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La oda feminista que Neil Gaiman dedica a la ciencia

La primera científica fue tu tatarabuela. Neil Gaiman te lo cuenta así de bonito

7 de febrero 2020    /   CIENCIA     por          
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Neil Gaiman es uno de los mayores creadores de intangibles de los últimos 50 años. La fantasía, la magia y la ficción fluyen como torrentes por una mente entregada al artificio creativo.

Sin embargo, Gaiman es, como todo ser humano, esclavo del avance científico y, en su caso, agradecido ante la generosidad de los que lo llevan a cabo.

En un poema que escribió en 2017, Gaiman rinde tributo a las pioneras de la observación y de la experimentación; a las mujeres que, a la vez que criaban, sentaban las bases de la prueba y el error.

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The Mushroom Hunters es el poema feminista que Neil Gaiman creó para The Universe in Verse, el evento de Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) que combina ciencia y verso. Ahora es la base de un corto animado y dirigido por Caroline Rudge, recitado por la artista Amanda Palmer –pareja de Gaiman– y con música original de Jherek Bischoff.

Mientras los hombres salían a cazar, las mujeres quedaban observando, catalogando, midiendo y experimentando vidas, crianzas, embarazos, alimentación. Convirtieron sus esperas en laboratorios de desarrollo humano; hicieron de su cotidianidad un taller para inventar herramientas.

Así es el homenaje de Gaiman a las mujeres de la historia, a las primeras científicas que pusieron las bases de un método preciso y replicable. Como dice el autor inglés:

«Los hombres corren tras las bestias.
Las científicas caminan más despacio, hacia la cima de la colina,
bajando a la orilla del agua y pasado el lugar donde corre la arcilla roja.
Llevan a sus bebés en los cabestrillos que hicieron,
liberando sus manos para recoger setas».

neil-gaiman-mushroom

El poema completo en su idioma original, justo aquí debajo.

THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS

Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.

In the old times, they say, the men came already fitted with brains
designed to follow flesh-beasts at a run,
to hurdle blindly into the unknown,
and then to find their way back home when lost
with a slain antelope to carry between them.
Or, on bad hunting days, nothing.

The women, who did not need to run down prey,
had brains that spotted landmarks and made paths between them
left at the thorn bush and across the scree
and look down in the bole of the half-fallen tree,
because sometimes there are mushrooms.

Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers.
Then a flint pestle to smash, to crush, to grind or break.

And sometimes men chased the beasts
into the deep woods,
and never came back.

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.
Others will kill us if we eat them raw,
and kill us again if we cook them once,
but if we boil them up in spring water, and pour the water away,
and then boil them once more, and pour the water away,
only then can we eat them safely. Observe.

Observe childbirth, measure the swell of bellies and the shape of breasts,
and through experience discover how to bring babies safely into the world.

Observe everything.

And the mushroom hunters walk the ways they walk
and watch the world, and see what they observe.
And some of them would thrive and lick their lips,
While others clutched their stomachs and expired.
So laws are made and handed down on what is safe. Formulate.

The tools we make to build our lives:
our clothes, our food, our path home…
all these things we base on observation,
on experiment, on measurement, on truth.

And science, you remember, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe,
based on observation, experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe these facts.

The race continues. An early scientist
drew beasts upon the walls of caves
to show her children, now all fat on mushrooms
and on berries, what would be safe to hunt.

The men go running on after beasts.

The scientists walk more slowly, over to the brow of the hill
and down to the water’s edge and past the place where the red clay runs.
They are carrying their babies in the slings they made,
freeing their hands to pick the mushrooms.

¡Yorokobu gratis en formato digital!

Lee gratis la revista ¡Vamos! haciendo clic aquí.

¡Yorokobu gratis en formato digital!

Lee gratis la revista ¡Vamos! haciendo clic aquí.

Neil Gaiman es uno de los mayores creadores de intangibles de los últimos 50 años. La fantasía, la magia y la ficción fluyen como torrentes por una mente entregada al artificio creativo.

Sin embargo, Gaiman es, como todo ser humano, esclavo del avance científico y, en su caso, agradecido ante la generosidad de los que lo llevan a cabo.

En un poema que escribió en 2017, Gaiman rinde tributo a las pioneras de la observación y de la experimentación; a las mujeres que, a la vez que criaban, sentaban las bases de la prueba y el error.

The Mushroom Hunters es el poema feminista que Neil Gaiman creó para The Universe in Verse, el evento de Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) que combina ciencia y verso. Ahora es la base de un corto animado y dirigido por Caroline Rudge, recitado por la artista Amanda Palmer –pareja de Gaiman– y con música original de Jherek Bischoff.

Mientras los hombres salían a cazar, las mujeres quedaban observando, catalogando, midiendo y experimentando vidas, crianzas, embarazos, alimentación. Convirtieron sus esperas en laboratorios de desarrollo humano; hicieron de su cotidianidad un taller para inventar herramientas.

Artículo relacionado

Así es el homenaje de Gaiman a las mujeres de la historia, a las primeras científicas que pusieron las bases de un método preciso y replicable. Como dice el autor inglés:

«Los hombres corren tras las bestias.
Las científicas caminan más despacio, hacia la cima de la colina,
bajando a la orilla del agua y pasado el lugar donde corre la arcilla roja.
Llevan a sus bebés en los cabestrillos que hicieron,
liberando sus manos para recoger setas».

neil-gaiman-mushroom

El poema completo en su idioma original, justo aquí debajo.

THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS

Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.

In the old times, they say, the men came already fitted with brains
designed to follow flesh-beasts at a run,
to hurdle blindly into the unknown,
and then to find their way back home when lost
with a slain antelope to carry between them.
Or, on bad hunting days, nothing.

The women, who did not need to run down prey,
had brains that spotted landmarks and made paths between them
left at the thorn bush and across the scree
and look down in the bole of the half-fallen tree,
because sometimes there are mushrooms.

Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers.
Then a flint pestle to smash, to crush, to grind or break.

And sometimes men chased the beasts
into the deep woods,
and never came back.

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.
Others will kill us if we eat them raw,
and kill us again if we cook them once,
but if we boil them up in spring water, and pour the water away,
and then boil them once more, and pour the water away,
only then can we eat them safely. Observe.

Observe childbirth, measure the swell of bellies and the shape of breasts,
and through experience discover how to bring babies safely into the world.

Observe everything.

And the mushroom hunters walk the ways they walk
and watch the world, and see what they observe.
And some of them would thrive and lick their lips,
While others clutched their stomachs and expired.
So laws are made and handed down on what is safe. Formulate.

The tools we make to build our lives:
our clothes, our food, our path home…
all these things we base on observation,
on experiment, on measurement, on truth.

And science, you remember, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe,
based on observation, experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe these facts.

The race continues. An early scientist
drew beasts upon the walls of caves
to show her children, now all fat on mushrooms
and on berries, what would be safe to hunt.

The men go running on after beasts.

The scientists walk more slowly, over to the brow of the hill
and down to the water’s edge and past the place where the red clay runs.
They are carrying their babies in the slings they made,
freeing their hands to pick the mushrooms.

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Lee gratis la revista ¡Vamos! haciendo clic aquí.

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