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Welcome to the Transcalar Imaginary

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"The Universe is made up of stories, not atoms."

Muriel Rukeyser

 

The stories we tell ourselves about the cosmos shape our experiences of reality. We interpret our experiences through ever-shifting lenses of enculturation, embodiment, and enaction, which continually shape the explanatory maps and narratives we create to account for the nature of existence. Recognizing our unique perspectives, as well as how they might be expanded, requires identifying the influences and assumptions within which they are enmeshed. While language can provide conceptual descriptors of these processes, sensuous experience can reveal the more immediate role of sense perception in shaping our understanding and intuition.

 

The Transcalar Imaginary refers to the ever-shifting worlds constructed within the individual and collective minds' eye, imagining connections between everyday experience and realms beyond immediate perception. These visions are the result of the dynamic interplay between empirical observations, ecological contexts, and creative representations of phenomena, reinforcing cultural narratives that inform how we make sense of reality. The extent to which we can recognize patterns and traverse scales of time, space, and frequency within our imaginations greatly influences our abilities to anticipate and adapt to changing environments - a skill that has been essential for human evolution.

 

But since, as Alan Watts suggested, we are apertures through which the Universe is looking at itself, it seems that the capacities afforded by our self-conscious cognitive abilities are increasingly paradoxical. For instance, the scientific revolution was instigated by the enhanced ability to envision the world from an "objective" god's eye view from outside of the realm of immediate experience. However, as the tendency to perceive the human intellect as being separate from nature has been pushed to its logical extreme, our sense of the "real" universe has all but been abstracted into a remote, mathematical oblivion. As physicists construct elaborate machines to search for elusive subatomic particles to account for "dark" forces that apparently permeate the vast cosmos, the accelerating destabilization of the biosphere due to human activity is providing stark reminders that our well-being is intimately connected to the regenerative capacity of our home planet's ecosystems. And even as scientific inquiries reveal the mysteries of creation at an unprecedented pace, our collective imagination continues to be constrained by a global economic system that emphasizes the importance of quarterly profits over all else.

 

Fortunately, the ongoing dissolution of boundaries between the arts, sciences, and humanities are sounding the alarm to wake us up from the hypnotic reductionist story of the modern era. Instead of being entranced by the myths of objective observers, rational actors, and the need for infinite growth, new possibilities are emerging from the accelerated capacity for hyper-networked collaboration. By transcending the limiting confines of hyperspecialized and myopic perspectives, we seem to have the opportunity to more fully realize our potential as symbiotic participants within a sentient and interdependent cosmos. 

 

This collection of sites is an invitation to explore the ways in which our expanded capacity to collectively share our stories and perspectives are informing new ways of seeing, knowing, and acting in the world. But hopefully this is more than an intellectual exercise. Once your Transcalar Imaginary is sufficiently exercised, hop on over to http://www.scoop.it/t/design-science to see how the recurring principles and successful habits of the cosmos are being intentionally applied to design a civilization that synchronizes with the regenerative cycles of the biosphere...

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Slow Life

"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.
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How Big Is The Universe?

'How Big Is The Universe?' shows us the expanding nature of the Universe and how this affects the light reaching us from distant galaxies, some of which will remain forever hidden from our view.

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Trophic Cascade: How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

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Our Amazing Planet Top to Bottom: Mountaintop to Ocean Trench

Our Amazing Planet Top to Bottom: Mountaintop to Ocean Trench | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it
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Biosphere, manifesting

Biosphere, manifesting | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

The Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year Competition, owned by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide, features powerful images of nature (and sometimes its destruction)...

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Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D

Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on the planet they've never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision yet are literally right in front of their eyes: http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/mysteries-of-the-unseen-world/

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A Smart Animation Explores the Magnitude of our Solar System [Infographic]

A Smart Animation Explores the Magnitude of our Solar System [Infographic] | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

This video from German design trio Kurzgesagt considers the scale of the universe, using facts illustrated in flat infographic form.

Kurzgesagt began as a project aimed at creating quick science lessons, and was inspired by other educators putting content on Youtube. “We just want to make beautiful content that makes science more popular,” Philipp Dettmer tells Co.Design. Previous animations have included shorts on climate change, how evolution works and a video on fracking that has garnered over a million views...


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Our Narrow Slice

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The Flow (annotated)

The Flow looks at the supervening layers of reality that we can observe, from quarks to nucleons to atoms and beyond. The deeper we go into the foundations of reality the more it loses its form, eventually becoming a pure mathematical conception. Layer upon layer the flow builds new codes that create new codes, each version computing a new, more complex state based on the previous one.

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Micro Empire

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The Microscopic World of Corals

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaii, seeing corals in this manner is not enough....
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Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome

Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it
Medicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.
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Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. 

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The hidden life in pond water

We don't need to dive into the deep ocean to find the most unusual lifeforms. This short clip is a journey into a bizarre world of microscopic inhabitants of pond water.
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How Big Is Space?

How Big Is Space? | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

Buckle up and ride a rocket through our interactive view of the Solar System to explore our cosmic neighbourhood

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Award-Winning Pictures Of The Tiniest Things On Earth

Award-Winning Pictures Of The Tiniest Things On Earth | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

This incredible image of fern spores is just one of the many mind-blowing images that won the Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition in 2012. Here are the top ten images and videos captured by life-science researchers.

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Microscopic Worlds - Life that we don't see

A movie about microscopic life showing some of the freshwater microscopic fauna under high magnifications.

 
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More Images Of The Smallest Things On Earth

More Images Of The Smallest Things On Earth | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

Nikon's Small World photo contest focuses on the tiny things on earth, showcasing "the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality."

 

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Zooming in on the centre of the Milky Way

This zoom sequence stars with a view of the Milky Way. We zoom in towards the crowded central region, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). By shifting to an infrared red view we see through the dusty clouds in this direction and get a close up view of the objects orbiting the supermassive black hole that lies at the centre of the Milky Way. The final views show the motion of a newly-discovered gas cloud that is falling rapidly towards the central black hole. More: http://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/eso1151d/

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The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it
Fabian Oefner photographs breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science. Here, a look at his work and the phenomena it captures.
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Molecular Movies - Showcase

Molecular Movies - Showcase | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

An organized directory of cell and molecular animations, as well as a collection of original tutorials for life science professionals learning 3D visualization. The goal is to provide an efficient way for scientists and educators to browse and access existing animations for teaching and communication purposes. We hope to build an open community among 3D users focusing their efforts on cell and molecular visualizations.

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The Powers of Ten: Lymphocyte

In this segment designed by MRK, we see 10 to the power of minus 5. We travel through a capillary into a world of red and white blood cells, to find a lone lymphocyte whose membrane we penetrate to finally reach its porous nucleus.

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wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective

wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it
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To try to grasp some perspective, the author mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines (colors will help you see which timelines are which).  All timeline lengths are exactly accurate to the amount of time they're expressing.

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The Beauty of Space Photography

A refreshingly revealing discussion of the art of science...

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This is a galaxy

This is a galaxy. Or is it? A remix of material originally produced for BBC Stargazing Live 2012

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