Tag Archives: Carl Sagan

What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions | Brain Pickings

I am trained as a scientist.  Before I was a teacher I was a research chemist. This post from Brain Pickings is an old favourite of mine.  In it, hear  the voices of influential scientists; expressing their views of what … Continue reading

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

In my view, this set of thinking tools has transformed our world from one that was; the small, dark, violent and horrible one  the medieval time to a world that is; the complex, delightful and challenging world we life in … Continue reading

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Fuck Yeah, Math and Science Tattoos! (Change over time. This tattoo uses mathematical…)

I’m currently preparing a speech on Carl Sagan; who, it turns out, has been a huge influence on me. Following a link from a Sagan quote tattoo, I found this. I like. Change over time. I suggest we seek to … Continue reading

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How do we engage young people in science: My response

Earlier this week the following item was put up on science blogs New Zealand. http://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2016/01/27/how-do-we-engage-young-people-in-stem This is my reply. Subsequent to reading this blog I spent time reading the Curious Minds Report. Certainly a useful report, wonderful that progress is … Continue reading

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Building Curiosity – YouTube

I am just amazed by this youtube video from the PBS USA digital. Certainly I agree that curiosity is one of my most important values; much more than keeping safe. Really. That is a serious question one I need to … Continue reading

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WANDERERS – Short Film

This is the most amazing vision of how our future can be.  And how we are. I agree with Carl Sagan, we must have frontiers, we must have open space, and we must wander and dream.  Investment in science, technology … Continue reading

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Milky Way Musings, In a very real sense, the love shared between Ann…

This morning good friend of mine reminded me that my wedding anniversary is in a fortnight and when I sat down to write this morning, this link was the one I opened… Carl Sagan’s wife on their relationship. The quote … Continue reading

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Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory – YouTube

I have just been watching this video, which I found on the science is beauty tumbler site (http://scienceisbeauty.tumblr.com/). Absolutely awesome! I still dream that people will find a way to the stars, that’s one reason to look after ourselves here … Continue reading

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We are star stuff. – Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have…

I found this blog-post particularly beautiful. The colours of the ice and the explanation for the colours. Ice bergs in the Antarctic ocean are also a multivalued thing for me because they are reminders to our vulnerability to biodiversity loss … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot – YouTube

This is Carl Sagan at his most poetic, placing humanity within the wider biosphere, and immense time and the universe. Please watch this. I find it a most profound and beautiful statement. Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot – YouTube.

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