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Last revised 31 August 2017
9. Something about everything

Here’s a messy little passage from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées.

Pascal was a 17th century Frenchman who made major contributions to mathematics, physics, philosophy and theology, and indeed knew quite a bit about everything.

Maybe that’s why he said this:
Since we cannot be universal and know all that is to be known of everything, we ought to know a little about everything. For it is far better to know something about everything than to know all about one thing.
Good God. What’s the shape of his reasoning?