Until it’s obvious

Feynman’s Blackboard, 3

You don’t truly understand it until you think it’s obvious.

— Chris Oliver

This is akin to how a society comes to understand something and why genius ideas sometimes take so long to become accepted. I believe “context” is the underlying principle here.

Arthur Schopenhauer said, “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

If you present a truth to someone whom doesn’t have sufficient context for what you are saying, it may seem outrageous and ridiculous to them because the gap between their understanding and the insight you presenting is too great.

They would have to build up their understanding of the context around it until it expands to a point where they find a connection to what they already know. Then they can start to relate to it and eventually they may see it as self evident.   

— espeed 254 days ago

— Hacker News

2012.04.26 Thursday ACHK