Dec 2005 // This Month In Finity

This Month In Finity is a regular installment of artifacts and developments in humanity’s never-ending quest for truth and meaning. Far from trivializing this pursuit, In Finity recognizes the importance that science, philosophy, religion, etc. play in establishing our identities and satisfying our eternal curiosity, not to mention in finding peace and balance. Be it quantum physics, zen meditation, tribal dance and music, Epictetus’ Discourses, or The Sermon on the Mount – all will find common ground here, and hopefully, a common voice with which to share their insight.

This month: Infinite Smile, Soul Made Flesh, the Global Consciousness Project, and Why God Won’t Go Away.

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Infinite Smile

Michael McAlister leads Zen-inspired, meditative talks which are distributed as podcasts.

In 2002, we started as a group of people taking Michael’s class on meditation. We initially met at the Community Center in Lafayette, California, but in a short time we noticed that we had evolved into something more than just a collection of meditators. We had become a community of people that were sharing a Path toward an ever deepening stillness, balance, and awareness of ourselves and others. And this community is growing at an amazing speed. Currently Infinite Smile Sangha is enjoying sharing Michael’s teaching with fellow practitioners all over the globe, as the podcasts of his talks are now reaching over 100 different countries.

Soul Made Flesh

Author Carl Zimmer contemplates the space that seperates the brain and the mind, the body and the soul:

Our souls are material and yet immaterial: a product of chemistry but also a pulsating network of information – a network that reaches beyond the individual brain to other brains, linked by words, glances, gestures, and other equally immaterial signals, which can leave a mark as indelible on a scan as a stroke or a swig of barium, and yet never become merely physical themselves.

Global Consciousness Project

For the past seven years, random number generators have been running all over the world, electronically flipping 200 coins each second, with the intention of measuring a global consciousness. The Global Consciousness Project (GCP), originating from Princeton, have named these random event generators Electrogaiagrams (EGGs) and are using them to test whether a human consciousness extends a field around the earth which can change the results of random events. They claim that when an important event occurs, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack or the Indian Ocean tsunami, the random event generators start to display patterns that should not exist in truly random sequences.

Not only does the GCP detect spikes of less-than-random activity around some important events, but according to the project it actually predicts them, too.

Daniel Lew, Damn Interesting

Why God Won’t Go Away

Quantium Biocommunication reviews the new book, Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief:

Most secular thinkers believe that religion is an entirely psychological invention—born out of confusion and fear—to help us cope with the struggles of living and comforts us in the face of the terrible certainty that we will die. But researchers Andrew Newberg and Eugene d’Aquili offer a new explanation, at once profoundly simple and scientifically precise: the religious impulse is rooted in the biology of the human brain.

Dec 2005 // This Month In Finity

This Month In Finity is a regular installment of artifacts and developments in humanity’s never-ending quest for truth and meaning. Far from trivializing this pursuit, In Finity recognizes the importance that science, philosophy, religion, etc. play in establishing our identities and satisfying our eternal curiosity, not to mention in finding peace and balance. Be it quantum physics, zen meditation, tribal dance and music, Epictetus’ Discourses, or The Sermon on the Mount — all will find common ground here, and hopefully, a common voice with which to share their insight.

This month: Infinite Smile, Soul Made Flesh, the Global Consciousness Project, and Why God Won’t Go Away.

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Dienststelle

Dienststelle is a label for the video/art works of Karl Kliem. I especially like the music videos done in partnership with Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto: “Berlin” and “Trioon I”. “The Lightening” with Photek and “FBAS Furniture” are also cool.

Dienststelle

Dienststelle is a label for the video/art works of Karl Kliem. I especially like the music videos done in partnership with Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto: “Berlin” and “Trioon I”. “The Lightening” with Photek and “FBAS Furniture” are also cool.

Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet. It’s a distributed screen-saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life-forms.

You can keep your molting pine needles, short-circuiting lights, and expensive fragile ornaments – my Christmas tree holiday bush is a continuous display of cascading three-dimensional fractals and patterns that reproduce based on popularity, breeding an ever-growing royal family of finely tuned visuals – a tree in the purest form of the word.

Vote your favorites up or down to contribute to the gene pool, and download the latest children, or “sheep”, while the screensaver is running. I recommend leaving it on overnight a couple times to quickly build up your library.

The creater, Scott Draves, AKA “Spot”, is a San Francisco VJ and software artist. He does a lot of other interesting work in this field, some of which is displayed in videos and images on his website.

Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet. It’s a distributed screen-saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life-forms.

You can keep your molting pine needles, short-circuiting lights, and expensive fragile ornaments — my Christmas tree holiday bush is a continuous display of cascading three-dimensional fractals and patterns that reproduce based on popularity, breeding an ever-growing royal family of finely tuned visuals — a tree in the purest form of the word.

Vote your favorites up or down to contribute to the gene pool, and download the latest children, or “sheep”, while the screensaver is running. I recommend leaving it on overnight a couple times to quickly build up your library.

The creater, Scott Draves, AKA “Spot”, is a San Francisco VJ and software artist. He does a lot of other interesting work in this field, some of which is displayed in videos and images on his website.