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How to majorly tick off a person in a fandom:

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“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” 
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
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There is one doctor. His name is Tom Baker. Just kidding (almost). Cool pic.
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Why Tell Stories?

We are often reminded of the power of story-telling in content marketing:

"Your brand has a story to tell."
"Your ability to craft stories will better engage your audience."
"You are an entertainer as well as educator."

However, according to a collection of studies on neuroscience and story-telling, the power of story may go far beyond the mere “entertainment factor” we strive to bring to our content. Consider this snippet from the article:

"When reading straight data, only the language parts of our brains work to decode the meaning. But when we read a story, not only do the language parts of our brains light up, but any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading about becomes activated as well.”

So our brains actually engage content differently when the message is embedded in story. We go beyond simply learning, and move into a full experience. That’s powerful to grab onto.

And if you want to know some solid ways to leverage the experience, check the infographic below. Then, click through to the article to learn more about the studies.

Read The Article Here: http://j.mp/1B1PyuN
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Pin It For Later: http://j.mp/1B1PAmo
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Carl Sagan: November 9th, 1934 - December 20th, 1996

There are many science communicators these days willing to enlighten the masses and explain the amazing things we can do because of science and technology. It could be said that we have so many today because Carl Sagan inspired others to follow in his path, including two of the preeminent science communicators of our day; Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

There were not as many science communicators in Carl Sagan’s time, making him unique, and extremely important. From Cosmos to Pale Blue Dot and The Demon-Haunted World, Sagan didn't just teach us why science and technology are amazing, he taught us a way out of the superstitions and fears from our ancient history, and how to make a fantastic future possible. He passed away on this day in 1996, still fighting against pseudoscience and the dangers of being ignorant of the science and technology that holds our civilization together. In his last television interview he spoke on this subject. You can view a segment here:

http://www.upworthy.com/a-science-icon-died-17-years-ago-in-his-last-interview-he-made-a-warning-that-gives-me-goosebumps-5

These words relate to NASA as well. The efforts and achievements of NASA are sometimes taken for granted or misunderstood. If the public has a better understanding of NASA, they can see why it deserves a budget that can help humanity become more than it is now. To honor Sagan’s legacy, you can take action now to invest in our future:

http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #Sagan  
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Definitely not his second time. Rose and daleks underground, Martha and daleks in NYC... 
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