Friday, September 24, 2010
Maybe you should have told him/her the truth.
Maybe you should have asked better questions.
Maybe you should have left it alone.
Maybe you should have stretched beforehand.
Maybe you should have just stayed in bed that day.
But after looking at it from the point of view of every detail you can recall, the peripheral stuff just fades away and all you're left with is feeling the impact over and over until there is no more sensation and the wound is healed.
Look straight upward.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
If his plan catches on in the deathcare business, the etched dash between birth and death dates will be replaced by snapshots of vacations and family reunions reanimated to the gentle beat of The Beatles' "In My Life".
It's bad enough that he has had to sit quietly while his ideas have been turned into premises for unsciency sci-fi action movies...
...but now we have Christians praying for his soul and atheists waving his name around like a victory flag over the proclamations of headlines.
"Stephen Hawking: God didn't create universe" - CNN.com
"God did not create the universe, says Hawking" - Yahoo! News
"God Has No Role in Universe, Says Stephen Hawking" AOL News
"Somebody's Going To Hell! Stephen Hawking: "God Not Necessary" Geelkologie
Stephen Hawking: God did not create UFO Digest
Stephen Hawking U-turns on God's creation of Universe" Wired
"Stephen Hawking changes tune on God" USA Today
"Hawking: Religion will be defeated by science" cnet.com
"Stephen Hawking Settles the God Question Once and For All " Discover
My understanding is this: In his 1988 book, "A Brief History Of Time" he said that one's belief in human evolution and faith in a Christian God were not necessarily mutually exclusive. In 2010 he said that the physics of gravity allow for the Big Bang to happen spontaneously, and thus it does not necessitate a God to ignite the first spark.
Neither of these statements reveals anything about Hawking's alleged religious faith or lack thereof.
A super-genius cyborg made a statement regarding the Universe on an inhumanly enormous scale, and journalists turned it into a human interest piece.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
“You know of course that a mathematical line, a line of thickness nil, has no real existence…Neither has a mathematical plane. These are mere abstractions.”
“That’s all right,” said the Psychologist.
“Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.”
“There I object,” said Filby. “Of course a solid body may exist. All real things..."
“But wait a moment. Can an instantaneous cube exist?”
“Don’t follow you,” said Filby.
“Can a cube that does not last for any time at all, have a real existence?”
I am not a daydreamer. I am an Instantaneous Engineer. I plan and build intricate mechanisms, complete in their gears and function, existing in all 3 spatial dimensions fully formed and yet not materialized by duration. I invent and follow my inventions along their tangent timeline to their logical end and the change/ruin they bring onto society. Then I backtrack to the same moment of conception and pull my creation back out of the world, never to solidify.
My instantaneous creations are devastating so I spin them only onto paper, recount only the vaguest of hints at the destruction they wreak when they endure. I should let them dissolve completely, but in my vanity I doodle their caricatures in tight margins and bury their codex under my pillow to comfort me while I dream dreams I will never recall.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
We both agree that he present is the freezing point at which the past crystallizes out of the future, but what if it isn't instantaneous? What if it happens in a short but gradual duration like the dendritic growth process of solidifying crystals, reaching like angular limbs out of the liquid of infinite possibilities. Steadily the limbs grasp onto each other and grow, solidifying into a beautiful, unchangeable geometric patterns. No pattern can be determined until after the moment has ceased shifting into our consensus reality.This makes me think about how confusing and amorphous the experience of the present is in moments of great change. For instance, during the events of 9/11 I felt like there were thousands of possibilities colliding at once, anyone or anything was responsible for the disaster simultaneously, until a Declaration of Reality was announced on the radio declaring a culprit and the unsteady plasma of undetermined reality cooled into President Bush's desired shape. History was written as such, and time moved on.The question is this: Can we take a pickaxe to the past and crack it wide open again to reflect the future's absurdity onto the past? Can we destroy the solidity of the past leaving us afloat in the undetermined, where all possibilities and impossibilities co-exist?To live in the future is to be many places at once.To live in the past is to be frozen/catatonic/paralyzed.
To live in the present is to live blindly and infinitely.I don't think we have to choose between these options. To be complete and well-balanced people we can switch tracks for differing Time Points Of View. We are able to jump back and forth like switching songs on a record for alternate perspectives on the events that surround us, but we must always remember to return to the present from time to time.Why?The present is the only instant in which we can enact change!And how do we navigate time efficiently in a world where it all looks completely different as viewed from past, present or future.?Picture this: a 4D computer model that maps every possible fissure in the amorphous future. We can now see every concievable outcome of every concieveable choice laid out face up before us like a gigantic deck of cards.Now pick a card.Choose wisely. Look carefully at them all and choose the one that looks like the future you want to live in. Now, in order to make that dream come true all you need to do is trace the path of choices backward to the present and concentrate on making your life match that path as best as you can.Do we already have a program that is capable of such computation?Yes. It's called your brain!
Navigating the desired path among infinite futures is exactly what our brain has evolved to do and it is the exact evolutionary purpose of imagination. So allocate your internal RAM to this application, readjust the settings as choose what shape you want the future of our world to crystallize into.
Got it? As scientists I am sure that you will be able to fold these explosions of concepts into a cohesive and testable hypothesis. I look forward to reading about your results on the web.
Richard R. Penner
Monday, September 20, 2010
The researchers are now practicing gyrating with "a high degree of variability and amplitude of movements of the head and pelvis."
Next, they plan on studying the sex appeal of female dance by dressing women in spandex motion capture suits and having them dance in their lab while they film them; which is, in theory, a much better way for the scientists to meet women.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Take into account that he was on performance enhancing drugs for "cool".
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Speaking your true name aloud will only weaken it.