Monday, April 02, 2018

Interstitial space...

The discovery of the Interstitium, a newly named organ within the body that surrounds and cushions the other organs, offers an analogy for the workings of human consciousness. The name for the new organ, Interstitium, comes from Latin, meaning interval.

In the human body, seeing the interstitium has only recently been made possible by new imaging techniques that have revealed a structure of colloidal tissue that turns to mush under more direct observation.

We think of the space between us a empty, but instead, it is structured by patterns. Those patterns are the creations of ourselves and others, and they directly impact behavior. In the conscious space between us, that we cannot easily see the structures between us does not suggest that they do not exist.

Again, I go to Froebel, and his view of holistic reality. He wanted to lead children toward a holistic view and understanding of themselves, which required them to be led to understand the patterns of nature, of culture, of community and discover themselves as meaningful parts integrated within a much larger whole. Froebel had gained his own holistic view through the study of mineralogy, forestry and architecture, as well as by observing German mothers at play with their kids.

When I was in college, I started out in Political Science, and then began working toward a double major in Sociology. At this point, after many years as a woodworker, and teacher of woodworking, I find myself going back to what had interested me, but at a deeper level. Sociology is intended to explore the patterns in the spaces between us. Let us do that.

Today in wood shop at the Clear Spring School, I'll have my high school students, lower and upper elementary and will likely be worn out at the end of it.

The photo is of a robot cat made last week in the Clear Spring School wood shop.

Make, fix, create, and increase the likelihood that others learn lifewise.

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