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by Rob Rey
“If you want to know when the next eclipse of the Sun will be, you might try magicians or mystics, but you’ll do much better with scientists… They can routinely predict a solar eclipse, to the minute, a millennium in advance… Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy… There isn’t a religion on the planet that doesn’t long for a comparable ability – precise, and repeatedly demonstrated before committed skeptics – to foretell future events. No other human institution comes close. Is this Worshiping at the altar of science?… Far from idolatry, this is the means by which we can distinguish the false idols from the real thing.”
-Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark
6 x 6 inches
Oil on board
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Through countless mythological and religious traditions, humanity has proven to have a deep-seated need for awe-inspiring stories and the experience of wonder. With a powerful resonance, these stories provide a framework for understanding where we fit in our communities, and in our cosmos. They can also give a us a feeling of shared connection and participation with the rest of humanity, helping us to show our more caring and compassionate side.
What are the resonant, positive, and awe-inspiring stories of today? How can our expanding scientific knowledge drive our enchantment with the natural world and grow our empathic interests toward our fellow humans? Exploring these questions visually, Rob hopes to promote or create the stories that best help us to achieve these goals.
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