Sunday, May 24, 2009

Elephant and The Life Divine

[13. Comment #375385 by njwong on May 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm: This satire didn't work for me. The 4 men are supposed to be blind. Yet at the end of the parody, the 3 scientists are operating as if they are sighted people! E.g. Moe using elephants for war? Isn't fighting wars difficult (if not impossible) to do if you are blind? The satire may have worked if it is implied that all human beings in the story's universe are blind. Then, although we are all blind, the moral of the story is that we should still use scientific methods to learn the truth about the elephant (our universe), instead of imagining what we want the elephant to be. However, the story mentions of photos being taken of the elephant! Photos are only meaningful for sighted people. This jars the analogy badly for me.]

Only a study of The Life Divine can tell us how really to "use scientific methods to learn the truth." [TNM]

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