sexta-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2011

Backwards Narrative

Philosophers since Aristotle have taught us that we are deep-thinking animals, and that we can learn by reasoning. It took a while to discover that we do effectively think, but that we more readily narrate backward in order to give ourselves the illusion of understanding, and give a cover to our past actions. The minute we forgot about this point, the "Enlighten­ment" came to drill it into our heads for a second time.

(The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb)

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