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THE BREAKOUT: Bold Escapes Into The Future: An Editorial

December 31, 2011

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
John Maynard Keynes

The true history of science is a history of dramatic breakouts through the use of bold research and even bolder imagination and curiosity. In this past year humankind’s exploratory urge has been stifled by depressive economic activism that has empowered negativism with forceful suppression of positive ideas. Well as we get set to step across the threshold into a new year, we need it to be a quantum jump into the future. There is neither merit nor progress in timidity or faked thriftiness. Yes, faked. Money is not being wisely spent or saved it is being hoarded and as a result, progress starves.  Let the breakout begin!

The first hurdle is to break through the Three-P Barrier: politics, pessimism and pettiness. In this trio, politics holds the key. If, in the coming election, those with progress in their hearts make it clear that new ideas and new solutions must be the thrust of the next leadership, then we are taking the first important step in our breakout. This will be a bold political move considering the present climate of pessimism and petty ideologies. We must strive to make this happen or stagnate as a civilization.

Exploration is the next step. In the beginning it is essentially a rediscovery of our unabashed sense of curiosity and wonderment. This reaches across from the expanse of the cosmos to the mysteries of how life burst forth here and throughout our universe. In exercising our curiosity we suddenly loosen the bonds of suspicion and superstition. We become FREE. When this is revived we re-open the doors to the future, and the future is born in our progeny. So we must also reach across to each child and nurture his or her natural inquisitiveness. This is a key element of our breakout. Life blossoms in a whoosh of excitement and progress and re-empowers vigor and that vigor ignites productivity. Humankind is once again on the move – forward.

Opportunity and Risk Regain Their Appeal: The entire breakout is energizing and inspirational. The fiscal hoarding ceases and both opportunity and risk-taking feel natural again. With the death of hoarding, capitalism wakes up and further invigorates our breakout.  The economy tingles with new life and each of us regain both stamina and hope.

Yes, most of the above are dreams at this moment, but those dreams are energy and when we stifle them we wither. We Must Dream On, and in dreaming the breakout will come.

IMAGE CREDIT:

Electric Innovation – Tesla’s Energy  http://tinyurl.com/7thgzgh

ELEGANT, ELOQUENT and ELEMENTAL SCIENCE.

March 31, 2011

The dialog by noted astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a good introductory beginning for this blog article. Please take a few moments to view and enjoy it.

As Dr. Tyson stresses, there needs to be a common dialog between the sciences and the rest of us. This is best achieved by what he refers to as Science Literacy. Now, some folks get right nervous at that idea. They interpret Science Literacy to mean they must become knowledgeable in the sciences and immediately feel both dejected and rejected. On the other side, many scientists despite their own broad interests become both impatient and discouraged by what they interpret as disinterest or suspicion on the part of the non-scientist public.  This is a precipitous divide! We must close that divide to progress and evolve.

Paraphrasing Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman’s “Ode On A Flower” he acknowledges the beauty we all see, but he goes on to point out that as a scientist he sees deeper and reflects on the elegant science that describes how the flower came to be. Both views are valuable and are clear pathways that can lead to a unity of concept between the scientists and the rest of us. The common ground is our mutual appreciation of the respective elegance of the flower’s existence. We see beauty and delicacy, the scientist sees uniqueness and also a set of common interrelationships that produce the flower. All contribute to the flower’s glory that we both see. The challenge is for the layman and the scientist to appreciate each others particular way of seeing things.

The artist/author thinks he “shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” The botanist hopes he shall often see a living system as amazing as a tree.

There is eloquence in the expressions of appreciation and analysis from both sides. There will be unity when the layman stops to listen and learn a bit from the scientist while the scientist pauses to respect the layman’s perspective and to help to point out their mutuality, as Feynman does in his ode. The divide begins to close.

As a trained aeronautical engineer, I see a bird’s flight as optimum aerodynamics. As a long-time bird watcher I see the entire glory and beauty of both flight and the bird itself. This, to me, is an example of the successful merging of science and art.

If you wish, click on either or both of the image titles below to enjoy your own closing of the divide.  Additionally, you are encouraged to read Dr. Lewis Thomas‘s Lives of a Cell to gain an even deeper understanding of the vital link between science and the art of all that surrounds us.

CORAL KINGDOM

 

CELESTIAL CRAB

IMAGE CREDITS:

Coral Reef from> http://coastal-zone-management.blogspot.com

Crab Nebula: Astrophoto by Waddell Robey/Slooh.com