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Ray Girvan

This poem has the smell of having at dig at something topical-but-forgotten.

Googling finds a footnote in "Science Serialized: Representation of the Sciences in Nineteenth-century Periodicals" (MIT Press, 2004) indicating its target was John Tyndall's "Belfast Address" in favour of a materialist explanation for life: http://www.victorianweb.org/science/science_texts/belfast.html

Jeff Donlan

I learned a good word: cooperant. I hadn't run into that one before, but there it is in the OED. Nice. I'll be looking for occasions to use it.

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