Re: Poor Darwin's syndrome is contagious

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@uncwil.edu)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 13:34:19 -0500

Dear Robin,

There is a mystery to life that can never be dispelled by all the human
attempts for scientific knowledge. The moment someone thinks otherwise, then
that person ceases to be a human and becomes a machine. Man is essentially
ignorant and a false sense of wisdom leads to pride and thus misery.
However, I do not think there are many who have no doubts whatsoever about
their false wisdom. There are moments that even those who claim to know it
all, especially when alone, dwell in their doubts and become aware of their
sense of insecurity.

Hope this helps,

Moorad

-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Mandell <rmandell@jpusa.chi.il.us>
To: asa@calvin.edu <asa@calvin.edu>
Date: Monday, February 22, 1999 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: Poor Darwin's syndrome is contagious

>saw this on another post and it hit home.
> >Near the end of his life, Charles Darwin wrote his autobiography for his
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>>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.
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