Composite optical and X-ray picture of supernova remnant G272.2-03.2 (via ESA)
Things patients said to me today:
"Can you explain to me why sometimes the Moon can be seen in daylight?" (I later discovered that he was afraid the Moon was coming too close to Earth and that it could have eventually cause tsunami and all sort of terrible things).
"I’ve seen that psychologist having sex with that trainee while I was hiding inside the doghouse."
"There was this guy, he was a patient here, and the psychiatrist and the nurse have killed him."
"You were sent here to spy on me."
I draw strength from reflecting on what a privilege it is to be alive and what a privilege it is to have a brain that’s capable in its limited way of understanding why I exist and of reveling in the beauty of the world and the beauty of the products of evolution. The magnificence of the universe and the sense of smallness that gives us in space and in geologically deep time is humbling but in a strangely comforting way. It’s nice to feel you’re part of a hugely bigger picture.
Mandel was shocked to discover an alternate version of the world’s origins. He had been raised to believe that the world was less than 6,000 years old; he recalls his father telling him, on a rare family visit to the Museum of Natural History, that a dinosaur skeleton was “just rocks.”
: Have you study or had professional experience with dyslexic adults?
I’ve worked with children with dyslexia for some time, but never with adults. I have studied the topic a little but I have just few basic notions.
: Can you answer on behalf of the universe? May I inquire as to why there aren’t any catbusses nearby? I really need one, thanks.
Catbus on its way.
Anonymous: Why are there ninjas on your lawn?
They like to train with nunchaku there.
: How insane does the American political system appear to europeans?
I’m Italian. Every other polical system seems to me less insane.
Anonymous: they are keeping secrets
They certainly are.