Photo of a cube at Wonder, Wonder

I spent the entirety of my night attempting to understand dimensions and their visuals. After 4 hours of conversation, I have a question which I’m highly curious about: What does the 4th dimension look like? These are the kinds of conversations that give meaning to my existence.

Also, remember how I shared this quote yesterday? “Leonardo Da Vinci combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering, that kind of unity is needed once again.” (Ben Shneiderman) Is Mr. Shneiderman implying that we should do everything all at once? I don’t think so. I perceive the statement as an invitation to steer away from looking for solutions in silos and seeking them from a perspective that looks at interrelatedness (“systems thinking”). Reality isn’t black or white, it’s both, it’s detailed, it’s nuanced, it’s complex. The space where both co-exist, is a birthplace of new possibilities. There’s a popular false dichotomy that presents art and science as completely separate silos rather than areas of knowing that can overlap for the benefit of advancing and enhancing areas of knowledge, such as medicine, as we know them. I love this illustration from the Imaginary Foundation that I believe provides a visual along the lines of what Mr. Shneiderman was attempting to convey. In the space where science and art overlap, there’s wonder.

Screen Shot 2020-03-05 at 9.19.23 PM
Wondrous Synergy (Source)

Per Merriam Webster, wonder is defined as:



won·​der | \ ˈwən-dər  \

Definition of wonder 

1aa cause of astonishment or admiration MARVELit’s a wonder you weren’t killedthe pyramid is a wonder to behold


2the quality of exciting amazed admiration


arapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience

ba feeling of doubt or uncertainty

While all of these definitions sit well given the context of this post, definition 3a particularly stands out.

Lastly, here are some papers about the the Humanities IN Medicine:

  1. Humanities in medicine: preparing for practice
  2. Affirming the Existential within Medicine: Medical Humanities, Governance, and Imaginative Understanding
  3. The Place of the Humanities in Medicine
  4. Medicine and Humanities
  5. Program for Humanities in Medicine
  6. Opening out eyes to a critical approach to medicine: The humanities in medical education
  7. Challenging traditional premedical requirement as predictors of success in medical school: The Mount Sinai School of Medicine Humanities and Medicine Program
  8. A false dichotomy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s