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    Running Low on Sand in Fort Lauderdale

    In this New York Times article, Lizetta Alavarez writes how, "Constant erosion from storms and tides and a rising sea level continue to swallow up chunks of beach along Florida’s Atlantic coastline."


    Erosion at Haulover Beach Park in Miami-Dade County.   Photo: Angel Valentin for The New York Times    

    Carl Sagan breaks down "Abiogenesis"


    Dr. Niel Shubi on "Finding Your Inner Fish"

    From UCTV, evolutionary paleontologist Dr. Niel Shubin talks about the genetic and fossil links between human beings our ancient fish, amphibian, and reptile ancestors.

    Dr. Shubin also gives a great interview in this episode of Exploration.




    The Feynman Series

    Once again, Reid Gower presents a wonderful compilation of music and footage accompanying
    the wise words of a modern scientific sage.  Last time is was Carl Sagan, this time Gower
    features the “Great Explainer,” physicist Richard P. Feynman.  Feeling blue?  Hit play.


    The Sagan Series

    A young Canadian lad named Reid Gower has put together a wonderful compliation of Carl Sagan's narratives on huamnity and space, coupled with beautiful and haunting shots of humans, the planet, and space (the images are extracted from documentaries such as Planet Earth, Home, Microcosms, Baraka, and the like).

    But to preface this series, here's what Carl Sagan had to sad to say about using cannabis:

    The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I had never much appreciated before. The understanding of the intent of the artist which I can achieve when high sometimes carries over to when I'm down. This is one of many human frontiers which cannabis has helped me traverse. There also have been some art-related insights - I don't know whether they are true or false, but they were fun to formulate. For example, I have spent some time high looking at the work of the Belgian surrealist Yves Tanguey. Some years later, I emerged from a long swim in the Caribbean and sank exhausted onto a beach formed from the erosion of a nearby coral reef. In idly examining the arcuate pastel-colored coral fragments which made up the beach, I saw before me a vast Tanguey painting. Perhaps Tanguey visited such a beach in his childhood.

    A very similar improvement in my appreciation of music has occurred with cannabis. For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint. I have since discovered that professional musicians can quite easily keep many separate parts going simultaneously in their heads, but this was the first time for me. Again, the learning experience when high has at least to some extent carried over when I'm down. The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so. Cannabis also enhances the enjoyment of sex - on the one hand it gives an exquisite sensitivity, but on the other hand it postpones orgasm: in part by distracting me with the profusion of image passing before my eyes. The actual duration of orgasm seems to lengthen greatly, but this may be the usual experience of time expansion which comes with cannabis smoking.

    The Sagan Series: