ART & SCIENCE

“…Generally speaking, we are as eager to banish consideration of the relationship between personality and “objective,” scientific accomplishment as we are to include it in dealing with the “subjective” work of artists. One may consider the connections between Dostoevski’s attitude toward his father and The Brothers Karamazov, but Einstein’s relationship with his father presumably has nothing to do with the theory of relativity. This attitude in part reflects our idealization of “emotion-free” science. One does not look for impure things in dealing with the cleanliness of “pure research.” When, as in the case of Reich, a relationship between personality and scientific work is proposed, it is usually for the purpose of ridicule. Reich, the scientist, becomes a movie Frankenstein, a madman with a delusionary system involving the “creation of life” in his laboratory. Reich’s capacity to cross scientific boundaries and to see common elements in apparently disparate realms is itself seen as a symptom of insanity; anyone who claims to work as a psychiatrist, cancer researcher, biologist, and physicist must be mad…”

Myron R. Sharaf, Fury On Earth: A Biography Of Wilhelm Reich.

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