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Sep 12 2011

Polling readers: creative fun

I have my own ideas I’m pondering, but I’d like to hear your thoughts as well.  What more would you like to see on this blog and website?  I’m loving the things I’m finding like the 5 Minute Flash Fiction contest by Leah Petersen, or when writers give away advance copies of their new releases in mini-contests, or blogathons, or all sorts of creative and/or collaborative projects or one-offs that you can trip over all across the ‘net.

So here we already have my talks in random order about my cancer journey, perhaps (likely) to be more organized later, and weekend links from the interesting things I find during my own internet journeys, but tell me, oh Fearless Readers, what else would you like to see here, semi-regularly or randomly?  Or on my Twitter account, for example?  I keep thinking there’s something on the tip of my brain I could do with that but so far it still hasn’t gelled into useful creative output.  More free fiction, assuming my creative well keeps filling?   I’m not reading much in the way of books lately, but discussions on various shows I’m watching from a writer perspective?  What appeals to you from other writer blogs that you think would represent well here?

Since I’m doing my own ponderings along these lines I can’t promise delivery upon request, but on the other side, you can’t get what you don’t ask for, either.  Anyone?  Bueller?  I’m definitely interested in collaborative and cross-genre, or even cross-art projects, and still have a good one in the working stages coming to you soon from the first round of the cancer experience, once we work out some final visual details and I can move forward onto other ambitious and provocative projects.  After all, though none of us know how long we have here to get done our most ambitious and beautiful dreams, I’ve just received some more pointed reminders than most.  And I have some great friends, loved ones, and children to leave legacy for…

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Feb 12 2010

Cycles of science

One of the very common ways we humans learn things, from infanthood on, is an “engineering mindset”: we first break things down into enough component parts that we can gain a measure of understanding about the parts and how they work, then the cycle moves to the phase of putting the pieces back together to see what they now make (which is never quite the same as what it was, of course), then testing and studying and learning from the more complex concept. Physical, mental, emotional, even philosophical learnings can all follow this path of knowledge acquisition (not the only path available, but the one we’re discussing here).

Since the explosion of scientific progress from the Renaissance onward, it seems as if scientists have been engaged on a nice little run of reductionist scientific methods. This is not being criticized in and of itself; as anyone can see, we’ve exponentially increased our knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world and universe we inhabit, in numerous different knowledge areas. My theory is that we are at or incredibly near the point where in order to make further large leaps in greater understanding we need a long period of interdisciplinary scientific explorations, where multi-discipline groups aren’t just allowed but actively encouraged, and a trend of larger-picture learnings is actively sought (and funded).

I think there are already the first signs of this trend now visible in some of the scientifically and technologically innovative research fields. I hope the rest of the 21st century brings the start of the synergistic renaissance. What do you think?

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