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"Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem."

This lecturer on Heidegger makes the same point:


Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks for the link, bidrec. I'll check it out...

Thoughtful Comment

IMO, it is best to live 'vertically'.

Also I do not think it's a waste of time to look for patterns. I think it is a waste of time to perceive patterns and not analyze them objectively. Either ignoring them and/or analyzing them ideologically [fitting the perception to fit the belief] makes the lessons of the patterns either worthless, or worse - self-sabotaging.


hi Kent,

another lovely entry. here's an analogy from one of the greatest writers:
Jorge Luis Borges, "Death and the Compass" (original Spanish title: "La muerte y la brújula").
a police-detective is trying to solve a murder and finds a link (published in a newspaper) that has nothing to do with the actual murder, but his nemesis uses it to kill one other (and makes an alias disappear) leaving clues leading finally to the detective's early death.
looking for clues that are non-causal could even be deadly.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

@ Thoughtful Comment: I agree. I like how you say to live "vertically." Also, patterns are like language: One must interpret them correctly; however the message that patterns send are sometimes "false" (e.g. causation/correlation mistakes).

@ Jaap: Thanks for the generous compliment. "Death and the Compass" sounds interesting. I'll have to add that to my list of "must reads." As I said in the previous response, confusing causation with correlation can indeed be self-defeating.

Greg L

Patterns make us focus on what we know and not on what we don't know. This is what gets us in trouble because we don't know much!

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Good point Greg. Perhaps we should try to embrace randomness and the unknown and be comfortable with not knowing?

Thomas Hardy

Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing. Learned a lot reading your blog.

James Fales

Really enjoyed watching the video in your post. Very impressive blog. Thank you for sharing.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

@ Thomas & James: Thanks to both of you for the comments. I'd love to hear from you again...

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