What I plan to do with my life

Basically: work somewhere in the space between science (with its methods and discoveries) and art (with its metaphor and expressiveness), pulling from both as needed, in quiet rooms with curious people every day.

What counts in science is the importance of the discovery. What matters in literature is the originality and power of the metaphor. Scientific reports add a tested fragment to our knowledge of the material world. Lyrical expression in literature, on the other hand, is a device to communicate emotional feeling directly from the mind of the writer to the mind of the reader. There is no such goal in scientific reporting, where the purpose of the author is to persuade the reader by evidence and reasoning of the validity and importance of the discovery. In fiction the stronger the desire to share emotion, the more lyrical the language must be. — E. O. Wilson, On the Origins of the Arts


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