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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: Chapter 8-Intricacy

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Transcript of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: Chapter 8-Intricacy

Hardiness of Complexity
If the world was simple and mild, it would only be beautiful from far away.
Intricacy itself is what keeps the world from failing and falling apart.
" We walk around; we see a shred of the infinite possible combinations of an infinite variety of forms."
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: Chapter 8-Intricacy

Personal Experiences
Core Themes
Religion & Spirituality
Christianity:
Blaise Pascal: a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher.
-"Every religion that does not affirm that god is hidden...is not true"
Agnosticism:
Henry David Thoreau: an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, historian, and leading transcendentalist.
- "Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?"
Agnosticism asks 'Who turned on the lights?' while faith asks 'Whatever for?'

Humanism:
Sir James Jeans: a British astronomer and physicist.
- The universe is a great thought rather than a great machine.
Metaphors & Dillard's Ideas Behind them
" A dot appears, a flesh-flake. It swells like a balloon; it moves, circles, slows, and vanishes. This is your life."
"You are a starling", "You are evolution", "You are a chloroplast", "You are God"
- Is she addressing "you" as the reader? Who is the "you" being addressed?
Intricacy
by: Lauren Archibald & Nicole Kujawa
in·tri·ca·cy

[in-tri-kuh-see] : plural in·tri·ca·cies
.
1. intricate character or state.
(adjective form:
intricate

1. difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling
2. entangled or involved: intricate patterns)


Allusions
Dillard referces the Alps. She wonders about the 18th century thoughts on beauty.
This is to contrast how views of beauty have changed with time.
"Were the earth smooth, our brains would be smooth as well."
Complexity of simple things/concepts
- e.g. the goldfish
The worlds within minutiae
Perceptions of the world
- How does the world from different points of view?
Fascination with the mundane
- " I have often noticed that these things, which obsess me, neither bother nor impress other people even slightly."
Dillard describes an experience that involved observing a live goldfish tail under a microscope.
The 'eye pouch'
Dillard recalls a strange dream that began with just color. She ends up realizing how space and time relate, and in this realization she remembers scenes from her past.
-What are the implications of a dream like this?
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