Humility.

July 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.”  – Carl Sagan

 

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south end of the Plain of San Augustin

http://www.billcaid.com/2011/WesternUSTrip20110629/Part6/Part6.html

 

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“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”  – Carl Sagan

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Datil NM

http://web.nmsu.edu/~amato/photos2003.html

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“We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.”  – Carl Sagan

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Rio Grande Valley NM

http://www.billcaid.com/2011/WesternUSTrip20110629/Part6/Part6.html

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“I don’t think science is hard to teach because humans aren’t ready for it, or because it arose only through a fluke, or because, by and large, we don’t have the brainpower to grapple with it. Instead, the enormous zest for science that I see in first-graders and the lesson from the remnant hunter-gatherers both speak eloquently: A proclivity for science is embedded deeply within us, in all times, places, and cultures. It has been the means for our survival. It is our birthright. When, through indifference, inattention, incompetence, or fear of skepticism, we discourage children from science, we are disenfranchising them, taking from them the tools needed to manage their future.” – Carl Sagan

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Herd of Elk Monticello Canyon

http://www.billcaid.com/2011/WesternUSTrip20110629/Part6/Part6.html

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“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.”  – Carl Sagan

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Datil NM arch

http://www.billcaid.com/2011/WesternUSTrip20110629/Part6/Part6.html

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“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.” – Edwin P. Hubble

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View of Milky Way and Earth from space

http://thefabweb.com/46751/30-best-space-pictures-of-the-week-june-13th-to-june-20th-2012/attachment/46762/

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“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”  – Carl Sagan

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Homestead Ranch Datil NM

http://www.nmranchproperties.com/listman/listings/l0008.html

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“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”  – Carl Sagan

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VLA aerial

(Magdalena, N.M.) The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the iconic New Mexico telescope,  announced this week it’s accepting ideas for a new name from the public and fellow scientists for the Very Large Array (VLA) of New Mexico.

A series of upgrades have advanced the old telescopes into what could be considered entirely new ones that are far more powerful and accurate than the originals. It is for these reasons that NRAO is accepting ideas for a new name for the VLA.

The Very Large Array, located about 20 miles west of Magdalena, NM, has been featured in films including “Contact,” ‘’Armageddon” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” It is so named because of the 27 antennas, arranged in an array, that collect natural radio emissions from distant stars and galaxies. The recent upgrades have increased VLA’s power by as much as ten times when compared to the original array built in 1970.

http://www.nmnewsandviews.com/2011/10/14/very-large-array-searching-for-a-new-name/

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VLA near Socorro NM

http://www.rockymtnrefl.com/vla.htm

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“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.”   – Carl Sagan

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Balloon Festival Socorro NM

http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/~egreisen/BalloonSoc.html

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“Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate–with the best teachers–the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history. They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads. Books can accompany us everywhere. Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.” Carl Sagan

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