Re: Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Art and Wonder

Subject: Re: Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Art and Wonder
From: Kenneth Newby (
Date: Sun Sep 11 2005 - 06:39:15 EDT

Along the same lines as Dawkins... I read somewhere that our knowledge,
gained through rational exploration (science?), can be likened to a
continent, bounded by what we do not know... the more we add to our
knowledge the greater the continent grows and the greater the expanse
of those boundaries between what we know and what we don't. Unless
it's possible to finish the project of scientific explication of the
"mysteries" of the world we inhabit (didn't Godel dispatch with that
one?), we're doomed, or perhaps blessed, with a precious and perhaps
growing amount of unknown "stuff" at its boundaries.


On 9-Sep-05, at 7:45 PM, Kevin Austin wrote:

> 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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