Posted by: Memorizing Nature | July 30, 2012

What Now Exists

Back in March, a representative of Science Centre Singapore e-mailed to ask if he could use text from one of my blog posts for a mini-exhibition.

This was the post that asked, “What kind of animal carries on its body a film of remembered ocean, leaving a waterproof trail? What slime-covered organism has a head attached to a single flattened foot, with no indication of where the head ends and the foot begins? What creature can create, for its own protection, a sculpture of limestone carved in whorls?”

The blog post, from September 2010, was called Marvelous, Strange Snails. It was written before I started getting interested in photography, but I did manage to include a snail photo taken on the rocks of our front steps.

Thomas Danny Jeyaseelan, who works for the research and web outreach department at Singapore Science Centre, later graciously mailed me a guidebook the centre produced for the occasion, and sent photos of the exhibit, which just ended a successful stint earlier this month. What an impressive-looking display about under-appreciated animals. Here are a few of the photos from the exhibit, and one of the guidebook itself:

Photo courtesy of Science Centre Singapore

Photo courtesy of Science Centre Singapore

Photo courtesy of Science Centre Singapore

Photo by E. Medline

The Internet has been described as a ‘never-ending worldwide conversation,’ a ‘borderless community,’ and ‘the nervous system of mother Earth.’ Basically, the Internet was what we were all waiting for, even though we didn’t consciously know it. Creator Tim Berners-Lee said, “I invented the Web just because I needed it, really, because it was so frustrating that it didn’t exist.”

I started Memorizing Nature to celebrate wildlife, promote conservation and biodiversity, and self-publish some prose-poetry. Never did I expect so much enjoyment from connecting with people far away, to learn new ideas from people in Singapore, South Africa, India, Scotland, and Missouri, for example. I only wish there was more time to explore all the opinions and photos out there. To me, the Internet opens new vistas, ensures inclusion, and most importantly, guards freedom of expression.

There are times I have been skeptical (see a prior blog post called So Easy to Know which reminisces about library photocopying efforts), but mostly I remain convinced of the astonishing value of this medium, which is still so clearly in its infancy. To admire nature and cyberspace at the same time may seem contradictory, for the first is innate and the other mechanical. But what defines life, and survival, more than evolutionary novelty?

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