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By Karl Popper
On the age of 8, Karl Popper was once wondering the assumption of infinity and by way of fifteen was once commencing to take a willing curiosity in his father's well-stocked library of books.
Unended Quest recounts those moments and so forth within the lifetime of probably the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, supplying an imperative account of the tips that stimulated him such a lot.
As an creation to Popper's philosophy, Unended Quest additionally shines. Popper lucidly explains the relevant principles in his paintings, making this e-book excellent for somebody coming to Popper's existence and paintings for the 1st time.
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Extra info for Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography (2nd Edition)
10. a second digression (6) Imprinting is an irreversible process of learning; that is, it is not subject to correction or revision. Of course I knew nothing in 1922 of Konrad Lorenz’s theories (though I had known him as a boy in Altenberg, where we had close friends in common). I shall here use the theory of imprinting merely as a means of explaining my own conjecture, which was similar yet diﬀerent. My conjecture was not about animals (though I was inﬂuenced by C. Lloyd Morgan and even more by H.
Like Newton himself, he predicted new eﬀects within (and also without) our solar system. And some of these predictions, when tested, had now proved successful. I was fortunate in being introduced to these ideas by a brilliant young student of mathematics, Max Elstein, a friend who died in 1922 at the age of twenty-one. He was not a positivist (as Einstein was in those days, and for years to come), and he therefore stressed the objective aspects of Einstein’s theory: the ﬁeldtheoretical approach; the electrodynamics and mechanics and their new link; and the marvellous idea of a new cosmology—a ﬁnite but unbounded universe.
But what makes a theory interesting or signiﬁcant— what we try to understand, if we wish to understand a theory— is something diﬀerent. To put the idea ﬁrst in a way which is merely intuitive, and perhaps a bit woolly, it is its logical relation to the prevailing problem situation which makes a theory interesting: its relation to preceding and competing theories: its power to solve existing problems, and to suggest new ones. In other words, the meaning or signiﬁcance of a theory in this sense depends on very comprehensive contexts, although of course the signiﬁcance of these contexts in their turn depends 23 24 unended quest on the various theories, problems, and problem situations of which they are composed.