This site deals with the intersections of science, art and religion. The site was launched when my book Creature and Creator was initially published in 2013.

The site provides information about the book with short excerpts from each of its chapters. Longer excerpts from the book in pdf format and colored versions of the book’s original diagrams in jpg format can be downloaded. The complete book can be purchased in paperback through Amazon.

front cover

The site also provides some brief biographical notes about myself, Terry Picton.

The Science page deals with my scientific research, and the Human Brain and Brain and Mind pages provide the teaching materials for courses given at the LIFE institute of Ryerson University.

An ongoing blog considers issues of interest to me. These are mainly related to the topics covered in the book. Comments are welcome.

The title banner for the site derives from the Still Life of Oranges and a Banana painted by John Frederick Peto in about 1890. As well as being beautiful, the painting suggests the wholeness, transience and goodness of the world, and serves notice that there is still life to be lived.

The name of this site and the book comes from Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (1886):

In man creature and creator are united: in man there is material, fragment, excess, clay, dirt, nonsense, chaos; but in man there is also creator, form giver, hammer, hardness, spectator divinity, and seventh day: do you understand this contrast?