Original ideas

August 14, 2011

I’m trying to remember who said it to me, the idea that she didn’t think she had ever had an original idea in her life; she was aware of how her ideas emerged from her interrelationships with others and their bits and pieces, which were also in turn derived from interrelationships with others — the kaleidoscope, if you will.   She didn’t come to this through social science, and she was mildly interested that others did.  In our current culture, coming to it through the social sciences provides a more generally accepted language in which to talk about the phenomenon, I can see, but I am concerned that the language is too limiting.  But maybe not, and maybe ecumenism will turn out to include the systems of our scientific disciplines, too, and we will find that all roads eventually  do indeed lead to the same understanding of the universe and our place in it.

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