And so I did!
Not only did I mash-up the holidays and space but I also added some philosophy of critical thinking in to the mix. See those teapots in the design? Those are drawings I did to illustrate Russell's Teapot.
Russell's Teapot is often used to illustrate the idea that just because you can not disprove the existence of something it does not make it any more plausible or respectable of a concept.
Bertrand Russell said the following:
“If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."
If we can imagine a teapot in space as an exercise in logic, I figure we can also imagine a decorated skull, somewhere, light years away, floating and rotating in bliss.
The poster of this design can be purchased in my Etsy shop but next up will be the private post with a free download of the drawing for patrons only.
This was a fun scifi mashup for the holidays but my serious science inspired Patreon project for this month is about bacteria. I am focusing on a very specific bacteria that I find fascinating for a number of reasons. For one, it has caused multiple, debilitating, health problems in the world, for a very long time. Second, it acts like a bacteria AND a virus. Finally, after years of failed attempts, there may be at long last, a vaccine for it on the horizon- a vaccine that uses nanoparticles.
I have already enlisted the help of TWO microbiologists, Chris Tucker and Siouxsie Wiles to fact check me on my work. Not only that, but I have reached out to some medical doctors to give insight on symptoms and current treatments of the infections this bacteria causes.
What is the bacteria? Stay tuned! I will hopefully have my first post about it up with in a week! In the mean-time I hope you enjoy the Space Skull coloring design!
Happy upcoming holidays and thank you for supporting my Patreon project! I couldn't do this without you.