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Battle Zone and Mother

Battle Zone and Mother

Battle Zone and Mother

Visual Art from Oberon Waters

Statement: I believe in intellectual pluralism. I believe in grey areas, in offensive truths, in passionate argument, and in causes. I believe that even scientists have bias, and I believe that perspective is everything. To quote Jonathan Rauch, “If you want to believe in intellectual freedom and the progress of knowledge and the advancement of science and all those other good things, then you must swallow hard and accept this: for as thick headed and wayward an animal as us, the realistic question is how to make the best of prejudice, not how to eradicate it.” If we all had the same opinions about everything in the world on every topic, it would end up being the ultimate form of prejudice - one massive purist group mindset way of thinking, and a bias in and of itself. Controversial thoughts and opinions promote arguments and conflict, but without that conflict there cannot be change or growth. I believe that equal opportunity for conflict and argument must exist to test our beliefs, to see what holds and what doesn’t. As an artist, I want to illustrate that conflict, both internal and external.

my inner child is a gun

my inner child is a gun

Angler Fish

Angler Fish