Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Lewis on limits of knowledge

"Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than a minority of them – never become even conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?"

- C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed, p. 54.

If you hadn't guessed, a higher proportion of quotes recently means that I'm in essay mode. I'll get back to my heaven series soon...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

good quote though...

Chase said...

That is my favorite book by Lewis. He feels so honest in it, non-controlled and that really works with me. Most of his other stuff I feel disconnected from him by more than just time.

michael jensen said...

Hey Byron: just a thought to do with your heaven series -
do you think it is worth commenting at some stage on the virtue of hupomones, ie 'patient endurance' - which seems to be the pose of Christians vis a vis time?

One of Freedom said...

Ahhhh essay mode. I'm just about to duck into that myself. I'm almost settled on topics and gathering my reading materials.

That quote is a great one for me I am always harping on the myth of unmediated access.