Let me set this up for you.
I got involved in some art education thing. Making me think ’bout the future, mine and the world’s. Mr. Zimmerman drops some hints ’bout an art ed discussion relating to museum’s and then I post my last entry.
On PBS, I catch part of this segment ’bout mega-regions. It got the cogs spinning and I needed to clear my head. Too late for a walk at the park, so I go buy milk at the grocery store. I’m skimming through the magazine stand when pull-quotes, “Every living creature gets about a billion heartbeats worth of Life. Small animals just consume their lives faster.” and “It doesn’t matter whether the city is located in China, Europe, or the American Midwest; Every city is simply a scaled version of the same city.”
Say what?! This article, “The Living City” by Jonah Lehrer is badass. For 5 bucks, I picked up issue 11 of SEED. And I’m glad I did. Its talking ’bout cities, growth and a new urban science, but then it dips into education and biology. I think I had a geek-out! Check this paragraph (brackets are mine):
Cities are the driving force behind these accelerating innovation cycles, but this doesn’t mean cities can take innovation for granted. According to West[, Geoffrey – Santa Fe Institute], they must continually nurture the institutions that make innovation possible. “Cities need to encourage companies that spend money on research and development,” he says. “They need to attract universities and improve their educational system.” But West notes that cities often cut back on these sources of innovation precisely when they are most needed. “A city that’s going through a tough time always cuts education first,” he says. “Corporations act the same way. Their first reaction to bad news is to economize, lay people off, and slash the R&D budget. But over the long term this is a bad idea, since you reduce the ability to innovate.” West cites Detroit as a city that has failed to reinvent itself and suffered the consequences.
I thought it was important ’cause I see Art as R&D and am interested in Austin’s evolution. Seed is now the only non-art mag on my subscription list. Word. If you don’t care to purchase the mag, just wait a month. It looks like they publish their issues’ articles online.
Oh, and then I watched Numb3rs the next day. Math and science is cool. 30 + 3 = wow. See what I mean?
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.