2. Dark Orbit - To Observe is to Change
There are several themes at work in this book - two in particular stood out for me. The strongest is the idea that to understand something is to destroy it, a concept that comes from particle physics, but that Thora Lassiter also relates it to her expertise in learning systems: "To perceive, describe, explain: these are the essence of discovery. "I don't know" does not constitute learning. And yet, what happens when we encounter something so genuinely outside our previous experience that we have no mental categories for it, and the only truthful statement is "I don't know"? Why, we liken it to something we do know, however bad the analogy. We apply rules to it that lie within our experience. We resist incomprehension as reflexively as we recoil from pain."
Does this ring true for you? How was it applied to the story? Can you relate it to your own experiences?