Perspectives

Last week I read about the death of Lynn Margulis in the newspapers. Who was she? She was a famous biologist and your Biology teacher will be able to explain how her ideas on evolution have changed our concept of evolution and life. But she was also famous thanks to her former husband, Carl Sagan (they were divorced).

Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist and science populariser. He wrote several famous science books and was also responsible for a famous TV documentary series, Cosmos. Have you seen a science fiction film called Contact? It starred Jodie Foster and Mathew McConaughey. Carl Sagan wrote the script.

Today I am writing about Carl Sagan because of one of his ideas. He wanted to help people understand the universe better. He wanted people to realize how small the Earth was in comparison with the Universe. When NASA launched Voyager space missions to study Jupiter and Saturn, he helped write a message any intelligent extraterritorial forms or future humans could understand: The Voyager Golden Record. He also asked NASA for a picture of the Earth at a distance of 6,000 million  kilometres as the Voyager I was about to leave the Solar System. That picture was named The pale blue dot and inspired Sagan the following reflection ( available here, subtitled in Spanish):

I hope you like the video. Feel free to make any comments in English or in Spanish.

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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Today is one of my favourite American festivities. I have always enjoyed the spirit of this day: giving thanks. If you give thanks, you usually start looking at yourself and reflecting on what your life is and what you have got. Most people tend to think that we value material goods but that is not usually the case. We have asked our students today and most of the notes mentioned family and friends as the elements they were most grateful for. And believe it or not, quite a few mentioned school and their teachers too!

I’m grateful to Mónica, Michael and Kayla for their help this morning. But I want to give thanks especially to all our students who participated this morning. I really liked the way they reacted.

Dressing up the turkey

Here you have a presentation on Thanksgiving Michael prepared for today.

Thanksgiving at Clara

El Hermitage en el Prado

Hi, this is Michael!  I´m excited to make my first blog post on our brand new WordPress account, and I look forward to making more.

I want to tell you about an exhibit I saw over the weekend, called ¨El Hermitage en El Prado.¨ The Hermitage is a museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, which houses one of the greatest collections of art in the world.  From now until next March, you can see some of the works from the museum´s collection at El Museo del Prado.  In this exhibit, you will see paintings, sculptures, and drawings from Picasso, Velazquez, Renoir, Rodin, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Caravaggio, Kandinsky, and many others.  It´s an experience to remember and I hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to see such powerful works of art right here in Madrid.

If anyone goes to see the exhibit, please let me know!  I would love to talk about it.

Until next time,

Michael