That Fanciful Future and the Musings of a Daydreamer

I have a vision. My thoughts have finally taken their predictable turn to outrageBlue-Marble-by-Nasa-Public-Domain-via-Wikimediaous ideas and notions to make this world a better place.

I should start by saying the TV show on National Geographic called Cosmos aired this year. It is a revamping of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos back in the 70s. It is a continuation of his series as well as an update for us regular people, letting us know whats going on in the scientific world. I have come to realize this term “the scientific world” actually just means “the world.” Science and its consequences and blessings are ALL AROUND US!

287136406_e1b339d67b_oThis leads to a few videos that were brought to my attention today that really provided me with food for thought. The first one is incredibly inspiring and frustrating all at the same time. “We Stopped Dreaming (Neil deGrasse Tyson) Parts 1+2” is just a beautiful summary of how NASA has impacted our every day lives. I will let you watch it now because my points won’t work if you don’t. So, sit down at the computer or grab your phone on your afternoon breaks and watch this video.

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Buzz-Aldrin-on-Moon-Apollo-11-1969-NASA-photo-public-domain  Okay, so now that you have discovered how fear drove our country to do great things, but that security that was restored resulted in apathy and a tapering off of natural innovation due to a lack of funds. These lack of funds has led to our country and our government grossly under-appreciating all that science does. Here is a 10 item list of things invented by NASA that I personally had no idea they invented, but I see them every day. These ideas turned into reality have completely changed lives!

Unfortunately, after the fear race with the Soviet Union, the government forgot the urgent need humanity has for science, invention, innovation, and hands on research in order for progress to be made. The way our country is set up, where everything has to be for profit instead of purely for the betterment of living, it is nearly impossible for honest progress to be made. The example that comes to mind is the Lead discovery. Clair Cameron Patterson was a humble scientist who fought for 30 years for lead to be outlawed from being used in everyday items: gas, paint, pencils etc… He had to fight the very government that is supposed to protect us from the sshuttle_launch_NASAelfish companies that throw their weight around. Car companies didn’t want to change the way they made cars because it would cost money. They were able to lobby and lie for 20 years after the first hearing on lead poisoning before the leaders in our country realized they needed to make a drastic change. I wouldn’t say it was too late, but it was sure as hell late. This COMPANY kept our whole country in a stagnant period where we were closed down to learning because if we learned about lead poisoning, that would cause this COMPANY issues. Progress has become too in line with profit. They are NOT necessarily the same thing, although they can definitely work together.

Here is my wild idea that would literally be the coolest thing to flag-ship.

What if there was  a campus like collection of highly technological buildings, full of research tools, in the LargeMagellanicCloudmiddle of the USA, perhaps on the border of Kansas and Colorado where land is relatively cheap, weather is only slightly bipolar and hopefully with the mountains in the background? So lets say we have this place, we build houses that surround the main buildings. These houses would have known and unknown scientists living within, with their families. We would gain these connections through people such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, who have made science their life. These scientists would research, create,  and invent ideas and then put them into practice. These life changing ideas would then be freely given to the public, maybe they receive royalties from these inventions. However, the main way this could all be possible, would be through YOU. It said that NASA’s budget amounted to 1/8th of a penny from each tax payer. If we could turn this into one penny or ten cents, think about what we could accomplish? Screw the government and lets take progress into our own hands. Lets land on Mars and asteroids! Lets find another home and maybe send settlers. This would be where Science Fiction could become Science Fact.

I think it could change the world. However…… in the end it’s probably 637ea84d3f66aef3cb3498ea4b9c57a1not as possible as the idealist in me would like to think. I think that we need to somehow move towards progressive ideas and inventions that the public has access to, but I highly doubt THIS idea will solve that problem.

Someone do something quick! Before its too late!

The second video I watched is just surprisingly awesome. Science is cool in “Kevin Delaney Makes a Cloud” on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Something About Mathematics

I have two quotes for y’all today! First, a brainy one from a person who hardly anyone has heard of, Shakuntala Devi, and  a second one (not so brainy, but kind of funny) from a person everyone in at least the USA has heard of, George W. Bush. I should first let you know though, math is and has always been one of my least favorite subjects to learn about. It’s not that I’m awful at it, I just really hate the idea of learning it and thinking about it. However, ever since watching the show “Cosmos” this year and working with the finance department at my job, I have a whole new-found respect for all things mathematical and scientific. Without the world of physics and numbers… we would be no better than any other animal on this planet. It amazes me.

“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” Shakuntala Devi was from Bangalore, India and was also known as “the human computer”. She was put in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records because of her knowledge of numbers. Pretty cool for a woman born in the late 1920s.

For our next quote I pull on a native of our USA, George W. Bush. “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Although never known as our smartest president by any means, George did help where he could. Being the president of the United States of America is probably one of the toughest jobs in this country simply because of the incredible scrutiny they are under. No matter what they seem to do, someone is unhappy. How do you wake up every morning knowing you are going to disappoint at least half the population of your country with whatever decisions you make? I couldn’t do it that is for sure. That’s why, even though this isn’t the brightest statement made by our former president, I still put it up. It’s a funny statement…. even if he didn’t mean it to be funny. Ciao for now!

I HAVE TO REALLY STRETCH THE CREATIVITY WHEN I WORK 8-5 ANSWERING PHONES.

I HAVE TO REALLY STRETCH THE CREATIVITY WHEN I WORK 8-5 ANSWERING PHONES.

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