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Bill Brooks

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Here is a thought provoking article about science, the universe, dark matter, and seeing reality.

 
 
Every creative person should read this article.
 
As a teaser to get you to do the reading, here is the concluding paragraph.
 
“Recognizing the limitations of our senses and the subjectivity of our experiences is the only route to transcending them. As David Foster Wallace explained in his Kenyon College commencement address, we can’t help but see the world from our own point of view. Our limited perspective makes us forget that the human experience is a vast locus of points of which we are but one. Empathy is difficult. It is also crucial to the progress of both science and society. It demands that we make a deliberate and consistent effort to step out of our familiar frames of reference. Only then can we synthesize different perspectives, observations, and experiences — the very act at the heart of creativity, which will be essential to solving the increasingly complex problems that beset our world.”
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Sounds like a worthwhile book. Thanks for the teaser.

 

As far as photography goes, it can definitely be an important tool for developing empathy.

 

However, I'm not sure that photography can ever be more than "a finger pointing at the moon" when it comes to going beyond the limits of our senses.

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thanks,...a good read.

 

I think creative people have always had a good empathy for dark matter whether we know it's there or not, after all a good composition depends on the space around the subject to a greater degree than the subject itself.

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