Saw this link to the Feynman lectures on physics: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_01.html
Feynman makes a statement that captures the essence of why I called this blog “Forget Truth” — it has nothing to do with Atlas being “true” or not, but rather it has to do with the nature of understanding in the first place:
“Each piece, or part, of the whole of nature is always merely an approximation to the complete truth, or the complete truth so far as we know it. In fact, everything we know is only some kind of approximation, because we know that we do not know all the laws as yet. Therefore, things must be learned only to be unlearned again or, more likely, to be corrected.
The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific “truth.” But what is the source of knowledge? Where do the laws that are to be tested come from? Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws, in the sense that it gives us hints. But also needed is imagination to create from these hints the great generalizations—to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath them all, and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess.”
Feynman implies that we could learn the “complete truth” in the first paragraph by saying “as yet”, which I don’t agree with; it’s always possible that we could have new observations that don’t fit with any or all models that we currently have (as has happened countless times before in science). So the quest for “truth” must be eternal. But his message here certainly resonates with what I’m trying to say.
For reference, here is my entry “Why This Blog Is Called “Forget Truth”: