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Ed Lantz

Hi Jennifer. Thanks for your encouragement!


You are right, of course, about definitions. Some are easy to define (i.e. hypothesis, theory, evidence-based).  Some seem obvious but are hard to nail down precisely (life). Others are nebulous and subject to opinion (paradigm).  And other terms are used in so many different contexts that they are a flashpoint for disagreements (i.e. consciousness). Here are some helpful definitions:


Theory & Hypothesis: http://www.livescience.com/21491-what-is-a-scientific-theory-definition-of-theory.html


Paradigm – A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Scientific+paradigm 


Consciousness – Better have some time on your hands if you intend to read this one: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness/. So tell me, my intelligent colleagues, which definition do you subscribe to? It seems that we need more than one word to describe the many definitions that are lumped into this one word – “consciousness.”


Jennifer, your storytelling costume looks great!  You would love the digital dome storytelling that we’ve been doing. Here is what ASU students did with one of our dome systems: http://wonderdome.co. We’ve been teaching at-risk kids in LA how to produce dome content. The State Department even brought hip-hop artists to our dome from Egypt and Tunisia: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs171/1101599026911/archive/1119767210912.html. We’ve produced fulldome music videos from Native American artists: https://vimeo.com/113670173 plus so much more…



One thing that is exciting to me is the large quantity of scientific visualizations now available in fulldome format. A few years ago I gave an invited keynote talk in Tokyo to a scientific visualization conference on this topic: https://www.academia.edu/12193333/Immersive_Scientific_Visualization_in_Education_Storytelling_and_Art