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Peculiar Treasures: Knowledge and Wisdom

By Kellie Purcill

This week’s Peculiar Treasures considers the spheres of knowledge, wisdom, and the area in between that can be such a wonderful (and difficult) place to (try to) be.

There has been significant discussion recently on the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, especially for girls and women – but what about the importance of humanities?

Have you heard of the 6 women archaeologists and paleontologists being called “Underground Astronauts”? Here’s an interview of one of the members of the all-female team who recently discovered the Naledi Fossils.

Do you know how to wash your hands? Really? This video may agree… or may disagree.

If TED talks are more your style, what would you learn from watching every TED-Ed lesson? This blog post has an answer.

Would you pass this driving test in Belgium, where you HAVE to send a text message to pass? (This is to teach an important lesson, not to actually pass a real requirement.)

Does knowing about a political candidate’s history influence your vote? What if they were using their long ago baptism to catch support of the Mormon voters? (The last sentence is my favourite).

Being more than our histories, and with lives full of choices and aspects, this woman is running a social campaign for women to #EmbraceYourAND, showing women to be more than one label or decision.

In lieu of First Draft Poetry this week, an apt quote from Miles Kington:

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom in not putting it in a fruit salad.

May we all have a little more wisdom and knowledge in our week ahead, and something unexpected to ponder.

About Kellie Purcill

lives way on the other side of the planet in her native Australia and gives thanks for the internet regularly. She loves books, her boys, panna cotta, collecting words, being a redhead and not putting things in order of importance when listing items. She credits writing as a major contributing factor to surviving her life with sanity mostly intact, though her (in)sanity level is subject to change without warning.

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