The new “Cosmos” might be called the Large Hadron Collider of pop science: expensive, splashy and ambitious. After a series of special showings this week, including one at the White House, it will be shown in 170 countries and 45 languages, on Fox and on the National Geographic Channel — the largest global opening ever for a television series, according to Ann Druyan, Dr. Sagan’s widow and his collaborator on the original “Cosmos,” who is an executive producer and a writer and director of the new series.
I’m not going to pretend to be neutral here. I hope it succeeds and that everyone watches it, not just because I have known Ms. Druyan and admired Dr. Tyson for years, but because we all need a unifying dose of curiosity and wonder.
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” comes at a critical moment for a society that is increasingly fragmented.
If we are going to decide big issues, like eating genetically modified food, fracking for natural gas, responding to the prospect of drastic climate change, exploring space or engaging in ambitious science research, we are going to have to start from some common experience.
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the longtime senator from New York, once said, everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. So where are we going to get them?
In science, as in other areas of our culture, there is no dearth of voices, but are we paying attention? In the new New Age, it’s all about which cable channels you watch or whom you follow on Twitter.
We could use a national conversation that is not about scandal or sports. If everybody watches the new “Cosmos,” we can talk about it the way we once argued about “The Sopranos” every Monday morning.
— A Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’ (via kenobi-wan-obi)
• 9 March 2014 • 383 notes
How quietly we endure all that falls upon us.
— Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns (via aestheticintrovert)
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• 6 March 2014 • 6,755 notes
Seizure First Aid.
Learn it. Share it. Know it. Use it.
100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)
I was about to say it would be helpful if it were explained why we need to time it, but I see a helpful sort has added this in. Well done, helpful sort.
May I also add, from being told previously by a seizure-prone person - no one is going to swallow their own tongue. That is not a thing. However, they may choke, suffocate, or otherwise suffer lacerations from you trying to shove something into their mouth to keep them from doing this impossible thing. On no account do this.
• 5 March 2014 • 130,741 notes
I have spent more than half a century in investigating natural symbols, and I have come to the conclusion that dreams and their symbols are not stupid and meaningless. The results, it is true, have little to do with … buying and selling. But the meaning of life is not … explained by one’s business life, nor is the deep desire of the human heart answered by a bank account.
… very little attention is paid to the essence of man, which is his “psyche” … man’s greatest instrument … little thought of, and it is often directly mistrusted and despised. “It’s only psychological” often means: It is nothing.
Where, exactly, does this immense prejudice come from? We have obviously been so busy with the question of what we think that we entirely forget to ask what the unconscious thinks about us.
Our actual knowledge of the unconscious … contains all aspects of human nature … light and dark, beautiful and ugly, good and evil
— Carl Jung (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
• 5 March 2014 • 27 notes
“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.”
— Chaim Potok (via cat-aura)
• 5 March 2014 • 26 notes
“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.”
— Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed (via quotes-shape-us)
• 5 March 2014 • 787 notes
“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.”
— Alan Watts (via belovedlotus)
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• 5 March 2014 • 12,081 notes
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
— Anaïs Nin (via observando)
• 4 March 2014 • 1,593 notes
“It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.”
— Aldous Huxley (via i3elle)
• 4 March 2014 • 59 notes
“In order to rise
From its own ashes
— Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (via observando)
• 2 March 2014 • 4,720 notes