BBC Wildlife (November 2011)

Bbc flora and fauna journal with the most recent discoveries, perspectives and information on natural world, conservation and environmental concerns, and relied on further-information resources, the journal is excellent for a person with a fondness for the topic

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Bbc flora and fauna journal with the most recent discoveries, perspectives and information on natural world, conservation and environmental concerns, and relied on further-information resources, the journal is excellent for a person with a fondness for the topic

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To believe with a breadth or an intensity sufficient to lead to extensive thoughts, feelings or actions, is given to the few: to the mathematician in the case of thought, to the artist in the case of feeling and to the political leader or the saint in the case of action. For most, it is a case of poverty of insight and conviction rather than the reverse. The third and last criterion then, by which the individual's beliefs must be tested is one that we may call deducibility. Another name for it, and perhaps a more descriptive one, would be fruitfulness.

But once again, as in the case of logic or of ethics, there are those who maintain that art is not man-made exactly but rather man-discovered and could not be brought into existence if the values that are contained in a work of art had not already existed in some sense as possibilities. The sounds of which a piano sonata are composed already existed as sounds, and their combination in the sonata was already a possibility, even though it required the intuitions of a genius to see it. But intuition is after all just what it is often called: insight, and where there is nothing to be seen it cannot occur.

The earnest content of the usual thought, feeling and action betrays a want of profound belief rather than a surfeit. To believe with a breadth or an intensity sufficient to lead to extensive thoughts, feelings or actions, is given to the few: to the mathematician in the case of thought, to the artist in the case of feeling and to the political leader or the saint in the case of action. For most, it is a case of poverty of insight and conviction rather than the reverse. The third and last criterion then, by which the individual's beliefs must be tested is one that we may call deducibility.

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