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Which of these two pictures best represents the way the human race understands existence? Black stands for what we know, white stands for what we don't know.

NB: These are intended to be viewed on a white background. So any overall squareness you may see in the second picture is purely an artifact of the medium.

[Poll #1429355]

Date: 2009-07-13 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkady.livejournal.com
The second picture - but fewer pure black areas, and slightly more hazy grey.

Date: 2009-07-13 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strangederby2.livejournal.com
Option 3. The question makes no sense to me what so ever.

Date: 2009-07-14 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herringprincess.livejournal.com
I can't think in pictures.

Date: 2009-07-14 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashfae.livejournal.com
Actually I have a difficulty with the question: is it which picture represents what we actually understand about human existence, or what we think we understand about existence?

Date: 2009-07-14 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
What you, personally, think best represents our overall understanding as a species!

Date: 2009-07-14 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashfae.livejournal.com
Then using those pictures as analogies, I think people in general perceive their understanding as being analogous to the first picture, but our actual understanding is more analogous to the second. (which is to say that we assume we know more, and that our knowledge is better organized, than it in fact is)

(I'm not sure I'm making sense, forgive me!)

Oh, Vienna

Date: 2009-07-14 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valkyriekaren.livejournal.com
I just don't visualise knowledge and awareness. And I certainly wouldn't presume to know how the rest of the human race did.

Are you asking whether scientific discoveries have laid out a general framework for the understanding of the universe, or whether they have only created a few loosely linked areas of knowledge?

Date: 2009-07-19 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keira-online.livejournal.com
I'm not sure that the human race understands existance at all. But if it does, it would be in the fluffy way of picture two i think.

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