Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Lessons from the Beyond:

I was chatting with Carl Sagan the other night. He had a lot to say about NASA, and early hydroponic technology (it was the kind of conversation any plant nerd would love to have) - yes, we can grow plants underground, on the Moon, and even on Mars if we can control the environment - he had a lot to say about the history of NPKand on the importance of organic farming. He also had a lot to say about 1954, though I can't remember  exactly what it was, all I do remember is that 1954 was a very important year for him, and that I should look into it:

...of course I had to Google Carl Sagan 1954... 

I was happy to discover this:

Carl Sagan's "Outside" reading list, Autumn Quarter 1954 

In Whole
2. Death Be Not Proud (1949)  John Gunther 
3. An Outline of Abnormal Psychology (1949)  William McDougall
4. Who Speaks For Man? (1953)  Norman Cousins
5. Astronomy — Baker
6. The Observational Approach To Cosmology (1937) — Edwin Hubble
7. Cancer
8. Quantitative Aspects of Carcinogenic Radiation (1952)  H. Davis
9. Radiation — Davis
10. Star Short SF Novels #1
11. New Biology #15
12. Young Archimedes and Other Stories (1924)  Aldous Huxley
13. Julius Caesar (1599)  William Shakespeare
14. Symposium — Plato
15.  Autobiography of an Uneducated Man — Hutchins
16.  Timaeus (360 a.C.) — Plato

In Part
17. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841)  Charles Mackay
18. But We Were Born Free (1954)  Elmer Davis
19. Readings in Philosophy
20. A History of Western Philosophy (1969)  W. T. Jones
21. The Greek Reader — Andre
22. In the Matter of (1954)  J. Robert Oppenheimer
23. The Berlite German Self Teacher
24. 2 Galaxies 
25.  The Uses of The Past: Profiles of Former Societies (1952)  Herbert J. Muller
26. The Republic (380 a.C.) — Plato
27. The Bible — Anonymous
28. Several Scientific Americans

 Course Readings
 Heat and Thermodynamics (1900)   Mark Waldo Zemansky
Stars, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory — Statistical Mechanics
The Kinetic Theory of Gases (1938)  E. H. Kennard
Electricity and Electromagnetism — Hornwell
Theory of Functions (1952)  Konrad Knopp
Complex Analysis (1953)  Lars Ahlfors
Introduction to Electric Fields (1954)  W. E. Rogers

Ok. So I've copied down the list. Highlighted in red are the books I've read so far. I have to admit this is a pretty formidable list to tackle with my busy schedule and so I am going to simplify it by focusing on the books published in 1954, highlighted in blue:


But We Were Born Free  Elmer Davis (1954)

I have just received the two books (pictured above): I am looking forward to delving in deeper.
Having read these books, I had to order Elmer Davis's last book: Two Minutes to Midnight
(finished on Dec. 4th 1954/Published 1955)

This book is incredible

Looking backwards: I used to design book markers as art projects. I would leave them in coffee shops for people to take freely. I designed this one many years ago now. It seems so relevant today.
Further research

Notes: On


I'm trying to wrap my head around all this. 

Connecting the dots:
A lot happened in 1954 to help shape the political landscape we know it today:

The Worlds first Nuclear Power Plant in the world - 1954 (Russia)
US spies caught in Russia - 1954
The Spy Next Door

GIS: Nuclear Power Plants/US

Media and the rise of "Mass Hysteria" - The Windshield-Pitting Mystery of 1954

Smoking Guns:
Timeline 1954
(Scrutinize the above information)

I keep thinking 
"before 1984 we experienced 1954"
and, then I found this: 
George Orwell's 1984 - 1954 BBC TV Movie

There's a story here

Other Notable Events:

Imagine Carl's reaction if I were to say to him "it was so good chatting with you the other night in our dream. I can't thank you enough for sharing your 1954 "outside reading" list. I can't wait to learn more." Would he accept this as a "real" experience? Would he say "it was good talking with you as well," asking "what have you found out?" Or, would he be critical of this experience? It's hard to know exactly how he would respond, he left this world a long time ago.  I do know, that as a scientist, he was a devout "skeptic" inserting “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” as he expressed so beautifully in "A Demon Haunted World"  and I must admit that when I first read this book (A Demon Haunted World) I was little frustrated while reading his critique that was highly skeptical of ideas he deemed to be "Psuedo-Science" because at the time, I wanted to believe, and tended to believe from personal experiences, that there were in fact "ghostly presences" in our world, and that yes visitors from beyond interact with us from time-to-time. Would he deem this experience as magical thinking? Can we really communicate with each other through dreams? Or, is this experience indicative of something far more personal? 

One thing is for certain:
Good Teachers Never Die

One more thing I would like to add to this story, deepening this mystery, I had this dream on April 22, 2017 (Oppenheimer's Birthday)very peculiar

Thoughts to build on:

“You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”     Love Carl

Translated Transcript
Princeton, 3. 1. 1954

Dear Mr Gutkind,

Inspired by Brouwer's repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me. What struck me was this: with regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common. Your personal ideal with its striving for freedom from ego-oriented desires, for making life beautiful and noble, with an emphasis on the purely human element. This unites us as having an "unAmerican attitude."

Still, without Brouwer's suggestion I would never have gotten myself to engage intensively with your book because it is written in a language inaccessible to me. The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change this for me. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and whose thinking I have a deep affinity for, have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything "chosen" about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the first one. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual "props" and "rationalization" in Freud's language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes,


A. Einstein

Another Einstein letter dated 1954

One day I will find the time to write:
"1954" be continued...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Circular Cities 2030

Healing Earth by Design
Ideas to Build On

Imagine the game, Circular Cities 2030, as a Worlds Fair Event happening simultaneously in every city around the world. Our primary objective is the adaptation of our cities to our changing world~

Storyboard ~The stage is set for Radical Transformation:

Our world in crisis: Global Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, Resource Depletion, Species Extinction, WAR, Famine, Growing Inequalities are just some of the challenges confronting us today as a species. Pressures are mounting. Tyranny  gains power on the world stage, as elites position themselves to take complete control of the global marketplace. Rumors of WAR fill the hearts and minds of everyone caught in the cross-hairs. The big clampdown has begun. Reactionary impulse takes aim in every corner of the world. If ever there was a time to rise-up, it is now.
In America, we have been sheltered from the battles raging throughout the world. We have been spared the brutality of another country's occupation and conversion tactics. Yes, in America, we have been spared we say to ourselves, while reciting "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (women & children) are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain Inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness —"  

Back to the StoryBoard 

 Circular Cities 2030

Circular Cities 2030 is a Worlds Fair event that will take place simultaneously in every city around the world. Think of it as the new POP culture:
(please click links below)

Parks over Ports

Transforming Trade Routes into Tourist Traps

No more bullets. No more bombs.
Fun & Games

The images below introduce you to the Seattle Campus Fairgrounds:

Here's an idea for a "possible" Georgetown Campus: 
(please clink link below)

The Future Academy of  Health & Industry: A New School Proposal

As cities become circular, they become unique, bio-regions of industry & trade. From this creativity responds with spontaneous advantage as access points become more accessible and localized:

Think of this new school proposal as the equivalent to the monster in SimCity,
Possible Mission: Find your /G\ spot

Ideas to build on:
Regenerative Design \ Becoming the Cure
Healing Earth by Design

Economics 101: We have it in our power to redesign everything:
Circular Economy

So how can we begin this game?
(I've got A LOT of writing to do)

Looking Forward:

 I keep thinking of how some of the headlines might read:

Three Seattle Billionaires on the Re-Branding of Global Capitalism

US, Canada and Mexico set to submit joint bid for West Coast Connection-Circular Cities 2030

  • "We believe this Worlds Fair Event "Circular Cities 2030" will not only connect our cities with high-speed transit, it will generate a new economic paradigm that once fully realized will work to unify our living world"
  • Elon Musk pledges groundbreaking partnership, connecting BC-Sea-Tac-PDX-SF-LA-SD-TJ with High-Speed Connection
  • In a joint bid, US, Canada and Mexico set to host the West Coast Connection, laying the foundation for the Global Worlds Fair Event "Circular Cities 2030". 

Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Getting From Here to There


The Great Escape:

A crew of twelve, kept alive in Stasis, occupy the craft. Stasis, a state in which the body is kept alive during migration, is achieved through the injection of intelligent machines, quite similar to the craft, only microscopic in scale. Once injected, these machines self-replicate keeping the host environment functioning, while the mind is suspended in a sort of prolonged dream state ... then, after a time in transit, a hospitable planet will be found on which the craft will land and the crew will awaken. 

One side effect for the crew is that the machines injected to promote Stasis are really good at what they do, which allows the crew the luxury of an extra-long-life:

I often wonder whether or not these machines will be passed on to our descendants. I go back and forth between yes and no. Either way, the philosophical implications are profound. 

Anyway, our beginnings on these new worlds always follow the same course of imaginings: we find shelter, clear the land for farming, and ritualistically, almost every night, we gather via fireside to discuss the news of the day. I never really imagine it happening any other way. The thought of space-time-travel always seems to suggest that the idea of carting around the nuts and bolts that will construct the new world in the same fashion as the old seems somewhat far-fetched and highly improbable.  Sure, multiple craft could make the journey together, but, that will be it. We will have memory of the old world and of its built environment, but to recreate it will take us generations, and so from meager beginnings we begin our work:

Question: If you were to take this journey, and were allowed only one carry-on,
what would you bring? 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Parks over Ports:

Algorithms for the Unification of Systems
"Circular Cities"

Threats Facing Mega-Cities - Sea-Level Rise 

Trimming Our Waste-Line: The Moonshot to Zero

I love what Google is doing here, and would like to add to the narrative that The Moonshot to Zero will commence when we take this process of Trimming Our Waste-line one step further than The Company Line and begin Transforming our Cities into Circular Cities:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Prohibition & Climate Change

Do you know why we fuel our cars with gasoline?

Because Alcohol (Ethanol) gets us drunk.
Sad Truth.

Great job  Quentin R. Sckrabec, Jr. on your research. 
If you are at all interested in learning more about the history of the Green Economy, Circular Economy, Next Economy, then do read this book:

Connecting the Dots:

Prohibition: History Link