Symposia and symbiosis

Saturday, 10 November 2007 — 5:59am | Science

Astrophysicist/novelist Alan Lightman delivered a reportedly eloquent keynote address at the University’s Art & Science Symposium yesterday. I regretfully did not attend—a tremendous mistake, I gather, as Lightman’s talk concerned precisely my field of interest.

I have long held the twin opinions that rejection of or apathy towards rational scientific thought is the single greatest threat to the survival of human society (yes, Virginia, all human society), but without the creative manifestation of the imaginative faculties, we have nothing to live for. It is always heartening to see a lucid defence of the scientific and artistic pursuits from someone who recognizes that one cannot happen at the exclusion of the other.

Now I’ll need to read his books.


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