October 20th, 2009

glory -artemis

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. - Dr. Carl Sagan

http://www.symphonyofscience.com./index.html (thanks to rowandollI think ;D )

I remember that, as a child, the harshest punishment my parents could give me was to deny me Sunday evening TV. I would far rather have been spanked, yelled at, *anything*. Sunday night was Battlestar Galactica and Cosmos. To this day I wish I'd had the right kind of interest in space, because I listen to Carl Sagan talk about the universe and the amazement and joy he had in looking out at the universe and then looking at our own planet and seeing the interconnections and possibilities and just the sheer awesomeness of it all. Okay, yes, he sounded like a Muppet and a lot of his theories seemed more grounded in his desires than in fact. He approached the world with a sense of wonder and skepticism I have seen only in the truly passionate, or maybe fanatic. I know there are still people who complain that he wasn't really a *good* astronomer, just a popular one. But you know? He made me look up, into the sky, and realize that as vast as the cosmos is and as infinitesimal as any one of us is in relation to it, it's still a part of me and I am a part of it, and in some respects the cosmos exists as it does *because* I am here. I never became a scientist, but Dr Sagan left an indelible mark on me. Most of the time I never notice it, but it is part of the filter I see the world through. "We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands. The loom of time and space works the most astonishing transformations of matter. "