I will simply express my strong belief, that that point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all, not only in things of natural philosophy, but in every department of daily life.
Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.
Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
I’m on a binge of Faraday quotes. Dude knew how to say stuff.
I consider the man who is dissatisfied with a universe containing ten thousand million million million stars rather grasping.
When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level.
Astronomy is what we have now instead of theology. The terrors are less, but the comforts are nil.
At its core, good science fiction must rest on good science.
Hey, it’s words I said! Go clicky the link and watch the thing..
"An astronaut’s life is one of preparation and simulation, and training, and support from the ground, and anticipation, visualization, and very, very seldom - almost never - is an astronaut’s life about flying in space."
- Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield; former Commander of the International Space Station
There’s a really good metaphor for life in here.
Mathematical knowledge is unlike any other knowledge. Its truths are objective, necessary and timeless.
It is important for scientists to be aware of what our discoveries mean, socially and politically. It’s a noble goal that science should be apolitical, acultural, and asocial, but it can’t be, because it’s done by people who are all those things.
Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.
Just a reminder that your whole is far greater than the sum of your parts.
At least we know and care who they are!