Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0104, January 13, 2017


Logic Doesn't Cut It

     Let this quiet, contemplative image put you in a serene state of mind you will need to grok (like, totally dig it) the logically incomprehensible nature of the world as we experience it. "Is this going to take long?" Prickles inquires, "I have some noodles to knit before they dry out." Wrong attitude, Prickles. Just breathe deeply and be present.

Copyright 2016 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

     The main idea is simple. We've been over this ground before. Here is the illogic of it in a nutshell:

     A. The world as we experience it is constantly changing in ways that are not completely predictable. The record of its past is not fully recoverable. Hence, we cannot describe the world completely with its past, present and future. We can't even completely describe the present because it is changing as we describe it (and by describing change it even more). In a fundamental way the world is only incompletely knowable.

     B. The point is that the world is incompletely knowable not just because there is some impediment to knowing it completely (although there is, but that's another story) but because the world is, in fact, fundamentally incomplete. Indeed, incompleteness is a necessary aspect of its nature. The world could not exist if it were complete. It would stop and cease to exist. (Except it can't, but that's yet another story.)

     C. Bottom line: there is no way to logically comprehend the world in its "entirety". We perceive (as we go) distinct patterns in the way it changes but the "whole" eludes us because there is no "whole". We need something other than logic to help wrap our minds around what it is we are experiencing and why. A clue lies in the fact that we appreciate and enjoy our experience of the world. Granted, not always, but that's the general trend and evidently our driving raison d'étre.

     The world as we know it, as we can know it, is deeply subjective. The formal description of the patterns we perceive - the science of physics - is ultimately limited by this subjectivity, by the inevitable incompleteness of our experience reflecting a world that is a permanently unfinished work in progress (or, as some would put it, an ongoing creation).

     Are you still with me, Prickles? "Oh my heavens!" Prickles exclaims, startled, "My noodles! They are probably completely dry by now." Surely not completely? She gives me the evil eye and trots off.


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