Evolving Levels of Thought

Gradually, at various points in our childhoods, we discover different forms of conviction. There’s the rock-hard certainty of personal experience (“I put my finger in the fire and it hurt,”), which is probably the earliest kind we learn. Then there’s the logically convincing, which we probably come to first through maths, in the context of Pythagoras’s theorem or something similar, and which, if we first encounter it at exactly the right moment, bursts on our minds like sunrise with the whole universe playing a great chord of C Major.


As we grow older, based on experience.

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 Dawkins, Fairy Tales, and Evidence'
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Pullman , Philip , Dawkins, Fairy Tales, and Evidence', Retrieved on 2012-06-21
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