Then we’ll need a new Director of McGurk who will work with us and help bring Science out of the monastery to serve Mankind.
In novels, these truth-seekers quested the "secret of life" in laboratories which did not seem to be provided with Bunsen flames or reagents; or they went, at great expense and much discomfort from hot trains and undesirable snakes, to Himalayan monasteries, to learn from unaseptic sages that the Mind can do all sorts of edifying things if one will but spend thirty or forty years in eating rice and gazing on one’s navel.
"It’s kind of a mis’able return to monasteries," grumbled Terry, "except that we’re not trying to solve anything for anybody but our own fool selves.
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Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries was the largest legally enforced transfer of property in English history since the Norman Conquest.