The bladed, quill-like feathers of modern birds are essential for flight, and over millions of years they have become highly specialized for this purpose. But this may not be the reason they first evolved, say researchers studying an unusually complete fossil of the world’s first bird, Archaeopteryx. Instead, the team believes birds first grew these feathers for other purposes, such as insulation or mating display. The discovery raises the intriguing prospect that flight may have developed multiple times in the ancestors of birds. (1)
An ancient Greek philosopher had said that a long long time ago.
We walk because we have feet.
We do not have feet because we need to walk! 😉
What is the purpose?
How can there be one without any cause?
What is the cause?
How can you seek it without any purpose?
Oh, you shallow man.
Relying too much on your eyes…
Believing too much your mind…
Be free from thought.
Be free from your mind.
Be ready to fly!
When Voyager 2 pivoted back toward Earth from beyond Neptune in 1990, it snapped one of the most famous space pictures: the pale blue dot, with Earth appearing as a lonely speck of light. Astronomers are now designing a new generation of telescopes with hopes of taking a photo of another pale blue dot, this one orbiting a distant star. The proposals offer two contrasting ways of blocking out a distant star’s light, one with a giant shade traveling through space near the telescope and the other with shape-changing mirrors within the telescope. (1)
Sometimes you have to get blinded in order to see…
Close your eyes to what you hold most dear.
Close your eyes to what you see as most important.
Close your eyes to the most bright star.
Close your eyes to life.
It seems like…
Pope Francis responded to critics who call his stance on capitalism Marxist, saying in a new interview that the political and economic philosophy of marxism is flat “wrong”. (1)
Our mania to categorize things and thoughts has ruined our ability to distinguish right from wrong. We can only think with black and white.With “capitalism is right”, “marxism is right”. But the world is not made up of categories.
Stop thinking like Plato.
There are no “chairs”. There is only the “chair you sit on”!
An article in BBC concerning the teaching of philosophy in French schools. The author honestly speaking his heart out: “If you learn about what Kant or Spinoza once said, it is not so much to understand their argument as to use their argument”.