Re: Postmodernism and Truth (was Re: virus: Simulacrum)

Duane Hewitt (
Mon, 20 May 1996 06:20:47 -0600 (MDT)

On Sun, 19 May 1996, Bill Godby wrote:

> You forgot to mention quantum mechanics, which certainly is wreaking havoc
> on all approximations of truth, and I would say it has convincingly affected
> western views of objectivity. In all cases, Newtonian, Einsteinian, and
> Heisenbergian there certainly existed/exists the belief that a closer
> approximatation of objective reality/truth was being reached, that's the
> nature of the game. However to recognize the nature of knowledge is another
> thing.

How is quantum mechanics wreaking havoc on all approximations of truth?

With my admittedly limited knowledge of the field the only implications
that I see are that at the level of particles there is a limit beyond
which information can be gained. The only implication from this that I
infer is that there is a limit to how good an approximation we can get of
certain phenomena. How does this lead to a confirmation of a subjective
universe like some claim?

Duane Hewitt