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Come, Let Us Unite

Although our minds require different truths
(and some would take exception to the existence
of different truths); although we examine
the same object and describe it far differently;
although we seek knowledge using far dissimilar
calibrations and instruments and logic,
I would pose we are kindred travelers.

Even though you declaim our journeys into
metaphysics, and might wonder who would enter
such transitory fields; even though you decry our obstinate
use of intuition; and even though you would ponder
about our obsession with the afterlife, I would
pose we both have a great interest in the mechanics
of the universe . . . which always leads one to the soul.

Now so, I have defined the two camps, and have distinguished
our differences; now so, I have poorly failed to create
equations that can clearly show you these thoughts; yet it is
so, in this soul we have both detected and who speaks to us --
giving us both our best ideas -- my camp defers to yours,
for we are simply waiting for you to invent powerful
enough microscopes or telescopes to see this very soul . . .

for I pose it is physics, and not metaphysics, that we will
both someday discover is the proper study of the soul,
for we only poeticize those ephemeral human things
we do not yet understand enough to write into equations;
and as proof of our camps' deference to yours, I would
simply ask, who of us "poets or scientists" have done
more to change the ancient religions?

Artist's note:
Regarding scientists' dutiful and constant struggle to remain objective, Charles Van Doreen 
writes in his "A History of Knowledge, "They do not wander out onto the deck at sunset and look 
at the world with wonder, as a poet might . . . They do not claim more than they can prove, and often 
even  But they are very proud of their calling and prefer to talk to other scientists rather than anybody 
else, especially poets, who tend to make them feel uncomfortable, to put them down. (Of course poets 
also feel scientists return the favor.)

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