Thursday, August 27, 2015


I'm off to meet my friend Sherry on another gorgeous day. We know each other since childhood, when we played games and life seemed so simple.

Economic games took us on a global roller coaster ride this week, as the markets went up and down and followers tried to figure things out and predict final outcomes. Many claim to know the conspiracy truth behind this game, but to me the hologram brought it to stir things up and deviate from boredom. In this reality, things will always be volatile - it's how they are programmed. At this level of the game - its directive is to allow us to understand what really undermines global economies and more.

Political games still center around Donald Trump. Though I may not like him, I agree with most of what he says. Those reporters were harassing him. His imitation of other political candidates is hilarious. He makes the game more fun. We all like bad-ass power players, who make changes for the better.

Criminal games in the age of the accelerating horrific games of violence - sometimes combined with media - the season finale of "Mr. Robot" scheduled for Wednesday night - was postponed with a messages to the audience explaining that content was similar to events in Virginia yesterday. I'm sure you know that Lee Flanagan killed TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, in Roanoke, Virginia, while Parker was live on air on WDBJ via Ward's camera. Flanagan posted the shootings on social media, then killed himself after a five hour manhunt and car chase.

What is your "game" plan to today?


Most people who read Crystalinks have some degree of clairvoyance and can easily "see" images in their minds. The more you practice, the easier it gets. But what if you couldn't visualize any images at all?

With all of the weird things we are discovering about the mind, and how people perceive reality, we come to a new disorder called Aphantasia, a hypothesized neurological condition where a person does not possess a functioning mind's eye or third eye. The term was first suggested in a 2015 study for a specific kind of visual agnosia. Further studies are being planned. The term was coined by the team led by Prof. Adam Zeman of the University of Exeter Medical School.

  Aphantasia: A life without mental images   BBC - August 26, 2015
Close your eyes and imagine walking along a sandy beach and then gazing over the horizon as the Sun rises. How clear is the image that springs to mind? Most people can readily conjure images inside their head - known as their mind's eye. But this year scientists have described a condition, aphantasia, in which some people are unable to visualize mental images.

Niel Kenmuir, from Lancaster, has always had a blind mind's eye. He knew he was different even in childhood. "My stepfather, when I couldn't sleep, told me to count sheep, and he explained what he meant, I tried to do it and I couldn't," he says. "I couldn't see any sheep jumping over fences, there was nothing to count." Our memories are often tied up in images, think back to a wedding or first day at school. As a result, Niel admits, some aspects of his memory are "terrible", but he is very good at remembering facts. And, like others with aphantasia, he struggles to recognize faces. Yet he does not see aphantasia as a disability, but simply a different way of experiencing life. Take the aphantasia test ....