Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fairies, by Richard Dawkins

"There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"
- Richard Dawkins

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Can we ever expect to understand existence?

John Archibald Wheeler who, in his ‘It from bit’ talk concluded:
Can we ever expect to understand existence? Clues we have, and work to do, to make headway on that issue. Surely someday, we can believe, we will grasp the central idea of it all as so simple, so beautiful, so compelling that we will all say to each other, “Oh, how — could it have been otherwise! How could we all have been so blind so long!”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kathryn Fernquist Hinds

I am a candle in the shadows
I am a thread through the labyrinth
I am a flute that sings
with the breath of the Mighty...
– Kathryn Fernquist Hinds

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Richard Feynman Quote

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars — mere globs of gas atoms. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination — stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part…. What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent? - Richard Feynman