9.29.2008

What Incarnation Means

We have seen that the shortcomings of the Laplacean ideal of science must be remedied by acknowledging our personal knowing--our indwelling--as as integral part of all knowledge. This amendment, we can now see, bridges the gap between the natural sciences and the study of man[, h]aving recognized personal participation as the universal principle of knowing...
-Michael Polanyi, Meaning (http://ping.fm/xBzgG)

Editor's note: The Laplacean Ideal refers to the idea that given enough computing power you could determine the positions of all atoms in the universal at once; then using physics you could predict their future positions, and also figure out where they were. The idea is that in this way you would come to all knowledge.

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