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5th Day’s Links Sceptique for May 10, 2012

Well, this week has been fairly uneventful, with some interesting discussions over the past few days, including a debate with a troll on Twitter which I found rather amusing — but I’m being evil again, and I need to quit that for now…

This is something I thought was pretty cool, the Munker Illusion, one that really plays havoc on the human perception of color.

Here is an interesting post on why can smells unlock forgotten memories.

Also, Greg Laden poses an important question, “Should there be a Science Debate in Minnesota?”

As an interesting historical note, an article on Brain Pickings, The Age of Insight: How Art and Science in Early 20th Century Vienna Shaped Modern Culture

I almost forgot to post this link — Oops! — on the identification of neurotransmitters that lead to forgetting.

This is a nice time-lapse video on spectacular aurora borealis in Norway, and the accompanying tunage isn’t bad either.

Also in the news, researchers at MIT have developed something really cool…the first self-replicating, self-assembling machines using magnetic cubes, though at present the research is limited to using 2-dimensional objects due to the size and processing ability of the cubes. It’ll be fantastic once they scale this up to larger and more durable 3D objects.

By A.C. Graying, a video I posted on The Unconsidered Life.

Also, some very good reasons offered by bdwilson1000 on why Common Sense is Worthless in Science

On TED, sculpting waves in wood and time

A post I had fun posting earlier this week on Critical Thinking and Motivated Reasoning

And finally, courtesy of the Left Hemispheres blog, reblogged here, and don’t forget to skip to 3:30 in the vid to get to the meat of the talk…

Daniel Dennett: Is Science Showing That We Don’t Have Free Will?

5th Day’s Links Sceptique is a selection of links to blogs, news outlets, and cool little sites on the Web that relate to science, reason, skepticism, atheism, the fringes and borderlands of science, memes relating to science or skepticism, and anything that catches my eye or which I’m deluded enough to think might arouse the interest of you, my perspicacious readers. 5th Day’s Links Sceptique is published on Thursdays on the Call.

“We Are Star Dust” – Symphony of Science

This almost made me cry when I first heard it. Just beautiful…

Published on May 9, 2012 by


We are star dust, reaching out to the universe. The 15th Symphony of Science video featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Feynman and Lawrence Krauss. Materials used are from:

Cosmic Quandaries with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
10 Questions for Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Beyond Belief 2006 with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The Most Astounding Fact
A Universe from Nothing – Lawrence Krauss
Feynman “Fun to Imagine” Interviews
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Finding Life Beyond Earth (NOVA)
Wonders of the Universe (BBC)

Special thanks to everybody who’s donated to keep the project alive. Enjoy!


[Neil deGrasse Tyson]
We are part of this universe
We are in this universe
The universe is in us
Yes, the universe is in us

[Lawrence Krauss]
Every atom in your body
Came from a star that exploded
You are all star dust
From a star that exploded

Look up at the night sky
We are part of that
The universe itself
Exists within us

We are star dust
In the highest exalted way
Called by the universe
Reaching out to the universe

We are star dust
In the highest exalted way
Reaching out to the universe
With these methods and tools of science

[Richard Feynman]
Stand in the middle and enjoy everything both ways
The tininess of us;
The enormity of the universe

The atoms that make up the human body
Are traceable to the crucibles
That cooked light elements
Into heavy elements

These stars went unstable in their later years
And then exploded
Scattering their enriched guts
Across the galaxy


We are part of this universe
We are in this universe
The universe is in us
Yes, the universe is in us