Monday, September 27, 2010

Infinite Spaces



Hans Vaihinger on reality:

…human beings can never really know the underlying reality of the world, and that as a result we construct systems of thought and then assume that these match reality: we behave "as if" the world matches our models. In particular, he used examples from the physical sciences, such as protons, electrons, and electromagnetic waves. None of these phenomena have been observed directly, but science pretends that they exist, and uses observations made on these assumptions to create new and better constructs.
This can be a double-edged sword..
But then again, do we really want to know the underlying reality?

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
Blaise Pascal

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