Ask, always ask
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When you think of the science, it is often thought to the place of answers: in science, we come to when we are troubled, as in this, the period of epidemics or diseases, the science we think if we are to monitor climate change, we look to science if we are to explain a phenomenon, or the operation of something.
And yet, the science is initially and primarily the exercise indomitable of the question.
Reminds us of Antje Damm with What is to become of us? a photography book, and illustrated that only collects (?) a series of questions around the world and to nature: "In this book, I have collected a lot of questions, on which it seems to me worthwhile to reflect and discuss together".
"How life came on earth? Do we really need nature? Where it comes to the strength of the grass grow? The dandelion can be angry? Nature has the same importance for all the people? The tomatoes, they are afraid of us? You can be friends with a potted plant? Because of the rain? The technology is the most intelligent of nature? Why tinker with nature? What inspires you to do the nature?"
The questions are direct and clear, able to converse with adults, but also and especially with the boys. The pictures and illustrations childlike of the author, interact with the questions: sometimes describe, sometimes reject, sometimes a show of contradictions, and sometimes suggest the thought of the author, sometimes comparing different situations... in any case, however, the reader is left with complete freedom of response. In many cases, there is not even a unique answer, because the author addresses the thoughts and the special feeling of you-the reader.
In some limited cases, appear to be of short descriptive texts that help to understand the questions: "poisonous plants are bad? The digital part of the family of the piantaggini. Is velenosissima. If you the day that you eat also only two leaves, you shall die. However, its venom is also used in the treatment of heart disease".
What is created in the shared reading of this text is a dialogue, the readers will throw in personal stories and in a slew of new questions. The critical exercise they are strengthened and the desire of observation awakened me.
The quality of the photographic images and the careful selection of the subjects, makes the book nice to browse, unconventional and rich.
It makes sense to do a popular book without giving answers? Without teaching anything? Absolutely yes, indeed, this practice teaches much more than many books with a scientific theme, because it indicates a methodology of approach to things: the question.
What do you think? What strikes you? What do you see? What do you observe? You just realized? To help me understand? Where can I find the answers?
You might think that this development of the story is more philosophical than scientific, and this has certainly in itself true, but I don't contrapporrei these two souls: the search for meaning, and then the query to the personal and experiential is a vital part, if not the spring that pushes the man to investigate and to discover the nature and functioning of the world.
If you think about it, the question "Which stories to tell about the mushrooms?" may be liquidated in a hurry, and so pedantic and sarcastic with some answers about the gnomes and the elves of the forest, but if we listen to this question with seriousness, we can certainly discover something: who made those signs on the chapel? Someone has trampled the surrounding grass?
The point is always the position the loyal of the subject application, which listens to the questions, searching for answers.
It would be nice that any guy could start to study the earth, the geography, the biology in this way: being the protagonist and not only the receptor of the knowledge and of science.
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