Every atom in our bodies was fused in the body of an ancient star. NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how the iron in our blood connects us to one of the most violent acts in the universe- a supernova explosion - and what the universe might look like when all the stars die out.
Alan Watts proposed that "the most real state is the state of nothing," Our current reality, argued ideapod, is just a small piece in the reality of what it means to exist, to be nothing. While many consider this current state of existence, of life, as the crux of reality, perhaps our real state occurs before and after our lives in the abyss of "nothingness".
The definitive photograph of Earth until now. Unlike NASA's Blue Marble—which is a composite made from many different photographs—this is a portrait of Earth taken in one single shot. It's the highest resolution image of our home planet, 121 megapixels. This image was taken by Russia's latest weather satellite, the Electro-L.
What do we need to live? We need food to eat, air to breathe, sex to reproduce, but do we need art?
The answer seems to be an unequivocal yes, as people will respond energetically if one fulfils their desire for artistic outputs - beauty, excitement, enjoyment and meaning.
Halcyon is tracking how various art forms can help people help themselves, e.g.
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths - Joseph Campbell
Coming across this quote reminds me that Campbell's four Masks of God volumes sit tantalisingly on my shelves, from where they've tempted and taunted me - occasionally dipped into but never fully absorbed - for nigh on 20 years. I wonder whether old Joe ever found a myth about procrastination?
Maybe Proust should wait a while, after all...
For its many fans, science fiction is where the future happens first. A leading sci-fi author recently predicted what we might one day see in film, in real life, or both.
A composite presentation, compiled from various sources, sketched a view of the far future of our world and of the solar system.