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I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.

Richard P. Feynman


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@HDE226868 The MIA satellite bit or the identification?
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Possible duplication of this.
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This doesn't actually answer the question, it's just correcting a mistake the OP made.
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@Walter I'm sorry, but saying this is off topic is like saying a question asking how a Bayer lens works is off topic. A green laser pointer is a piece of astronomical kit and questions about it should be allowed.
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@FlorinAndei If you have such an important opinion that you have to point it out directly to the other answers, why don't you just add an answer?
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@FlorinAndrei Although 'stronger' was the wrong word to use, my point is to do with Rayleigh scattering: light at smaller wavelengths (and therefore higher energies, which was what I was talking about) scatters more than lower energies.
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@Mitch Goshorn The main thing I was looking for was whether the Mpemba effect applied (hotter object cool faster than colder ones)
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@Mitch Goshorn My question asks what would happen If all stars suddenly stopped producing heat (or heating up). Note that I specify that in the hypothetical universe, all stars have stopped heating up as well: all decreases in temperature would start at the same time.