This is a wonderful statment of the understanding that those who claim the most certainty might well be the least centered:
The short form:
In much more context:
In this one, we learn to think about what something means, not just it’s name (a habit I’ve always had) and the problem of not using the names (a problem I’ve always had…). A brief trip past the importance of curiosity, on the way to realizing that it’s the unknown bits that matter.
A brief tour of subatomics. Still not ‘settled science’ in that every few years comes another surprise:
Then you find out there can be an infinite number of ‘parts’ inside a proton… and some of the rules we thought were needed are not needed. And maybe at the very macro level some of the laws don’t work well either. So, do the laws of physics evolve over time? And do Quasars give us a clue?
And if it’s all that unclear at the basic level, how do we really “know” what’s going on at the macro level?
Does a focus on “Finding what’s right” limit your ability? Does a new point of view bring the most benefit? Is it best to have an open mind so that those ‘new ideas’ can help you? And is it essential to appreciate the mystery of being in a ‘new’ place of discovery?
FWIW, I think the “Ah Hah!” moment comes when the Right Brain talks to the Left Brain and presents it’s answer…
But then again, we live in an incredibly complicated place, and yet we sort this out. Somehow. Maybe.
Even though we don’t really sense most of what is happening around us. But maybe that’s a good thing, lest we be overwhelmed and end up knowing nothing.
And it’s all in a single wave function (that we sometimes think of as made of particles, but it isn’t, execpt when it is…) Somehow our eyes can sample that wave function and our brains can make sense of it. But is it reality? Or just a shadow of the reality?
If one bug thinks it understands everything because the other bugs think the same thing, isn’t it really rather silly to hang reality on that belief?