[Milton-L] The TeaM: The Da (r)Win Code

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 02:26:21 EDT 2011

Sono a’ pesci sembianti i vaghi augelli,
E tra ’l notante e ’l volatore alato
È quasi parentado: a quello il nuoto,
A questo il volo diè Natura in sorte.
Son diversi però, ch’ a’ pesci il cibo
Ministra l’onda instabile e vagante,
A gli augelli la ferma e stabil terra.
Però al notante necessari i piedi
Non son, come al volante; e quinci aviene
Che questo n’è fornito, e quel n’è privo.

_____Torquato Tasso, Il Mondo Creato 5.754 ff

To fish similar are the beautiful birds,
Between the swimming and wing-flying ones
There’s sort of kinship: swimming to those,
Flying to these Nature gave as a lot.
And different, ’cause the food to the fish
The unsettled, wandering waves give,
To the birds the firm, steady earth instead.
Since the swimmer does not need
Any feet, as a flyer does; and that’s why
The latter possesses them, the former not.

Tasso can read such ancient writers as Aristotle and even St. Basil,
one of the most important Church Fathers for the Orthodox Churches, in
Darwinist perspective. “And that’s why” I consider him, together with
Milton, to be the greatest of poets, with an unsurpassed ability to
mix literature, science, history, theology, philosophy in
unprecedented ways.
It’s all the same, here, whether Darwin was “right” or not (he was
not, not completely at least, e.g. from a Nietzschean standpoint): a
new path is always interesting, insofar as it is new.

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