Principles of Thinking Challenge 2021

Geert Van Damme’s Response to The Decalogue of Edward Nęcka

By January 25, 2021 February 1st, 2021 No Comments

Our ‘principles of thinking’ challenge, initially taken up by prof. Edward Nęcka in his Decalogue, has also triggered Geert Van Damme, another Fellow at the School of Thinking, to contribute his take on the matter.

Response to The Decalogue of Edward Nęcka
by Geert Van Damme, 2021

I’d like to start with a quote I already used last year.

Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.

Or listen to it like Gale Bozzio said it:

One of the most obvious musical starting points regarding thinking is of course

Which leads us to the difficult to understand notion of ‘freedom’.

Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

How can we use this freedom, what are the consequences …

Is there freedom if you’re forced to think? When you cannot ‘not think’?

The time dimension in thinking could also use some more attention. Yesterday – now – tomorrow

And also the way we name things (or people). It has a large impact.

But sometimes it ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it

Or the problem is in the focus on “The Why”

You’ve been cheating on me, I’ve been cheating on you, I’ve been cheating through this live

I don’t know if I should end this with

or with