Raphael (1483-1520), The Parnassus (1511), Vatican Museum
Poets Dante, Homer, Virgil to the left of Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry

The Way to Truth: Science or Poetry?

    "There can only be a seeing which itself is Truth."
      — Wei Wu Wei, All Else Is Bondage (1964), p. 2

At Stanford's "Another Look" book discussion
on J.A. Baker's The Peregrine, Werner Herzog says
"This book is not about bird watching but seeing."

A week later, ornithologist Hans Peeters
lectures on "Discovering Raptors" and says
"Baker's book is poetical but it's all wrong."

Having done biochemical research and written
poetry with renowned mentors in both fields—
What is the way to Truth: science or poetry?

If truth is defined as that which cannot be
contradicted, then scientific truth is on shaky
grounds for it has changed throughout time.

The indivisible atom of the Greeks
was shattered by Rutherford's finding that
proton, neutron, and electron are inside.

Cyclotron and accelerators discovered
mesons, positrons, neutrinos, and quarks,
with Higgs-Boson by the Hadron Collider.

Ptolemaic system of planetary motion
overthrown by Copernicus after 1400 years,
germ theory of disease reversed by Pasteur.

Newton's gravitation laws yielded to Einstein,
yet we know only 5% of our universe with
dark matter & dark energy still a mystery.

Poetic truth fared better over the ages—
Views from Homer to Virgil to Dante to Blake
on the human condition have remained the same.

I agree with Herzog on what constitutes
deep truth— "Facts create noise not truth.
Truth illuminates and carries us to ecstasy."

Baker has done it in The Peregrine, writing
"The hardest thing to see is what is really there"
as Dante did when uplifting us to Paradise.

  — Peter Y. Chou
      Mountain View, 4-11-2016

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
Discoverer of Heliocentric Planetary Motion
Germany DR 1461 (issued 2-13-1973)

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Discoverer Germ Theory of Disease
France B59 (issued 1938)

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1726)
Discoverer of Gravitational Laws
Germany 1771 (issued 1-14-1993)

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Discover of Relativity
Israel 117 (issued 1-3-1956)

Dante & Beatrice to Paradise
Italy #919 (issued 10-21-1965)