Science, Fantasy, Poetry, Machine and Happiness, Part I


A few weeks ago, while reading Will Durant’s The Lessons of History, I found it necessary to read something about Charles Darwin. So I did, just want to find out how dreadfully boring Darwin could be.

Darwin’s laser-focused concentration on human evolution had changed his mind. Consequently, his “mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.” And as he recalled, “for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry… almost lost any taste for pictures or music.”

However, he said, “If I had to live my life again I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week… The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.”

What do you think of this? To be continued…

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