Miracle? All of it.


NY Times Letter to the Editor:

The Chirp Heard Across the Universe” (editorial, Feb. 16), about the recent discovery of the gravitational waves that were predicted by Einstein a century ago, asks, “Does science, or knowledge, really need a justification?”

The answer, of course, is no. But in a culture that has become saturated with the idea that only commercial value matters, we’ve become afraid of expressing an impulse as natural and basic as this.

Much like literature, music, philosophy and art, enjoyment of the natural sciences — and of nature itself — has intrinsic value. No further justification is required. Curiosity, wonder and beauty are enough.

~ Mark Bessoudo, Toronto


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  1. wonder is an underrated gem.

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  2. …and the beat goes on…and the beat goes on.

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  3. Okay, this picture is not a good way to start my day. Maybe later in the day I can fantasize “what if…,” but first thing in the morning, I need “up” to be “up.”

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  4. Everything vibrates. We just need to tune in to hear it.
    We seem have to make up stories (justifications) about everything. Even when writing about justification, the writer has to justify it.
    This is the noise of the human, not the cosmos.

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  5. Heard one of the main scientists in this discovery interviewed recently and her excitement was palpable. It got *me* all whipped into a frenzy and I only understood about half of what in the hell she was talking about. My takeaway? Amaaaaazzziinnnggg!! 🙂

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  6. It’s enough for me, for sure. Wonder is highly more valuable to me than science. (But I have to whisper that proclamation!). Very cool photo.

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  7. Dave,
    There is but one justification….AMEN! ….”so be it.”

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  8. I’m basking in the wonder of today. Beautiful.

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  9. “My life as a bird”. Yes, amazing indeed.

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  10. freddiegeorgia says:

    I was so caught up in the photo, I had to go back for the words. Thanks for Aberrant Beauty turn-on!

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  11. Like – ‘two roads…’ and I choose the latter. Thank you for sharing this.

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  12. So I spent a half hour looking at the photo, turning my iPad clockwise in quarter turns … 90 degrees … 180 … 270 … 360 … then counterclockwise back to 270 …180 … 90 … and so on and so on and so on. Finally figured it out. Dizzy now and I have a tee-time in an hour, so here come a couple of snowmen I’m sure. Thanks a bunch, Dave … good post though!

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