Excellent! Very helpful too.
Very very interesting indeed — intellectually & aesthetically. Thanks for the alert!
I love the subtle drawings of faces–so lovely. And the ideas –matching science, imagination and social issues. So beautifully done.
You don’t have to be a scientist to observe how imaginative this post is. There is a distinction between weak and hard theory that I find relevant to this question of imagination and observation — hard theory is deeply rigorous and evidentially based, and ends up doing microscopic studies, and is basically mute regarding the big questions facing humanity, whereas weak theory detaches itself from empirical and methodological rigors to attend to deeply encompassing issues that otherwise could not be pictured. The tension in the middle is def. a creative one.
Ben definitely check out Dyson’s original review – he frames this relationship in really interesting, productive ways. I don’t think the divide he is talking about is necessarily about epistemologies that speak to the “big questions” vs. those that don’t, but would be interested to hear your thoughts on that.
This is playing in my mind in interesting ways with Ben’s last post, and this happens to be the week I finished reading a fantasy trilogy for the first time since Harry Potter, and the week I watched a documentary about string theory… Something is converging, I’m not sure what… Thanks for being so lyrically thought-provoking, as always…
Hehe sometimes it’s really obvious that Ben and I live together, eh?? Would love to hear what swirls out of your thinking!
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