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Subject:Sense of Wonder
Time:08:49 am
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"...a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength...

I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused — a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love — then we wish for knowledge about the subject of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate."

Carson, R. (1965). The sense of wonder. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson/writings.html
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2010-12-21 10:57 am (UTC)
Why are you reading Carson's work? It strikes me that the advocacy of feeling rather than knowing, which might be admirable from other sources, is unpleasantly unrepentant coming from someone who has killed so many millions on the basis of scientific falsehood, sometimes knowingly so, passionately advocated.
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jamesofengland
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Time:2010-12-21 10:58 am (UTC)
This was me; sorry about being logged out.
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telemicus
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Time:2010-12-21 02:51 pm (UTC)
Killed so many millions, huh? Oookay, I'll bite.

I have no idea who she is, I'm not so much reading her work as collecting a quote I found and liked, and that ties in with research on how not to raise a sociopath :D

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jamesofengland
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Time:2010-12-23 08:53 am (UTC)
She's the woman whose junk science ended the WHO's relatively successful campaign to wipe out malaria with DDT. Hence malaria being common in places where it was not completely wiped out before her book/ campaign. 1-3 million a year preventable deaths, hundreds of millions of crippling infections a year.

To be fair, she died before the science was clear on the topic, but she was very clear that the science wasn't what mattered so much as the quasi-religious opposition to interference with nature.
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