David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation


"Must progress come to an end — either in catastrophe or in some sort of completion — or is it unbounded? The answer is the latter. [...] Explaining it, and the conditions under which progress can and cannot happen, entails a journey through virtually every fundamental field of science and philosophy. From each such field we learn that, although  progress has no necessary end, it does have a necessary beginning: a cause, or an event with which it starts, or a necessary condition for it to take off and to thrive. Each of these beginnings is ‘the beginning of infinity’ as viewed from the perspective of that field. Many seem, superficially, to be unconnected. But they are all facets of a single attribute of reality, which I call the beginning of infinity.” -David Deutsch

 (via brainpickings)