Here are the 2 finalists for the quote to be engraved on the award we’re presenting to rock star & scientist Greg Graffin (of Bad Religion) on Saturday. #1 Seems to me to directly express the purpose of the award, and has the benefit of being by Rushdie, the first recipient and after whom the award is nicknamed. But the 2nd quote is pretty good too and specifically mentions Graffin’s 2 areas of expertise: evolutionary biology and music. Maybe we can use both but that would preclude having a line such as “In admiration of your three decades of creating inspiring Humanist music, and of your profound commitment to the promotion of science and education.” Which quote do you like? Or should we go with both and throw out the statement?
Quote #1: Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience…to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith.
Quote # 2: The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.
–Lewis Thomas (renowned author and cancer scientist)