Just a quickie: The latest Skepticality episode has a great conversation with Australian author Lynne Kelly regarding the wonders that can be found in reality. (In her case, mainly involving the little-known qualities and beauty and abilities of crocodiles and spiders.) You don’t need to look to pseudoscience for wonder and amazement when there’s so much to be awed and amazed by in rational, legitimate science.
(A point very often revealed by Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait. I mean, just look at these recent photographs of Jupiter!
And the recent Astronomy Cast episode on the finding of another possibly habitable-friendly planet!)