Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Quote of the Day (2/2/11) (Owen Barfield Week II)

Nineteenth-century science deduced the inner from the outer; it had mapped and charted the mechanical part of Nature to a tenth of a millimeter, but it was well nigh bankrupt as far as the inner world was concerned. Huxley invented the word agnostic (not-knowing) to express his attitude, and that of many millions since his day, to the nature and origin of all this part of the cosmos. One of the few things about which practically all "men of science," as the phrase now went, beside all those laymen who took the trouble to follow out the various scientific discoveries and to listen to their metaphysical reverberation, were agreed upon was that his sense and his reason had succeeded in placing man in a material environment which appeared to bear no relation whatever to his inner feelings and moral impulses.
--Owen Barfield, History in English Words 189

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