There is a story that he could imagine he was looking down on the people in the room. This allowed him to speculate--without his own biases, “What do they want?” “What are they thinking?”
The Cassini orbiter spacecraft is sending stunning photos from Saturn and its moons and other objects. This is the ultimate mental detachment from Earthbound concerns. I wonder if it could set the stage for the next renaissance, if only we look up (or is it down?)
Cassini is named after the 17th century French astronomer. The orbiter's narrow-angle camera took this first-ever high-resolution photo of Saturn's moon, Iapetus, on Sept. 10, 2007 at a distance of 73,000 kilometers (45,000 miles). More photos at this link.