I Know It When I See It!   Leave a comment

A reblog, first posted in November 2008 on Becoming is Superior to Being. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

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“I Know It When I See It!”

In trying to explain what is obscene, Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart uttered the now-famous phrase, “I know it when I see it.”  Each one of us may have used similar phrases when shopping during this holiday season;  “I’m not sure what I want to buy her, but I will know it when I see it.”

But what exactly is “it”?  Defining what we mean can be an abstract exercise.  “It” is often used as a generic expression of “worth,” but can take on a different meaning for different people.  Why is this?

How we define “it” is a reflection of context, values, experiences, and expectations.   “It” can be referring to the quality of service, art, craftsmanship, functionality, all of which are intended to identify, codify, and communicate our expectations. So, is “it” really an abstraction?

The test for “knowing it when you…

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Posted November 2, 2019 by kenneturner in Information

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