The ability of a muscle to contract in response to the stimulus produced by a sudden stretching.
Negative Capability: Poetically Living a Life Full of UncertaintyOn December 21, 1817, the poet John Keats wrote a letter to his brother in which he expressed and named a quality of human existence that’s tricky to articulate. Keats’ formulation has been adopted by philosophers, poets, and others ever since. Keats wanted to name our ability to simultaneously acknowledge the unpredictable nature of events and conduct ourselves with confidence and happiness. He called this familiar, yet complex, concept negative capability. …
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