posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 12:19 PM
O.K. I was thinking about the fish in the water story.
You know, where fish can swim left, right, and forward, but they have no concept of up, down or backwards.
Then I started to wonder what else fish don’t understand and it occurred to me that they probably don’t even understand the very concept of the
water itself, not counting the concepts of thrust, propulsion, or momentum. All they probably know is, “If I move my tail, I will go.”
Then I started to wonder how this related to us.
How much do we really know about the world around us? All we know is, “If I move my legs, I will go.”
Obviously it is not quite that simple. We are much more learned than the fish, but for example, If you tried to explain to the fish that backwards is
just swimming to what is behind it, the fish would swim in a little circle and when it got to its target it would say, “There.
But unless you put your hand on it and pushed it backwards, it would probably get confused every time you even mentioned backwards.
I wonder what we are missing that would become more clear with the guiding hand of some outside observer.