“Academia vs The Public?” – Part 2 of X

An amazing essay I just finished reading tackling the issue at hand in great detail. I’ll just leave it here and let it speak for itself. My next post might be a review, adding my own experience and take on it.

I actually like this series kind of thing I am doing here. Excited for the next part myself.

Beautiful comic I want to share with you

According to my friend Josko, in Japanese there is the word “go-en”, meaning a fateful encounter. I guess there is no better way to describe the story Mr. Sato from “Visual Anthropology of Japan” found on twitter. It is so wholesome, it actually made me tear up. I appreciate everytime I see someone effectively using their medium to ewoke deep emotions and convey a meaningful message. I highly recommend reading Mr. Sato’s Translation.
(In case you understand Japanese, here is the original Tweet)

Take care

“Academia vs the public”? – Part 1 of X

In our hours-long discussions, my friend Alex and I often bring up the importance of the relationship between academia and the public and how bad it is. The discussions get somehow heated because there is no one to blame it on really. Is it “the mob” who are ignorant, unwilling to listen and learn something meaningful? Or is it the scientists in the notorious “ivory tower” who are not able to communicate their knowledge and make their work accessible – or meaningful at all? As soon as we determine one factor, we see immediately that it is more complicated than that and more often than not we argue against our own statement. (We are just two dudes high on maté, but we are good at steelmanning). It’s an Hen Egg Problem, I guess. I will keep you up to date on this one.

What happened to The Hive?

As a lover of podcast, I wanted to produce one myself for a long time. And as announced, I actually produced three episodes of my podcast called The Hive. I am glad I did it and it was a great experience but I didn’t publish them.

I wasn’t happy with the result and the overall presentation. I have years of acting experience but hosting a talk show is still another thing. I am probably too introverted to feel comfortable in this kind of format, i guess. I still love the idea and The Hive is still something I want to try again when I am ready for this step.

I consider this a strategic retreat to reassess the whole concept. Now I can better evaluate the applicability of certain ideas. Things that didn’t work out this time will work out next time. I am privileged to have friends who supported me in every step in the making of The Hive, from concept to editing, and with their hands-on experience and feedback, I can’t wait to sit down and create the next Hive.