Reality?

A guy is riding in the first-class cabin of a train in Spain and to his delight, he notices that he’s sitting next to Pablo Picasso. Gathering up his courage, he turns to the master and says, “Senor Picasso, you are a great artist, but why is all your art, all modern art, so screwed up? Why don’t you paint reality instead of these distortions?”

Picasso hesitates for a moment and asks, “So what do you think reality looks like?”

The man grabs his wallet and pulls out a picture of his wife. “Here, like this. It’s my wife.”

Picasso takes the photograph, looks at it, and grins. “Really? She’s very small. And flat too.”

– this is in Seth Godin’s introduction to his latest book Linchpin: Are you indispensable?.

Bang on.

It fits with a comment on a recent article in the Tyee magazine on The Rise of Citizen Science (something I have posts on as well). You can visit the article to read the less than ten comments. One individual in particular caught me off guard with two comments:

Trust in science? That thought should scarcely exist.

The basic concept of the open source science idea is far from new but seems to be still percolating to the surface of the common citizens mind. However useful it may be Engineering controls must be maintained in order to provide objective data to the REAL scientists who use the data. I say real scientists as it requires a doctorate degree in order to call yourself a scientist. This level of degree in science states that one is trained well and knowledgeable enough to expand their own philosophies and interpret others in a trustworthy manner.

To even give the notion that science cannot be trusted in this article not only degrades the lives and sacrifices of numerous humans throughout the last 2000 repressive years but continues that repressive thought.

This comment was followed up with a second comment:

Trust in science? That thought should scarcely exist.

Science is perhaps one of the only things in the world which can almost be fully trusted as it is peer reviewed by some of the most significant and influential minds of the current.

There are inherent flaws in the way in which information from science gets to the common person, but the overall scientific method is of the most objective and accurate this world knows. Statistics utilizing scientific data or raw data can be skewed and therefore used in dubious ways but should never be mistaken for scientific evidence.

If there is still reserved feelings towards science then I request all who feel that way to actually understand the philosophies and doctrines of it. Education is the key to unlocking our potential. Ignorance is throwing it away.

I was a little taken aback. Fair enough, and good on this individual for adding to the discussion. However, certainly a different view of reality than I tend to adopt.

You can see my responses at the Tyee website.

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