Every once in a while, I need to produce a post that is not necessarily related to energy or politics. I just finished watching a master presenter describe a device, the Apple iPad, that is now at the top of my list for my next gadget purchase. I love to read, listen to music, create presentations, and share information with people. I also admire companies that can create finished products that fully integrate a large number of different components into a complete system.
At the end of the presentation, Steve Jobs showed a graphic that does the best job of representing where I like to live my life – at the intersection of technology and liberal arts. That concept demonstrates how intertwined human creativity can be; both technology and art spring from our natural desire to change the world and make it better – or at least different – than it was before we made our contribution.
The signpost also shows a world where there is less distance between those who study books and literature and those who study math and science. Both types of people can learn from each other and do not have to collide in the political or economic world. Scientists and engineers who can write and communicate idea with through speech and graphics are more effective; writers and artists who have a facility with numbers and an understanding of the scientific method can do a better job of creating both realistic and fantasy worlds. Now if only I could find a sign that showed how people who have a liberal view of the world can share visions, dreams and goals with those who consider themselves to be conservatives. . .