Notes: On Juniper – #1

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– If you have to do a Q&A, be wary of giving high schoolers the inadvertent right wrong idea.

– Mermaids are a deep well of interestingness. Also, fantastic option for the body, image, and the guy nodding in-and-out at the bar.

– Clear articulation of workshop processes is good stuff (also known as pedagogy).

– If you only have a week, don’t expect to get everything done. (personal and educational)

– Everyone is here because they earned it, including me.

– Everyone is full of self-doubt in this profession.

– Australians are everywhere.

– Intensity.

– The rule is to avoid politics & religion. But you can’t really in this environment.

– There are lots of books and authors I don’t know about (and the same for you).

For Those Wondering

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The images in the header were downloaded from one of the following sites:

NASA JPL Space Images

or

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive

I re-sized and cropped the images to fit in the header area.

Where the Thesis is Going

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I guess I haven’t yet described the particular direction of my thesis collection. I’m not entirely sure yet, in fact.

But I do have an inkling. I suppose one is never sure anyways about these things.

The inkling is this: Poetry and Science complement each other. There is a divide in U.S. society about the society’s cosmology, as Pattiann Rogers describes the term. The vastness of the universe – the incomprehensibility of it – begs for poetry. Poetry is how we humans explain to ourselves things we do not fully comprehend. Old myths have fallen by the wayside throughout human history. Progress always supersedes old myths, but only once society has made that choice. Old myths and world views – old cosmologies – fight hard to maintain their power, even to the point of violence. New cosmologies open doors to progress. New cosmologies beg poetry to further their cause. Poetry opens doors to new cosmologies. This is accomplished through wonder, beauty, and honesty. Poetry butts heads. Poetry breaks doors. Poetry does not know everything. Science does not know everything. Neither can describe things they don’t yet know about. Both are necessary for human progress and survival – to maintain a humanity in the face of the vast necessity of everything, in the face of the void, in the face of unknowing.

Discussion, of course, is welcome.