I do not know if it’s worth so much work for this, but the truth is that it’s really cool, love it!
h/t Facebook (Architecture & Engineering)
Today marks the 45 anniversary. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the Moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM, the “Eagle”, to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia” in lunar-orbit.
Source: Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. flag on the Moon (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
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Q:I just went to check the rest of your blog. Color me surprised the first picture I see is a 100' tall statue of a fucking mythical creature.
Oh yeah (today we repeat asshole), “a fucking mythical creature" who has inspired people like Copernico, Tycho Brahe, Galileo, Bacon, Kepler, Descartes, Pascal, Newton, Leibniz, Euler, Bernoulli, Lavoisier, Ampere, Cauchy, Faraday, Maxwell, Mendel, Riemann, Joule, Pasteur, Stokes, Kelvin, Becquerel, Cantor, Rutherford, Marconi, Eddington, Millikan, Planck, Compton, Lemaître, Heisenberg, Gödel, Jordan, John Barrow, Richard Gott, Maldacena, Freeman Dyson… and many others. And this in Science, if we talk about art or culture the list is endless…
So … a little respect for the beliefs of the people, I am also an atheist (agnostic for being specific), but the last thing I would do is denigrate the beliefs of others. You must educate yourself, being atheist don’t make you more clever.
A person who wish to remain anonymous make a good (and additional) argument:
Just a thought…
That “100 foot statue” (actually 125 feet, counting the base) was one of the more interesting engineering feats of the early 20th century. The catenary system alone has to deal with over 40 lightning strikes annually. If engineering, construction, and the necessary annual maintenance involved aren’t “science” enough, then what is?
i may be a bit extremist, but i don’t think we have an obligation to respect other people’s beliefs, especially when they’re wrong and dangerous like christianity. Having said that, what’s the problem with a photoset of a statue of Jesus?
Yeah, I agree, you have *no obligation* to respect other people’s beliefs… is rather a matter of education and human rights. By the way, I do not see Christianity as such a bad thing, some Christian sects are harmful, the same goes for Islam, and also politics with garbages like communism and nazism. To despise christians because a minority are harmful is similar to insult entire political right wing (or left wing) because of fascism or communism. Diversity and tolerance please, bad thing if we all thought the same thing, a sign that civilization has been stopped.
Tausodan makes some important remarks, and I have to say I am partially agree with him/her and I think worth take a look.
I disagree that God is irrelevant in the career of the people cited above, many of them were priests and theologians so God was an essential part of their life, even though was independent of its activities as scientists.
And this is related with other of your claims (shared also with user `our-particles-are-in-motion´) about that the link I provided `does not support my conclusion´. It’s partially true, but it does support that:
“While religious and nonreligious thinking differentially engage broad regions of the frontal, parietal, and medial temporal lobes, the difference between belief and disbelief appears to be content-independent. Our study compares religious thinking with ordinary cognition and, as such, constitutes a step toward developing a neuropsychology of religion. However, these findings may also further our understanding of how the brain accepts statements of all kinds to be valid descriptions of the world.”
which I interpret as the religious feelings do not interfere with perception of reality, and people who think “Angels really exist” are perfectly able to rightly solve propositions such as “Eagles really exist” (to cite one example documented in the paper).
And no one should think this is strange, because many of the fathers of rational thinking were people extraordinarily religious (they believed that angels exist… so what?) without any prejudice to revolutionize the world using the reason (and only the reason). The linked list above is the example in the Christian religion, but there are similar lists for Jews and Muslims (for not out of monotheism).
In any case, we agree in the esential, the respect for other people’s beliefs. And that is the important on this.
Thank to (almost) everyone for participate.