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November 9, 1963

Literature and Science.

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Chicago

 

By Aldous Huxley. 118 pp. $3.50. Harper & Row, 49 E 33rd St, New York 16, 1963

JAMA. 1963;186(6):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710060099035

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Abstract

Literature and science reflect different aspects of experience. Experience that may be broadly shared, "public" and "objective," is the domain of science, which tries to express these aspects in universal terms, in technical, unambiguous jargon that has operational import. Other areas, personal, private, and in essence unsharable, form the domain of literature. Founded on "raw unconceptualized existence," literature must treat what is unique and unsharable, so that it becomes "a window opening onto the universal," and thus meaningful to others.

It is with concepts such as these that Mr. Huxley opens this short but meaty volume. Literature and science each has its own scope. What relations can exist between them? Modern science represents a world view that takes its place with other explanatory systems which have held man's allegiance in the past. Modern science has worked a vast revolution in thought, way of life, modes of behavior; but whereas other

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