Rationality and Imagination
- In a message dated 9/9/2002 2:26:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> It is strange how beliefs that aren't 'rational' andWell, sometimes they work because they present you with physical evidence
> don't belong to the world of common sense somehow have
> their own practicality and usefulness. It's hard to
> understand on what level they work.
which, while not strictly "rational," can't be explained away, either.
I've had various incidents in my life which make *no* sense on a strictly
logical level -- coincidence to the 1000th power -- but they *happened* to
me, so I have to concede that rationality isn't the only force in the world.
It's like that story Lewis tells -- can't remember if it's in "Mere
Christianity" or "On Prayer" -- about having a nagging feeling that he should
go talk to someone who, as it turned out, needed to speak to him at that very
moment. I think things like that happen to everybody; some of us call it
"coincidence" and some of us call it something else, depending on worldview.
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