I’d like to make a connection here today between two areas of interest for me. I imagine the following parallel I draw could be made using a wide variety of examples, but I’ll stick with the one I’m familiar with.
I must preface this by saying that what I’m about to get into should in no way be read as a denigration of education, experience, or qualification. That would obviously be absurd. In hitting on this subject though, one could easily drift into the sort of anti-intellectual battleground one can often find where science/research/theory meets the practical, and start throwing dirt at “egg-heads”, or playing on the stereotype of the arrogant book-learned-but-naive expert. I’m not here for that, but there is a caution to be aware of.
As I’ve shared in a few recent posts, I’ve gotten into several of the nature sciences over the past few years, having revived an old childhood interest with a new vigor. I’m fascinated by arthropods in particular, and can spend hours searching for and photographing them. I used to be fairly terrified of them, and still am to an extent, but I’ve overcome this fear to a degree in the course of practicing my hobby. I’ve learned more about them in study, observed many in the wild, and even started to handle a few. The balance has largely shifted from terror to fascination, though there are still plenty of exceptions.