Friday, January 13, 2012

Claude Bernard on Presuppositions

“It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.” Claude Bernard, French Physiologist

The Chinese demonstrate this by over filling a cup with tea. It says that when the mind is full, it is very difficult for anything new to enter. When people already know the facts without real proof, it is a flat world syndrome. Over 600 years ago, most people in Europe knew the world was flat. It was their point of view.  Even in today’s knowledge society, we believe in something that is analogous to believing the world is flat.   

What perspective do you have about what is possible in your life as well as those around you? Allow yourself to explore like a novice instead of being the expert who already knows everything.  

What do you think? I’m open to ideas. Or if you want to write me about a specific topic, let me know. 

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