In Praise Of The Unknowable


Shayn Roby’s Take:   The idea that knowledge is an endless frontier is exciting.  The humility that this article speaks of however should be one that causes us to bow before Almighty God. We are unsure of the exact mechanism, but with humility should accept the very first statement in Genesis 1: 1 of God’s Holy Word: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

 

The Dish

Pivoting off a recent NYT piece on the (un)knowability of the laws of nature, physicist and natural philosopher Marcelo Gleiser revisits the core of his book The Island of Knowledge:

The main point is that it is naïve to believe we can have such a thing as complete knowledge of nature. There are two essential reasons for this belief. The first is simply that to make models of nature we need data. This data comes from tools of all kinds, from microscopes and particle detectors to telescopes and mass spectrometers. Any tool has limits of precision and range. Hence, we are always partially myopic to what goes on. Tools can and will improve. But some shortsightedness will always be unavoidable.

The second reason is that nature itself operates within certain limits: the speed of light and the finite age of the universe delimit how far we can see in…

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