Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

David Bowman, an astronaut, had long learned that his mission to Jupiter was to make a close approach to a possible advanced civilization. He was accompanied by the AI computer HAL, his fellow astronaut Gary Lockwood and a few more astronauts that were under hibernation. On this few-year mission, HAL went back against Bowman, nearly… Continue reading Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

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Bringing science into the pop culture

Throughout history, there has been plenty of people who bring new meanings into the sciences, to keep it out of the lab boxes, and to explore the human and spiritual side of science. Growing up in an era where schools easily confine science into a specific class, it’s easy to forget that underneath its numerical… Continue reading Bringing science into the pop culture

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?

“Contemplation is a luxury.”

Don’t scientific meanderings propel us to a different universe? Aren’t they pleasant daydreams done on a daybed with eyes grazing the clouds, mind half way to Neptune, fantasizing about space travel, the Future, and humanity’s fate? We won’t hesitate to give it a whole day, yet at the same time nearby are neighbors with a… Continue reading “Contemplation is a luxury.”

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

“Science, too, is a religious pursuit.”

I’m constantly perplexed by the science versus religion debates that seek differences and separations rather than symmetry, which is an attempt that feels more political than for humanity. To many people, these dramatized scenes are mere entertainments. But to some people, the questioning of gods and religion is really a perpetual existential question. Whether that’s… Continue reading “Science, too, is a religious pursuit.”

The women with life-long love affairs with space

We should be thankful we live in an age that appreciates the wisdom of interconnected; the kind of thinking that appreciates the largeness of life and the interconnectedness of things. After this holistic wisdom was deemed irrelevant and then forgotten by the mechanical and efficiency-focused industrial and post-industrial age, we finally arrive at this stage… Continue reading The women with life-long love affairs with space