Sunday, June 02, 2002

So I heard this story on NPR about the late Stephen Jay Gould and his wife, who was an artist. His wife got him into learning the work of Duchamps (I believe that's right), who apparently put a lot of mysteriousthings into his art. For example, one of his works was a photo of a urinal. No one noticed, til years later, that no urinal of that description had ever existed, and based on the design, it wouldn't work. Gould enjoyed this puzzle-art thing tremendously.

According to his wife, he felt that puzzling out the meaning and sources of these works was similar to his work with fossils; trying to find the interconnectedness, the logic. I wonder if this ever caused him to think that logical design implies personal design???

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