Sunday, 2 July 2017
"What Is Truth?" (Again)
-Poul Anderson, ""Requiem For A Universe" IN Anderson, All One Universe (New York, 1997), pp. 33-46 AT p. 35.
I have begun to reread this story because of its relevance to SM Stirling's Emberverse. See here. The second paragraph contains the above question which was also quoted by Anderson's Dominic Flandry. See here. In fact, the second linked post shows that we had discussed this question twice before, once in relation to "Requiem For A Universe"! I hope that these posts are worthy of perusal for a multi-faceted perspective on this issue.
Having been stopped by its second paragraph, I will continue to reread "Requiem For A Universe," which is almost a title story for All One Universe. There are at least three unpredictables:
what will happen next in the external world;
what thought or memory will enter the conscious mind from moment to moment;
what I will find to post about when reading or rereading a text.