Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kaleidoscopes: 1620

...human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolours the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.
--From The New Organon--

Lots of people would have used such an observation to say that knowledge of anything is impossible.  Bacon said if our senses are distorted we should seek to improve them.

In that sense every scientific experiment and every piece of equipment is like a pair of glasses or a hearing aid (and every one of us is like someone who is deaf and blind and can barely think).


Trooper York said...

I always thought that Ray Romano was the most distorted ray of them all.

Trooper York said...

Although Sugar Ray Leonard was pretty bad I must say.

Trooper York said...

Aldo Ray also had a hard life. He ended his life married to this real bitch and was basicly a servant. What a shame.