“Why do precisely these objects which we behold make a world? ” – Thoreau
this just in from when einstein met tagore @ brainpickings:
“On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the age-old friction between science and religion.”
Tagore: “…In any case, if there be any Truth absolutely unrelated to humanity then for us it is absolutely non-existing.
… There is the reality of paper, infinitely different from the reality of literature. For the kind of mind possessed by the moth which eats that paper literature is absolutely non-existent, yet for Man’s mind literature has a greater value of Truth than the paper itself. In a similar manner if there be some Truth which has no sensuous or rational relation to the human mind, it will ever remain as nothing so long as we remain human beings.”
‘In these explanations it is presumed that an experiencing subject is one occasion of a sensitive reaction to an actual world.’
the unresolved ontological and epistemological questions of idealism vs materialism (or realism) : whether there is “an actual world” outside of our minds and whether we’re capable of knowing it : the fodder of everything.
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