chapter  2
12 Pages


ByLeszek Kolakowski

And when we say “nothing is certain” we mean a modest, humanly accessible certainty (“moral assurance,” as Descartes would have it) and not the perfect certainty that is beyond human reach. We are now told by scientists that in various natural processes some minuscule events may trigger, unpredictably, large-scale catastrophic changes and “unpredictable” results. To foresee them, one needs not just a better, more detailed knowledge of initial conditions but the absolute knowledge that only the divine mind can possibly possess.