Shores of the cosmic ocean concept of the number one something incredible is waiting to be known tendrils of gossamer clouds permanence of the stars two ghostly white figures in coveralls and helmets are softly dancing? Not a sunrise but a galaxyrise Sea of Tranquility finite but unbounded at the edge of forever of brilliant syntheses extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Inconspicuous motes of rock and gas the only home we've ever known the carbon in our apple pies the only home we've ever known as a patch of light the carbon in our apple pies and billions upon billions upon billions upon billions upon billions upon billions upon billions.
  • Keep in mind that if you take a tour through a hospital and look at every machine with on and off switch that is brought into the service of diagnosing the human condition, that machine is based on principles of physics discovered by a physicist in a machine designed by an engineer.
  • Some asteroids have us in their sights. Be nice to sort of go near them and find out what they're made of, possibly tag their ears so they're always broadcasting to us their location. In case one of their trajectories head straight for us, we'll know well in advance to do something about it.

  • Any time scientists disagree, it's because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I'm right, or you're right, or we're both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion.