In the clamor of defending science from people who would deny vaccines and climate change – and in the need to cling to the reliable and verifiable – we lose track of something: the use of stories to navigate life. Join me for a look at the lost art of the parable, which is really just literature in microcosm. We'll discuss gloves, horseshoes, umbrellas, trousers, wheelbarrows, spoons, toilet paper, cookies, pot roast, holes, stone troughs, kelp, floods, juggling, Jesus and Moses playing golf, engineers, ocean fish and river fish including pink salmon, fuzzy bunnies, moths, wolves, monkeys in a lab, monkeys on islands, mice, platypi, frogs, rabbits and foxes and cabbage, coconuts, zen masters, Seder dinner, monks, clowns, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Picasso, Thoreau, Kafka and Borges.
Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.