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Carl Sagan’s last interview with Charlie Rose

At the end of his life, Carl Sagan cared deeply about where science stood in the public imagination.

During his final interview, aired on May 27, 1996, Carl Sagan issued a strong warning, telling Charlie Rose:

We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces. I mean, who is running the science and technology in a democracy if the people don’t know anything about it.

via OpenCulture

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How to control someone else’s arm with your brain

Bring on the DIY Neuroscience Revolution.

How can science impact your free will?
Watch this video and find out.

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Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist

Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens.

The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds – and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

For more information and stills gallery, please turn to: erikwernquist.com/wanderers

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Brian Cox visits the world’s biggest vacuum chamber – Human Universe: Episode 4 Preview

Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see what happens when a bowling ball and a feather are dropped together under the conditions of outer space.

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Mars One Way

Question: What is the motivation to go to Mars One Way?

I would never want to go to Mars one way. But after viewing this video I can see how their motivation is the need to be significant. Each of these people appear to be living a life that is totally devoid of significance. They have no deep connection or love to keep them here so they seem very motivated to be significant. Several of the people in the video say they want to go but they would stay if they child or girl asked them to stay. I am guessing they want significance but they want love/connection even more.

What motivates you? To be significant? To find love and connection?

I read recently that over 100,000 said they would volunteer for a one way trip to Mars.

I wonder what it would be like to be on the team that has to select the final crew. They would have to interview a lot of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and motivations.

I bet you who ever goes on that trip they will not be test pilots like the first USA astronauts.

I bet one of the major criteria for being selected is emotional intelligence. One of the highest priorities is to select a crew that does not go insane on the way to Mars. OK arrive on the planet, touch the ground, broadcast a video of your safe arrival and then go insane. That way the scientists and politicians can justify the trip and seek funding for a second trip.

Would you volunteer for the trip? If so, why?

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How Wolves Change Rivers

After watching this video I have three reactions:

  • Wow.
  • Welcome to the original worldwide web.
  • Yes Virginia, a small change today can result in a large change tomorrow.

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