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David Hinton: "It's easy to assume that in language we can grasp the essence of things. This is a bedrock assumption in the mainstream Western philosophical tradition, but everything we know about this Cosmos, about its vast and intricate natural history, the equations describing its day-to-day web of energy transfers, and all our stories and myths and legends—all of that imagination and knowledge is part of the center, this body of understanding and memory and thought that I am. Even after the most exhaustive scientific description, the most accurate philosophical account, or the most concise and imagistic poem, the ten thousand things remain, in and of themselves, a mystery beyond me. Once I try to explain, the center replaces the mystery . . ."