“The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.” Carl Sagan
There’s a concept in astronomy that I love. It’s the idea of the edge of the observable universe. I love it because our very attempt at defining the limitations of space, create room to imagine the infinite.
The fascinating unknown of the unobservable universe.
It might even be the most poetic thought thinkable about our universe. It reminds us of our imaginations.
What is there beyond what we can see and measure from our perspective?
Even with technology capable of seeing into deep space, and complex mathematics able to theorise, model, predict and replicate. It’s probable that there is far more beyond our edge, that we can’t see.
As a learning designer, it feels like my job is to advocate always, for this unobservable universe in education.
Learning, and the dark art of measuring it, analysing it, predicting it, evaluating it and replicating it is what we do within the boundaries.
For me, to be able to reach outside of those false edges that we create around learning, like formal education, it always has to start with big unanswerable questions.