Yesterday was Earth Day, which also coincided with the Science Marches around the world. Ordinarily I would tie this into the 19th Century, as per the blog, but today I thought I speak frankly as a Modern.
There has been some discussion how Earth Day, stereotyped by all things hippie, granola, everything eco-chic and Science, which are seen, as “unnatural and futuristic” as a clash in ideals. I am here to say that sort of thinking is so far from the truth. Science, in this case “hard science,” is the study of our surroundings, our environment, and the universe. Or to cite Webster’s Dictionary:
the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
Scientists at their essences are “naturalists.” Certainly, their approach to the matter is more clinical than say a rural farmer, but the premise is the same: to learn how our planet functions and how we function along with it. Theirs is an inter-related relationship. One cannot have Science if there is nothing to observe.
The Modern schism of ideology however deems Science “otherworldly.” The notions all scientists want to “play God” is ridiculous. First and foremost, they want to see how “God did it” to begin with. The next step is asking the question ‘how can this knowledge be used to help humankind solve a perceived problem?’ Even “evil scientists” are doing things they think are best (but ethics and politics play a part we won’t get into in this post).
My concerns lies in the “worshiping of Science.” That anything and everything “that isn’t proved by science” is bunk. Science is reliant on technology. As the technology improves so does the Science. A “fact” is merely a snapshot in time. Think of life before the 19th century when people could not see germs with their naked eye nor with technological instruments of the era; did that mean germs did not exist before the 19th century? OF COURSE germs existed from the beginning of time, but we did not discover that until later. So what does this mean? Were Scientists wrong??? You might say that, but honestly I think of it more as primordial. Not bad in and of itself, it is just the evolution of things. (Is someone who does not know nor has seen, wrong? How could they know any better until they have seen and known?)
Scientists owe their profession to the Earth and all life (and death) on it. Scientists mean to honor the Earth. We all are better for science (and yes, we could also argue we are all “worse” for it, too, depending on your perspective.)
Earth Day is every day.
Today is the first day of Winter! It also the first time a “word-cross” (known in modernity as a Crossword Puzzle) was first published. During the Edwardian era, Englishman Arthur Wynne moved to New Jersey, United States to work for the newspapers. He was in charge of the light-hearted fun section of the Sunday edition. On December 21st, 1913 his first word-cross puzzle debuted!
To honor Mr. Wynne, I have created my own short crossword from the top posts this year. Links to said posts are included to assist you in solving the puzzle. You may want to print the puzzle out before heading to all the links and filling out the game. The image is simply an image, not a form that can be filled out. . . My technology skills do not extend that far. This is my first attempt at something like this.–Be gentle.
If there ever was a holiday that is synonymous with Victorians, it is Christmas. At first, this was great for 19th Century Modern. It made filling out the monthly news post fairly easy. After a time, it has been more difficult to find news that does not pertain to “standard” Dickens Christmas, Victorian Tea, or some fundraiser showcasing the traditional holiday pageantry of the 1800s. All of that is well and good, but I want something . . . well, . . . new, hence the term “News.” So December has now become my most challenging month to hunt for spins on the old Victorian Christmas and other delightful randomness. The results? An interesting blend in the form of eight share-worthy headlines!
The curated list below includes a dreadful book malaise and a record breaking overdue fee. It is the Librarian in me. What can I say? I love this stuff! Another beautiful Victorian home is up for sale. A steampunk keyboard shows up and might be the perfect last minute gift for the gear-head on your Christmas list. Oh! There is an article about Victorian names the author really thinks ought to make a comeback. Personally, I disagree on a few of her choices, but I shall let you be the judge. A fun random bit includes culture clash, espionage, and testosterone-laden feats of cunning and daring-do! Lastly, there are two headlines that rift on the good ol’ 19th century Christmas, because honestly . . .