Science and a Sense of Place:
Learning Where We are Located in the World

(July 24-August 4, 2006)

Reflecting on Day 4:

Jeff ("I will teach you to steal") Cohen,
his "toy box" of Resources,
and our newly re-named Photo Morgue

As seen from the perspective of
Growth and Structure of Cities,


"This is not quite science.
What emerges is unpredictable.
People are willful."

Cf. Paul Grobstein, the Harvard Law of Animal Behavior:
"under carefully controlled experimental circumstances,
an animal will behave as it damned well pleases."

Cf. Liz McCormack: "being educated is being
on the boundary of knowledge; it means walking out
knowing that not everything is known."

SO: WHAT IS SCIENCE?

More exactly: after a week of
conversation-and-experimentation,
what does science-with-a-sense-of-place
look/sound/smell/taste/feel like?


Denis Brown, "Palimpsest" (Mixed media on paper folios, 1993)

This afternoon, Wil and I want to extend
that palimpsest in two directions:

inwardly (to the history of who we came from/
how we came to be who we are), and
outwardly (to understanding ecosystems).




"Palmipsest"

The gesture towards helping our students understand
"where they are placed developmentally" (thanks, Regina!),
is today only minimal. See/hear, for instance,
What is place? (where we locate ourselves...)

What is space? (what we might move into...?)




Tom Linfield, "Palimpsest" (Drawing, 2002)

Where we're settling
this afternoon, guided by Wil Franklin:
Understanding Ecosystems: Structure and Function



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