A Dialogue [ Excerpt from The Name of The Rose, Umberto Eco ]
- So you don't have a unique answer to your questions?
- Adson, if I had, would I teach teology in Paris?
- Do they always have a right answer in Paris?
"Never", said William, "but they are quite confident of their errors."
Here's a principle: Being confident of his errors! This subsumes making peace with the basic fact that we can never know perfectly: something will always be missing. Some support there is a purely random element in the universe that prevents us from knowing perfectly; others say our methods are to blame: we don't know enough to know perfectly -this is some sort of meta-data problem. Is probability pure chance or lack of knowledge (about the knowledge)? Does God throw dice?
I don't take sides but listen.
I'm the invisible attendee of the astral gatherings of the Giants.
Now I see through a glass darkly,
One day I will know better.
[cba, June 2009-I]