ReasonINC

Reason; as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct

Month: March, 2013

“What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind “through the universe”? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters of an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos. Have a nice day.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Different routes to the same destination

Different routes to the same destination

A fascinating representation of statistics on causes of death in the 20th Century.

(http://i.imgur.com/F4LUxio.jpg)

‘A Mother’s Journey’

‘A Mother’s Journey’

A heart-breaking insight into the lives of a mother and her son as he sadly loses his fight against cancer.

(http://www.sacbee.com/static/newsroom/swf/april07/mother/)

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who today took command of the International Space Station, has, in the last few months, added thrust to science’s rising draw of public interest. Over half a million people are following his twitter page where he posts daily the photos he takes as he gazes down towards Earth. He has done a great service to science with his often poetic reflections on life aboard the ISS and his enthusiasm for communication and teaching. His pictures can be strikingly beautiful and his reflections equally moving. Below I include a link to his twitter account and was prompted to write this post after reading his responses to frequently asked questions that he posted today, an excerpt from which I include below.

“Question: How can a young person get into this field?

Answer: Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.

It takes: physical fitness to the highest standard, an advanced technical degree, and a proven ability to make good decisions when consequences matter. Then apply to the space agency of your country, and compete with the thousands who also want to fly in space.”

 (https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield)

(http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/qa.asp)

“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime” – Aristotle

The Warsaw Ghetto

The Warsaw Ghetto

A collection of photographs taken inside the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941 by Joe J. Heydecker, a German soldier. The ghetto, which was enforced for nearly three years, was the largest in Nazi-occupied Europe. 400,000 Jews were confined there, of which at least 300,000 lost their lives either in its violent eventual conclusion, or after transport to one of the many active and appalling concentration camps.

(http://collections.yadvashem.org/photosarchive/en-us/23097-container.html)

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Ghetto)

“The literal mind does not understand the ironic mind, and sees it always as a source of danger” – Christopher Hitchens