Politics

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“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” -Thomas Jefferson We all have our own unique story in this world, of where we came from, who we are now, and how we’ve grown to become the person we are. We’ve all had some…

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.” -Frank Zappa One of the most difficult things to talk about, for any self-respecting scientist, is politics. Like all of you, I have my preferences, my opinions, and my…

“Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.” -Albert Ellis In my experience as a human being, I’ve seen far too often what evils can come from judging people who are different from you and the groups you…

Long for the Stars

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Universe has been around for a long time: 13.8 billion years, to be precise. As humans, we’re…

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” -Leonardo da Vinci It’s been a busy week here at Starts With A Bang, and with the two recent big posts — one on the eve of…

“When you’re a little kid you’re a bit of everything; scientist, philosopher, artist. Sometimes it seems like growing up is giving these things up one at a time.” -Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years Like many who grew up around the same time I did, The Wonder Years was one of my favorite shows, putting on…

The Science of Predicting the Future

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” -Niels Bohr What’s going to happen next? It’s perhaps the most important thing to know if we want to be prepared for practically anything in our lives. And without even thinking about it, most of us are actually very good at this in a huge number…

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” -Joan of Arc Regardless of what intrinsic differences any person or group of people have from another, everyone deserves to…

“I am looking at the future with concern, but with good hope.” -Albert Schweitzer As you all know, the most ambitious interplanetary mission ever attempted — Mars Science Laboratory — successfully landed its Curiosity rover on Mars earlier this week. Last night, I had the opportunity to go on my local news and speak a…

“Just as I did some 25 years ago, my graduate student is right now using one of the NOAO telescopes, learning how to do observational astronomy… Closing down one of these observatories in the next few years would likely lead to long term problems with producing adequately prepared astronomers in the future, and they are…