Matthew B. Crawford
We live in an age of distraction, constantly bombarded with external stimuli. The overload in processing these stimuli prevents us from actively observing the world and discovering it autonomously. What can we do about this lack of experience and gradual disenfranchisement?
Matthew B. Crawford calls for a consistent return to the essential: active doing, independent experience, individual development. His way out of his personal crisis of purpose led him directly into his own motorcycle workshop. He discovered that manual work is more satisfying and offers greater intellectual challenges than any office job. Thanks to "thinking with his hands", he has now happily arrived in both worlds - the theoretical, scientific world as well as the active one.
For doers and those who (perhaps) still want to be.
Matthew B. Crawford is a physicist, philosopher, mechanic, and New York Times bestselling author of I Screw, Therefore I Am: On the Happiness of Creating Something with Your Own Hands (2010). In addition to working in his workshop, he teaches at the University of Virginia.
In the context of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg
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Thinking With Your Hands