Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The World of Science Is an Abstraction

"To many, no doubt, this process is simply the gradual discovery that the real world is different from what we expected, and the old opposition to Galileo or to ‘body-snatchers’ is simply obscurantism. But that is not the whole story. It is not the greatest of modern scientists who feel most sure that the object, stripped of its qualitative properties and reduced to mere quantity, is wholly real. Little scien­tists, and little unscientific followers of science, may think so. The great minds know very well that the object, so treated, is an artificial abstraction, that something of its reality has been lost." -- C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic quote by C.S. Lewis! I must buy his books!

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