Monday, March 30, 2009

Thought as a Response to Failure

Back in PhD days, under the sway of WR, I was for a time fascinated with Lancelot Law Whyte, one of his big influences. Re-reading this before my second cup of coffee I remember why:

Thought is born of failure. When action satisfies there is no residue to hold the attention; to think is to confess a lack of adjustment which we must stop to consider. Only when the human organism fails to achieve an adequate response to its situation is there material for the processes of thought, and the greater the failure the more searching they become.--L.L. Whyte, The Next Development in Man

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