Stephanie's sketchblog

Sketchnoting about music, mind, brain, and virtual reality.

Sketchnoting, also commonly referred to as visual notetaking, is the creative and graphic process through which an individual can record their thoughts with the use of illustrations, symbols, structures, and texts. The technique combines graphics with the traditional method of using text. The result is information that is captured and communicated visually and artistically. I use sketchnoting mostly during university lectures and at conferences but also during work meetings or any event I go with a pen and my sketchbook.

This blog is an interdisciplinary blog bridging art, science, technology, and philosophy. The intent is to bring together different disciplines to make complex knowledge accessible. Topics such as consciousness, neurophenomenology, big data, neuroethics, philosophy of the mind, neurodiversity, extended reality – and many more – are approached visually through sketchnoting and with minimal text.

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (died 15 BC), commonly known as Vitruvius, was a Roman architect, author, and engineer. Vitruvius is famous for his thoughts on architecture ultimately forming the Vitruvius Triad: three laws that sill today command architectural practice: firmitas (solidity/strength), utilitas (usefulness), venustas (beauty). In particular, Vitruvius believed that eurythmia (a graceful and agreeable atmosphere) could be attained by following the universal laws of proportion and symmetry naturally present in nature's designs. Vitruvius' views on proportions inspired The Vitruvian Man, a drawing created by Italian master and polymath Leonardo Da Vinci around the year 1487.

The ethos as the heart of this blog is derived from Vitruvius' Triad. There is a timeless notion of beauty in building knowledge. And I believe that interdisciplinary studies, far from falling between two stools, build bridges across different bodies of research to foster innovative and experimental ways of generating knowledge. All we need to do is aim for the right proportions to build solid, useful, and beautiful science.

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