This is for those who like to blend philosophy and science. The video clips in the Sagan Series are from Carl Sagan’s television series, Cosmos. These videos are a remake of some of Sagan’s work and attempt to spark an interest in finding a way to make a better world. Sagan had always attempted to get people more interested in science.
I find this intriguing and profound because much of what I have listened to and seen so far in these videos correlates to the inner self – finding meaning in a story-like manner. People often view science as this cold, calculated, rigid structure. But it is not so in this series. Sagan’s powerful narrative of mankind’s ventures connects science with our humanity, which I believe is what we really need in this day and age. I highly recommend watching these. In fact, I recommend watching and reading any works by Carl Sagan.
(original text: http://ipowerproject.com/forum/topics/the-sagan-series)
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I wanted to make the lotus flower look more digital while keeping it slightly organic, but I don’t have any ideas on how to portray that yet…
Throughout history, Humanity has often searched for the elixir of immortality, the Tree of life, the Holy Grail…etc. Our ancestors wished for immortality. We still search for it today. We still wish for it and strive for it somehow and in some way. How many ads do we see everyday that talk about products that make us look younger, supplements that make you “feel” younger, exercise methods, strength boosters, and diet pills to keep “healthy”? We are obsessed with youth. For most of us, death is a frightening phenomenon. Ceasing to exist so suddenly makes our lives seem fleeting and meaningless. We ask ourselves what will happen after death? What is death? Why must we die? Will our existence only end completely? I often hear: “If only I was younger” or “if only I had a little more time” or “if only I hadn’t done this in my life” more times than I can count. Many of us want “more time” or to extend our seemingly short lives to do what we wish. Although we have not achieved immortality, scientific development and technological progress brings us closer and closer to the answer. If such a thing became reality in the near future, then perhaps we should now ask ourselves what it means to be immortal. How would it affect us? How would humanity handle such a fulfillment?
HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY AND VALUES:
One approach I often use is remembering the time before I had any concept or notion of death. As a child, I never knew that people could die. Death was an alien concept. I could not understand why people would appear to be “asleep” and never wake up again. No movement, no breath, no sound, just silence. I did not do things just to “save time” as a kid, but rather did things because I wanted to at that time and in that moment. In that sense, time for me was quite steady and slow. It was only later when I grew older that my concept of time began to shape into what it is now: precious, fleeting moments, minutes, hours, days, years… Perhaps the idea of “wasting time” would be something strange for an immortal being since (for an immortal) time will be so abundant and seemingly limitless like the very air we breathe. Would we be so impatient as we are now if time was infinite for us? If achieved, immortality most likely would affect us on a very deep, psychological level. Our values and priorities would be rearranged. Would some of us feel threatened by immortality for inner change it brings? Some would say that life would only become boring if we lived forever, but I would say that change is the only thing that is constant in life. If we had all the time in the world, wouldn’t we strive to become more creative beings? Wouldn’t immortality lead us to have a great desire to become more creative if death is no longer a force of change? Or is death a limiting factor? Is death making us rush living life? We live our lives thinking of Death. Our lives revolve around Death and we define our lives with the idea that our time is limited. If we eliminate death, then what makes us human?
As said before, Mankind has always sought for immortality. Although there are some people truly and deeply believe an a religion, I find that most people aren’t truly religious folks. Most would only turn to religion for the promise of everlasting life. Of course there are probably many other reasons why people believe in religion, but transcending death is a theme that many religions seem to follow. If most people only turn to religion just for the promise of everlasting life, then what purpose will it have if human beings are already immortal? Would immortal beings still turn do the same? Would immortal beings need religion? Immortality could have the power to render religion obsolete. So, religion and immortality might not be compatible with one another. Could these two things co-exist?
To be honest, I have no clue what will happen to this aspect of our lives in the future. The changes that may occur will probably be things that we can’t even imagine in regards to social and economic aspects human civilization. All I know is that it would all be profound. Perhaps we might pass laws against certain things. Perhaps immortality will be banned or there will be some who are immortal and some who are not. This part is quite open ended. I would like to know what you guys think.
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This is a birthday gift for someone important to me. There is a story behind it all. Humanity left Earth and are just drifting through the galaxy because Earth became to toxic to live on. The young man in the picture is stuck on a dead end job maintaining a Russian satellite by himself. It’s boring, repetitive, and he dreams of experiencing new things and things like traveling and exploring new planets, something or anything that means more than trying to keep some old, archaic piece of technology alive for the sake of the elders who desperately cling on to a legacy that no longer exists. This is how I imagine him sometimes…
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For the last few weeks, I’ve been on a creative tangent. Here’s one of the few things I’ve been working on:
It’s obviously not finished yet. I have to finish up the trees and the sky. Critiques and suggestions welcomed 🙂
Oh, come on! I’m dying for suggestions! Don’t be shy!
I absolutely love anything creative and interesting. In this day and age where most people seem to have this ADD attitude towards everything whether it’s education, politics, or other things in general, providing information, ideas, and perhaps insight into issues we face in this world in a very interesting and creative way is essential in keeping people in the loop.
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The big reason why I posted this video is because it is saying the same thing that I had said in the previous post about how the internet is essential to social progress and that it must be protected if we are to survive a through a technological transition from where we are now to another civilization as state here: https://marchintomadness.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/a-type-one-invention-in-a-type-zero-civilization-or-maybe-we-are-in-a-type-75-civilization/
There are very few movies out there that I would watch since I find that a lot of movies that are being released are just not worth watching these days. Despite many bad reviews, I actually find this movie very enjoyable to watch. A lot of people say that it lacks “gusto” that many political satires have, but come on…Moon Nazis! A movie about Moon Nazis! How hilariously absurd is that? Classic. It’s funny and I find a lot of things in the movie that pretty much show how politics is around the world particularly in America towards the very end of the movie. Not only does it address the state of world politics, it has a deeper philosophical layer in terms of how to approach another civilization to it if you pay attention carefully enough. What really pulled me in the end was the female voice that was narrating while everything was blowing up in space. I don’t know who it was narrating, but what she said really got to me. I don’t know what is it about those three sentences, but it really resonated with me.
Overall, I think it’s a great movie even if others don’t agree. It’s not too slow, not too serious, and it’s not too fast-paced. I’d watch it again and I recommend it to anyone who is remotely aware of what’s going on with governments around the world.
WATCH HERE: http://www.watchfreemovies.ch/watch-movies/2012/watch-iron-sky-220811/
Been digitally tweaking this painting a little bit. I’m becoming somewhat satisfied with it, but not yet. There is still more tweaking to be done. Click for a better view 😀