Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Problems? "We ain't got no stinkin' problems." UPDATES.


During these periods of tension, it’s good to mentally step back and focus on the larger perspective.  I like to think about how, in the whole of history, now is the first time that any person walking on Earth, can actually see bits of the Universe.  This view, a Celestial Still Life, presents a starry canvas unimaginably large (really, what does 40 light years mean, in scale?)
We’ve extended our reach far beyond our immediate position – technological substitutes for consciousness – and can thus benefit from such a perspective.  It’s awesome.  Problems?  “We ain’t got no stinkin’ problems.”  Not in the grand scheme.

Update - speaking of the grand scheme.  Nope, not a movie preview.  Here's a look into the very, very real, near future.  Saddle-up!

More Update!
The Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine for February has a great article by Paul Hoversten on the history and status of the two Voyager spacecraft.  We're about to finally reach interstellar space...and have learned a lot along the say.  Sadly, the noble craft run out of fuel to communicate soon.

Son of More Update!
 Nine years have passed since Opportunity bounced its way onto the Martian surface.  How wonderful that we, by extension, can walk on the red planet.   

If it can be thought, it can be done.  

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