19 August 2014

The whole

this life of yours...is not merely a piece of the entire existence, but is, in a certain sense, the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance...
The scientific picture of the real world...is very deficient. It gives me a lot of factual information, puts all our experiences in a magnificently consistent order, but it is...silent about all and sundry that is really dear to our heart, that really matters to us.
-- Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) in Quantum Questions ed. Ken Wilbur (1984) and cited in The Conscious Universe by Menas Kafatos and Robert Nadeau (1990)

Image: Orbital positions of multiple-planet systems discovered by Kepler. NASA Ames/Dan Fabrycky, University of California, Santa Cruz

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