There is nothing so consistent with reason as the denial of reason

There is nothing so consistent with reason as the denial of reason. For reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things beyond it. If natural things are beyond it, what can we say about the supernatural?…Reason can be twisted in any direction.

Pascal

‘There is nothing so consistent with reason as the denial of reason’ because reason points beyond itself for an explanation in terms which are not immediately accessibly to reason. Similarly, maths explains many things, but not the existence of itself. Logic is a useful thing, but its basis, why its laws are valid and so on, are not given in logic itself. Many will deny that maths and logic need an explanation in terms of something higher. But this is not proof against the fact that these things are inexplicable in and of themselves.

By the way, Pascal was a mathematician – a brilliant mathematician.

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