A Polanyi Problem. LO26965

From: Dressler, Winfried (Winfried.Dressler@Voith.com)
Date: 07/09/01

Replying to LO26936 --

>(1) Please help me with suggestions what you will do should you have such
>a Polanyi Problem as the one which I have described above.

Dear At,

Delvaux once answered to the question what his paintings mean: "If I could
tell I wouldn't have painted them."

I understand your "escape from the Polanyi problem" as a way to create a
form/word ("@#$%&") which is of course only information and which does not
connect to the readers tacit knowledge but only to his formal knowledge.
This in turn does not foster authentic learning but may give rise to rote
learning of "several pages of dedicated terminology".

This reminds me once again of the poem "Das Wort" by Stefan George:

english translation:

On the Polanyi problem George has to say:

"But for the names I had to wait
Which in her depths were searched by Fate."

which sometimes lead to:

"She searched for long but had to tell
That no such thing slept in her well;"

The conclusion is also for George not to "create any word" but:

"At once it vanished from my hand
And ne'er this wealth entered the land ...

"So, sadly, I became aware
That things are not if words aren't there."

When in doubt, do the brave thing (Who said that?).
Sometimes feeling sadness is the brave thing.

Liebe Gruesse,


"Dressler, Winfried" <Winfried.Dressler@Voith.com>

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