I don't want to know more, I want to integrate more.
It's not about accumulation, it's about connection.
People think they understand things because they become familiar with them. This is only superficial knowledge. It is the knowledge of the astronomer who knows the names of the stars, the botanist who knows the classification of the leaves and flowers, the artist who knows the aesthetics of green and red. This is not to know nature itself- the earth and sky, green and red. Astronomer, botanist, and artist have done no more than grasp impressions and interpret them, each within the vault of his own mind. The more involved they become with the activity of the intellect, the more they set themselves apart and the more difficult it becomes to live naturally.
| Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
I also write even when the knowledge I have to share openly defies academic translation, not just because our Indigenous tongues have been, largely, taken from us with the imposition of Spanish first, and English second, but because it is sacred knowledge, unable to be fully known or understood under the current paradigms that dominate our fields and the intellectual spaces we produce knowledge from. So there may be some things here that will be messy, unexplainable, unverifiable, unscientific, unable to be categorized-and that is part of the message. Attempting to know everything is a colonial epistemology in which I refuse to be complicit.
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
| Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
― André Gide
oh and i have a deep equally draining passion for art and science. It was always weird to me how i had to fall in one category or choose one over the other - a weird binary that somehow makes people feel comfortable if they at least know the direction of their interest. Well i happen to love them both and struggled finding myself for so long because it is still not popular to the extent it should be in hugging the two, one is yin one is yang, one pulls the other pushes. I mean whatever project you have in mind, you should be able to articulate it from either an artistic or scientific point of view - whichever is able to better transmit your point. At times as a psychology and cognitive neuroscience student, I would be able to imagine art instalacions out of concepts we would develop in class. All knowledge is connected. I want to use mine.
All my knowledge of the world, even my scientific knowledge, is gained from my own particular point of view, or from some experience of the world without which the symbols of science would be meaningless. The whole universe of science is built upon the world as directly experienced, and if we want to subject science itself to rigorous scrutiny and arrive at a precise assessment of its meaning and scope, we must begin by reawakening the basic experience of the world, of which science is the second-order expression.... To return to things themselves is to return to that world which precedes knowledge, of which knowledge always speaks, and in relation to which every scientific schematization is an abstract and derivative sign-language, as is geography in relation to the countryside in which we have learnt beforehand what a forest, a prairie or a river is.