Piercing the Field of Knowability

“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it” – Albert Einstein

Futurist Thomas Frey: As a futurist, I’ve always been interested in our relationship with the future. But lately I’ve become obsessed with understanding more about the dividing line between the present and the future.

 

 

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10 Unanswerable Questions that Neither Science nor Religion can Answer

Futurist Thomas Frey: A few years ago I was taking a tour of a dome shaped house, and the architect explained to me that domes are an optical illusion. Whenever someone enters a room, their eyes inadvertently glance up at the corners of the room to give them the contextual dimensions of the space they’re in.

 

 

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Our Rosetta Stone

Raymond Alvarez:  Can you imagine the world if Mozart was unable to record his music? How tragic that would be to lose something that belongs to all generations.

Fortunately, his music survived to our day and has been masterfully reprised and recorded in different formats. I wonder, though, if we are not aware of or have forgotten the lesson of preserving Mozart’s music and the great trove of art and knowledge of civilization. A few have not.

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56 Future Accomplishments: Waiting for Someone to go First

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Futurist Thomas Frey: On May 24th, Gary Connery, a 42 year old stuntman from Oxfordshire, England jumped from a helicopter hovering over one mile in the air over southern England, and glided to the earth using a specially designed wing suit. His runway was comprised of a cobbled-up crash-pad fabricated from 18,000 cardboard boxes to soften the impact.

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How Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man came to be

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Vitruvian Man

At the dawn of the Roman imperial age, the first century B.C., the architect and thinker Vitruvius proposed that the human body could fit inside a circle, symbolic of the divine, and a square, associated with the earthly and secular — an idea that later became known as the theory of the microcosm, and came to power European religious, scientific, and artistic ideologies for centuries.

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Archaeological ‘Time Machine’ Revealed

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Evolutionary Time Machine
Researchers at Queen’s University have helped produce a new archaeological tool which could answer key questions in human evolution. The new calibration curve, which extends back 50,000 years is a major landmark in radiocarbon dating– the method used by archaeologists and geoscientists to establish the age of carbon-based materials.
It could help research issues including the effect of climate change on human adaption and migrations.

The project was led by Queen’s University Belfast through a National Environment Research Centre (NERC) funded research grant to Dr Paula Reimer and Professor Gerry McCormac from the Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology (14CHRONO) at Queen’s and statisticians at the University of Sheffield.

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Unseen Photos Reveal the Private Life of Hitler Part 1

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Hitler salutes German troops in Adolf Hitler Platz on September 1st, 1938

A set of photographs showing the private side of Adolf Hitler have been published for the first time. The colour pictures come from the collection of Hugo Jaeger, Hitler’s personal photographer, who captured him on camera him from 1936 to the final days of his rule in 1945. Jaeger hid thousands of transparencies in a leather suitcase at the end of the war. The case was found by six US soldiers as they searched a house near Munich where he was staying but they were more interested in a bottle of cognac he had also slipped inside. (Pics)

 

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