Readings 9 and 10
The Image by Kenneth E. Boulding
1. Image: a picture built up in a mind as a result of all past experiences of the possessor of the image
2. Knowledge: information that is believed to be true by a person
Image is a key word because the author discusses how he forms an image of the world and what is influencing it. Knowledge is also key because knowledge has the power to shape and change the image. New knowledge might contradict the image, causing it to change.
1. Has there been an event in your life that has caused your world image to change dramatically?
2. Has there been a time when you doubted your world image?
Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino
1. See: to perceive all of something without overlooking anything
2. Understanding: a mental grasp, comprehension
Mr. Palomar spent the day at the beach and did quite a bit of contemplating. While there, he focused on seeing things. He saw a wave, a woman, and a sunset. Then he tried to understand them all. He tried to understand how the wave moved from beginning to end. He tried to understand what type of seeing of a topless woman was acceptable. And he tried to understand the "sword" from the sun in the water, and where it went.
1. Do you try to see things as clearly as Mr. Palomar?
2. Does seeing help you come to an understanding of a subject?