Apocalypse! It seems that every day we are assailed with news from every corner of the globe that threatens to overwhelm many aspects of our lives and possibly destroy the world we know. Inflammatory words such as deadly, fatal, hopeless, disastrous, catastrophic, and so on enter into many media articles, and they affect us – either with a sense of hopelessness and fear, or anger and frustration.Continue Reading
With the USA pulling out of the Paris climate change accord, the subject of global warming is again front and centre news. Predictions of rising seas, melting glaciers, drought, famine and disruptions to the economy undergird the concerns.
What climate scientists have found over the course of decades of meetings – such as this recent one – is that although world leaders may intellectually understand the concerns being conveyed and agree in principle, there is often no meaningful follow-through that leads to specific and consistent actions that make a difference. Instead, this issue has often led to rancorous, disparate views about the actual science of climate change, about the data, and about the economics of mobilizing very different nations and cultures to do something effective.Continue Reading
Each year the Easter season offers us a moment in time to take the opportunity to consider the deeper meaning of life.
Is life really just about the body and various ways to manage its limited age and health expectations? It’s not – and we inherently know that. We sense that things of the Spirit are present with us and eternal.
From legislation on assisted suicide, to discussions about the need for better palliative care, the death process has once again become a major topic of conversation in the news media, as well as in religion, medicine, politics and families. And the discussion surrounding the subject of death is often painfully emotional, divisive and full of fear.Continue Reading
Reality or fiction? A popular viral video is making its way around social media. A humpback whale leaps dramatically up through a gym floor, where scores of children stand watching and gasping enthusiastically as it makes a huge splash when it comes back down and hits the floor, which becomes the ocean. Reality? Of course not!
Magic Leap, a new company that is making its own waves within the virtual reality industry, created this dramatic image. Commenting on the video, the tech division of media site Newsie explains that the technology is a “dynamic digitalized light field signal” which merges lifelike, computer generated images – like the whale – with what the user sees in the real world. It’s called “Augmented Reality”. It involves a wearable projector that tracks the users eyes – like Google glass, but actually works like it’s supposed to.
Entertaining, fascinating, and an escape from our boring everyday lives, virtual reality is the next enthralling invention to engage us. Moving on from the magic shows of yesterday’s traditional illusionists, we now have the opportunity to experience the hologram deck from Star Trek – Next Generation in our living rooms. Anyone who saw the video of a 90-year old woman having her first experience with the Oculus Rift technology understands the thrill. “If I try to explain this to anybody, they won’t believe me,” she gasped, adding, “I don’t believe I am seeing this.”Continue Reading