Paradoxes for Better Living, 10

“You know more than you can tell.” * — Michael Polanyi

*Here, Polanyi does not mean you know more than you’re allowed to tell. He means you know more than you can explain or describe or scientifically present. For example, you might know how to take a bicycle around a curve — at a fast speed, without wrecking — but you might not be able to give a full account of the physical laws of the event. For another example, you might be able to notice certain things about someone and act upon them, even if you cannot give an adequate medical or psychological explanation for what you’ve noticed.


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