1. The most complex system example is the weather, which,…can only be effectively modelled with an exact duplicate of itself…The generator of unpredictability in complex systems is what Lorenz calls “sensitivity to initial conditions” or “the butterfly effect.” The concept means that with a complex, nonlinear system, very (infinitely) small changes in the starting conditions of a system will result in dramatically different outputs for that system. [Edward N. Lorenz: The Essence of Chaos.] What is Chaos Theory ? Mark Michaels. The Chaos Network On Line.
2. “To the often-heard question,’Why can’t we make better weather forecasts?’ I have been tempted to reply, ’Well, why should we be able to make any forecasts at all?’ ” – Edward N. Lorenz in The Essence of Chaos. Lorenz is the MIT atmospheric science researcher whose work led to the development of the idea of chaos in physical systems. In meteorology, one of the important implications is that small differences in the initial conditions of the atmosphere can lead to big differences in the weather…That is why scientists say that day-to-day forecasts of the weather for more than about two weeks ahead will never be possible. Weather Forecasting. USA TODAY Weather.
3. The most fruitful areas for growth of the sciences are those between established fields. Science has been increasingly the task of specialists, in fields which show a tendency to grow progressively narrower. Important work is delayed by the unavailability in one field of results that may have already become classical in the next field. It is these boundary regions of science that offer the richest opportunities to the qualified investigator. Cybernetics. Norbert Wiener.
4. …the most mind-boggling aspect of Pribram’s holographic model of the brain is …when it is put together with Bohm’s theory. For if the concreteness of the world…is actually a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram…what becomes of objective reality? Put quite simply, it ceases to exist. As the religions of the East have long upheld, the material world is Maya, an illusion,…This striking new picture of reality, the synthesis of Bohm and Pribram’s views, has come to be called the holographic paradigm …researchers believe it may be the most accurate model of reality science has arrived at thus far. More than that, some believe it may solve some mysteries that have never before been explainable by science and even establish the paranormal as a part of nature. The Universe as a Hologram. Author unknown.
5. …the interface between science and mysticism has been paradoxical, to say the least. Scientists claim to be upholders of materialism, cold rationality, objectivity, and strict empiricism. Yet, in the most rigorous realm of science – high energy particle physics – mysticism abounds and flourishes in a fertile climate…What does this tell us about the true cultural framework in which science is ‘done’? An Unusual Anthropology of High Energy Physics. Steve Mizrach. Magickal Physics
6. …mysticality is the power of all true science. [Einstein] The Private Albert Einstein. Peter A. Bucky with Allen G. Weakland. Andrews and McMeel, Kansas City, 1992.
7. There is no strict division between subjective and objective reality. Consciousness and the physical Universe are connected in some fundamental physical mechanism. This relationship between mind and reality is neither subjective nor objective, but “Omni-jective”. An omnijective concept of the universe is by no means new. Over two thousand years ago the Hindu Tantric tradition postulated a similar philosophy. According to Tantra, reality is illusion, or maya. The major error we commit in not perceiving this maya is that we perceive ourselves as separate from our environment. The Tantras are very explicit on this point. The observer and objective reality are one.” Mysticism and the New Physics. Michael Talbot. Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1981.
8.-Matter, mind, and magic are all one in the cosmos….In this situation two things stand out above all others: One is that our greatest strength lies in unity with all of Supernature here on earth, and the other is that this unity could give us the impetus we need to transcend the system altogether. Supernature could become something really supernatural. Supernature. Lyall Watson. Coronet Books. 1974.
9. ….the ancient phenomenon of weather control – bringing the sun or making it rain – as performed by shamans in various cultures around the world.The shaman … bring about the desired changes in weather. Similarly, various Indian tribes have rain dance ceremonies. In such cultures, human beings are viewed as but one part of the complex, living whole of Nature, connected to all other living things and to Nature itself. Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience. p.113. R.E. Guiley. Grange Books.
10. So firm was the belief of the Maori in mana that those who were held to possess it in high degree were credited with amazing powers, such as control over, or power to influence, natural phenomena. For instance, such highly endowed men could…cause thunder to resound, raise or allay a storm, wind, and rain, cause the sun to shine, mist to disappear, and many other things equally marvellous. Maori Religion and Mythology. E. Best. Part 1. p.312. Dominion Museum Bulletin No. 10. 1976.
10a. …the arts of black magic… the dreaded makutu, including the… power of slaying man by means of affecting his wairua, or spirit. The Maori School of Learning: Its Objects, Methods, and Ceremonial. E. Best. p.12. Dominion Museum Monograph No. 6 1923.
11. Indigenous peoples are entitled to the recognition of the full ownership, control and protection of their cultural and intellectual property. They have the right to special measures to control, develop and protect their sciences, technologies and cultural manifestations, including human…resources… Article 29. Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 1993. UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations
12. CLARKE’S LAWS – Arthur C. Clarke.
from “Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible.”
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.