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Worm Replica

Posted in Object with tags , , on November 26, 2010 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Model of the anatomy of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris, many times enlarged, made by Alfred Keller, 1950



Atmosphere Colours

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 4, 2010 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Moon Mosaics

Posted in Photo with tags on September 2, 2010 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

NASA Lunar Surveyor Mosaic: Day 318, Survey G, Sectors 11 and 12, 1966-1968

NASA Lunar Surveyor Mosaic: Day 321, Survey Q, Sectors 9 and 10, 1966-1968

These NASA lunar survey mosaics, made up of dozens of individual prints, are simultaneously a triumph of technology and fascinating objects in themselves, combining science and art in great and equal measure.

Via Bloomsbury Auctions.


Posted in Object with tags on May 15, 2010 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Delicate imprints of incredibly ancient organisms, from the lower Fezouata Formation, Morocco.

Images from Why Evolution is True

Bake your noodle and loosen your wig

Posted in Philosophy with tags , on December 2, 2009 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Just as we envision all of space as really being out there, as really existing, we should also envision all of time as really being out there, as really existing, too. Past, present and future certainly appear to be distinct entities. But, as Einstein once said, “For we convinced physicists, the distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, however persistent.” The only thing that’s real is the whole of spacetime. –Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos, p. 139, quoted at Naturalism.Org

I was already vaguely aware of this philosophical approach to time, which is known as Eternalism or the “Block Universe” theory, in which there is no objective flow of time, but rather a four-dimensional “block” of space-time in which all events “already” exist. My interest in this vertiginously counter-intuitive theory has been refreshed by this article at Naturalism.Org, one of my very favourite reality-based websites. I’m looking forward to following the links and bending my brain around these ideas, which like the stories of Borges are both thrillingly psychedelic and intellectually respectable.