To New Horizons: The delight of discovery


Watching our children discover the world and how it works is truly delightful. Everything is new. Everything is interesting. Everything is open to enquiry. As their mobility increases, their small horizons expand. And as much as it keeps us on our toes, watching their curiosity in action makes me want to go back and rediscover it all again, as if for the first time. To see the world through fresh eyes.

In an information-saturated world in which knowledge is just a Google search away, original discovery, as distinct from research, is rare.

That’s why I’m so excited about today’s New Horizons Pluto fly-by. Today we enter uncharted territory. A tiny space probe launched ten years ago has traveled three billion miles (thirty times the distance from Earth to the Sun) to observe a planet the size of the USA for a few hours before flying off again in search of more distant objects. No closer exploration of Pluto has ever been conducted and already the images we’re receiving from New Horizons are stunning, revealing features that may be cliffs, craters, and a bright heart shaped feature.

Like the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, New Horizons is a magnificent scientific and engineering achievement, revealing not just planetary features, but some of the best aspects of our humanity’s immense capacity for good – to go beyond mere survival, to create, to explore and to inspire.

The data and images collected by New Horizons will be entirely new. No one knows what we will discover. In some sense, on this day of discovery, we who watch are like the little child again, taking the first steps towards a new room in search of what lies there. While many of us can’t be physically young – and I much prefer walking to crawling – we can experience the child-like wonder of exploring new horizons again.

First and last frames – Jacob T Swinney (Vimeo link)

From Jacob T Swinney on Vimeo:

“What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a

Click through to the video on Vimeo.

The Gathering Chant – Neulore // Brite Session + Spotify

The Gathering Chant
You’ve been running from the only thing you knew
Still you find rest within
that old darkness lingers in shadow

But the dead of the night it offers hallowed truth
And there’s a solemn sanctuary
Rescue from the weight you’ve carried, carried

So gather here, oh, gather now my child!
You are safe here from the wild…
And raise a chant that rises like a fire!
Your voice won’t tire!
Yeah we’re alive here!

There’s a hum that whispers traces of your death.
Evil creeps in from the woods.
Yeah that evil’s after you, after you…

So gather here, oh, gather now my child!
You are safe here from the wild…
And raise a chant that rises like a fire!
Your voice won’t tire!
Yeah we’re alive here!

God, Science & The Big Questions – Live stream now #GodScience

UPDATE: An on-demand streaming version is now available here, or watch below:

John Lennox, William Lane Craig and JP Moreland are discussing God, science and the big questions, live streaming right now here! Fascinating topics so far including human/neanderthal interbreeding, The Theory of Everything and Stephen Hawking.

From Biola University:

Join us for this fast-paced, wide-ranging and supremely stimulating discussion among some of the finest thinkers in the Christian world. Nothing is off the table as they discuss science vs. Christianity, arguments for God, the decline of Darwinism, radical Islam and the Gospel, responding to skeptics, the problem of consciousness, mathematics and the cosmos, the nature of knowledge, and much, much more.

Streaming LIVE from Chase Gymnasium at Biola University.