Sunday, 21 February 2010

When the means deform the objective (video)

This short film of the animated character Bean Maxwell caricatures a situation familiar to many of us.

Enjoy.


 - On the Level: All Bean Maxwell wants is for the picture on his foyer wall to hang level.
 
The warning is not about the end does not justify the means, but when the means deform the objective. It can be applied to research too, when we scientists engage in ridiculous efforts because our attention to the tiny details of our problem has led us to forget the frame, the larger framework, to where the true problem belongs.