Saturday, 12 March 2011

Not Ideal

Mathematical knowledge appeared to be certain, exact, and applicable to the real world; moreover it was obtained by mere thinking, without the need for observation. Consequently, it was thought to supply an ideal, from which every-day empirical knowledge fell short. It was supposed, on the basis of mathematics, that thought is superior to sense, intuition to observation.
 — Bertrand Russell 'The History Of Western Philosophy' (pp53-4)