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In a recent interview in Play Boy magazine, Richard said:

"When you look around at the living world and see the complexity of a cell and the elegance of a tree—“I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree. / Poems are made by fools like me, / But only God can make a tree”— I [Richard Dawkins] would have been moved by that [had I lived in a pre-Darwinian era]. Darwin changed all that. He provided a simple, explicable, workable story about how you can get the complexity not just of a tree but of a human by physics working through the rather special process of evolution by natural selection."

(Words in [...] added to provide clarity and context.)

I don't know about everyone else, but I love these mixes of "traditional poetry" and modern, "scientific poetry". A book a long these lines would be wonderful!!

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 05:14:07 UTC | #951173