Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beautiful Choral Music on the Cosmos

Think you need to go to church to enjoy beautiful music? Try your planetarium.

Kenley Kristofferson has composed a piece inspired by Carl Sagan. Here is how he describes it.

A choral suite using the text of 20th-century astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan.

There are three movements:

Mvt. 1 is about discovery (“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”),

Mvt. 2 is about beauty (“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together).

Mvt. 3 is about space at large (“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”)

On a personal level, Carl Sagan has taught me how beautiful science and the universe can be, and that understanding something enriches the experience, but doesn’t take away from the mystery that draws us to the big questions of life. He taught me that the sciences are beautiful; the natural world is elegant; and for such small creatures as we, the vastness is bearable only through love 🙂

When people ask me why I feel humbled by the skeptics I meet…

You can see why on Skepticon 5’s page for the new lineup of speakers. (Okay, fine, I realize comparing myself, who was merely quoted, to the speakers is a bit too much.) But this is probably as famous as I’m going to get. So let me enjoy this moment.

“Once you accept reality, it’s liberating.”

It’s often said that atheism is cynical, depressing, and cold. But the reality is exactly the opposite. These words from one of the greatest living physicists show us how understanding reality is truly liberating. Atheism is beautiful, life-affirming, and wondrous, and we should live our lives everyday marveling at the greatest mysteries of the Universe.

200 Years of Medicine is 200 Years of Incredible Scientific Progress

If there is any giant leap in the betterment of humankind, it is in the field of medicine. The fact that you will likely live beyond age 70 is a result of millions of hours of research, and hundreds of thousands of experiments and trials. Let us thank all the very dedicated doctors and researchers who have made it their life’s work to make the world a much better place.

We Went to the Moon, and We Discovered Earth…

There is a new Neil deGrasse Tyson video out about space exploration. To call it inspirational would be an understatement.

That’ll Do For Me