Seeing is Forgetting

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Irwin, in the book written by Lawrence Weschler, Speaks about his process of constant look for the right questions to ask. This made me think of my first encounter with the academic world. Paris 2006, my writing professor enters to class and writes down on the board “Question everything”. Irvin realized something that we sometime tend to forget – we cannot experience the whole process without asking questions, and the process is usually more important than the result. The result purports to show us the whole process in one single moment, but can it really be?

At some point in history, humanity started differentiating arts from science, we now refer to them as two different parts of the brain, but as I think about it more and more I find those processes very similar – both of them are about investigation and the desire of getting to the truth (if it actually exists). Both are processes that lead to a result that raises new questions.

Hegel said that every process in the world consists of 3 stages: The thesis, the antithesis and the synthesis. This is one of my favorite theories as it inherently relies on the belief that we, as humanity, are in constant investigation, trying to discover new insights, then we attack them and that leads us to new insights. Some psychological theories say that our lives do not make any sense and by interpreting them as linear narratives we try to put order into them. Seems like the illusion of order, like the optical illusions, helps us keep investigating and to get a better sense about our world.

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