Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How we read

A supposedly true story of 3 Major League umpires goes that each was asked how he knows to call a pitch a strike.

The first says, "I call them as they are." (supposes an objective reality to which his perception does not contribute)

The second says, "I call them as I see them." (dismisses any external objectivity and relies solely on experience)

The third says, "It's nothing until I call it." (realizes that there is a reality apart from his, but that, the categorization--interpretation--of the pitch is his job, and depends solely on his judgement)

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