A self-contained world – Matt Pham

The Biosphere 2 is a self-contained world. When the eight Biospherians entered it, they had almost no outside help in terms of air, food, and water. It was all recycled (http://www.biospheres.com/experimentchrono1.html). The Biosphere 2 experiment was a closed system that survived all on its own. When I saw the Biosphere 2, I was inspired by what people can do. These guys survived all on their own for two years, with only two years of training. I wonder what we can do on our own, without the help of the rest of the world? Many people refer to the age we live in as the Information Age, because we have so much information that can be accessed almost instantaneously. Today we have so much information that much of our education teaches how to find information, instead of the information itself. What kind of ideas would come up if we were cut off from the rest of the world, away from outside influences? One reason why a lot of music and art seem homogenized is because all the influences are the same. I think that if artists can isolate themselves from outside influences, if they can look within instead of out, then they can come up with some pretty original ideas. The naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote, in Walden, “Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”

On another note, I really liked the midterms. It really made me think, instead of mindlessly repeating information. There were a lot of good ideas in there, and I really believe many of them are feasible. I don’t want to pick sides so I’m just going to cop-out and say that all of them were good. Also, the brownies were mighty tasty.

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