chapter  34
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Reply To I. A. Richards’ Review of The Literary Mind 1933

WithMax Eastman

The science of psychology is sufficiently embryonic for any studious and thoughtful person, with a sense of scientific method and intense interest in the subject-matter, to run a chance of making valid contributions to its development. A torture chamber would do much better than a library as a place to submit ourselves to art. Chambers are the fact that people with lumbago are continually tempted to wriggle a bit or give one little jerk merely to 'see what it feels like', that people do actually, within the limits of what is endurable, torture themselves or submit to torture it is this fact attested to by psychologists, and backed up in its implications by biologists who study even the most minute organisms, which constitutes the foundation ground of Max Eastman's theory. In proof that his misunderstood the distinction between poetry and science made by him with C. K. Ogden in The Meaning of Meaning.