Edward Lorenz dies.

Edward Lorenz was the pioneer in the creation of chaos and strange attractor theory. He also showed how small actions could lead to major changes in what became known as the “butterfly effect.

Dr. Ian Malcolm – There. Look at this. See? See? I’m right again. Nobody could’ve predicted that Dr. Grant would suddenly, suddenly jump out of a moving vehicle.
Dr. Ellie Sattler – Alan? Alan!
Dr. Ian Malcolm – There’s, another example. See, here I’m now by myself, uh, er, talking to myself. That’s, that’s chaos theory.

(quote from Jurassic Park)

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Now reading: The Dharma of Star Wars – Matthew Bortolin

The Dharma of Star WarsMatthew Bortolin

“If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”

The Dharma of Star Wars brings together the phenomenon of Star Wars with humanity’s profound hunger for the spiritual. Parade magazine recently declared “Jedi Knight” to be the “Best New Religion” and the UK Times reported, “It is George Lucas, rather than St. Luke, who taught today’s twentysomethings much of what they first learnt about right and wrong.” (And perhaps more famously: in a UK census, some 390,000 British citizens declared “Jedi” to be their official religion. Similarly, a census report in in Australia tallied 70,000 as followers of the Star Wars “faith.”) For many, Star Wars was their first taste of religious thought without the dogma and restrictions of organized religion. It awoke in them a certain spirituality that Buddhism, with its emphasis on personal inquiry and self-realization, so fluidly speaks to. The Dharma of Star Wars uses Buddhism and George Lucas’ powerful mythos to illuminate each other in a way that speaks directly to the heart.

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Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90

Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who co-wrote “2001: A Space Odyssey” and won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday, an aide said. He was 90.
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Now reading: Accidental Christ

by Lon Milo DuQuete. Two millennia ago, a charismatic Jewish teacher emerged from the sands of Roman Palestine. His wise, sometimes enigmatic teachings, his ability to heal the sick, and the miraculous feats he performed before the eyes of his many followers brought him fame, admiration and adoration, as well as resentment and ultimately, death. Yet, in the score of centuries that passed, his life’s story has been told and re-told more than that of any man who has ever lived. Who was this Jesus? Was he the King of the Jews? The Son of God? A prophet? A politician? A religious teacher? Was he an individual caught up in a drama much greater than himself, perhaps divinely inspired to fulfill an age-old prophecy? In his first novel, bestselling author Lon Milo DuQuette tells a remarkable tale of what might have been… Through the magic of his narrative, DuQuette brings to life the historical and cultural milieu from which Jesus, John the Baptist, and the woman known in the Gospels as Mary Magdalene arose. The streets and temples and homes of ancient Galilee appear vividly before us, as do the priests, soldiers, merchants, wandering prophets, and Gnostic initiates of the time. (Amazon)

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