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The Blind Spot by William Byers

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Certainty or Wonder?

 

 

 

 

What are the implications for science and society of the existence of a blind spot that cannot be captured by systematic thought? We saw in the last chapter that there can be two reactions, which I characterized as negative and positive. In the former, the emphasis was on the fact that reality is forever uncertain, that all systems of thought have their limitations. The latter involved the realization that uncertainty and incompleteness are the price we pay for creativity—in fact, for being alive.

In this chapter, we shall see that these two points of view lead to two different orientations toward the entire scientific ...

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