// there exists a passion for comprehension,
just as there exists a passion for music.
that passion is rather common in children,
but gets lost in most people later on.
without this passion,
there would be
neither mathematics nor natural science.
time and again
the passion for understanding
has led to the illusion
that man is able to comprehend the objective world rationally,
by pure thought,
without any empirical foundations —
i believe that every true theorist is a kind of tamed metaphysicist,
no matter how pure a “positivist” he may fancy himself.
// the metaphysicist believes
that the logically simple is also the real.
// the tamed metaphysicist believes
that not all that is logically simple is embodied in experienced reality,
but that the totality of all sensory experience
can be “comprehended”
on the basis of a conceptual system
built on premises of great simplicity.
// the skeptic will say
that this is a “miracle creed.”
but it is a miracle creed which
has been borne out to an amazing extent
by the development of science.
× albert einstein ×
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