Sunday, June 17, 2012

Theoretics applied to real life....

Shortly explained, one of the many things that have been talked about during the lessons this weekend was....that  between what you see  and what you name it is a huge difference (Erscheinungsgegenstand vs. Wahrnehmungsgegenstand). A great presentation actually, and well explained, but....this one thing just bothered me....

Animals are not supposed to be recognize things the way we do, because they don't think in words and terms...but how should we know how animals think?! It could as well be the same, just another language....

Well, the example was a little paperswan, we as humans can recognize it as a paper swan, but that a cat would not be able to, and probably just destroy it.....so today was....testing time!

Appearently, she does nothing....experiment failed.....
After showing her the paperswan, and watching her reaction (she ignored it; that's where the pedagouges interpretations and assumptions should jump in, but in this case, this has been left out deliberatly).

Instead, I simply asked her (usually gives a better answer than any interpretation, at least when you get an answer): 
"little kitty, what do you think this is? Do you know that this is a paper swan?" 

But sadly, I got no answer.....
kitty thought: "screw you, why should I care?" (Here is the actual interpretation, appearantly there was no thought-reading device at hand)

 Experiment failed, sadly, due to the miscommunication on both sides, as well as no food involved, and the general lazy attitue of the testing subject (ha, another interpretation! Caught ya!)....

The paperswan remained completely imobile and silent during the whole procedure, he must be in a catatonic state. 

The lesson of this? Don't try to take cats as examples, nor as testing subjects, nor make paperswans during lessons, it will only prove why your profession has such a bad "image"...

Tea, cake and paperswans for everyone!!



No cats and no paperswans were harmed during the process of the experiment. Instead, they both got a good hug, and kitty got some extra food. The irony of the whole experiment, as well as the lesson that derived from it, as well as this sentence here, should be obvious.

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