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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Stories hold the universe together

Hat tip to Michelle for sharing this wonderful thought. Michelle found it in Amy Lansky's book, "Impossible Cure," about how her son was cured of autism with homeopathy. I'm sharing it for its beautiful, simple message about humanity and the power of narrative.
"Conventional medicine conveniently dismisses stories as 'anecdotes'-but I recall a wonderful tale about Steven Hawking, the theoretical physicist...Evidently one of his graduate students had just penetrated the notion that all these little subatomical particles didn't have a material presence in the Newtonian billiard-ball sense at all, but were rather transient arrangements of energy...Lost in his disorientation...[he] asked Hawking what held the universe together. Hawking leaned back in his wheelchair and said, 'Stories.'"
-Will Taylor, MD, 1997

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