Leslie Stevens: The Outer Limits
THE FUTURE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE
Is “Big Bang” the best term we can come up with to reference the beginning of the universe? It sounds violent and messy — like a random, accidental splatter. I would much prefer a term that suggests sublime elegance and playful power — language that would capture the awe and reverence I feel as I contemplate the sacred mystery we are privileged to inhabit. What if we used a different name for the birth of creation, like the “Primal Billow” or the “Blooming Ha Ha” or the “Majestic Bouquet”? The last is a thought by Rob Brezny. In reconceiving our ‘common’ storytelling how could it change the way we stand in the world?
To Andreas Weber, a theoretical biologist in Germany, the commons is not simply a matter of public policy or economics. It is an existential condition of life in all its forms, from cellular matter to human beings. “The idea of the commons provides a unifying principle that dissolves the supposed opposition between nature and society/culture,” he writes. “It cancels the separation of the ecological and the social.” According to Weber, the commons provides us with the means to reimagine the universe and our role in it. If we are to truly transform our economic and political systems, Weber argues, then we must also address some unquestioned, deeply embedded premises of those systems. In effect we must reassess the nature of reality itself. (David Bollier: Think like a Commoner, 2014: 147)
WHAT PLANTS TALK ABOUT
PBS Erna Buffie, USA
2013, 1 min 10 sec
Full version, 52 min 57 sec
When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behaviour” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives.
U.S. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SPEECH BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
New York, USA
1987, 21 sec
Reagan is the only US President in history to openly speak about extraterrestrials and UFOs in public as many times as he did while in office. One of these occasions was to the United Nations General Assembly.
In his speech on September 21, 1987 , US President Reagan said:
” In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond.
I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world.
And yet I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? “
DR. MICHIO KAKU & STEPHEN HAWKING:
THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE DEBATE (1/3)
Larry King Live, CNN
2010, 7 min 21 sec
Stephen Hawking gives his insight on Extraterrestrial Life. A panel of specialists and believers, such as Michio Kaku, elaborate on Hawking’s intel and discuss the issue more thorough.
TERENCE MCKENNA: THE BIG BANG DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
From ‘The Importance of Human Beings’.
6 min 26 sec (selected excerpt)
McKenna refutes the scientific theory of the Big Bang.
FURTHER READING & RESEARCH
James Gleick: Time Travel: A History (2016)
Lisa Randall, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe (2016)
Jaron Lanier: Who Owns The Future (2013)
Alan Lightman, Einstein’s dreams (1992)
RUBERT SHELDRAKE ON:
THE SCIENCE DELUSION
2013, 18 min 19 sec
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. (born 28 June 1942) is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books.He dared to question the Scientistic Orthodoxy, and for that he has been publicly castigated and defamed (and censored by TED).
BOSTON BEGINS REMOVING PARKING SPACE SAVERS
2015, 3 min 3 sec
Boston is putting the breaks on people’s attempts to use everyday items to hold parking spots they’ve spent hours digging out from the snow. Anna Werner reports from Boston, where their removal is getting a chilly reception.