Inheriting the truth

One key difference between the approach to knowing by art and science is that the truths they seek are different. As the writer Jonathan Lethem points out in this ripe discussion with cosmologist and author Janna Levin, the artist "inherits paradoxical truths" that "can only be surrounded, not described."

Apophatic in nature, the knowing he describes does not depend on stringing together other truths. Unlike science it is not iterative, nor can it be falsified. It cannot be repeated in exactly the same way. It does not make claims acceptable to everyone.

It makes us human.

We are prenominal. Lethem's observation is meaningful to me because he understands that to offer up purely descriptive accounts of paradoxical truths sooner or later lead to the destruction - and this is important - not of the truth, but of the truth bearer.