A Collection of Noteworthy

Frankly my dear, you should give a damn. You may even learn something…

“Science is the one human activity that is truly progressive. The body of positive knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.”

– Edwin Hubble

“The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.”

– Galileo Galilei.

Thank you Sun… thank you for wine.

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“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

–  Yes,Carl Sagan, THIS is what I’m talking about!

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“Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.”

– Sigmund Freud

 “An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.”

– Charles Darwin

That’s because the monkey’s substantially shorter-term memory prevents it from remembering how AWESOME it felt pre-hangover!

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”

–   Infuriatingly logical words from electrical light bulb inventor, Thomas Edison.

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“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.”

– Edwin Hubble

Oh Neil DeGrasse Tyson… *swoon*

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“It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.”

–   Galileo Galilei on the Church declaring it sin to believe that the Earth isn’t in fact at the very centre of the solar system. Nowadays, similar battles against ignorance are being waged, but it’s gays, lesbians and Harry Potter who bear the brunt of the discrimination.

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“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”

–  Carl Sagan, you biscuit!

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“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

–  Stephen Hawking

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If you ever wanted to see Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking face off in an epic rap battle, check THIS out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn7-fVtT16k

Important Note: Only watch if you were born with a sense of humour or your funny bone hasn’t atrophied from disuse.

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“The truth is that promoting science isn‘t just about providing resources—it‘s about protecting free and open inquiry. It‘s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics. It‘s about listening to what our scientists have to say even when it‘s inconvenient— especially when it‘s inconvenient.”

This is why I would vote for you, President Barack Obama

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“One fundamental premise in social debates has been that homosexuality is unnatural. This premise is wrong. Homosexuality is both common and highly essential in the lives of a number of species.”

– Academic advisor, Petter Bøckman

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“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. “

– Edwin Hubble

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Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood.

– Annie Dillard

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36 thoughts on “A Collection of Noteworthy”

  1. Have you seen this? I think you’d love it. Its part of a series of videos called Symphony of Science, there are many more of them out there, this is just the first one, I think. They’re really something, and I think you’d enjoy them, if you haven’t heard of them already.

    This guy has many other amazing videos on his channel here:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/melodysheep

    Also his website for the Symphony of Science project:

    http://www.symphonyofscience.com/

    More information about the Symphony of Science:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_of_Science

    Enjoy. 🙂

    1. Hello there! Thank you so much for the links! I will definitely take a look! It’s always great having people refer these resources to me because I just don’t have the time to seek them out! Thanks again

  2. PS: I found your blog through your comment on joe2stories blog, on his post about the funny horoscopes that he did recently. 🙂

    1. How fantastic were those horoscopes? I couldn’t stop laughing! I love that two completely different people writing two completely different blogs can connect through some common thread – in this case, humor and a mutual contempt for poor science. Joe is one of my most regular commentators and I’ve always been grateful for his feedback, references and additions.

  3. I am so glad I found your blog! After reading this collection of noteworthiness, not only did you made my insides hurt, but also made a new follower ecstatic for your future posts. Can’t wait!

  4. Thea, I love your blog and it’s a little sad for me to don’t see new posts (I come here everyday…) I think you should do one about the ozone depletion and the new report from the UNEP.
    I alson would appreciate if you checked my blog out… https://gleamsofknowledge.wordpress.com
    I believe you will like it 😉
    Yours faithfully,
    changingmentalities

    Ps; delete this message after reading it… This is a personal message (PM) 🙂 I will make a public message for this section of your blog!!! :p

    1. Hello there! I do apologise for the lack of activity here… as with most bloggers, life is a delicate balance between work, play and blog-writing. Lately, I’ve been very busy after spending two weeks in Europe, so I just haven’t had the time or been in the space of mind to reignite my blog-writing. Sometimes, a brief hiatus is necessary for one to recharge. I have a grand list of topics I would like to tackle (many of which have been suggested by readers such as yourself). So yours will join the queue! Keep checking in my dear; have faith and thank you so much for taking such an interested in Why? Because Science.

  5. Hello,

    Probably this comment will get lost somewhere, but your blog is like a black hole. Once I went past the blog horizon, I could not escape!

    Sorry I lied, your gravitational pull got me stuck here 🙂

    Regards,
    Metaphysicien

    1. I really should, but I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus recently. I’ve been travelling a lot and also keeping busy with my day job of fighting cancer and curing crime. Once the bug bites again, I’ll be sure to inject some fresh love into Why? Because Science!

    1. I’d been away until about October, when I began posting like mad again. I decided that THIS is the vocation I want to pursue. THIS is what will give me the greatest fulfilment in life, even if it doesn’t pay a damn thing (for now). I’m working on that last point 😉

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