Rationalism & the Story (2)

Scientists generally tend to collect large amounts of quantifiable data and then make small suppositions which are rigorously tested under very tightly controlled conditions. That is one way of experimenting with reality, which tends to produce a high degree of certainty over a very small area indeed. At the other end of the scale, poets and prophets tend to absorb data which is not so easily quantifiable, but which then forms the basis of very large suppositions which may have a general, universal truth but which may require considerable interpretation if they are to be applied to a particular person in a specific place and time. Poets and prophets may claim a large degree of certainty over a large area, but they cannot prove it.

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