Saturday, April 12, 2014

Multiple truths

From The Apple Branch by Alexei Kondratiev (page 10):
many versions of one story can be true simultaneously.  Looked at from one angle, a specific pattern will emerge; from another angle, the pattern will be different.  All the patterns are interwoven, all are related, yet each one can stand on its own.
This fits my own philosophy.  Back when I was in college, a theme I used for several papers was that in order to fully understand something, you need to look at it from different, seemingly contradictory, viewpoints.  

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