WRITING TIP: Insight doesn’t always have to be verified

Our new religion is science. If something has a study attached to it with numbers and statistics to back it up, it has an air of truth, no matter how poorly conceived the study. This collective bias tells us that those things not measurable by science — the subtle, the nonmaterial, the mystery that we are here at all — can be dismissed as unimportant. When we fall for this bias, we lose touch with the realm of the soul, where images and intuitions, dreams and impressions hold sway. Says author Wallace Stegner: “What anyone who speaks for art must be prepared to assert is the validity of nonscientific experience and the seriousness of unverifiable insight.”