“Science does not know its debt to imagination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have this renewed interest in scientific advances and theory, which can only be explained by our friend Bill Nye:


My struggle as a Liberal Arts guy is that I used to just not be very interested in science, and now I feel like I’m catching up. I don’t have trouble understanding it, but since I don’t have an educational background beyond High School level Physics, Chemistry and Biology*, a lot of the time I feel like I am pretty much just doing this:


And so while I get really excited about discoveries like all the new planets we found, a few of which are roughly the same size and distance from their mother star as Earth, I also have to do a lot of reading to get a better understanding of all the factors at play. And so I sometimes end up approaching science from more of a linguistic and cultural side, like wondering what it will mean for us if we find a planet we can colonize. How will it affect how we treat each other? How will environmental campaigns do when we have a whole world full of resources that we can pull from?

Due to the scope, I sometimes end up with goofy bits stuck in my search for knowledge, like this:


I really like the German word, not just for its “one of these things is not like the others” feel, but also because it outlined to me just how descriptive the German language is. The German word for an idea such as a discipline of study is a combination of the things that (they felt at the time) are closest to the idea itself. So Naturwissenschaften literally means something along the lines of “Knowledge of the Works of Nature,” and cannot think of a more beautiful or poetic way to describe something.
So now I do this:
*= I studied some psych and cognitive science, but as my science friends would tell you, it isn’t the same.

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