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The Daily Logos XIX

“The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor event hat it is a reasonable one.  The commonest kind of trouble is that it is very nearly reasonable, but not quite.  Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians.  It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.  I give one coarse instance of what I mean.  Suppose some mathematical creature from the moon were to reckon up the human body; he would at once see that the essential thing about it was that it was duplicate.  A man is two men, he on the right exactly resembling him on the left.  Having noted that there was an arm on the right and one on the left, a leg on the right and one on the left, he might go further and still find on each side the same number of fingers, the same number of toes, twin eyes, twin ears, twin nostrils, and even twin lobes of the brain.  At last he would take it as a law; and then, where he found a heart on one side, would deduce that there was another heart on the other.  And just then, where he most felt he was right, he would be wrong.”
-G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

A brief lesson in why scientists must be humble.

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  1. October 17, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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