On a Beach Walk: No. 13

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I like walking the beach as it is good for the body, mind, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

The vast water is the sea of knowledge – everything humankind knows. So many topics – each with width and depth. Not separate silos because topics intersect with multiple related topics.

Although the water have a degree of consistency over the millions of years, our knowledge has greatly grown since the European Renaissance – a time in history marking a rebirth in knowledge and art – a time for scholars, new ideas, and new discoveries as the scientific age was born.

Time as demonstrated that knowledge builds on itself. In reality, science builds information on previously known information. Although the Greeks proposed the idea of matter being composed of unseen particles, evidence for the atom is relatively new. From John Dalton’s proposed atomic theory in the 1820s, scientists have built evidence-based information about the atom with great detail.

Next came the atom’s positive and negative charges in the late 1800s-early 1900s; followed by the identification of protons and electrons. Neutrons were discovered until 1932. In the early 1960s, evidence about the existence of smaller particles known as quarks and their associated forces developed. Through all of this, the atom remains as the foundational structure of matter.

As I look at the sea, I’m reminded of how little I know and how much there is to learn – but the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. The sea of knowledge seems endless.

While knowledge is good for the mind, it can also wreaks havoc on the soul. Nonetheless,I like to walk the beach for it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

30 thoughts on “On a Beach Walk: No. 13

  1. Two atoms are walking along the beach. One of them says:
    “Oh, no, I think I lost an electron.”
    “Are you sure?”
    “Yes, I’m positive.”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist a little science joke. Your post started it. 😁 But I agree–a walk along the beach is indeed good for the mind, body, and soul. Wish I could do it now. Someplace warm. That isn’t NE Ohio.

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  2. I’m looking forward to standing on a beach soon and wondering how I fit into the hidden world of atoms, protons, electrons, neutrons, and quarks.

    I also enjoyed the video today although it sequenced me into a car commercial which annoyingly battered down my vow to go 300,000 miles on my present vehicle.

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  3. You’re so clear telling about the complexities of atom theory. And don’t I see it every day: Whenever I learn something new, there are doors opening to multitudes of other, new rooms and spaces of the unknown. As long as I want to know, there’s no end to it. And, yes, science is poetic!

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    • Arletta,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Thanks for the kind words. I love your metaphors with learning involving doors, rooms, and spaces. Although I don’t live on or near a beach, maybe those thoughts will expand on a future walk. 🙂

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  4. And dogs love it too! (There’s something freeing about watching a thrilled dog dance and run on the beach sands….Molly doesn’t trust the waves and water..her diversity of thought is acceptable HAHA)
    There’s different kinds of knowledge. Sensory input qualifies….and balances. Great post!

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    • Mouse,
      Dogs, like people, each react differently to the beach and its waters. No what they do, they are fun to watch.

      In terms of knowledge, sensory inputs are so important, I doubt that inputs come any other way.


  5. Lovely and insightful post, Frank! You must miss your beach walks in the winter. Do you go for beach walks in the winter, along a frozen lake or river? There would be no sand and water to refresh your feet. Yet, I still find it extremely stimulating.

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    • Resa,
      We walk year round, but (at least to me) my mind is more free on the beach. Besides, being away from home helps. I first drafted this post early this year from the beach – then published them throughout the year – thus why the series is running out. I guess that means I better return to the beach.

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  6. It’s really true for me, Frank, that I know the ocean and the beaches SO well, at least in familiarity, yet there is amazing mystery attached. I purchased a book earlier this year that is still sitting in my “to read” pile, but you may have interest. I don’t recall how I found the book, but likely NPR reviews. “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” by Jonathan White will be priority reading soon. A lovely post, my friend.

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