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| Mohinders Büro
Mohinder's office is the home to clues.
|Erste Erwähnung: ||July 30, 2007 |
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Scientists are fascinated by puzzles, and I am no exception. I have been known to spend hours on a drizzly Sunday morning, much to my wife's frustration indulging in the most elegant puzzle yet designed by man: the New York Times crossword. There is lyricism in the way words stack and fall upon one another and in the small, elusive clues that gently prod like a teacher coaxing an answer from a faltering student. Most assume that a vast vocabulary is necessary to defeat these difficult puzzles, but the clues, as they are in the greater puzzles of life, are no literal they are figurative. And figurative clues require not a vast vocabulary, although that does help, but a vast imagination.
Just as imagination is the key to unlock the secrets of the Sunday crossword puzzle, it is also the key to unlock the riddles of science, of the cosmos, of mankind, of the future. The idea of "cold, hard Science" is an illusion, for science is neither "cold" nor "hard". Those are attributes that we apply to things that frighten or repel us, things we don't understand. In fact, science is beauty, a way to get at truth, and to get at truth one must be willing to see every angle of every puzzle, which requires a great and deep imagination. Our physical senses, while providing our only connection to the world around us, also limit our everyday perception, and we must work to remove these limits if we are to seek, with total, fearless honesty, the truth of what is to come.
I had considered calling this book "Activating Imagination," but ultimately felt this title would mislead more than it would enlighten. Yet, as I write these words from my office at Chennai Universität, I wonder if I made the right choice. After all, this book asks much of its readers, starting with a willingness to accept things he or she may find alien or possibly even heretical, things that require an active and engaged imagination. Those that possess this important trait may come to believe, as I have, that the human species is at the very dawn of an evolutionary renaissance, a word that I do not use lightly. "Renaissance" literally means "rebirth" and that is exactly what is now at hand.
My work with the Humangenomprojekt has uncovered the fact that tiny variations in our species' genetic code are taking place at an increasingly rapid rate. This should come as no surprise. So-called evolution is just that evolving. It is an ongoing process with no beginning and no end. As the world around us changes due to technology, shifts in environmental patterns, overcrowded living conditions, war, disease, and hundreds of other seen and unseen factors, mankind reacts and mankind changes.
Currently, mankind uses less than a tenth of his Gehirn power; there are even those who believe that we use much less than that. And though the human brain is the most remarkable mechanism we know of on earth, it is still highly inefficient and can only interpret the most obvious and base of senses, sight, smell sound, passion, fear. But add a mere two additional neural pathways and the brain could interpret wavelengths at a frequency a thousand times greater than our current capacity, giving us the Fähigkeit to hear each others' thoughts.
What else could the human and body achieve with the subtlest changes in biochemistry? Teleportation, levitation, instantaneous tissue regeneration, Vorhersehung, Telekinese, and even Unsichtbarkeit are well within the realm of possibility. Could it even be happening already?
I believe that it is.
Some may find this proposition ridiculous, others may find it terrifying, but it is my hope that you will find it thrilling for I believe, with all my imagination, that we are standing on the very threshold of true human potential.
- Chandra Suresh, Chennai Universität, 1993
STRUGGLE FOR LIFE MOST SEVERE BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS AND VARIETIES OF THE SAME SPECIES.
As the species of the same genus usually have, though by no means invariably, much similarity in habits and constitution, and always in structure, the struggle will generally be more severe between them, if they come into competition with each other, than between the species of distinct genera.
We see this in the recent extension over parts of the United States of one species of swallow having caused the decrease of another species. The recent increase of the mistle-thrush in parts of Scotland has caused the decreased of the song-thrush. How frequently we hear of one species of rat taking the place of another species under the most different climates! In Russia the small Asiatic Kakerlake has everywhere driven before it its great congener. In Australia the imported hive-bee is rapidly exterminating the small, stingless native bee. One species of charlock has been known to supplant another species; and so in other cases. We can dimly see why the competition should be most severe between allied forms, which fill nearly the same place in the economy of nature; but probably in no one case could we precisely say why one species has been victorious over another in the great battle of life.
A corollary of the highest importance may be deduced from the foregoing remarks, namely, that the structure of every organic being is related, in the most essential yet often hidden manner, to that of all other organic beings, with which it comes into competition for food or residence, or from which it has to escape, or on which it preys. This is obvious in the structure of the teeth and talons of the tiger; and in that of the legs and claws of the parasite which clings to the hair on the tiger's body. But in the beautifully plumed seed of the dandelion, and in the flattened and fringed legs of the water-beetle, the relation seems at first confined to the elements of air and water. Yet the advantage of the plumed seeds no doubt stands in the closest relation to the land being already thickly clothed with other plants; so that the seeds may be widely distributed and fall on unoccupied ground. In the water-beetle, the structure of its legs, so well adapted for diving, allows it to compete with other aquatic insects, to hunt for its own prey, and to escape serving as prey to other animals.
Our ignorance of the laws of variation is profound. Not in one case out of a hundred can we pretend to assign any reason why this or that part differs, more or less, from the same part in the parents. But whenever we have the means of instituting a comparison, the same laws appear to have acted in producing the lesser differences between varieties of the same species, and the greater differences between species of the same genus. The external conditions of life, as climate and food, etc. seem to have induced some slight modifications. Habit in producing constitutional differences, and use in strengthening, and disuse in weakening and diminishing organs, seem to have been more potent in their effects. Homologous parts tend to vary in the same way, and homologous parts tend to cohere. Modifications in hard parts and in external parts sometimes affect softer and internal parts. When one part is largely developed, perhaps it tends to draw nourishment from the adjoining parts; and every part of the structure which can be saved without detriment to the individual, will be saved. Changes of structure at an early age will generally affect parts subsequently developed; and there are many other correlations of growth, the nature of which we are utterly unable to understand. Multiple parts are variable in number and in structure, perhaps arising from such parts not having been closely specialized to any particular function, so that their modifications have not been closely checked by natural selection. It is probably from this same cause that organis beings low in the scale of nature are more variable than those which have their whole organisation more specialized, and are higher in the scale. Rudimentary organs, from being useless, will be disregarded by natural selection, and hence probably are variable. Specific characters that is, the characters which have come to differ since the several species of the same genus branched off from a common parent are more variable than generic characters, or those which have long been inherited, and have not differed within this same period. In these remarks we have referred to special parts or organis being still variable, because they have recently varied and thus come to differ; but we have also seen in the second Chapter that the same principle applies to the whole individual; for in a district where many species of any genus are found that is, where there has been much former variation and differentiation, or where the manufactory of new specific forms has been actively at work there, on an average, we now find most varieties or incipient species.
As this whole volume is one long argument, it may be convenient to the reader to have the leading facts and inferences briefly recapitulated.
That many and grave objections may be advanced against the theory of descent with modification through natural selection, I do not deny. I have endeavoured to give to them their full force. Nothing at first can appear more difficult to believe than that the more complex organs and instincts should have been perfected not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason, but by the accumulation of innumerable slight variations, each good for the individual possessor. Nevertheless, this difficulty, though appearing to our imagination inseperably great, cannot be considered real if we admit the following propositions, namely, -- that gradations in the perfection of any organ or instinct, which we may consider, either do now exist or could have existed, each good or its kind, -- that all organs and instincts are, in ever so slight a degree, variable, -- and, lastly, that there is a struggle for existence leading to the preservation of each profitable deviation of structure or instinct. The truth of these propositions cannot, I think, be disputed.
It is, no doubt, extremely difficult even to conjecture by what gradations many structures have been perfected, more especially amongst broken and failing groups of organis beings; but we see so many strange gradations in nature, as is proclaimed by the canon, "Natura non facit saltum", that we ought to be extremely cautious in saying that any organ or instinct, or any whole being, could not have arrived at its present state by many graduated steps. There are, it must be admitted, cases of special difficulty on the theory of natural selection; and one of the most curious of these is the existence of two or three defined castes of workers or sterile females in the same community of ants but I have attempted to show how this difficulty can be mastered. With respect to the almost universal sterility of species when first crossed, which forms so remarkable a contrast with the almost universal fertility of varieties when crossed, I must refer the reader to the recapitulation of the facts given at the end of the eighth chapter, which seem to me conclusively to show that this sterility is no more a special endowment than is the incapacity of two trees to be grafted together, but that it is incidental on constitutional differences in the reproductive systems of the intercrossed species. We see the truth of this conclusion in the vast difference in the result, when the same two species are crossed reciprocally; that is, when one species is first used as the father and then as the mother.
Human Potential by T.L. Stein
"We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources" William James (1908)
A perfunctory observation of the human race will reveal a broad range of achievement in a range of typical human activities. There are those that excel and there are those that merely pass muster. An inquiring mind will demand to know: how are these people difference? What marks out people who rank amongst the elite? Do we all start with the same potential? If so why do some express it while others languish in mediocrity?
It is a popular and well-remarked fact that we only use a tenth of our potential Gehirn resources. Surely this implies that the rest is there to be unlocked for those of us that have the will. But what if, as I stipulate, we are not only limited to one tenth of our mental potential but also limited to one tenth of our physical potential?
We ask ourselves what efforts must one go to in order to unlock our potential? There are many reports of people who managed seemingly super-human feats when under duress. A soldier that lifts an armoured car when he fears his compatriots are trapped underneath. A mother who runs into a burning building to save her child and returns from the searing heat unscathed. Tales such as these suggests moments of extreme duress can bring out these abilities in otherwise ordinary people. For others such as world class athletes or the greatest scientific minds the potential is only met through rigorous training and dedication.
The rest of my book contains a number of anecdotes from ordinary people who have seemingly managed to unleash the extremes of human potential and my scientific studies into the route source of their Fähigkeiten.
A newspaper is placed on a side-table, next to a chair. The paper reads:
SHOCK DEATH OF VISITING PROFESSOR
The body of Professor Chandra Suresh was discovered in a taxi cab in a side street last week. The NYPD are treating the death as suspicious but has yet to launch a full murder enquiry. Professor Suresh is a member of the faculty of biological sciences at Chennai University in India. He was in New York on sabbatical. According to his agent he was promoting his book "Activating Evolution" and researching for the second edition.
A spokesperson for Chennai University described Chandra as "A brilliant and dedicated researcher, a popular tutor and a passionate, if sometimes controversial scientist. The scientific community will sorely miss him."
Note that the newspaper also has an advertisement for Grey & Sons.
A newspaper is placed on a side-table, next to a chair (upon which is a 9th Wonders! comic). The paper reads:
EXHIBITION BY NEW YORK ARTIST
Talented New York artist Isaac Mendez will be opening an exhibition of his own work this weekend at the Deveaux Gallery. An invitation-only preview evening will be held this Friday before opening to the public on Saturday.
Isaac (28) describes his work as "a combination of fine art, illustration and graphic design." Isaac lives and works in his loft apartment in Manhattan, he tells the Telegraph that sleeping in his studio helps his creative process "You never know when inspiration is going to hit. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night because I have a great..."
The rest of the article is cut off.
On September 19, 2007, the article was updated. The paper now reads:
CHEERLEADER MURDERED IN ODESSA
Jackie Wilcox (16) was killed last night at Odessa High, in the run-up to homecoming. Although the police have yet to release full details they have confirmed that this is a murder investigation.
Scene reports suggest that a friend of Jackie's was also at the scene and that she seems unharmed from the ordeal and that a white male in his twenties or thirties has been taken in by police, though they have not yet publically announced whether he is a suspect or a witness.
Although scene reports are sketchy, it has been suggested that the m.o.
The rest of the article is cut off.
On October 17, 2007, the article was updated again. It now reads:
NYPD officer Pete Baker has got in touch with the Telegraph about a spate of pick-pocket activity in Central Park West. Officer Baker tells residents to "keep valuables close, money in zipped-up pockets and hang on to your bad and any loose items." Victims of the thieves have said that they felt their belongings being roughly pulled from them but when the turned to see who was attempting to rob them there was no-one there. Officer Baker says "the boys back a the precinct are joking about an invisible man, though in truth I suspect it is a group of professional thieves who have learned how to blend in with the New York commuter rush". Any readers with any information are encourage to
The rest of the article is cut off.
A tape can be placed inside the answering machine, and it will play some messages. The first message that was added was from Nathan Petrelli:
- "Hi, I'm Nathan Petrelli. It would be an honor to represent New York's 14th district. When the time comes, vote Petrelli."
Second, Sylars Nachricht in its entirety was added.
On August 29, 2007, the tape was updated, with a message for Mohinder Suresh from his boss at the taxi service.
- "Suresh Mohinder? You haven't taken a cab for a week. We agreed 30 hours and you're under quota. If you're ill we need a certificate. If I don't see you in the next 48 hours then I'm assuming you've resigned. Have a nice day."
On September 26, 2007, the tape was updated again, this time with a message from Mr. Bennet.
- "Mr. Suresh? Bennet, returning your call. I'll phone again if I don't find you first."
On October 3, 2007, there was another message left by Nathan Petrelli.
- "Hello Mohinder, Nathan speaking. I hope you realise what an important time this is for me and how, undesirable, it would be if some of the things you know became common knowledge. With this in mind I've arranged for a research grant in the region of $10,000 to find its way to you. Oh, and, vote Petrelli."
On October 24, 2007, a message was left by Mohinder's landlord.
- "Mr. Suresh, you're late on your rent again. Even-up by Monday or I'm changing the locks."
Mohinder's First Entry
In recent days, a seemingly random group of individuals has emerged with what only can be described as "special" Fähigkeiten. Although unaware of it now, these individuals will not only save the world, but change it forever. This transformation from ordinary to extraordinary will not occur overnight. Every story has a beginning.
My story began when the Tod of my father brought me here, to his apartment in Brooklyn. I knew that I was going to have to look through my father's Forschungen to continue his quest. I might find important clues anywhere so I decided I would leave no stone unturned. My father's laptop and die Karte on the wall seemed like the best places to start.
Mohinder's Second Entry
I'd come to realise that my father was no armchair theorist. He was finding these people. He was taking a great risk doing what he thought was right and the Forschungen notes are the fruit of his labour. I decided to start by adding my own findings into these files to safeguard against the possibility that I too may face my father's fate.
Mohinder's Third Entry
My quest took me deeper and deeper into my father's work. I even found myself re-reading his book. I was beginning to wonder if this quest of mine was consuming me, was my destiny to end up just like my father?
Mohinder's Fourth Entry
When I decided to continue to add to my father's Forschungen notes I imagined them building up as I added each new piece of acquired knowledge. Yet now, after only a couple of weeks, I realise that I will be spending much of my time editing them as I learn more about the individuals that I've already documented. The true nature of some powers only becomes clear over time. Now rather than looking forward to the research notes building, I'm dreading the albatross that I've born to wear around my neck.
Mohinder's Fifth Entry
Although I'd only been in the apartment for a matter of weeks it had started to feel like home, but every now and then I'm surprised by something unexpected that reminded me that my father lived there not so long ago. Only the day before I had found a copy of Origin of Species on the bookshelf which I'm sure must've been the 1st edition that Eden said she bought for my father. Darwin's theories are a subject that was close to the hearts of both my father and myself, perhaps one of the few things we ever agreed on.
Mohinder's Sixth Entry
I'd been trying to work with my father's methods because he clearly had a plan but I wasn't sure what he was ultimately hoping to find. The pins in die Karte seemed to relate to the occurrences of weiterentwickelte Menschen using their Fähigkeiten. I'd been using my father's system of placing pins where I believed this has been happening. Perhaps my father was expecting a pattern to appear out of the chaos?
Mohinder's Seventh Entry
Sylar continued to be a mystery and I was apprehensive about discovering how my father was involved in his story but I'd put my qualms aside and started documenting what I knew in the research notes.
Mohinder's Eighth Entry
Burying myself in my father's research had the side-effect of burying me in his life too. And in this way I reconnected with my old life but now things were different now I was the renegade and the crackpot. I really was my father's son.
Mohinder's Ninth Entry
I added another pin to die Karte, another weiterentwickelter Mensch to the research notes. I wasn't sure what I was achieving, if anything, but I kept going hoping that my destiny would find me, even if I couldn't find my destiny.
Mohinder's Tenth Entry
My experiences in India had given me renewed enthusiasm for my quest and this new attitude had almost immediate rewards. Suddenly I was finding weiterentwickelte Menschen everywhere I looked and my phone didn't stop ringing.
Mohinder's Eleventh Entry
Things started to get dangerous. Now those warnings didn't sound so empty as people I knew revealed truths that I couldn't have suspected. And for the first time I had to make an entry in the research notes that filled me with sadness rather than joy.
Mohinder's Twelth Entry
By now it was obvious that my work was of more than merely academic interest. The knowledge I had collected could change the world for the better or worse and now I was beginning to encounter parties who were resistant to this change to say the least. Now when the phone rang I didn't know whether it was going to be a call for help or a threat intended to stop me from continuing my work.
Mohinder's Thirteenth Entry
My work continued as I added more information to the research notes and added another pin to die Karte I began to suspect that if my life felt calm it was because I was in the eye of the storm.
Mohinder's Fourteenth Entry
I felt a definite escalation in events as I established contact with more and more evolved humans. Even the newspaper reports seemed to have extra meaning for me as I read between the lines. Something big was about to happen I could feel the pull of destingy more strongly than ever.
Mohinder's Fifteenth Entry
Just as I was riding high on the crest of destiny I was hit with the irony of the mundane as everyday life invaded. Now the phone that had been the source of revelations that could change the world, presented me with demands of the banal.
Mohinder's Sixteenth Entry
I knew the time would come when I would be tested, when I would have to face my father's legacy in its entirety and that time would be soon. I hoped something in my research would help me to be prepared, so I checked the reasearch notes and the map for any indication of the challenges that may be coming.
Mohinder's Seventeenth Entry
Curare, is that the best I could come up with? When my father told me a scientist had to be cold and unfeeling, he said that I wasn't that man. Perhaps he was right, perhap that's why things turned out the way they did or maybe it was providence again? Perhaps my destiny is not yet manifest.
On the laptop, there is a distinctive background picture of das Symbol. A USB flash drive can be found in Mohinder's iguana tank. Adding the UFD to the laptop accesses a secret screensaver. There are also e-mails from Bridget Bailey available.
Accessed via the desk's file drawer, the research notes contain basic information about each evolved human shown on the series. Das Symbol is seen in the bottom right corner of the file.
- On September 19, 2007, a business card for Gray and Sons was added and placed on the table.
- On September 26, 2007, this was replaced by a Primatech Paper business card with an access code(8542-9-24) on the back.
- On October 3, 2007, the business card was replaced with Nathan's election flyer and a polling card.
- On October 10, 2007, these were removed and not replaced.