Some Field notes

Have been visiting museums and reflecting on them for many decades.

Field Museum-Chicago


Watching T-rex and the related movies and the many exhibits painstakingly collected in the Field Museum at Chicago made me remember the following words of the scientist and writer-Richard Dawkins

    The most ingenious and powerful crane so far discovered is Darwinian evolution by natural selection.Darwin and his Darwin and his successors have shown how living creatures, with their spectacular statistical improbability and appearance of design, have evolved by slow, gradual degrees from simple beginnings. We can now safely say that the illusion of design in living creatures is just that-an illusion.

                                                          Page -188, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins

The forest-my workshop..and other approaches

This journey reminded me of the words of another young scientist who took us around Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park and talked about how the forest has been his workshop for over eight  years. Can the beach or park be made into a workshop zone. There are different ways of approaching the same subject.

Workshops by the sea

Leptis Magna-Libya-April 2004-..Some walks  and notes..a Museum by the sea

The first city on the site of what we know know as Leptis Magna is believed to date from the 7th century BC. It began a a peripheral trading port populated by Phoenicians fleeing from the conflict in Tyre (present day Lebanon) as well as Punic Settlers from Carthage (to the west, in Tunisia).

The oldest free standing structure known to man-Gjantija Temples-Gozo-Malta

Gjantiga Temples-Oldest Free standing structure of man..Painting classes at Gozo


A bit of art history: Origins of the term Impressionism


  Having relentlessly debunked most of the other artists on show, Leroy devoted part of the climax of his satire to a picture by Claude Monet

  ?What does that canvas depict. Look at the catalogue” 

“Impression, Sunrise”


“Impression-I was sure of it. I was just telling myself that since

I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it…

And what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wall-paper in its embryonic state is more finished than this seascape.”


 Monet had chosen the title of this picture in some haste for the Exhibition catalogue, not wanting to call it a simple seascape 

And in doing so he had unwittingly provided Leroy with the hook-line for his piece, Exhibition of the Impressionists

Leroy had coined a name which would be certain to outlive his own.


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Musings in these workshops, and exploring the worlds which inspire them


About prashant bhatt

A psychologist, interested in mindfulness practices. I practiced medicine as a radiologist for 23 years in India and Libya as a radiologist before shifting to Canada. A regular diarist, journaling since 1983 Reading journal :
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