Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "To Raise New Questions"

This is the freebie for the August 2015 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "personal time" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.


"To Raise New Questions"


Victor and Igor made a point
of spending some personal time
with each of the village children
who showed particular interest
in learning, instead of just
listening as expected.

Victor talked about botany
and linguistics with Crina,
going over the names of
herbs and their uses.

Igor talked about zoology
with Nandru and Tivador,
teaching them about how
to find fish in a river and
how to breed livestock
for desired traits.

They explored scientific method
with Ágota, who was interested
in the kind of recordkeeping that
her father used in brewing.

They listened to Anca
chatter about metallurgy,
which was not a science
that either Victor or Igor
had studied much before,
but she had already learned
a surprising amount of what
Imre the blacksmith knew.

The heart and soul of science
lay not in knowledge already gained,
but in the inquisitive mind that understood
how to raise new questions.

* * *

Notes:

"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
-- Albert Einstein

The scientific process includes a lot of different activities, and it's more complex than most people realize. Discourse within a scientific community is a vital part of this. Victor and Igor don't have a scientific community locally ... so they're making one, out of peasants.

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