As the posts have started to accumulate, I’ve begun to see more clearly what this blog is about. In this space, I’ll keep a record of revisiting the purpose, a kind of metablog of becoming moreso than being. The blog header is a photo of Halley’s Comet that can be found at NASA’s NSSDC Photo Gallery. The photo was taken on March 8, 1986 by W. Liller, Easter Island, as part of the International Halley Watch (IHW) Large Scale Phenomena Network.
As of July 2, 2009
truth and rocket science is about the interdisciplinary experience of everyday life. The postings come about when I observe contradictions that I find beautiful or telling (The truth and mirrors, The truth and fiction, The truth and love); when I find myself jolted by an odd association or memory (The truth and unicorn series, The truth and twitter, part 3); when I want to laugh at myself or something else in the world (The truth and chickens, The truth and mullets); or when I am moved by personal experiences rife with internal contradiction or irony (The truth and sleeping dogs; The truth and angels).
In all, I try to explore connections across fields that aren’t always linked together, especially humanities, social sciences, and natural science. More and more, I am reading other blogs, finding new news sources, and attending live conference events for material and ideas, from the silly to the sublime and every point in between.
Suggestions or ideas for posts are welcome, as are comments or suggestions for things to look up, read, and think about.
As of February 22, 2009
truth and rocket science is a collection of thoughts about contradiction and the futility of thinking too much about anything. Like the truth, it’s a lot more complicated and simple than all that. Like rocket science, it seeks to explore what we can know about the world and what it means. It’s quite serious in its playfulness, and it discovers its gravity in the weightlessness of surrendering to the unknowable nature of things. It’s about letting go, and letting it be. It’s about being a child in a grown-up mind and body, beating a tin drum about whatever has come to mind in a moment when I have the time to think about it and write something down. The picture you see on the top of the blog is what I see from the window next to my desk. I put it there because that’s what the truth and rocket science is about: what I see when I look out my window. [Note: this refers to the old heder photo, which is included below.]