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I hope you might share some of my utter and pure delight…

Lyrics:

[Robert Winston]
It’s amazing to consider that I’m holding in my hands
The place where someone once felt, thought, and loved
For centuries, scientists have been battling to understand
What this unappealing object is all about

[Vilayanur Ramachandran]
Here is this mass of jelly
You can hold in the palm of your hands
And it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space

[Carl Sagan]
The brain has evolved from the inside out
Its structure reflects all the stages through which it has passed

[Jill Bolte Taylor]
Information in the form of energy
Streams in simultaneously
Through all of our sensory systems

And then it explodes into this enormous collage
Of what this present moment looks like
What it feels like
And what it sounds like

And then it explodes into this enormous collage
And in this moment we are perfect
We are whole and we are beautiful

[Robert Winston]
It appears rather gruesome
Wrinkled like a walnut, and with the consistency of mushroom

[Carl Sagan]
What we know is encoded in cells called neurons
And there are something like a hundred trillion neural connections
This intricate and marvelous network of neurons has been called
An enchanted loom

The neurons store sounds too, and snatches of music
Whole orchestras play inside our heads

20 million volumes worth of information
Is inside the heads of every one of us
The brain is a very big place
In a very small space

No longer at the mercy of the reptile brain
We can change ourselves
Think of the possibilities

[Bill Nye]
Think of your brain as a newspaper
Think of all the information it can store
But it doesn’t take up too much room
Because it’s folded

[Oliver Sacks]
We see with the eyes
But we see with the brain as well
And seeing with the brain
Is often called imagination

[Various]

[Robert Winston]
It is the most mysterious part of the human body
And yet it dominates the way we live our adult lives
It is the brain

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This post is 100% inspired today by:
The Collect Call of Troythulu: “We Are Stardust” – Symphony of Science

Check out http://symphonyofscience.com for more science music videos. You can find links to all the sources used in this video at the website under “additional info” for each one.

I hope you might share some of my utter and pure delight…

Lyrics:

[David Attenborough]
How could one species turn into another?

[Richard Dawkins]
How is it that we find ourselves surrounded by such complexity, such elegance?

[Bill Nye]
The genes of you and me
They’re all made of DNA
We’re all made of the same chemicals
DNA – we’re all made of DNA

[Attenborough]
Only the fittest survive
And that is the key
Natural Selection
That is the key

[Dawkins]
We are surrounded by endless forms
Most beautiful, most wonderful
Evolution – the greatest show on Earth

There is grandeur in this view of life
Evolution – the greatest show on Earth

[Attenborough]
The history of life can be thought of
As a many branched tree
The five kingdoms of life
were established early on

Bacteria
Protists- amoeba like creatures
Fungi
Plants
And animals

[Dawkins]
We find ourselves perched on one tiny twig
In the midst of a blossoming tree of life

[refrain]

We are surrounded by millions of other species
Walking, flying, burrowing, stalking, chasing, fleeing,
Outpacing

[Attenborough]
Animals strive to reach this one ultimate goal
To ensure the survival of the next generation
This one ultimate goal
To pass on their genes
That is what life is all about

[refrain]

[Dawkins]
As we look back on the history of life
We see a picture of never ending,
ever rejuvinating novelty

[Attenborough]
Those animals may seem to us to be very remote,
strange, even fantastic

But all of us alive today
Owe our very existence to them

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This post is 100% inspired today by:
The Collect Call of Troythulu: “We Are Stardust” – Symphony of Science

Check out http://symphonyofscience.com for more science music videos. You can find links to all the sources used in this video at the website under “additional info” for each one.

Such experiments could perhaps lead to new discoveries about treating such things as depression and different approaches to behavioral issues like ADD or ADHD.

Ain’t science amazing!!

and a galactic bonus today:

source:
HuffPost: Science
Chandra X-ray Observatory: A Pinwheel in Many Colors

Filed under:
L is for… (laughter)
S is for … (Science)
R is for… (rats)
T is for… (tickling)
M is for… Messier 101

Panspermia…

Just sharing a few thoughts that whisped through my mind as I listened to this genius of a man (IMHO), in his uber passionate style, describe a “fascinatingly disturbing thought…” that keeps him awake at night… Will it keep you awake at night, as well?

higgs-boson, planck length, panspermia, astrophysics, grok, UFO’s, religion, evolution, gamma rays, super massive black holes, stardust, Carl Sagan, nebulae, big bang (if we’re so smart, how come we have such a stupid name for the beginning of everything?), neurotheology, Hubble, Challenger, Apollo, Hawking, pineal gland, dopamine, bath salts, Pluto, asteroid belt, amoeba, entropy, quark, LHC, Robert Heinlen, magnetetosphere, F=G (m_1 m_2)/r^2, Schroedinger…

Finally, just a little something that had me a’pondering…

Related/interesting URL’s:
Cosmic Ancestry
Scientific American: “Did Life Come from Another World?”
Big Think: “Is the Human Brain Hardwired for God?”
Ha! Tea ‘n’ Danger: Science!
Nade in the Kitchen: “Couscous and Mango filled Avacados”
Buddhakat “Size matters…” via Science Based Life: The Universe is Gargantuan via Numbersleuth: Magnifying the Universe
Dotty Headbanger: “Hypomania”
Ha! Tea ‘n’ Danger: Stupid Design
BuddhaKat: Bradbury
NASA: Commercial Space Exploration

Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

H is for another… hostage situation, involving women and our, OUR bodies.

Mother Jones

—By Stephanie Mencimer

| Mon Apr. 30, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

Doctors still require women to submit to cancer screenings and pelvic exams to get birth control pills. Scientists say that shouldn’t happen.

Recently, my doctor gave me an ultimatum: Come in for a pelvic exam, or I won’t refill your birth control pills. The problem arose after I tried to get my prescription refilled before going on vacation in March, only to be told that the doctor’s office wouldn’t sign off on the refill because it had been a year and one month since I’d had an annual exam and a Pap smear. A nurse grudgingly gave me a monthlong reprieve if I promised to come in for an exam when I returned from my trip.

I really, really didn’t want to go in for an exam. I’ve had two kids, a false positive Pap test and all the ensuing misery that comes with it, and spent enough time in the stirrups to last a lifetime. All I really wanted were my pills; I was pretty sure the exam could wait another year or more.

The science was on my side.

Just a few weeks earlier, the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent group of national experts that makes evidence-based health care recommendations, released new guidelines declaring definitively that women over 30 don’t need a Pap smear more than once every three years unless they have a couple of risk factors, which I don’t have. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said that birth control pills can safely be prescribed without a full-on exam….”

I hope you will take the little trip over to Mother Jones to read the rest of this EXCELLENT article…

BuddhaKat says “… and this is how we decrease the cost of health care?”

BuddhaKat says “BullShit!!!”

 

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Sagan, Carl – The Sagan Series

The Sagan Series:             YouTube      ↬  thoughtbursts

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

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