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Empiricism, rationalism… and bananas?

Empiricism, rationalism… and bananas?

“Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all” – Thomas Carlyle Two years ago, I received a fir from a friend, to serve as a Christmas tree. It was a gift, and a very nice gift indeed. Tall, wide, leafy, with a sweet smell of freshly cut resin. It was actually the upper tip of a larger tree that was harvested for timber, so that gave me a moral respite for not having the tree…

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The limits of science

The limits of science

Welcome back, Seeker! Last week we made the first step in our daring adventure by dropping all our previous knowledge about the world and ourselves and reaching only after the sole thing we can be sure of: Sentio, ergo sum. I am aware, therefore I exist. Now, we must put back the puzzle on the rest of the world. What do we know about the reality surrounding us? Before we can answer that question, however, we must analyse our mental tools…

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