and hermeneutics. Off to bed now because my head hurts.
- Heidegger brings hermeneutics from a theory of interpretation to a theory of existential understanding.
- He argued that it was impossible for an interpreter to fully empathise with an author.
- We continually develop and refine personal rules based on experience to help them navigate the world.
- If we didn’t , we’d have to think objectively about situations all the time and this is enough to make anyone go back to bed for a year.
- Sadly, the more we develop these rules, and the more experience we have, the harder it is to see something objectively.
This might be a stretch, but this reminded me a lot of the mental models designers and user-researchers attribute to people in their interaction with products or services.
I’m interested in how mental-models change with experience; and whether they are cumulative and crufty over a lifetime, or ‘paradigmic’ and can be disrupted by new technologies or social norms. I suspect the latter; and I’m sure someone can fill me in…