WHAT WE DO
The Center is a small think tank, home to a collection of philosophical and pop culture thinkers who embrace a mind-expanding agenda for the 21st century. We theorize media, culture, and human destiny from the cosmic perspective.
Imagine exploring the fate of our species, the ideas of films and artworks, the existential effects of media technologies, and the meaning of our existence in a vast and ancient universe, of which we are not the center — in hopes of theorizing a better destiny for humanity on Spaceship Earth. Cosmic cultural theory, that's what we do. Join us.
For a summary of our recent projects, click here: Highlights.
THE CENTER'S PROJECTS FOR 2017
SPECTER OF THE MONOLITH: Nihilism, the Sublime, and Human Destiny in Space — From Apollo and Hubble, to 2001, Star Trek, and Interstellar
In development since 2014, the book will be in print in Spring 2017.
From the back cover: "It’s no wonder we don’t have the sleek space station from 2001 — we have yet to escape the Planet of the Apes.”
Blurb inside cover: "Like David Bowie’s Major Tom, 'floating in a most peculiar way', Barry Vacker seems to contemplate Planet Earth through the porthole of a spacecraft. Via critiques of the Apollo program and films like 2001 and Interstellar, Barry offers us a unique opportunity to step back and think of the contradictions of space exploration and our contemporary society. Barry shows we live in a 'post-Apollo' culture torn between a frenetic race towards ever more scientific-technological progress and a just as powerful fall-back into the cultural ideologies of tribal ages of the past. For those who can embrace their non-centrality and possible meaninglessness in a majestic universe, yet yearn for a shared destiny in a sane planetary civilization, Specter of the Monolith is a wonderful and inspiring work." — Carine and Elisabeth Krecke, internationally renowned artists
Click here for a PDF of the Table of Contents and Introduction.
2. LET'S KEEP THE MOON COSMIC: THE FIRST CELESTIAL PARK
As the 21st century space age ramps up, there are plans to strip mine the moon and bring energy resources and minerals back to Earth for our consumption. Just think: We will be hauling chunks of the moon back to Earth and eventually spewing it into our atmosphere and tossing it in our landfills. Is this even remotely sane?
To see or share our one-page, five point rationale for protecting the moon, click here: Cosmic Moon [PDF]