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.
Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.
The guy who invented the first internally programmable computer
Of course, he has a name. He’s Russell Kirsch. If you read one thing today, read Joel Runyon’s story of serendipity below. You never know when a true genius will sit next to you at a coffee shop and teach you some of the most important lessons in life.
Enjoy: An Unexpected Ass Kicking
… but I just can’t.
If you aren’t in punching vicinity of a kitten or baby, read this CNN LightYears blog entry/article on the Curiosity landing. Except that it isn’t really about the landing. It’s about inventing dangerous drama instead of embracing inspiration. And I’m not gonna let that happen on my watch.
(click through for full rant, so as to not fill your whole dashboard)
An epic ode to the power of sharing ideas produced for TEDGlobal 2012 by Jason Silva. The power of human thought, and the tools it renders, so humanity evolves onward.
Wow, indeed, Jason. Wow, indeed. :)
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