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  1. Sep 2021
  2. Oct 2020
    1. Vicariously Through Impressio


      In addition to this passage from The Geography of Plants, Humboldt, in his book, Cosmos, references impressionist art, i.e., European landscape painting, poetry, and plant cultivation. He writes, "I regard it as one of the fairest fruits of general European civilization that it is now almost everywhere possible for men to obtain-by the cultivation of exotic plants, by the charm of landscape painting, and by the power of the inspiration of language,- some part, at least, of that enjoyment of nature, which, when pursued by long and dangerous journeys through the interior of continents, is afforded by her immediate contemplation" (Humboldt, 100).

      Humboldt, Alexander V. Cosmos, 7th ed. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1849.

      Both passages embody centralized globalization. Humboldt writes of cultural globalization specifically by describing exploration and translation of experience to an art form for the common man to experience. What is written of less is the concurrent economic and political globalization occurring as explorers (botanists included) extract people, plants, and animals from places of origin either literally or symbolically (in art) and colonizing or dominating the plant species Humboldt so lovingly mentions. Praise of impression of natural ephemeral qualities is especially interesting to read about in the current time of a pandemic when our only access to lands unbeknownst to us is through the image- rather written or seen, we are quite literally the man isolated in this passage.

      Jane Hutton refers to Humboldt's exploitation of the guano for the intention of scientific analysis in France in the early 1800s- like we have spoken of Francis Bacon's dissection/ research approach to the ecological phenomenon, Humboldt's "analysis" turning into globalized trade is another example of the evolution of human detachment and compartmentalization of the earth.

      Hutton, Jane. Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements. London: Routledge, 2019.


      E. O. Wilson was quoted in an interview with PBS, saying, "Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully', Wilson argues. 'They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail." Wilson focuses on children's upbringing in the time of technology, suburbia, and "soccer moms." He compares children absorbed in technology to cattle in a feedlot. However, both species are content in their spaces; they are not fully the species that they have the potential to be. They are not in their most natural environment. He claims that this comparison is quite extreme. Wilson claims that children are perfectly content experiencing African wildlife or even dinosaurs from a computer screen where they cannot fully develop the sense of discovery and physiological euphoria experienced in the wild on their own. I see this thought translating not only to children but to all people, post-Globalization. One can go to an art museum or botanical garden and experience what they might imagine the actual wilderness may feel. We live now, more than ever, in an imaginative world that debilitates us from actually experiencing the earth.

      "A Conversation With E.O. Wilson." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. Last modified April 1, 2008. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/conversation-eo-wilson/.

  3. Mar 2018
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    2. also die out.” (Conca) 

      Good use of quotation here.

    3. There no solution to force people to go our way and we have to leave it up to that personal ethics and morals

      What does this mean?

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      Why only provide citation for one text?

  4. Feb 2018
    1. Culture and History

      Love the integration of images. Good. The next step for you is to 1) give attribution to these images. Whose are they? where do they come from? and 2) how do they affect your post?

    2. “Stand By Me (1961)”

      Great presence of multimodality! Now I'm wondering how this sonic information affects the content of this post?

    3. Hartman’s provides an analysis that each time we classify an object we interpret the significance of the object by embracing the four procedures such as intellectual, physical, emotional, and cultural

      What the thesis of the introduction? The answer to this question will be slightly different from a one-sentence summary of what can be found in the text. What is the main idea?

  5. Jan 2018
    1. hopsticks: Their Origin and Signific

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    2. For instance, the object that represents my traditional Chinese Culture is an object widely used to eat which is a white pair of chopsticks

      Great example here!!!! This would make a really interesting extra post in which you analyze a set of chop sticks via the Prownian analysis format.

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      I caution you against such a rigid characterization of the process. It's not as laboratory-step like as you make it seem here... Know what I mean?

    4. e better one sees, the subtler the connections one finds oneself able to make.

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    5. On the contrary, this creates a conflict because Haltman’s mentions that sometimes we require a lot of time and patience on the researching and observing the object that it takes a long period to time to discover the importance and meaning.

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    6. This explains that it is crucial to ponder a physical and a psychological connection that we have in common with the object.

      I think I know what you mean here... You're talking about identifying the connections you're making personally with the object. Right? Good.

    7. On the other hand, from my point of view will it provide the capability to explain and connect with the object why is it important to us without providing a negative opinion or a biased response on the audience

      Interesting. Is there any such thing, really, as "objective" and "unbiased"? Aren't the realms of emotion and culture, if not the others, too, realms of the subjective?

    8. For example: how it affects our daily lives, the polarities (smooth, hot/cold, light /dark, straight/ Curve…Etc.)  and surroundings that the object is in, life and death, and fear.

      This is an example of what exactly?

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    10. As a result, he provided the reader a snippet of how to identify these objects and values from the reading and the models.

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