13 January 2002
Humans are born story-tellers. We have enough conceptual and perceptual ability to need stories to explain the world to ourselves. But all stories are dialectically false unless an infinite number of explanatory models are combined into 1. Of course impossible because making up an infinite # of stories is impossible. But also impossible coz we need 2 believe our story to deal with it. (Hence the power of hypotheticals - they induce temporary belief.) Not many people can compartmentalise their minds well enough to believe both Newton’s + Einstein’s theories, let alone deal with them simultaneously in a fluid way. Add on a supernatural story to these 2 stories? Forget it.
Posted by Manicboy on Sunday, January 13, 2002