07 NOV 2017 by ideonexus

 Fall of Atlantis

"But the divine revenge overtook not long after those proud enterprises. For within less than the space of one hundred years, the great Atlantis was utterly lost and destroyed: not by a great earthquake, as your man saith; (for that whole tract is little subject to earthquakes;) but by a particular' deluge or inundation; those countries having, at this day, far greater rivers and far higher mountains to pour down waters, than any part of the old world. But it is true that the same inundation ...
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Memed for the speculation of flood in America.

30 DEC 2013 by ideonexus

 Bend Children to Science Through Play

From the evident disposition of children to imitate all the actions of grown persons, from their little scientific propensities to produce in miniature what they see in magnitude, from the delight which they feel, and the deep interest which they take in all their little works and playful amusements, it is certain that nothing more is required to put them in the channel of correct ideas than to give them such instruction, and to bend their minds to such objects as shall at once employ, amuse,...
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Science provides games and play for children that will bias them toward discovery and exploration.

26 SEP 2012 by ideonexus

 The Naming of the Monkey King

The Patriarch smiled and said, "Though you have rather a base sort of body, you look like one of the rhesus monkeys that eat pine seeds, and I ought to give you a surname that fits your appearance and call you Hu ('Macaque'). The elements that make up the character Hu are 'animal,' 'old' and 'moon'. What is old is ancient, and the moon embodies the Negative principle, and what is ancient and Negative cannot be transformed. But I think I would do much better to call you Sun ('Monkey'). Apart f...
Folksonomies: chinese mythology
Folksonomies: chinese mythology
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Sun Wukong, which means 'Monkey Awakened to Emptiness'

18 MAY 2012 by ideonexus

 The Bible Tells Us to Look at Nature

The prohibition of science would be contrary to the Bible, which in hundreds of places teaches us how the greatness and the glory of God shine forth marvelously in all His works, and is to be read above all in the open book of the heavens. And let no one believe that the reading of the most exalted thoughts which are inscribed upon these pages is to be accomplished through merely staring up at the radiance of the stars. There are such profound secrets and such lofty conceptions that the night...
Folksonomies: nature religion
Folksonomies: nature religion
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For god's majesty is in all his works.

23 MAR 2012 by ideonexus

 Metaphor for the Mathematician

The mathematician may be compared to a designer of garments, who is utterly oblivious of the creatures whom his garments may fit. To be sure, his art originated in the necessity for clothing such creatures, but this was long ago; to this day a shape will occasionally appear which will fit into the garment as if the garment had been made for it. Then there is no end of surprise and delight.
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As a designer of garments for unknown beings, who delights in learning their shape as they go.

08 SEP 2011 by ideonexus

 Wonder Motivates

Wonder was the motive that led people to philosophy ... wonder is a kind of desire in knowledge. It is the cause of delight because it carries with it the hope of discovery.
Folksonomies: wonder knowledge
Folksonomies: wonder knowledge
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The hope of discovery prompts humans to pursue knowledge.

25 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 Humans Pay More Attention to Affirmatives, Biased Toward ...

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate. And t...
Folksonomies: observation perception bias
Folksonomies: observation perception bias
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...it is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human intellect to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives; whereas it ought properly to hold itself indifferently disposed toward both alike.

08 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 There is a Lust of the Mind...

There is a lust of the mind that, by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, far exceedeth the short vehemence of carnal pleasure
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...that tirelessly pursues knowledge for pleasure. A great quote.

18 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Thomas Jefferson was a Scientist

Thomas Jefferson was a scientist. That's how he described himself. When you visit his home at Monticello, Virginia, the moment you enter its portals you find ample evidence of his scientific interests - not just in his immense and varied library, but in copying machines, automatic doors, telescopes and other instruments, some at the cutting edge of early nineteenth-century technology. Some he invented, some he copied, some he purchased. He compared the plants and animals in America with Euro...
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He called himself such and took delight in technology.

08 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 It's Easy to Believe Fantastic Things

A credulous mind . . . finds most delight in believing strange things, and the stranger they are the easier they pass with him; but never regards those that are plain and feasible, for every man can believe such.
Folksonomies: superstition heresay
Folksonomies: superstition heresay
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...and its not uncommon.