Omni August 1991









Vol.13 No. 11

Cover Art: Where do we fit in the cosmos? Can we comprehend universal mysteries? Or are there questions that can only be asked, never answered? This month's cover by Alec S. Hitchins suggests a perspective: humans transfixed by time, caputred and captivated by a cosmic clock. This month we ask as well what science can know of the mind of God, the boundaries of reality.

Contents / Articles

First Word
The press periodically trumpets the news of a decline or revival in
in American religion. Sociologist and novelist Andrew Greeley contends
that these shifts merely reflect the relative youth or maturation of
the country's population.
by Father Andrew Greeley

The Who's Who of contributing authors

Reason to believe: In spirte of evil, in spite of death, belief in
the various incarnations of God continues to thrive. What inspires
people to keep the faith, and what happens when it no longer
answers all the questions?
by Murray Cox

Readers' Writes

Residents of trendy, Southern California love imported water:
Perrir, Evian, and the like. They may soon be deluged with
a different variety - from Antarctic icebergs.
by Curt Wohleber

Political Science
Getting the lead out: Dan Quayle's Council on Competitiveness kills a
lead-recycling bill because the costs outweigh the benefits - saving
lives and the environment
by Tom Dworetzky

Pedaling into the future, a monkey who has a knife and knows how to
use it; the benefits of blood-sucking leeches; MIT is a funny place
- really; the plants they are a-changin'; radio astronomers request
the sounds of silence; and more

Great Wall of the Cosmos
Six years ago, two respected astronomers discovered that nearby galaxies
fell into a distinct pattern rather than being scattered randomly across
space. The revaelation of cosmic architecture could answer fundamental
questions about the universe's origin.
by Andrew Chaikin

The Mind of God
Science defines most aspects of modern life - why the earth doesn't
float off into space, why the seasons change, how fax machines work.
But science has always been at a loss to prove the existence of God.
As scientific technology improves, will God prove less elusive?
by A.J.S. Rayl and K. T. McKinney

Techno-Wizards and Courch Potatoes
Hey Technology promises us a brave new world. But many denizens of that
world don't speak its language: They can't program computers or even a
VCR. If knowledge is power, then technological illiteracy means oppression.
by Kenneth R. Hey

Pictorial: Backdraft
Casualties of war: Sunlight barely reaches the skies above Kuwait,
thick with smoke from the relentlessly burning oil wells.
How long will the darkness last
by Beth Howard

The big picture: Author Morris Berman doesn't shy away from the major
issues - truth, God, reality, knowledge. Maybe he doesn't have the
answers, but he has formed some disturbing, fascinating theories.
by Murray Cox

Fiction: Voices
The day the music died: Crocker says he talks to the dead and dares
his doubtful friend Steve to accompany him to a funeral. There Steve
finds magic and a balm for his hidden grief.
by Jack Dann

Seen a UFO? Reach out and tell someone about it - for a price;
if Henry VIII's wives had watched what he ate, they might
have kept their heads; and more

Star Tech
Techno-tools of tommorrow

Computer Games
The best of both worlds: Multiplayer games allow contestants to
interact with each other without leaving their homes. The computer
becomes the conduit rather than the opponent.
by Jay Kee

Don't drink the drinks - at least not the
entries in our mixed-up drinks contest.
by Scot Morris

Last Word
Mechanics - who needs them? You can fix your car
with some deep breathing and a little imagination
by D. Patrick Miller