The Mütter Museum has a wide range of featured and permanent exhibitions.
— Read on muttermuseum.org/exhibitions/the-soap-lady/
Alain de Botton
An interesting acknowledgement of the organisational and educative strengths of religion in its relation to personal fulfilment and society. Alain de Botton suggests that the western world may have ventured too far in its assertion of personal freedom, implying that this is not coextensive with wisdom. There are yet things to be learned from such practices as ritual discipline,nor should the didactic or instructive dimensions of art and science be ignored. I am reminded, somehow, of the Rabelaisian maxim “Guide de Dieu et compagnie d’homme” and also that I should return to my reading of George Steiner, whose analysis of the problems entailed by post-modernism I find particularly compelling, since it chimes with my own reflections, albeit more eloquently.
It is difficult to imagine that such research can attract financial support, given the competition for funds from far more worthwhile fields of human endeavour. It can only be imputable to a kind of infatuation, I infer, notwithstanding the ephemeral charm of certain of their songs. LJ
I have edited the title of this, changing “human” to “human being”, in an attempt to confer some dignity upon our kind, not that we necessarily deserve this, of course. LJ
For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded
— Read on www.1843magazine.com/features/how-to-edit-a-human