Starting from the beginning

November 29, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

This past weekend, I was discussing the nature of explanations with some relatives. I argued that to explain anything completely, one would have to explain absolutely everything, given the need for context in a complete explanation and given the inter-connectedness of all that we know. Many explanations falling short of explaining everything work, at least on a local level, because on a local/pragmatic level an explanation is merely a description that makes us feel good.

Today, I came across a quote by Carl Sagan that relates to the above:


Category: Quote rectangles, Science, scientific method

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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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  1. Love the Sagan quote. It’s on our family’s “This I Believe…” poster board full of quotes. Pithy and absurd at the same time.

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