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Pirsig said "We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world".   Share:  
Thrust of argument: In "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance", Bob Pirsig writes "I should talk now about Phædrus' knife. It'll help understand some of the things we talked about.

The application of this knife, the division of the world into parts and the building of this structure, is something everybody does. All the time we are aware of millions of things around us .. these changing shapes, these burning hills, the sound of the engine, the feel of the throttle, each rock and weed and fence post and piece of debris beside the road .. aware of these things but not really conscious of them unless there is something unusual or unless they reflect something we are predisposed to see. We could not possibly be conscious of these things and remember all of them because our mind would be so full of useless details we would be unable to think. From all this awareness we must select, and what we select and call consciousness is never the same as the awareness because the process of selection mutates it. We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world."
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Whilst the 'average' alleged scientist and alleged rational person today would call that handful of sand the world, both Pirsig and the quantum physicist would refuse to do so, seeing in the lack of knowledge we have about our universe far more that is important than in that handful of sand.


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Removal of resistance: Other than through 'clues' (ships disappearing over the horizon, the patterns which govern the 'movement' of stars across the sky) we could never discern just by looking that our world is a 'globe'. Unification: Similarly, some physicists tell me, we cannot discern merely by looking at space and the stuff in it what its real shape is - which is a dimension or more away from what we say in the same way that the globe is to what we see when we look out from wherever we stand (or sit).

All we call science, all of it, but for the 'final piece' we've found, one which simply says 'way more shit unknown than imagined - all learned so far is a pretty tiny microcosm of what's to come', is a pretty tiny microcosm of what's to come.
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