— Gabriel in Swordfish —
A recent experiment by researchers at ANU (Australian National University) into the quantum behaviour of particles seems to suggest that reality appears not to exist until it is actually measured. According to [Associate Professor Andrew] Truscott, the results mean that if you choose to believe that the single atom really did take a particular path (or paths), then you have to accept that a future measurement is affecting the atom’s past.
We are connected. Technology connects us, enables us, informs us, educates us, and entertains us. It’s not equal, not everybody has access and not everybody uses technology the same way: Different economies, different cultures, different expectations. It’s easy to assume global uniformity, but we must adapt to the local environmental considerations. Wherever you look, technology (not just the Web) enables communities in radical ways, from simple text-messaging news systems connecting remote communities in India, to full-streaming live video in the always-on super-connected (generally affluent) ever-spreading hubs in other corners of the world.
Some background reading before my thoughts …
The usual way to explain it was by analogy; this was how the idea was introduced to you as a child. Imagine you were travelling through space and you came to this planet which was very big and almost perfectly smooth and on which there lived creatures who were composed of one layer of atoms; in effect, two-dimensional. These creatures would be born, live and die like us and they might well possess genuine intelligence. They would, initially, have no idea or grasp of the third dimension, but they would be able to live perfectly well in their two dimensions. To them, a line would be like a wall across their world (or, from the end, it would look like a point). An unbroken circle would be like a locked room.
Is a child raised on the “good book” simply given a good moral education, or are they brainwashed by their parents’ adherence to their skewed version of the ideology? And in so doing, do the parents unwittingly sow the seeds to grow a warrior for the cause instead of a rounded human being? The young human mind is delicate and can be forever fused by dogma. Choose wisely how you raise your children for each is the hologram of our collective future.
When I first read about this, the story was in the non-mainstream press and was confusing. What was not clear was the agenda. Most referred to the organisation as the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria but then used both ISIS and ISIL as the acronym for this. Why ISIL? Shortly afterwards, Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant appeared which covered a much wider area than originally mentioned. Could this simply be the early stages of the news breaking as disparate sources slowly pieced the picture together from differing fragments of the whole picture?
Always on. Always moving. Am I?
I went on holiday to Spain about a month ago and was impressed by the presence and scope of sports in Barcelona. There was a whole department store dedicated to sports (Corte Ingles) – 4 large floors of everything from running gear to golf, swimming, trekking, shooting, skateboarding and more – along with numerous outlets for training shoes. Keeping fit seemed more of a way of life and, as somebody who keeps fit in order to better handle life’s challenges, I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store.