July 26, 2012

The beginning of infinity

I am now reading a book which is related to the topic of the knowability of objective reality. Three posts I have written before about this topic are On truth: we can distinguish between false and falser, Objective reality as an asymptote, and The map is not the territory.

The book I am reading is written by David Deutsch and it is called The beginning of Infinity, Explanations that transform the world. The book is about 'broadly about explaining reality, thinking rationally, and the beginning of infinite human progress.'

Book description: Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve.

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