Beware the eternal regress

March 3, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

The eternal regress is the greatest enemy of those who proffer simplistic explanations. The eternal regress is the reason

Photo by Ellenm1 at Flickr (creative commons)

Photo by Ellenm1 at Flickr (creative commons)

why it doesn’t work to say that there is a little person in the brain (without accounting for that little person). It is the reason why it doesn’t work to announce that everything has to have a cause and then to explain the existence of the universe by reference to “God” without explaining how God came to exist.

The lurking eternal regress is also why no simple explanation is complete.   As Carl Sagan once said: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”



Category: Psychology Cognition

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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