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Sunday
May162010

ZAMM: Whirlpool of Personal Experience

From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAMM), by Robert Pirsig:

"Einstein had said:

'Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world. He then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it...

He makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life in order to find in this way the peace and serenity which he cannot find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience... The supreme tasks... is to arrive at those universal elementary laws from which the cosmos can be built up by pure deduction. There is no logical path to these laws; only intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience, can reach them..."

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