The Galactic Question Center

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Premise of The Galactic Question Center

Cliff (Yale Ph.D. and book author), his mystery friend named "Euerka", and Mr. Plex (an alien) scour the world, asking questions. We sometimes get answers that change the way we look at our lives and the cosmos.

Mr. Plex is an alien from an earthlike planet circling Sirius, about nine light-years away from Earth. Except for the Earth's Sun, Sirius is the brightest of all stars seen from the planet Earth. Covered with lush forests, his homeworld contains flora and fauna vaguely reminiscent of those found on a tropical island on Earth.

Mr. Plex has recently learned about Earth by monitoring the music of various radio shows, and he's grown curious about human culture. Feeling a strong compulsion to satisfy his curiosity, he left Sirius and traveled towards Earth through a wormhole in space... On a cool October day, he landed his octagonal craft besides a barn located on the outskirts of Yorktown Heights, New York. For a few seconds, his craft sat in a capsule of translucent white light as bright as fog on an Autumn morning. The light transformed the craft into an object of great dignity and unbearable beauty. Then the lights went out, and all was quiet.

Mr. Plex wishes to understand human culture by unobtrusively making casual observations while walking through America. Eurkea and Cliff are his faciliators. While wearing a humanoid mask to disguise his alien appearance, Mr. Plex peeks into bars, restaurants, and even the living rooms and bedrooms of Earthlings. These places, filled with ordinary people, give him a glimpse of Earth's diverse society. As he gazes into these public and private places to watch the occupants, he thinks of himself as a detective with just a few clues to help him gain insight. How much can we learn about people by asking questions?

Who are Eureka, Cliff and Mr. Plex?

Eureka is the recipient of awards from the New York Press Association. Her articles, essays, columns and photographs have appeared in numerous publications including the Village Voice, the New York Times, the North County News, Creative Visions, and other national magazines. She is interested in individual, cultural and global evolution with emphasis on politics, spirituality, science and art.

Cliff Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over thirty acclaimed books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, is the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults. The Los Angeles Times recently wrote, "Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art and thought." Wired magazine wrote, "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on TV shows. His web site Pickover.Com has received over a million visits. His two blogs, Reality Carnival and Godlorica receive 1000s of visits each day. He can be contacted here.

Mr. Plex is an alien interested in the way humans think and feel. He is interested in their ethics, morals, values, and intellectual capacity. He wants to know how we look at life and how we make decisions. His favorite food is sushi.

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