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Quote of the Week: Stephen Toulmin

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Our intellectual grasp extends throughout the cosmos, and has brought to light the material processes going on at every scale-from the themonuclear furnaces of the stars, down through the protein-factories of the cytoplasm, to the changes of wave-pattern which take place when an atom swallows a photon. And this intellectual grasp is paralleled and completed when we turn to the practical sphere. We have exceeded the dreams of the craftsmen, the alchemists and the medicine-men, and by now we have the means either to satiate or to destroy ourselves.

from The Architecture of Matter

Stephen Edelston Toulmin—philosopher, educator, and author—passed away last Friday, the fourth of December, 2009 at the age of 87.