Tuesday, 30 June 2015

human universe

In 2012 neuroscientist Sally sold all of her belongings and left everything she knew and loved  in Florida to move to England to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. Specialising in the hippocampus and its role in memory and navigation, one of the cell types focussed on are grid cells which play a major role in these abilities. Her future research will be on how these cells are affected by disease, such as Alzheimer's, and how to repair the damage and restore function through neurogenesis. Inspired by her youth of growing up near the Kennedy Space Centre, Sally kept her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, now planning to further her research on our ability to orient ourselves and navigate through a place where gravity is absent, land marks are few and far between,  and cardinal directions (as we know them) don't really apply and how this could effect long distance space travel.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

boundless perspective

Seaman Yiannis told us of the hardships and heartache endured whilst out to sea.

One day however, as his vessel was anchored outside the port of Valencia, he saw the whole city covered in fireworks. Watching the city burst into colour from a vessel 8 miles out to sea, brought the realisation that not a single person at that moment was either looking, thinking or even aware of their existence out there. That was the moment he gained a whole new perspective.

"Every single thing in this life can be seen, observed, thought, examined from infinite angles and points of view. Even if it is an object, a sight, a story, a person, an idea, the life itself. The world we live in has about 7 billion different realities, each for every person, each with its own colours and each as equal. Everything is relative."

This is Yiannis' philosophy of life and will serve as a reminder of his inner strength during his next voyage.

Boundless Perspective © Expanded Eye 2015