beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know
Those lines from the John Keats poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" have inspired me for much of my life.
I take them to mean that there is a deep equivalence between beauty and truth and while there is much more we need to know, knowing that symmetry and from Whom it originates is the beginning of wisdom and a meaningful life.
In my paintings I aspire to truth primarily by seeing and responding to beauty as I see it in creation, in the landscape settings where I find myself and in the relationships that make life so precious.
In my writings, I aspire to truth through insight, experience and knowledge and hope that in the presentation the beauty of words also arises.
The Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up series of posts on Medium present a question at the heart at today's biggest controversy in science. Does the mind and consciousness emerge from the physical stuff in the brain, following the deterministic laws of matter and forces? Or, is consciousness a form of substrate underlying all physical reality, preceding it, and possibly bringing that reality to existence. The position taken here is that all of science, plus philosophy, plus theology--in other words, the best thinking of human kind through all time and places––should be brought to bear on this important question. What is at stake is our very concept of reality, the world we inhabit and how we interact with it and each other.