A new book from Professor Piero Formica reveals: Thoughts about Italy in the age of knowledge
The visionary masters the art of seeing invisible things. The expert lives in a niche that restricts his field of vision. His possibilities are limited.
“There are many possibilities in the beginner’s mind; there are very few in the expert’s mind,” says Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971), a Japanese Buddhist monk and teacher. This is the consequence of the fact that the expert descends into the deepest darkness of the well of fragmented knowledge. The well syndrome acts as a raised barrier to prevent the expert from practicing the sport of contact between humanistic and scientific disciplines. In entrepreneurial universities, professors and students, free from the well syndrome, intertwine and combine the most disparate knowledge. New scientific assets are drawn from the same protagonists who turn to innovative entrepreneurial activities.
For the realist Turtle it is not relevant that his race is slower than the quicker visionary Achille. Turtle believes in Aristotle: “A slower movement can not be reached by a faster one; since what follows must come to the point which occupied what is followed and where it is no longer (when the latter arrives); in this way the former always has an advantage over the latter.” But Achilles is the Visionary who will have the better over Turtle the Pratical. To win is the visionary innovator, an eternal child who does not cling to accumulated experience – as the Spanish philosopher George Santayana would have said.
In an article in the New York Times of June 22, 1902, a journalist wrote: “Five or six years ago in Greater New York there were less than fifty motor vehicles of various models circulating,” commenting a little sceptical that it would not be easy to convince people accustomed to traveling on horseback and carriage to replace that vehicle with the car. On June 6, 1924, just two decades later, however, the New York Times reported that the $ 23 million invested 20 years earlier in the auto industry amounted to nearly $ 2 billion in 1919 and that the number of workers in the sector, it rose from 13 thousand to 161 thousand.”
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