Philosophy http://wunc.org en When Poetry And Science Collide http://wunc.org/post/when-poetry-and-science-collide <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Poet </span><a href="http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/people/shapiroa" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Alan Shapiro</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> says good science writing, like good poetry, asks questions and evokes a sense of wonder. His new book, "</span><a href="http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo17323008.html" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Reel to Reel</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">" (</span><a href="http://press.uchicago.edu/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">University of Chicago Press/2014</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">), takes inspiration from biology, astronomy and physics.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">The poems move between the intimately familiar and the vastly unknowable, considering both the frustrations of political hypocrisy and the mysteries of human consciousness.&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Homeric Turns, Part 2</span></strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">The gods laugh, that’s what they’re good at, laughing.</span><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">They laugh at the crippled god, his shriveled legs,</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">His hobbling, and his mother, in a little</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Shadow play of suffering at the sight of him,</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Her crippled baby, laughs the loudest, and then</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Laughs even louder when she hurls him out</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Of heaven, and he falls, and while he falls</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">The laughter echoing around him is</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">The measure of the pure unbreathable cold</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Height of the heaven he’s falling from and through,</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Hilarity of light and air, delight’s</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Effacement of everything but itself.</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">And the crippled baby tumbling to earth</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">In a charade of terror? Don’t let him</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Deceive you—he’s a god—he’s laughing too.</span></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:40:58 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37560 at http://wunc.org When Poetry And Science Collide Humanities Experts Gather To Discuss Human Rights http://wunc.org/post/humanities-experts-gather-discuss-human-rights <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When we talk about human rights, we’re usually solidly in the expertise of political scientists. But professors of English and philosophy may have a role to play, too. That’s the goal of The Second Annual&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/humanrights/human-rights-the-humanities-conference-march-21-22/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Conference on Human Rights and the Humanities</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It’s being held by the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Humanities Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and it brings together a variety of experts to discuss human rights.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:51:33 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 12276 at http://wunc.org Humanities Experts Gather To Discuss Human Rights Empathy's Failings And Surprises http://wunc.org/post/empathys-failings-and-surprises <p>What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel, to hurt for them or to be happy for them?&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:45:36 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 10635 at http://wunc.org