Friday, March 27, 2009

The world and its edge

"1.1 The world is the totality of facts, not of things.

1.11 The world is determined by the facts, and by their being all the facts.
1.12 For the totality of facts determines what is the case, and also whatever is not the case.
1.13 The facts in logical space are the world."  
Ludwig Wittgenstein

When the world of things was not yet fully mapped, maps had edges.  Lines beyond which warnings were posted and pictures of imagined sea creatures swam.  Across this edge many had sketched their imaginings, some more true than others, but all beyond the edge of verifiable experience.  All beyond the edge of the world.

We each keep an internal map of our world, which can be more rich and varied than the definition of landmasses.  This map also has an edge beyond which we only sketch our imaginings.  Beyond the edge of the map lies religion and other fantasies of mind, some of which have the potential to be verified by experience, some of which do not.

LW is calling the world that which is defined by the facts of our maps.

I will begin using the word, world, to describe all that is on this side of the edge of the map.  Thanks LW.

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