February 22, 2005

Extropy Institute

extropy_institute.jpgExtropy Institute (ExI) "...has grown from a groundbreaking futurist organization to a worldwide incubator for solutions. Having spent the last 15 years building the grid for transhumanity, ExI is now moving forward in designing the means for resolving technological and cultural issues of transhumanity. ExI's approach is to design thinking systems and solutions for the future that affect everyone around the world.
Extropy Institute is a networking organization which advocates the Proactionary Principle in addressing social issues. Extropy Institute does not support any one political agenda."

Posted by bcross at 9:41 PM  •  Extropy

Cosmic Evolution: From Big Bang to Humankind

cosmic_evolution.jpgCosmic Evolution: From Big Bang to Humankind by Eric J. Chaisson, Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University.
"The arrow of time, from origin of the Universe to the present and beyond, spans several major epochs throughout all of history. Cosmic evolution is the study of the many varied changes in the assembly and composition of energy, matter, and life in the thinning and cooling Universe."

Posted by bcross at 9:30 PM  •  Cosmos

Cliff Pickover's Reality Carnival

Cliff Pickover's Reality Carnival "News that shatters the ice of our unconscious!"

"The nature of reality is this:
It is hidden, and it is hidden, and it is hidden."
--Rumi, 13th-century Sufi mystic

Mind-stretching connections and many spurious misdirections, but always something worth considering. Recommended by my friend Chris Odegaard of the Piltdown Gentleman's Club.

Posted by bcross at 9:07 PM  •  Metaphysics

February 18, 2005

Boundary Institute

boundary_inst.jpgBoundary Institute
"The Boundary Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to the advancement of 21st-Century science. Our research activities include the development and exploration of new approaches in physics and mathematics, testing of new theory by experiment, and investigations of certain anomalous phenomena. . . . We like to say "This is not your father's ESP research"."

Posted by bcross at 3:10 PM  •  Psyche

The Global Consciousness Project

global_consc.jpgThe Global Consciousness Project by Roger Nelson
"We experience the world with beautiful immediacy, and with a quality of direct participation that seems completely natural. And yet it is quite magical. We take meaning from music, we know our loved ones from afar, and we leap in thought to the stars. Sometimes we sense that we have dissolved ourselves into a group or a larger whole. And we always have prayed as if it mattered. The mind's reach remains a mystery in scientific terms, but research on the extraordinary range of consciousness indicates that we may have direct communication links with each other, and that our intentions can have effects in the world despite physical barriers and separations. We are compelled by good evidence to accept correlations that we cannot yet explain. It appears that consciousness may sometimes produce something that resembles, at least metaphorically, a nonlocal field of meaningful information."

Posted by bcross at 3:07 PM  •  Psyche

Just How Nigh is the End?

end_is_nigh.gifJust How Nigh is the End? by John Leslie
"Last year, my book The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction appeared in paperback. Humans, it argued, could quite easily disappear during the next few centuries. This suggests itself when we consider the various dangers facing us, then look at the doomsday argument.
The doomsday argument, discovered by the Cambridge cosmologist Brandon Carter, uses the "anthropic principle" that Carter formulated in the 1970s. The anthropic principle reminds us that we may well live in a highly unusual place, time or universe. Even if almost all places, times or universes were hostile to life, we intelligent living beings would necessarily find that our place, time and universe were life-permitting. But while it can in this way encourage us to think our location exceptional, "anthropic" reasoning can also warn us against thinking it more exceptional than is necessary for us to find ourselves there."

Posted by bcross at 3:03 PM  •  Metaphysics

February 16, 2005

Experiment with bookmarklet

Trying out the JavaScript I made for one step posting. I like it. Very efficient little applet, and it works under FireFox.
I'll also be trying a mobile blogging tool later to see how I can blog wirelessly using my Clie.
The Long View

Posted by bcross at 4:10 PM  •  Weblog

The Very First Stars

very_first_stars.jpgThe Very First Stars by Andy Howell
"What was the universe like when the first stars turned on? When these first stars condensed out of the clouds of the primordial universe, were they arranged as they are today in huge galaxies of billions of stars? Or did stars form first, and later collect into galaxies? Or was the situation something in between? . . . in this one picture we can see more than ten billion years of cosmic history. At once we see today's modern galaxies, and thanks to the focusing power of their gravity, we also see their origins as tiny conglomerations of the very first stars."

Posted by bcross at 1:49 PM  •  Cosmos

Before the Big Bang, There Was ... What?

before_big_bang.jpgBefore the Big Bang, There Was . . . What? by Dennis Overbye
"What was God doing before he created the world? The philosopher and writer (and later saint) Augustine posed the question in his "Confessions" in the fourth century, and then came up with a strikingly modern answer: before God created the world there was no time and thus no "before." To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, there was no "then" then." [New York Times link -- registration required]

Posted by bcross at 1:41 PM  •  Cosmos

An Atlas of the Universe

atlas_universe.gifAn Atlas of the Universe by Richard Powell
"This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like. There are nine main maps on this web page, each one approximately ten times the scale of the previous one. The first map shows the nearest stars and then the other maps slowly expand out until we have reached the scale of the entire visible universe."

Posted by bcross at 1:36 PM  •  Cosmos

Powers of Ten

power_of_ten.jpgPowers of Ten by Michael W. Davidson
"View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons."

Posted by bcross at 1:30 PM  •  Cosmos

Image test

nebula.gif I'm trying to see how this image upload thing works, in order to try to upload more images, linked in to individual entries. I've got several in mind.

Posted by bcross at 1:25 PM  •  Weblog

February 15, 2005

First Post

A new start, a new blog on this new system.

I'm going to try to maintain it, and since it seems to be relatively easy to do this, I hope I can.

Posted by bcross at 8:56 PM  •  Weblog