Coastal bedfellows

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It is worth noting that economics and the pure sciences share the philosophical paradigm of positivism which deems them likely bedfellows. There is nothing inherently wrong with this. However, in the current historical juncture, their power in policy-making circles in Australia and globally is so outrageous and excessive that the space for alternative frameworks is severely circumscribed – Foxwell, 2013.

My thoughts have found home. A tangent complete.

Foxwell, K (2013) Communication, culture, community and country: the lost seas of environmental policy, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Vol 27 (2), pp: 267–282.

A line in the sand

Source - Oxford Dictionary

Source – Oxford Dictionary

I feel out of character due to the number of decisions I have been making lately. At the same time sense two worlds colliding, marinating magnificent research I hope.

My journey into the world of humanities has begun and it is rocking my science ship that’s for sure. Curiosity is becoming an understatement as I am finding myself questioning every thought, idea and moral. Is this for science or is this for humanity? Which angle could create a better outcome for the planet and its people? – are just some of the questions racing through my mind.

And now all of sudden I am seeing lines in the sand – everywhere.

I was discussing my research with my amazing supervisor Kerrie Foxwell last week and showing her my progress by drawing models of my thoughts and possibilities. She stopped me.

“No pie graphs, no models, no numbers”, she said.

“What? Really? But what about…”, I replied.

That’s because there are no lines in humanities and my thoughts, ideas and morals are certainly not constrained by boundaries. I think I have found home.

The thing is all these lines I am now seeing are the limitations to coastal management. You see, coastal management was designed by drawing lines in the sand, as once decisions are made they are almost irreversible. These lines form a framework designed by the environmental sciences and market values – which actually halt any potential or creativity to integrate real culture and social systems (i.e. where there is culture or social activity it is usually driven by the environmental sciences and market values) …

This is why I have drawn a line in the said – to research the coast from the other side, where humanities is real, noticed and celebrated.

Give me a year to flesh this out more and a decade (if we can wait) for social and cultural indicators to be the drivers of coastal management.

Honours here we come.