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What medieval cosmology tells us about the value of Arts and Humanities in universities

Cosmology: Unearthing a 13th-century metaverse | The Economist

Here is a really interesting post on medieval cosmology : Cosmology: Unearthing a 13th-century metaverse | The Economist. which shows that really, the two sides of modern universities cant work in Iisolation.

In essence the project which is reported took the work of a 13C philosopher and applied modern mathematical concepts. What they found was rather startling. The medieval model gave rise to a metaverse, universes existing parallel to each other.

How is all this related to the STEM debate? To succeed, the Ordered Universe Project needed a team spanning both science and the humanities: physics, Latin studies, philosophy, cosmology, philology, medieval studies, paleography, history of science, psychophysics and linguistics. The humanities scholars uncovered insights into Grosseteste’s work that scientists alone might have missed; the scientists helped identify mathematical, physical and geometrical thinking in De Luce that their peers in the humanities might have overlooked. Professor McLeish says that without its interdisciplinary approach—an apparent novelty that has made funding a challenge—the project would not have been possible: “If you’d let the scientists loose on their own, we’d have come up with nonsense.

Makes you think when we see the cuts in relative funding for AHSS versus STEM ; what else are we missing?

The Art of the Crisis

So. Somehow I got persuaded (took, ooh, three seconds) by Con Kennedy (he of the wonderful Punt Nua meme) to launch an exhibition of art on the crisis.

The exhibition details?

Venue: darc space, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

From: Tuesday May 29th 1830h

The exhibition will be fun and provocative, with visual artists addressing the crisis, the Troika, and so on.

Some highlights of the exhibitions include the below, but there are a dozen artists and exhibitors. This crisis is too serious to be left to the economists and politicians, and its great to see the artistic community coming into the fray in a slightly oblique manner. Go along, support the artists, buy a piece, and expand your view of how society responds to the crisis.  As Steve Jobs said

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

So go out and get broadened.

Kevin Devine unveils his new board game, NAMapoly (Austerity Edition)















Stephen Ruane has a series “past present future”

Eugene Langan has some really nice giclee prints on austerity ….

and there is a set of Vacuum Sealed Emergency Green Underpants to ensure you are not only green of jersey but green of undergarment from Fergus O’Neill….