Cuyamungue Institute: Conversation 4 Exploration. Laura Lee Show

Laura Lee & Paul Robear

Laura Lee & Paul Robear host wide-ranging conversations with leading-edge researchers in a variety of interdisciplinary fields. Every guest, every conversation, fills in another piece of the Grand Puzzle. Ultimately, it’s about the eternal questions -- who are we? where did we come from? where are we going? and what's it all about, anyway? For the widest perspective, we include our early ancestors worldwide to see what wisdom of the past may inform our future! Laura and Paul bring their media background hosting and producing "The Laura Lee Show" on nationally syndicated terrestrial radio to their current mission as Directors of the Cuyamungue Institute, a 501-c-3 NonProfit research organization founded by anthropologist Dr. Felicitas Goodman. Learn more at conversation4exploration.com

Ican Stonemasory: Ancient Stone Cutting - Dr. Ivan W. Watkins
Jul 21 2022
Ican Stonemasory: Ancient Stone Cutting - Dr. Ivan W. Watkins
All of the ancient stonecraft seen in Incan and Egyptian monuments and stoneware show smooth and slick surfaces, which means the rock was not processed in the manner that previously thought. A geologist  describes the nature of these ancient stone artifacts, Professor Ivan Watkins, assigned at the Department of Earth Sciences, at St. Cloud University in Minnesota, says that the primary indicator of how a stone was processed or 'worked' is the condition of the surface of the material at the microscopic level.  During his investigation, it was found that Incan and Egyptian stonemasonry had similar workmanship, indicating that the same technology was available across both nations at the time.Because hard igneous rocks are extremely tough to cut, a mechanical and physical method of cutting them would leave uneven mineral surfaces because the rock would naturally crack along low angles if it was hammered.  Because stones like granite contain a mix of minerals with varying degrees of hardness, force applied to the stone's surface ( hammering, grinding, polishing with abrasives ) would cause the weaker planes to crack naturally and the tougher parts to keep together.Consulting with geologist David Lindroth, at the US Bureau of Mines, Twin Cities Research Center, they both found that a focused laser, 100 watts of power, focused at an area 2mm in circular footprint can cut through any rock, and repeated passes using the same power can cut any stone down to size.  The light cutting through stone is called thermal disaggregation.From the Archives: This live interview was recorded on December 7, 1996 on the nationally syndicated radio program, hosted by Laura Lee . See more at www.lauralee.com
Dharma, Spirit & Freeing the Soul - Alan Clements
May 25 2022
Dharma, Spirit & Freeing the Soul - Alan Clements
Life lived as artistic expression and a quest for true liberation.  Alan Clements was one of the first Westerners to become a Buddhist monk in Burma. For Clements, freedom is rooted in real life experience, in holding life's complexities in balance with its wondrous gifts, and in the transformational power of relationships with other people and with the world. Exploring the nature of consciousness and our place in the mysterious cosmos may be the key to our freedom, he says. In detailing the early years of his Dharma life living in silence in a Burmese monastery, Clements presents a rare, beautiful, and nuanced account of the actual experience of intensive mindfulness meditation and what it can offer.Alan Clements is an author, activist, performing artist, former Buddhist monk, and one of the West’s foremost nonsectarian dharma teachers. He is also a leading authority on Burma’s nonviolent struggle for freedom and democracy, known as a “revolution of the spirit.” He is the author of a number of books including Instinct for Freedom and The Voice of Hope, an internationally acclaimed book of conversations with Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize® Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Clements has been interviewed by Nightline, CBS News, Time, Newsweek, and numerous other media worldwide.From the Archives: This live interview was recorded on November 22,  2002 on the nationally syndicated radio program, hosted by Laura Lee . See more at www.lauralee.com
Cosmic Rain & Small Comets - Dr. Louis Frank
May 21 2022
Cosmic Rain & Small Comets - Dr. Louis Frank
Every minute several huge "snowballs" break up as they approach the Earth and deposit a large cloud of water vapor in Earth's upper atmosphere according to our Guest Dr. Louis Frank.   He calculated that about 20 comets enter the atmosphere each minute. At that rate, the steady stream of comets would have added about one inch of water to the Earth's oceans every 20,000 years -- enough to fill the oceans over billions of years. Louis A. Frank (1938-2014) A native of Chicago, Frank's first professional research activities began in 1958 when he assisted James Van Allen in the calibration of the first U.S. lunar probes, Pioneers 3 and 4, as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. Later, Frank was the principal investigator for the auroral imaging instruments for the Dynamics Explorer Mission, the plasma instrumentation for the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the U.S. plasma instrumentation for the Japanese Geotail spacecraft, and the camera for visible wavelengths for the Polar spacecraft of the International Solar Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) Program. His scientific accomplishments were many: he discovered the theta aurora, the remarkable configuration of auroral and polar cap luminosities that looks like the Greek letter theta hovering above the polar cap; he made the first measurements of the plasma ring around Jupiter and Saturn; and he was the first to measure solar-wind plasma funneling directly into the Earth's polar atmosphere, as well as the belt of ions around the Earth known as the ring current. Frank was a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and the recipient of the National Space Act Award.From the Archives: This live interview was recorded on March  14,  2002 on the nationally syndicated radio program, hosted by Laura Lee . See more at www.lauralee.com
Sacred Sisters: The Source of Ritual - Margie Abbott, Margaret O'Rourke
Apr 7 2022
Sacred Sisters: The Source of Ritual - Margie Abbott, Margaret O'Rourke
Laura Lee & Brian Tucker co-host this conversation with two Catholic Nuns: Margie Abbott, author of Cosmic Sparks, and Margaret O’Rourke, author of A Harvest of Memories. Stepping beyond their order to find new ways to express and embody spirituality, both vowed religious women reflect on the common Source inspiring spontaneous rituals and embodied spirituality, the gifts of Nature and life within a religious order. How might more women reclaim their power and find their voices in today's world?  What role can Ecstatic Trance Ritual Body Postures play in deepening our personal practice?  "We are finding new ways of expressing spirituality, learning to listen to the body which we have not appreciated before."    Sr. Margaret O'Rourke "We come from Earth and unto Earth we shall return. The source of rituals is about realizing that Earth is sacred once and for all."   Sr. Margie AbbottSister Margie Abbott is a member of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG). She has been offering retreats in Eco Spirituality since 1990. Margie’s qualifications in education, spirituality, theology, and counseling, as well as psychodrama, create a foundation for spontaneity and creativity. Her books include Cosmic Sparks: Igniting A Re-Enchantment with the Sacred .Sister Margaret O’Rourke is a long-time member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (begun in 1650 France by six illiterate women with the help of a Bishop and a young Jesuit priest). Sister Margaret spent many years with her mission work among remote villages in Chile. Margaret is author of  A Harvest of Memories.