Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Art and Wonder


Subject: Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Art and Wonder
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Fri Sep 09 2005 - 22:45:27 EDT


Why do poets and artists so often disparage science in their work?

At a meeting of romantic poets in 1817, Keats suggested that Newton
had destroyed the wonder of the rainbow by explaining how it came
about.

In "Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for
Wonder", Richard Dawkins provides an elegant defense of his
contention that knowing how something works in no way diminishes its
wonder. He shows how the scientific "unweaving of rainbows" has
always lead to other amazing and wonderful mysteries.

Considerations?

Best

Kevin



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