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Brinicles: Product and process

Posted on: June 20, 2021

I do not think I will ever tire of well-made behind-the-scenes videos.

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The one above combines my first academic love (biology) with my subsequent one (education).

It is one thing to appreciate the beauty that BBC documentarians capture — a “brinicle” forming in the antarctic in this case. It is another to see how they do it and what they reflect on. The first is the product and the second is the process. The two are linked, but the product is obvious while the processes that created it are less so.

I place more weight on observing and evaluating processes instead of focusing on a finished product. After all, an artefact has many ways of becoming. Some processes are more skilful, ethical, or otherwise better than others, so I want to know.

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