Bouquet #3: Eclectic Mind Food (Switzerland Schedule, Moon, Scientists, Precolonial what?, Colonial Art)
Today's newsletter goes into Switzerland Schedule, story around Moon, lack of disruptive Scientists, Precolonial biases, importance of Colonial Art
1. Switzerland Schedule
Journals. Memoirs. To-do lists. They all have their place. A documentation of life, activities and events. They all bring back memories and sometimes are cathartic. In this piece, Robin Williamson writes about a ritual of her family called “The Switzerland Schedule.” She talks about her mother's death and how the documentation helped her.
2. And the Moon was bright
Sometimes our experiences start us thinking in different directions. Many years back during my post grad days, I visited a village in Rajasthan and had some experience which led to this story. A personal plug.
3. Conforming is in vogue for scientists
The number of science and technology research papers published has skyrocketed over the past few decades. But the ‘disruptiveness’ of those papers has dropped, according to an analysis of how radically papers depart from the previous literature.
Is it because science is now an ideological undertaking?
4. Precolonial biases
The ‘precolonial Africa’ phrase and whatever follows from that always ends in caricature of the continent. Homogenizing and bastardizing the people and the cultures on the continent.
5. Colonial art encounters with the colonized
Colonial forces always had artists with them. These artists were crucial for recording information. Information that was better documented in images than words. Here is an interesting and very informative article on how the tattoes of the Native Americans were documented by the British artists.
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