Losing the Island of Saxemberg: The Mind is a Monstrous Metaphor

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“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance” – John Archibald Wheeler

Hey, is that an Island?  Can somebody wake up the navigator, please? Hey, is that an Island? Can somebody wake up the navigator, please?

In Umberto Eco’s novel The Island of the Day Before, 17th Century Italian nobleman Roberto della Griva, marooned on an abandoned ship in the harbor of an island he cannot reach due to his inability to swim, imagines a conversation between two men, each convinced the other is protecting valuable knowledge, describing the scene as, “Thus we have on stage two men, each of whom knows nothing of what he believes the other knows, and to deceive each other reciprocally both speak in allusions, each of the two hoping (in vain) that the other holds the key to his puzzle”.  The imaginary realm of allusion may be the only…

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