Wisdom on Wednesdays—The isolation of truth

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Dalmatian Woman, gum Arabic print, 1928
One of five prints published in Scribners Magazine, February, 1929.

“Our period now drawing to a close has had a tragedy: the mistaking of truth—and its isolation from—goodness.  The isolation of truth is the suicide of the intellect.  Rationalism destroys itself.”  (1946)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Science, art, and religion

Coronation of the Virgin, oil on canvas, c. 1924, 42 x 35 in.

“Science is only concerned with the truth of present expediently.
“Art extends that truth back in time into permanent beauty materially.
“Religion projects that truth forward in time into eternal goodness spiritually.”  (1961)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The scientific mind

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Muses Marooned, 1934, oil on canvas 35 x 41¾ in

“Science alone is untrue because it aims exclusively at truth (divorced from the good and the beautiful).
“The scientific mind is far too simple.  There are too many facts in too mysterious a relationship for his simple mind (logical analytical as it is) to grasp.  In theory he is right; in practice he can never get all the facts as long as he specializes exclusively in the nature of discursive reason.  For knowledge (as distinct from wisdom and plastic form) of its very nature excludes all facts.” (1944)