richard feyman‘s orange juice song.
one of my favourite people.
“i have a friend who’s an artist and he’s some times taken a view which i don’t agree with very well. he’ll hold up a flower and say, “look how beautiful it is,” and i’ll agree, i think. and he says, “you see, i as an artist i can see how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing.” and i think he’s kind of nutty.
first of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me, too, i believe, although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is. but I can appreciate the beauty of a flower.
at the same time, i see much more about the flower that he sees. i could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty. i mean, it’s not just beauty at this dimension of one centimeter: there is also beauty at a smaller dimension, the inner structure…also the processes.
the fact that the colors in the flower are evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting – it means that insects can see the color.
it adds a question – does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms that are…why is it aesthetic, all kinds of interesting questions which a science knowledge only adds to the excitement and mystery and the awe of a flower.
it only adds. i don’t understand how it subtracts.“