Dreaming of Electric Sheep A direct link to the above video is at "Life is but a dream" - English Nursery Rhyme, Row, Row, Row Your Boat Ever hear of electricsheep.org? Let me quote from the website: Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver created by Scott Draves. Here's a YouTube video by Scott Draves called "165 Star Oasis" which uses Electric Sheep images. With this blog entry and the next one, we're going to talk about trying to visualize moving around within the place where, as quantum physicists like Zeilinger and Lloyd tell us, "Information Equals Reality": this is the place we were just trying to think about in "The Big Bang and the Big Pie". In my recent entry "Why Stop at Ten Dimensions?" How can what looks like randomness generate something as wonderful and complex as the universe we see around us? grouping and symmetry. Enjoy the journey, Rob Bryanton Next: Imagining the Omniverse
'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters After decades of global dominance, America's space shuttle program ended last summer while countries like Russia, China and India continue to advance their programs. But astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of the new book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, says America's space program is at a critical moment. He thinks it's time for America to invest heavily in space exploration and research. "Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival," Tyson tells NPR's David Greene. He sees this "force of nature" firsthand when he goes to student classrooms. But spending for space programs isn't where Tyson would like it to be. "I think if you double [the budget], to a penny on the dollar, that's enough to take us in bold visions in a shorter time scale to Mars, visit asteroids, to study the status of all the planets," he says. Today, Mars is bone-dry; it once had running water.
How Do Human Beings Perceive Reality and What Does it Matter? We are an infant race of seven billion separated by different belief systems of how the planet operates. Imagine a race united in their knowing rather than divided by their belief systems. At the same time we all perceive our physical reality to be the same. By simply perceiving ‘how the world is’, we are simultaneously creating it. If you really think about it, we take a child from a young age and pound them with our version of reality. Many of us have been programmed to believe that it’s a a dog eat dog world, that it’s every man for himself. We literally, scientifically have the ability to manifest any type of reality we desire given the type of energy we all emanate. Become A Health Practitioner Are you ready to take control of your health and help others while making a good living? This course teaches you over 100 health modalities plus business skills so you can become a certified practitioner,be healthyand make a good living at it. Take the FREE class.
An Idiot's Guide to Teleportation » SciFi Ideas / SciFi Ideas With contributor Harel Dor recently sharing with SciFi Ideas a story idea that makes full use of teleportation technology – Meet the Beamies – I thought it was high time we discussed teleportation in detail. Teleportation is one of science fiction’s most fascinating and useful ideas, being both a cool gadget and a clever narrative device; however, with lots of talk about quantum entanglement, ideas about how teleportation might actually be achieved can also be very complex. To help you understand what the science geeks are talking about and dispel some of the myths about the reality of teleportation, here’s an idiot’s guide to what this word actually means. Is Teleportation Possible? Teleportation is impossible. What I mean by the above statement is that there are actually two types of teleportation – two definitions in use in both contemporary science fiction and modern physics. Classical Teleportation How can this be achieved? Quantum Teleportation
Welcome to 2035…the Age of Surprise (Credit: USAF) The U.S. Air Force just released today a jaw-droppingly impressive, fast-paced video on accelerating change, “Welcome to 2035…the Age of Surprise” (see video below). Produced by the U.S. “We can predict broad outlines, but we don’t know the ramifications,” the video says. Blue Horizons: air, space, and cyberspace in 20 years The last major internal study of the future, Air Force 2025 , was done at Air University in 1996 where over 260 officers worked through the research that led to a multi-volume report outlining alternative futures and technologies required for those complicated and dangerous worlds. The Blue Horizons study is designed to answer questions similar to those addressed in the Air Force 2025 study. Blue Horizons 2007 was only the beginning of a series of annual long range vision studies which are known collectively as “Blue Horizons.” (Watch for our forthcoming blog post, “Billion Year Plan,” by one of the originators of the Blue Horizons project, USAF Lt.
Tenth Dimension Polls Archive 23 A direct link to the above video is at Poll 23 - "Why is it impossible to exceed the speed of light? Because our universe is being created one planck length at a time, at the speed of light." I wonder if some people disagreed with the above statement because of my choice of the word "created": terms like this can be confusing when the universe we're imagining is really just being observed one planck length after another from out of a wave function of probably outcomes. The Speed of Light Cannot Be Exceeded within SpacetimeIn my book I talk about the speed of light being an independent constant: no matter how fast you travel, no matter how close to the speed of light you get, light continues to travel at the speed of light away from you. The October issue of Scientific American has an article on Loop Quantum Gravity, which talks about a concept called "atoms of spacetime". Enjoy the journey, Rob Bryanton Next: Create a Universe with One Easy Click
Georges Lemaître Monseigneur Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître, (French: [ʒɔʁʒə ləmɛtʁ] ( ); 17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) was a Belgian Roman Catholic priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Université catholique de Louvain. He was the first known academic to propose the theory of the expansion of the Universe, widely misattributed to Edwin Hubble. He was also the first to derive what is now known as Hubble's law and made the first estimation of what is now called the Hubble constant, which he published in 1927, two years before Hubble's article. Lemaître also proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, which he called his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom or the "Cosmic Egg". Biography According to the Big Bang theory, the universe emerged from an extremely dense and hot state (singularity). In 1925, on his return to Belgium, he became a part-time lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain. Work
Physicists Prove Classical Music Inhabits Separate Realm, Inaccessible To Humans GENEVA—Physicists affiliated with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) released a report Wednesday revealing that classical music exists in a field of reality entirely removed from the four-dimensional spacetime inhabited by human beings. Scientists were performing a routine search for fifth-dimensional activity using the Large Hadron Collider, the immense particle accelerator famous for proving the existence of the Higgs Boson, when they came across the entire corpus of Western classical music from 9th-century plainchant to Nico Muhly. According to the report, the innumerable works making up this body of repertoire exist in a continuum that resides just beyond the limits of human perception. “Classical music transcends both the linear, forward flow of time and the Euclidean space we are used to,” said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the director general of CERN. “Think about Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
World’s First Perpetual Motion Machine? | ASTOUNDE.com Can this machine operate forever? Since at least the 12th century, man has sought to create a perpetual motion machine; a device that would continue working indefinitely without any external source of energy. A large scientific contingent thinks such a device would violate the laws of thermodynamics, and is thus impossible. Could it be that as a race, we don’t fully understand the laws of physics and such a device may indeed be possible? Norwegian artist and mathematician Reidar Finsrud is an outside the box thinker that has devised a machine that he believes achieves true perpetual motion. The dream is that if we’re able to produce perpetual motion machines, that we’d have tapped into the holy grail of sustainability: an infinite energy source. A device that requires no input to run that could be affixed to a generator would harvest free energy to power whatever we so pleased. What are your thoughts? Source: Finsrud Comments comments
Mandelbrot set Initial image of a Mandelbrot set zoom sequence with a continuously colored environment Mandelbrot animation based on a static number of iterations per pixel remains bounded. That is, a complex number c is part of the Mandelbrot set if, when starting with z0 = 0 and applying the iteration repeatedly, the absolute value of zn remains bounded however large n gets. For example, letting c = 1 gives the sequence 0, 1, 2, 5, 26,…, which tends to infinity. As this sequence is unbounded, 1 is not an element of the Mandelbrot set. Images of the Mandelbrot set display an elaborate boundary that reveals progressively ever-finer recursive detail at increasing magnifications. The Mandelbrot set has become popular outside mathematics both for its aesthetic appeal and as an example of a complex structure arising from the application of simple rules, and is one of the best-known examples of mathematical visualization. History The first picture of the Mandelbrot set, by Robert W. The Mandelbrot set
New Study: Smart People More Likely to Use Drugs I have a feeling they won’t be mentioning this in DARE class. A new British study finds children with high IQs are more likely to use drugs as adults than people who score low on IQ tests as children. The data come from the 1970 British Cohort Study, which has been following thousands of people over decades. So much of what we’ve been told about drugs and drug users turns out to be the opposite of the truth, it’s amazing that the anti-drug fanatics are able to find any audience at all anymore. It ought to be intuitive that the curiosity which comes along with above-average intelligence would also be correlated with a heightened interest in experiencing altered states of consciousness.
New Research Proves Humans Have A Magnetic Sixth Sense Everything in this universe is fundamentally made of energy. The atoms that make up physicality, at the core, are vibrating geometries that are energetic structures. So is it possible to detect electromagnetic fields around the Earth? They align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field which allows them to understand the difference between north, south, east and west. Well, it is! The geophysicist Joe Kirschvink at the California Institute of Technology recently showed the results of this study. He says he has produced clear evidence that humans do in fact have functioning magnetoreceptors. Magnetoreception is the sense which allows a being to detect a magnetic field, letting it perceive direction, altitude or location. Kirschvink suspects that most modern mammals have had this ability passed down from their ancestors. Researchers haven’t found any biological component that could act as a magnetoreptor for us. Thanks to IFL Science for this info!
Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation of Photon Over 25 Kilometers For the first time, a team of physicists have successfully teleported a quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometers away through a fiber optic cable. This effectively showed that the photon’s quantum state, not its composition, is important to the teleportation process. The team was led by Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva and the results were published in the journal Nature Photonics. The quantum state of the photon is able to preserve information under extreme conditions, including the difference between traveling as light or becoming stored in the crystal like matter. To test this and ensure what they were observing was actually happening, one photon was stored in a crystal while the other was sent along optical fiber, over a distance of 25 kilometers. The photon did not physically “teleport” as we are used to hearing about in science fiction, where someone’s body can moved from place to place in a matter of seconds.
Fractal Figure 1a. The Mandelbrot set illustrates self-similarity. As the image is enlarged, the same pattern re-appears so that it is virtually impossible to determine the scale being examined. Figure 1b. The same fractal magnified six times. Figure 1c. Figure 1d. Fractals are distinguished from regular geometric figures by their fractal dimensional scaling. As mathematical equations, fractals are usually nowhere differentiable. An infinite fractal curve can be conceived of as winding through space differently from an ordinary line, still being a 1-dimensional line yet having a fractal dimension indicating it also resembles a surface.:48:15 There is some disagreement amongst authorities about how the concept of a fractal should be formally defined. Introduction The word "fractal" often has different connotations for laypeople than mathematicians, where the layperson is more likely to be familiar with fractal art than a mathematical conception. History Figure 2.