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A Random Walk with Serendip

Randomness is cool and interesting... and randomness can be important too, from biological diversity to artistic innovation. Here, have fun with 10 random pages from Serendip. Does "mixing" them together create some new ideas? Feel free to return another day to find another random walk, or play Chance in Life and the World for a new perspective on randomness and order.
We turn our attention, for the remaining weeks of this class, to the newly emergent genre of the blog. IS it a genre? What genre is it? Something we've seen before? (think: novel--> romance-->autobiography--> diary-->). Or is it a hybrid? Or something completely novel?

What examples of blogs can you call our attention to here, that might be useful as test cases for our study? What do you see? What do you think about what you see?

a de-briefer - being the note taker for the class was a strange experience for me, having to sit back and watch everything happen instead of being a part of it was frustrating at first, until i realized that it gave me different insights into the way the class functioned and the way we behaved and things we said - i think i actually enjoyed watching because it made listening to people and absorbong what they said so much easier.

anyway, heres the summary for the class.

we...

Diffracting and Entangling System-Correcting Praxis

            In my post from week 4, I posited a question to the class: what place do diffraction and entanglement have in practices of system-correcting praxis?  Are the concepts diametrically opposed?  To answer this question, it is necessary to delve deeper into the theoretical and functional foundations of correcting...

I tried to include every single thoughts and concerns in my three pages paper about education and then I realized that it is impossible. I hit the writing center and bothered my tutor, attacking her brain with my ideas on Thursday night; however, I found serendip is the right place to arrange my thoughts.

 

      In my paper, I argued that equal educational opportunity is essential for individual because education would change one’s thoughts...

      In his autobiography, Speak Memory, Vladimir Nabokov describes a rather curious experience: “I present a fine case of colored hearing” he writes. “Perhaps ‘hearing’ is not quite accurate, since the color sensation seems to be produced by the very act of my orally forming a given letter while I imagine its outline” [1] (Nabokov, 381) The  synesthetic experience described by the famed novelist, although unusual, is by no means unique. The phenomena was once thought to be quite rare and...

After watching the show of 17 Boarder Crossing, I am curious about whether the experiences are real? I think so, because the stories the actor acted were detailed and vivid.

Thinking of the denifinition of Deep Play, I feel like that such experiences themselves are common play, but when they were acted as a show, they could be considered as a  kind of deep play, because they were expressed with clear topics and became to have art value.

I am really enjoying The Immortal Like of Henrietta Lacks mainly because of the style in which it is written. I keep forgetting that I am reading nonfiction because the book reads so much like a novel. I enjoy the combination of science, narrative, and history that Skloot employs to give the reader the context behind Henrietta’s story.

It is so easy to reduce science to the most technical of details, but Henrietta Lacks doesn’t do that. It makes the...

I have never studied a class that was so “inter-“ before; so interdisciplinary, so intermethod (not quite a word, but in my personal, made-up definition, using different mediums, teaching style (I am still working on that hand-raising compulsion), and viewpoints to express an idea), and so intertopic. Although I usually find that diability is not a topic that I find myself drawn to on a regular basis, I pleasantly found myself drawn to the discussion last night. I think what was missing from...

My blackness always reigned as my dominant identity in high school, often times forcing me to choose between: black or woman.  Although I went to a relatively progressive high school, our discourse about race always seemed more significant.  I operated in a dual-consciousness that felt inherent.  In hindsight, I see that this was of course socialized, but it seemed natural to always be aware of how others perceive you, while expressing yourself in the way they can most...