Saturday, February 11, 2012

The World of Ideas

Other than the mystifying 1969 version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I've been missing my Alan Moore fix. Did find an interesting interview with him in which, in response to the question "Is there a conflict between what can and can't be proven by science", he offers this tidbit:
I would prefer a two-state solution. My basic premise is that human beings are amphibious, in the etymological sense of 'two lives'. We have one life in the solid material world that is most perfectly measured by science. Science is the most exquisite tool that we've developed for measuring that hard, physical, material world. Then there is the world of ideas which is inside our head. I would say that both of these worlds are equally real - they're just real in different ways. The concept of a world of ideas, yes it's intangible, it can't be repeated in a laboratory, but pretty much the evidence for it is all around us. In that, every detail of our clothing, our mindsets, of the buildings and the streets and cities that surround us - that started life as an idea in someone's head.
His idea, borrowed from the kabbalah and the Tarot, of the Immeteria - a common world of the imagination - has been a lot of fun to ponder since I encountered it in his excellent series Promethia. I'd highly recommend that series, particularly up until Sophie travels through the godhead of existence. Yea, it's pretty deep stuff.

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