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A Candle in the Dark

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

-Carl Sagan


“The Pioneer plaques are a pair of goldanodized aluminium plaques which were placed on board the 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 spacecraft, featuring a pictorial message, in case either Pioneer 10 or 11 is intercepted by extraterrestrial life. The plaques show the nude figures of a human male and female along with several symbols that are designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft.[1]

The Pioneer spacecraft were the first human-built objects to leave the Solar System. The plaques were attached to the spacecraft’s antenna support struts in a position that would shield them from erosion by stellar dust. – #Wikipedia

The plaque attached to Pioneer 10.

Decipher of the Pioneer Plaque.


The Demon-Haunted World: #Science as a Candle in the Dark

“A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”
*Los Angeles Times


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Behind Enemy Lines

October 11, 2013 Leave a comment

“While sane men cannot make madmen sane, madmen can make sane men mad.”

Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment

Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment

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Threshold

October 5, 2013 Leave a comment

“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your Knowledge …if he is indeed Wise he does not bid you to enter the house of his Wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own Mind.” – Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

Art like the sun and the sea and the wind, is one and the same all over this earth.

thereafter, sneaking a look behind the barn; “Potter, ‘that you?”

August 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Aug. 21, 2012: Lightning strikes over a barn surrounded by a soybean crop in Donnellson, Iowa, on July 13, 2012. (© Adrees Latif/Reuters)

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“It was a dark and stormy night.”

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment


“It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Madeleine L’Engle’s unusual book.

A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school).

They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.”

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

The MoonQuest (The Q’ntana Trilogy)

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

“In a land where fear rules and storytelling spells death, only one bard’s imagination can end the tyranny. Here, as black-clad armies terrorize the countryside, Toshar and his three companions must follow a trail of stories to the source of the moon’s dimmed light. A gripping and epic adventure rich with universal truth.

Winner of 5 awards, including a New Mexico Book Award and an IPPY Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Soon to be a major motion picture.”

Cloud Atlas

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Cloud Atlas Official Trailer (2012) – Wachowski Brothers


 
A postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles of genres, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian lore of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction that reveals how disparate people connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.

“[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”—The New York Times Book Review

 Cloud Atlas: A Novel

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