1. On Learning from Experiments
Both outstanding minds and common people learn. Outstanding minds, having mastered all the learning of their times (for example, Faust of Goethe), continue to learn from careful observation of experience and experiments. An experiment is also a kind of experience, in which, however, the conditions are controlled, and there is an interaction between the experimenter (“the subject”) and the object of experiment. Everyday experience and social cataclysms may be viewed as a kind of experiment, in which, however, the conditions are not well controlled, or not controlled at all. However, there is an interaction between “the subject” and the object, and there is an analysis following this interaction, with conclusions – right or wrong – drawn.
Socrates said that unexamined life is not worth living. He may have been getting closer to exper
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