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Ambiguous Human Culture

  • Pär Segerdahl
  • William Fields
  • Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

Abstract

Deeply unexpected discoveries often reveal an equally unexpected ignorance. We may not know what we ourselves have discovered, especially not in our professional capacity for the new experiences can take us beyond our scientific training and how we commonly conceptualize results in relevant fields of inquiry These unexpected discoveries are often the most exciting ones, but they tend to make scientific work almost indistinguishable, at least for a period of time, from philosophical thinking. The revealed lack of clarity about the concepts that normally are used to make sense of the data often awakens the philosopher inside the professional scientist. This awakened philosopher is not an expert thinker, but a dazed human being, who faces the challenging fact that she cannot always trust her professional skill. She has the desire to think through, in her own self-made way, what she has experienced, for the manual has become untrustworthy. Philosophical thinking tends to be homespun. It arises when the more elaborate guidelines fail and we trust nothing except what we can achieve by thinking of our own accord. To the extent that professional philosophy exists, philosophy in its most original form arises when the professional doubts the veracity of her reasoning habits, the concepts she uses as if they were self-evident, her almost automatic way of writing articles, her habitual way of teaching and arguing, perhaps even her way of greeting colleagues: everything belonging to the academic culture to which she has adapted herself.

Keywords

Design Feature Human Culture Primal Language Scientific Culture Human Child 
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© Pär Segerdahl, William Fields and Sue Savage-Rumbaugh 2005

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  • Pär Segerdahl
  • William Fields
  • Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

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