Truths and Communication

Week 2 // Temporary Expert


This week’s readings talk largely about the definition of truth and the ways in which we express these truths. Jonah Lehrer, in his book Proust was a Neuroscientist, discusses the significance of art in science and conversely science in art. I believe art and science are expressions of nature. They both serve to make sense of the physical world around us and begin as an individual’s response to their curiosities. “Our reality exists in plural” – a combination of scientific reductionism and artistic investigations. Though they are fundamentally different methods to arrive at conclusions, in the context of this book, I find that artists and scientist do the exact same thing – they imagine different futures. While scientists work to prove these theories (to the world, maybe?) , artists assume a flexibility in the way they express their understanding/findings.

The Elusive Theory of Everything talks about there being multiple truths. These truths function as components of a larger truth. I imagine them as lego blocks and each combination of information brings to life a different reality. I really like these readings and their emphasis on establishing distinctive lenses to the information that one intends to present. Slow Ideas presents a wonderful case of communication of ideas. My takeaway from it is a additional lens for who the consumer of the information is. It deals with the idea of different users and to shape the tone, technique and sometimes content in order to reach them.

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  1. You make an excellent point about the plurality of our existence – it’s a much more holistic way of looking at things and ultimately should lead you on more interesting paths through your research topic as well as other projects. The variety of lenses tends to culminate in work that is richer and more layered rather than one dimensional. Good job.

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