The indivisble UNIVERSE

6 12 2016

“The earth is one household, and we’re not treating it that way.” – David Bohm

 

 

Paul Howard (Imagine Films, Ireland) and David Peat (Bohm’s former colleague and biographer) are working on a 90-minute feature documentary on the Life and Ideas of David Bohm titled Infinite Potential.  They hope to premiere the documentary in the latter part of the Bohm centennial celebrations in 2017, which also happens to be the 25th anniversary of Bohm’s death. Imagine Films Ireland have raised 75% of the film’s budget. They are now looking for the final 25% of funding and welcome donations from individuals and organisations. 

Click here for more info on the documentary.

 





PachaMama rising: HUMANO

7 08 2016

“At first they couldn’t speak to her, she had forgotten her own language… having spent 10 years on another planet, or six months on this Earth, as per our concept of space and time. Suddenly, it all came back to her. She spoke about a magical world, where people lived in harmony, and anything you wanted became real. It helps knowing that other ways of life also exist.” – Alan Stivelman (in Humano)

http://wp.me/sGFWl-home





Imagination: in part? no, in whole

7 07 2015

“If (man) thinks of the totality as constituted of independent fragments, then that is how his mind will tend to operate, but if he can include everything coherently and harmoniously in an overall whole that is undivided, unbroken, and without a border then his mind will tend to move in a similar way, and from this will flow an orderly action within the whole.” – D. Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order

Meet the extraordinary team TROTBOT: http://www.teamtrotbot.com/

 

 





Connecting with our environment through gratitude

18 05 2015

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Art work made by Bella (age 8) in an activity organised by artist and physicist, Geraldine Cox, at St James Junior School (London) as part of our school-wide celebration of the Universe Story.

Here is a link to a recent TED talk & blog post by Geraldinehttps://youtu.be/xkk3CPPFAnY

http://www.findingpatterns.info/journal/2015/4/13/14-billion-five-and-a-half.html





Heroes of Kings Cross

3 03 2015

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Global Generation have developed land-based activities and the metaphors of ecological and cosmic processes to support building community between each other and the natural world. They work with local young people, businesses and families in King’s Cross as well as at a campsite in Wiltshire. They developed a methodology based around the three territories of ‘I, We and the Planet’ providing space for people to increase awareness of self, to connect to each other and to connect to the natural world. There are many different ways that you can get involved, whether it be volunteering, doing an internship, visiting the garden, eating at the cafe, hiring out the space for your own party or coming to one of our events. For more information, see here: http://www.globalgeneration.org.uk/ Contact generate@globalgeneration.org.uk

They also created a website to support wider outreach work with schools and other adults who want to learn about how to teach the “story of our universe” to young people as a catalyst for positive environmental and social change.

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http://www.universestory.org.uk/





RELATIVITY: The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once (albert einstein)

2 03 2015

“We shed as we pick up, like travelers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language. Ancient cures for diseases will reveal themselves once more. Mathematical discoveries glimpsed and lost to view will have their time again.”― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

“Time will warp and confuse and baffle and entertain however much we learn about its capacities. But the more we learn, the more we can shape it to our will and destiny. We can slow it down or speed it up. We can hold on to the past more securely and predict the future more accurately. Mental time-travel is one of the greatest gifts of the mind. It makes us human, and it makes us special.” –  Claudia Hammond

 

 





RELATIVITY: consciousness & the universe

22 02 2015

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http://www.ft.com/life-arts/shrink-sage  or http://www.shrinkandsage.com/

 

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The artists in painting order:

Julia (14 billion & 4 years old) : “Eye of God”
Jacamo (14 billion & 7.5 years old ): “Crab”
Philomena (14 billion & 8 years old): “Butterfly”
Esme (14 billion & 8 years old): “Pillars of Creation”
Florence (14 billion & 6 years old): “Wispy Star”
Billy Rose (14 billion & 6 years old): “I invented my own nebula”
Luna (14 billion & 6 years old): “Sombrero”




A Sense of Wholeness

6 11 2014

 

 

breakoff effect

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036887/out-of-this-world-the-mysterious-mental-side-effects-of-traveling-into-space





RELATIVITY: Building up our world view

6 09 2014

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Relativity: Flying microscopes

24 08 2014

“Mummy, there are lots of things that are invisible–not just in pretend.” – Luna

 





Consciousness: Dislocation of Our Time

20 08 2014

New York Times: Why Our Monuments Matter

Nikos Konstandaras
ATHENS —
“It was only natural that the Acropolis inspired some introspection in Freud. His whole frame of reference, like the tale of Oedipus, was ancient Greece and its myths, archetypes and tragedies. As he himself liked to observe, Freud excavated like an archaeologist through layers of consciousness, pursuing the secrets of the mind; he changed the way we see ourselves. Face to face with the marble evidence of the ancient world, he looked back into himself….”

“….The great dislocation of our time indicates just how frail our monuments, our books, our thoughts and principles can be. Still, they exist — and they are our guide and our shield. But if our symbols are lost, we will be no better than ignorant armies riding pickup trucks through the endless dust, where canals, dried and gone, once made the desert bloom.”

[Nikos Konstandaras is the managing editor and a columnist at the newspaper Kathimerini.]

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What is REAL? asked the Rabbit

8 06 2014
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“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room.
 
“Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
 
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
 
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
 
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
 
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
 
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
– The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, Illustrated by William Nicholson
 
 
“If we cannot distinguish between a simulated and real Universe, then the question of living in a simulation is moot: this reality is ours, and it’s all we have.” – Mathew Francis
 
 
aeon is this life real
 
http://aeon.co/magazine/nature-and-cosmos/can-we-tell-if-reality-is-a-computer-simulation/
 

 





Time present and time past: keep me traveling along with you

5 06 2014
 
“Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality.”
― Immanuel Kant
 
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
– T.S. Eliot
 

 

 





Notes & Neurons: In search of the common chorus

3 06 2014




The Drake Equation

31 05 2014
 
Luna –  Mummy is ET real or not real?
Mummy – Not real. This is fiction.
Luna – I know all about about fiction and non-fiction. You know how I know that? because books are like that in the library… But does fiction mean not true at all–that none of it is true? or just a little bit not true? like when Elliot feels what ET feels ? 

In 1961, University of California, Santa Cruz, astronomer and astrophysicist Dr Frank Drake devised the Drake Equation. This controversial equation multiplied estimates of the following terms together:

The rate of formation of suitable stars.
The fraction of those stars which are orbited by planets.
The number of Earth-like worlds per planetary system.
The fraction of planets where intelligent life develops.
The fraction of possible communicative planets.
The “lifetime” of possible communicative civilisations.

Although the Drake equation currently involves speculation about unmeasured parameters, it was not meant to be science but rather intended as a way to stimulate dialogue on these topics. Then the focus becomes how to proceed experimentally. Drake used the equation to estimate that there are approximately 10,000 planets in the Milky Way galaxy containing intelligent life with the possible capability of communicating with Earth.

 





Beauty is when the physicist and the artist come together in a dance

28 05 2014

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Poems about Light
Blyth Gallery
Imperial College SW7 2AZ

http://www.poemsaboutlight.com
http://www.findingpatterns.info





Physics told me some crazy stuff

26 05 2014

Philomena:  The earth is a sphere but what about the whole universe–what is the shape of the universe?





Into the Mind

25 05 2014




Limited DIMENSIONS

13 04 2014

[A dedication to my dear friend Dagny]

Dagny: And who can remember what Decartes said?
Children: I THINK therefore I am!
Dagny: And what is the name of this shape again?
Children: A SPHERE!
Dagny: And this one?
Children: a KLEIN BOTTLE!
Dagny: And this?
Children: a TORUS!
Dagny: And this?
Children: a HYPERBOLA!

From (the extraordinary classic) FLATLAND – Edwin A. Abbott

I devoted several months in privacy to the composition of a treatise on the mysteries of Three Dimesions…. I spoke not of a physical Dimension, but of a Thoughtland whence, in theory, a Figure could look down upon Flatland and see simultaneously the insides of all things…But in writing this book I found myself sadly hampered by the impossibility of drawing such diagrams as were necessary for my purpose; for of course, in our country of Flatland, there are no tablets but Lines, all in one straight Line and only distinguishable by difference of size and brightness; so that, when I had finished my treatise (which I entitled, “Through Flatland to Thoughtland”) I could not feel certain that many would understand my meaning…
 
Meanwhile, my life was under a cloud. All pleasures palled upon me; all sights tantalized and tempted me to outspoken treason, because I could not compare what I saw in Two Dimensions with what it really was if seen in Three, and could hardly refrain from making my comparisons aloud. I neglected my clients and my own business to give myself to the contemplation of the mysteries which I had once beheld, yet which I could impart to no one, and found daily more difficult to reproduce even before my own mental vision…
 
One day, about eleven months after my return from Spaceland, I tried to see a Cube with my eye closed, but failed; and though I succeeded afterwards, I was not then quite certain (nor have I been ever afterwards) that I had exactly realised the original… And yet at times my spirit was too strong for me, and I gave vent to dangerous utterances… even among the highest Polygonal and Circular society. When for, example, the question arose about the treatment of those lunatics who said that they had received the power of seeing the insides of things, I would quote the saying of an ancient Circle, who declared that prophets and inspired people are always considered by the majority to be mad…
 
… I exist in the hope that these memoirs, in some manner, I know not how, may find their way to the minds of humanity in Some Dimension, and may stir up a race of rebels who shall refuse to be confined to limited Dimensionality.
 
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Relativity: Question from 4-year-old, Luna

30 04 2013

Mummy, after infinity do we start counting at one again or at zero?