30 DEC 2013 by ideonexus

 Science Can Never Weary the Mind

Unlike religion, Science can never weary the mind: the dreary monotony of the former is a perfect contrast to the life-inspiring power of the latter. Every step you take in Science, stimulates you to further pursuit. The vast volume of nature, that book of books, that only revelation worthy the attention of man, is always open to the Man of Science; and in this book the child can find a language that shall be intelligible, and adapted to his youthful capacity. He can read here without stupify...
Folksonomies: science wonder awe
Folksonomies: science wonder awe
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The sense of wonder and awe can only lead to the pursuit of more wonder and awe.

19 DEC 2013 by ideonexus

 Understanding Awe

It can be hard to generalize what people consider jaw-dropping, but Vohs says research demonstrates what consistently creates an awesome experience. Travel ranks high. So does gazing at the cosmos on a clear night or watching a sensational film, as well as anytime we encounter massive quantities: colorful tulips in bloom, a bustling market in India, or a stunning school of fish. Novelty and perceptual vastness forces us into the present moment. The study underscores the importance of cultiva...
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The sense of wonder has health benefits, may open us up to learning new information, but what is it exactly?

28 MAR 2012 by ideonexus

 Wonderful Factoids

1. If you condense the history of the universe to a single year, humans would appear on December 31st at 10:30 PM—99.98 percent of the history of the universe happened before humans even existed. 2. Look at a gold ring. As the core collapsed in a dying star, a gravity wave collapsed inward with it. As it did so, it slammed into the thundering sound wave heading out of the collapse. In that moment, as a star died, the gold in that ring was formed. 3. We are star material that knows it exis...
Folksonomies: science wonder awe
Folksonomies: science wonder awe
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To instill in a child the sense of wonder.

25 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 The Magnet Was An Accidental Discovery

So again, if, before the discovery of the magnet, anyone had said that a certain instrument had been invented by means of which the quarters and points of the heavens could be taken and distinguished with exactness, men would have been carried by their imagination to a variety of conjectures concerning the more exquisite construction of astronomical instruments; but that anything could be discovered agreeing so well in its movements with the heavenly bodies, and yet not a heavenly body itself...
Folksonomies: discovery awe luck
Folksonomies: discovery awe luck
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The idea that a bit of metal could point the way North was inconceivable until its lucky discovery.