Which Came First--the Chicken or the Egg?
David L. Heiserman
The origin of that little ditty is obscure, but we can assume the thought--the little causality dilemma--is a by-product of Greek philosophy. Here is a more serious example:
These apparent dilemmas are caused by an inadequacies in the system of thought or misconceptions on the part of the one asking such questions.
But let's get to the point of this blog ... beginning with a bit of technology history. And by asking a question that has a form that should be familiar to you by now:
Electromagnetic waves, the medium for radio transmission and reception, cannot be detected with any of the human senses. The human senses evolved according to a "need-to-know" principle, and primitive humans had no need to know about the existence and nature of electromagnetic waves.
In order to invent a radio receiver, one would have to suspect the existence of something beyond the senses--electromagnetic waves. And simply knowing about them isn't enough; one must also know how manipulate them. Normal, everyday life, guided by the five primary senses, could not even suspect the existence and nature of electromagnetic waves, let alone invent two complementary devices -- both required to prove the workability of the other.
Our sensory system is limited in what it can detect and interpret. It takes a brain to free us of the physical limitations of an organic sensory system and plunge into invisible worlds that can be found and appreciated only by human intellect.
The tools we need for exploring and exploiting the "unseen" is mathematics.
|David L. Heiserman, Editor||
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