Intuition takes many forms, but essentially, it is like calculus: a way of deriving knowledge when it seems like you don’t have enough data to figure it out. The ways that people derive knowledge intuitively are without number. I’m exploring and teaching about how we can layer numerous ways of understanding, including “scientific objective” information and many other forms, in a series of courses called The Spirit Of Anatomy.
I’ve been thinking about Jane Goodall this weekend. As a young woman, Goodall began studying chimpanzee behavior in West Africa. A woman scientist, working without direct local supervision, Goodall broke a cardinal rule in the scientific practice of her profession, thereby expanding what scientists could see and know about animals. She made the type of […]
It’s easy to think of contemporary scientific anatomy as the “real” anatomy. We have been acting on the assumption that medical/scientific understandings of the human are equivalent to reality, although we know very well that such a belief is not entirely true. What’s true is that there are many anatomies, and each of them describes […]