October 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

“The experience of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral is the consequences of perception.” – Allen Lokos

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Highway 89A crossing the Vermilion Cliffs


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“Our civilization will, of course, be “playing God” in an ultimate sense of the phrase: evolving a greater intelligence than currently exists on earth. It behooves us to be a considerate creator, wise to the world and its fragile nature, sensitive to the needs for stable footings that will prevent backsliding — and keep that house of cards we call civilization from collapsing.” William H. Calvin

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West Fork Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino NF


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“The aspirations of democracy are based on the notion of an informed citizenry, capable of making wise decisions. The choices we are asked to make become increasingly complex. They require the longer-term thinking and greater tolerance for ambiguity that science fosters. The new economy is predicated on a continuous pipeline of scientific and technological innovation. It can not exist without workers and consumers who are mathematically and scientifically literate. ” – Ann Druyan

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89A Oak-Creek-Canyon


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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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West Fork of Oak Creek trail Coconino National Forest near Sedona Arizona


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“Being able to embrace contradictions is a sign of intelligence.
Or insanity.” – Richard Kadrey

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Arizona State Route 89A


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“There’s a stark difference between the words ‘prodigy’ and ‘genius.’ Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do.” – John Green

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Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona


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“The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence.” – Lyman Bryson

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Climbing up to Mingus Pass between Prescott and Sedona


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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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View From 89A Through Oak Creek Canyon


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“The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind
about nothing — to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.” – John Keats

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Autumn in Oak Creek Canyon


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“I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.” – Cormac McCarthy

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Oak Creek Canyon, near Sedona


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“The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Slide Rock in Oak Creek Canyon


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“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” – Susan Sontag

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Oak Creek Canyon about five miles north of Sedona


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“An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.” – Albert Camus

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Fall Colors Grace Oak Creek Canyon


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“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

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§ 2 Responses to 89A.

  • Some lovely autumn colours in those shots!

  • southwestdesertlover says:

    Thank you Chrissie. Throughout the 1990’s I drove route 89A north and south many times when I was a guest lecturer at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s a very curvy mountain road that gave all new meaning to the term “commute”. Eventually I stayed at a bed and breakfast a few blocks from the NAU campus. Oak Creek Canyon is one of my absolute favorite places for Fall foliage in the Four Corners’ area. I’m delighted you enjoy the seasonal colors there as much as I do. :^)

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