"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Let X=X; or, Preparing for Yet Another Presentation

Our professor informed us last night that we will be responsible for presenting the rest of the chapters from one of our texts. Tomorrow night I must present my chapter.

It has not been the most productive of days: two separate dental appointments (one for me, one for Big Guy) and shuttling BG back and forth to work.

There was of course also some viewing of Bollywood clips.

We speak so much in our classes of what effective learning looks like and what effective learning sounds like.

Can you make a guess as to which model I more resemble today from the choices above?

Good answer!

Portrait of Emilie Floge by Gustave Klimt and Melancolia by Albrecht Durer make a special appearance here today courtesy of http://www.art.com


min said...

I think you must most resemble that background lighting effect in the Durer. I'm not sure I understand what it is, but isn't it lovely and interesting?

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I want to let X=Y!

neroli said...

Min, I'm not sure that I understand what it is either! I guess it could be seen as the proverbial light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel (and it's in plain sight)
kind of thing. It is amusing to thain that if this is the case, that sunshine and rainbows were already iconic ways of speaking of positive things.
At least that's what I'd most like to resemble----otherwise, it's the gills of a rather monumental toadstool!

Artist, girlfriend---let it be so! :-)

neroli said...

Oh boy.
"Think!" Not "thain!"
(I can't say that ten times fast!)