“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ibn Sina's Floating Man as Astronaut

From Galen Strawson:

empirical support from an experienced flying man—an astronaut—for Ibn Sina’s ‘Flying Man’ hypothesis! Question: “What’s the strangest thing you ever did in zero gravity?” Answer: “I’m the only one I know that sleeps floating. It’s delicious. You don’t know where you are, and after a while, because your limbs aren’t touching anything, you lose sense that you even have them...

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