Sun, 20 Jul 2003

A bassdrum and a cloud of dust

Falkor, the Luck Dragon

I added some more words to the Neverending Story.

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The Magic Word:
Which planet is closest to the sun? (hint -- it's Mercury...)

I believe that part of what propels science is the thirst for wonder. It’s a
very powerful emotion. All children feel it. In a first grade classroom
everybody feels it; in a twelfth grade classroom almost nobody feels it, or
at least acknowledges it. Something happens between first and twelfth grade,
and it’s not just puberty. Not only do the schools and the media not teach
much skepticism, there is also little encouragement of this stirring sense
of wonder. Science and pseudoscience both arouse that feeling. Poor
popularizations of science establish an ecological niche for pseudoscience.
- Carl Sagan, The Burden Of Skepticism, The Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 12, Fall 87