“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”. Leonard Cohen, 1934 – 2016
The basic and, in my opinion, defining property of the human mind is creativity: the ability to break out of any scheme, any fixed pattern or law of thinking.
This results in our world to be “open”, in contrast to the closed, defined worlds of animals. We are able to grasp new phenomena and re-interpret known ones in new ways and in doing so, we are able to extend our world and our understanding of it as well as enter into novel interactions with the world.
A single unified and unifying theory of human thinking and human culture is, as a consequence, not possible since we are able to break out of the bounds of any such theory. It is therefore impossible to come up with a complete description of the human mind and of human cultures. We cannot understand or define ourselves completely. This is reflected in the vast…
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