Wonderful article on the demands of curiosity and (some of) the problems of knowledge.
We can certainly trust scientific accumulation of hard facts about the world – the world has not told us we shouldn’t. And of course, we get all kind of goodies out of this. But after all, the universe is a strange place, and it doesn’t hurt to re-conceive it in alternative ways. If nothing else, we come up with – not answers, but new questions to ask.
“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds” – William James
One of the iconic images of 21st Century inquiry into strange phenomena is the poster adorning the basement office of beloved fictional Fortean Fox Mulder of Chris Carter’s X-Files, a flying saucer captioned with the phrase, “I want to believe”. The mournful strings of yearned for faith mired amidst the incredulity of experience in this simple stage prop are palpable, and accurately reflect a deeper, visceral tension that is both what attracts and distracts those who find themselves drawn towards the odd, the inexplicable, and the anomalistic. A common tongue-in-cheek trope in…
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