Friday, October 18, 2002

Take a look at this short essay, B.C., in which physicist Taner Edis argues that the human brain is hardwired to look for patterns & causes in the random events of existence. Confronted by a universe which science tells us happened by accident, in which chaos reigns at the elementary level, our minds grasp for a cause inapprehensible to physics: God.

But surely this is also where art begins, with the attempt to arrange the meaningless particles of the world into meaningful patterns, to create something comprehensible, something sensible, from the incomprehensible, insensible facts of the universe. Surely Shelley meant something like this when he called poets the unacknowledged legislators of the world, & certainly it's what Klee meant when he said the purpose of art is not to render the visible but to render visible.

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