By Jan Hanspach
Today I want to highlight a very nice blog post by Thomas Basbøll with the title “The gradual perfection of thoughts while speaking”. Thomas is featuring an essay by the German writer Heinrich von Kleist who describes the idea that while speaking we are developing, refining, perfecting our thoughts and ideas and encourages the verbal communication of all the unfinished thoughts that swirl in our brains. Additionally to reviving Kant’s text, Thomas criticizes the modern university education where he thinks that the focus has shifted too much from teaching as the process to develop thoughts to teaching as the mere transfer of knowledge.
It’s definitely a nice read and I am looking forward to his follow up post about what that means for discussions in scientific journals.