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Science and poetry, cont’d: Metaphors and the brain

As always, when in layman’s fashion I stumble upon some interesting notion (as I did with the idea of how “reincarnation” might feel absent a divine force, in a completely material universe) it’s fascinating to learn how that notion gets … Continue reading

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Science and poetry, cont’d: “What it takes to dazzle us”

from “Mt. Lemmon, Steward Observatory, 1990” by Alison Hawthorne Deming What it takes to dazzle us, masters of dazzle, all of us here together at the top of the world, is a night without neon or mercury lamps. Black sheen … Continue reading

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“The Poetry of Science”: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about everything

Got an hour and a half? Here are evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, talking about — well, quite literally, life, the universe, and everything. I highly recommend the whole thing, but if you’ve only got a … Continue reading

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Science and poetry, cont’d: “to name each thing and try to tell its story against the vanishing”

* The Enigma We Answer by Living by Alison Hawthorne Deming Einstein didn’t speak as a child waiting till a sentence formed and emerged full-blown from his head. I do the thing, he later wrote, which nature drives me to … Continue reading

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Science vs. poetry?

I was listening to Archbishop Desmond Tutu being interviewed on NPR this morning, and was struck by the language he used to describe his relationship with God: I am learning to shut up more in the presence of God. Previously … Continue reading

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“We are a thinking species”: Carl Sagan on creationism, skepticism, and why science is the birthright of everyone

In 1981, Carl Sagan — astronomer and science educator par excellence — was named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association, and delivered his acceptance speech at the association’s annual conference in San Diego. The AHA has now … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Colbert on all things science

Another long-but-absolutely-worth-it video: Neil deGrasse Tyson talks with Stephen Colbert (out of character!) about all things science. If you’re a Tyson junkie like me, you’ve heard much of this before — the Titanic story, Apophis, how he fell in love … Continue reading

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Another triumph for science!

I love it. Via the New York Times: It has taken four highly qualified engineers and a bunch of integral equations to figure it out, but we now know how cats drink. The answer is: very elegantly, and not at … Continue reading

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“Live fully, wildly, imperfectly”

From a must-read Facebook post by Anne Lamott: “[P]erfectionism […] is the great enemy of the writer, and of life, our sweet messy beautiful screwed up human lives. It is the voice of the oppressor. It will keep you very … Continue reading

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Falling upward

In her marvelous essay “The Wetfooted Understory,” written for the collection The Joy of Secularism, Rebecca Stott examines the idea of “transcendence” and how to approach it from a secular perspective. A key passage: [I suspect] that the idea of … Continue reading

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