The Unthought Known

Now I am depressed myself,” I said. “That’s why I never think about these things. I never think and yet when I begin to talk I say the things I have found out in my mind without thinking.”

Henry to the priest, in Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms,  Chapter XXVI

It’s not just humans that still reel from the effects of a trauma many years later

It’s not just humans that still reel from the effects of a trauma many years later: ecosystems do too. Thousands of years after human hunters wiped out big land animals like giant ground sloths, the ecosystems they lived in are still experiencing the effects.

Michael Marshall, “Kill all the big beasts, impoverish an ecosystem”, New Scientist 17 August 2013, p. 13

‘in thrall to a sense of space and time that might not exist beyond ourselves’

“We think time and position and so on are important variables for describing the world because we evolved to perceive them. But whatever is going on down there doesn’t seem to worry about them at all.”

– Terence Rudolph, Professor of Quantum Physics, Imperial College London

“Rudolph doesn’t have an answer – no one does. But he reckons the problem is that we are still hopelessly anthropocentric. The growing disconnection between our experience of the world and the results of quantum experiments, he says, are simply a modern version of the ever-more-complex epicycles that Ptolomy and those who followed him used to explain the motions of the heavenly bodies. The problem back then was that we could only see the planets as revolving around Earth; it took Copernicus to turn things around, and suddenly all was plain and simple.”

All from Michael Brookes, “Reality Check”, New Scientist 3 August 2013, 33-36

Interesting use of “we”. Beyond anthropocentrics: Time and Me