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Creative Metaphor

A ‘meta’ observation

March 6, 2012 — by Daryll Scott2

When I was eight I took apart my record player to find out how it worked.

All I discovered was the component parts – what it was made from – I was none the wiser as to how it worked.

It struck me that I could learn more about how it worked by watching it working.



  • Malc

    March 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Interesting that you decided to watch a record player. Perhaps you would also figure out how a TV works by listening to it?
    Also I am curious – did you manage to put it back together again?
    Actually I think you do yourself a disservice. You _were_ wiser about how some components worked at a mechanical level- how the turntable was made to rotate, how speed was changed, etc. Of course understanding how tiny ridges in vinyl, somehow representative of the original sound waves, moving a needle, in turn generating electrical current, which then gets fed through an amplifying circuit to a speaker where the signal is turned back into sound waves – there are some things for which education (by yourself or others) is the only way.
    Human knowledge is cumulative, but only if you put your part of the effort in. A lot of people find this fact somehow annoying – but even Isaac Newton said he only achieved what he did by “standing on the shoulders of giants”.


    • Daryll Scott

      April 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Nice one Malc – but it’s not really about record players ;o)


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