Recently, Mr.Dawkins gave a speech suggesting that we live in middle-life (i believe thats the term he used). Because we live in middle life, we are limited in our understanding of metaphysical questions pertaining to the universe. We are limited in the same way as the ant (Which lives in presumbly lower-earth) is also limited in its ability to understand the universe.
We don't believe that an Ant could ever possibly understand the shape of the world, and in this sense its understanding is limited.
However, we also don't believe a 6 year old can understand algebra: Although we recognize that someday he might.
Are we more like the ant or the 6 year old? Is it futile for us to attempt to understand the universe as it would be for the ant... or should we pursue understanding as the 6 year old must as he grows older?
Undoubtly your answer is somewhere in between the two - but its an interesting thought. Any comments?