Susan M. Barr [dragonladysuz]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
I have always been creative, even from a very young age. My parents saw that in me, and I was enrolled in art classes at our local museum even befor kindergarten. Why was I creative? I used to believe it was genetic, but I'm more inclined now to think it comes by exposure - my parents were always drawing & showing me how to draw things. They encouraged me to reach out & explore that side of myself.
I did the same with a friend's grandchildren. They are VERY creative & artistic - where there parents are not. So some of it may be environmental.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
Yes. I knit every chance I get. Knitting centers me & allows me to re-focus.
What cultural sources do you draw from the most?
What do you investigate? What is at the heart of your research?
I look at the world around me & investigate everything I find curious to me - whether it be how a spider spins her web, the mechanics of the Hubble telescope, the depths of the geothermal vents in the oceans, or simply why Canada geese always come back to the place of their youth to start new families. Anything & everything - satisfying my need to know is what's at the heart of my research.
Do you have a link to a site where we can see something about you, or the center where you work?
My blog, tho not always updated - http://dragonsox-suz.blogspot.com/ - is about me. I work as a collections clerk for the Old Fashion Candy Company. This is their web addy: www.oldfashioncandy.com
What is your educational background? What work experience did you have before this?
I have an Associate Degree in Commercial Art from Indiana Vocational Technical College. I have worked in a print shop & as a freelance graphic artist, but my most extensive job experience was 17 yrs in commercial photofinishing, where I worked in Customer Service and Professional Retouching. My current career as a collections clerk has kept me gainfully employed for the past 11 yrs.
Did you keep your nose to the grindstone in school?
Yes, I did. For me, there wasn't much else to do. I was overweight & a bookworm - not exactly a social butterfly. My parents always told me if I was smart enough, nothing else mattered. Hmmmm - they weren't exactly right about that, I have found.
What kind of technology are you using for your research right now?
My mind, and knitting needles.
What is your personal position on the use of animals in scientific investigation?
I do not propose cruelty to animals. However, that being said, I feel that there is a certain need for the use of some animal species in research & scientific investigation to further our knowledge, especially in medicine.
Can you briefly explain the difference between common logic and the scientific method?
Hmmmm - hard question. I lack a certain amount of common logic, believe me. Common logic tells me if I step suddenly in a hole, I may hurt my leg or knee or even fall as a result. The scientific method would show me the exact rate/force/angle I would fall at, given the depth/width/emptiness of said hole and my weight/age/health @ the time.
What is the role of creativity in the scientific method?
Without that first creative thought, science would be nowhere. If someone hadn't thought of something out of the ordinary, then decided to investigate it, then we would still be living in the Dark Ages - doing the same old thing, over & over & over.
What it is the most intriguing scientific question that you would like to see resolved?
Is there life (other than a one-celled amoeba, altho I suppose technically this would count) on other planets? Or are we the only ones that God made in His image?
What scientific explanation is there for spirituality? Are religion and science incompatible?
What "scientific" explanation is there for spirituality?? Why does there HAVE to be a scientific explanation? Can't they BOTH exist, side by side? I can see a spider spinning her web in almost a perfect spiral - I don't know exactly why she does it that way, altho I can see a certain logic behind it. But when the light catches it just right, and the whole thing comes into crystal-clear view, does that pique the scientific side of my nature? No - just the wonderment that comes from knowing that God put me in this spot right at this moment so I could behold one of His beautiful works. How could even one scientist on the face of this Earth look around and NOT see what God has wrought? Not man - God!
Is there some area of knowledge that is morally unacceptable to you?
Cloning humans. Enuff said.
Is there another way science could be studied in schools?
I believe theories should be stressed as THEORIES, and not fact. Allow students that are knowledgable about the Bible and the Creation to rebut scientific "fact" without fear of retribution. This is the true sign of a liberated & democratic country - the ability to express your belief without being demeaned for it.
What is the meaning of life? Is there a scientific answer to this question?
The answer to that can be found many places, but I often find at least part of my answers in Scripture.
Susan M. Barr