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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1947


This Article is written in the belief that despite the danger of adding to the confusion and rubbish that has already been written about the so-called 'Quest for Certainty', there is a need for an approach to the problem of this quest which is not fundamentally religious, overawed by scientific knowledge, or in fact based on strong attachments to dogmas of any kind.

The article is divided into two parts. In the first, the peculiar nature of this need for certainty, its accentuations and their consequences. in our culture are outlined. In the second, some positive proposals are put forth, in which it is suggested that a more conscious attention to certain psychological needs of individual and social development would have the effect of depriving this 'Quest' of its (emotional) urgency. In consequence there could arise a veritable 'Cult of Uncertainty'. An outlook both consistent with the limited nature of scientific knowledge and providing for this emotional need to feel at home in the Universe.