P21: I would have liked to draw you a four dimensional picture. However, government cuts have meant that Cambridge university can afford only two dimensional screens.
In Peru earthquakes are not unusual. When it occurs, the stones in Machu Picchu are said to “dance”, they bounce and then fall back into the place. A technique is based on perfect size precision. Without this method, many of the buildings here would have collapsed long time ago.
This strikes me as a picture of our lives as well. We’ve read the first seven letters. We know where we’ve been. But we don’t know yet what will be in letter number eight. So we worry about it. These things are in the future. That’s the tomorrow, and some of the days ahead look very challenging, I think, for us.
Tolkien coined the word “mythopoeia” in the 1930s, to refer to the literary creation of an imaginary world, inspired by real-world mythology, that includes the invention of Cosmology news, geography, history, society and language. Tolkien’s own Legendarium, his Middle Earth universe, is to date the most famous example.
Hundreds of years ago, even Western society took a hard line against people who transgressed. The philosopher Michel Foucault however, points out that it was only relatively recently that Western society gave up the idea that the best approach could be punishment by an eye for an eye. And this change in society’s direction was caused by a growing understanding about how to institutionalise people-in schools and hospitals then the idea progressed to the advent of prisons.
Sagan was not just popular for being a leader in astronomical study, but rather further produced a ‘Popular Science’ book series, and established the 1980’s award winning television series ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’. He was known as a persistent advocate of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, and also wrote the great novel ‘Contact’. which later became the basis for the extremely interesting 1997 Science Fiction Hollywood film which featured the actress Jodie Foster in a very memorable role.
I have to go now because I have a quantum funnel in the garage and I’m going to scoop up some of that dark energy and put it into the gas tank of my Toyota Sienna.