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Philip Pullman, Common sense has much to learn from moonshine in the Guardian:

“It’s when we do this foolish, time-consuming, romantic, quixotic, childlike thing called play that we are most practical, most useful, and most firmly grounded in reality, because the world itself is the most unlikely of places, and it works in the oddest of ways, and we won’t make any sense of it by doing what everybody else has done before us. It’s when we fool about with the stuff the world is made of that we make the most valuable discoveries, we create the most lasting beauty, we discover the most profound truths. The youngest children can do it, and the greatest artists, the greatest scientists do it all the time. Everything else is proofreading.”

He’s writing about grammar and proofreading and their best place in the education of children learning to write. He is criticising educators for putting the two first instead of second in the creative process. And using an extensive research project as his foundation he suggests that writing is best taught “in a meaningful context: writing as a practical hands-on craft activity.”

I think the same applies to work. This is why the experiment is a brilliant context for learning business.

Pullman concludes:

“True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility. If you love something, you want to look after it. Common sense has much to learn from moonshine.”

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