Rationalism Bias and Tragedy

“Because modern Western culture typically presumes to have grasped a world amenable to rational and scientific investigation, tragedy retains special power to shock. It reminds us that there is no more reason to presume that the universe fits human reason than to regard the Earth as its center. Behind rationalism lies an unnoticed anthropomorphism. Tragedy narrates how, despite our supreme confidence, our predictions prove mistaken. What we never imagined takes place. Surprise will always persist, not because we are temporarily ignorant of its laws but because the universe is essentially surprising.”

Morson, Gary. The Long and Short of It: From Aphorism to Novel