the age of insight / the summer of perspicacity

“The function of the modern artist was not to convey beauty, but to convey new truths.”

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“Science may explain aspects of art but it will not replace the inspiration that art evokes…”

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“Viennese life at the turn of the century provided opportunities in salons and coffeehouses for scientists, writers, and artists to come together in an atmosphere that was at once inspiring, optimistic, and politically engaged. …science was no longer the narrow and restrictive province of scientists but had become an integral part of Viennese culture. …a paradigm for how an open dialogue can be achieved.”

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-Eric Kandel, excerpted from The Age of Insight

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