Saturday, July 28, 2007

Intelligible mystery

Santiago Ramos reviews The Lives of Others at On the Square:
Wiesler’s change is indeed “mysterious” but in the way that Albert Einstein used the word: the sense that “behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly.” I quote a scientist here on purpose: A scientist’s work relies on the premise that reality is intelligible, and for Einstein such intelligibility does not nullify mystery. Wiesler experiences the mysterious when he encounters beauty, and it changes him.
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