Aye-Aye (Harvard Student Commentary)

J’aime l’Aye-aye!

I also think that The Aye-Aye and I is a great book!

If anyone is looking for some pleasurable reading, I recommend you get it.

 

What was your favorite animal from the museum??

 

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I have not been able to participate in all of the events, but I have enjoyed the time I spent. I have some reflections I would like to make. Overall observations on Harvard campus as viewed from a host’s perspective: it is compact, but far too large! There are so many options… rows and rows of pickled tadpoles, a turtle head lying around I believe I overheard a student ask how you did research with some of the objects — the glass flowers can’t even be moved now.

The history of science is a large field. We have so many interests, but there does seem to be a curiosity that binds us. Looking forward to future interaction, I am wondering how we can make things better.

More importantly, is there any way to enhance the experience for both guest and host in a meaningful way. Today Prof. Gallison spoke on the interaction between disciplines, he emphasized practice and this means the people, the language, the structures of a discipline as embodied in its members. He stressed the role of expanding thought, but also of “black-boxing” certain interests. I think this concept of the black box is quite useful.

It encourages interaction, and it brings our focus back to freedom. And it suggests that we have the capacity to consider building options that will predict and go beyond simple friction between two groups and handle the post-friction momentum.

That being said, the trip has been a delightful occasion to learn about my own institution. My deepest thanks goes out to the organizers who made this event possible, and to our wonderful exchange students who were truly the better in all regards. I was able to see my own “black-box” (Indeed there was a very large black box I must have interacted with at once and subsequently filtered out of the rest of my memories right in the middle of the campus center – the IBM installation).

I was most pleased to discover this roller in the psychological instruments collection in the basement of the Science Center, an area I had never been. It looks just like the roller used in hygienic facial culture, and surely is nearly identical to what would have been used.

It was lovely to spend a day getting to know the staff of the various collections, and getting re-acquainted with Waywiser. The Putnam Gallery is always great to visit, and the mix of items is great.

It is really difficult to say what part of Tuesday was my favorite, but it certainly was pleasurable — the day felt not long enough. In this way, it seemed as if I was seeing my own life from a new angle. Robin discussed this sort of objectivity during his demonstration of the camera obscura today. The image looked crystal clear, but reflected on the sheet in front of me it was certainly unheimlich.

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at Legal Seafoods, a delicious tradition that the Boston-Cambridge area can truly be proud of!

Jusque-là, dormez bien!

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