The Sense Of Wonder (2015)
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We at RCLA send thanks to all contributors. We feel very privileged to have received these entries and deeply appreciate the various appealing ways that the participants celebrated the natural world all around us. Their expressions of wonder give us hope for the future.
In this poem Katrianna and Kathleen describe a series of natural scenes evoking mystery and awe, as well as a sense of history and continuity. It beautifully portrays the ongoing connection among all living things.
My good friend writer's reign likes it;as he is a true French cinema connoisseur,I decided to have a look at \" a sense of wonder\" .In westerns,the subject of the widow with a ranch to run is common; generally a handsome cowboy comes to the rescue ; in melodramas ,in Sirk's or Stahl 's works,particularly ,the widow may be actually an unwed mom ,but sometimes the mother does her walk of life in business.Well,Louise is a widow with two children ;her tree cultivation family business is not really thriving ,there's a mortgage hanging on her head,and the man from the bank is a hateful macho:\"it was your husband's job\".Up comes a man ;you're going to say :\" even though their first encounter does not bode well,they will be in bed after twenty minutes \"Pas Du ToutPierre has a very high HQ :a computer wiz, a law expert , and above all a prime numbers lover :Louise is 37,what a beautiful number though he prefers 23 ! The clouds in the sky are prime numbers in disguise . Pierre is also an autistic ,a cousin of Dustin Hoffman 's \"rain man \" -who was brilliant at mental arithmetic - a man whose fate is to stay marginal ,unable to integrate the society ,apart from an old bookseller ...and maybe Louise..Pierre and Louise will meet ,but only at the end of the movie ;it's a long way to love and understanding.Although very educated -and a bit pedantic- ,the man has his own way of thinking ,his own logic,his own rules which challenge the established order :for many people ,he is an outcast ; the golden rule of society you are part of is: it's all right provided you keep within the norm .It's a feel-good movie ,but unlike bland flicks such \" Les Chaises Musicales \" or \" L'Echappée Belle\" ,it's ,in spite of its finer feelings ,a pretty work,with a nice cinematography (nature and sky) fine score,and excellent acting by Virginie Efira ,and mainly Benjamin Lavernhe ,De La Comédie Française ,in a complex part in which he achieves the feat of moving us with a restrained ,almost robotic performance .\"Inspiré Par Une Fée Réelle \" (=n inspired by a real fairy) parodies the classic last (or first) sentence: \"inspired by real facts\" (Inspiré De Faits Réels ) ;Fait(fact) and Fée (fairy ) are homonyms in French.It may be a fairy tale :with his \"magic wand\" ,(represented by the computer ) the wizard gets the house from the clutches of the bank,and saves the day ,including the boy's problems in maths and the daughter who is beyond her mom's authority.It may be Frank Capra's spirit who inspired Eric Besnard.
While several key indicators of traditional forms of religious observance are declining, the Religious Landscape Study shows that the U.S. population may be becoming more spiritual in certain ways. Roughly six-in-ten adults now say they feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week, up 7 percentage points since 2007. And 46% of adults say they feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe on a weekly basis, also up sharply since 2007.
TED talks are an emergent and hybrid genre (Ludewig) and have become a highly successful disseminator and populariser of scientific knowledge (Sugimoto et al). The popular appeal of TED may also stem from the promise to deliver life-changing insights in a short amount of time. Besides, TED talks may rely on a science fictional 'sense of wonder' (Sawyer) in their representations of new technologies. CRISPR-Cas9 is a genome-editing technology that has captured the imagination of scientists. Science's 2015 Breakthrough of the Year, CRISPR became the focus of ethical debates because of its potential to engineer the human. Rather than its therapeutic use, it is the potential for enhancement that gains traction in media. For these reasons, scientists have called for \"a global pause in any clinical applications of the CRISPR technology in human embryos\" (Doudna). TED talks actively shape the discourse on genetics at a global level. Embedded in the American culture of self-help and self-improvement, TED talks produce genetic stories that may favour an optimistic representation of genetic engineering. This paper aims to pursue the following questions: how do TED's formal elements affect the representation of the genome And how do they influence contemporary constructions of identity By focusing on two playlists-'How does DNA work' and 'Get into your genes' - this paper investigates the emergence of at least three formal features that inform these stories. These three recurring elements-conceptual breakthroughs, a sense of awe, and prophetic statements-also animate a sense of wonder and rely on the notion of 'vision' to define the human. In the end, TED talks aim to anticipate or even shape the future. This article argues that we need to pay close attention to how they set out to shape our 'genetic future'.
Echelman was inspired by data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. \"It's the wave heights across the entire Pacific Ocean from the tsunami that hit Japan,\" she says. \"And it's about these deeply held interconnections and interdependencies, some of which we understand and some of which we don't understand and can't predict. So it's my own personal way of making sense of the world.\"
25. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades. Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. For example, changes in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.
113. There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere. This is not to reject the possibilities which technology continues to offer us. But humanity has changed profoundly, and the accumulation of constant novelties exalts a superficiality which pulls us in one direction. It becomes difficult to pause and recover depth in life. If architecture reflects the spirit of an age, our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalized technology, where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony. Let us refuse to resign ourselves to this, and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything. Otherwise we would simply legitimate the present situation and need new forms of escapism to help us endure the emptiness.
143. Together with the patrimony of nature, there is also an historic, artistic and cultural patrimony which is likewise under threat. This patrimony is a part of the shared identity of each place and a foundation upon which to build a habitable city. It is not a matter of tearing down and building new cities, supposedly more respectful of the environment yet not always more attractive to live in. Rather, there is a need to incorporate the history, culture and architecture of each place, thus preserving its original identity. Ecology, then, also involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity in the broadest sense. More specifically, it calls for greater attention to local cultures when studying environmental problems, favouring a dialogue between scientific-technical language and the language of the people. Culture is more than what we have inherited from the past; it is also, and above all, a living, dynamic and participatory present reality, which cannot be excluded as we rethink the relationship between human beings and the environment.
145. Many intensive forms of environmental exploitation and degradation not only exhaust the resources which provide local communities with their livelihood, but also undo the social structures which, for a long time, shaped cultural identity and their sense of the meaning of life and community. The disappearance of a culture can be just as serious, or even more serious, than the disappearance of a species of plant or animal. The imposition of a dominant lifestyle linked to a single form of production can be just as harmful as the altering of ecosystems. 59ce067264