Re: Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Art and Wonder


Subject: Re: Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Art and Wonder
From: Greg Eustace (g_eustac@alcor.concordia.ca)
Date: Sat Sep 10 2005 - 10:49:46 EDT


Quoting Kevin Austin <kevin.austin@videotron.ca>:

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

Human nature? We justify what we do. We attempt to invalidate what we don't
understand.

> 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.
>

Dawkins. That man has as much passion as any artist.



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