Future Social Networks

Below our feet in the old growth forests, a vast Internet composed of roots and mycelial fibers connects a community of life forms that regulate and sustain life. Much like electromagnetic waves a few hundred years ago, we’ve just discovered this aspect of nature. The implications for biology and computer science are intriguing.

Reoccurring Amnesia

Randall Carlson rebuilds a lost timeline to illustrate how we might have developed and lost many civilizations in the past. He pitches the idea that the processional Great Year represented by the Zodiac may have been used as a clock to track and record reoccurring patterns of natural disasters. Over the course of the last […]

What New Myths Are Ahead?

Beowolf was written at a crossroads between ages. The characters in the poem straddle both pagan and christian values and struggle with their inconsistencies. It was a product of ages of dynamic oral storytelling translated into a medium that while more permanent, ceased to be as meaningful to later generations. Verbal lore could be adapted […]

Change of Heart

Will we reconnect with nature and find our place in the world once again or will our seemingly endless consumption devour the environmental states that allows us to continue to live? Cultivating reverence for the world around us seems like it should be moved to a higher priority.

Do You Trust This Computer?

Do you fully trust a teenager? Should you? Doesn’t it all depend on Trust? We have some big questions that we need to grapple with, most urgently the relationship between humankind and work. As much as everyone is concerned with their own livelihood and the challenges of automation, the question of defining consciousness is not […]

Will the Center Stand Up?

This weekend there were murders motivated by ignorance and bigotry. The violence keeps happening because the  political center has become weak. There are always extremists, racists, bigots, and when the rest of us keep them in check, they understand that they aren’t allowed to threaten and murder people at whim. In the last couple of years, […]

Paradigm Shifts

To maintain perspective, everyday I expose myself to the latest images and insights into the cosmos from JPL, NASA, ESA, and soon the CNSA. The solar system is very active! Our understanding and sensory capability is expanding everyday. Understanding the cosmos is more critical to understanding the moments of human activities than most are comfortable […]

Substituting Stories

When the Nazarenes were surrounded by the Romans and their exponentially encroaching order, they believed in something called a substitute myth, something fictional they knew was created for them to inspire them to survive because so much had been forgotten from before that the myths they lived by to order their lives were destroyed by […]

The End of the Sustain

Most of us missed seeing this gem because of the tragedy of Heath Leger. It’s a beautiful attempt by¬†Terry Gilliam¬†to preserve an understanding of imagination understood by the Irish and Gypsies. It’s a beautiful maze to explore, so some people get frustrated at the first passing, but replay it in your mind or rewatch it […]