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Topic: Darwin's Children comment

From: William J Watts
Location: Toronto
Date: 12/24/2010

Dear Greg,
I am rereading "Darwin's Radio", after reading "Darwin's Children" a few months ago. I wanted to comment on DC: not on the virology or social psychology, both of which are terribly interesting, but rather on the spiritual experience of the heroine. (Sorry, I forget her name.) Probably I am one of may readers who have written to tell you that they have had experiences of "divine love" very much like hers. I had this experience many years ago, during a long spell of depression, and one or two beautiful tiny "aftershocks" thereafter. I am not a kook, but a practising Anglo-Catholic, quite sane, and irrepressibly spiritual. From the feeling with which you write, I am guessing you, too, have had this sort of experience at least once. Thank you for the courage to include this in one of your wonderful books.

Re: Darwin's Children comment

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/24/2010

Thank you, William. I have indeed had this experience, and it's one of the great and beautiful mysteries of life. What it all means may be in doubt to others, but not to me--and likely not to you!

Re: Darwin's Children comment

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 12/30/2010

Minorly intruding: meaning in such cases I find unimportant next to the recognition of the experience itself.

Re: Darwin's Children comment

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2011

Absolutely. Until you've had the experience ... and that brings on a whole host of new questions. Key awareness from my own experience: asking questions is never discouraged. Getting answers might be problematic, however!

Re: Darwin's Children comment

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 01/02/2011

Many have them and fail to recognize them. Many who do recognize them tend to 'dress' them up. I unask the question.

Re: Darwin's Children comment

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/08/2011

What question?

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