28 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 Experience is Experiment

The lessons of science should be experimental also. The sight of a planet through a telescope is worth all the course on astronomy; the shock of the electric spark in the elbow outvalues all theories; the taste of the nitrous oxide, the firing of an artificial volcano, are better than volumes of chemistry.
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Emerson describes the importance of feeling electric shocks, fake volcanoes, tasting NO, etc.

02 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Humphry Davy Describes Nitrous Oxide

This is the published version: ‘By degrees as the pleasurable sensations increased, I lost all connection with external things; trains of vivid visible Images rapidly passed through my mind and were connected with words in such a manner, as to produce perceptions perfectly novel. I existed in a world of newly connected and newly modified ideas. I theorized; I imagined that I had made discoveries. When I was awakened from this semi-delirious trance by Dr Kinglake, who took the gas-bag from m...
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Two accounts from his journals and published descriptions of his first experience with laughing gas.