The Once and Future King is an Arthurian fantasy novel written by T. H. White. It was first published in 1958 and is mostly a composite of earlier works written between 1938 and 1941. The central theme is an exploration of human nature regarding power and justice, as the boy Arthur becomes king and attempts to quell the prevalent “might makes right” attitude with his idea of chivalry. But in the end, even chivalry comes undone since its justice is maintained by force.
The title comes from the inscription that, according to Le Morte d’Arthur, was said by “many men” to be written uponKing Arthur‘s tomb: the internally rhymed hexameter Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus – “Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be”.
- A priori knowledge or justification is independent of experience (for example “All bachelors are unmarried”). Galen Strawson has stated that an a priori argument is one in which “you can see that it is true just lying on your couch. You don’t have to get up off your couch and go outside and examine the way things are in the physical world. You don’t have to do any science.”;
“men die, but man is immortal.” ~Plato
I have noticed a common cognitive bias in conversation, people seem not to be able to tell the difference between their understanding of the world and the actual world. They think that the world works the way they think it does. They get offended if someone disagrees with them about what is going on. That is the reason that scientific experiment exists. If you disagree then you either support your assertions with links to definitive tests proving your conjecture or you have an experiment to see who is correct. There is NO reason to get offended, butt hurt, or emotional. Scientific materials are descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive, so if you are correct you will be able to predict the outcome.
If our understanding of the world or our mind was synonymous with the world or somehow attached to the world then we would be able to change the world with the power of our thoughts. The rational person makes an effort to prove themselves wrong as Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, he doesn’t edit his consideration set and bias mine to prove himself correct. When people are on the verge of realizing that they are wrong they will panic and start repeating themselves like retards, rebuilding their world around themselves like a bacteria encysting.