Nothing strikes me more when I read the controversies of past ages than the fact that both sides were usually assuming without question a good deal which we should now absolutely deny. They thought that they were as completely opposed as two sides could be, but in fact they were all the time secretly united—united with each other and against earlier and later ages—by a great mass of common assumptions. We may be sure that the characteristic blindness of the twentieth century—the blindness about which posterity will ask, "But how could they have thought that?"—lies where we have never suspected it ...This, of course, is where The Black Swan is especially pertinent. Our unknown unknowns about ourselves are what get us in trouble.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Old books ...
... best books, C.S. Lewis argues. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)