isaiah berlin

today is president’s day and i’ve celebrated by staying in my pajamas and working on actionscript for nearly the whole day. it’s just 6pm now and i’ll eat something from vietnamese new year for dinner. sticky rice wrapped in a banana leaf or something. i read this passage from ‘information design’ that i thought would be nice to have on hand:

Sense-Making assumes that one of the reasons why our theories of information use and their potential applications to design have been so weak is that they have focused primarily on predicting patterns in rigidities, rather than patterns in flexibilities.

it has this interesting combined approach of phenomenology with ‘sense-making’ that has two distinctions in reality of chaos and order. i haven’t come across this and it made me wonder, once again, of how one is able to get all of the things done in a day that one would/should like to get done without having one singular pulling passion (or obsession). i drew a small diagram of how i should like my life to be (figure 1.1)… which then made me think of isaiah berlin and his essay on ‘the hedgehog and the fox.’

hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea and foxes who draw on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world cannot be boiled down to a single idea

figure 1.1


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