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The Heroism of Being a Contrarian: Jacob Bronowski on the Essential Character Trait of the Creative Person – Brain Pickings

Jacob Bronowski is a hero of mine for his Ascent of Man television series.  He is one of the most democratic and broad thinkers I have read.  This article challenges me as I am too relaxed and not contrarian to … Continue reading

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I tracked my happiness for a year to get data on how to build a more joyful life

I am finding this a useful and thoughtful article.  Both as a technique I can use and the writer’s conclusions match what I think makes me happy.  Meeting personal stretch goals and time with family and friends and my guitar … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Age of Wonder Richard Holmes

The age of wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science. Richard Holmes 2008. Pantheon Books, New York. This is a different direction for me. Biography is outside my normal reading and as such a possibility … Continue reading

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wanderingspace » Blog Archive » Saturnati XII

Just a beautiful photograph to expand our perspective.     wanderingspace » Blog Archive » Saturnati XII.

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Sounds from the sea: Sperm whale pod clicks – world of whales

This is wonderful.  Please take time to listen to a sound of nature.  Remember life will prevail on Earth whatever humans do.

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In lament of the NZ Farm – Pure Advantage

Toward a resilient and sustainable way of life in New Zealand we must diversify away from intensive agriculture.  Business as usual is an enormous risk.  Here is why. On the road to becoming the Detroit of agriculture. Colleague and Christchurch … Continue reading

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Confronting Babble-On: The fundamental difference between the guy who…

I have to agree with this. Have a great day.

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Are Scientific Truths Better Than Other Truths?

My answer is a qualified yes.  Certainly our quality of life has improved since the enlightenment and application of physical science is an important part of this.  And I don’t think that “truths” promulgated by religious elites millennia ago are … Continue reading

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We Should Explore Mars So That Our Students Will Keep Dreaming Big | Huffington Post

I remember the years leading up to the success of Apollo 11.  The buzz and excitement encouraged many of us into science, and as our minds opened with possibilities the arts and society flourished.  It was a time of hope, … Continue reading

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How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning — ScienceDaily

This article is fascinating:  we learn when curious,  curiosity releases dopamine and activates the memory.  The trick is to invoke curiosity; best by intrinsic motivation although the paper suggests implications to broaden applications in education. The more curious we are … Continue reading

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