Sunday, 8 January 2012

Lazy Weekend

Last night for our first official “date night” of the New Year, we ventured to a Vikes’ Basketball game. It was only the second time in our “careers” as students at UVic that we have gone to one (we won by the way—take that Alberta!). It was a good game, really close (83 to 77). And it was freeeee (perhaps the best kind of game). I won’t pretend to know much about basketball, but enjoyable nonetheless.
at the game :)

Today, I slept in embarrassingly late...again. The rest of the day is shaping up much the same: a brunchish meal, blog perusing with yummy pumpkin chai (from David’s TEA—sooo good!), dishes and laundry. Right now husband (smart scientist that he is) is watching Stephen Colbert interview Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson (a really brilliant scientist who manages to make the “magic” of science almost accessible to me. He has said some pretty profound (simple, obvious, but not so often practiced) things. He talked about intellectual laziness, which tends to manifest in one of two ways. For example, say we hear that rubbing two crystals together causes healing. One response is to immediately discredit it; the other response is to latch onto such an idea. According to this man, both are erroneous. The correct response is to test. Test EVERYTHING, research EVERYTHING. Daunting, but inspiring—I am DEFINITELY guilty of both examples. Another fantastic thing he said (in regards to developing scientific literacy in the US) was “If you think education is expensive, try the cost of ignorance.” Wow. So true… Need to chew on that for a while.

If you are feeling the need for some intellectual stimulation, the link to Colbert’s interview of Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson, can be found here:

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