  • Defining the Fractal
    1

    Defining the Fractal

    5 years ago

    A fractal is a geometric mapping that results with the merging of real and imaginary numbers that are run in a series of iterations in a calculus or algorithm loop. Though fractal maps are interesting in and of...

  • From Atlantis to the Modern World
    3

    From Atlantis to the Modern World

    3 years ago

    Accumulating evidence points to a high maritime civilization some 12,600 years ago. Then a sudden disaster struck that left its mark around the world and became the substance of myth. There was a sudden ice age...

  • How Sea Levels Rise and Fall on Earth
    2

    How Sea Levels Rise and Fall on Earth

    6 years ago

    There are several causes for the rise and fall of sea levels. Aside from the tides, there is global warming and cooling that directly affects sea level. The strength of the sun, the earth's orbit and the closeness of...

  • Rogue waves Mysterious Ocean Phenomenon
    0

    Rogue waves Mysterious Ocean Phenomenon

    2 years ago

    Rogue waves strike without warning and full understanding of this phenomenon is still being researched. There are some ideas about how they form, but they can destroy a ship at sea without warning.

  • National Security vs Civil Rights
    1

    National Security vs Civil Rights

    6 years ago

    Fear and safety seem to be the main concerns over civil rights today. As we drift more and more to a surveillance society, we are losing more than most people are aware of. Post 9-11, the US has lost far more than it...

  • The Small Space Vegetable Garden
    0

    The Small Space Vegetable Garden

    7 years ago

    Don't have a space for a full garden? There are options available for gardening in limited space, such as raised bed gardens, vertical gardens, container gardens, hydroponics and other ideas.

  • Root Causes of Natural Disasters
    12

    Root Causes of Natural Disasters

    11 months ago

    Natural disasters have basic causes at their source. For weather phenomena, it is the difference between hot and cold air masses. The greater that difference, the more severe and catastrophic the disaster. Climate...

  • Dangerous myths
    6

    Dangerous myths

    5 years ago

    Human minds are filled with all kinds of untested myths. Many ideas come from the major religions of the world that end up putting the followers and others not involved in harms way. Even in these days of science and...

  • Groundbreaking inventions of the 20th century
    0

    Groundbreaking inventions of the 20th century

    7 years ago

    The 20th century saw a large number of ground breaking inventions. Among them are the airplane, the internal combustion engine, the computer, rocket, nuclear power and widespread AC electrical energy. There are others...

  • Sweatshop Company Accountability
    0

    Sweatshop Company Accountability

    10 months ago

    As companies seek to cut costs, go to places where there are few or no regulations so they can pay labor as little as possible. Out of this emerges sweatshops where working conditions are brutal, with people working 15...

  • Running on Ethanol
    2

    Running on Ethanol

    4 years ago

    Ethanol is made primarily from corn and is promoted as a bio-fuel. But there is a cost that is seldom mentioned and that is that many people in the developing world rely on corn as a food staple. More corn being used to...

  • Robots: Possible Take Over of the World
    2

    Robots: Possible Take Over of the World

    2 years ago

    Could robots take over the world? Today, we have remote controlled robots that working in concert with people are doing something akin to a robot takeover, but robots still can't do this on their own. Artificial...

  • Is Freedom Overrated?
    1

    Is Freedom Overrated?

    5 years ago

    Freedom is often misunderstood. Many people think they have freedom, but they neglect to take into account all the necessary things they have to do first before they get freedom. Then there are those who steal the...

  • Mysteries of Discovered Ancient Technology
    16

    Mysteries of Discovered Ancient Technology

    3 years ago

    We take for granted that our technological prowess is unequaled in the sum of history. But this view is wrong. There is an increasing body of discoveries of ancient technology that not only rivals what we do, but in...

  • Energy from nuclear fusion
    0

    Energy from nuclear fusion

    7 years ago

    Nuclear fusion is one of the holy grails of modern technology. The quest is to fuse atoms to release abundant energy without the risk of radioactive wastes such as those of fission reactions. Claims to cold fusion...

  • Transcendentalism and Marxism
    13

    Transcendentalism and Marxism

    11 months ago

    In the 19th century, two philosophies struggled for supremacy. They were Marxism and transcendentalism. Marxism takes a materialist view of the cosmos, while transcendentalism takes a more, what can be called, mystical...

  • Silent Snows
    0

    Silent Snows

    7 years ago

    The winters of yesteryear are still here, but one has to do some travelling to experience them. In the mountains and the far north, the real beauty of the winter season emerges. Based on personal experience, this poem...

  • Tipping Points
    0

    Tipping Points

    4 years ago

    Tipping points are those conditions that are best described as boundaries between two different states. The cosmos exists in various discrete phase states and when conditions are right, changes can occur from one state...

  • Asteroids and their impact on Earth
    1

    Asteroids and their impact on Earth

    4 years ago

    By now we have become aware of the danger that earth faces from asteroids. Earth resides in close orbit with three families of asteroids, the Apollos, the Atens and the Amors. There is yet another curious family that...

  • How rainforests help regulate Earth's Climate and Temperature
    13

    How rainforests help regulate Earth's Climate and Temperature

    6 years ago

    Forests and rain forests in particular help to moderate the climate. They cool the forest floor with shade. They contribute moisture and prevent flooding by containing rainwater so that it does not run off all at once...

  • Insisting upon democracy
    0

    Insisting upon democracy

    7 years ago

    We make demands on others to be democratic and this is often the stated reason for warring against dictators that are not in the interest in democracy. Yet, at home in the US, democratic rights have been steadily eroded...

  • All You Want to Know About Sundogs
    6

    All You Want to Know About Sundogs

    6 years ago

    Sundogs are an interesting and captivating natural phenomenon. Today there is considerable confusion around them primarily due to ignorance. Sundogs are also an inspiration behind may depictions of religious icons such...

  • Sunspots and Their Effect on Earth
    3

    Sunspots and Their Effect on Earth

    4 years ago

    Sunspots have a profound effect on all of the planets. During their presence, all the planets heat up. They are also responsible for aurora on all planets that have magnetic fields. Sunspots generate Coronal Mass...

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