“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton Whatever your creative outlets are — music, painting, photography, drawing, or even writing, to name a few — I hope you get to enjoy them frequently. There’s nothing like engaging your imagination and creativity, although I have to admit that … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Combatting Alzheimer's with Art
“Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.” – Samuel Johnson I have a six-sided die. I’m going to roll it ten times, and record each roll. And when I’m done, I’m going to have an incredibly rare, bet-you-can’t-reproduce-it result! … Read moreThe Last Refuge of a Science-Denying Scoundrel
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” –Albert Einstein It may be hard to believe, seeing as how it’s been our leading theory of gravity for nearly a century now, but Einstein’s General Relativity is possibly the most frequently challenged scientific idea of all-time. Of course, it’s emerged victorious from each and … Read moreA thought experiment for the relativity skeptics
“These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” -Natalie Babbitt The dog days may come at the tail end of summer, but it’s the winter months that brings us the best views of the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest … Read moreMessier Monday: The Dog Star's Secret Neighbor, M41
“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” –Alice Walker This weekend — perhaps inspired by the growing friendship between our new dog and our old one — I’ve got a surprising find … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Unlikely Friendships
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” –Ray Bradbury It wasn’t all that long ago — back when I was a boy — that the only planets we knew of were the ones in … Read moreHow Many Planets Are In The Universe?
“Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.” –Timothy Leary Here we are, on planet Earth, the product of generations of civilization-building, maybe four-billion years of evolution on our world, around 13.7 billion years into the existence of our … Read moreWhat we learn just by being here