Terror vs Terroir

I’ve read several articles lately about the rapid increase in consumption in this country of anti-anxiety drugs and anti-depressants. Sometimes I’m afflicted myself with sufficient anxiety about the general state of the world, environment, and economy that I… Read More

THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS – Abram, David

Evolution, biology, culture Highly recommended. An exploration of our instinctive and evolutionary relationship with the earth and the natural world.

SYMPATHETIC VIBRATIONS: REFLECTIONS ON PHYSICS AS A WAY OF LIFE –Cole, K.C.

Science, Education A good book to inspire the layperson’s interest in physics and science.

THE REENCHANTMENT OF THE WORLD – Berman, Morris

Science, history Our present scientific view of the world has dangerously skewed our perceptions in such a way that we forget our humanity and the magical aspects of existence. The book traces the development of this world view… Read More

THE WEB OF LIFE: A NEW SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING OF LIVING SYSTEMS – Capra, Fritjof

Science, biology, evolution This book is a fine overview of the advances in thinking about biological systems over the last 15-20 years. It covers quantum physics and complexity theory as applied to biological systems.

LIFE IS A MIRACLE: AN ESSAY AGAINST MODERN SUPERSTITION – Wendell Berry

– Wendell Berry From the notes: “Berry insists that religion and art are not subject to the reductionist and materialistic assumptions of modern science, and cannot be contained within its boundaries or explained by its explantions.”

Personal History – Science vs. Art

What follows below is a slightly edited version of a long letter I wrote a few years back explaining to Robin Burnett, another of the three founding partners of Mindport, something of my views about science and art… Read More

Thinking Out Loud on Art, Science, and Human Values

A couple years before the advent of Mindport, Robin Burnett and I contemplated creating a traveling science exhibit on the subject of sea stars (starfish). The following piece records some thinking out loud I did about the relationship… Read More

What’s in a Sound?

Hearing allows us to understand the history of something’s motion. Sound perception parallels human existence, having meaning only over some duration of time. Sounds are the locus of events in history, as we are ourselves Hence the placement… Read More

Mindport Themes and Educational Values

Frequently visitors describe Mindport as a science museum, comparing it to the Exploratorium in San Francisco or OMSI in Portland. We are flattered by such comparisons (particularly since one of our major inspirations was the Exploratorium). A few… Read More