Apparently, the website Edge.org is once again hosting their annual “What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?” I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I guess for the past several years, EDGE poses a philosophical-esque question to writers, composers, philosophers, scientists, etc. and compiles the best answers. This year, they decided to go with an open-ended prompt seen above. I for one think asking great thinkers about their favorite explanation is a great idea that will undoubtedly elicit wonderful and insightful responses. Here is an exceprt of this year’s response from Brian Eno, legendary musician, composer, and producer, and widely renowned pioneer of ambient music:
intuition is not a quasi-mystical voice from outside ourselves speaking through us, but a sort of quick-and-dirty processing of our prior experience (which is why dressmakers get it when the rest of us don’t). That processing tool sometimes produces incredibly impressive results at astonishing speed, but it’s worth reminding ourselves now and again that it can also be totally wrong
Just for kicks, I’ve included a great Brian Eno video, because I’m in the mood for some soothing music today.