Re: Ambiguous or just uncertain

Daniel Fabulich (
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 05:28:55 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 1 Jun 1998, John K Clark wrote:

> It seems to me saying our most basic questions are fuzzy but the truth is
> clear cut is equivalent to saying our questions are clear cut but the truth
> is fuzzy, one is just a euphemism for the other.

>From this perspective, it seems that all you have to do is ask the right
question and truth and falsehood become completely meaningless... indeed,
one might argue that this is the whole point of the koan.

Fortunately for us, however, our observations are consistent and, as Hara
noted, 100% true. While "which slit did the photon pass through?" seems
like a precise question, this may be because we think about the world from
the perspective of Newtonian mechanics; if you had to diffract onto a
screen to get to work in the morning, you'd quickly get the sense that
this question isn't quite as basic as we might think.