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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wonders of science

More iPhone snapshots in aid of my long term memory :-)

Jeff Hawkins at a recent MSU workshop Cognitive, Evolutionary, and Computational Models of the Mind.

URA (Universities Research Association; oversees the operation of Fermilab) meeting in Washington, held in the Washington Post building.

Bill Foster, one of two physicists in Congress, addresses the meeting.

William Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science at DOE.

Pier Oddone, Fermilab Director.

The White House, day after the inaugural.

Robert Wilson

In 1969, when Wilson was in the hot seat testifying before the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Sen. John Pastore demanded to know how a multimillion-dollar particle accelerator [Fermilab] improved the security of the country. Wilson said the experimental physics machine had "nothing at all" to do with security, and the senator persisted.

"It has only to do," Wilson told the lawmakers, "with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. It has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things we really venerate in our country and are patriotic about. It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending."

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