December 29, 2008

patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper

catherine @ 1:06 am

You can see the complicated structure and, and you say, well how does that happen, right? Suppose you’re the cosmic designer, how are you going to put galaxies out there in a pattern like that? It’s not just throwing them out at radom; there’s a more complicated process going on here. Euh, how are you going to end up doing that? And so now, we are in for some serious play and that’s we have to seriously play God, not just change people’s lives but make the universe, right?

So if that’s your responsability, how are you going to do that? What’s the kind of technique, what’s the kind of thing you are going to do? So, I’m going to show you the results of a very large scale similuation of what we think the universe might be like using essentially some of the play principles and some of the design principles that, that you know, humans have laboured so hard to pick up but apparently nature knew how to do at the beginning. And that is you start out with very simple ingredients and some simple rules and euh, but you have to have enough ingredients to make it complicated and then you euh, put in some random… ness, some fluctuations and some randomness and realise a whole bunch of different representations.

- George Smoot, astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner, during his talk about the design of the universe at the 2008 Art Center Design Conference Serious Play, May 2008 (TED).

December 13, 2008

my blog is lonely

catherine @ 4:11 am

Or so I have been told.

Anyway, a lot has happened since my last posting and yet, not so much. And because I would not want the year to end without at least a quick sign of life, here follows my latest random update.

I [obviously] never posted the rest of my ambitious report on Rehabilitation International’s 2008 World Congress. Now I understand that y’all have been waiting with bated breath and believe me, I did continue writing up this detailed report in my [little] free time but never got around to finishing it and at this point, doubt I ever would. So let me make it easy for you [or me] and summarise…

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