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Making Sense

Beauty, Creativity, and Healing

Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy

Regardless of field, from the art world to healthcare delivery, there is a growing need for practically useful theory and theoretically informed practice. The time is ripe for a collaborative, creative conversation among thinkers and doers who are concerned about the larger world and our role in it. Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity, and Healing is a collection of essays and creative expressions written and produced in relation to a colloquium that tried to address these matters at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. Beginning with a powerful essay on the individually and globally therapeutic qualities of art and beauty by Elaine Scarry of Harvard University, this volume brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and healers. In the form of critical and reflective essays, alongside images, poetry, and fiction, this book allows the reader to experience the bursts of ideas and sensory triggers that respond to and extend the artistic installations and performances of the colloquium – and welcomes the reader into the conversation.
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Extraterrestrial Beauty: Science of the Sun

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by Leon Golub

Preface

It’s fairly clear that the Sun matters for life on Earth and that it has a major influence on our environment. Too little Sun and the world becomes dark, gloomy and cold; too much Sun and it becomes unbearably hot and dry. Every day we feel the effect of its coming and going—literally the difference between night and day.

But getting beyond that basic perception requires something like a scientific understanding. The Sun is not the same size and distance as the Moon, appearances notwithstanding. It does not go around the Earth, even though it looks as if it does. Figuring out what it is, what it’s made of, why it glows so brightly, how old it is, how long it will last—all of these take much thought and experiment. The purpose of this essay is to begin to get at some of that understanding, to explore what we know about the Sun and how we have come to know it.

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