When is Science for Indonesians?

Everytime I'm listening to a podcast on science - on the mystery of the atoms, the beauty of the paradoxes, and the complexities of the most basic elements, I couldn't help but wonder how much privilege I have to be able to ponder on these invisible web of poetries that is all around us. At… Continue reading When is Science for Indonesians?

“Tiny blue marble lost in darkness.”

One of the greatest things about astronomy is that it makes us feel small. Imagine this: you’re sitting underneath the evening’s glorious dome, mind halfway to Neptune, pondering about the constellations out there, then retreating to the constellations within. Infinity can make any heart skips a beat. The universe is 13.7 billion light years and… Continue reading “Tiny blue marble lost in darkness.”

Writing for children

"Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down." E.B. White Enter a child’s headspace and you will find a perpetually unfolding space for stories and beauty. Children are driven by wonder and endless curiosities. Yet children’s books rarely capture this spirit. They downsize big ideas—in… Continue reading Writing for children

Technium

As we expand our technological capabilities, our spiritual and creative beings are expanded and stretched, too. When years ago we could trace our influences to the immediate surroundings, now we are shaped and molded by bits and code sent from a great distance on the Internet. When decades ago we define our identity mainly through… Continue reading Technium

On Nietzsche’s God is Dead

Nietzsche’s God is Dead is perhaps the single most provocative statement that permeates common understanding and makes every young and modern atheist drool like Pavlov's dogs. Used in pop cultures like worn out concert tees enduring ages of torments and misunderstandings, this statement sparks debates or ends discussions when done by folks who are unfamiliar… Continue reading On Nietzsche’s God is Dead

Oh darkness my old friend

Apparently, melancholy was a dark fluid circling through our body. At least that was what the Greeks think. Besides melancholy, there was also joy, lethargy and sensitivity, and anger. The inherent dogma, that sadness is a hormonal imbalance in the body, persists throughout the modern age under various clinical depression names. Despite this truth, we… Continue reading Oh darkness my old friend

Got thinking paralysis? Write with a pen

Aah, the oldie-goodie of writing on a piece of paper with pen. It brings me back the memories of being a student, jabbing essays after essays, exams after exams on paper, for two hours or so. The wrist gets tired. But the flow you’re getting pushes you all the way to the end of your… Continue reading Got thinking paralysis? Write with a pen