As part of our ongoing series on the practice of Geek Philosophy, we are taking a look at our principle of Slow Reading-Close Reading.
Chapter Art by Mary Grandpré
Geek Philosophy is inspired in part by the philosophy of Wolfgang Johann von Goethe. He believed that it is possible to get to know the world like you know a friend, through the development of intimacy over time. Let’s say that I have a friend named Luna. When Luna does something particularly characteristic of her unique self, I might say, “That’s SO Luna.” This suggests that, because I know Luna well, I can communicate a lot about who she is by pointing to one particularly telling moment in her life. Goethe called this the pregnant or poignant instance.
Goethe believed that we could find poignant instances in the lives of plants, animals, rivers, and rocks in the same way…
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