Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Albert Einstein
In her latest piece for the New York Times, Maria Konnikova - she spoke at IdeaFestival 2013, incidentally! - describes her journey from experimental psychologist to author and popular writer about the human mind. She uses her experience from both fields to highlight the eternal dance between scientific method and artful transcendence.
Both produce something of value, she emphasizes. The former can be relied upon again and again, but is never quite complete. The latter might be complete, but its fullness might come at the cost of accuracy, or of the truth. In both, she says, there is a "desire to see the world as it is."
Read The Joy of Psyching Myself Out for yourself.