Saturday, February 20, 2016
Nature is dynamic and haphazard, and so are we - not a serene combo. Maybe it's one that's best described in paradoxes such as organized chaos, but we're not beings who feel comfortable with paradox. Paradox tugs the brain in opposite directions, confounds our quest for simple truths, and throws a monkey wrench into the delight of habit. Faced with paradox, our brain automatically slaves to solve or squash it. And so here we find ourselves, disorderly beings, blessed or cursed with order-craving minds, in a disorderly universe we're fully capable of bringing increased order to - but not absolute order, and not forever.
-Diane Ackerman, The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us