Science and Creativity

The relationship between the giants of earth and the soul awaits the echo.

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.  –Carl Sagan

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. –Albert Einstein

The conversation  began at the breakfast table, where so many of my rabbit trails begin.  I shared a poem and Jeff chimed in, residing in the chemical structures floating in his mind, “Djerassi penned novels and poetry”.  Oh?  In his opinion, he rather thinks not much of his literary work and many chemists found him quite arrogant when it came to his scientific pursuits.  The point of the conversation for me was not to write a chapter of a biography.  Rather, I  considered the relationship between imagination and the quest for truth.

birth control pill
 Desogestrel birth control pill, chemical structure

Carl Djerassi, an organic chemist, is most notably known as the father of the birth control pill (Two Poems). He started an artists retreat in the mountains of California, inviting those in pursuit of blending life with the unseen.   To create reality, images nonexistant, foreign forms.  The retreat honors his daughter Pamela, who committed suicide July 5, 1978. You can read the story here Pamela Djerassi 

Another connection resides which often becomes a source of creativity: death.  Found this lovely video. Enjoy.  Perhaps it well help you mentally and creatively deal with grief and trauma.

Demons -words
spoken at midnight
Mountains -triumphant
the people pine
Angels -tremble
shake the earth,
the path least understood.

The reed lies bruised
while the world is mute,
with fear time stands still.
The edges of the box
sharp and long
lowers, slowly into the ground.

We face the same questions. We answer with brutal answers.




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5 Comments Leave a comment

  1. For me, creativity has always been the winner, and the healer. In college, the Science class, I was obligated to take, resulted in a 3.9 gpa, rather than the 4.0 I had been carrying. I was neither saddened or upset by that. I have always believed that creativity is hard-wired into the human psyche, and that it is our purpose to find it, use it, and share with the world around us, because it constantly underlines our shared, and very fragile. humanity.


  2. Thank you. I believe that children should be constantly exposed to the arts and participate actively in them so that it becomes a natural and deep-grained habit. I love your final sentence – a beautiful contrast!

    • Enjoyed your three pieces. Lots to incorporate in those posts and unfortunately not mentally in a state of deep thinking at the moment. I will say this…i wonder what life looks like to those lost in the dust? To the people barely alive because the art of life has been lost. I lived years without writing or thinking of music, dance and painting. It was a grey, cold existence but when reawakened i found those days fuel for my soul that sings today.

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