Archive for July, 2009

Failure Is Not An Option

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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As the nation continues the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, NASA biologist Thomas Goodwin provides a glimpse of what we can expect in the coming decade as NASA continues its inspirational mission of discovery.

THOMAS GOODWIN

From a conversation with Sputnik Observatory.

Sputnik Observatory: What happens to cells in space?

Thomas Goodwin: I think what you can say about microgravity is that, again, from the data that we have so far, what we think is happening is the cells, or the genome of the human cell, has a memory of sorts. Sort of like loosely associated with what you would compare a computer to have a memory – once something is stored in the memory, even though you don’t use it for a long time, if you know where to go to find it, you can go back and access that information and bring it forward and use it. By the same token, the genetic composition of the human cell has all of the ability to go back, we think, and pull up information, not only from our generation but from generations past. Because, as we know, we’ve evolved as an organism through hundreds of thousands of years and that evolutionary process is all stored in our genetic makeup. So if we understand the right signals to give the cell, the right codes, if you will, then we can go back and get the cell to express things that it hasn’t expressed in a long time, or we can get it to express things, for example, that it expressed in the embryonic state.

Let There Be Peace In Space

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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ICIS (Institute for Cooperation in Space) asks: Would we rather have weapons above our heads or a transformation of the war industry into a peaceful World Cooperative Space Industry?

Rainmakers: Weather Systems are Information Fields

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

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New Zealand based TWM uses “knowledge wave” technology based on weather modification customs practiced by Indigenous peoples for years. Its first publicized demonstration was in December 2002 with both Louis Vuitton series in Auckland, NZ and the bushfires in New South Wales, Australia.

According to TWM, its methods have developed from early experience with non-local or distant healing, and it views weather systems as energy fields or information fields that can be altered in direction and intensity. Its web site states: “Consciousness as an active agent in the establishment of physical reality is receiving considerable attention from some of the world’s prestigious scientific institutions. It has been claimed, despite impressive achievements by materialist, mechanistic science, that the most important future scientific endeavor will be the ‘science of the subjective’ or ‘science of consciousness.’”

TWM offers services such as: Rainfall generation, dissapation or prevention for disaster prevention or augmentation; as well as modified weather events for weather dependent business such as aviation, fishing, forestry, hydro power, and for emergency situations such as air pollution or forest fire suppression. TWM has two decades of experience in altering weather systems and managing weather-related disaster, and its success rate to date is over 80%. According to TWM: “weather modification should serve the interest of international understanding and cooperation… and should be dedicated to the benefit of mankind and the environment.”

Dr. Brian Goodwin, 1931 – 2009

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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An advocator for the unification of science and the humanities, a key founder of Theoretical Biology and an expert in morphogenesis and evolution developing a critical evaluation of the role of natural selection and advocating the explanation of biology from the vantage point of complex systems, Brian was a founding member of Santa Fe Institute, a Professor Emeritus at the Open University and professor of biology at  Schumacher College. Has authored: “Theoretical Biology: Epigenetic and Evolutionary Order for Complex Systems” (with Peter Saunders); “How the Leopard Changed His Spots: the Evolution of Complexity”; “Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology” (with Gerry Webster); “Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology” (with Richard Sole).

Announcements at Schumacher College and Institute of Science in Society.

Excerpt from a conversation with Sputnik Observatory recorded in 2007.

Sputnik Observatory: What is the future of sustainability?

Brian Goodwin: It’s a very interesting question about anticipating the future because I don’t think we can foresee the order that is going to emerge. So we can’t give a plan for getting there but we can give a direction. We can say, look, let’s engage in these activities. We know we have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, therefore we have to develop the technologies further for renewable energies. We have to develop methods of food production that are local, that are appropriate to each different location as they used to be. We must stop flying food around the world. We have tax aviation fuel, so we have to stop all this travel. And so there are lots of things that we need to engage in, but we cannot predict what the outcome of this is going to be. We can see the things we need to get started with, but we can’t see the places we have to end up. And we have to keep on accessing the situation we find ourselves in at any particular moment.  I’m assuming that we’re going to go radically local in all our decision making, that it’s going to be bio-regions. We as human beings are going to be much more closely integrated with our bio-regions. And we’ll be much more sensitive to the ecological requirements of those. We will have become what Thomas Berry calls a community of subjects, all beings on the planet will be seen as subjects and we’re participating with them. So we’re moving along a path in which we’re going local. We’re reducing our energy demands. We’re developing lots of technology. We’re experiencing a high quality of life because we’re actually recovering community. Community is absolutely – that’s the one prediction I would make: that if we’re going to survive, we will survive in community and not as isolated individuals the way we are at the moment in our culture. But I don’t know what form that will take. I don’t know how large these communities will be and I assume there will be lots and lots of networking, lots of communication, so these communities in different parts of the world will be sharing their knowledge and interaction and information with each other so as to benefit each other and help the others adapt to circumstances as they develop. These are the processes that are occurring, they’re occurring locally here, they’re occurring at the college, they’re occurring in the town nearby, Totnes, where people are now engaging in this process of going local, reducing energy use, getting into sustainable energy and renewable energy supplies, and recovering community and having local currencies. Now these are all things that I think are going to be part of future society and it will be dominated by quality, abundance, celebration, joy, and a general high level of health and well being and a sense of meaning – we’ll have recovered a sense of meaning in our lives. So that’s the way I think things are going to move, but I don’t know how far or how fast.

Sputnik Observatory: Is that your vision?

Brian Goodwin: Yes, that’s the vision. But it’s not a coherent vision, it’s just a sense of direction. But I’m quite hopeful about it. Are you?

Ideas are energy.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Since our launch, so many people have embraced our philosophy that ideas are energy. Ideas are not selfish. Ideas are not viruses. Ideas survive because they fit in with the rest of life.

So, we wanted to highlight some of the key conversations shared by those extraordinary minds that have shaped this contemporary view.

We will be adding other supportive conversations asap. In the meantime, we look forward to your feedback.

Sputnik Observatory

Jacques Vallee: The Physics of Information

In physics, you learn that energy and information are two sides of the same coin – that information can be transformed into energy and visa-versa. If you observe a physical system, you are taking information out of the system by observing it, but you cannot do that without taking energy out of the system. So there is a balance, there is an equilibrium between energy and information. Yet the only physics we have is the physics of energy. What we teach in universities, in Stanford and Berkeley, is the physics of electromagnetism, fields, energy. And there should be another physics: which would be the physics of information. You can think of the world as a world of energy, particles, atoms, molecules, fields and so on, which is the world that we learn about in school. But you could also think of the world as a universe of information with human consciousness becoming aware of the information from microsecond to microsecond.

Robert Thurman: Decode

The living animal brain is like a television set, it has a receiver. It can decode impulses that are in the air, and not just ones that are transmitted by a course thing like a television transmitter, but that are transmitted by other brains.

Dr. Fritz Albert Popp: Brainwave Resonance

It’s very likely that our brainwaves are resonance interactions of the external world with our brain, or that these resonance interactions came up because our brain was, more or less, evolved by these processes – so we are pictures of the information of our surroundings.

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho: Interference

Our whole body is intercommunicating via electrical currents of different kinds – from long distances to the most local distances inside the cell. And could you imagine why? And we are coherent to a high degree. We are like a radio, for example, a television. They depend on coherent electromagnetic fields and signals in order to work which is why they can be affected.

Rupert Sheldrake: Morphic Resonance
From a conversation with Sputnik Observatory:

Morphic resonance from one’s own past is probably the most important kind of resonance of all. In every organism there’s a resonance from its own past. This helps to maintain the organism’s identity. I think this is the basis indeed of individual memory. When I remember what I did a year ago, I don’t think all those memories are stored in my brain. The conventional  view is they must be stored in the brain because the brain is the mind and there’s nothing except the physical structure. Well, people have tried to find memories in brains but they’ve proved extraordinarily elusive. I think that’s because they’re not there. I think they’re no more stored in the brain than the programs you see on the TV set are stored inside the television. The brain is more like a TV receiver than video recorder. The memory is outside the body. It’s tuned into across time, from the past.

Ervin Laszlo: The Field
From a conversation with Sputnik Observatory:

For the past 250, 300 years, in the Western world, we believe that nothing else exists but what we can see and hear and touch. Or taste, or feel. And this impoverishes our consciousness and our lives, also. So the implications are there, if through science now, these latest theories in sciences, we could recognize that the world has a memory – is much more to it than we think, than we have thought in the West, then we could enrich our lives again. This field registers information, but it also maintains it. Similar, in that sense, to the internet, where you enter information. It doesn’t disappear right away, it stays until you remove it. There is nothing that could remove, from this field, information. A holographic information capacity is mind boggling. We are told that according to some calculations that the amount of information contained in the US library of congress could be stored on a holographic superposed medium, multidimensional medium, about the size of a cube a sugar. And we could, if we had the proper access to that, we could remove any volume, any word, any letter in any volume from that. Because the information is all there and it’s all accessible. It’s like a tremendous internet, in that sense, it’s a good example. So it’s coming a little bit closer to our understanding. People could also ask: where is the internet? Where is the information? How do you touch it? I mean you don’t touch it, you don’t see it, but it’s there. And in this same way this information is present, has been present from the beginning of the universe. And it registered all there is and it conserves all there is, so it’s a memory, it’s a cosmic memory.

John Beaulieu: Tune In
From a conversation with Sputnik Observatory:

I think my favorite metaphor now is if you were to look at a satellite dish and you look at the base of your cranium, they look the same. Where a satellite dish looks like that, it’s round and so on, and it has a little thing that comes out. Your cranium looks the same way, and it has a bone called the sphenoid that comes out. What happens is your cranium is constantly rotating, just like a satellite dish, and you get different frequencies, you tune into different possibilities – that’s the transits of the stars above.

Karl Pribram: Out there is your brain
From a conversation with Sputnik Observatory:

What’s above is below – what you see out there is your brain.