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Possibilianism. A Way Out of the New Dark Ages.

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Kevin Kelly wrote after watching the video:

Agnostics end with the lack of an answer.
Possibilians begin with the lack of an answer.

Agnostics say, we can’t decide between this and that.
Possibilians say, there are other choices than this or that.

Agnostics say, I Don’t Know, it’s impossible to answer that question.
Possibilians say, I Don’t Know, there must be better questions.

Both start in humility, but agnosticism is bounded by our great ignorance, while possibilism is unbounded by our limited knowledge.

I think that both Dr. David Eagleman (Neuroscientist) and Kevin Kelly have shown a possible way out of the polarized and mean-spirited conversation that has captured and continues to torture mainstream America.

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February 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Molecular Imaging

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The detailed chemical structure of a single molecule has been imaged for the first time, say researchers.

The physical shape of single carbon nanotubes has been outlined before, using similar techniques – but the new method even shows up chemical bonds. (The bonds to the hydrogen atoms can be seen at the pentacene’s periphery)

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August 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

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Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

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August 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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New El Niño Could Be Second Strongest on Record

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The Independent (UK): A new El Niño has begun. The sporadic Pacific Ocean warming, which can disrupt weather patterns across the world, is intensifying, say meteorologists.

So, over the next few months, there may be increased drought in Africa, India and Australia, heavier rainfall in South America and increased extremes in Britain, of warm and cold. It may make 2010 one of the hottest years on record.

bspcomment The warning signs continue to mount… mankind continues to consume. Nature ALWAYS wins… eventually.

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August 4, 2009 at 10:27 am

Polar Mesospheric Clouds

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NASA: A NASA satellite has captured the first occurrence this summer of mysterious shiny polar clouds that form 50 miles above Earth’s surface.

The first observations of these “night-shining” clouds by a satellite named “AIM” which means Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, occurred above 70 degrees north latitude on May 25. People on the ground began seeing the clouds on June 6 over Northern Europe. AIM is the first satellite mission dedicated to the study of these unusual clouds.

These mystifying clouds are called Polar Mesospheric Clouds, or PMCs, when they are viewed from space and referred to as “night-shining” clouds or Noctilucent Clouds, when viewed by observers on Earth. The clouds form in an upper layer of the Earth’s atmosphere called the mesosphere during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer season which began in mid-May and extends through the end of August and are being seen by AIM’s instruments more frequently as the season progresses. They are also seen in the high latitudes during the summer months in the Southern Hemisphere.

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July 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm

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New Jupiter Impact Nearly Quarter of the Size of Earth

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Credit: Paul Kalas (UCB), Michael Fitzgerald (LLNL/UCLA), Franck Marchis (SETI Institute/UCB), James Graham (UCB)

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July 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm

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The Tree of Life

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June 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

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NASA’s Fermi Telescope Sees Most Extreme Gamma-Ray Blast Yet

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NASA/FERMI: The first gamma-ray burst to be seen in high-resolution from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is one for the record books. The blast had the greatest total energy, the fastest motions and the highest-energy initial emissions ever seen. (Center Image)

Gamma-ray emission from energies between 3,000
to more than 5 billion times that of visible light.

“We were waiting for this one,” said Peter Michelson, the principal investigator on Fermi’s Large Area Telescope at Stanford University. “Burst emissions at these energies are still poorly understood, and Fermi is giving us the tools to understand them.”

Gamma-ray bursts are the universe’s most luminous explosions. Astronomers believe most occur when exotic massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. As a star’s core collapses into a black hole, jets of material — powered by processes not yet fully understood — blast outward at nearly the speed of light. The jets bore all the way through the collapsing star and continue into space, where they interact with gas previously shed by the star and generate bright afterglows that fade with time.

A brief movie of event is available here.

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February 20, 2009 at 10:58 am

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