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A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

5 thoughts by Gustave Flaubert

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Thoughts to reflect on

1. "Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars."

2. "Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work."

3. "Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live."

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10 Quotes about Science, Art and Knowledge that will provoke your convictions

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When single thought becomes broader than a book

1. Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.

-Mary Kay Ash

2. Geologists have a saying - rocks remember.

-Neil Armstrong

3. A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

-Max Planck

4. The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

-Paul Valery

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Thoughts to reflect on: Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy

"Yes, love, ...but not the love that loves for something, to gain something, or because of something, but that love that I felt for the first time, when dying, I saw my enemy and yet loved him. I knew that feeling of love which is the essence of the soul, for which no object is needed. And I know that blissful feeling now too. To love one's neighbours; to love one's enemies. To love everything - to Love God in all His manifestations. Some one dear to one can be loved with human love; but an enemy can only be loved with divine love. And that was why I felt such joy when I felt that I loved that man. What happened to him? Is he alive? ...Loving with human love, one may pass from love to hatred; but divine love cannot change. Nothing, not even death, can shatter it. It is the very nature of the soul. And how many people I have hated in my life. And of all people none I have loved and hated more than her.... If it were only possible for me to see her once more... once, looking into those eyes to say..."
―  War and Peace

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10 Thought that will challenge your convictions: Theodor W. Adorno

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Theodor W. Adorno

1. Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.

2. Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.

3. Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.

4. Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.

5. He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.

6. Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.

7. Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.

8. Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.

9. Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them.

10. Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction.

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What does the philosopher say

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Jose Ortega y Gasset

1. We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.

2. We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.

3. Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.

4. Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.

5. Under the species of Syndicalism and Fascism there appears for the first time in Europe a type of man who does not want to give reasons or to be right, but simply shows himself resolved to impose his opinions.

6. We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.

7. Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.

8. A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation.

9. I am I plus my circumstances.

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What does the philosopher say

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Ayn Rand

"I do not think that tragedy is our natural fate and I do not live in chronic dread of disaster. It is no happiness, but suffering that I consider unnatural. It is not success, but calamity that I regard as the abnormal exception in Human Life."
Atlas Shrugged (1957)

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Thoughts to reflect on

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Science is a double-edged sword

We have to realize that science is a double-edged sword. One edge of the sword can cut against poverty, illness, disease and give us more democracies, and democracies never war with other democracies, but the other side of the sword could give us nuclear proliferation, biogerms and even forces of darkness.

- Michio Kaku

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Thoughts to reflect on

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The Modern Myths

"There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed."

― Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

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Friday Inspirational Quotes

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Pablo Picasso

There are some unarguably distinctive differences between human beings and animals. One of them, of course, is language. We speak, we use complex grammatical constructions, we produce abstract terms, etc. Another one is that we don't live in the planet's natural habitat, or at least don't do it anymore. We build cities, connect them by roads and highways, live under roofs, travel by cars and planes. In other words, we construct our world within the natural world. Everything that is surrounding us was once in our imagination. Each object that we are used to and utilize on daily basis, was once made by another human being. It is fascinating how we transformed the raw materials of our planet into the world we know today. It is, basically, like we brought out our consciousness and materialized it. What once looked like science fiction is a common fact today. So, don't limit yourself and set free your imagination. As Pablo Picasso once said: "Everything you can imagine is real."

Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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Sunday Quotes

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week."

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Existential insights: Mircae Eliade

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Into the search of the self

The way towards 'wisdom' or towards 'freedom' is the way towards your inner being. This is the simplest definition of metaphysics.

- Mircae Eliade

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Insights: Failure Is Your Best Teacher to Achieve Success

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Thomas Edison, America's greatest investor as they call him, left us  1093 U.S. patents and 2,332 patents worldwide. He was the father of some of the most important inventions that changes our life completely - the authomatic telegraph (a more development version of Samuel Morse's invention), the carbon telephone transmitter, the light bulb, the phonograph, the movie camera and viewer, the alkaline storage car battery... 

And not only this! Thomas Edison was one of the first inventors who worked with teams of researchers and employees, founded the first industrial laboratory for research and development, and thus laid the foundations of organized science.

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Climate Change Is Un-Real?! The Deniers vs. the Activists

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The Debate

Climate Change and its causes are turning into the hottest topic for discussions everywhere - from presidential campaigns to zoom chats, from academic studies to news reports. Scientists, politicians, analyzers, journalists… activists, and deniers… They all try to make their voice count. They all want to make you follow their lead. What will be your choice? Who will stand by?

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Stephen Hawking: However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at

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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." - Stephen Hawking

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Insights: While Destroying Our Own Home...

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"When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money."

Alanis Obomsawin 

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Daily Inspiration: Dalai Lama

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"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

Dalai Lama

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11 Quotes by Sir David Attenborough that Will Give You Chills

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Time to Listen. Time to Understand. Time to Act!

We live in unprecedent times. Times that call for our awareness – as individuals and as a society. Times that will determine how our children and their children will live. How the whole planet will live. So, it is time… time to listen to those who want to help us see. To those who want to make us believe. To those who call us for action.

In a series of publications, we will share with you the inspiring, thrilling, eye-opening and sometimes hard to handle words by people who have dedicated their lives to natural world and its well-being. For it is determinative for the well-being of all of us...

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On this day, 125 years ago…

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On this day, 125 years ago, the world-famous microbiologist Louis Pasteur died, but his accomplishments in the sphere of science never will.
Pasteur is renowned for his work on vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization.

His findings still help the prevention of many diseases. The first vaccines for rabies and anthrax were created by him, thus saving countless lives ever since.

Louis Pasteur is considered among the pioneers in the sphere of bacteriology and is called "the father of microbiology". He is also one of the fathers of germ theory, according to which no microorganisms would develop without prior contamination.

"The greatness of human actions is measured by the inspiration that it brings.

Louis Pasteur

Today it is inevitable to ask ourselves: what would this great scientist tell us in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic if he was still alive? Please, share your thoughts on this in the comments below…

Meanwhile, let us share with you some inspiring quotes by Louis Pasteur that will make you rethink your concepts of science and humanity…

Louis Pasteur on Science, Faith, and More

1. Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. (as quoted in "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" (1960) by René Jules Dubos)

2.…whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren skepticism. ("The Life of Pasteur" (1911), Volume II)

3. There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are sciences and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it. ("Revue Scientifique" (1871))

4. I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. (as quoted in "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" (1960) by René Jules Dubos)

5. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. (as quoted in "There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" (2001) by Wayne W. Dyer)

6. The human spirit, driven by an invincible force, will never cease to ask: What is beyond? ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))

7. Where are the real sources of human dignity, freedom, and modern democracy, if not in the concept of infinity to which all men are equal? ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))

8. The greatness of human actions is measured by the inspiration that it brings. Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal of beauty and obeys it: an ideal of art, an ideal of science, an ideal of country, an ideal virtues of the Gospel! These are the wellsprings of great thoughts and great actions. All reflections illuminate infinity. ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))

Ask questions, find answers, and share your thoughts on science, art, and the challenges the world meets today by taking part in the one of a kind international scientific conference on arts and humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance" in Florence, Italy, on 26-28 October, 2020. For more information: www.sgemflorence.org

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