Nöosphere

March 7th, 1997 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The nöosphere has been defined as the sum total of all human knowledge and experience. This would include everything from our most private dreams to our knowledge of Universe itself. With accelerating technology as its catalyst, our nöopshere is expanding at its greatest rate in history.

According to the standard inflationary model of cosmology, the ‘visible’ universe mapped by our telescopes is an infinitesimally small speck in a much larger universe of at least a 1035 light-year radius. If the galactic density of our own neighborhood is typical, then our bubble-universe could contain at least another 10100 galaxies – more galaxies than atoms in our own visible universe!

Despite the possibilility that life might be extremely rare, a number as large as 10100 is likely to produce an abundance of life throughout the universe. A place where countless lifeforms evolve beyond their womb planets into highly advanced space-faring civilizations. Even if somehow life only occurs once in the lifetime of a trillion galaxies, and out of those only one a trillion ever evolves out of its womb planet, in this model we’re still left with an astounding 1075advanced societies – more alien cultures than the number of atoms composing planet Earth! For some perspective on such a number, there are more atoms in a single grain of sand than there are grains of sand on the beach from which it was plucked.

Assuming life were this rare, our nearest star-hopping neighbors would probably be trillions of light-years away. Only future technologies like travel through traversable wormholes (like the hyperspace of Star Wars) might ever give us the ability to connect with these cultures. For an enlightening discussion of some possible scenarios, see Michael C. Price’s Some Implications of Traversible Wormholes.

According to Price, the implications of such ‘Contact’ would be staggering,”The number of alien cultures would be so large, that it is unlikely anyone could ever catalog all of them, even if they did have computers the size of Jupiter! No historian could encompass the sweep of history, no biologist catalog the species. In a profound sense we’ll have returned to a vast ancient world, surrounded by distant lands populated with mythical and fantastic creatures. Construction of a single universal map would be impossible. The culture shock of trying to absorb such a vast amount of new data would take close to eternity.

“If she lost her personal wormhole and forgot her
trans-species designation code (a seventy digit number!) she
would never, ever find her way home again. None of her
descriptions of where she comes from would relate to
anything anyone else knows. “

And just when you thought the universe couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the idea of
other universes and infinite dimensions…

As if 1075 star cultures all interacting with one another in a universe bigger than any of them can imagine isn’t enough, these may be just the civilizations that evolved in our universe. According to cosmologists like Alan Guth and Lee Smolin, our universe may be only one among an endless variety of others, resulting from a biological process of replication, natural selection and diversification. The idea being that our universe is only one among trillions of other offspring, born from the black holes of an older ancestral universe, in a chain stretching back indefinitely. Likewise our universe might be spinning off millions of baby universes  through its own black holes.

According to David Bohm, the 4-dimensional universe we ‘experience’ (the explicate order), is just an arbitrary 4-d submanifold of an infinite dimensional multiverse (the implicate order). Everything we experience might then be just one set of arbitrary conditions among an infinite continuum of possibility.

In this context, a traversable wormhole could be seen as 5-d vector from one 4-d slice to another. A more interesting implication of traversable wormholes, is they open the possibility of engineering our own baby universes. One day we might figure out how to do this with such finesse, that we can change the universal constants, like we do our own DNA with genetic engineering. In this case we could utilize such ‘universal engineering’, ‘cloning’ and ‘splicing’ methods to create our own custom/mutated universes. Imagine creating an endless numbers of other universes, each increasingly tailored to our own desires; playing in dimensions so far beyond our own that familiar concepts like space, time, matter and energy have no meaning. It’s possible this has already been done. Perhaps we are already living in one of these artificial universes, created and imagined by beings from a previous ancestral universe.

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Patrick Farley: World Around Web

July 10th, 1996 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I stumbled on this guy today.  Wow, the art and topics he covers are simply awesome. I feel he’s like my long lost brother or spiritual doppelganger  Totally in the spiriti of Robert Anton Wilson. Covers Bucky Fuller, Left Libertarianism/Anarchy, the works:

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World Around Web

BUCKYFULLERFor over 500 years, humanity has known that we live on a spherical planet. And yet, old reflexes-of-the-mind die hard. At dusk, we still say “The sun went down,” when we know that in reality, the sun did not “go down” at all — the Earth turned around. Likewise, we still refer to the morning’s light as the sun “coming up” when we know full well that our big ball, the Earth, simply rotated us around to face toward the Sun again. The unconscious belief in a flat Earth, continually reinforced by our uncritical repetition of yesterday’s outdated phrases, warps our perceptions of who and where we are. We tend to forget that we live on a sphere, and settle comfortably into the primitive misconception that we live on a flat world. This is not trivial.Geometry is politics. The unspoken, unconscious belief in a flat Earth, according to Buckminster Fuller, is responsible for humanity’s stupidest blunderings. As he wrote in his 1972 book Earth Inc.:

 

Space Vehicle Earth was so superbly well designed, equipped and supplied as to have been able to sustain human life aboard it for at least two million years — despite humanity’s comprehensive ignorance which permitted a fearfully opinionated assumption of an infinitely extensive planar World. 

Humanity also spontaneously misassumed that its local pollution could be dispelled by the world’s infinite extensiveness. Humanity also missassumed that an infinite succession of new and pleasing varieties of abundant, vital resources would be disclosed progressively as man exhausted first one and bespoiled another of the as-yet known valuable (vital) resources.Not only did Fuller believe that our “flat-Earth” reflexes led to pollution, environmental degradation, and war, it also blinded us to the wealthy, life-enhancing possibilities offered to us by our world’s roundness (for instance, a solar-energy grid wrapped around the Earth would be continually accumulating power, since half of it would always be facing the Sun.)

 

Fuller meticulously examined his vocabulary and expelled all inaccurate or incorrect phrases he found. In their place, he invented startling new terms. For example, instead of saying “upstairs” and “downstairs,” , he used the words “outstairs” and “instairs.” Instead of the words “sunset” and “sunrise,” he coined the terms “sunclipse” and “sunsight” respectively. (Many more of these innovative terms can be found at the Bucky Fuller Glossary at Volant Turnpike). Fuller claimed that continued use of these phrases gave him a more comfortable worldview and helped him think and intuit more clearly.

Following in Bucky’s footsteps, I propose we change the name of the World Wide Web to the World-Around-Web, for this simple reason: the Earth is not flat. By describing the world as “Wide,” we continue to reinforce the primitive notion that we live on a flat plain, extending indefinitely into all directions. This is utterly inappropriate for the Internet, which has, for the first time in human history, united peoples of all localities into a common, non-local medium of communication. The sooner we begin to reorient our thinking and intuition to sphericial Spaceship Earth, the sooner the Internet will become a tool for comprehensive global problem solving.

Still WWW has a nice symmetry to it, that WAW lacks. I suggest then, to shorten the name, we call the Web simply the WOW. The “A” has been replaced by an iconic “O” that illustrates, in the most basic hieroglyphic, the roundness of our Earth.

What’s more, this new name will shear off several redundant syllables when you’re giving your online address to somebody verbally. Instead of having to say “double-you, double-you, double-you, dot, my domain, dot com….” you can simply say “wow.mydomain.com”.

I urge all sysadmins to name their Web servers wow instead of www. I urge everybody else to start referring to the Web as the WOW whenever and wherever possible. If you support this movement, feel free to download any of the “bumperstickers” below and stick them on your webpages. Let’s set the trend in motion.

 

UPDATE March, 2004 : The site has since gone offline, but you can still find remnants here:

http://wow.spif.com/WOW

http://web.archive.org/web/19970215122916/http://tcp.com/~prime8/Orbit/View/index.html

http://web.archive.org/web/19970215123028/http://tcp.com/~prime8/Orbit/Bucky/index.html

He has gone on to do a lot of amazing comic work, see: E-Sheep.com

UPDATE 2010:  E-Sheep is no more, and has been upgraded to something even better- check out www.electricsheepcomix.com

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Freeflying

May 1st, 1995 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Freeflying)

I first learned how to fly in my dreams. The intense and blissful freedom of dreamflight carried over to my waking life in my pursuit of what has become the ultimate form of skydiving – freeflying. Freeflying begins where traditional skydiving ends. By treating the atmosphere as your playground rather than something you fall through everything expands. By mastering your body position, the freedom gained over how fast you fly and in what direction is tremendous…
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bluesky

An old skydiving friend of mine with over 17,000 jumps and the pioneer of
free-fly skydiving sums it up best:


We came from the sea upon the land,
Then we dreamed of flying,
Humankind has developed into a flying species,
Ballons, Airplanes, Spaceships, and now the pure body itself,
Starting from the right place on Earth anybody can fly,
If they understand the FREE FLY concept,
If not, they will fall through the air like a sinking non-swimmer in water,
One quarter of all posible directions to choose from,
With speeds up to one half of the sound waves,
1155 Billion cubic feet to be like nowhere else on this whole planet,
Cruising the atmosphere, the last frontier before space,
This planet skin touching everything at once.

olav1

Olav Zipser, 1994.
3 Time World Freestyle Champion

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