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Will We Understand Everything There Is To Know?

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:54am 0 Comments

I had a discussion earlier on a thread on Facebook concerning the future of humanity. Some people asserted that we will eventually understand every mystery of the universe – but will we truly?

Right now the human race is growing rapidly, both in population and in technology; both are equally scary. Will we grow to the point where sustainability is not feasible? Will we not be able to feed ourselves? The opposite end holds technology; will we be able to combat the rising problems of…


Mutual Inspiration

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:34am 1 Comment

  I've been thinking a lot lately on how science and science fiction continually inspire each other. Science comes out with a new discovery that revolutionizes the way we view things, science fiction takes that idea and runs with it. The converse is true, too! Doubly so!

Some examples:

The Submarine - American inventor Simon Lake had been captivated by the idea of undersea travel and exploration ever since he read Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand…


From Apollo to Fox

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:53pm 1 Comment

The Apollo missions were the result of a political response to the Cold War with Soviet Russia, this everyone knows. But if not for this reason would we have gone at all? Would we have gone by now? This question is certainly unknown and quite possibly unknowable altogether. It's frustrating that such endeavors were the result of super-powers flexing their political muscles instead of genuine curiosity about the universe, but nonetheless, it got us to space and has spurred many missions…


How Did I Get Here?

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

I can remember being drawn to natural science and science in general at an early age. Sure, I was like most kids and watched Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Today’s Special and many other children’s programming. I think my first *real* exposure to science was from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, where he would visit other people and their jobs. He taught from the get-go that learning was a good thing and to never be afraid to ask questions. I was always asking questions about how things worked I would…


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At 3:08pm on March 31, 2013, Jordan W said…

Thank you, and glad to be here.

At 10:04pm on January 23, 2013, Marni Anbar said…

Thanks so much!  Looking forward to working/having fun with all of you!

At 1:28pm on January 23, 2013, Aomawa Shields said…

Thank you!!



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