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We’ll never understand the absolute truth behind magick. Parts of it will always be mysterious.
Some people say that as an attack: We’ll never understand everything, so we shouldn’t even try.
But me, I find it exciting. Because science isn’t about finding absolute truths, and there will always be new mysteries to explore. And those are wonderful things.
I was reminded of this in a recent interview in Scientific American:
Horgan: Can physics—or science in general—ever completely solve the mystery of the universe?
Rovelli: What is the “mystery of the universe”? There isn’t a “mystery of the universe.” There is an ocean of things we do not know. Many of them we’ll figure out, if we continue to be somewhat rational and do not kill one another first (which is well possible.) There will always be plenty of things that we will not understand, I think, but what do I know? In any case, we are very very very far from any complete comprehension of everything we would like to know.
Horgan: Can science attain absolute truth?
Rovelli: I have no idea what “absolute truth” means. I think that science is the attitude of those who find funny the people saying they know something is absolute truth. Science is the awareness that our knowledge is constantly uncertain. What I know is that there are plenty of things that science does not understand yet. And science is the best tool found so far for reaching reasonably reliable knowledge.
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It also reminds me of a great Isaac Asimov quote:
When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
So, don’t be discouraged that we’ll never find the absolute truth. Embrace it. It means we never have to stop exploring.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.