Todays assignment was to bring a manifesto that dates before 1900 and relates to art, craft, technology or science. Furthermore we should be able to explain, why it is still relevant today.
I chose "Discours de la méthode" (engl. Discourse on the Method). It is written by René Descartes. Besides the famous quote: "Je pense, donc je suis" ("I think, therefore I am", or "I am thinking, therefore I exist"), it manifests that statements should be irrefutably true. Meaning statements should be proved. This
The four main rules he states in his discourse:
- The first was never to accept anything for true which I did not clearly know to be such; that is to say, carefully to avoid precipitancy and prejudice, and to comprise nothing more in my judgment than what was presented to my mind so clearly and distinctly as to exclude all ground of doubt.
- The second, to divide each of the difficulties under examination into as many parts as possible, and as might be necessary for its adequate solution.
- The third, to conduct my thoughts in such order that, by commencing with objects the simplest and easiest to know, I might ascend by little and little, and, as it were, step by step, to the knowledge of the more complex; assigning in thought a certain order even to those objects which in their own nature do not stand in a relation of antecedence and sequence.
- And the last, in every case to make enumerations so complete, and reviews so general, that I might be assured that nothing was omitted.
Further we had to answer the following questions in a short amount of time:
Who are you?
I am a human being. I ask myself whether I am allowed to specify this more? Am I as an individual something special? If yes, I am David Wollschlegel and much more. At the moment I am a "Mate" drinker. I once did Ji-Jitsu. But I stopped. Is this still a part of me? Is what I did relevant? Maybe I am not someone who likes to position himself. That's why I stay curious and ask a lot of questions.
What is your ambition? (As a designer or something else)
As a human being my amition is to support other human beings. I want to be fair, respectful and good-natured. Especially to the weak and minorities. Before my death I want to be able to say, that I had a positive impact on society and the world. Furthermore I want to discover, enjoy and have fun.
Pick a topic of interest and state what you think about it, that no one ever heard before.
Sexuality in hospital: How long-term patients can still satisfy their sexual needs. Sexuality is an important part of most people's lives, but it is not necessarily encouraged in today's hospitals.