This [space] serves as an ongoing dedication to the late Professor Carl Sagan, comprised of all things cosmos-related, in promotion of science literacy, the STEAM fields, and personal enlightenment amongst the ever-increasing hominid population on our organic spaceship, Earth.
Curiosity continues to be the fuel by which I educate and share the wonders of science with others. Carl provided the spark by which to ignite this passion, propelling me further toward continual exploration. May this page aid in your understanding of the universe, effectively bridging the gap between ignorance and knowledge, aiding in the way you interact with all living things for which we all share the same biological, chemical & atomic makeup.
Keep looking up and remember: we are all star stuff, contemplating the stars, as our origins were generated and continue to proliferate amidst the cosmos.
"When you're in love, you want to tell the world."
My favorite smell. Ready for my next Carl Sagan experience.
No one will understand the cosmic serendipity of this woman holding that piece of literature which provided me my very first intellectual encounter with Carl Sagan. This book launched me toward perpetual curiosity which continues to this day. My first tattoo was also inspired by the astronomy-themed icons on the pages that separate each chapter.
This may be a winner. We’ll see what my tattoo artist thinks.
There’s more I wish to add to this in terms of incorporating some stellar wind in the background and insinuation of forward motion. And you better believe that empty circle is going to be filled in with gold ink.
Daniel Dennett (1942) can be considered as the best known contemporary philosopher. He deals with issues relating to consciousness, philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence. He teaches at Tufts University near Boston and has also received a Superb accident in the Netherlands and Flanders fame. Since the airing of the VPRO series Daniel Dennett was four times TED. His latest book “Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking” received numerous rave reviews in eg. The NY Times, The Guardian and the Dutch translation of the book will be published on October 6, 2013.
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Lawrence Maxwell Krauss (b. 1954) is an internationally renowned physicist and bestselling author. He is a professor of physics and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. In his book he tries to answer the most basic questions. Provocative, revealing answers Where did our universe come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? And how will it all end? He is widely acclaimed for its comprehensible and engaging way of communicating. Soon a large-scale documentary in which Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins are followed as they travel around the world to talk about science and reason appears. The premiere is scheduled at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto in April 2013. Several celebrities including Woody Allen, Cameron Diaz, Ricky Gervais, Ian McEwan and Stephen Hawking. Lawrence Krauss is firmly convinced that science (almost) can explain everything and that nothing falls outside its field of vision, even morality, free will or other philosophical questions.
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Massimo Pigliucci (b. 1954) is a professor of philosophy at the City University of New York and author of a dozen books on evolution, ecology and skepticism. Pigliucci is a seasoned skeptic and outspoken critic of pseudoscience and religion, but he warns against the dangers of “scientism,” the belief that science can explain everything and the only form of knowledge belongs. He is disturbed by the condescending attitude of some scientists across philosophical problems, and insists that science and philosophy need each other.
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Not to be missed. A wonderful and dynamic discussion with some great minds of our time, on topics stretching from the smallest to grandest scales of human feasibility.
"We’re going to explore the cosmos in the ship of the imagination; unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size. Drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies, it can take us anywhere in space and in time. Perfect as a snowflake, organic as a dandelion seed, it will carry us to worlds of dreams, and worlds of facts…" — Carl Sagan, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage | Episode 1: ‘The Shores Of The Cosmic Ocean’
An advanced telescopic imaging system that recently started taking data is the first of its kind, capable of not only spotting planets orbiting other stars, but also analyzing the chemistry of their atmospheres. The collaborative set of high-tech instrumentation and software, called Project 1640, is now operating on the Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California after more than six years of development. On February 5, 2014, Curator and Chair of the Astrophysics Department, Ben R. Oppenheimer, discussed the first remote reconnaissance of another solar system.
Knowing a fact like that really makes you stop and wonder. Science can make life around you very poetic once you truly understand what you are looking at and try and make sense of it. NASA is an organization that wows us time and time again and sometimes it’s hard to even appreciate the hard work that goes along with it.
For example, landing Curiosity on Mars in 2012 was astounding feat for many people who didn’t know how incredibly difficult it was to accomplish. It’s why NASA plays a significant role in inspiring people to dream again and to dare for greatness. We face a time where NASA needs support from all over and help to communicate why NASA is truly inspiring and great. Think about all the technology we use in everyday life that was made possible by NASA, the heroes that went to the Moon and came back to tell the story, or the International Space Station which is a monument to international cooperation. NASA not only resonates with the American people, but the rest of the world. NASA means something different to everybody.
So let’s all work together, spread the message, and take action today. Visit penny4nasa.org/take-action/
Also her are some links to the past COSMOS episodes:
Last week’s episode of COSMOS, entitled "A Light in The Darkness," portrayed the topics of illumination and optics through the stories of famed scientists. COSMOS, which has been critically acclaimed during its first five episodes, makes it clear that the openness of scientific knowledge is vital towards the advancement of our collective understanding of nature.
Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated the story of Joseph Fraunhofer (1787–1826), an abused orphan-turned-scientist whose discoveries are ultimately responsible for the basis of astrophysics — Tyson’s occupation. Fraunhofer, a German optician, is credited for the discovery of the dark absorption lines found in light spectrums.
If you have yet to hear Fraunhofer’s story, it can be viewed on Hulu.
rapport of sun, moon, earth and all the constellations, what are the messages by you from distant stars to us? — walt whitman
astrophography by knate myers at the karl g. jansky very large array (vla), a radio astronomy observatory located on the plains of san agustin, fifty miles west of socorro, new mexico. the vla was perhaps made most famous by carl sagan in the original cosmos documentary, and in the movie “contact”, which was based on his novel.