Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A Radically Empirical Neo-Romantic Vision
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."-William Blake
I saw this meme of "Hippie Peace Freaks" posted on Facebook today. I think it's very much in the spirit of what the Empirical community is all about. It speaks of the romantic vision of finding ourselves in unity with nature, discovering the divine there, and calling for a science that embraces the radically empirical vision where quality is as important as quantity.
Did you see the great article in our May issue by the brilliant writer Randy Larsen about John Muir, by chance? If not, you ought to check it out. It was our inaugural issue. And we have copies left. You should get one either in print or digitally. It's not too late. For John Muir, nature was his temple.