new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

symphony of science: our place in the cosmos

featuring carl sagan, richard dawkins, michio kaku and robert jastrow.


with every century
our eyes on the universe have been opened anew
we are witness
to the very brink of time and space

[robert jastrow]
we must ask ourselves
we who are so proud of our accomplishments
what is our place in the cosmic perspective of life?

[carl sagan]
the exploration of the cosmos
is a voyage of self discovery
as long as there have been humans
we have searched for our place in the cosmos

[richard dawkins]
are there things about the universe
that will be forever beyond our grasp?
are there things about the universe that are

one of the great revelations of space exploration
is the image of the earth, finite and lonely
bearing the entire human species
through the oceans of space and time

matter flows from place to place
and momentarily comes together to be you
some people find that thought disturbing
i find the reality thrilling

as the ancient mythmakers knew
we're children equally of the earth and the sky
in our tenure on this planet, we've accumulated
dangerous evolutionary baggage

we've also acquired compassion for others,
love for our children,
and a great soaring passionate intelligence
the clear tools for our continued survival

[michio kaku]
we could be in the middle
of an inter-galactic conversation
and we wouldn't even know

we've begun at last
to wonder about our origins
star stuff contemplating the stars
tracing that long path

our obligation to survive and flourish
is owed not just to ourselves
but also to that cosmos
ancient and vast, from which we spring

the first two installments are here and here.
i'm adding them to a playlist, to which i'll add any new installments.
please check out the symphony of science!

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