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Readers who have reached this point are probably willing to accept that the world is far more mysterious and unknowable than they had previously realized. They may not be card carrying radical skeptics but are convinced that histories and current events are often distorted to suit the chronicler’s agenda, religions are for-profit (of a few) enterprises, science is far from infallible, there are no universally accepted standards for proper reasoning, and even if there were, pure reason does not inform about the world. Although the state of affairs may depress glass half-emptyers, half-fullers can view things differently. They live in a world of infinite possibility.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.—Arthur Schopenhauer1
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.—Oscar Wilde2
Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.—Mark Twain3
There is no certainty; there is only adventure.—Roberto Assagioli4
My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.—J. B. S. Haldane5 ← 205 | 206 →
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