Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 662. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-03-09 08:17:50+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: each viewing the other In the Novum Organum, sive indicia vera de Interpretatione Naturae (1620, "New organon, or true directions concerning the interpretation of nature"), Francis Bacon wrote, > … ita certe ipsa contemplatio rerum prout sunt, sine superstitione > aut impostura, errore aut confusione, in seipsa magis digna est, quam > universus inventorum fructus. (“surely the very contemplation of > things as they are, without superstition or imposture, error or > confusion, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of > invention.”, I.cxxix) I was alerted to these words by Henri Cartier-Bresson in a documentary, "Pen, brush and camera" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsNnJLv1pkk&t=126s), about 1 minute and 40 seconds in. His words slipped into the context of Tom McLeish's The Poetry and Music of Science (2019),* causing me to wonder where else I mmight find a deeply informed and knowledgeable view of the natural sciences, physics in particular, that does not take them as describing ultimate reality -- however poetic -- or as close to it as humankind can get from whatever standing point. Or, if 'ultimate reality' simply cannot be unbolted from these sciences, where else we find a deeply informed and knowledgeable view of them from the outside, cross-culturally? Cartier-Bresson, in that documentary, speaks of his deep attention to the geometry of everyday forms. That's a start. Comments? Suggestions? Yours, WM ----- * To be extensively reviewed in the forthcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 45.1 (2020). -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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