Goethe on Empirical Observation and Phenomena

Goethe by Andy Warhol 1981

Goethe by Andy Warhol 1981

I haven’t had much time this last week to blog properly, so I just thought I would offer this fantastic quote from Goethe on his classification of phenomena.

Goethe on Phenomena

The quote comes from Goethe: Collected Works Vol. 12 – Scientific Studies, edited and translated by Douglas Miller.

Some time in the future I will pull together some more thoughts on the nature of “data” in Big Data and phenomena, especially the relationship between a phenomenon and a piece of data, since as we can see, for Goethe, there are different levels.

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