Science, Art, and Stupidity

“(…) both in science and in art we seek analogies, as if understanding that our everyday common sense is geared to looking for analogies on the surface, and sometimes even provides us with erroneous ones. This is why activities that are free from the pressure of life’s necessities — such as fundamental research or art — are based on the assumption that there are covert analogies between such elements of reality as we normally consider separate and impossible to converge. Thus, science and art are alike in revealing things that are covertly similar, and confronting those that are similar only on the surface, in a manner surprising for the recipient”
(from Leszek Nowak’s Gombrowicz. Człowiek wobec ludzi, my own translation)

I’m neither a scientist nor an artist, but reading that, I figured out what it is that attracts me to both science and art: it’s the chance to take a break from the struggle of being equipped with a human mind, and being surrounded by people who are equipped alike, which so often results in making false analogies, drawing bad conclusions, and — let me say it straight out — our minds’ everyday stupidity.


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I'm an unprofessional writer, reader and translator. I'm also a walking, breathing and listening addict. And I love being all that.

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