I meet many people offended by evolution, who passionately prefer to be the personal handicraft of God than to arise by blind physical and chemical forces over aeons from slime…What they wish to be true, they believe is true.
Only 9 percent of Americans accept the central finding of modern biology that human beings (and all other species) have slowly evolved by natural processes from a succession of more ancient beings with no divine intervention needed along the way. Carl Sagan (via whats-out-there)
So much wisdom in Joshua Rothman's beautiful essay on Virginia Woolf’s idea of privacy.
Pair with legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on developing our capacity for “fertile solitude.”(via explore-blog)
If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one’s subject matter.