Thursday, September 25, 2014

The entitlement to believe what on careful reflection seems to be the case, where there is no reason to doubt it, is the necessary condition for being able to form any justified beliefs at all. ... The only way to pursue the truth is to consider what seems true, after careful reflection of a kind appropriate to the subject matter, in light of all the relevant data, principles, and circumstances.

Thomas Nagel, Listening to Reason (New York Review, October 9, 2014)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility…. The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle.

Albert Einstein, as quoted in the New York Review.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

What we look for does not happen;
what we least expect is fashioned by the gods.

Euripides, Bacchae (as quoted from Robin Robertson in the Sept. 25, 2014 New York Review)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The earth, the water, the fire, the air, and the void -- these indeed are the five principles by which the entire universe is pervaded.

Abhinavagupta, as quoted by Diana L. Eck in India: a Sacred Geography