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Carl Sagan – Contact (1997)

“The first thing you picked up from us was that Hitler broadcast. Why did you make contact?”

“The picture, of course, was alarming. We could tell you were in deep trouble. But the music told us something else. The Beethoven told us there was hope. Marginal cases are our specialty.”

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John Dewey — Art as Experience (1934)

Many a person who protests against the museum conception of art, still shares the fallacy from which that conception springs. For the popular notion comes from a separation of art from the objects and scenes of ordinary experience that many theorists and critics pride themselves upon holding and even elaborating.