You can bring art, science and wonder in the same realm, can you explain their relation?
There is a great book by Leonard Shlain, it's called 'Art & Physics' and it's a whole treaties on the fact that science and art are two sides of the same coin. And one of my favourite think tanks, The Imaginary Foundation, has this great Venn diagram, and it's art here, science here and where they overlap is wonder. And for me that is really amazing because obviously the science is the hard work of doing the math and the engineering and finding these solutions that help us transcend human limitations with science and engineering are amazing. But I think that what the artist does, is he looks upon what the scientists are working on and what they are solving and then sort of informs that with kind of a big picture perspective. Like: How is this problem you are solving changing what it means to be human? Just like when the astronauts first saw the earth from the vantage point of space. All of a sudden this enlarges the human story, it enlarges who and what we are. I think what was required is for the picture that those astronauts took to then be looked upon by the poets and the artists who say: This is planet Earth, this is the pale blue dot, this is our marble and we need to protect it. Carl Sagan I think was another virtuoso. He was an astronomer but I think that when he spoke and when he hosted his TV-series Cosmos, I think he was, much more than anything else, a poet. A true poet and philosopher, even though he was trained as an astronomer. I think he was one of those people that definitely walked those two sides of the coin, which I think are very important. So for me, I love science, I love technology, very much so, but I think that at heart I am an artist. I want to feel something. And so I look upon those things, they make me feel something, but I think a lot of people maybe don't get that from technology and science. A lot of people are just doing the work, solving the problem, investigating the mystery. And I guess what I am trying to do is I am trying to show the scientists themselves why what they are doing is so wonderful. Sometimes the outsider is required in order to show them why what they are doing is so wonderful. But also the expand the interest in those ideas to wider audiences that perhaps would not even, didn't even know they might be interested in it.
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