This WordPress gives me an opportunity to record and recall the things I think are worth remembering. Its a space which organises the thoughts and ideas I have or am exposed to into neat categories. Below is a guide, please use the categories on the left.
Art and Creativity
One of my keen interests is Astronomy. I enjoy watching space documentaries and reading space magazines. Understanding the universe and exploring its make up, content and mechanisms is the frontier of human discovery and has captivated our interest as human beings for thousands of years, even before our Egyptian predecessors built their cosmic sundials 5000 years ago. Space exploration continues to fascinate us and steal our imaginations, and is always a humbling and incredibly thought provoking experience.
“Education in its broadest, general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people sustain from one generation to the next. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts.” It is the process which shapes an understanding of the world and ones place in it. To Educate means, in its original Latin, to “draw forth” or to “raise up” or “lead forth”. This category is dedicated to discussing and critiquing current practices in education around the world, as well as sharing ideas about what education can and should be.
Leadership and Activism
People can change the world. In fact, every human act creates some change in the world at some level. Most people are ignorant, uninspired or resentful of this realisation and the level of responsibility it forces upon us. Some seek to live well and approach this responsibility cautiously, working to look after themselves and the people around them. A handful, however, seek to move humanity in a certain direction, to actively shape the ideas and experiences we have in order to bring about their vision for a better world. These people are activists and this page is dedicated to the activism I admire.
The universe can be understood through a numeric lens. The laws of physics, the rotation of the planets, the forces of gravity and electro-magnetism, the distance and volume of shapes are all understandable by virtue of mathematics. Numbers, sequences and patterns can be created all around us yet no matter how common numbers are in our lives, their beauty and simplicity gives us insight into their inextricable relationship to existence, space and time. This page is dedicated to numbers and their relationship to each other as described by mathematics, and the interesting things numbers and mathematics have to offer.
These are my thoughts, the ones which do not refer on to other places or things.
Wikipedia describes Politics (from Greek politikos “of, for, or relating to citizens”) as a term which is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power” and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy. In my description, politics is the art or science of collective decision making. A given political paradigm is a description of where, and in what form, power manifests within the collective. This category is dedicated to politics in theory and practice, in Australia and globally.
The Internet is in its infancy but already it makes every respectable list of “Top 10 Inventions for Humanity”. Fire, the wheel, the steam engine, the combustion engine, flight, anti-biotics, the light bulb, the printing press, the telephone, the laser and the contraceptive pill are all regular entires, but these have been around for a long time. The internet, the history of which is located in a post below, still inspires fantastic daydreams about its potential. It has changed human communication yet its capabilities as a tool for collaboration – in academics, art, music, business, trade, gaming, social interaction and politics – remains unfulfilled. This category is dedicated to some of the inspiring achievements the internet has facilitated, as well as some information about internet culture, internet censorship, how the internet works and some speculation as to where it may go in the future.
The Law is the most tangible manifestation of a society’s ethical beliefs. In coming together, and in choosing to live together, a collection of citizens establishes laws which prescribe the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. The Law is real, and unlike the interesting ethical dilemas we pose in our lounge rooms, usually involving a choice between killing few to save many, the answer the law gives to these scenarios has real consequences. This helps the legal world to be serious and intimidating and while in most areas the law agrees with my view of right and wrong, in some places I think it gets things wrong. This category is about the law; how it works, how it should work, what it says and the gap between this and what the law should be saying.
These are thoughts that do not find their place in the other categories.
Language is a unique and powerful force. Language reflects and shapes the way we think and express ideas. Words and language can express emotion, tell stores and give insight into much of what it is to be human. This page is dedicated to words I’ve come across, in various combinations, that I consider to be worth noting. I should also mention that a single word can express 1000 images. In conjunction with the saying “a picture can say 1000 words” it follows that a word can say a million words or a billion images.