Friday, February 1, 2008

Science is Story

“Luria thought a science of this kind would be best introduced by a story – a detailed case-history.” - Oliver Sacks. The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales. Summit: New York, 1985. pg 5

I always thought that the humanities had a lot to say about the nature of reality. I have always been an admirer of good stories. I love literature. I loved studying books in class and writing essays. I don’t know a lot of people who actually like writing essays in university but I loved it. It was actually a bit of a loss when I no longer had to write them. I found that I missed it.

Analyzing stories was something that I had done for almost my entire school career. But now that I had my degree, I no longer needed to do this. It didn’t seem to sit right with me. That was when I realized that story is everywhere. It isn’t just in books. Everything tells a story, even science. This quotation helped me to finally understand what science is, and it started my collection of story quotables. There will be a lot more to follow.


  1. Hey I heard a cool talk in which he mentioned something about science and story, and how in a certain way we dont think purely logically even within math, and even math is only understood within Story. If you want the talk email me at and ill send the mp3 to you.

  2. Hi Anonymous,

    I would love to hear that speech. Please send it to me. I have a pretty vast collecton of quotes here on Story.

    I also have a feature of posts on my other blog, Silent Cacophony that may be of interest to you as well.

  3. Yes, please email me at and I will send the MP3 to you. sorry, I dont know where to find your email and send the attachment

  4. Hi Jesse,

    Thanks a lot for getting back to me with that file. I really appreciate it.

    I wonder if I could post it up here on my blog, would that be okay?