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I think (get ready for it) that this is a very Humanistic project – and not just because we are all space nerds. (Although I did want to be an astrophysicist when I was younger.) I mean, obviously science and exploration and all that is very Humanist-y. I am all for boldly going to and fro and photographing things and trying to learn more about our world just for the hell of it.
But I also think the artistic aspect of this project is interesting. Many theists would probably look at this and be filled with admiration for the Artist. And so am I.
Of course, where they see God’s handiwork, I see gravity, erosion, refraction, condensation, subduction – a beautiful and chaotic dance of laws and accidents. Nobody can take credit for the creation.
But what does deserve admiration is the idea to turn accident into art. The Earth is a work of art, not because somebody designed it that way, but because we humans had the insight to find beauty in the amazing mess.
Chelsea Link is the Campus Organizing Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard.