University Nevada RENO~!

Good heavens but this school is horribly designed. I’ll need to take a course on understanding the Campus Map. It does get easier the more often I go there. Just like anything, experience enables confidence. I’ll see what it is like to be a UNR student this semester. In Pre-Calculus (part 1)! I have so much more schooling to go. It will be the dominating factor in my life for the next couple of years. Then it will be a tremendous debt for me to pay off the rest of the time. How exciting.
So what now. I’ve been reading The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan for the last few months. It is taking me a very long time to get through this book because I keep losing interest because there are no singing animals or hot dudes. But here are some great quotes:

    “Because science carries us toward an understanding of how the world is, rather than how we would wish it to be, its findings may not in all cases be immediately comprehensible or satisfying. It may take a little work to restructure our mindsets.” (p. 29)

    “Scientists do not seek to impose their needs and wants on Nature, but instead humbly interrogate Nature and take seriously what they find.” (p. 32)

    “The Man in the Moon is in fact a record of ancient catastrophes–most of which took place before humans, before mammals, before vertebrates, before multicelled organisms, and probably even before life arose on Earth. It is a characteristic conceit of our species to put a human face on random cosmic violence.” (p. 45)

    “I try not to think with my gut. If I’m serious about understanding the world, thinking with anything besides my brain, as tempting as that might be, is likely to get me into trouble. Really, it’s okay to reserve judgement until the evidence is in.” (p. 180)

    “better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.” (p. 204)

Back to the topic of Reno: Have you BEEN to the downtown Reno library? The place probably hasn’t been updated since the 1960s or 1970s and I truly hope it doesn’t ever, to preserve its historic charm. There are islands of reading nooks seemingly floating in midair. Stairs all over the place. Plant-life spilling over from every platform. It’s amazing. The one time I went there, a woman starting asking me, as though I worked there, how to use the internet. I told her she would need to ask at the counter. She loudly argued with me, wanting information from me. Such classic customer behavior. I don’t miss working with the public at all. The problem with the downtown library, ultimately, is that it is downtown. Well, look at me being all elitist.


~ by Laura on May 11, 2009.

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