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Have you ever experienced intellectual vertigo?
You’re not reading Milbank are you?
Last year I attended a seminar in which Milbank’s book Theology and Social Theory was discussed by Gregory McCormick which made me want to read it, but I haven’t yet.
IV is a name I’ve given to a phenomenon I have noticed here and there in myself and others. I experienced it at least once before when someone got me to read Samuel Dawson on Hell a few years ago. A feeling that the ground is opening up beneath my feet. If I question this, or even consider questioning it, what could be sure ever again?
I don’t really like the word ‘intellectual’ but combined with vertigo I think you get the idea that it’s a lot bigger than a merely intellectual event.
IV is related to “Wisest is he who knows he does not know”.
I only do IV on tuesdays.
Would it be similar to knowing that if you are going to accept whatever you are thinking about, you life will have to change totally, and irreversibly?
Nato’s comment reminds me of Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, which says, “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another that states that this has already happened.”
It seems oddly relevant.
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