Leigh Christie

Shivers Up My Spine 1

Philosophy, Research

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Several times a year, I stumble upon an issue, discovery, thought or idea that gives me shivers up my spine. Apparently this is caused by an epinephrine release… something to do with the hypothalamus and the fight or flight response. All I know is that it’s a pretty big source of motivation for me to learn and innovate.

Most recently, my mind was blown by the discovery of Kepler 22b. On the back of the discovery of thousands of extrasolar planets, the recent discovery of this new earth-like planet nothing short of revolutionary. It’s probably too early to say, but this may prove to be one of the most important scientific discoveries since the invention of the transistor.

It would seem that ever since we landed on the moon, people have just been a little to “meh” about manned space flight. The idea that it’s totally possible for someone from our generation to send out a probe of somekind with in my lifetime is a huge motivator. This completely rejuvenates my state of wonder on a number of levels. And this is just the beginning.

This is the first in an what will probably turn into a series of posts called “Shivers Up my Spine”.

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