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The Limits of Knowledge

August 16, 2005


Mathematics is (from one point of view anyway) the study of a particularly rigorous and precise kind of knowledge. Although it is quite specialized, it nonetheless can open us up to insights into the nature of knowledge in general. One example of this comes from the mathematician Kurt Godel, who proved two remarkable theorems that […]

Does Quantum Physics Prove Mysticism?

August 12, 2005


Since Fritjof Capra’s Tao of Physics popularized the parallels between quantum physics and Eastern mystical philosophies, some people have concluded that quantum physics implies a mystical worldview. But does it really? First, we should recognize that quantum physics admits multiple philosophical interpretations, and they are all consistent with the empirical predictions of the theory. There […]

Does the World Have Objective Existence?

August 9, 2005


Most of us are naive realists: we are convinced there are “facts” that are simply given to us, and there are “things” that really exist “out there.” We can’t walk through walls, move mountains, or make the sun rise just by wishing it. Reality has its own laws that are completely independent of what we […]

Bailing Water from a Sunken Ship: A Parable

August 6, 2005


Two little fish friends are swimming in the ocean and find a sunken shipwreck. As creative and imaginative young fish tend to do, they start playing in the ship, imagining that it is floating above water, that they are sailing on great adventures, encountering pirates and storms, taking this ship on a great journey across […]