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Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit: Nodules

Using glass as an optical reservoir, the Nodules are handmade spherical lenses fused together in the making process to harness the natural physics of the material. A fiber optic light source delivers an intense white light from a remote point so that the relationship between the stem and Nodule is minimized and mysterious. The unique installations rise from the floor in clusters.

The atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, and then go out — there are always new atoms, but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.

Quote in context:

“For instance, the scientific article may say, “The radioactive phosphorus content of the cerebrum of the rat decreases to one-half in a period of two weeks.” Now what does that mean? It means that the phosphorus that is in the brain of a rat — and also in mine, and yours — is not the same phosphorus as it was two weeks ago. It means the atoms that are in the brain are being replaced: the ones that were there before have gone away. So what is this mind of ours: what are these atoms with consciousness? Last week’s potatoes! They now can remember what was going on in my mind a year ago — a mind which has long ago been replaced. To note that the thing I call my individuality is only a pattern or dance, that is what it means when one discovers how long it takes for the atoms of the brain to be replaced by other atoms. The atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, and then go out — there are always new atoms, but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.”

Richard Feynman, “The Value of Science” (speech at NAS meeting, 1955)
reprinted in The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short
Works of Richard P. Feynman
 (Jeffrey Robbins, ed., 1999)

I don’t know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough.

Richard Feynman, from Omni interview, “The Smartest Man in the World”(chapter 9), The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (1999)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

Caption: “Intercalation induces structural distortions. Left: unchanged DNA strand. Right: DNA strand intercalated at three locations (black areas).”

“In chemistryintercalation is the reversible inclusion of a molecule (or group) between two other molecules (or groups). Examples include DNA intercalation and graphite intercalation compounds.”

From the Wikipedia article on “Intercalation

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http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2833

I think *you’re* one of the good wobbles.

The biologist George Wald once compared his work on an exceedingly specialized subject, the visual pigments of the eye, to ‘a very narrow window through which at a distance one can see only a crack of light. As one comes closer the view grows wider and wider, until finally through this same narrow window one is looking at the universe.

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)

Quote by George Wald, in context:

Years ago I used to worry about the degree to which I had specialized. Vision is limited enough, yet I was not really working on vision, for I hardly made contact with visual sensations, except as signals, nor with the nervous pathways, nor the structures of the eye, except the retina. Actually, my studies involved only the rods and cones of the retina, and in them only the visual pigments. A sadly limited peripheral business, fit for escapists. But it is as though this were a very narrow window through which at a distance one can see only a crack of light. As one comes closer the view grows wider and wider, until finally through this same narrow window one is looking at the universe.”

(Unsure of original source; quoted here)

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (1958) Lectures delivered at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Winter 1955-56

 

Natural science does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.

Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (1958) Lectures delivered at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Winter 1955-56 

(Excerpt; summary)

Dr. Walter Tschinkel standing next to a cast of a Florida harvester ant nest

Tschinkel WR. 2004. The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius. 20pp. Journal of Insect Science, 4:21, Available online: insectscience.org/4.21

An informative blog post: http://illustrationrevealed.wordpress.com/tag/walter-tschinkel/

And Dr. Tschinkel’s faculty site:

http://www.bio.fsu.edu/faculty-tschinkel.php

trying to make the world safe for a fully materialist view of mind

Quote in context: ““[I have] spent most of my life, not just my career, thinking about the nature of mind, the mind-body problem, how mind, morals, and the meaning of life connect, trying to make the world safe for a fully materialist view of mind […]” 

— Owen Flanagan. 2011. The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized. (Google Books link)