Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quote of the day

The man whose sun still moves round the earth is essentially different than the man whose earth is a satellite of the sun. Giordano Bruno's reflections on infinity where not in vain: they represent one of the most important beginnings of modern consciousness. The man whose cosmos hangs in the empyrean is different from one whose mind is illuminated by Kepler's vision. The man who is still dubious about the sum of twice two is different than the a priori truths of mathematics. In short, it is not a matter of indifference what sort of Weltanschauung (vision of the world) we possess, since not only do we create a picture of the world, but this picture retroactively changes us. CW 8 - par 696