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“ Keats, too, complained that Newton had destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by explaining it. By more general implication, science is poetry’s killjoy, dry and cold, cheerless, overbearing and lacking in everything that a young Romantic might desire. To proclaim the opposite is one purpose of this…It is my thesis that the spirit of wonder which led Blake to Christian mysticism, Keats to Arcadian myth and Yeats to Fenians and fairies, is the very same spirit that moves great scientists; a spirit which, if fed back to poets in scientific guise, might inspire still greater poetry.

— from "Unweaving the Rainbow", by Richard Dawkins

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16 February 12
Nature can be soothing to the tormented mind, a blue sky, the glittering surface of lake water, the green foliage of trees may be your solace.  In such company it is even possible to forget the reality of one’s personal existence.  It lends wings to our feelings and thoughts.
-Alexander Von Humboldt

Nature can be soothing to the tormented mind, a blue sky, the glittering surface of lake water, the green foliage of trees may be your solace.  In such company it is even possible to forget the reality of one’s personal existence.  It lends wings to our feelings and thoughts.

-Alexander Von Humboldt

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