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Use the thread below as a gallery space for your visual chapter summary over Chapter 3, "Darwin In Paradise," from The Enchanted Braid- Coming to terms with nature on the coral reef. Remember, stick to the protocol. There is power in protocols, for they often force our thinking toward a more creative level. This, of course, seems ironic before trying...  but I think you'll soon see what I mean by that.

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As always, post a reflection of this challenge and comment both on how this helped you learn the content of this part of the book, as well as how the processes of the task contributed to the cause specifically. I look forward to the discussion in the space below:

*Image: "There - Just There" by Charles Strebor via Creative Commons 

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At first when I finished reading the chapter, I thought it would've been more intriguing to live when Darwin did.  He roamed the earth having the opportunity to learn and discover all on his own.  There was nobody to give him straight out answers to the worlds mysteries. He had the opportunity to dictate his own theories.  However, he had one remarkably huge disadvantage.  That was he lacked the technology to turn his theories into actual facts.  To me I thought that Darwin received all of the pleasures of finding out all of the truth the world held.  Then it dawned on me, after remembering a lecture from Mr. Nash earlier this year, that the world contains more to be discovered.  It contains what sometimes seems like endless possibilities of new discoveries.  There are still multiple possibilities of new beginning waiting to be unhatched.  The truth is this period of technology allows more in depth analysis and findings.  This era also helps turn predictions into actual facts.  Davidson even states that "Darwin would have to wait for technology to catch up with him." (Davidson 31).   This is true because it would take until 1952 for a drill to be able to prove that basaltic layer lived under the reefs.  Thus, this is an extraordinary example of the benefits that technology has blessed us with.

The point of my haiku deck is to show that the world's mysterious are all around us meaning they can be located everywhere we look.  The are easily found when we open are eyes and ask the questions we sometimes hide within us.  Questions such as "How to prevent further destruction of the coral reefs?"  We sometimes hid them because we denoted them as crazy.  However, what is truly crazy is the principle of hiding these questions to begin with.  That is why I would call someone truly 'fortunate' to embrace the questions.  These fortunate people are willing to be wrong if it means further success within the scientific community.  Darwin was thought to be wrong for over a century for his prediction of the basaltic layer, but when really he was right all along.  The only way to learn how to answer these questions is by exploring, analyzing, concluding, prediction, and then debating with others.  It seems to be that the best ideas in life are the ones that are mashed together.  Courage, strength, and a drive will help all defy the word impossible.

I really enjoyed your presentation because when the audience views it, it will hopefully give them the desire to go out and explore the world that is literally at all of our fingertips. Nothing is impossible if we set our mind to accomplishing a goal. Only we determine our success. There was a quote that I stumbled upon once....and it sums up our capabilities as humans beautifully. Will we choose to settle with blending into the mainstream and being merely ordinary? Or will we push ourselves to the limit and even farther than the limit to be extraordinary? I'm going to shoot for the latter...

I think Megan hit the nail right on the head, there is still an entire world to be discovered just like when Darwin was roaming the earth devising theories that were way too advanced for his time. Darwin's theories have benefited science for years and will continue to do so, but what we do with that information is interesting. In this chapter is states that Darwin said that within five hundred or six hundred feet deep into the coral reef you would find a basaltic layer, and he was right, but it took over a hundred years to prove this because nobody would question it enough. They dug one thousand feet down and didn't hit basalt so they assumed that was true everywhere and that Darwin was wrong. If they had continued to test the theory the truth behind it would have been discovered much sooner. 


With my presentation I took the route of explaining the timeline of Darwin's theory. He was intrigued by coral reefs, investigated them, discovered that barrier reefs, fringing reefs, and atolls were essentially the same thing, just in different stages of development, the technology at the time was unable to prove his theory, when the technology had caught up to his brain it was discovered that he was correct, and the proof of his theory was destroyed by the human condition of destructive tendencies. Sometimes I may be too hard on mankind, but its interesting to see that one man, nearly two hundred years ago in a time that many of us would consider inferior, could see the beauty of an organism and work so hard to discover how it lived and how we as a society could simply destroy it to test out a new bomb. I call it the human condition because it seems like more and more people take part in destruction than the testing of scientific growth. This chapter proved that.

I really liked your presentation, I think that you nailed it and it made since. I agree with you on the fact that there is still an entire world to be discovered. I think that we will never fully know what all is out there, It could take a billion years or more. I also agree with you when you say that Darwin's theories have benefitted science for years and will continue to do so.
I too wanted to portray the journey to Darwin's discovery, like Shelby did. I think it is important to show the work and effort shown in order to appreciate the outcome. Today, Darwin's discoveries are seen as simple and basic, but in his day they were profound and exciting. We need to see his discoveries in this way in order to appreciate the work he has done and the effort he has out forth. In my keynote presentation, I included specific people and places that Darwin had encountered. I wanted to show how the build up of a discovery is a sort of cause and effect process: Darwin saw this so he theorized this, Darwin heard that so he theorized that. Through this chapter we can see what set Darwin apart from other scientists of his time. His passion to overcome what he was faced with and move forward based on instinct was truly incredible. He was able to start on Point A and zig zag to Point W just on curiosity.

I agree and disagree with what Megan discussed on technology. I believe that the absence of the technology we have today was BOTH an advantage and disadvantage. The obvious disadvantage is the efficiency and speed of discovery with the help of technology. Technological advancements have made what seems difficult and time consuming simple and convenient. This could obviously be a hand in overcoming obstacles and making your work less strenuous. However, Darwin had an advantage with this lack of modern technology. It has to do with what Megan said, quoting Nash, that the more we know, the more we realize what we don't know. When something is discovered, something else is discovered to be unknown. When we work faster, we spend less time on what we are working on. So, if Darwin had had the technological advancements of our time, he wouldn't have been able to spend as much time on the makeup and life cycle of corals because he would have found something else to study! The depth of his research would be decreased and we would no longer be able to depict the passion and strength of Darwin and his willingness to go beyond what had been said and twist what he had learned into something completely new and magnificent.

Through this chapter, we can glimpse at what is necessary for true discovery, and that without passion and willingness to work, success will not follow.
I agree with your mention of technology how we discover that the more we know, the more we realize that we don't know. There is so much to be discovered! And actually dedicating ourselves to discovering the world may seem like a daunting task, but mere curiosity, like you said, will take us farther than ever imagined. Sometimes technology often becomes a distraction to society's distractions because it is easy to find ourselves on virtual worlds...however, self control and will power to over come such challenges, are what we all must constantly strive for.

Even though we are not very far along in this chapter this one is my favorite and I really enjoyed it a lot,I also really enjoyed this assignment that went with it. I've never done a visual chapter summary before. I did mine using keynote and I just used words and pictures of what I thought were the most important key points of this chapter.

I agree with Megan when she was talking about the discussion we had in class. Although this group of people who were lead by Harry Ladd thought they had solved an major theory said by Charles Darwin, there are still so many more mysteries about Coral reefs to be discovered. While reading this chapter what i thought was interesting was when it said "In moments the drill had traveled back past the time of Darwin's death, past the announcement of his theory, past his sickness in the Andes, past his birth. In seconds, Darwin's entire life was traversed by the spinning metal cones. And the drilling had just begun." This just really caught my attention because they were drilling into hundreds of years of growing, and those coral reefs just have so much to tell, metaphorically speaking. We destroyed beautiful work when "Mike" was detonated and so much information could have been discovered. The purpose of my Keynote was to show the timeline of Charles Darwin and his theory and how it was still there after his death. He was interested in the coral reefs and thats why his journey began. Even though in some places his didn't get to look or investigate the reefs that did not stop him. When he finally got to visit the coral reef, it was everything he hoped it would be and more.

Re-did my Keynote. Less than 5 words now:)

This assignment was unlike any we've done recently and it really helped me to truly gain a visual image of what was being said in the chapter. The criteria that we were supposed to use also proved to provide readers with benchmark visuals and details rather than focusing on a broad spectrum. One thing in particular that struck me about this chapter was the passion and love that was filled in Darwin's commentary about the visuals in which he saw and experienced, around each curve and adventure, he observed the landforms with "feverish intensity". If only in all of our lifetimes we could study and devote ourselves to one thing and put all of our strength and might into discovering more and more about it. To discover that the fire of knowledge is ignited in ones soul is rather a special occurrence because unfortunately, not all are granted the will power to be extraordinary; in today's world, many are willing to settle for being mediocre. Darwin, on the other hand, branched out from the mainstream. For example, Darwin's discovery of layers upon layers of limestone corals struck his curiosity for what was located even farther down. However, at this time, no matter how wealthy Darwin was, he didn't have enough money to fund and test his hypothesis of basalt and rock of volcanic origins located far beneath the top layers of coral. This set back did not stop him or his efforts to unveil the secrets of below. Instead, he pressed forward and reached out to friend and recent critic Alexander Agassiz and explained the predicaments that he found himself in, (thankfully before his death a mere year after). From writing to this man and keeping a documented journal of all of his discoveries and data, his efforts were continued and his hypothesis was even proved wrong! (Basalt was much farther down than a depth of only 500-600 feet). My point in touching on this is that we may not all be a Darwin, but we all hold the capabilities to be extraordinary if we stay motivated and stay diligent in our efforts. This method of learning can even help us because while we travail through life, we find that each situation we find ourselves in unfolds in a story, and in the end, we only have what we remember. So if we document the important concepts, then generations after us can peruse our efforts and our passions. I hope we're all lucky to have that fire ignited...
It says access was denied... Did you use keynote? Try sending it to Dropbox and using that link...








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