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Unformatted text preview: The impairment caused him to turn his attention at an early age to the intricate black-and-white patterns to be seen everywhere in nature, to swirls, filigree, and banding, and eventually to the fine structure of metal. Albert Camus spoke for all such innovators when he said that a mans work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. The subject we love is probably also well known to others. So we have to travel away from it into regions deliberately chosen for their lack of previous attention. Science has flourished in western cultures because this difficult step was recognized by society as valuable, and rewarded. (Excerpt from Biophilia by E.O. Wilson, pp.65-66)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2011 for the course GS 311 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Duke.
- Fall '07