Archive for October, 2010

Collective Memory

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake tells SPTNK “We need a field theory of mind”

Listen here: Rupert Sheldrake – Collective Memory

Requiem for Fossil Fuels

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

OandA Requiem For Fossil Fuels

“Requiem for Fossil Fuels” is happening at The World Financial Center Winter Garden on Friday, November 12th @ 7:00 pm. Composed and performed by O+A (Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger), the event is FREE to the public, and no reservations are required.

“Listening to our own noise is exactly the feedback we need to change the world,” explains O+A. For the last 20 years, Odland and Auinger have worked together to unlock the meaning of the sound of our cities. They have explored the soundscapes of remote ruined metropolises far from the electric grid, studied the sounds of nature and the sounds of man, all the while asking the audience to “Think with Your Ears.”

Their most recent event, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels,” is a radical gesture that challenges the current politics of the senses. “Just listening we can hear the climate changing. We hear it in the sounds of the lawn mowers, leaf blowers, rush hour, helicopters, jets, air conditioners, etc. These are the sounds from which we will create the performance, Requiem for Fossil Fuels.”

The “Mass,” which incorporates full Latin text with four lovely voices who represent “the everyman,” is set to the resonance of our fossil fueled cities gone mad. It is through this compelling sonic chaos the audience swims, experiencing our love/hate affair with machines.

“Requiem for Fossil Fuels” is presented by Arts World Financial Center (sponsored by American Express, Bank of America, Battery Park City Authority and Brookfield Office Properties). The performance is part of New Sounds Live, curated by John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC Radio’s New Sounds and Soundcheck. With support from Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Harvestworks and Electronic Music Foundation.

SAVE THE DATE: Requiem for Fossil Fuels, November 12 at 7PM
World Financial Center Winter Garden: 220 Vesey Street, NYC

Following is a video of Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger explaining their reasons for writing, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels.” Berlin 2008 at the Elisabethkirche. Video produced by Ableton Live for their artist series.


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The brain is more like a TV receiver than video recorder — Rupert Sheldrake, Biologist

Listen here: Rupert Sheldrake – Retrieval

The Future of Chemistry

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Philip Ball, Science Writer explains to SPTNK the future of chemistry. We need to look beyond the periodic table and focus on the relationship between molecules.

Listen here: The Future of Chemistry

Cultural Research: SAIC

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Photo via flickr by harrymoon

SAIC, a company of people dedicated to delivering best-value services and solutions based on innovative applications of science and technology, provides a variety of consulting capabilities to defense and intelligence consumers including defense analysis, wargaming and simulations, cultural assessments and analysis, homeland security and national security strategy.

The Cultural Research program at SAIC is designed to assist government clients in acquiring the cultural intelligence and contextual knowledge needed to design and execute successful programs, operations, and communication strategies in diverse areas around the world.

Using a social constructivist approach, SAIC views cultural identity as a dynamic construct, formed through reiterative social interaction. The program uses historical, sociological, and ethnographic research methods and a wide variety of data sources. These methods include interviews with subject matter experts from the academic, policy, and government arenas, as well as ethnographic interviews and focus groups of cultural group participants. Primary and secondary research is used to identify the meaningful cultural elements in a society, including the most salient identities, the seminal events in a cultural group’s collective experience, and a group’s key narratives and world view.

Based on research, SAIC develops products that can answer questions such as how a specific cultural group ascribes meaning to operationally significant concepts such as the nation-state, authority, legitimacy, religion, security, and warfare. This research is used to produce a wide variety of tools for clients such as culture “smart cards,” cultural field guides, military culture guides, cultural intelligence studies, and analytic documentaries using video ethnography. In addition, SAIC offers such services as training and methodological consulting, and provide guidance on norms, customs and behavior for those interacting with local populations.

via SAIC

Launching Monday 18 October 2010

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Virgin Galactic provides exclusive documentary coverage of maverick entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and legendary aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan as they strive to be first to make space tourism an everyday reality. Also included in the premiere episode will be the backstory of the venture, including Rutan’s win of the Ansari X Prize with SpaceShipOne and WhiteKnightOne.

The documentary reveals unseen behind the scenes footage, showing a journey of innovation, genius and hard work by Burt Rutan and the amazing team at Scaled Composites. This, powered by the vision of Sir Richard Branson, has promised to make space travel a reality.

Click here to preview the first episode of the documentary now, and tune into NGC on Monday, October 18, at 10 pm ET/PT to see the whole story!

(This will be repeated on Sunday 24th October at 8 pm and 11 pm and Monday 25th October at 6 pm ET/PT)

Visit the Virgin Galactic website to read more.

Plants Talk to Each other

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Artist Hiro Yamagata explains to SPTNK that plants communicate, and that this frequency communication can be captured and transferred through sensory systems to provide healing or calm energy.

Listen here: Plants Talk to Each other

Will we lose our interest to be alive?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Physicist, Distinguished Professor and Director of Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University explains that humans need to find their niche if computers in 20-30 years from now, can do everything that we can do, but better.

Listen here: Will we lose our interest to be alive?

The Human Filter

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Game designer Will Wright tells SPTNK that a remarkable amount of our intelligence is actually ignoring the world intelligently. The trick, is to program the processor in your imagination.

Listen here: The Human Filter

There Are People Who Don’t Have To Eat

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The topic for the following blog story was provided by Advisory Board Member, Avikal Gebhard.

There are people that live on light. There is a man who for 60 years has lived without water or food or energy. There’s another man who underwent a 21-day breatharian process in January 2001, and hasn’t eaten since. These are just a couple incredible accounts from the recent groundbreaking documentary film, “In The Beginning Was the Light” by Austrian filmmaker, P.A. Straubinger.

The documentary follows the phenomenon of “breatharianism” aka “living on light,” —human beings who can survive without food or fluid, over weeks, years and even decades. The film, only available in German (unfortunately), is based on certified reports of personal experiences, interviews and scientifically documented laboratory experiments.

Some of the individuals interviews featured include: Dieter Hochegger, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Marktl, Prof. Dr. Anton Luger, Univ. Doz. Dr. Ingrid Kiefer, Dr. Ruediger Dahlke, Jasmuheen, Walter “Omsa“ Rohrmoser, Dr. Michael Werner, Mataji Prahlad Jani, Dr. Sudhir Shah, Dr. V.N. Shah, Dr. Urmann Ohruv, Dr. Sanjay Metha, Hira Ratan Manek, Yuan Limin, You Xuande, Dr. TCM Qi Duan Li, Prof Dr. Gernot Pauser, Zinaida Baranova, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hacker, Prof. Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp, PhD Dean Radin, Prof. Dr. Brian Josephson, Prof. Dr. Amit Goswani, Prof. Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Dr. Jakob Bösch, Prof. Dr. Robert Jahn.

There is a long tradition of people who can live on light alone. As Pear Program Director, Professor Dr. Robert Jahn says, “the mind is capable of producing effects, and that’s mindblowing.

More at the official “In The Beginning Was the Light” film web site & trailer.