How Do We Apprehend Reality?

A counter-culture writer wrote: “the nature of most human problems is such that universally valid answers do not exist, because there is more than one aspect to each of them”.  Joseph Needham continued that line of thought by saying that “the only way forward is the existentialist realization that the forms of experience, which have a habit of contradicting each other flatly, are all basically inadequate ways of apprehending reality, and can only be synthesized within the individual life as lived”.

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