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The Problem With Most Science Fiction

In our popular literature genre of Science Fiction, we love to experience space drama that involves extrapolations of our past social conflicts. Some of the most dramatic moments in our historical wartime conflicts have involved mighty ships and fast fighter craft. Based on this, our Sci-Fi presents us with great ships in space and dogfight […]

The Soul of the Universe

The soul is often defined as a spiritual component, but with few specifics beyond that. The word, “spiritual” implies a lacking of physical aspects, and implies a fuzzy combination of mental, emotional, and “other” non-physical aspects. Trying to define it further usually invokes circular definition chains that lead into religious beliefs and then return to […]

Quintessence Means Fifth Element

FOUR ELEMENTS Plato defined four basic elements as earth, water, air, and fire. In his analysis of geometry he defined five regular solids. He paired up the four elements with four of the five regular solids and this suggested to him that there might be another element. He assigned earth to the cube, water to […]

1509 – Telesio – bio

Bernardino Telesio was born in 1509 in Cosenza, in Italy. He studied at Padua University, then spent some time in a Benedictine monastery. He was critical of the abstract reasoning in the philosophy of Aristotle, insisting we should focus instead on empirical evidence. He wrote a nine volume collection called, “On the Nature of Things […]

1170 – Robert Grosseteste – bio

Born around 1170 in Suffolk, England, Robert Grosseteste was a student of many subjects who became a bishop in the Church of England. He was proficient in the Greek language, translating many works into Latin. He performed experiments with light and mirrors and made lenses from bowls filled with water to study refraction. His investigation […]

The Universe and Us

We are the Universe – [youtube.com] So when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look […]

The Fantastic Fracture

At the “beginning” of the universe, when there was no time-space, the universe was more like a single point encompassing everything, a singularity with no time-space at all. In order for the universe to become something other than “everything”, it did not need to expand, in fact, that would be impossible since it was everything. […]

The Universe Sucks

Forget the “Big Bang” theory. The universe didn’t explode outward with unbelievable force and heat. It is more correct to describe the beginning of our universe as an inward collapse, a great sucking implosion. But neither explosion nor implosion correctly describe what happened. The description of an explosion depends upon the idea that time-space is […]

The Beginning of the Universe

The beginning of the universe, for beginners – Tom Whyntie View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-beginning-of-the-universe-for-beginners-tom-whyntie How did the universe begin — and how is it expanding? CERN physicist Tom Whyntie shows how cosmologists and particle physicists explore these questions by replicating the heat, energy, and activity of the first few seconds of our universe, from right […]

Things To Do With a Supercomputer

For the purpose of creating a task list, the definition of supercomputer can be loosely expanded to include clusters, grids, clouds and all forms of conglomeration of a large amount of computing power. MODELING Weather forecasting – a complex three dimensional fluid dynamics model being constantly recalculated with a massive amount of dynamic data being […]