"Ecology of Mind Reflection #1"

This month we looked at four readings and had our first viewing of “An Ecology of Mind.” The readings corresponded to the movie in that they all were about Gregory Bateson or his teachings on ecology. “Where the Sea Meets the Land” and “Composing a Life Story” are two readings in which the authors discuss their own experiences with patters, relationships and other aspects of Bateson’s way of thinking. “Composing a Life Story” was interesting in that it showed how multiple stories, told so differently, can be true about one person’s life. It also talked about Bateson’s struggle to find out what he wanted to be, a biologist, anthropologist, and when he put all his work and thoughts together that is when he created Steps to an Ecology of Mind. This gave me hope. As funny as that sounds, I am only 19 and have endless options and opportunities to be whatever I want to be; yet I have no clue what that is. “It became clear that he had been working on the same kind of question all his life.” Maybe that’s what I’m doing, working on a question that I do not know, but will take me to what I truly desire.
“An Ecology of Mind” is a film in which I would have to watch a dozen more times to have a basic understanding of all the concepts that are given, and even then I’m sure I would learn more each time I watched it. One major aspect that caught me was when Nora discussed fingers. As a nursing student we learn all about the anatomy of the hand and the physiology or movement of it; but I never thought of fingers having a “relationship.” This relationship between your fingers really is what’s important, not the fingers themselves. “You can’t step in the same river twice.” This was another thing that popped out at me. The river is always changing, the water is different, the pebbles have floated down stream, the leaves or sticks have too; it is not the same. The final thing I want to reflect on is that I loved how Nora said scientists look for relations that really aren’t there. That’s so true, we categorize, and characterize but why; for our own selfishness? Why can’t we see everything as being what it is, not what it should be or isn’t…

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