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Paul the Transcendental Frog

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Published on Mar 27, 2007

Questions posed to Paul the transcendental Frog.

In this edition, Paul discusses the nature of perception.

The example is used of a frog who has spent his whole life living in well. When he tries to conceive of the Atlantic ocean, he finds it impossible...

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[There was once a frog who had lived all his life in a well. One day a friend visited him and informed him of the existence of the Atlantic Ocean.
"Oh, what is this Atlantic Ocean?" asked the frog in the well.
"It is a vast body of water," his friend replied.
"How vast? Is it double the size of this well?"
"Oh, no, much larger," his friend replied.
"How much larger? Ten times the size?"
In this way the frog went on calculating. But what was the possibility of his ever understanding the depths and far reaches of the great ocean? Our faculties, experience, and powers of speculation are always limited. The frog was always thinking in terms relative to his well. He had no power to think otherwise...]

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