Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Written Response One

Both “The Two Cultures” and “The Ionian Enchantment” touch on the same basis that we are more unified than we think we are as a society and as human beings. The Ionian Enchantment is the belief that all sciences are unified. That the world is very orderly and can be explained by a small number of natural laws and the unification of all the forces of nature. As human beings, we all contemplate the meaning of life and search to find our ultimate “purpose” on this planet. We often ask ourselves “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” “How do I achieve that purpose?” “How did I get here?” All of these questions are vastly inapt to be simply explained, even though we have tried. Religion is a perfect example. Science is seen as a vastly different realm from any idea of religion. “The Ionian Enchantment” article brings to question that perhaps religious texts are just a literary attempt to explain the universe and how mankind fits into and is a significant part of the universe itself. So in turn, Science and Religion isn’t as different after all. They coincide in the sense that science is just a more modern continuation of religion. It was a way of explaining the how and why before we were technologically enable to inquire on such questions. How these may be different in content, but ultimately has the same goal.
“The Two Cultures” article is a form of the same type of argument. This article explains how the intellectual life of the whole western society is being split into two groups. On one hand, you have the Literary intellectuals who look for answers in text and past experiences. On the other hand, you have the scientists who look for answers through vigorous extensive research and look to the future. These groups are seen as polar opposites. Scientists are typically generalized as boastful and brash in their findings and approaches. Literary intellectuals are seen as lacking in foresight and having a disinterest in inquiring on why things work the way they do. Deeper than this generalization of the two sides, studies show that they agree that the individual condition of each of us is tragic. How we all are initially secluded and alone in the world, sharing the same fate of dying in that same fashion. There is no reason why, however, that just because the individual condition is tragic, that the social condition must follow. We might all ultimately feel lost and alone, but when we unify and work together, we can achieve wonders. You just have to be open to other ideas and observations that may cause you to reevaluate your current opinion.
Ultimately, these two articles may have different ideas on how the world operates but share the same idea that we are capable of more than we think we are. One just has to be open to broadening their minds and seeing things from other perspectives. How everything is connected. Art, Science, Religion may have different ideas but are just different approaches on the same purpose.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Week One

Five Questions
  • How does light go into play?/Can the light source be imitated or replaced?
  • What part does the root play in the process?
  • Is the Water Cycle something to consider?
  • What are some key factors to keep in mind?
  • The example video showed a plastic bag, can other materials be used (glass, hard plastic, etc.)?