My name is Ellie and I am fellow co-creator of the Making of Meaning project, based in Bristol but a keen explorer of this small beautiful blue/green marble we call Earth.
My interest in how we make meaning in our lives stemmed initially from an innate desire to observe and to (attempt to) understand my fellow human beings: those messy mannerisms, insightful interactions, curious customs, habits, and wonderfully weird and wide-ranging ways of walking, moving, dancing and shaking together to somehow create a meaningful existence.
Thankfully, these early fascinations translated nicely into the study of Anthropology: the study of what makes humans, human. Or, as I prefer: “Glorified People Watching”.
It is in the intersections and paradoxes of knowledge and experience that I find elucidation: in the beautiful multiplicity of meanings; the “magic” in the mundane.
Hello everyone! :)
My name’s Emma and I’m one of the co-creators of the ‘Making of Meaning’ project. A philosopher at heart, a psychologist by training, and amidst complexity thanks to unknown unknowns.
There is nothing that captivates me more than the intricacies of the human mind. There is nothing that inspires me more than the research process, moving from a simple postulation to potentially life-changing results. And, when it comes to a research question, “what is the meaning of life” conquers all. It’s a question that appeals to the universals in our human nature; a question that has resonance with every soul that has walked - and will walk -this precious planet.
To many, the search for meaning is a spiritual quest: a journey of deep introspection and social connectivity; of light and of darkness. It’s a journey we walk with our feet but hold in our hands.