1. Thomas Berry at 100 Celebration


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    Highlights from "Thomas Berry at 100: Emergent Cosmos, Earth Community, Expanding Conversations," hosted by Drew Dellinger and Konda Mason, with Brian Swimme, Belvie Rooks, Carl Anthony, Robert McDermott, China Galland, Dedan Gills, Steve Snider, Lynne Twist, Bill Twist, and Nikki Silvestri. Oakland, CA. November 9, 2014. www.drewdellinger.org

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    • Vedic cosmology


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      Nasimo in India

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      • Les lieux de la cosmologie


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        • Parallel universes - parallel me's


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          Have you ever felt there is more than one of you? Yes, one of you, the individual person? I guess it’s normal, to some extent. As long as you keep feeling and believing that there is only one you: you. You may be torn, two hearts beating in your chest, your own good cop bad cop routine, the psychoanalysts ego, alter ego, id. Or the fleeting sense of yourself, when you say, I don’t feel like myself today. Which is a good sign. Because you still believe in one self of yours. Be careful, because the line to psycho-pathology, a sick mind, is a fine line - and constantly being reinterpreted by the experts. There is split personality, multiple personality, psychotic personality - all of which wreak havoc on your sense of one self. But there may be a connection between our individual psychologies and the big picture. The really big picture: the cosmos. The universe. You may have heard of the “theory” of parallel universes. We, as individuals, are in all of them. Possibly leading somewhat different lives. The borders between the universes seem to be tight. They don’t spill over into each other. Supposedly. Well, I have a hunch that there is one level of reality where they do touch each other and even spill. It’s the level of our consciousness. We are not all equally leaky. Many, perhaps most of us, have never been touched by a parallel self from another universe. But some have. And it can be scary. The good news is: you’re not crazy if you are touched by your parallel selves. You are just more attuned, more sensitive, to cosmic realities. I don’t know what it all means, or what we can or should do about it. Perhaps it’s enough to entertain the idea that parallel universes, and “I’s”, exist. And then, when you are less worried about your own sanity, you can start asking some questions: Does each universe have its own god? Could it be that you are Christian in one, Jewish in another, a Muslim in a third, and so on? Are you happier in other universes? Will you die in all of them at the same time? Do these universes even have the same time? If you don’t find this idea reassuring, there is no proof that there really are parallel universes. Perhaps there are some where climate change has not yet become the same catastrophic threat it is in this universe. So when humanity here sinks, there is always the hope that in other universes we have done much better. Or a bit better. Better enough to survive.

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          • The Greater Cosmology


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            Should we attempt to synthesize scientific, philosophical, and religious concepts into a greater cosmology? The Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaître (1894 -1966) was one of the founders of what has become known as Big-Bang cosmology. He was also a Roman Catholic priest. In a lecture delivered in 1958, he stated that theoretical cosmology is “entirely outside any metaphysical or religious question.” Alan Batten will investigate how far modern cosmologists have kept their science separate from their philosophical and religious (or irreligious) views and, indeed, whether it is even possible for them to do so. Alan H. Batten worked at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria for over half a century. He also spent time at the Vatican Observatory in Castelgandolfo, Italy, the Instituto de Astronomia y Fisica del Espacio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. From 1985 to 1991, he served as a Vice-President of the International Astronomical Union and, in the following decade, visited astronomers in developing countries on behalf of the Union. Batten was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1977. His most recent book, Our Enigmatic Universe: One Astronomer’s Reflections on the Human Condition, was published in 2011.

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            • Simulation of a dwarf galaxy, dark matter (CDM vs SIDM)


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              This is a simulation of a small galaxy (10 million solar masses). Shown here is the dark matter surface density. On the left is the simulation with cold dark matter. On the right is the simulation with self interacting dark matter with a cross section of 2 cm^2/g.

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              • Simulation of a dwarf galaxy, gas, (CDM vs SIDM)


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                This is a simulation of a small galaxy (10 million solar masses). Shown here is the gas surface density. On the left is the simulation with cold dark matter. On the right is the simulation with self interacting dark matter with a cross section of 2 cm^2/g.

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                • Lisa Randall: Understanding Multiple Dimensions


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                  Lisa Randall is professor of theoretical physics and studies particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Her research concerns elementary particles and fundamental forces and has involved the development and study of a wide variety of models, the most recent involving extra dimensions of space. She has made advances in understanding and testing the Standard Model of particle physics, supersymmetry, models of extra dimensions, resolutions to the hierarchy problem concerning the weakness of gravity and experimental tests of these ideas, cosmology of extra dimensions, baryogenesis, cosmological inflation, and dark matter. Professor Randall earned her PhD from Harvard University and held professorships at MIT and Princeton University before returning to Harvard in 2001. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and is a past winner of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, and the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. Her book Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions was included in the New York Times' 100 notable books of 2005. In 2008, Prof. Randall was among Esquire Magazine's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century". Randall was included in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2007 and was one of 40 people featured in The Rolling Stone 40th Anniversary issue that year. Prof. Randall was featured in Newsweek's "Who's Next in 2006" as "one of the most promising theoretical physicists of her generation" and in Seed Magazine's "2005 Year in Science Icons".

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                  • Selected Cosmos


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                    Selected Cosmos is a sonification of the sequence of nucleobase pairs (as reported by the Human Genome Project at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/genome/assembly/grc/) of human DNA (i.e., deoxyribonucleic acid, the molecule that bears the information that guides the growth of nearly all living organisms). This excerpt presents a portion of chromosome number 22, which is one of the shortest human chromosomes, with only approximately 49 million base pairs. A complete sonification of chromosome 22 here would require just over 88 days (and a sonification of all 23 pairs of the human chromosome would require nearly 15 years to complete at the rate the information is presented in this piece). In the double-helical structure of a molecule of DNA, each member of the base pair attaches to a spiral backbone of sugar (deoxyribose) and phosphate, and the chemical structure on each spiral is arranged in the opposite direction to that of the other spiral. To sonify this molecular sense of direction, the music includes a layer of two tones that are filtered in an overlapping way, in the manner of Shepard tones (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_tone), to suggest that each direction extends possibly to infinity. The pitch of these Shepard-filtered tones is 54 octaves above the sound emitted by an active galactic nucleus in the Perseus Cluster (3.333 * 10^(-15) hz). Thus the piece encompasses structures at both the micro and macro levels. Occasionally sounding on this same pitch are sampled or synthetic voices chanting the Latin word “Omnium” (all). In the video portion of this work these sounds are accompanied by slowly morphing images of the cosmic background radiation, as imaged by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), and the Planck orbiting observatory.

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                    • Action Minimization for Cosmological Dynamics


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                      using 2K particles, powered by Julia!

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