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Indeed, one of the simplest ways to distinguish between the subjects we call the “sciences” and the subjects we call the “humanities” is that the humanities deal with topics where there is no unambiguous measure of improvement. Charles Townes’s Nobel Prize-winning paper of 1958 describing the laser is no longer read by working scientists–it has long since been superseded. But serious students of literature still read The Waste Land, Beowulf and Homer because, while the stories told by the great writers and poets may change, they never improve.

— Andy Crouch, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling

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