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Reflective Journal

How has your view or perspective changed on the impact of Aboriginal beliefs and culture on scientific understanding?

Denise Hogan
Denise Hogan

I could see parallels to how Science works. Aboriginal people making observations and building up experience and making predictions from that. So in a way, it parallels scientific laws. Things that always happen, being written as a law by observing their environment, I guess. There are definite parallels there.

Paul Rayner
Paul Rayner

Having spent quite a long time now working on this project, I've come to a realisation there's a deeper understanding of Science that exists within the Aboriginal community. It's not just simply bush tucker, tools and wandering around the countryside, but really there was a scientific method within the community.

Robyn Howson
Robyn Howson

I think my views changed quite a lot, actually. When you look at the knowledge that Aboriginal people have, say, about things like the weather. They were looking at very long cycles: nine years, ten years, forty, forty thousand years, whereas we tend to look on it as a day-to-day thing or maybe a seasonal thing but for them the seasons were much longer and having that knowledge passed down from one generation to another is something that would really affect the way we could predict weather.

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