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The Blind Spot by William Byers

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The Blind Spot

There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words.

They make themselves manifest.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein1

 

 

 

Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the great philosophers of our time, and yet the preceding statement is among his more obscure, especially when thought of in relation to science. In this case, he is saying that certain aspects of science, though real, cannot be put into words. Einstein understood this very well when he talked about his feeling that “behind anything that can be experienced there is something that the mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection.” ...

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