Nature Inspired – Arts and Science

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) died just as the American Civil War came to a full blow with the Confederate forces crossed the Potomac River to attack Federal targets in Virginia and Maryland.

Today, beside his political legacy, there is also the legacy of his experimental spiritual and intellectual pursuits through communion with nature.

He aspired to demonstrate his pursuit of the divine through communion with nature as a poet and also as a scientist.

In later years, his “journal” was filled with scientific observations and insights that became an important inspiration to the modern day environmental movements. Through both art and science, his transcendentalist perspective a century later became the conscious of an individual, as much as the character of a nation, our nation, America.

“Direct your eyes right inward, and you’ll find

A thousand regions in your mind

Yet undiscovered.” Travel them, and be Experts in home-cosmography”

Voice Of Thoreau
“It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening….”

So said, H.G. Wells, english novelist and visionary, in 1902 in his article titled ‘Vision of the Future’ in a journal called “Nature”.

Poetry, music, art, religion, science, and philosophy, much is rooted in inspiration by nature.

A deep appreciation for the laws of nature, and interconnectedness of all life on earth as we know are important for sustenance of our cultural heritage of technology innovation. Such a heritage takes us back to such great minds of modern science and technology, as Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, C.V.Raman, and Albert Einstein (just to mention a few such “great minds”) must also be part of such heritage of natural philosophy. It is important thus to note that before there was modern science and technology, there was natural philosophy.

In parallel, and often totally integrated to the process of science and technology innovation, were such great minds in philosophy and arts that existed in America. In that world of the past included practical minded founding fathers of America as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and George Mason.

Afterward, there were other “great minds” rooted in natural philosophy such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. It is from such “great minds” that our heritage of deep appreciation of nature comes forward to our era at the gates of 21st Century America’s knowledge economy and our spirit of innovation. Quest for clean water and associated “natural habitats” to sustain clean water comes from this heritage here in America.

Thoreau integrated art and science and provided a philosophical anchor for many 20th century leaders in community, arts, and science including, Martin Luther King (community leader), Gandhi (community leader), Tagore (literary voice and poet), and B.F.Skinner (scientist). Many today considers Thoreau is the father of the modern environmental movement.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discovered that I had no lived”.

Online Degrees in Computer Science and Technology

May be most of the computer science students knows that there are many smart minded people in the Field of Information technology are selling online degrees; especially in the field of computers. You just need is to have a credit card or PayPal account to pay their fees and it is also very shocking news that most reputed institutes are offering the degrees. But these degrees are only remaining in a piece of paper it does not include our effort and trouble of learning the new things and give the exams and get the result. You can get the degree of any percentage marks depending on your amount. So, if you try to show this degree as your real qualification you can get in lot of trouble.

Computers are now become the most valuable machine of the world. Today, almost more than 70% work is rely on the computers. It is also playing role in the world economy. There are many business are running on the basis of just a computer software. As online learning is depend on the internet .So, if person takes course related to IT, it becomes easy for the person to understand it. They don’t want to give much time to their study and can easily clear the exams There are actually many different specialties available when you get an online based degree in computer technologies. You can study computer science, software engineering, computer repair and maintenance, database programming, and a wide variety of other specialties within the realm of a degree in computer technologies at the internet. While learning they can easily apply their study in their current work. If a person is working in a IT company and wants its promotion. They can take a online degree course and can increase its impression on the boss.

A computer science student doesn’t need to get training of basics of internet such as creating new account on the websites, visiting websites, checking the e-mail, sending e-mail, downloading documents or course material from e-mails which will be provided by institute at regular intervals, uploading documents and sending it by attaching files, searching any topic by using search engines, about popular websites providing material for the education, chatting software’s for the live discussions, downloading software’s etc. They should choose the better course which provide them some knowledge of new technologies of programming and platforms such as .Net , Visual basic etc. Almost every type of online course is available for the computer students because they are well acquainted about the internet.

In the IT sector, the technology is increasing very fast. As new soft ware’s releases in the market new virus come out to break the software and hardware also. So, the companies need competent experts in computer technologies to fix computer problems and help employees make transitions. Companies are also hiring employers online and giving them work on the contract basis. So, the online degrees can work to show the profile in the online jobs.

Environment and Technology

As the interest in environmental matters rise due to ever-more-frequent disastrous weather events, also becomes manifest the separation in public mind between technology and environmentalism. There are some people who want to hear nothing about the environment and make constant claims that caring for the planet is bad for the economy. There are also people who believe that science, technology and industry are evil and want to return to the land. Both are in grave error.

The first group is wrong for a simple and obvious reason that healthy environment is necessary for a livable world. Without such, the quality of life will vastly decrease, whatever is produced by the economy. With island nations sinking into the sea, oceans turning to acid, coastal areas being flooded, and all kinds of disastrous weather events taking place, what is threatened is not only lives of a vast number of people but also the quality of life for the rest. Since the premise of economics is improving people’s existence, this state of affairs puts a lie to that claim for as long as people who claim to be interested in economic well-being remain aggressively uninterested in the health of the environment.

The second group is also in the wrong. A full-scale movement to the land by all or majority of humanity is not a feasible option. Subsistence agriculture cannot support anything close to the current world population, and if such a thing were to transpire then a vast portion of the world’s population would die. So that while a limited movement to existence outside of the industrial economy is possible, the primitivist solution is not feasible for the majority of the world’s population.

The real solution is using intelligence, science and technology to provide for economics in a way that does not hurt the planet, or at least hurts it significantly less, than do current practices. In this manner, both the environment and the economy can continue to exist. People’s economic well-being can improve, and the planet can be restored to health, resulting in a vast and sustained improvement in quality of life. And this improvement will be guiltless and in fact positive as the current polluting technologies are replaced with ones that are not polluting or minimally polluting. And while some may say that technology has created the problem, the answer is that it was wrong technology that created the problem, whereas right technology will be the solution.

One such sustainable technology is known as the Hydrogen Transmission Network (HTN). Solar energy will drive electrolysis of ocean water; hydrogen from the reaction will then be sent through pipes everywhere to be reacted on the spot with oxygen in the air and create on-demand abundant guiltless clean energy and clean water. People’s economic well-being will continue to improve; the environment will be cured of the blight of unchecked carbon emissions and nuclear waste. Meanwhile two expensive and inefficient infrastructures – electric grid and water delivery system – will be replaced with a single network of hydrogen pipes, and from today’s unwieldy mix of coal, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants the energy will be produced by one or several ocean-side electrolysis plants.

Blaming the problem on technology or science or industry is wrong. What is to be blamed is bad technology, bad practices, and inattention to what science has known for three decades. The problems of bad technology and bad practices are solved by right technology and right practices. Doing that will create real sustainable solutions for humanity. The people who want to live outside of technology should be able to do so without being criminalized or harassed. For everyone else, there is sustainable technology such as the Hydrogen Transmission Network.

In this way, economy can continue to grow, meaningful choice of lifestyles can be reality for people, and environment stands to be restored to health.

And that is a worthy future toward which to work.