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Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes.

Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.

There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.

Carl Sagan (via perfect)

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amandapalmer:

toocooltobehipster:

Anna Hill created these photos “Beauty is Only Pixel Deep” to critique the photoshopped ads of models

this is brilliant.

and though it may seem obvious to say, i’m going to add it: don’t forget photoshop is just a tool…and like any other tool can be used for wonderful, incredible and disturbing, icky things all at once. i.e. don’t blame the telephone company if someone calls you up and threatens your life.

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Fanciful christmas list (in gifs)

In no particular order, these are some of the things I desire this Christmas:

  • a wand
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  • access to platform 9 3/4 
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  • be friends with the Mindy Project cast
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  •  to know how Sherlock SURVIVES (well, it seems I won’t have to wait long for this one)
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  • something otter-ly adorable, like an otter
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  • a fluffy kitty (TARD <3)
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  •  BC funny faces :)
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but seriously …

  • tea, tea, and more tea
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  • OR spotify premium
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To be continued (perhaps?)

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