Archive for Dezembro, 2006

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A imagem mais importante alguma vez registada

31 Dezembro, 2006

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field:
The Most Important Image Ever Taken

In 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope took the image of a millenium, an image that shows our place in the universe. Anyone who understands what this image represents, is forever changed by it.

 

O Whys and Wherefores deseja um Feliz 2007 aos seus leitores.

 

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“What I Have Lived For” por Bertrand Russel

29 Dezembro, 2006

What I Have Lived For
The Prologue to Bertrand Russell’s Autobiography

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy – ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness–that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what–at last–I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.”

Bertrand Russel

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Whys and Wherefores

29 Dezembro, 2006

Inicia-se neste post uma viagem pelos porquês. Uma viagem cuja meta não é visível no horizonte, e que se faz, antes de mais, pelo prazer de viajar.

‘Porquê?’ é talvez a questão mais legítima que podemos colocar sobre nós, seres humanos, e à qual (provavelmente) nunca seremos capazes de fornecer uma resposta adequada. Cada resposta coloca novas questões, e talvez neste sentido, o caminho seja a meta. Mas o prazer de perguntar e de partir à descoberta é a força anímica de quem decide percorrer um caminho que se apresenta tantas vezes cansativo e angustiante, mas cujo traçado, apesar de díficil, apresenta uma beleza intrínseca coadjuvada pela paisagem que se estende até onde a vista alcança.

‘Porquê?’ é também o mote deste blogue. Mais que uma ferramenta, um complemento à minha hypomnemata (um bloquinho de notas) que me acompanha na viagem pelas perguntas da vida. É o sucessor do Caderno Crítico, uma edição mais efémera e imatura dos meus porquês. Os temas principais que pretendo abordar neste blogue estão sobretudo relacionados com a Filosofia, História e Neurociência.

Boa viagem ;)