“We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.”
-Ellie Arroway, in Carl Sagan’s Contact (1995)
There is no greater truth than ground-truth;
There is no better witness than the eye;
If a claim seems spurious, or lacking in proof,
it’s safe to assume it’s a lie
That said, I wonder: Do I ascribe to nature, and science,
an infallibility they deserve?
Or do I fall prey to bias, to facile logic,
perhaps a misdirected verve?
I see verity in the birds and the bees, the rocks and trees;
I find strength in the knowledge of what’s out there;
And of things new to me, I’ve found discovery
to be fulfilling as nothing can compare