Eternal Regress

May 3, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

After my recent foray into economics, this has become my internal lament:

It appears that I must try to understand everything in order to understand anything.

It feels like I’m constantly moving backwards when I try to understand anything. I founded this blog thinking that I would focus my thoughts on cognitive science, but I’ve found that my kernel of curiosity, allowed to express itself over a period of years, has smeared itself into an omnidirectional wave.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Brynn Jacobs says:

    I have a similar problem. Every time I begin to research a new area, my natural curiosity takes over and I end up reading all I can about the subject, then I branch into the related areas, then the areas related to those….

    Each time, I intend to only learn about a given subject, but the connections to other areas are irresistable.

  2. James Johnson says:

    Thanks for articulating a thought I've been having for a long time.

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