Posted in November 2008

Structures of the Cosmos

Just watched George Smoot on the Design of the Universe. If you haven’t seen this yet, definitely check it out. To sum it up, Smoot has used super computers to create incredible simulations of the universe. We have enough data now, and our computers are just powerful enough to begin to generate awe-inspiring cosmologies. Just … Continue reading

Arthur C. Clarke’s Three Laws

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable … Continue reading

Space-Age Religions

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke It’s a curious situation– mars has abundant evidence that life did at one point exist, so what happens when we find it? Whether it is a living microbe or fossilized remains, what would this do for religion, culture, civilization? In this solar system, … Continue reading

The Great Doubt

 “…when the perceptual capacity to discriminate very fine changes in moments of consciousness is developed, regression in service of the ego has become transmuted to inspection in search of the ego. A period characterized by the subjective experience of dissolution is entered where traditionally solid aspects of the personality begin to break up, leaving the … Continue reading

In My Own Way

I’m reading Watts’ autobiography. I’ve been browsing it, really, picking out a chapter here and there. In the beginning of the book, he recommends that we take a free-flowing attitude, because there is no linear story in the words. So far, here are some things I have picked up while floating down his “way.” I’ll … Continue reading

Star Trek, anyone?

The trailer is out. What do you think? It seems like a space opera to me, but this could be good for the series. We’ll see, come May 9th. Star Trek Trailer (Bootleg)

“Big Hips = Big Brains?”

A new article I just found on Digg: Intelligent Humans Evolved Because of Big-Hipped Ancestors. It’s interesting, but I think it’s also a little misleading. Why? Because our intelligence certainly has more to do with a few variables than merely big hips. In fact, I am certain there are a number of different converging variables … Continue reading

Reading List

Just took these out of the library: In My Own Way is a nice look into the mind of Watts. It’s interesting to see how he was raised, compared to myself and my friends of todays. He even mentions a philosopher professor who actually believed in pre-determinism. On the other hand, their cafeteria was full … Continue reading