When the scientist falls in love

 

All that conformity to law, which impresses us so much in the movement of the stars and in chemical processes, coincides at bottom with those properties which we bring to things.  Thus it is we who impress ourselves in this way.*
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

all things have meaning and beauty**
(Dag Hammarskjöld)

The universe is a confusing place.  The scientist and the story writer are both trying to make sense of it.  

For all the scientist depends rigorously on data yet she falls in love.

For all the story-teller believes in the abstract yet he embraces facts and information to ground the narrative.

‘We respect that statistics matter, but we also respect the fact that to reduce the game to numbers alone is to divest it of its soul.’^

We’re always playing this game of data and intuition: seeing, feeling and doing more.

(*Friedrich Nietzsche, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor.)
(**Dag Hammarskjöld, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^From Youngme Moon’s Different.)

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