Category Archives: Philosophy of Science

Mae Jemison: Teaching art & science together (TED talk)

“Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer … Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, [holistically] – to create bold thinkers.” (TED page)

The Great Experiment (Video) & observation notes

Prof. Michael Hunter speaks on the formation of the Royal Society. Video from RS Youtube channel. Useful for current Bacon research


06:56, Motto (declined) from Instauratio magna frontispiece.

12:20, frontispiece of Sprat’s history.

~13:50, echoing Bacon’s imperatives on mech arts & records of experiments.

16:23–16:56, 16:57–17:12, JACKPOT: temporal extensions insinuating that Bacon’s petition is realized, after a fashion; direct support feed into thesis statement.

17:12, last point extended to other august bodies; direct induction vs deduction reference along with rib at Cartesians’ armchair tendencies.

18:34, RS abandons overly ambitious, initial dabbling in proto systems science (or at least the GUT) and forms 8 committees for spec., yet this too gives way. All fascinating and applicable at a 2nd tier but not for paper (?) unless in paper conclusion this is addressed, espec. the cleaving unto the exotic in lieu of comprehensiveness [~19:00]

~23:00, adaptive functions begin to define value of appropriate corporate structure, “assess and adjudicate”

~25:35, solidifying role in “accreditation and demarcation,” example of German savant Eckard Lieichner (?) : link to Bac. sep. of Relig. & Sci, cf. Rossi chapt. Sci, Mag. & Mecharts

~27:00 back to solidif. of arenas of domain; central importance of conventional def. of science arising therefrom.

27:15 thus excluding magic; div. in mem. interests.; further points of interest.

HHP the Movie: Amsterdam, City of Dissent

From the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents:

“Situated within the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (HHP) is the world’s leading institute for academic research and teaching in the field of Western esotericism. We are currently the only center in the world providing a complete academic study program in the history of esotericism, from the Bachelor to the PhD level. Our international and interdisciplinary research group delivers cutting-edge research on esoteric currents from the Renaissance to contemporary times. Our students are invited to engage with ongoing research through teaching modules and tutorials in the MA program.

Intro to Cultural Studies: Term Paper resources/art & science links testimonials (i)

“In DaVinci’s time when expertise in art and science had not yet matured to the polarized state in which they exist today, they coexisted naturally. Of course, science’s level of sophistication back then was quite different. But from where I sit as the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, it is clear to me that even current practices in scientific research have much to gain by involving artists in the process early and often. Artists serve as great partners in the communication of scientific research; moreover, they can serve as great partners in the navigation of the scientific unknown.”

Villa di carregi (Platonic Academy of the Medici)

“It was to this villa that Lorenzo brought his friends, members of the Plato Academy, and here that he spent the last years of his life, until his own death in 1492. Surviving descriptions of the garden as it was in the time of Lorenzo speak of vegetation composed of myrtles, olives, oaks, poplars, pines, plane trees, citrus trees and such exotic spices as frankincense and myrrh. The description suggests that the garden was in two parts, one for the cultivation of flowers and fruit and another ‘wilder’ part. ” —