Humans are “middle-sized.”


   This is one reason why they (we) can never know everything.


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   Several times we’ve promised to explore the 3 postures of observing and evaluating knowledge:

   (1)  Far, Distant, or Long

   (2)  Middle

   (3)  Close

   And discuss the value and honesty of each.

   This is our tiptoeing across the room in that direction, and filling a file with certain beginning musings.

   First of all, God–or no one else–can expect humans to know everything. We’ve even reported the attitudes of certain prominent researchers on this–Stuart Firestein and Leonard Susskind, for example. There’s too much specialized information, doubling they say, year by year. We have to make dozens of, thousands of, choices in how we try to harness the 100,000,000,000 neurons in our brains to make sense of our surroundings–or ourselves. There’s differences in our inherited abilities to make some of these neurons work, there’s only so much time, and…

   There’s the matter of size.

   We’re “in-between” much of the matter that surrounds us.

   If we were larger, perhaps we could better reach high places. If we were smaller, a whole lot smaller, we could perhaps better understand insects, or–stretching ourselves to the breaking point–atoms and molecules, or even quarks which we can’t see but can make arguments for their existence.

   There was a sort of general feeling a century ago that humans would eventually come to understand everything.

   Not so anymore.

   For one thing, there’s small-partical physics which says or –“logically,” it seems–implies that the same object can be in different places at the same time. And “weird” is the word that scientists often use when fiddling with such things.

   Middle-sized humans have telescopes and microscopes, even electron microscopes to learn about things they’re too little or too large and clumsy to work with.

   But all tools have certain limits.

   And so do people. What is the sensible and honest way to face this?

   That’s what our “out-of-the-box” posts will explore more in the future.