Re: Poor Darwin's syndrome is contagious

Robin Mandell (
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 19:36:34 -0600

saw this on another post and it hit home.
>Near the end of his life, Charles Darwin wrote his autobiography for his =
>children, and expressed one regret; "Up to the age of 30 or beyond it, =
>poetry of many kinds...gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I =
>took intense delight in Shakespeare. Formerly pictures gave me =
>considerable and music very great delight. But now for many years I =
>cannot endure to read a line of poetry; I have tried to read =
>Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. Have =
>also almost lost any taste for pictures or music...I retain some taste =
>for fine scenery, but it does not cause me the exquisite delight which =
>it formerly did...My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for =
>grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this =
>should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which =
>the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive. 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."
Seems too familiar to me. It describes maybe not my years or months but it
does depict the bad days (except the discovering new laws part). Over dose
of origins syndrome. Why does this stuff tend to reduce and spoil? Anyone
know the secret cure? Not exactly a science question but today is one of
those days.