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On Theories – Where Do They Come From?

A Cloud of Ducks. Source: Spiegel online 2/8/2010

A Cloud of Ducks. Source: Spiegel online 2/8/2010

A rhetorical question that may be asked about every human activity is – Whether such activity adds value, or is such activity the next something that is going to shade or even harm the existing values?

In that context, one may ask, what could be the values brought back to Estonia by the pupils and students studying abroad nowadays. People study different disciplines that require different skills. Common is that since Estonia still is in the transition period, before which period access to information, included scientific information, was highly restricted, the students should absorb contemporary theoretical basis generally, as well as in their research areas – meaning that they should get some guidance, and then read the achievements of the academic thought, and see how and by which scientific methodology a theory has developed and been linked to their research area. So that they could later add to that thought. Not ending with graduation from a specific programme, this is a permanent process, which ideally could well be linked to realization of one’s other aims (even economic aims) and become part of one’s lifestyle. Why would one be hindered in doing that?

One Response to On Theories – Where Do They Come From?

  1. avatar anonymous says:

    “Where do correct ideas come from? Do they fall from the sky? No. Are they innate in the mind? No. They come from social practice, and it alone.” -Mao Zedong

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