Paradigms precede and preconfigure perception.
Duck! Rabbit! Book Review
Jane sees ducks regardless of any science that might suggest rabbits and vice versa for Dick. Much has been made of the lack of scientific understanding about fracking for which the industry is partly to blame. That needs to be remedied through more monitoring, and certainly outright lies and misconduct must be dispelled. But as more scientific studies accumulate, gridlock may not disappear. We are all awaiting the statewide health science assessment in New York and the nationwide water quality assessment being conducted by the EPA. But it may be that these studies will produce intensified controversy rather than consensus on a shared picture of reality.
It is all driven by deep-seated beliefs. So, what are the warring paradigms in the fracking debate? It posits a transcendent nature that sets limits on what humans can do. Limits are the name of the game. Risks should be avoided and uncertainty should be reduced via scientific inquiry prior to action. It posits humanity as co-creators of nature with possibilities yet to be realized.
Proactionaries live in an open-ended world where natural and artificial capital feed off of one another. Striving is the name of the game. Risk should be generally encouraged and uncertainty should be reduced via trial-and-error fixes. The question for those inspired by this Kuhnian read of the debate is not which rules should govern fracking. And to that question there are no easy answers.
Science Progress proceeds from the propositions that scientific inquiry is among the finest expressions of human excellence, that it is a crucial source of human flourishing, a critical engine of economic growth, and must be dedicated to the common good. Scientific inquiry entails global responsibilities. It should lead to a more equitable, safer, and healthier future for all of humankind.
Parents need to know that this book can be enjoyed simply as a playful game about optical illusions and finding shapes in clouds. It also might easily lead into a greater discussion about the different ways people see the same things, and why.
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Which is it? The boldly lined drawing could be either. In one moment, given certain evidence, it could be a duck. But, then, looked at a little differently, it could be a rabbit.
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Two voices, both outside the book somewhere, carry on the debate. And in the end Both grown-ups and kids will be drawn in by the dramatically expressive, though simple, text and artwork of this version as two unseen characters debate the age-old question of just what they are looking at Kids will like taking one of the parts, and with repeated readings this book should just be more and more fun. And, each time, the greater lesson, accepting the fact that each of us sees things a little differently, will become more entrenched. Families can talk about the cover.
What do you see first: Duck or Rabbit? Can you see both? What would convince you to change your mind? They can talk about how to disagree without being angry and how to argue with someone and still remain friends.
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