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Because science

Because science


For this week, we had a handful of readings (too many, maybe?) that all seemed somehow linked to medicine. “Slow Ideas” was specifically an interesting one because, for me, because it was so deeply rooted to a human truth. As technology advances and new fancy, sleek, glimmering pieces get released people seem to forget that they all relate to some specific human truth, and those products who fail are the ones that lose their path along the way and end up focused on something superficial. For “Slow Ideas” that truth was connection and human contact.

MUMBAI - OCTOBER 4: Nurse Rekha Samant Counseling Mothers on Kangaroo Mother Care at the Follow Up Clinic, Kangaroo Mother Care Centre, at Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital on October 4, 2010 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images for Save the Children)  released  The first International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Award recognizes the commitment of nurses working on the frontlines of newborn care in resource-challenged countries, where the majority of newborn deaths occur. Regina Obeng from Kumasi in Ghana and Rekha Kashinath Samant from Mumbai, India, were selected from nominations sent from all over the world. They received their awards during the opening ceremony of 7th International Conference of the Neonatal Nurses at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. The award is organized by the International Conference of Neonatal Nurses (ICNN) in conjunction with Save the Children, the Council of Neonatal Nurses (COINN) and the Neonatal Nurses Association of Southern Africa (NNASA). In India, more than one million babies die in their first month of life. Rekha Samant is a senior staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at King Edward Medical Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College in the megacity of Mumbai. With 15 years experience as a senior staff nurse she is also one of a rare breed of nurses: she has a one-year diploma in neonatal nursing, which she obtained at SNDT University in Mumbai. Samant is a national trainer in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) and the KMC Unit at her hospital is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence. “Rekha is an intelligent, sincere, passionate and extremely dependable nurse who has excellent acumen in the management of newborn babies,” said a colleague, who nominated her for the award. “She deserves the lion’s share of the credit for successfully addressing the needs of newborns in the hospital’s neonatal unit.” De

For the Whitman reading, it was all about how we are all parts of a bigger whole (within ourselves). He was fixated on the fact that mind and body are one, while all these other scientists kept running around measuring foreheads and deciding whether or not you were an idiot–I have a feeling I would’ve reacted the same way as Whitman did, but who knows.


In “The Elusive Theory of Everything” it’s all about our perception of reality. A human truth for sure, but an individual one. How will I ever know if my reality is the same as someone else’s?


All very interesting and somewhat enlightening. I struggle to see the relationship to our projects though… did I miss something or was this just to get us to thinking about different things and different perspectives? Maybe it does relate after all.


One thought on “Because science

  1. Your blog posts are very redolent of your personality – Paula – really thoughtful and honest. I like reading them.

    No – not too many readings! Ok – maybe I assign a lot to read but I want you to be exposed to a variety of ways of looking at the world and then hopefully migrate some of them into the work you do in this class (and hopefully next to and beyond it). You landed on the takeaway from each – which in its most reductive form – illuminates the value of filtering your ideas through myriad lenses in order to build more layers and substance into your idea.

    You have good instincts – as evidenced by your trajectory of methane to CAFO’s – now the key is shifting the topic even more into a territory that is unique – both to you and the subject matter at large.

    Nice work.

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