We choose to watch JFK’s historic 1962 speech setting us on a course for the moon not because it is Friday, but because it is awesome (and because I just found it on YouTube).
Visionary vintage children’s book celebrates gender equality, ethnic diversity, and space exploration with a black female astronaut two decades before that became a reality
Oh wow. This book, Blast Off, is just wonderful. The art is flawless and the message is timeless and powerful. Head on over to Brain Pickings to check out more about this inspiring read.
Despite the fact that Blast Off was written in 1973, its message is just as rare and necessary today. We need more of this.
"[Ray] makes the future now by the way he writes and by his awareness of… vitality." Yes, yes he does.
I could watch this every day. Simply brilliant stuff from Mr. Bradbury.
Accompany this with Ray reading his beautiful poem “If Only We Had Taller Been” alongside Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke…
BILL WATTERSON ‘A cartoonist’s advice’
Gratitude - A Film By Louie Schwartzberg
This little girl’s opening monologue should be engraved on a monument somewhere.
And it only gets better from there. All the smiles.
If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.
A healthy dose of inspiring reality, courtesy of Science:
The nearest star to the Moon (other than the Sun), Proxima Centauri, is 4.3 light years away from us. It marks the beginning of what astronomers would call the “stars” beyond our solar system. Miss the Moon, you will be relegated to floating around in the infinite blackness until you quickly succumb to the vacuum and frigidity of space and die. Consider yourself inspired!
Have a great day!
(via Science-Based Life)
Indifference to source allows us to assimilate what we read, what we are told, what others say and think and write and paint, as intensely and richly as if they were primary experiences. It allows us to see and hear with other eyes and ears, to enter into other minds, to assimilate the art and science and religion of the whole culture, to enter into and contribute to the common mind, the general commonwealth of knowledge. This sort of sharing and participation, this communion, would not be possible if all our knowledge, our memories, were tagged and identified, seen as private, exclusively ours. Memory is dialogic and arises not only from direct experience but from the intercourse of many minds.
- Oliver Sacks on the fallibility of memory and its implications for inspiration and creativity.
Our brains would be overwhelmed within minutes were we to keep track of information sources as if we housed a neural Library of Congress. The imperfect nature of our minds also allows them great flexibility when it comes to creating new experiences. Those, too, will surely be later assimilated by recipients into their own works.
This is not to say that stealing someone’s creation is right, because it is not. But it reminds us that combinatorial creativity is written in the very nature of our biological memory, and we are subject to a very subjective truth.
Check out the complete, amazing article: Speak, Memory in The New York Review of Books
I can’t help but be reminded of Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix series when I read this. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.
Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.
There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as the Candle in The Dark
Not being afraid of not knowing is the first step on the road to true discovery.
The Sky is NOT the Limit
X Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis drops some inspiring words on ya about how space inspired him to create inspiration in others.
"I want my kids to grow up in a world of hope where they know they can go out there and solve the world’s grand challenges."
Yep. Like he said … you win.