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How vague and waffly it sounds, to say that the arts “put us in touch with our deepest selves”, or “express the spiritual side of human nature” – especially now that science is threatening to explain (or perhaps explain away) the very idea that spirit and mind has any genuine existence, apart from our physical selves.

… I don’t wish to tar all scientists with the same brush. Many have a passionate, well-informed interest in the arts, and a profound respect for the alternative world-view they represent. It’s the swivel-eyed zealots, who think they’ve found the key to everything, that we should guard against. A civilized dialogue between the arts and sciences would be a marvelous thing, a takeover would not.

The arts can’t be reduced to an equation

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