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The ramblings of Tom

Happy Fourth.

“I can answer, only for myself, that poetry is the most important thing. The birth of a novel begins with a poem.”

—   Günter Grass (via theparisreview)

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again.”

—   William Faulkner (via officialsouthernproper)

“One does not want a poem to serve anything; the liberating god of poetry does not endorse servitude.”

—   A. R. Ammons (via theparisreview)

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In the interest of our competitiveness, security, economy, and democracy, in the 21st century every single citizen of the United States of America should know what science is. All citizens should be able to apply the scientific method — a majority of the country should have the propensity to do so — and everyone should appreciate science’s limits… .

It is important to underscore that knowing what science is and making decisions solely based on science are not the same goal. This is about raising the tide and assuring the honesty of the public sphere. If as a country we choose to periodically reject scientific evidence or thinking — in lieu of an economic, political, or religious lens, for example — at least we will be on the same page when we do, employing and transparently weighing scientific evidence in our deliberations not debating the merits of scientific evidence.


The ever-brilliant Adam Bly on the urgency for greater science literacy in America.

This critical state can be traced back to the failures of education – here is what needs to change.

For an inspiring perspective on what science is, here are some of history’s most beautiful definitions

Meanwhile, Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking should become a mandatory part of every citizen’s cognitive repertoire. 

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Shamrock by Juerg Kaufmann


Shamrock by Juerg Kaufmann

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