BIG INSIGHT!!!!: …”there is a bias in human mental constitution to be more aware of the contributions others fail to make to me than of the contributions I fail to make to others.”
—Hämäläinen & Saarinen
Ludwig Wittgenstein said: “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” From this it follows that adding new words to one´s vocabulary (or a new connotation for a known word) can broaden one´s mind. Therefore, giving a “proper name” to a phenomenon at hand can fundamentally change and deepen our understanding of that same “thing”.
This is exactly what happened to me on December 7th, 2013. It was the last onsite period of MAPP 13/14´s first semester – and we had the great pleasure of having Esa Saarinen as a guest lecturer. Esa is one of Finland´s most widely acclaimed philosophers. With this post, (among other things) I´d like to give him massive kudos:
- First, for being a really cordial person.
- Second, for gracefully sporting a style that makes Lapo Elkann look like an old spinster.
- Third, and foremost, I´d like to thank him for giving me a…
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