Sunday, April 17, 2011

About this blog…

  The title of this blog, and much of my inspiration for these writings comes from Carl Sagan.  The spirit I shall endeavor to capture is summed up in the following passage…

“In  the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider.  They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival.  I believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dusk in the morning sky.  Those explorations required skepticism and imagination both.  Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.  But without it, we go no where.  Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations.  The Cosmos is rich beyond measure―in elegant facts, in exquisite interrelationships, in the subtle machinery of awe.”

Excerpt from Cosmos (1980) by Carl Sagan

Imagination…skepticism…curiosity…awe.   These shall be our pallet.  Let us see what we can make of them.  

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