Omni October 1993









Vol.16 No. 1

Is conscious a mask - as Rob Day's fine cover may imply - or a gift? An aspect of our physical bodies, or something wholly separate from them? Is there such a thing as the soul - or not? These questions may be on the brink of being answered. That's why we have chosen science and the soul as our topic in this anniversary month.

Editor in Chief & Design Director: Bob Guccione

President & C.O.O.: Kathy Keeton
Editor: Keith Ferrell
Executive VP/ Graphics Director: Frank Devino
Managing Editor: Caroline Dark
Art Director: Cathryn Mezzo

Contents / Articles

First Word (pg 6)
A cultural anthropologist, the author sees parallels between our current
fascination with cyborgs and the oldest dramas of human history.
by David Hess

Communications (pg 8)
Readers' writes

Mind (pg 10)
Some scientists think even bacteria are conscious
by Anthony Liversidge

Wheels (pg 12)
A safe, cheap car that gets 150 miles a gallon;
It's not as futuristic as it sounds.
by Simon L. Garfinkel

Earth (pg 14)
The Grand Canyon as a hydroelectric dam cum water theme park,
and other bad environmental ideas
by Tim Redmond and Marc Mowrey

Kid Stuff (pg 16)
A science museum kids hate to leave.
by Peter Callahan

Animals (pg 18)
Marine biologists join forces to save manatees
by Kathleen McAuliffe

Medicine (pg 20)
Alternative therapy and the government
by Peter Callahan

Political Science (pg 22)
Virtual reality becomes virtual mundanity.
by Tom Dworetzky

Omni online (pg 24)
Presenting the ultimate tool for the twenty-first century.
by Keith Ferrell

Books (pg 25)
Has science lost touch with spirituality and humanity?
by Robert K.J. Killheffer

Stars (pg 28)
Southern Exposure: Astronomers take their telescopes to
the hot spot of research - the South Pole.
by Patricia Barnes-Svarney

Space (pg 30)
Let's put NASA out to pasture and bring in a new,
streamlined space agency.
by James A.M. Muncy

Continuum (pg 33)
Okay, Johnny, how cold is it?; forest animals plant trees by
losing their lunch; and more.

Notes from the New Land (pg 40)
At the Monroe Institute, participants go on an extraordinary journey
induced by sound patterns - both into and beyond themselves.
by Murray Cox

The Consciousness Wars (pg 50)
The world's preeminent consciousness researchers call each other names,
ridicule each other's books, and argue heatedly about the nature of the
mind, the brain and the soul.
by Robert K.J. Killheffer

Finding God in the Three-Pound Universe: (pg 60)
The Neuroscience of Transcendence
A few researchers and scientists are seeking to learn how and where
the brain experiences religious ecstasy. The ensuing controversy
challenges concepts of religion and neuroscience.
by David Porush

Spirit Exercises (pg 74)
Can you remember the last time you stopped to consider the meaning
of your life? To help you increase your sense of self-awareness, we
present these seven simple exercises.
by Keith Haray

Interview (pg 99)
Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga's groundbreaking studies of
split-brain patients inspired intriguing new theories of
brain architecture.
by Diane Connors

Antimatter (pg 113)
The fall of communism makes Russia safe for UFOlogy;
something hums an annoying tune out West; and more.

Games (pg 143)
Omni turns 15, a very auspicious number.
by Scot Morris

Last Word (pg 144)
A few intrepid researchers discover that smart drugs have some drawbacks.
Join us for a look at this new and groundbreaking research, sure to
prompt excitement and outrage.
by Stan Sinberg

Omni is 15! Hard to believe that a decade and a half has passed
since Bob Guccione and Kathy Keeton launched a magazine devoted
to the future. Our devotion remains unchanged: to bring you the
best in speculation, speculative fiction and art, science writing,
and cultural exploration. Thanks for joining us in our birthday month.