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.
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
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 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 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:)