A Clever Hans

posted on 1st of february, 2017

Here is a horse who lives with his friends in a neighborhood. I would call him a clever horse Hans. Why?
He cannot do arithmetic or talk in a human voice, but his clever gaze or his manner to come to greet me makes his actions in a way very humane. At these moments I talk to him and a strange feeling comes that he can understand me! So let be his name Hans!


In a history of science, a horse named Hans is known for a remarkable capabilities including arithmetic or language skills. Well, the story begins in 1904, in Germany. A school teacher Wilhelm von Osten had discovered that his horse owned is capable to do arithmetic. The clever Hans could subtract, divide and count. Moreover, it means, that Hans should understand German language to fulfill these requests. If...

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Posted by Helgardas on April 26, 2017
Yup, you a right Gmargittai :) Thanks for stopping by !
Posted by Helgardas on April 26, 2017
Yup, you a right Gmargittai :) Thanks for stopping by !
Posted by Gmargittai on April 26, 2017
Enjoyed the wonderful story and the pictures. Especially the last one. The group looks like an interviewing comity.

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A Present of Presence

posted on 19th of february, 2017

In winter season while the weather is growing colder, even the wood smoke out of the neighbors chimney could be seen as the last breath of the dead one. Norther in Europe, where the seasons are clear, daytime shelter deprived people of sunlight. Just look around - what a beautiful melancholic atmosphere!


Today we associate melancholy with longing and nostalgia, but in the time of Aristotle, melancholy was understood as a specific physiological condition caused by a body inbalance, later on it was regarded as a mind disease. On contrary, in Renaissance melancholic feelings were linked with inspiration. Although with Freud its status has changed again, this time as a a narcissistic disorder resulting from the self’s sense of loss and regarded as dis-junction...

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Posted by Helgardas on February 24, 2017
Thanks Amitai and Hel !
Posted by Amitai on February 22, 2017
Great images, espcially the last one with fox. Lucky you, having such landscape.
Posted by Hel080808 on February 21, 2017
Very nice photos!

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