Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Wednesday RocketFuel

Not just plain RocketFuel today, but some links you should definitely click.

::: If you are interested in space exploration, the human condition, cultural implications of extraterrestrial life or risking it all to live differently, -- video.
From TED, Carolyn Porco talks about two of Saturn's 46 moons, lands unreached by humans and the possibility of life somewhere else besides Earth.

::: If you are around young people at all -- Marc Andressen on career planning - what to study in college.
In my opinion, it's now critically important to get into the real world and really challenge yourself -- expose yourself to risk -- put yourself in situations where you will succeed or fail by your own decisions and actions, and where that success or failure will be highly visible.

::: If you speak to people and implore them to a life bigger than themselves, -- Barbara Nicolosi on heroes and story.
a) What does a kid (and by extension, a society) look like who has heroes? Idealistic, hopeful, imitative, open, eager to please, reverent, grateful

"A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around."
Edgar Watson Howe

b) What does a kid look like who has no heroes? Cynical, haughty, suspicious, jaded, irreverent, entitled, self-absorbed.

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes." Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

c) As a child, a hero provides a teaching example of a life worth living. In fact, the "no greater life" of one who gives his life for his friends.

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