Understanding “Truth”

Like every human being, I’ve tried to make sense of things.  I’m not sure I succeeded.  I’m not sure anyone can.

Isaac Newton thought the universe functioned like clockwork, a well-oiled machine.  That’s a comforting vision — neat, orderly, predictable.  Unfortunately, it’s a vision that’s pretty much been shot to pieces by relativity, quantum mechanics, and the other bugaboos of twentieth century physics.

The universe is weird!  We break our teeth developing theories, equations, systems.  And where does it all leave us?  “A system is like the tail of truth, but truth is like a lizard.  It leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away, knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.”*

* Chunovic, Chris-In-The-Morning

— Chris Stevens, CBS Television Show Northern Lights