Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The universe is a holographic projection (maya)

See this and then this from the New Scientist (Jan 2010):
"According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. "It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," says Hogan.
If this doesn't blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram." See the full article in the New Scientist"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Goodbye David, Hello Matt

Steen Moffat on Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor (courtesy of the Radio Times):
"Because Matt is the youngest actor to play the Doctor, people might be thinking they’ll get a “young geezer” Doctor, but he isn’t that. He’s restored the more professorial aspect of the character – he’s very much the “nutty professor” Doctor.

What I least expected from Matt, given the nature of the modern Doctor, is that at times he’s very quiet, the strong, quiet man. I suppose I thought instinctively that he’d be a leaping-about, loud Doctor, as we’ve got used to. Yet some of Matt’s most powerful moments are when he’s very, very quiet... very, very gentle, in a way that a very powerful person can be. There’s a scene I watched just recently in which he was chillingly good: a big confrontation-with-the-alien scene, and instead of playing it – as he could have – in a much more bombastic way, he was very quiet, very matter-of-fact, very simple. It’s all implied strength rather than demonstrated bluster.

Matt carries off the gravitas thing perfectly and has no difficulty at all in lording it over other people. He has scenes with Winston Churchill – in which he behaves like Winston Churchill’s dad! And you have no difficulty in buying that on-screen. And then, of course, he’ll behave like a complete spoilt child, which is what the Doctor has to do – to suddenly become a huge big kid.

He is a terribly distinctive actor. And he has the most extraordinary face. He was born to play an alien, because it doesn’t quite add up. He’ll hate me for saying this, but he looks like a caricature of a handsome man; it’s all just a bit too much: perfect profile, perfect jaw-line, extraordinary. And the camera adores him. So you’ll be seeing a lot of that face, suffering, in close-up, I tell you!:

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Master is Back!

A wonderful interview with John Simms on the Jonathan Ross show on BBC Radio 2 (26th Sept 2009) about his return to Doctor Who for the END OF TIME 2010 Christmas Special:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The God Gene

or why mechanistic and reductionist accounts of the universe fall into the same trap as other forms of ideological fundamentalism, as explained by the comic genius himself John Cleese:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009