Instructional observations…

John Lukacs

John Lukacs

“The known and visible and measurable conditions of the universe are not anterior but consequent to our existence and to our consciousness.  The universe is such as it is because at the center of it there exist conscious and participant human beings who can see it, explore it, study it.  This insistence on the centrality and on the uniqueness of human beings is a statement not of arrogance but of humility.  It is yet another recognition of the inevitable limitations of mankind.” Last Rites, Copyright ©2009 by John Lukacs, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, Page 35.

 “And now there exists an additional, and very significant, evidence of our central situation in the universe.  Five centuries ago, the Copernican /Keplerian / Galilean / Cartesian / Newtonian discovery―a real discovery, a real invention, a calculable and demonstrable and proven one―removed us and the earth from the center of the universe. (Often with good intentions).  Thereafter, with the growth of scientism, and especially with the construction of ever more powerful instruments, among them telescopes (instruments separating ourselves ever more from what we can see with our naked eyes: but of course the human eye is never really “naked”), this movement led to our earth having become less than a speck of dust at the rim of an enormous dustbin of a universe, with the solar system itself being nothing more than one tiniest whirl among innumerable galaxies.  But the physicist’s (perhaps especially Niels Bohr’s) recognition that the human observer cannot be separated from things he observes (especially when it comes to the smallest components of matter) reverses this.  We and the earth on and in which we live, are back at the center of the universe―a universe which is―unavoidably―an anthropocentric and geocentric one.” Last Rites, Copyright ©2009 by John Lukacs, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, Page 36.

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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