Posts from the ‘inspiration’ Category

I was gonna let this slide . . .

jtotheizzoe:

… but I just can’t.

If you aren’t in punching vicinity of a kitten or baby, read this CNN LightYears blog entry/article on the Curiosity landing. Except that it isn’t really about the landing. It’s about inventing dangerous drama instead of embracing inspiration. And I’m not gonna let that happen on my watch.

(click through for full rant, so as to not fill your whole dashboard)

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Read Joe’s full discussion. We are on a precarious edge, one where we must lean toward proper education and encouragement of science. Otherwise we will find ourselves with a generation bred to “teach the controversy” where there is none, putting not only the US but the world behind in advancement.

One of the most influential forces in the country is the media, crumbling bastions that are leaving factual news for the more lucrative entertainment and profit business. In doing so, they are giving way by citing comments and Twitter and what-have-you as fact and spreading the idea that those who have a voice have the right to be heard. 

The issue is that while commenter Jim1968 may be a good man and an excellent plumber, he is probably not the best qualified to give insight into the importance of space exploration for society. Replacing a qualified individual with his words is detrimental to the story and its readers and makes for low-quality news.

What can you do? Support media that provide solid news. Leave input on their social network pages. And when you find a poor article, go out and find a better one and take a minute to learn about the subject. 

Because science is incredible, and the more people interested and learning about it, the further it can take us.

I always tell people that MIT is the closest thing to being Hogwarts — Harry Potter’s wizarding school — in real life.

The science and innovation that occurs here looks no different than pure magic to most of the world. The faculty here are the real-world McGonagalls — that’s you President Hockfield — and Dumbledores. There are secret tunnels and passages with strange wonders and creatures around every corner — some of whom may just finish their thesis this decade. The names of history’s great wizards surround us here in Killian Court — from Aristotle to Galileo, Newton to Darwin. They remind us that we have inherited an ancient art. One that, despite being vilified or suppressed by forces of ignorance throughout history, is the prime cause of human progress and well-being.

Also like Hogwarts, MIT brings young people from around the country and world who are a little bit off-the-charts in their potential for this “magic.” Some come from environments and communities that celebrated their gifts. Others had to actively hide their abilities and passions for fear of being ostracized and ridiculed. Students come to MIT from every religion, every ethnicity. Some from educated, affluent families, others from ones that live at or near poverty. But they — you, we — shared a common passion. Something that made us feel a little different. We sensed that MIT might be a place where there were others like us. Where we could challenge ourselves and develop our craft.

— Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, 2012 MIT Commencement Address

(via curiositycounts)