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Have a Heart? What Does Craig Lewis’ Story Mean to the Rest of Us?

Amazing, but at the end of the day a muscle...

If you haven’t heard, Craig Lewis is the man who was doomed to die in mere hours.  Scientists were eager to use him as a guinea pig to debut a new device that is able to simulate the doings of the human heart to the point that Craig was able to live on.  Sounds like a great story at first glance?  Well, you know what?  It is a great story.  However, the reason it is generating so much buzz is a misconception that human beings have that is thrust into our consciousness from a very young age.  See, humans are misled as to what the heart is and what it does.

The human heart is a powerful muscle that is the primary vehicle for sustaining life.  It’s powerful contractions pump blood throughout our bodies, delivering a precious lifeline that is normally irreplaceable.  However, humans, as is their wont, attach a lot of extra qualities to the heart, which affect our definition of what the heart is and what it does to great degrees.

From early in our lives, we are impregnated with the idea that the heart takes on much more of a social responsibility than it really does.  Think of all the sayings you know… Matter of the heart.  His heart wasn’t in it.  Follow your heart.  You have my heart.  The true heart of the matter, so to speak, is that the heart is not what we are predisposed to think it is.

The true human heart is a muscle that helps pump blood throughout our bodies.  No matter how romantic the possibility that the heart takes on some kind of soul-ish reverence is, the fact remains.  The heart pumps blood.  The heart dies, you die.  But Craig Lewis is challenging this belief, because scientists were able to implant a machine that was able to provide all of the duties of a human heart artificially.  While this is a medical marvel that should be recognized, the reason it is creating such a buzz is because of all the extra attachments people put on the heart.  They hear that Craig Lewis has a machine that is successfully pumping blood throughout his body, just as a healthy human heart would, and they wonder.  What about his soul?  What about love?  What about…

The attachments that humans make to the heart are not ill-founded.  They are just simply misplaced.  It is the human brain where the soul lies.  Our personalities, our choices, our ability to reason, and our ability to ascertain

They print them on little heart-shaped sugar things, but in reality, they should be dumpling noodle-looking brain things.

the real world for what it is is what makes the “soul.”  The heart pumps blood to the brain, and therefore, without the heart, the brain, or “soul” if you will, could not exist.  So, you see, the story of Craig Lewis is amazing in its own right, not because his heart was replaced, but because it’s possible.  Sure, Craig doesn’t have a pulse.  Why would he?  He doesn’t have a heart.  However, his brain is still intact.  He still knows what his favorite color is and what kind of ice cream he likes best.  That is because Craig Lewis was a person, an entity, a soul if you will, and like an electronic device you plug in a wall, Craig can do any number of things as long as he has power.  And in this case, power comes from blood, which comes from the heart.

Craig Lewis is just as capable of loving another human being as ever, despite not having a heart.  Why?  Because he has a soul.  However, the scientific implications are very exciting.

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Does Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby Blue Ivy’s Name Mean Lucifer’s Daughter?

There are better reasons for choosing the name Blue Ivy than a Satanic lovefest.

As our readers know, Common Sense Conspiracy is a conspiracy-driven site, but we also do our part to dispel rogue theories that get propagated around the internet at a lightning-fast clip.  One such story revolves around the much-awaited arrival of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first child, whom they rather unconventionally named Blue Ivy.  Now, unconventional baby names are nothing new in celebrity circles, and honestly, Blue Ivy is rather tame compared to some others.  After all, Jermaine Jackson did have the audacity to name his son Jermajesty.  Gwyneth Paltrow made waves by naming her child Apple, keeping it organic.  The list goes on and on.  In any case, the name quickly raised eyebrows on the net, with a certain faction spreading the rumor that the name was chosen to represent “Lucifer’s Daughter.”

Now, that may seem like a really outlandish theory at first glance, but Jay-Z and Beyonce are famous (or infamous) for theories that they are either Illuminati members, devil-worshipers, or possibly both.  There are countless stories about backward messages and symbolism in music videos relating to this pop culture power couple.  So, it was only a matter of time before some enterprising conspiracy theorist sought to go after this latest development.  The concept revolves around taking Blue Ivy and spelling it backward, which comes out to “Eulb Yvi.”  According to the theory and the mass internet campaign of Tweets and Facebook statuses, this phrase in Latin returns us with “Lucifer’s Daughter.”

Here’s the reality, folks.  Eulb Yvi, fed into one of the many Latin translators on the web, comes out to, well, nothing at all.  It is not Latin.  It has no Latin translation.  In fact, it is gibberish where Latin, or English for that matter, is concerned.  Sometimes it is what it is, as we like to say, and in this case, this rumor spreading like wildfire is nothing more than a hoax.  While no one but the beaming parents know the real reason behind the name selection, a little Beyonce and Jay-Z history might clear things up.  First of all, many Beyonce fans think that Ivy comes from “IV,” or the Roman numeral for 4.  Both Jay-Z and Beyonce were born on the fourth day of the month, and Beyonce recently released an album simply title “Four.”  And what about the Blue?  Jay-Z has publicly admitted his affection for the color, and he used the term Blueprint in more than one album title.

Additionally, there is a new rumor going around that Oprah Winfrey is the godmother of Blue Ivy.  Oprah Winfrey’s people have already responding saying that they know nothing of this.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey was winging away to South Africa when baby Blue was born and was not involved in the affair at all.

Sometimes it is what it is.  Everyone’s looking for a scoop and a big story, even if they have to make up the details.  Fortunately, Common Sense Conspiracy is looking out for you.

Put Your Solar Storm Fears to Rest — A Look at the Mechanics Behind this Natural Phenomenon

Solar flares can disrupt some of our modern conveniences, but it is hardly anything to go in your nuclear shelter over.

Yes, the sun is currently “heating up,” as it were, with solar storms rising to activity not seen since 2006.  And, yes, the sun emitted a solar flare so powerful that we, as humans, can hardly comprehend it.  This solar flare is sending tons of radiation Earth’s way, and there has been a lot of chatter both in the media and online about the possible effects.  This article is written on Tuesday night, after the radiation was supposed to have already done whatever it is going to do.  For the average person, the effects were minimal at best.  However, the typical fear mongering has begun and many people are concerned about what this means, especially with so many apocalyptic 2012 theories hanging in the balance.  As our loyal readers know, Common Sense Conspiracy constantly monitors situations like this and tries to bring a dose of, well, common sense to the situation.  In this particular event, the problem is that the common sense is not so common.

The average person knows little about the workings of the sun and how it interacts with the Earth.  We know the important stuff, like daylight and nighttime, summer and winter, and to pack plenty of sunscreen when you go to the beach.  However, the sun is much more complicated than that.  The solar storms that we are currently experiencing may be quite strong, but the reality is that the sun works in cycles.  The sun goes through periods that have been roughly estimated to eleven years in length.  During these eleven-year cycles, the sun goes from fairly peaceful (for a giant fireball, anyway) to increasingly more turbulent.  It reaches a peak and then tapers off until it returns to its resting state.  Then the whole process starts again.  This process usually runs eleven years and is fairly predictable.  Why does it run eleven years?  I don’t think even Michio Kaku can answer that one.  But it does, and it has for as long as it has been recorded.

The last solar cycle ended in 2010.  That means that two years ago, the sun came down its slope and leveled out, leading to a fairly calm corona for a short time.  Now, the sun has entered another solar cycle, one it is now two years into, and it is starting to go into the period of its cycle where activity increases.  These solar storms, flares, and radiation will only increase steadily until the median point, around 2006 or 2007, when the sun will start to taper off and move toward the end of another cycle.  This process repeats, and has repeated, as far as scientists can tell, for billions of years.

Eleven years is a long time.  Longer than a decade even.  It is enough time for people to forget about solar cycles.  Remember, when the sun reaches its peak of activity in a few years, it will be eleven years from that point before it happens again.  So, it is only natural that it brings with it some fear-mongering, despite being a perfectly natural occurrence.

Amateur radio operators are very familiar with the solar cycle.  The 10-meter ham radio band is borderline on useless during the dormant periods of the solar cycle.  However, at its peak, the 10-meter band can propagate radio signals around the world at almost any time of day.  That’s why hams that enjoy 10-meters usually have other bands to jump to when the solar cycle slows down.  You can rest assured there is an army of 10-meter ham radio enthusiasts very excited as the sun gets kicking and they will enjoy a few years of a hot ionosphere to bounce their radio signals off of again.

While there is some potential for disruption of satellites during these storms and flares, it will not be a global catastrophe.  At best, you might not be able to check your email or text your wife on your phone for a few minutes.

Now that’s what I call an apocalypse…

Sometimes It Is What It Is

This particular area of Common Sense Conspiracy is reserved for special commentaries we have which we file under the general topic of “Sometimes It Is What It Is.”

Part of the mission of this site is to help people interested in conspiracy theories get a look at some real theories without some of the countless ones out there that are really stretching the facts.

Sometimes things happen where no matter how hard we want to, there just simply isn’t a conspiracy.  Sometimes it really did happen the way they said it did.  Sometimes there’s no method to the madness; people do crazy things.  A good example of this is the recent shootings in Norway.  Conspiracy websites were spinning webs about this for weeks, but when it all comes down, at the end of the day, one crazy guy decided to shoot a bunch of people.  No conspiracy, no cover-up, no space invasion from aliens from Neptune.

Sometimes it is what it is.  And when this is the case, look here for Common Sense Conspiracy to show you the way.