"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science."
and still rings true today.
"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages."
"What happens when we fall in love is probably one of the most difficult things in the whole universe to explain. It’s something we do without thinking. In fact, if we think about it too much, we usually end up doing it all wrong and get in a terrible muddle. That’s because when you fall in love, the right side of your brain gets very busy. The right side is the bit that seems to be especially important for our emotions. Language, on the other hand, gets done almost completely in the left side of the brain. And this is one reason why we find it so difficult to talk about our feelings and emotions: the language areas on the left side can’t send messages to the emotional areas on the right side very well. So we get stuck for words, unable to describe our feelings."
Robin Dunbar, Evolutionary psychologist, on what’s happening in our brains when we experience love.
It’s part of a new collection of Big Questions From Little People, brilliant scientists from Lawrence Krauss to Richard Dawkins answering the questions of children. It’s brilliant. Check it out at Brain Pickings.
"He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology."
He’s discussing Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who is known for two things:
- Asserting that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “all lies straight from the pit of Hell.”
- Serving on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Can’t change #1, but I think we should change #2.
I’m gonna go with J on this, and it’s not just Paul B, just about that whole committee needs to be replaced with people who actually reflect what science, space, and technology are all about.
"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof."
"Science is primarily an investigation of our place of the Universe — the place that people occupy in a world which ranges from the tiniest subatomic particles to the furthest reaches of space and time. We do not exist in isolation, and science is a human cultural activity, not a purely dispassionate striving after truth, no matter how hard we might try. It is all about where we came from, and where we are going. And it is the most exciting story ever told."
- John Gribbin, in Almost Everyone’s Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything
It really is the most exciting story ever told.
When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you. It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.
One objective reality is that our government doesn’t work, not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, then, is not to become President and lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to enlighten the electorate so they might choose the right leaders in the first place."
"The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous."
"Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell."
Aldous Huxley (via socialistscum)
I wouldn’t doubt it. Heck, if our own species notes how terrible we handle this planet I’m sure there’s another one in a distant part of the Universe taking better care of theirs.