The Art of Wonder

A Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design Dual-Degree student (BRDD, 2017), artist, writer, urbanist, and explorer of the world dedicated to finding Wondrous things. Art, design, science, literature and the connections between them. For my original artwork see http://arianamakesart.tumblr.com/

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Jul 7
“There were times we thought the ocean was the silent world
despite miles of snow quenched by touch, exchanges of oxygen
and temperature, despite a trillion trillion clattering glass hands
There were times we could hardly hear anything over the sound of day breaking
…how many times red and green lights changed places
how we moved and some of the loose stars moved”
Allan Peterson, Fragile Acts 

Jun 23
“Other people see life primarily as a chess match played by reasoning machines. Harold saw life as a neverending interpenetration of souls.” David Brooks, The Social Animal 

Jun 18
“it is wrong to chide the novel for being fascinated by mysterious coincidences… but it is right to chide man for being blind to such coincidences in his daily life. For he thereby deprives his life a dimension of beauty.”  Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Jun 11
“We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die.”

Jonathan Safran Foer in his opinion article, How Not to Be Alone, for the New York Times

(Published June 8th, 2013)


Aug 27
“… people — I mean the average person, the great majority of people, the enormous majority of people — are woefully, pitifully, absolutely ignorant of the science of the world that they live in, and they can stay that way … And an interesting question of the relation of science to modern society is just that — why is it possible for people to stay so woefully ignorant and yet reasonably happy in modern society when so much knowledge is unavailable to them?… I think we should teach them wonders and that the purpose of knowledge is to appreciate wonders even more. And that the knowledge is just to put into correct framework the wonder that nature is.” Richard Feynman on the role of scientific culture in modern society

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Aug 19
“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” Anne Lamott (via amandaonwriting)

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“Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.” Laura Miller (via booksandnerds)

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Jul 22
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine (via lsdemon)

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Jul 8
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” Carl Sagan, Contact (via larmoyante)

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Jul 6
“Were we incapable of empathy – of putting ourselves in the position of others and seeing that their suffering is like our own – then ethical reasoning would lead nowhere. If emotion without reason is blind, then reason without emotion is impotent.”

Moral philosopher Peter Singer, who is 66 today, in Writings on an Ethical Life.

Also see David Brooks on the dangerous divide between reason and emotion, and this 1943 Disney animated propaganda on reconciling the two.

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rationalhub:

Asimov nails it. Coincidences happen all the time, you don’t have to try looking for some deep meaning every single time instead of accepting it as it is.

rationalhub:

Asimov nails it. Coincidences happen all the time, you don’t have to try looking for some deep meaning every single time instead of accepting it as it is.

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Jul 5
“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” Edward P. Morgan (via somethingbookish)

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“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget God. The stars died so that you could be here today.” Lawrence M. Krauss (via gildings)

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“Look at everything. Don’t close your eyes to the world around you. Look and become curious and interested in what there is to see.” John Cage, echoing this lovely letter from Jackson Pollock’s dad to his son. (via explore-blog)

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Jul 2
“I have never watched anything before and it made me feel very curious. Scientific people are always curious, and I am going to be scientific. I keep saying to myself, ‘What is it? What is it?’ It’s something. it can’t be nothing! I don’t know its name so I call it Magic. I have never seen the sun rise but Mary and Dickon have and from what they tell me i’m sure that is magic too. Something pushes it up and draws it. Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden, I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have a strange feeling of being happy as if something were pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us… I don’t know how to do it but I think that if you keep thinking about it and calling it, perhaps it will come.” Colin Craven, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (via apotofprintedwords)

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