Superadobe, Jellyfish airplant, quantum physics, alone together

Just fascinating. The things that stopped me in my tracks and inspired me this week:

» Inspired by the Sufi poet Rumi, architect Nader Khalili (1936-2008) asked “How can we transform spirituality into tangible reality?“. His answer was to look to the elements: “earth, water, air and fire…..these are the solutions.” Today, Cal-Earth (The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture) carries on his vision of using what is under our feet to build strong, earthquake-safe shelter that can even return back to the earth from whence it came:  Rumi Inspires 21st Century Housing Solutions

» Quantum physics is so cool (except for the math part). Not only is it giving us a new understanding of our world and our concept of “reality”, but it also yields some insights that read like ancient koans. One such example:  “If you collapse what you are as matter… into just the mass of stuff [which we’re made of] which is just the protons and neutrons…the whole of the human race would be in the volume of a sugar cube.”  The BBC’s Horizon series breaks down measurement with a quantum perspective that doesn’t require you to be a scientist to understand: How Long is a Piece of String?

» Take a sea urchin shell, combine it with an air plant, and suddenly…living art. How one woman’s collecting hobby yielded the ethereal jellyfish air plant and her online shop: An Interview with Cathy Van Hoang [just got notification that my set of 5 green jellyfish air plants shipped today; I can’t wait for them to arrive!]

» Yes, I do realize that sharing this digitally is probably the antithesis of this TED talk, but what better place to get the word out about how the technology we are so enamored of can do slow and insidious damage to our capacity for self-reflection and self-awareness? Meditate after you watch this: Sherry Turkle: Connected, But Alone?

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