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PRESENTATION BY WERNER ERHARD: Creation and Distinction.

This word" “distinguishing”"names the act by which something hitherto not even noticed, let alone known, is called into being with appropriate language. The ability to distinguish is critical because it is the access to what we don’t know that we don’t know. If, for example, I think that I have to be funny/clever to be accepted by
others as a valid human being, then that is how I will be funny/ clever. Realizing this about myself is a practical insight into what Heidegger calls “throwness.” When I am able to distinguish that I habitually strive, however inadvertently, to gain acceptance via my humor or cleverness, then, and only then, am I no longer completely embedded in doing so and am thereby freed enough to consider giving it up for something more fulfilling."

(from The Promise of Philosophy and the Landmark Forum by McCarl, Zaffron, Nielsen, & Kennedy)

http://youtu.be/-BOKfkWoe78

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Seth says
ME 2013-11-23 11:23:11 16920
The YouTube is perhaps more interesting than the quote but goes beyond concepts.

... more on the same topic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0khdf1RliI  (or part B)

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