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    • jramey1971
      Scout
      1 month ago

      What I get from this is that definitions can get in the way of learning.

      "When you think you know something, that is the most perfect barrier against learning."

      • Frank Herbert, Dune
      • Jessica
        Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
        1 month ago

        Dune is on my to-read list and I am now more excited to dig in to it after seeing the quote you shared!

    • Jessica
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      2 months ago

      Interesting excerpt — curious about Cleland’s work now.

      One philosopher has taken a far more radical stand. Cleland argues that there’s no point in searching for a definition of life or even just a convenient stand‐in for one. It’s actually bad for science, she maintains, because it keeps us from reaching a deeper understanding about what it means to be alive.