The Universe, Creativity and You (August 3rd seminar)

Do we live in a world of scarcity and limits? Or do we live in a world of creative potential? Is humanity a closed system or an open system?

This question has animated the thinking of scientists and philosophers for thousands of years and strikes at the very heart of the nature of humanity and the essential character of the Universe our species was born into.

During the upcoming event on Saturday August 3rd at Concordia University, several presentations will be given providing thought provoking information which should kindle the flames of philosophical thought, and scientific wonder.

Presentation one: What is mankind’s involvement in space exploration? Is it possible and if so, is it natural to extend the biosphere and human activity far beyond the limits of the earth and onto the Moon, Mars and deeper reaches of space?

Presentation two: The role of the atom. If human activity moves into plantary bodies, the distances are daunting and challenges manifold. What type of energy sources will be needed to support a species capable of making journies to Mars or beyond? What sort of energy sources would open up new avenues of creativity on earth at the same time? Chemical fuel and gas/oil won’t cut it for the long haul, but what about the atom? Why are people so afraid of atomic power (fission and fusion)?

Biography of the lecturers

Cuautemoc Reale-Hernandez

Cuatemoc Reale-Hernandez is a nuclear engineer working on a lead-cooled SMR (small modular reactor) that is intended to be deployed in the canadian arctic ( He is currently pursuing his Phd at McMaster University and holds a Bachelors in engineering physics at école polytechnique

Matthew Ehret

Matthew is a journalist and co-founder of the Rising Tide Foundation. He has published scientific articles with 21st Century Science and Technology, and is a regular author on several political/cultural websites including Los Angeles Review of Books: China Channel, Strategic Culture, and Oriental Review. He has also authored three books from the series the Untold History of Canada.

Cynthia Chung

Cynthia is a lecturer, writer and co-founder of the Rising Tide Foundation. She has lectured on the topics of Schiller’s aesthetics, Shakespeare’s tragedies, Renaissance architecture and more. She is a classically trained pianist who has experience in leading choral works. Cynthia holds a BSc in Molecular Genetics.