HARVARD UNIVERSITY INVITED MUHAMMAD ALI TO SPEAK TO A CLASS OF RECENT GRADUATES IN 1975.
HE GAVE A BRILLIANT LECTURE FOCUSING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE, AND PROMPTLY WON OVER HIS AUDIENCE.
A YOUNG MAN SHOUTED, "MUHAMMAD ALI, COULD YOU PLEASE RECITE A POEM?" THE OLD CHAMPION HESITATED A MOMENT AND THEN SAID, "ME, WE": THE SHORTEST POEM IN THE HISTORY OF LITERATURE.
HOW DO HUMANS REASON IN SITUATIONS THAT ARE COMPLICATED OR ILL-DEFINED? MODERN PSYCHOLOGY TELLS US THAT AS HUMANS WE ARE ONLY MODERATELY GOOD AT DEDUCTIVE LOGIC, AND WE MAKE ONLY MODERATE USE OF IT. BUT WE ARE SUPERB AT SEEING OR RECOGNIZING OR MATCHING PATTERNS--BEHAVIORS THAT CONFER OBVIOUS EVOLUTIONARY BENEFITS. IN PROBLEMS OF COMPLICATION THEN, WE LOOK FOR PATTERNS; AND WE SIMPLIFY THE PROBLEM BY USING THESE TO CONSTRUCT TEMPORARY INTERNAL MODELS OR HYPOTHESES OR SCHEMATA TO WORK WITH.
With this new layout of the blog, by focusing on the immediacy of images my goal is to convey the relationship between me and us, between things and their universe of reference.
People and things are born from other people and other things.
Seeking connections - often unplanned and undeclared - helps pave the way to an approach to inclusive and cross-cutting knowledge.
History does not unfold in separate compartments but is at once cause and effect.
New interpretative horizons are played out in the free comparison of references.