Diaspora of the Machines

130912171352-01-voyager-story-topRecently NASA has been in the news with the successful launch and recovery of the Orion space craft. This was a four hour two orbit test of the new capsule that is intended to support future manned missions beyond the Earth. In addition, there has been a huge growth of the space industry in the last decade including commercial ventures such as Space X and Blue Origin, as well as proposals to mine the asteroids. There is always a tremendous interest in sending people to space, and in fact it seems to be an imperative for the human race to escape potential future disaster scenarios on the Earth by seeking solace among the stars.
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The Killing of Fengyun 1-C: An Environmental Disaster in Space

GPS Satellite

I am including in this blog the following article that was written by my good friend Phil Naranjo for our previous blog which has now been deleted. I thought that it was particularly relevant given current interest in the movie Gravity:

Yesterday, Chinese space officials published a white paper outlining the country’s long-term space exploration plans. What’s notable about the paper is that it makes a somewhat uncharacteristic mention of China’s efforts to mitigate space debris. This is particularly surprising when you consider the massive space debris problem China’s military created in 2007. As a gesture aimed primarily at the United States, the Continue reading

Boundaries and Connections in Physics and Perception

Apple MandalaMany people are familiar with the maxim from chaos theory that the fluttering of a butterfly in one part of the world can lead to a hurricane in another. Causes and effects are ubiquitous. Mystics tell us that one of the basic revelations is that everything is connected, there is no you and me, and we are one with the cosmos. Let us shine the spotlight of science onto this concept and play a little.

As we go about our day doing ordinary things, we think in terms of tasks that we need to do and the objects and tools that will be useful. We talk to other people who seem distinct Continue reading