muck and mystery

bellyaching along the way from plankton to pulsar

Gary Jones:

One of the reasons that heretics intrigue me is that the debilitating effects of staying inside the canon make one vulnerable to catastrophic failure as well as ordinary embarrassment: it makes one provincial. As an antidote I study weird science, the historical views of distant cultures and other alternative (contra-factual) histories including those found in speculative fiction. It ain’t necessarily so.

Still, one must resist every temptation to conclude that the search has been a success and that knowledge has at last been gained. Everything one knows is still wrong.

I find this comforting in an odd way. I never arrive but I wasn’t going anywhere in any event, I’m just out for a stroll.

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