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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: What is Science ~ Richard Feynman

I came across this address while reading, “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman,” and I thought it too good to not pass along. It was given back in 1966 and I found it as relevant today as it was back then.

…a man cannot live beyond the grave. Each generation that discovers something from its experience must pass that on, but it must pass that on with a delicate balance of respect and disrespect, so that the [human] race–now that it is aware of the disease to which it is liable–does not inflict its errors too rigidly on its youth, but it does pass on the accumulated wisdom, plus the wisdom that it may not be wisdom.

It is necessary to teach both to accept and to reject the past with a kind of balance that takes considerable skill. Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers of the preceding generation.

What is Science?

Richard Feynman

What is science? It is common sense! Or is it? In April 1966 the master teacher delivered an address to the Nation Science Teachers’ Association in which he gave his fellow teachers lessons on how to teach their students to think like a scientist and how to view the world with curiosity, open-mindedness, and, above all, doubt. This talk is also a tribute to the enormous influence Feynman’s father – a uniforms salesman – had on Feynman’s way of looking at the world.

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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Science, What Inspires Me

 

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Arts: Charles Clary’s Massive Paper Cuts ~ Wired

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These works are simply amazing to me. My favorite is shown here: Double Diddle Degradation #3

Artist Charles Clary says he wants his constructions to appear ever-expanding — overwhelming exhibition spaces like replicating viruses or reverberating sound waves. Inspired by microorganisms, anthills, and auditory phenomena, he layers colored paper to build up the variegated textures and sinewy shapes of his room-sized installations. The pieces may look like they’re highly orchestrated precision-cut sculptures, but Clary favors a more organic creative philosophy: “It’s all intuitive. It’s just one layer playing off another, playing off another,” he says. “But I do try to make the viewer wonder whether they’re handmade or if industrial equipment is used, so I have to be very clean with my cuts.”

Double Diddle Degradation #3 (Detail)
acrylic and hand-cut paper on panel
12″ x 12″ x 4″ 2009

Posted by Charles Clary 3 days ago on Society6:

Ok so, I am featured in the February issue of WIRED MAGAZINE which is currently on sale in major bookstores. Check it out if you feel so inclined and thank you for all your continued support. I’ll try and get a good scan of the article to post at a later date but alas I have no scanner. And for all of you that reside in the UK area I will be featured in their March issue with a completely different layout. Hope all is well!!!

More of his amazing work can be found here via Wired and here on Society6.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Arts, What Inspires Me

 

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Lady Gaga – Speechless [live]

To date, one of my favorite video’s of Lady Gaga:

Music video by Lady Gaga performing Speechless. (C) 2009 Interscope Records

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2010 in Fun, Music, What Inspires Me

 

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Fun with Oil & Water

Oil  & Water I discovered a beautiful photograph a short time ago that was submitted to the February 2009 PPSOP Photo Contest taken by the second place winner Angie Wright. Her simple yet striking image of “oil and water” had me shaking my head with disbelief and of course I had to try and find the answer to the question of: “How did she do it?

I found the answer to my question as described by Bryan F. Peterson/Founder of The Perfect Picture School of Photography:

Having “been there and done that” myself some years ago, I went out onto my back deck – just yesterday, in fact – and shot a few images of “oil and water” and as you will quickly see, it is an easy thing to shoot. The ‘trick’, as I am sure Angie will agree, is deciding what kind of colored background you wish to use AND to be patient! Hunching over this set-up with your camera and lens on tripod, waiting for the right arrangement of oil and water to form will test your patience, but it’s truly worth it! This is NOT a difficult set up. I have used a glass bread pan, placed atop two large drinking glasses. For my background, I have placed one of my ‘wild and crazy colorful shirts’ underneath the bread pan. I filled the pan about 2/3rds full with water and than simply poured a number of small drops of cooking oil into the pan. I shot the two close-up images you see with my Nikkor 200mm Macro. You don’t need a macro lens to do this shot but you will need a set of extension tubes . When placed between a lens that offers up 60-100mm focal length, you too will soon be enjoying some “unbelievable” images like you see here! And if it’s not clear by now, let me end by saying, THIS TECHNIQUE IS NOT DONE IN PHOTOSHOP!

And so I made a few of my own modifications to the technique to come up with these “other worldly” images…

Please visit my Zenfolio Photography Site here to see more.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2009 in Fun, Photography, What Inspires Me

 

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Dear Christopher, It Was Perfect And Telling…

Collide by Howie Day

 
The dawn is breaking

A light shining through

You’re barely waking

And I’m tangled up in you

Yeah

When I’m open, you’re closed

Where I follow, you’ll go

I worry I won’t see your face

Light up again

 
Even the best fall down sometimes

Even the wrong words seem to rhyme

Out of the doubt that fills my mind

I somehow find

You and I collide

 
I’m quiet you know

You make a first impression

I’ve found I’m scared to know I’m always on your mind

 
Even the best fall down sometimes

Even the stars refuse to shine

Out of the back you fall in time

I somehow find

You and I collide

Don’t stop here I’ve lost my place I’m close behind

 
Even the best fall down sometimes

Even the wrong words seem to ryhme

Out of the doubt that fills your mind

You finally find

You and I collide

 
You finally find

You and I collide

You finally find

You and I collide

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2008 in What Inspires Me

 

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What Inspires Me: Douglas Adams

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 – 2001)
 
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Posted by on September 19, 2008 in Political, What Inspires Me

 

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What Inspires Me: Another 19th Century View On Homeopathy

“Some of you will probably be more or less troubled by that parody of medieval theology which finds its dogma in the doctrine of homeopathy, its miracle of transubstantiation in the mystery of its dilutions, its church in the people who have mistaken their century, and its priests in those who have mistaken their calling.”

[Oliver Wendell Holmes, Medical Essays. The Young Practitioner, [A Valedictory Address delivered to the Graduating Class of the Bellevue Hospital College, March 2, 1871.] ”

 

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