The contents of the Voyager Golden Record is a collection of 116 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, and thunder, and animal sounds, including the songs of birds and whales. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in fifty-nine languages, and printed messages from President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. The items were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University.
@4 days ago
#dire wolves #tar pits #john hodgman #LACMA #pakland #science #the space between things #@nickinonaroll
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#liked before they were famous #watts #lincoln said this #james adomian #big fan #stand-up #trees #philosoraptor #cosmos
“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.”
I didn’t like the Alan Watts book I read (didn’t finish) but he seems to thrive in the excerpt format. My doubts come from the idea of paying too much attention to him.
Evey human being can recognize the truth of her own spiritual being. The individual conscience in the ultimate arbiter.
For if every human being is freely able to use her powers of reasoning to judge truth and goodness, the world can only receive universal assent when it conforms with rational standards.
Therefore all social institutions must be made to conform to general principles of reason. Only then will people freely choose to accept these institutions.
The history of the world is nothing but the development of the idea of freedom.
@1 month ago
#Hegel #assent #freedom #tyranny #consciouness #cr groups
@1 month ago
#feminism #international women's day #manifesto #truth #honesty #women's history
We regard our personal experience, and our feelings about that experience, as the basis for an analysis of our common situation. We cannot rely on existing ideologies as they are all products of male supremacist culture. We question every generalization and accept none that are not confirmed by our experience.
Our chief task at present is to develop female class consciousness through sharing experience and publicly exposing the sexist foundation of all our institutions. Consciousness-raising is not “therapy,” which implies the existence of individual solutions and falsely assumes that the male-female relationship is purely personal, but the only method by which we can ensure that our program for liberation is based on the concrete realities of our lives.
The first requirement for raising class consciousness is honesty, in private and in public, with ourselves and other women.