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Creatures of the Cosmos

“We are one planet. We know who speaks for the nations, but who speaks for the human species? Who speaks for Earth?” — Carl Sagan

Conclave of Light

Long-time readers of this blog will be familiar with my tenderness for the Unarians, a UFO cult-cum-Renaissance science foundation that has been based in El Cajon, California since the 1960s. In 2006 I made something of a pilgrimage to their compound and left with a profound sense of mystified pity, or pitiful mysticism, which was…

Book Review: The Black Cloud

I once said that 2007 on Universe would include many new features, one being an occasional review of a work of science fiction. Hello! The Black Cloud is a 1957 science-fiction novel written by British astronomer Fred Hoyle. Like the novels of Carl Sagan, and, often, Arthur C. Clarke, it’s something of an extrapolation of…

Universal Images

Occasionally, a friend or associate tips me off to a particularly interesting manifestation of the word “Universe.” Some are more interesting than others; some are really in line with what this manifestation of Universe is all about, and those blow me away the most. This one — all shadowy polygons, flowers, and color fields —…

Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl

The Explorer’s Club is an American Institution founded in New York City in 1904 by the survivors of Frederick Cook’s 1894 arctic expedition. Although its members are infamously eccentric (L. Ron Hubbard, for example, who carried the Club flag with him on several yachting expeditions) they have been responsible for some of Exploration’s greatest firsts:…

Reptilian Agenda

This just in from the NASA news wire: 11,000 light-years away from Earth, in the constellation Sagittarius, a massive galactic snake is slithering across the Universe. Of course, it isn’t a real lizard (the appellation is just some weird NASA Halloween humor) but the core of a sooty cloud larger than a dozen of our…

A Sound Of Thunder

Of all the storied elements of our great folkloric misunderstanding of Chaos Theory, the Butterfly Effect has undoubtedly suffered most from popular conception. It was born innocuous, a slight allegory to explain how changes in a mathematical situation’s beginning coordinates have an unprecedented effect on its outcome, and yet the Butterfly Effect has somehow mutated…

Reassurance

“It is to be remembered that despite the fact that you are accustomed to thinking only in dots and lines and a little bit in areas does not defeat the fact that we live in omnidirectional space-time and that a four dimensional universe provides ample freedom for any contingencies.” — Buckminster Fuller

This is upsetting. NASA has deleted from its mission statement the phrase “to understand and protect our home planet.” This edit was made in conjunction with the Bush administration’s new Vision for Space Exploration, whose primary objective is to shift NASA’s emphasis (and public attention) away from Earth-bound issues (ie, global warming) and towards flashy…

Synergetic Earth Language

Every day, under our noses, obsolete scientific ideas run rampant. I’m not talking about the maddening sabotage of science constantly perpetuated by ideological conservatives — that, although a daily frustration, is not unnoticed. This is a transgression that we all unknowingly commit. Although everyone with a first-grade education knows that the Earth is a sphere…