09 January 2011

Grave Note

Kilometer blog produced the following,

a post about the Robert Graves poem, In Broken Images, which is very impressive.
In Broken Images

He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.

He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images,

Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.

Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact,
Questioning their relevance, I question the fact.

When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
When the fact fails me, I approve my senses.

He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.

He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion.

Robert Graves
Why is such perception found amongst poets rather than scientists?

Another example of such thinking comes from Keates and his idea of Negative Capability "that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties,"

The words of someone who would easily be able to grasp the wave particle duality of the nature of light.

The words of someone who would be able to grasp Bayes Theorem.

Learning to love uncertainty, a piece from the New Scientist by David Malone which, I think, is captured by Graves' poem.

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