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Webster Definition for "reality":

Main Entry: re·al·i·ty
Pronunciation: rE-'a-l&-tE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
Date: 1550
1 : the quality or state of being real
2 a (1) : a real event, entity, or state of affairs (2) : the totality of real things and events b : something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily - in reality : in actual fact

Webster Definition for "sculptor":

Main Entry: sculp·tor
Pronunciation: 'sk&lp-t&r
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, from sculpere
Date: 1634
: an artist who makes sculptures

My Definition for "Reality Sculptors":

Main Entry: re·al·i·ty sculp·tors
Pronunciation: rE-'a-l&-tE 'sk&lp-t&rz
Function: proper noun
Etymology: English phrase, from above
Date: 1993, coined by Patrick G. Salsbury
: A group of people working to shape real things and events in artful and creative ways.


What is Reality Sculptors, exactly?

It's a Design Science project I have in mind, which is slowly working its way out into the real world. It all started many years ago on Thursday, December 30th, 1993. I had some sort of idea or flash of insight which caused me to write the words "Reality Sculptors" down on a piece of paper. I liked the name, and thought it had a nice ring to it.

Sometime shortly thereafter, I put that piece of paper aside and completely forgot about it. :-)

A few months after that, I re-found the paper, and rediscovered the idea. That idea being this:

Reality is malleable.

By this I mean that things are not fixed. "Reality", that thing that surrounds us and that many people think of as a solid, permanent thing, is really more like a river, flowing around and through everything we see. It is shapable, it is able to be molded, and it is able to be sculpted.

Take, for example, this website. In the beginning, it was a passing idea that flitted through my mind.

Two words: "Reality Sculptors". That was all.

And from that tiny seed of an idea, it has grown into a tangible entity. A domain carved out of cyberspace.

On a larger scale, look at Los Angeles, or Mexico City, or Tokyo. Each of these is a construct. It has been formed by the efforts of millions of people, shaping reality into a form completely different than that which was there even a few decades or centuries ago.

That, in essence, is my thesis. That we have the ability to shape the reality around us. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities, once you realize that EVERYTHING is changeable, given time, focus, and energy.

So, just what sort of "sculpting" are we talking about, here?


Looking for info on autonomous houses? Check here. Autonomous House External view with 'landing 
gear' legs extended and solar panels deployed.
The Reality Sculptors Wiki is where you can find the online version of The Whole Future Catalog and a bunch of other cool things.

(The Wiki is also where World Future Society members who saw the write-up in the Fall 2002 issue of "Futures Research Quarterly" probably want to start.)

Or, you might want to try The Design Science Community Wiki, an interactive portal into the world of Design Science. It provides a growing collection of articles, projects, people, and links involved in helping to bring about a "Design Science Revolution" in the effort to make the world work a little bit better every day. As with the other Wiki sections, you may add to the pages and help build the online community. Please do!


Check out The Reality Sculptors Faq-O-Matic for answers to various Frequently Asked Questions about The Project.


We're also an active member of the Seti@Home project
If you wish to join our SETI@Home group, go here.
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Patrick G. Salsbury


(The following are some links to a robo-translator provided by The Translation Experts. They've got the most advanced translation engine I've seen (goes between 27 different languages, last I checked), but as with any translation software, there are bound to be gaps and things that don't make sense. My hope is that some of the basic meaning can be conveyed to those who speak other languages.)

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