Tuesday, 9 November 2010

A Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam

You can never have too many funny animal videos on a blog but, even so, I have been sadly neglecting the other stuff here - the stuff to make you think rather than smile, or maybe think and smile - you be the judge.

Carl Sagan died too young in 1996 but he left us with an inspiring collection of insights. His TV work in particular, with that gentle and intelligent voice, is moving as well as informative. Have a look at this one - this is where the "pale blue dot" comes from, and I hope it makes your day better to have seen it.

1 comment:

G Eagle Esq said...

Dear Mrs Frogge

Yes ...... very interesting .... and moving

.... and even humane/sensible - not that Eagles take too much encouragement from some Human behaviour

BUT

Peut-être Monsieur Sagan has been inspired by too much Blake-Poetry

"... suspended on a sun-beam ..."

It seemeth a poetic, rather than pScientific suggestion

AND

Does "beyond Jupiter" give a realistic perspective of the Human (or Aquillan) condition

J'ai l'Honeur de rester le vestre [your] servant obedient etc

G E

Monsieur Blake :

"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour"

Je préfère :

"A robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage"