Excessive Confidence In Thought

The most ordinary things are to philosophy a source of insoluble puzzles. In order to explain our perceptions it constructs the concept of matter and then finds matter quite useless either for itself having or for causing perceptions in a mind. With infinite ingenuity it constructs a concept of space or time and then finds it absolutely impossible that there be objects in this space or that processes occur during this time … The source of this kind of logic lies in excessive confidence in the so-called laws of thought.


— Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann




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