Oct. 27th, 2007

Gift Meme

Oct. 27th, 2007 03:22 pm
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This Meme has been doing the rounds of the blogs I read. I've been regarding it with passive interest, until Jennifer Lyn Jordan decided to get in on the act and promise Medieval Stick Puppets to the five lucky gift recipients on her blog. Naturally, I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that.

So, here is a MEME. I will participate in it. You want an as-yet utterly unidentified present? Post here! We'll sort out contact and mailing details once i have my five people figured out.

By the end of the calendar year*, I will send a tangible, physical gift to each of the first five people to comment here. The catch? Each person must make the same offer on her/his blog.
*Since it's October already, I'm going to Change The Rules. If you post here, I will have your present in the post by the time I start uni for 2008- so, by late febuary/early march. It will probably be earlier, but that will depend on things like whether or not i get a summer job, and how difficult it is to find presents, and whereabouts you live. But never fear, you will get a present.

If you don't want a present and/or don't want to have to send presents of your own, you can help me out by suggesting which medieval character Jenn should stick-puppet for me.
Wulfstan is a possibility, of course. But the Wife said she was buying me a Wulfstan teddy bear (or has that plan been scratched since she decided I needed more and sexier underwear?).
What about Judith? Judith is cool.
Or what about the cute little monsters with the enormous ears? Would one of them count as a "character"?
As you can see, it is a Grand Decision. Help me out with it!
highlyeccentric: Me, in a costume viking helmet - captioned Not A Viking Helmet (not a viking)

I've got a few things I've been meaning to blog about my Medieval Cosmology course this semester- mostly the humourous scraps of information which I picked up, like Roger Bacon and the Mirrors of Doom, and "a cosmological explanation for the fact that everyone flirts with Devious Lecturer".
However, from someone who paid more attention, cared a lot more, and thought a lot more about that class than I did, I give you [livejournal.com profile] goblinpaladin on Magic In the Scientific Revolution. This is a very well-thought out entry, it has footnotes and everything. He offers some thoughts on the nature of "science" in the modern and medieval periods:

medieval science does not seek to understand merely how natural processes function, which is what modern science does. That would have been pointless to them: what is the use of knowing how this temporal world works when there is a permanent spiritual world beyond? What is important is to take the real world and use it as the metaphor God intended it, so that one can attempt to understand His intentions and will.

Put another way, medieval natural philosophy asked "WHY" something is the way it is. It sought to uncover the mind of God, and discover the purpose for which the natural world was built. Modern science asks "HOW" stuff works. This shouldn't really be regarded as a criticism of either, mind. It's just that they each had different perspectives on what 'truth' is and what they were seeking from the world. To try and look at the medieval world as some sort of 'precursor' to modern science is to completely miss the point. They were looking for different things.

If anyone's interested, I put up some theological musings on the same sort of thing back here. Being a more inquisitive person than I, [livejournal.com profile] goblinpaladin gets to thinking about how the change occurs. He might be wrong, for all I know, but it sounds good to me. Go, read.

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