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August 07, 2005

Sunday Sermonette: David Hume

“No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.”
--David Hume, Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding, 1748.


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Thank you Lindsay for citing the one true prophet. As always ignored in his own land.

Hear, hear. Hume, apostle of our modern angst. Destroyer of all gods. Prophet of uncertainty. Father of modern epistemology. Progenitor of WVO Quine's non-normative epistemology. Can I get an AMEN?

AMEN - Life's difficult and loaded with paradox (some of which are very humorous for those who get the joke).
Dealing with complications and refusing to over-simplify in order to avoid those complications are at the heart of every interesting life.
AMEN again - Angst lets you know you're alive as long as it doesn't paralyse you.

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