Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension LO25865

From: Leo Minnigh (l.d.minnigh@library.tudelft.nl)
Date: 01/12/01

Replying to LO25846 --

General reply to this topic, but linked to LO25846

Dear LO'ers,

In the universe of my brain are many galaxies, numerous stars, thousends
of planets, and sometimes a comet. All turning and twisting in perpetual
There was an old comet with an ernormous orbit. Just after new year it
came slowly in sight from the far silence.
It was the comet where At, Artur, Winfried and others dialogued. Until the
moment that the comet came in a nearer position in my brain, I followed
the dialogue from a very great distance. I have never read Polanyi, I will
not reread all the mails of this thread from the past. I like to come with
a fresh idea, rather a suggestion in the hope that a unification of
thoughts may occur.

Tacit knowledge is so to say invisible, untouchable, unsmellable,
unfeelable. However it is always there. The moment we try to get a grip on
it, it looses its character.

Could we not compare tacit knowledge with *time*, the 4th dimension. It is
always there, but we can't see, feel, smell, touch it. But we know that it
is 'there'. We see the clouds move, we see water running, we see all our
clockworks, and yes, we become older too.And yet, time is invisible. As
soon as we try to make a projection of it, as soon as we try to take it in
our understandable and articulated 3 dimensional world of knowledge, it
will be something that our sensors can grap, but it is not *time*

Artur, At, Winfried and others, does this analogy fits in some way with
your ideas of tacit knowledge?

Oh, other comets and planets come already in sight in my brain......

Best wishes,

dr. Leo D. Minnigh
Library Technical University Delft
PO BOX 98, 2600 MG Delft, The Netherlands
Tel.: 31 15 2782226
        Let your thoughts meander towards a sea of ideas.


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