I'm busy helping to develop a course called Nature Writing in America, and also preparing for a one-week stint teaching Adventures in Nature Journaling. Both of these endeavors involve crossing the squishy boundary between science and humanities. In the spirit of erasing such boundaries, I want to share from my "inspiring quotes" collection, statements by two of my favorite scientists who recognized the futility of having too narrow a perspective on trying to understand life on this planet and what our proper role might be.
"After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well." - Albert Einstein
"It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms." - George Wald