“…the most natural thing in the world, if you find a science that you’re to some degree expert in, is speaking out about a danger to the global civilization of the human species. If you won’t, who’s going to speak out?” —Carl Sagan, Psychology Today, January 1996
“Tell that joke again, J!”
“Yeah, yeah! The one about the friars!”
“Alright, alright, so a group of friars lived in a monastery. As with many monasteries, the friars found it necessary to run a small business to support themselves. They ran a floral shop. One day one of the friars brought in an exquisite find: a Venus fly trap. It was such a cute thing, they couldn’t bear to sell it, so they just kept it on display. But after a while, it grew so big that flies were no longer enough to satisfy it. It ate cockroaches, but it kept growing. It ate mice, but it still kept growing. It ate chipmunks, squirrels, cats, then raccoons and dogs and ponies. Finally the villagers got wise to this and attempted to put a stop to it. But try as they might, no one could. One way or another, the friars outsmarted the townsfolk and raided their farms of large animals. Finally the villagers pooled their money and hired a professional named Hugh to come in and capture the friars. Hugh stormed the monastery, destroyed the fly trap, captured the friars, and turned them over to the police. The moral of this story is: Only Hugh can prevent florist friars.”
“A-haha! That one always slays me!”
“…one of the most fascinating aspects of The Game of Life is how it produces repeating patterns and patterns that move across the plane (referred to as gliders and spaceships). But with modern-day computers, we can process these steps effortlessly and see them before us near-instantaneously! As if that wasn’t mind-blowing enough, how about wrapping your brain around the resultant theory that there needn’t be a designer for complex systems to evolve, only a catalyst! ”
“Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics. It is every bit as mind blowing as cosmology or physics… and allows more freedom of expression than poetry, art, or music… Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.” – Paul Lockhart
Butterflies and gloss on canvas by Damien Hirst
Science can fix that!
“What if God wasn’t a god at all. What if all they could do for us was give us the chance of life and the rest was down to us? You don’t deny your parents just because they couldn’t give you everything do you? If someone saved you from drowning, effectively giving you life, would you thank them or ask them to push you back into the sea because they couldn’t make you immortal as well?”
Incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Everyone should see this at least once in their lifetime.