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:: what's the connection between hackers and junk food? ::
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:: feedback loops ::
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:: chaos theory ::
Groups like the KaosPilots teach their students how to navigate through chaotic times. But to be able to forsee those currents? That takes it to another level.
:: I'm such a nerd ::
:: science. fiction? ::
To plug The Dancing Wu Li Masters again, the author has an interesting analogy for space-time unfolding, using a drop of ink in a glass of water. Even if you don't get the book, and even if you don't see the movie (until it comes out on DVD) check out those articles.
:: the color of the universe (redux) ::
:: Pure Content to go ::
:: radical sabbatical ::
:: got the 143 for the 411? ::
:: indie rocks (yuk yuk) ::
In related news, a chap named Brian Taylor is working on an indie film called Rust Boy. It's made with his home computer, a little bit of money and a whole mess o' ingenuity. I'm looking forward to seeing the results.
:: 2MBR ::
In college, I took the physics class for non-scientists—the one where you take apart a lawnmower engine and talk about how it works. It was a cool class, but I still came away thinking physics was complex, boring, and beyond my comprehension. Imagine my surprise, then, when I stumble across a book that discusses quantum mechanics, relativity, particle physics, and other aspects of "the New Physics," and find myself fascinated by it. It's called The Dancing Wu Li Masters, and it was written in 1979 (a very good year, I might add). It's amazing. Essentially, he looks at the Chinese word for physics, "Wu Li," which means "Patterns of organic energy." Due to the nature of the Chinese language, "Wu Li" can also mean "My Way," "Nonsense," "I Clutch My Ideas," and "Enlightenment." Gary Zukav (the author) dissects each of those definitions, uncovering incredible wisdom—which applies to physics, business, and life in general. He goes into what would normally be considered complex, obtuse subjects, and makes them readily understandable.
[Physicists] wonder what the universe is really made of, how it works, what we are doing in it, and where it is going, if it is going anyplace at all. In short, they do the same things that we do on starry nights when we look up at the vastness of the universe and feel overwhelmed by it and a part of it at the same time.I would quote more, but then this would go on beyond a Two Minute Book Review. So I'll end it here. Go forth and read.
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:: mind over matter ::
In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis analyzes morality and then uses that investigation to describe God's nature (and his thoughts on the appropriate response). Anyway, at the beginning of his analysis, he writes, "we have not yet got as far as a personal God—only as far as a power, behind the Moral Law, and more like a mind than it is like anything else."
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