Triumph

A new scientific truth does not triumph
by convincing its opponents and making them see the light,
but because its opponents eventually die
and a new generation grows up familiar with it.

— Max Planck

Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit
pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen,
daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären,
sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben
und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein
mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist.

— Max Planck, Wissenschaftliche Selbstbiographie

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Rare Delight

Truth is so rare
that it is delightful to tell it.

— Emily Dickinson

Beauty Has Its Price

The heat! Hunting for rare plants was one thing. Doing it in tropical temperatures was quite another. He was simply melting!

He wasn’t even sure they’d understood the directions properly. School Portuguese only went so far in the Brazilian interior. And had that man really understood what they were looking for? Or had he just taken pity on their hopeful expressions? Brazilians wanted to help! Whether or not they understood you…

Whatever Steph said: there was the river, he  was taking a dip. He stripped quickly, before she was close enough to protest.

Gerald clearly hadn’t understood the warning.

Crocodiles!

The 100 word challenge for grown-ups, at Julia’s Place: Heat.

Photos taken in the Jardim Botânico of São Paulo. Orchids, I think. If you know what kind, please let me know. Thanks!

Update: scary but gorgeous topical photo in National Geographic!

Stand Out

Why fit in
when you were born
to stand out?

—Dr. Seuss

Silent Sunday