Re: memetics-digest V1 #1011

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    >From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
    >Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #1011
    >Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 19:52:42 -0400
    >On Monday, April 8, 2002, at 07:30 , Scott Chase wrote:
    >>(bq) "My experiment consists of asking you to *observe*, here and now.
    >>I hope you are all co-operating, and observing! However, I fear that at
    >>least some of you, instead of observing, will feel a strong urge to
    >>ask: 'WHAT do you want me to observe?'" (eq)
    >This quote directly supports _my_ thesis that proper 'observation' is a
    >non-filtered act.
    >When you ask 'WHAT?' you are supplying bias, _'instead of observing'_.
    >(As it notes above.)
    No. The gist is how you could possibly make an observation without a notion
    of *what* to observe.
    >As for Sherlock, he was often wont to say that people just don't see
    >what is in front of them, precisely because of their preconceptions. His
    >deductive reasoning was always applied _after_ he absorbed, like a
    >hungry sponge, every possible thing he possibly could, precisely
    >_because_ he wasn't wondering _WHAT_ he was looking for....
    Was Holmes one of those intuitional types? I'm not a Doyle buff, but
    intuition does come to mind for some reason.

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