"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - *attributed to Carl Sagan
Years ago, I interviewed Carl Sagan about his book Pale Blue Dot. That interview, as it turns out, was shortly before he died. I was nervous about my ability to effectively present the subject matter and intimidated because of my enormous respect for the guest. He was gracious and articulate. I have no idea what I asked but I remember I was very curious to know his thoughts on his book: Contact
Another quote from Sagan, one that inspires continued exploration of space wonders beyond knowing and (for me) the extraordinary PSI stuff begging further investigation:
"At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly
contradictory attitudes—an openness to new ideas, no matter how
bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical
scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are
winnowed from deep nonsense." - The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Time out for Coffee.
A nod to marketing novelty. The only Rube Goldberg Machine in the world was installed in NESCAFÉ Harajuku in Tokyo.
This fantastic machine debuted in December 2016, serving coffee and playing Christmas tunes. The beauty of this creation makes it a wonder to behold regardless of the season.
"In true Rube Goldbergian spirit, the machine took five months to build, according to Nestlé."
Source: Daily Coffee News Event Press Release: Business Wire
“Dr. S didn’t notice. “Do you remember the cartoons of Rube Goldberg? An
inventor of the most ludicrous contraptions. You know: a lever is
pulled, causing a boot to kick a dog, whose bark motivates a hamster to
run on a wheel which winds a pulley that raises a gate that releases a
bowling ball and so on? Until, at the end, finally, the machine does
something incredibly mundane, like making a piece of toast. Yes? Well,
as it turns out, that’s the world. All these incredibly complex,
inscrutably intertwined Rube Goldberg machines that can only be seen in
retrospect when something happens.” -
My favorite Sagan quote is on the home page of the Carl Sagan Portal:
"We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan Space
Given evolution is part of the process, we are a work in progress.
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