Stuart Kauffman believes "science is born of metaphor" and needs poetry just as much as poetry needs science:

On the dominant view of the mind, the mind is a Turing machine. A Turing machine is utterly definite.  ... Our minds are algorithmic.  Artificial Intelligence is the offspring of this view. On it, science itself is an algorithmic activity needing no metaphor, the signal case of the fully definite, the  mind is nude of rich non-computable allusions, notwithstanding the very interesting connectionist strand in AI.

But is the mind algorithmic?  I think not, and think we need poetry to unite the Two Cultures [with science] and rediscover our deeper humanity.

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