LEAPING FORWARD, this is our ART SCIENCE COMPLEX treatise, published to elucidate our philosophy of learning and progressive education, in quantifying the conceptual and metaphysical underpinnings of our ASC Imaginarium:
"The solution which I am urging, is to eradicate the fatal disconnection of subjects which kills the vitality of our modern curriculum. There is only one subject-matter for education, and that is life in all its manifestations."
~Alfred north Whitehead, "The Aims of Education"
Professor Whitehead made this warning in 1929, and many of us today are able to see the gravity of this statement, as well as know how prescient was this comment--but I challenge that few, if any, have been able to generate the solution that is alluded to, alongside this warning.
Who saw deeper, Madame Curie or Jules Verne, Tesla or Leonardo, Feynman or Beethoven, Einstein or Kafka? This is not a trick question, though given the starkness of the answer, it may very well feel that way. Certainly, all of these individuals were capable of great degrees of depth of insight, into the mysteries of life and the universe. The reason I ask this question, is to propose that it is not the tools you use, or the discipline you are associated with, but the meaning that you seek.
For me, the separation of subjects is the result of the loss of the ability to feel life, and the analogy I use is that the subjects of education are like the broken pieces falling away of a once whole tablet.
So how do we restore the tablet, and overcome this illusion of separate disconnected subjects? I answer my own question with a question, as I often do, because I believe by doing so, that the answer will reveal itself to you. When did you see your life without separation? As you ponder this, the answer will certainly emerge, and though for each of you, it will be a different answer--underneath all of these answers is a common thread. Ironically now, the solution offers little satisfaction, because there is a disconnectedness from that moment, or moments, and as you start to recall the significance that was inherent in that reality, you may very well feel the necessity of returning to this place immediately, because you may realize a significance of doing so--not just as yourself, but in tandem with your children, your colleagues, and possibly even for your community--but you are uncertain of how to proceed.
ART SCIENCE COMPLEX's Imaginarium offers a sanctuary, that is generated to be a catalyst, to nurture the process that will help you find your way. As artists, professors, and researchers, my partner and Co-Founder, Julie Rauer, and I have utilized a process that we have performed not just with students and colleagues, but also in our own work, most of all; it is aimed at the emancipation of the natural ability inherent in every individual...to create and find satisfaction. Finally, in conclusion, in a world that changes rapidly, it is your creativity and imagination that will afford you the best opportunity to see the possibilities, and to thrive in a circumstance, rather than simply surviving, or worse, falling prey to them.