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

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Nov 24
“Avoiding people. I avoid people that I actually like. I suppose that’s a phobia, but it’s also a habit.” Morrissey, 1984 (when asked what his worst habit was)

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Aug 12
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” Andrew Boyd  (via nofatnowhip)

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Jul 28
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 

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Feb 25

Richard Feynman


Richard Feynman

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Oct 7
“And now, after billions of years of experience and preconditioning on this earth (from the development of the first one-celled amoeba to our present human complex) we have no valid excuse for not performing superbly.” Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (1947)

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Aug 8
“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I will always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” Peter Pan (via wordsthat-speak)

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As unreligious as I am, I still regard a few places as holy grounds. Most libraries and science labs or museums are sacred ground. 

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Aug 5
“One must give value to their existence, by behaving as if one’s very existence were a work of art.” Friedrich Nietzsche (via thesearchforbeautifulbalance)

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Jul 31
“The idea of an ordered and elegant universe is a lovely one. One worth clinging to. But you don’t need religion to appreciate the ordered existence. It’s not just an idea. It’s reality. We’re discovering the hidden orders of the universe every day. The inverse square law of gravitation is amazing. Fractals, the theory of relativity, the genome: these are magnificently beautiful constructs.”

 Adam Savage in his acceptance speech at Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy, April 2010

Adam Savage

On  this date (July 15) in 1967, Adam Savage was born in New York City. Savage was raised in North Tarrytown, N.Y., now known as Sleepy Hollow. When talking about his family, Savage says, “I’m actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend” (in a speech to Harvard Humanists, April 2010). He worked as an actor when he was a child, but started working in special effects when he was 19. Savage constructed mechanical effects for theatrical productions and worked as a model maker on several films, including the new “Star Wars” movies and “Space Cowboys,” before being offered the opportunity from the Discovery Channel to create and host the show “Mythbusters” with Jamie Hyneman, another special effects veteran. On “Mythbusters,” Savage and Hyneman, along with their staff, investigate myths and rumors through experimentation. Though “Mythbusters” does not investigate claims about the supernatural, as they are often non-disprovable, Savage and his co-host are openly nonreligious, and both were awarded the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism.

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“Some part of all of us wants to be credited and enjoys the acclaim. And a big part of all of us likes getting answers. But we now live in a world where counter-intuitive bullshitting is valorized, where the pose of argument is more important than the actual pursuit of truth, where clever answers take precedence over profound questions. We have no patience for mystery. We want the deciphering of gods. We want oracles. And we want all of it right now.” Ta-Nehisi Coates on journalism, Jonah Lehrer, and the truth. (via theatlantic)

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Jul 30
“While most serious writers and artists don’t make their best creations working with other people standing over them—or next to them, paint-brush in hand—they are almost always telling a story to, or making beauty for, someone specific.”

Does Artistic Collaboration Ever Work? 

Kurt Vonnegut put it best: “Write to please just one person.”

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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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E.O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists

This is advice to come back to again and again. 

On charting new courses of inquiry, and finding inspiration in research and in learning, he tells us to march to our own drummer, and to not fall in with the army of the masses: 

“Observe from a distance, but do not join the fray. Make a fray of your own.”

And on our need to seed, stoke and feed our curiosity with as many varied influences and disciplines as we can:

“In time, all of science will come to be a continuum of description, an explanation of networks, of principles and laws. That’s why you need not just be training in one specialty, but also acquire breadth in other fields, related to and even distant from your own initial choice.

Keep your eyes lifted and your head turning. The search for knowledge is in our genes.”

Finally, bad at math? You’ll be happy to know that he says not to worry too much. You’ve got plenty of time. And you can always add a mathematician as a collaborator.

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