In 1875, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) accepted an offer from the American Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain to speak at Longfellow’s fiftieth reunion at Bowdoin College. There he read his poem “Morituri Salutamus.” (The title of the poem means, “We who are about to die, salute you.”) Continue reading Longfellow’s “Morituri Salutamas” – A Poem About Old Age
A graphical representation of the Arecibo message, humanity’s first attempt to use radio waves to actively communicate its existence to alien civilizations
John Smart, a colleague of mine in the Evolution, Cognition and Complexity Group, has advanced the transcension hypothesis. Continue reading The “Transcension Hypothesis” and the “Fermi Paradox”
The passage of time steals our youth, our vitality, and any permanence that we might hope for. How best to respond to our situation? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) tried to answer this question in 1838 in his poem “A Psalm of Life.” Continue reading Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life” – A Poem About the Passage of Time
Filmmaker Ken Burns delivers the 2016 Commencement address at Stanford.
(Image credit: L.A. Cicero – The full text can be found here.)
“Ken” Burns is an American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. Continue reading Summary of Ken Burns 2016 Anti-Trump Commencement Speech at Stanford